The following are three pictures I took of a Pond at a Nature Reserve in Kent. The first pic was taken in January 2012 when the pond was at its normal size, about six – eight feet deep. The second pic, taken in January 2013, shows the Pond after the previous year’s heavy rainfall, followed by the freeze. The pond is iced over. I like the patterns that formed across the pond in this one. The third was taken after the thaw this year. The water is receding now and the Marsh, Lizard and Common Orchids are coming through. Above the pond is the Astronomy Observatory, a 12″ reflecting telescope. Our resident astronomer has decided, due to the fact most people visit in the day when the stars are not visible, to use different eye attachments so the telescope can be used to view birds on the nature reserve! 100 light years down to 55 feet. Quite an achievement!!
For those interested, The first pic was taken with a samsung mobile phone camera. The latter two were taken with an Olympus 820i digital camera.
I have recently taken up photography again. Anyone who has attempted to photograph Dragonflies and Damselflies knows that patience is a virtue. However, I took out my Olympus Digital camera and tried to take photos of these fast moving creatures, who seemed to take great delight in buzzing me, stopping in front of me just long enough for me to focus my camera on them before taking off, stopping a little way further on, without giving me time to depress the shutter.
While going through my camera’s features I found a multiple shoot mode. My camera takes twelve pix one after the other! So I tried it. Below I have uploaded three sets of pix, showing what can be achieved if, like me ( eventually), you take the time to see what your camera can do. With the dragonfly pix, I forgot to put it into action mode. So, the pix are blurry, see if you can spot him in the first pic! But, I got him on film. The two Damselfy sets are in focus.
I have also decided to return to 35mm photography with a Fujica AX-5 camera. It has the capabilities of my digital camera and I have lots of zoom lenses with macro. I can’t afford to purchase modern digital cameras with zooms, so I’m going retro.
A picture of a nice Water Lily to finish.