Our Camera Club had a photowalk this week along the River Thames at Hampton Court Palace. There was lots to do and see and a variety of photo opportunities. One of our members lives on a houseboat there and she took some of us on a trip on the river and another member, who lives nearby arranged for us to go across the river where there is a lock and weir. It was in the evening so we had perfect light and it was the end of a beautiful summer day.
I practised long exposures with the fast water of the weir, shot some backlit flowers, reflections, some graphic shots of bridges etc, a few landscapes, a few panning shots and a few into the setting sun. The quality is patchy but I had a good time choosing the apertures etc and I was pleased that I can make choices and know my way around my camera better. A good place to go back to and take more time on things I want to take better shots of.
I took the opportunity to take some shots for the above theme and managed to find a variety of subjects. There were lots of cyclists on the towpath but I was not fast enough or patient enough to get an action shot of them. There were scooters and motorbikes which seemed to have been there a long time but I did not have the correct f/stop etc to sufficiently blur the busy background. I found this bicycle parked in the bushes and I have used it.
f/8, 1/15, ISO 400 processed in Nik Collection,Silver Efex Pro2, Soft Sepia