This was written on a train to London 16-March-2014 and I forgot to post it!
So I find myself travelling up to London again this time it's to watch my son perform in the Hertfordshire Schools Gala at the Royal Albert Hall. I thought it would be a great excuse to take the camera up to London again and take some pictures in and around this fabulous building, With Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens just across the road this not an area of London I have been to that often.
Last weekend was fabulous and I am looking forward to doing more photography this year than last. London on a sunny but not too hot day is just great :-) I love London can you tell although I could never live and /or work there.
This year I intend to upgrade my camera not that I really need to or dislike my d3100 it's so easy to use it has been a good friend as they say. In some circumstances this year I am going to need to have a backup camera so I thought I would buy a newer camera and keep the d3100 as my backup one. I would like to upgrade to the muted d7200 if it comes out however I think this will be after I really need it so I may have to plump for either the D5300 or D7100. Really I would love a D800 but I'm not going to be able to afford that and also as I only have DX lenses so I wouldn't be using it to its full capabilities. Although using them on it would give me a higher resolution than I have on the D3100. Like most Nikon users I would love to have the flagship D4s however there is no way I will be able to buy that. I had a play with one at the photography show and it was just simply serblime. One day when I win the Euromillions maybe lol
The trouble with anything electronic these days is that as soon as you have purchased it the next best thing is not far behind it and I think for photography it's more important to have a Camera you are happy using than necessarily having the latest gadget. you don't need all the latest gizmos most photographers will be using M, S or A anyway I can't remember the last time I used an auto setting on my camera.
So next week I'm heading to the wonderful Woburn Safari Park. I'm attending a Wild Cat photography workshop really looking forward to this I hope it's a lovely dry day not to sunny just a nice dry day will do. Last weekend i spent most of my time at Hamerton Zoo Park taking pictures of their Cheetahs and Tigers. I got some very good pictures but I think I can do better I'm hoping to pick up some good tips on the day that I can use at other zoos. On at subject I didn't realise how many 'little' zoos there are around the country, you hear of the big ones London Whipsnade Chester Colchester Edinburgh etc etc but before a couple of weeks ago I was completely unaware of Hamerton Linton Shepruth that are relatively local to me. I think some days out and about are called for!
One of the best reasons I like going to zoos to photograph the animals is that I generally go on my own and I just get away from the world and it's just me my camera and the animals I have often found that you need some time and space just to do things on your own and photography has helped me no end in dealing with life's stresses and strains.