Syon Park Enchanted Woodland

A little trip to Syon Park yesterday to see the Enchanted Woodland. Did this last year, and probably won’t do it again, but I think the pictures have come out better this time. We were there early so wasn’t rushed to get around. Well worth a visit if you don’t mind walking a mile and a half. You can only walk one way round, so have to cover it all.

Christmas Lights Walk

This was an interesting one. We were given a list of streets where there were some Christmas Lights, that were part of a walk my Parents-in-law did. To the best of our ability we transposed that list onto a map of London, and connected the dots so to speak. Then used ViewRanger app on my phone to create a route, that would track us using the GPS on the phone. As this app uses Ordinance Survey maps, we were able to better navigate around, as some of the streets were more like alleyways rather than streets that cars can drive down. O/S maps are better for this sort of thing than Google Maps, or TomTom at present. Anyway, off we went. Some streets were just interconnecting ones, so didn’t have Christmas Lights. Others were just ‘blah’, but some were really quite good. Not always easy to capture on camera, but we did what we could. I must appoligise for the amount of pictures being posted, but I couldn’t really miss some, as it would take away from the walk.





































Christmas Decorations

So today I had the desire to get the macro lens out, and take some close-up shots of some of the decorations on our Christmas Tree. Once really close up, you don’t really recognise what the subject is (first photo). But once moved out a little (2nd photo), you start to realise what it is. Further our (photo 3-5) it is easy. I was surprised that with a macro lens how shallow the depth of field really is. Even at F/8.0 there isn’t a lot of area in focus. It shows why when taking pictures of spiders, or other small insects that only part is in focus. The aperture needs to be closed down for macro in order to be able to focus on more of the subject. Of course that can mean slower shutter speeds. One of these was down to about 1.5 seconds (Last photo I believe).