CUBA !!!!

I’ve wanted to go to Cuba for a while now and was fortunate enough to be able to visit this beautiful country before it changes.

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I will try and give you a flavour of my trip…….. but I would urge you to go and see it for yourself

Cuba door 1

These images are from my first day in Havana

car 1

Okay, I admit they are Cuba clichés …. but hey, why not?

Cuba 2I

I found Cuba to be totally mesmerising and exceeded all my expectations – and the people were lovely, even when they were sitting on top of a ladder !

Cubab Workers

Malta – Further Travels With My Camera

Even though I seem to be using Snappy (Sony DSC RX100 iii) very frequently these days – I haven’t  posted any of the resulting pictures.

Malta 2

Last week I was in Malta and took the opportunity of putting the camera through a number of “trails” to see how it coped on the street.

Malta 1

I am going to Cuba next month so want to have a light responsive camera that I can use for all occasions……..   looks like Snappy will be up for the job 🙂



Travels With My Camera (AKA Snappy)

I took my Sony RX100 iii (AKA Snappy) out yesterday to the RHS Flower Show which was being staged at Tatton Park in Cheshire and I am still staggered by how well this camera performs.


The weather was perfect for photography and I enjoyed walking round looking at the various floral exhibits

Flower 5

Flowers shows (and the people who exhibit and attend ) appear to be a completely different world from the one I currently move in (all things photographic) but we all share the love of producing something that is eye catchingly beautiful.

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It was fun taking pictures of flowers instead of models (less problems with lighting and posing) and just leaning in to take the picture was a joy.   Looking forward to doing something artistic with some of the pictures 🙂

Flower 1

All of theres pictures were taken with the Sony Cyber Shot DSC RX100 iii


Click, Click, Click, Click, Done !!!!

Continuing my travels with my new camera Sony DSC RX100iii (AKA Snappy)

I was very much looking forward to using Snappy on my trip to North Carolina and spent most of the 8 hour flight reading through the instruction book – well it did help pass the time.

But before that I took a few shots around the airport,


……….from out of the plane window (I adore clouds)


…….and the inflight meal  (yes I am wearing flight stockings)

plane Meal

I even showed the camera to the lady who was sitting next to me…. but she soon fell asleep (okay I know us photographers can be a boring lot when it comes to new equipment but it WAS a long flight). So as you can probably appreciate I was desperate to photograph something…… anything !!!

I was happy to play around with the various settings and then found the d d derrrrr   Panorama mode and boy was I impressed.  Took me a little while to work out which way to hold the camera and how fast/slow to pan round but once I had got the hang of it I was hooked.  It is so quick, no stitching images in post production via various plugins …. It was instantaneous.  Click,click,click,click click,click  DONE !!

I took lots of pictures using this setting even in very poor lighting conditions – in a disused hospital which I was persuaded to trespass by my fellow photographers (more about that later) . Here are the first pictures I took using the Panorama setting – there will be lots more to come I’m sure 🙂

Sunflower Field

Lakeside Cafe

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Derelict Hospital

Happy Snappy – Travels With My New Camera :-)

Those that know me know I am a Nikon lover but recently I decided that I needed (well, to be truly honest didn’t really need but wanted) a small compact camera which I can take on an upcoming trip to New York.
Here was my check list
  • Small enough to put into a pocket
  • No messing about changing lenses
  • Something that didn’t draw attention
  • Must be able to deliver high quality images
  • Must be able to handle all light conditions
But, which camera to choose…….?
After doing lots of research on the Internet and listening to a number of friends advising me that THEIR recent compact camera purchase was the best thing since sliced bread, I decided on the Sony Cyber Shot DSC RX100 iii.  The funny thing is that nobody told me about this camera until I bought one and then guess what……. Lots of people contacted me to say that they had one too ( why didn’t they tell me in the first place – would have saved me lots of time on the Internet)
To say that I am blown away by the results I am getting from this Sony is an understatement, I am truly staggered by the performance of this tiny camera.
Don’t get me wrong, I am still a Nikon “girl” at heart and I would wrestle you to the ground if you tried to take my D3x away from me  – but this little Sony has got me hooked. It performs in all lighting situations and with a Zeiss 1.8 it has proved to be a very fast lens indeed – I know this is beginning to sound like an advertisement for Sony but honestly it’s not.  
As I have a passion for travel and photography I have decided that these two themes will dominate my blogs so as I take my first teetering steps into the beautiful –  but bewildering world of blogging I would like to introduce my two companions – the tiny, but stunning Sony DSC RX100iii (AKA Snappy) and the truly wonderful Nikon D3x.
Even though I am deeply impressed by my new tiny Sony camera I totally realise that it has it’s limitations. For example I probably wouldn’t be able to use it for certain nature shots or for my studio work but……for everyday, walking around, don’t know what you might spot kinda days it’s easy to pop it into a pocket and be ready if something catches the eye.
I think someone said to me once that the best camera in the world was the one that you had with you when you needed to take a picture!
So for my first real blog I will be sharing two of the very first pictures I took with Snappy (they were trial shots) on a recent trip  to North Carolina to visit with my new photographic chum and fellow cat lover Marie Otero- we had a fantastic time…. more pictures to follow..
 Sunflower 1           Max