Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Testing out a new camera

Hydrangea

Last week I was treated to a new camera , for Christmas. But it would have been rude of me not to try it out and make sure it was working properly!

Seems a shame to put it back in the box, will wrap the box instead.

Hydrangea


It's all singing and dancing bridge camera,

Panasonic fz 1000


Hydrangea


It has many ways to take a photo, but I got it for the fast focus speed. As much as I loved my old camera with it's long zoom lens, most things had disappeared by the time it focused .

So the weather has been pity bad for photography this past week, dull and grey.
Not the best for taking photos.


So having checked the weather it looked like today was my best chance to give it a go.

Golden Acer Park was my best option,  you are guaranteed to see wild life here. Friendly Squirrels as long as you have food, the nature reserve at the far end of the park  (Adel Dam) where they feed the birds. Today the hide was full of people making the most of the weather, but what was funny.............  rather than watching the birds they were all talking, trying to out do each other on what they had seen recently.


The gardens near the coffee house gave me the opportunity to try some macro shots, a few more days out I will get use to all the different settings, as it's been a easy camera to use.

So coming up there are quite a few photos from my three hours at the park!
They will be good to look back on.

Teasel



This Grey Squirrel has a ripped ear.











Pumpkin eating a Squirrel !

Blue Tit
Jay


Mandarin 
BH-Gulls
Young Swan

Swan family
BH-Gull and Mallards 

Robin





Noon fly  and Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums

Viburnum Spp
The smell coming from this tree was amazing

Viburnum Spp



Acer 

29 comments:

  1. Hello, wonderful photos from your new camera. I love all the birds, beautiful flowers. The squirrel is a cute model. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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    1. Thank you Eileen for the lovely comment, I just love how cute the Squirrels are.

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  2. A gorgeous set of images Amanda - you have learnt how to use the camera so quickly :) Love the flower ones especially the beautiful white daisies and the bird and squirrel shots are brilliant :) The squirrel looks exceedingly cute too and it is a super photo of the jay. You must be so pleased with your new camera :) Look forward to seeing the next set of photos :)

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    1. Thanks you so much RR for the lovely comment, I have found it a very easy camera to get use to. Golden Acer park is a good place to practice as you can get close to the wildlife.

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  3. Oh wow a flotilla of mandarin! Like oriental galleons! Squirrel shots great too

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    1. Thanks Simon, they were disusing the Mandarins in the hide, like clock work the males arrive at 2.30 followed by the ladies, were the males will start to display. They have recorded up to 30 birds on the small pond.

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  4. It looks as if you have got to grips with your new camera already as your photos are wonderful. I love the close ups of the flowers and birds and the squirrel too. Love the jay - it is always hard to capture those on camera. The colours are lovely:)

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    1. Thank you Rosie for the lovely comment, the park has a lot of Jays and they have got used to people feeding them. At the hide most bird are quite happy to feed even when there are people moving about. The smaller birds will feed out of your hand.

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  5. Wonderful set of images but that squirrel in the pumpkin is hilarious.

    I can see we are going to enjoy your new camera too!!

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    1. Thanks Cheryl, glad you liked the Squirrel in the pumpkin, put some food inside the pumpkin and they were quite happy to sit in there and eat the food.

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  6. Amazing clear photos.Your new camera looks like its doing its job. Lovely squirrel pics especially and always a treat to see a Jay. :)

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    1. Thanks Shazza, glad you liked the photos, it's a lovely place to get close to nature. If you are ever over this side well worth a visit. Great tea room too.

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  7. Lovely images. Its a great camera Amanda.
    Cameras are not what its about though, its the photographer at the end of the day and your images prove it.
    Panasonic have always made the best Bridge Cameras.

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    1. Thanks Roy, looking forward to using this camera, and thank you for the lovely comment. Fingers crossed we have a few fine days at the weekend so I can get out again.

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  8. Brilliant Amanda, my fave there is the bottom white daisy, a lovely shot indeed... the bottom robin is a good one too mind...

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    1. Thank you so much Stewart for the lovely comment.

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  9. Wow!!!!! Your new camera has certainly had a workout & the photos are stunning. One very artistic lady, you are. I can't pick a favourite as they are all so lovely. Take care.

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    1. Thank you so much for the lovely comment Susan, can't wait to to have another day out with my camera.

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  10. Cracking photos! Are you happy with it? You're right about Golden Acre being a good place for the wildlife!

    It's funny we had a couple of awful hide experiences a couple of months back and I wrote a really long paragraph in my blog post about it all and at the last minute decided not to include it and focused on the positive parts of the visit but it was one of those moments that could really put people off birding :( xx

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    1. Thanks Pam for the lovely comment,I still need my other camera as the zoom is so good. It will all depend on where I am going for the day and what kind of photos I want to take.
      I would have left the comment in about your experience in the bird hide, we all have come across the "odd" birder who is not the best company!

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    2. Yes that's the thing with the cameras, you'll end up with two swinging from your neck!! I was so tempted, it wasn't just one birder it was the whole lot, luckily these things rarely happen so...... x

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  11. What a treat of a test run, what a stunning relationship you're going to have with your new 'toy' - I especially love your plant pics here

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    1. Thank you Jennifer, just need the dull days of November to lift, still getting out every day but not the best time for photography.

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    1. Hello Baba, thank you for leaving a comment, glad you liked the photos.

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  13. Yes, great photos with that new camera! And your subjects were quite cooperative--especially the cute little squirrel and the adorable robin. I'd say most of these images are frameable!

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    1. Thanks Beth for the lovely comment, hopefully the rain has moved on and I can get out with my camera

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  14. What wonderful photographs from your new camera.
    I like them all especially the squirrel and robin.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you so much Jan, for the lovely comment

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