Some fun and games with a Sony Alpha 6000 that I have had in my hands for about 20 minutes. Totally different menu to the NEX7 so took me a while to get it to shoot at something like what I wanted. This is a bit of a test shot(s) that I took and pushed the ISO to 3200 becasue it was handheld…I won’t be doing that again ;-). A bit grainy but looks OK when cropped down from its original 7 shot 16,615 x 4,559 px pano.


I ventured out first thing this morning into a rather dark and overcast morning and took a walk around Doctors Pond. I was surprised to find a pair of Barnacle Geese, which I haven’t seen here before – they don’t normally get this far south and east in the UK


We’ve had a leaking radiator at home so we have had to be sparing with the heating as when you turn it on water sprayed across the room…we had the plumber in today to fix it…just in time for the weather to warm up again tomorrow. Still, it was nice to get a bit of warmth back into the house as you will see, outside it’s really rather unpleasant! Doctors Pond, of course, still provides an interesting picture even in the worst of conditions.


Got out for a walk this afternoon, we were a bit late setting off and the sun was just setting as we walked round Garnetts Wood in Barnston. As usual we passed the wooden statue of Geffrey Garnet, a knight,  who was given the woods by the King in the 12th century.


It’s Saturday so it’s time for a panorama. Today it is of Doctors Pond in Great Dunmow, Essex at sunset. This is an HDR image made up of 5 HDR images, each made from 5 original images, so 25 images in all (5 per portion). All stitched together in Kolor AutoPano 4.2 and then fiddled with in Lightroom and Photoshop. If you were to print it out at 100% you would need a pretty specialist printer as it would be 68 by 28 inches or 172 x 72 cm. You’d need a pretty large wall to hang it on as well 😉

Who said size doesn’t matter?


A favourite subject on my early morning walk…


I walk past this tree most mornings and the crows are normally on the field pulling worms, today they didn’t seem to want to leave the tree and the 3 large nests that are in that tree.


I wanted to get the fireworks from the local display appearing over Doctors Pond, which I have done before. The wind didn’t help in getting decent shots of the fireworks today – this shot was of the finale explosion at the end of the display and you can see the accompanying laser show in the background as well.


Some days you just have to use what you have.

This shot is from my morning walk and is one of those emergency shots you take, just so you have something in the bag. Today I was glad to have it as this was the best part of the day weather wise and I really didn’t fancy trying to create something this evening…so here you have a typical Essex bridge, concrete and ugly as sin, but it keeps my feet dry as I cross the River Chelmer.


The first frost of this Autumn this morning, it made a pleasant change from the unseasonally warm weather we have had over the last few weeks.