Search
RSS & Email Feeds - The Easy Way To Keep Up To Date With The Blog

 

Tech Podcast Network
« SCL Photo Podcast 59: Meditative Photography | Main | SCL Photo Podcast 58 - A Weekend Off! »
Wednesday
Aug192009

Photo(ride) 76 - Around Gosport!

I haven't written about my photowalks recently, I've just linked to them in my Flickr Photostream, but my son Oli (he's 11) and I went for a bike ride on Sunday afternoon, and I thought I'd share our experience.


Before we left I had the conundrum about which gear to take. Being on the bikes, and it being such a hot day, I didn't want to take my large camera back-pack, just my small Lowepro TLZ mini, which just has enough room for my Canon EOS 350d / Digital Rebel XT, one lens (fitted to the camera), spare battery, a couple of filters and a lens cloth. So which lens to use? The 50mm F1.8 Auto-Focus Canon, or my 28mm Manual Focus Pentacon? I actually had the 50mm on at one point, but then decided that the 28mm was more suited to the landscape style shots I was probably going to be taking. So I slung my camera bag over my shoulder, jumped on my Specialized Rockhopper, Oli raced off on his BMX, and we headed for Priddy's Hard.

Type 42 Destroyers, Priddys Hard
Type 42 Destroyers, Priddys Hard


To my great surprise we discovered that two scrap Royal Navy Type 42 Destroyers have appeared at the moorings just off the Hard. The harbour has seemed empty over the last few months without these old ladies of the sea (their predecessors having being towed off for scrap), and I have to say that it's great to have an interesting back-drop for my photo's of this part of the harbour.

Of course I immediately regretted not bringing the 50mm, or my zoom, with the warships being so far away, but if you look at the photo big, you can see quite a lot of detail (and how good the old M42 Pentacon 28mm is when stopped down beyond F5.6).

Pier's At Priddys Hard
Pier's At Priddys Hard


I clambered down onto the muddy shore-line and followed a line of shingle to get the above shot of one of the piers, and the same pier from a different angle below. Both 3 exposure HDR's, they were processed in Photomatix and finished off in Photoshop.

Private Pier, Priddys Hard
Private Pier, Priddys Hard


After a stop-off my a cold drink at McDonald's, Oli and I ended up at the Gosport side of Portsmouth Harbour. The Sun was shining, the sky blue with beautiful wispy clouds, so we found a relatively clear spot and I clambered over the sea wall to get some different shots of the Spinnaker tower and the promenade itself.

Portsmouth Harbour
Portsmouth Harbour


(The rocks in the above shot look like they're cloned in, they're not, they just seem to be "glowing", something to do with my B&W process me-thinks).

Promanade, Portsmouth Harbour, Gosport Side
Promanade, Portsmouth Harbour, Gosport Side


This shot of the promenade is better viewed big.

Portsmouth Harbour
Portsmouth Harbour


Back on our bikes we rode over Haslar Bridge and headed to Stokes Bay. A couple more shots and we turned for home, for a well earned rest and some iced drinks!

Stokes Bay, Looking East
Stokes Bay, Looking East


Stokes Bay, Looking Towards IOW
Stokes Bay, Looking Towards IOW


I really enjoyed my bike ride with Ols, we had a great time, took some nice Photographs, and had lots of good exercise. Here's to the next one!

Cheers, Rob.

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
All HTML will be escaped. Hyperlinks will be created for URLs automatically.