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The Gorge at Roundhay

I’ve done other posts on the beauty of my local Roundhay Park and it’s walks, but I never thought I’d go there and find a hidden gem of a walk I’ve never ventured before. Most visitors tend to stick to the lakes and walk around it feeding the many swans, ducks and geese, or relax in the tranquil and wonderful lakeside cafe with a tea and scone…which is a gem in itself. But we seldom ever venture deeper into the woods, but recently Wifey and I did just that with the dog, into area called The Gorge. This area is somewhat hidden behind the Castle Keep to the north of Waterloo Lake, but it does offer one the most beautiful loop walks at Roundhay with the Great Head’s Beck running through it with countless wooden footbridges crisscrossing it as you venture through the Gorge. It eventually leads you to the most quaint Yorkshire stone bridge at its pinnacle.

Dogs Mouth Spring.

For me…the gem of this walk was its hidden Dogs Mouth ‘natural’ Spring …the water tasted like no water I’ve ever tasted before, sharp, clean and so fresh with its lovely icy tinge… Cleansing for the liver I’m sure.

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.

A Walk in the Park

This weekend consisted of some beautiful walks in probably the two finest City Park’s Leeds has to offer, Temple Newsam and Roundhay Park. Both of which are in their glorious autumnal best at the moment, so… armed with the trusty camera, ‘Happy’ dog on its lead and a loving wife on my arm we enjoyed their autumn splendour.