Plainly, a Surprise Plane on the Plain

As usual, Lizzie and I went to the Plain today to see what we could see. We packed crisps and a flask of tea, and I stuffed my bag full of lenses, and put the lenses into Foxy and headed off. Twelve miles later I realised I had left my own camera behind!

Urk alors! So we drove around the byways for 20 minutes, then were about to return home when Lizzie noticed a biplane in a field by the side of the byway. How lovely!

Kindly, Lizzie lent me her camera (because I had left my camera at home, we had already placed a Minolta 100-200mm lens and a Kenko 1.4x teleconverter on her camera for any bird-related excitements). Just in time, as the plane was away and airborne! It was surprising how little field was needed before the plane lifted off. And then it was up, up away towards North Wiltshire…

When I arrived home, I checked the CAA GINFO database and discovered the plane was a De Havilland Tiger Moth (DH82A).

Tree Study 25, In Black and White

Tree Study 25, in Black and White

Tree Study 25, in Black and White


This tree sits on a ridge near Chisbury, in Wiltshire, to the south of the hill fort there. The tree is very attractive to my camera, and I have telephoto and wide-angle shots of it in all seasons, the branches bare or shimmering with young spring leaves.

Today, I went for a trip around the lanes at lunch-time, as, from a photography perspective, any bright day in winter needs to be grabbed; there will, after all, be plenty more rainy grey days, before March.

With the cloud structure present — a kind of grey mackerel sky beneath an even higher layer of cirrus — a wide-angle photo was called for. I had brought with me my old Vivitar 19-35mm lens. It’s not stellar, but how much sharpness do you need when the everything is going to end up tiny and far away…

On returning home, and loading the photos into Lightroom, this photo was as nice as I expected. I could also see that a black and white version would work even better.

So there was some button clicking, some slider sliding, some contrast and brightness jiggery-pokery, and hey presto….

[This pic was subsequently on Flickr Explore for 17 Dec 13]