Monday, November 2, 2009

Westminster Chimes!

Good Morning! :) I am so glad the rain has stopped for a few days! YAY!

I have been out taking photos with my new camera, the Nikon D90. Well, what a lot of fun I am having. Although the weather has been overcast and rather gloomy I figured why not give the camera a real challenge, if it could take reasonable photos in gloomy light what would it take in perfect sunlight (I am going to have to wait 'til next Spring, here in the Northwest, to find that one out :(

The challenge I am finding right now is that the camera is a lot heavier than my little Canon point and shoot, especially with the larger zoom lens. Everything I am taking is on auto for now. There are so many things to learn, it will be a while before I am up to taking photos on manual.

Because the camera is so heavy, taking photos of objects above is pretty tricky but I wanted to share these with you, they are not stunning just a work in progress.

This clock and fountain are outside the gym where I go to workout. It chimes every quarter and on the hour the fill Westminster Chimes. This is at once both a happy and sad thing for me. It reminds me how far I am from my beloved London and also, evokes in me the memories of some great times living in London.

When you come out of the underground station across the street from "Big Ben" you step out into the sunshine (it always has to be sunshine in our memories) and are instantly in awe of its beauty. It is to me a strong permanent physical reminder of my British heritage.

Although this clock doesn't look like "Big Ben" and of course the rush and noise of the London streets is nowhere around, I can close my eyes when this clock chimes and pretend I am standing beneath the real thing. :)

Happy Painting/Creating! :) T.


MAB Jewelry said...

Beautiful photos.

Fernanda said...

These photos look great! :) Enjoy your camera!

Almost Precious said...

Looks good ! Can't imagine how great your photos will be when you get more proficient with your lovely Nikon D90. Oh what I wouldn't give to have a camera with a REAL zoom feature. Some time ago I tried to capture a shot of a beautiful hawk sitting on top of the telephone pole just outside our yard. I used all the zoom my little tiny Canon had and it was still hard to make out the hawk in my photos...he actually looked bigger and closer in life than in my close up photos. LOL

Alicia Istanbul said...

Great pictures. I'm teaching myself how to work my new camera, too. I took some pictures of the mountains this past weekend, they came out pretty good (you can see them in today's blog post).

theleidy said...

yay! i have the same camera, but i still can't be bothered reading the manual (it's more like a book to me lol). and i still am having problems with my photos. i want the warm colors, but i always end up having too bright photos. and i can't photoshop. sigh. great pictures though. next stop: buying lenses. which are pricey. :(