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.
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.
After our walk up the Grand Wash, Anne and I had some lunch. It was certainly hot and dusty as evidenced by her car.
One of the big tourist spots in Capitol Reef is a boardwalk, which runs around the base of a cliff next to the Fremont River. Here it was very busy as people jostled to see the petroglyphs, carvings in the rock made by the Fremont people. The Fremonts lived along the banks of the river between 300 and 1300CE, as hunter gatherers. They also grew some crops and lived in pit houses and rock shelters. I took some pictures of the petroglyphs and then became distracted by the shadows falling on the rocks.
Having seen evidence of the Fremont folk we went to what remained of Fruita, the Mormon settlement.
The Mormons came from Salt Lake City, looking for places where they could settle in Southern Utah. They did face some persecution, so the remote byways suited them. In the 1870's and 80's various little places were settled along the Fremont River, including Loa, Torr…