Warwick Castle

Occasionally I get to do some cool things for work. This week I visited Warwick Castle. I think I may have been in the dim and distant past – as I suddenly remembered our first pet was a gerbil named Fred Earl of Warwick. Anyway – this time I met Henry VIII, saw rats being chucked and watched eagles flying in the pouring rain. Oh – and I got my ‘Owl of the Week’ shot.

Warwick Castle courtyard

Camera: Fujifilm X10
Aperture: f/6.5
Speed: 1/800
ISO: 100
Focal length: 7mm

Warwick castle

The Castle mound. Apparently it’s man-made.

Camera: Fujifilm X10
Aperture: f/5
Speed: 1/400
ISO: 100
Focal length: 25mm

Rat chucking at Warwick

This is a popular attraction: chuck rats through a hoop. It keeps kids busy for ages and parents happy watching.

Camera: Fujifilm X10
Aperture: f/5.6
Speed: 1/750
ISO: 100
Focal length: 28mm

Henry VIII ambulating around the grounds of Warwick Castle

One of our party made a conquest – not me – funnily enough she didn’t seem keen to be wife number seven.

Camera: Fujifilm X10
Aperture: f/5
Speed: 1/450
ISO: 100
Focal length: 28mm
Tilt shift blur

Spectators duck as an eagle flies over their heads

It bucketed down through the bird of prey show. But in true British spirit the umbrellas and plastic macs came out and most of us stuck with it.

Camera: Fujifilm X10
Aperture: f/4
Speed: 1/250
ISO: 100
Focal length: 28mm

Warwick Warriors display in the courtyard at Warwick Castle

Warwick Warriors showed us their stuff.

Camera: Fujifilm X10
Aperture: f/4
Speed: 1/350
ISO: 100
Focal length: 28mm

Suit of armour

A slightly ghostly suit of armour.

Camera: Fujifilm X10
Aperture: f/2
Speed: 1/80
ISO: 800
Focal length: 25mm

Black-and-white conversion in Photoshop CS6

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Batmobile

The other week I was bumbling around Hitchin market and suddenly there was the Batmobile – complete with tiny Batman if you look closely. It wasn’t in the greatest setting and this picture is more to show where it was.

Batmobile front view

Batmobile in Hitchin Market

Camera: Canon PowerShot SX220 HS
ISO: 400
Aperture: f4.0
Speed: 1/400

Batmobile internal shot

Batmobile dashboard

Camera: Canon PowerShot SX220 HS
ISO: 200
Aperture: f4.0
Speed: 1/100

Cropped and processed in Photoshop CS6 with a film stock colour LUT adjustment layer.

This one doesn’t look like it was taken in Hitchin market on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

Daisy Daisy

daisy by Jill Sawyer Phypers
daisy, a photo by Jill Sawyer Phypers on Flickr.

Camera: Fujifilm X10
Exposure:0.002 sec (1/600)
Aperture:f/3.6
Focal Length:7.1 mm
ISO Speed:100

My daughter is getting married next month and it got me thinking about cameras. These days I go to events with Canon slung over my shoulder, but I didn’t think that would do as mother of the bride.

But I didn’t want to spend the day without a decent camera either.

Then I remembered the gorgeous Fujifilm X100. Well I looked at it – and the price has come down – but not down enough! But then I spotted a mention of the X10. Aha – that’s more like it!

It arrived yesterday and I’m still playing with it, but the signs are looking good.

There’s a bit of blowing out of highlights in some situations and the raw files are no better than the jpegs in most cases, but nothing serious so far.

More later!