Visiting Washington DC

‘It is better to see something once than read about it 1000 times.’

Washington DC is a city full of history and politics and, having studied both at University, I was intrigued to see so many of the places and events I studied.  In many ways, it’s a tragic city- memorials to three of the greatest figures in American history dominate the city.  How different would American history be if it wasn’t for the assassinations of JFK, Martin Luther King and Abraham Lincoln?

The stunning Arlington Cemetery and the many war memorials around the city are constant reminders of the many wars America have been involved in since the Revolution in 1765.  It’s a photogenic city and the beautiful autumn weather I encountered most definitely helped.  The pictures below are just a snapshot of the highlights from one of the most interesting cities I have visited.


Life through a (macro) lens….

For the last 7 months I’ve been getting to grips with my new macro lens.  With no zoom, it means I have to get very close to the subject (I’m surprised I haven’t been stung yet) and, with the insects, you usually only get once chance to get it right.  Here’s some of the best pictures I’ve taken…..

Bright Lights, Big City….and a camera.

I’ve had my Nikon for just over a year now and I’ve learnt so much in that time.  Living so close to London has been a huge benefit and it’s here where I have been able to experiment with my DSLR.  I’m still a long way from taking the perfect picture and I’m still learning but it’s all part of the journey.  Having spent hours sifting through the photos I have taken, these are the ones that I feel sum up this beautiful city and the many different things I have learnt.  I hope you like the pictures.

Cornish Highlights

Cornwall is a wonderful place to explore with a camera.  The ever-changing weather means no two days are the same (actually, no two hours have been the same this week!).  St Ives Harbour is dominated by the seagulls- the photo opportunities with these scavengers are endless.  I also decided to purchase an ND Filter to have a try with long exposure shots down on the beach- the results were mixed to say the least!  The harbour lights made for some lovely reflections on the water at night and the macro lens enabled me to get close to the bugs and flowers.  I hope you like the pictures!