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My new Nikon Z7 with adaptor and AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5 - 5.6 E zoom

I do have a copy of the Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR zoom lens but it seems very out of place on the Nikon Z7. It is large and heavy which rather defeats the object. So I bought the new 70-300mm P zoom lens which is very reasonably priced and has had great reviews. I know that I will maybe not get the very creamy backgrounds that I could get with a 2.8 lens but some compromises have to be made, and honestly the out of focus areas of the pictures taken at 300mm using this lens are quite pleasing. I am no bird photographer but I thought I might try out this combination on my garden birds. As no swans visit our bird feeder most of the birds are quite small and so the following pictures are all big crops from the original pictures. I tried various focusing techniques and found using the wide area (small) focus area selection in single point focus, the most successful.
Here are the results.

The Nikon Z7, 24-70mm zoom and Little Bardfield Church

I have now been using the Nikon Z7 for a few days and am finding it a very easy camera. It feels right in the hand and is a nice combination with the new 24-70mm lens which I bought with it.
I took some pictures in and outside Little Bardfield Church in Essex and found the high ISO performance to be very good. The third picture down was taken at ISO 8000 and looks not too bad,  after some noise reduction in Lightroom. No 4 was taken at 1800, and no 5 at 5600.
The lens is very sharp and also small enough to be a perfect partner for the camera. At present Lightroom does not have it in their dropdown lens correction menu.
I found the dynamic range to be similar to that of the D850, but of course this is not a scientific review and all things are subjective.
I think, at last I have found a camera that does all I want it to (fingers crossed).

3 Days in Prague

This is a compilation of photographs taken on a recent visit to Prague to see the Josef Kudelka exhibition 'Returning'.

Back to Tate Modern

I seem to have a fascination for the interior of Tate Modern, especially the concrete staircase of the Blavatnik Building. So here are a few more pictures of this, and also a few straying into the original building. Following on are some images from the South Bank which I took a stroll down to from the Tate. It was a hot day and a lot of people were taking advantage of the sunshine.

Saffron Walden Crank Up

The photographs were taken on a very wet day in May this year. Great fun though

The South Bank

Another day, another video. this one is rather different and set on London's South Bank. The pictures were taken in April this year.

The Humber Bridge

Alan and I had a trip to the Humber Estuary in July this year. here are a few pictures of the Humber Bridge from Barton-upon-Humber compiled into a video.

Kilnsea, relics of the First World War

Kilnsea sits on the Humber estuary and has been used in the past as a place of fortification, to guard against invaders. In 1915 Fort Godwin was constructed of concrete. An artillery battery with two big guns, it was pressed into service again during the Second World War but was decommissioned afterwards. Since then it has gradually been broken and claimed by the sea. Not much remains now, the cliffs have eroded right back and the concrete hulk of the gun emplacement lies isolated.

On the cliffs, high above the beach you can still see a concrete sound mirror used for detecting ships before radar was invented. I am including this picture as it is not on the video

Spring in the Hillier Gardens

Back in May we joined a number of relatives in Winchester for my son's wedding. Before the big day we had an outing to the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Romsey, close by to Winchester. The gardens are a treat, with formal and less formal areas, places to eat and have a coffee and even 2 pet pigs. They were established by the plantsman Harold Hillier in 1953 and given to the sole care of Hampshire County Council in 1977. In mid May the rhododendrums were putting out a tremendous show. I took the photographs using a Holga lens. A cheap plastic lens that distorts and vignettes, especially on a full frame camera. I wanted to achieve a more dreamy look and used the lack of complete focus to do this. I have placed the photos on an Adobe Spark video which allows a slideshow and the addition of music to make it more of an experience.

Glorious Utah, the end of the journey

We spent another night in Loa and then Anne and I drove back to Las Vegas. We went by some of the more interesting byways before we got onto I-15 and the big roll into the city. Unfortunately there was not time or opportunity to stop and take pictures. Even though there was the memorable experience of a road runner running down the road, naturally. Our plane left in the early evening for the journey back to Florida, a 4½ hour flight. This takes you over Lake Mead, the Hoover Dam, and then after about 20 minutes, the Grand Canyon. I had a window seat and was able to take some pictures.  It got dark about 7.00pm and then we seemed to fly over vast tracts of nothing with the occasional oasis of light from a small town. Eventually we crossed the Gulf of Mexico and shortly after landed at Orlando Airport. The next day, before I took my flight home to the UK, Ron, Anne's husband took me for a tour to see the hurricane damage. We also saw, from their driveway, a rocket launch from Cape …