December arrives

Although I am making slow and steady progress through the backlog of photos from months past, I thought it was time to share something a little more up to date. Winter, it seems, has been switched on in the UK. This week I am not sure that temperatures have made it more than one degree above freezing where I live. However, combined with a week of working on an evening shift pattern, this means fun with the macro lens in our icy garden. I am starting to get the measure of both this lens (although I curse it for not having IS) and my own ability to hold completely still whilst taking a macro shot. It’s still a skill very much in need of practice, but these shots are some of the sharpest i’ve managed yet and I’m quite proud of them.

100mm, f/6.3, 1/160 sec, ISO 400

100mm, f/6.3, 1/160 sec, ISO 400

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Italy – Il Vecchio Mulino

As I mentioned in my last post some 3 weeks ago, I was, at that time, about to be off on holiday to Italy. Which is why nothing happened here for 2 weeks, and that third week was spent uploading and editing the photos I took – some 600 of them. This is the first post of a few from the trip.

We went for a two week break to the northern end of Tuscany known as the Garfagnana, an mountainous area which is not necessarily what you expect when you first think of Tuscany.  We’d originally wanted to go to the parts of Tuscany you imagine – yellow plains, cypress trees, villas dotted about between historic towns and cities. But we’d only settled on this destination a little late in the day for holiday booking, and the property we ended up renting was an unexpectedly good deal in what looked like beautiful scenery.

Beautiful it was indeed, and the property wasn’t entirely unphotogenic either. Let me introduce you to Il Vecchio Mulino – a former water mill just outside the hilltop town of Coregelia Antelminelli.

iPhone photo

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