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Moments in time – 2008

Going through my photos this evening I came across a set from outs honeymoon in 2008. We started in Japan, then Australia, and finally stopping off in China on the way home. It was a great holiday that seemed to be over far too quickly. Hopefully in the future we will get to go back to Australia but now that we have 2 children it’s going to be one expensive trip!!

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Hive Beach, Dorset

Last weekend, myself and the family took a trip down to Symondsbury, Dorset. The occasion was the marriage of my sister-in-law which was to be held in Symondsbury Manor on Saturday 12th May. The drive down was terrible with rain and wind for the whole journey. This coupled with the unseasonably low temperatures made us question whether or not we should have brought full winter attire. However, it would appear that the weather gods were being kind to us and from the Friday through to Sunday evening we were blessed with glorious sunshine and temperatures even topping the high teens (centigrade to any American readers!).

The day after the wedding we took a trip down to Hive Beach which is about a 15 minute drive from the village of Symondsbury. The beach is unusual in that there is little to no sand, only very smooth and small pebbles. I came to the conclusion that stones of this size we much more difficult to walk on than sand – finding this out as I took a stroll down the beach to check out the photo ops.

The children really enjoyed themselves, although Mia was uncertain about going for a paddle – despite Lou’s best efforts!

The pictures below were taken with a Canon 7D with a 70-200mm f/2.8 IS USM MkII lens. The lens was hired for the purpose of taking the wedding photos (some of which will be uploaded once the bride and groom have vetted them!) but was an ideal lens for photographing children playing; allowing me to get close ups without having to intrude on their personal space.

I’ve only included a few photos to showcase the set that is posted on Flickr.

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Top of the Rock

One of my favorite places to visit in New York City is the Rockefeller Centre. It never seems to be as busy or manic as the Empire State Building and the fact you get views of the ESB and Central Park win me over every time. The shots from this visit were taken at completely the wrong time – midday – and the light was harsh. This coupled with the haze and smog didn’t make for great pictures, but after some jiggery pokery in Aperture, a few of them have turned out OK!

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Frozen

I posted this image earlier this year but I’ve since gone back and tweaked it a little. I think I prefer this version which seems to bring out the lens flare more. The original image is below so you can compare.

All three images were taken during a trip to Fort William to celebrate Hogmany (New Years Eve!). This winter was unique in that we didn’t get much snow but the temperature barely climbed above 0 for about 3-4 weeks which resulted in an extremely deep frost. This made for some interesting landscape shots as it gave the impression there was actually snow on the ground.