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Serenity Beach

I was asked how do you embody Serenity in a photograph, we’ll this one was is easy for me, the beach at Filey on a cold winters day is a place of utmost tranquility, peacefulness and serenity, especially when it’s secluded, apart from the odd dog walker, which is exactly what I was doing on the day I took these photos while my nine year old Jack Russell ran around with the boundless joy of a puppy…I guess she was having a serenity moment as well.

The real beauty for me of this serene beach in the harshness of winter, it allows you to switch off completely from the outside world, and soak up the beach and become one with the sounds, smells and scenery stretched out in front of you… My pure heaven.

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Lumia Landscapes

Firstly let me say a few weeks ago I was total Apple product ‘Fan-Boy’, but as a Photographer, the camera element of the iPhone never really lived up to my expectations, I wanted something I could really play with the settings, and although camera phone technology is moving on so fast at the moment, so much so I thought it’s not going to be long before this kind of phone hits the market and allows us photographers to really capture ‘DSLR’ quality images. but now it seems that time has already come with the Carl Zeiss lens and PureView technology Nokia are implementing with their Lumia range of phones, it’s a true camera-phone built with Photographers in mind, the great manual controls of up to ISO 3200, +2 and -2 exposure values and white balance adjustments. So with a little playing and tweaking of these settings, do they really enable you to get DSLR quality photographs?

I managed to get hold of one with a little help from the Team at Nokia Connects, they armed with the New 925 Lumia with its 8.7 MP camera to see what my photography skills could make of it. Once it arrived I started to do the usual random shots, but then I decided to set a ‘theme’ to capture over a period of weeks, my aim was to photograph the different spaces I travelled within the beautiful Yorkshire Landscape, which is at times so vast and unending, but at other times so microscopic, so I’ve also attempted to photo-document the space it sits in as well to convey an appreciation of this vast scenery.

The results are mostly panoramic vistas (inspired by the work of Ansel Adams) using the in-built Panorama Software, and then taken into the Window Phone Creative Studio app which has tons of neat little features for the final adjustments.

I hope you like the final images, as I had a total blast taking them with this Lumia 925 phone, so much so that I can hardly put it down, and its seems I’m ‘converted’ to this micro-camera technology and have now started leaving the DSLR at home when I’d normally take it with me on ‘any’ of our travels.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

Night Reflections on Filey Beach

Moon Reflection on Filey Bay
Moon Reflection on Filey Bay

Reflections at night can create amazing photos under wet conditions and what better place than a beach just after the tide has gone out. So for this Weekly Photo Challenge Reflections, my subject is Filey beach with Moon Reflections. (one day-time beach reflection shot as well)

Filey is a place I go to reflect and unwind from the rat-race of city life in Leeds, it’s where I can totally ‘switch-off’ and just soak up the smells and sounds, these may only be for a fleeting moments, but they charge my soul batteries my months.

Other Filey Blogs of mine | St Oswalds | Fisherman’s Friend | Scenic Route

The Scenic Route

The Scenic Route to the East Coast25 MilnersBlog
The Scenic Route to the Yorkshire East Coast just off the A166 to Bridlington is quite a forgotten and beautiful drive in my opinion, as nowadays most drivers prefer to get stuck in the queues on the A64 for some unknown reason, it starts just as you leave Fridaythorpe at The Seaways cafe ‘aka’ The Bike Shed a traditional stop off point for bikers, motorists and walkers deviating from The Wolds Way. The first of our glorious views was as you come out if Fimber on the B1251, the weekend of our visit was the farmers Harvest with fields as far the eye can see full of bails of hay.
The Scenic Route to the East Coast The North Yorkshire Wolds 02 MilnersBlog
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St Oswald’s Church

St Oswald's 12th Century Parish Church Filey
I happened to stumble across one of the oldest building in Filey, the 12th Century Parish Church of St Oswald, situated on Church Hill in the north of the town. So I got the ‘old trusty’ camera out and took these atmospheric Black & White shots of the The Church and Graveyard.
St Oswald's Parish Church Filey

Nicholas Pevsner said of the building

This is easily the finest church in the NE corner of the East Riding’ Buildings of England

I couldn’t agree more…
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