Cliveden – National Trust

A group of photographers that I have teamed up with decided to visit Cliveden, so this was my second visit in 2 months. Weather was good again, and the flowers were better than the last time, I guess they have had time to bloom. Had a great time. There’s some comments further down on some of the individual images. I decided today to try to use the 70-200mm F2.8L IS II zoom for most of the day. There were times when I wish I had the wide angle on the camera, but continued on. I have to say this is one for the most impressive lenses that Canon makes.

This girl was doing her acrobatics routines, she was very impressive.

Loving how this lens can separate the subject from the background and provide some fantastic bokeh.

This family made me laugh, I was using a buddy’s lens, just messing about, and saw the four different expressions on this family’s faces, and couldn’t resist to capture it.

“Shhhh, don’t tell cupid, but I’m up to no good.” ¬†at least that is what I thought when I saw this.

Couldn’t resist a little bit of HDR on this.

Changed to the wide angle lens now. I had to perform a panorama for the prior image because the 70-200 was too close.

Again, I couldn’t resist an HDR for this, and I love the way the colours have come out.

Isle of Wight

Just a long weekend trip to the South of England. This was a day trip to the Isle of Wight. Lovely island, but I was surprised at how big it really is, 148 sq miles. By bus it took us three hours to get from one side of the island to the other. Weather was great, even though it wasn’t supposed to be. We went over by hovercraft, and then used the bus to get around the island. We made a beeline to the Needles, but then only had time to get on the coastal bus around the island. Photos through the window of the bus didn’t fair so well, so most of those have been binned. But this is definitely worth another visit, and hopefully taking longer to see more of it.

Dunstable Downs – Kite Festival

Off to Dunstable, it is always windy at the Downs. There is also always people flying kites, but today was the official weekend of the Kite Festival. So had to go along with the long lens and capture what I could. Here’s a selection of photos from the event.

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


West Wycombe St Lawrence’s Church

Last part of the West Wycombe visit is the St Lawrence’s Church. We drove up a very narrow road to get to it, then when we got to the church we decided to walk up the bellfry. Man that was high! Plus it was very narrow, at one point I got stuck, but I did make it to the top, and got some pictures from the top. Great views from the top of the church.


 


 


 


 


 


 


West Wycombe Hellfire Caves

Part of West Wycombe is underground in caves. It was nice and cold down in them. A nice releif from the heat. As expected lighting wasn’t very good there, but I did what I could with the conditions available. Some I had to switch to black and white as the colours were not very good. Now reading the various posters around the caves, there’s a reason they are called Hellfire, they are directly under the the church, but the shenanigans that went on in there, can only be suggested.