Travels With My Camera – Part 2

I am slowly going through the pictures from my visit to North Carolina to visit with my friend and brilliant photographer Marie Otero.
I’ve already posted the pictures from the first couple of days so here is what happened next
One lovely barmy evening Marie, her husband Rick and I dodged the local police and trespassed in a disused school – it was FANTASTIC !!  
Toilet 1
There was so much to photograph I could have stayed there all day. 
Rick kept guard outside whilst Marie and I went inside, we even went upstairs ! it was a bit rickety…. but worth it, so much to photograph.
Empty Room 1
There were a number of buildings – some more dilapidated than others and crossing over the road  – dodging the traffic  (they drive on the wrong side of the road you know !) and watching for the police we found an abandoned chapel. It just looked like everyone had up and left a bit spooky.
I have to confess that this wasn’t the only time we went trespassing the next  time I we did it I was really scared……. more of that later.
Empty Room 2
windowand ivy

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

Steam Punk1

Derelict Hospital

First Days In North Carolina

Recently, I had a wonderful trip to North Carolina to visit my photographic chum Marie Otero and what a trip it was !

I have never visited that part of the USA before and found it to be absolutely fantastic –  the people were delightful, dare I say AWESOME?  Marie and her husband (and cats) were wonderful hosts and Marie and I found we had so much in common it was totally mind blowing. The only thing that was completely different was that Marie was an night owl and I am an early bird but that said we had plenty of time to play. We shared the same love of photography, enjoyed creating painterly images and laughed at the same things (can’t tell you what though !!!)

Marie organised a very full on schedule and we started off by photographing Bree in Studio 51 and Amy Jo at Marie’s home/studio.  Both models were great fun and were a joy to photograph.

I have been soooo busy since I got back I haven’t had time to really look at the pictures from the various shoots…… until now. Here are a couple of pictures featuring both of the models I mentioned above (Bree and Amy Jo) and as I process more pictures I will upload them for you to have a sneaky peek at.

Bree Bree Amy Jo Amy Jo

Incidentally, we went to an American Bar & Grill in Statesville and had a wonderful lunch including Dill Chips – which turned out to be dill pickle thinly sliced and then dipped in batter and deep fried. Now I know you are probably saying yuk but….. my goodness they really were sensational !!!

Dill Chips