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The Malverns – Close Up

Recently we took a walk in the Malvern Hills and tried to capture the beauty of the hills from a landscape point of view. You can see our results here. I think we did the hills justice on that occasion but generally we find it hard to capture the epic beauty of these hills in one photo. This weekend saw us back on the hills again and this time we tried to capture the hills in a different way. Close up and personal! I had textures in mind but as the photos from the day took shape it really became a collection of detail shots, seats, benches, logs, signs, moss, webs and so on. The hills then, are beautiful in an epic grand landscape kind of a way but also there is beauty to be found in the detail. Nature is quick to reclaim what is hers and in the same way that there was beauty to be found in the old fading and aging buildings of Venice, then there is beauty in the way that nature ages and absorbs. You can see this on old benches or on moss covered logs.

To conclude, we hope you enjoy this set but if you get a chance take a walk on the Malvern Hills and see if you can photograph the beauty and majesty of the hills.

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Port Cogolin On A Sunday Afternoon

We had a recent holiday in the south of France and in the middle of it we went to Venice for a crazy, busy three days of sightseeing. As a counterpoint to this we had a lazy holiday either side of this three days by the pool in Port Cogolin. On the Sunday afternoon we took a walk around this sleepy little port to see what was going on. Mrs P was armed with her big zoom and soon found that there was more going on than she at first imagined.


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Venice – Venicescape Part Two

These are the more general shots, vistas, panoramas, landscapes, cityscapes – you get the idea – and we shot them over the three days we spent exploring Venice. There are a lot of them so we have blogged them in two halves and this is the second set in our Venicescape theme. I would hope that after seeing our photos from Venice it would make you want to visit this beautiful city. It has certainly left a lasting impression on us and God willing it won’t be too long before we return. We were armed with the Fuji X-E1 with the 18-50 lens, which is a perfect walk around set up and the Canon 400D with the 70-300mm Sigma zoom. Most of the shots are from the Fuji but between the two cameras we had most bases covered.


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Venice – Venicescape Part One

These are the more general shots, vistas, panoramas, landscapes, cityscapes – you get the idea – and we shot them over the three days we spent exploring Venice. There are a lot of them so we have blogged them in two halves. I would hope that after seeing our photos from Venice it would make you want to visit this beautiful city. It has certainly left a lasting impression on us and God willing it won’t be too long before we return. We were armed with the Fuji X-E1 with the 18-50 lens, which is a perfect walk around set up and the Canon 400D with the 70-300mm Sigma zoom. Most of the shots are from the Fuji but between the two cameras we had most bases covered.


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Venice – Statues

This is just a collection of photos of statues that we grabbed as we wandered around Venice. I have not long read Dan Brown’s Inferno so check out the four horses atop St Mark’s Basilica. Were the heads removed and the cut disguised by harnesses around the horses’ necks as he speculates?  Check out the two statues either side of the huge bell on St Mark’s Square. Look at them from above and note the fine steps leading to the bell, it all amazes me. the lion in St Mark’s Square is a handsome fella too.


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Venice – The Market

The fruit and vegetable and fish markets are along the Grand Canal by the Rialto Bridge on the San Polo bank. We could have spent the whole day there photographing the stalls and the people, while soaking up the atmosphere and buzz of the place, whereas in truth, we were there for probably less than an hour as we meandered around Venice. When every corner, every turn, every new canal, begs to be photographed you feel like you get pulled through the city drugged by its wonder.


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Venice – Street

We were pleased with our photographs from our three day visit to Venice. This set – Street – is an attempt to capture the reality, the hustle, the bustle, the rest and the pause. We mix in the reality, such as the refuse collection and the street cleaning, with the hustle of the market and the bustle of the Rialto Bridge. We capture the pause, such as the gondolier grabbing a quick drink mid shift, with the rest of the gondoliers relaxing in their gondolas. Everywhere we looked there was a photograph to be taken and we are pleased with the way this set captures the streets, walkways and canals of Venice. After this we will look at the market, the statues, panoramas, and the cityscape of Venice, but for now we hope you enjoy Venice – Street.