We recently visited Germany and spent a Day in Koblenz which is just South West of Frankfurt. It was freezing cold and a little damp being the beginning of February but there was enough to interest us for some exploring.
We started with the fort (Ehrenbreitstein Fortress) which overlooks the city from the top of the hill, just across the river. There is a handy cable-car that takes you straight there avoiding the steep climb (and a cold swim across the Rheine).
On our recent trip to Wisconsin we stopped for a while in Cedarburg which is as quaint little historic city not far from just north of Milwaukee. Originally a mill town it has a nice river running through it and some interesting stores. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.
Here are a few pictures I took whilst wandering around.
I took three cameras with me when I went to Chicago recently; My Olympus Pen-F digital, my Voigtländer Bessa Rangefinder and my Voigtländer Vitomatic II. I have already posted some shots from the Olympus and I didn’t really get to use the Bessa but I did manage a walk with my Vitomatic and I have to say I enjoyed it immensely.
It has been some time since I have used this little rangefinder and I had forgotten what a nice thing it is to use. Continue reading “Chicago with film”
I took these whilst visiting Plymouth recently. They are painted signs of which there are many around this city that celebrate the historical industries of the city.
I believe there is a tour you can do to see all of the signs.
I recently visited Chicago and went up to the 94th floor of the John Hancock building where tourists (like me) can find ‘360 Chicago‘ that allows great views across the city in all directions. It also has a ride of sort called ‘Tilt’ which has a moving section of glass that when you are standing against it tilts out a few feet as if it were going to fall. I didn’t do that part of the attraction just checked out the views.
We were there later in the afternoon so the sun was casting long shadows. I spotted this beach below and liked the angle. I waited to see if someone walked on so I could get a shot. I needed to switch to my other lens which isn’t as nice as the others but gives me the longest focal length (effective 300mm) and I was rewarded when this couple wandered into shot and my steady hand didn’t let me down.
Submitting this for the Weekly Photo Challenge Ascend.
At the edge of Griffith Park next to the i5 is the LA Zoo, a modern establishment housing animals in somewhat reasonably humane conditions (depending on your overall opinion on zoos) but just around the corner the other side of the hill that the LA Zoo now sits upon in the site where the zoo once was and much of the old place is still there to see. Continue reading “LA’s Old Zoo”
Another day out we managed during the recent trip home to the UK was to Cliveden (pronounced CLIV-den) House.
The house itself is a hotel but the gardens are open to the public and managed by the National Trust. This is also the venue for a large flower show annually run by the Royal Horticultural Society; we just went on a normal day though.
Cliveden has a rich history; Once the home of Nancy Astor Continue reading “Gardens at Clivedon House”
I’ve been in the UK for the last couple of weeks visiting family and saying goodbye to my father who passed away.
Whilst there I visited a few places one of which is Blenheim Palace which is a large country house situated in Woodstock, Oxfordshire and is the principal residence of the Dukes of Marlborough. Continue reading “Blenheim Palace”
As the Angeles National Forest is now barely a 15 minute drive from my house, I decided to take the Pen-F digital out for some landscapes – it seems rude not to when these views are so close
This weekend myself and S took our 1969 Prowler (towed by our 1990 Bronco) on our first expedition to camp at Cachuma Lake. All went reasonably well, we had some issues but generally it was a success.
The journey up was pretty uneventful though it was scary as hell Continue reading “Cachuma Lake and Solvang”