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Lathom Locks

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Dewi Sant, Mar 11, 2014.

  1. Dewi Sant

    Dewi Sant SC Veteran

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    Dec 20, 2013
    Lancashire, England
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    So, today has been a bit sub-tropical in Lancashire - we've had temperatures of 12 deg no less and beautiful bright sunshine, so all DIYing now done for the moment out came the car & in went the E-PL5 and the lenses I've been collecting for the past few weeks. Top down I set off to photograph something, with not a clue where I was headed. I didn't have too long to kill though, as it's missus Dewi's birthday tomorrow and I'd promised to be back to take her to buy something nice.

    I ended up at a place called Lathom Locks about 12 miles from home. The locks are on the Rufford branch of the Liverpool - Leeds Canal, it's quite a picturesque and peaceful place to be & I often take a drive or a ride out here on the bike to just sit for a while savouring the tranquility of it.

    Anyway - photos. These are the shots I got today using all 4 lenses I now have: the Olympus 17mm pancake, Olympus 14-42mm zoom, Pentax 50mm f1.7 SMC and my latest acquisition the Carl Zeiss DDR 135mm f3.5

    First off the, 14-42 Olympus zoom............







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    The 17mm Olympus pancake...........

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    The Pentax 50mm ............




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    The Carl Zeiss ...........











    And, I couldn't resist adding this one - looking all gleamy in the sunshine on the walk back :smile:

     
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  2. pniev

    pniev Student for life

    Jun 10, 2013
    What a beautiful series and day!
     
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  3. Very nice, well done
     
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  4. rparmar

    rparmar SC Regular

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    Jul 12, 2011
    Limerick, Ireland
    I love canals myself. Seems like a nice area.

    One comment on the shots... they seem tilted towards the black. Something in the development?
     
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  5. Dewi Sant

    Dewi Sant SC Veteran

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    Dec 20, 2013
    Lancashire, England
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    No, just me getting used to a new camera / lenses that I've not really used outdoors before to any great extent, Robin so I'm still getting to grips with the metering on it. Yesterday was incredibly bright sunshine so the contrast was almost off the scale even shooting in RAW. I have found the E-PL5 quite a contrasty camera though compared to my Canon so I'll make some adjustments in the menu. May even have a go at shooting some JPEGs as well to see what they produce. I do like lots of contraast in my photos though, which isn't always to everyones taste
     
  6. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    Very nice set Dewi ....... you will get "hooked" on adapters and old MF glass

    Highlights and shadows, both ends of the histogram, poor little camera sensors cannot cope, need to pull them both back a little in whatever PP app you have got - you have such strong sun in the UK you need to be careful of them, must be sun cream time - (can't wait to get back??)
     
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  7. Dewi Sant

    Dewi Sant SC Veteran

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    Dec 20, 2013
    Lancashire, England
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    Yes, Bill - the UK is well known for it's sunny climes :smile: It's nice to see bit of it even if only for a short while. The big problem this time of year of course is not only the strength of the sun under the recent clear blue skies, but how low it is in the sky at this time of year causing very the dark shadows. I was out again yesterday with the E-PL5 and had similar problems so I sat in my office last night going through the menu and making a few adjustments ........... it's cloudy here this morning! :rolleyes:
     
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  8. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    That's better ...... more like the UK that I know and love

    Very windy and warm here - we are on top of a mountain - bright blue skies

    I'll just take an image of the view and post it

    Off to Wilderness for a few days tomorrow - good bird spotting country, then back to France overnight Sunday

    Take care

    Hazy today - we have a 180 degree view of the Lagoon and Indian Ocean at the front and at the rear the mountains - it really is great out in SA

    A quick shot a few minutes ago from the front wooden type structure on the front of the house

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  9. Dewi Sant

    Dewi Sant SC Veteran

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    Jealous, moi? Too damned right I am! :smile: You seem to have been over there for ages, how long has it been?
     
  10. rparmar

    rparmar SC Regular

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    Jul 12, 2011
    Limerick, Ireland
    It's good to have another excuse to get back out there shooting. :)
     
  11. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    Those shots are really good Dewi, but you need to clean your car!!!
     
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  12. Dewi Sant

    Dewi Sant SC Veteran

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    Dec 20, 2013
    Lancashire, England
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    I'll get right on it tomorrow, Bill :thumbup: