My Photo Blog and Diary page
Various photo happenings and a few thoughts along the way.
Under strict lock-down, we have not left our house now for the better part of ten weeks.
The various resident birds, who are currently very busy bringing new families into the World, have got quite used to us in the garden and, the Robin in particular, will frequently come over to see what we are doing and to find out if there any tasty morsels on offer. We have started grinding up the odd peanut for him and his family and he now will not leave us alone!
No wonder the Robin is the English garden favourite!
May 8th was the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.
With the Country under lock-down, due to the Covid19 pandemic, the commemorative celebrations, that one could expect in normal times, were very restricted and muted.
People in my village observed the two-minute 11.00 am silence from their doorsteps.
In the late evening, a brief fireworks display was launched from the village hall that filled the night sky with brief colourful action.
For my own part and being under strict NHS "At Risk" lock-down, I am fortunate in that our house is only a short distance from the village hall launch site and I was able to capture a brief record of the display from our bedroom window.
Above: Camera: Nikon D800. Lens: 70 - 200 mm f 2-8 VR II.
On the 7th April, we witnessed a “Super Moon”. Apparently, the Moon was at its nearest point to Earth this year and therefore appeared bigger than normal.
It was certainly large and seen in a relatively cloudless sky, it presented an interesting diversion from the ongoing and increasingly worsening Coronavirus pandemic. The number of deaths is increasing at an alarming rate and even the Prime Minister is now a casualty and in intensive care.
Photographing the Moon is not simple and in order to capture the real detail it is important to set the camera on manual and use point settings focused on the Moon itself. It is in fact surprisingly bright and a standard “auto” shot will simply produce a bright and featureless orb. I typically use ISO 200 at f8 and a speed of 400. Camera used here was a Nikon D800 with a 200mm lens.
At the time of writing this blog, we are in the last week of March and living under the pandemic reality of the Coronavirus.
The winter months have been far from exciting having spent a longer than expected period in hospital, before Christmas, following a routine kidney operation that became sceptic in post-op. This was followed by a two-week bout of flu that occupied the Christmas and New year period. Consequently, virtually no photos have been taken recently. Add to all this the recent wet and very stormy weather that, although mild, certainly put the tin lid on getting out with the camera anywhere.
And now we have the pandemic which, because of my “at serious risk” status caused by Myeloma, means I must remain isolated at home and not leave here for any reason for at least twelve weeks, and this could well be extended. The prospects of a “normal” existence, travelling with camera in hand, look somewhat remote at present, as normal life for anybody looks remote.
Although we are all in the middle of a crisis, the World keeps on turning and Spring is now moving forward at full tilt. Somethings are normal, such as the nesting birds and the spring flowers, and a little bit of normality, that we can appreciate, is now especially important.
Photo: Daffs and Crocus. Camera: iphone XR.