Sunday, 30 November 2008

Swan


Swan
Originally uploaded by stephenlamb

I live close to Watermead Country Park and decided to take a walk around one of the lakes this morning - and I took my camera along with me. I found a platform at the side of the lake which is intended for people to use for feeding the water birds. There was no one else around and so I had it to myself. I used my 75 - 300 mm lens. This is a full frame lens which I used to use on my 35 mm film camera and so it effectively extends to 450 mm on my Sony A100. I did not have a tripod with me and so had to use it handheld. I concentrated on taking close-ups of swans. This is one of the results. I set off for home after about half an hour - it was bitterly cold and my fingers were too numb to operate the camera any longer!

Saturday, 22 November 2008

Snitterfield, Warwickshire


Snitterfield, Warwickshire
Originally uploaded by stephenlamb



Snitterfield is a village near Stratford on Avon. The church is a large one with hens roaming in the grounds. I would like to take photographs there in better weather conditions than I found on my visit. It was a very dull day. When I got home I decided to see what the photographs would look like in black and white - and I think that they are much better. I did the conversion in Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2. I think that I would like to experiment a bit more with monochrome images. A colour and black and white version are shown above for comparison.


Saturday, 8 November 2008

Halloween


Halloween
Originally uploaded by stephenlamb

I drove along a long narrow lane from Barkby Thorpe this morning. I noticed that several carved pumpkins had been put on walls and posts for Halloween. I photographed this eerie specimen.

I have just finished revamping my "Stephen's Images" website. I have widened the pages; added more photo galleries; added Google Sense Ads; added videos and redesigned the menus. It should make it easier to add to and maintain in the future - and easier for visitors to.

I am now going on to revamp my "Leicestershire Churches" website which I have neglected for too long.

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Brabo Fountain, Antwerp, Belgium


Brabo Fountain, Antwerp
Originally uploaded by stephenlamb

This photograph has been included in the recently revised Schmap guide to Antwerp. I must confess that I had never heard of Schmap until they contacted me to ask if they could use my photograph. I have now had a good look at their site and am very impressed. They produce free guides to various places around the world which can be viewed either on a computer or on various mobile phones - including the iPhone. Most of the guides cover North America and Europe which I guess reflects where most of their contributors are. I am going to Brussels next month and will try out the Schmap Guide to Brussels while I am there.

The photograph depicts a fountain in the Grote Markt. Brabo was a sailor who fought a giant who was stopping every ship and demanding money from the crews before allowing them to continue on their journey. Brabo defeated the giant and cut off his hand. The statue shows Brabo throwing the giant's hand into the water.

The name of the city of Antwerp comes from "Hand Werpen" meaning "throwing a hand."

This information came from the Schmap Guide to Antwerp - I said they were good! You can visit Schmap at www.schmap.com - follow the link on the right.