I have sent my two autofocus zoom lenses off to Canon's workshop for a refit, and find myself relying on a collection of old manual focus glass for a couple of weeks. Being used to 24-70mm and 70-200mm zooms it isn't easy going back to discreet focal lengths. Add to that the need to swap my Olympus to Canon adapter between lenses in the bitter cold and I remember why photography has moved on to zoom lenses. That said, the image quality is not bad at all with this old glass, if anything the corner to corner sharpness is better, but the contrast is a bit down and the colours not seeming so bright.
The light was pretty poor, the prediction was for fog, and I had hoped to take some interesting through the fog shots, but there was no fog, just grotty flat light. Having made my excuses, here are the pictures: -
Melting snow left this interesting pattern on the quayside. (Olympus 50mm f1.4)
The one redeeming feature was the lack of wind, giving rise to perfect reflections.
How many times has this been taken?
High class graffiti behind the Sage in Gateshead. (Zeiss Flektogon 35mm f2.4)
Monday, 20 December 2010
I saw this overturned boat, the Zephya, while walking through the wildfowl centre and therefore had to shoot against the light and through the wire netting fence. The result is much better than I anticipated. I won't worry so much about scratches on my lenses in future! However, I wonder how this sad state of affairs came to pass, did vandals undo the moorings of this boat perhaps?
I have just noticed that there is a photo of this boat moored at Fatfield on my posting dated 8-12-10. It looked to be in good shape then.
Canon 450D Sigma 100-300 f4
The setting sun made these icicles hanging from the Victoria Viaduct glow like flames.
Canon 5D 70-200L f4
Wednesday, 8 December 2010
The weather forecast predicted bright sunshine, but, late morning, it was devilish dark at Roker.
Victoria Viaduct, near Fatfield, with ice washing in on the tide.
More ice on the river Wear at Barmston Ferry/Cox Green. I seem to recall reading in a history of Sunderland how massive ice flows coming down the river had swept moored (wooden) ships out to sea. Can't remember the date, early 1800s perhaps.
The mothballed Leamside line as it passes through Washington.
Sunday, 5 December 2010
The Tanfield Railway's Santa Specials have begun to operate, despite the adverse weather. East Tanfield station car park was not accessible, so the trains were starting from Andrew's House station, and working through the woods topped and tailed by Twizell and No. 49.