Taking my new camera for a walk

Father Christmas came early.  Three months without a camera was enough, he reckoned.  He lacked a beard and red clothing, and looked remarkably like Malcolm, but he helped me choose, provided the credit card and carried the new camera home for me.

We trialled it on Sunday.  The grounds of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal is familiar territory, but reliably photogenic.

A misty morning over the Moon Ponds.

Even at ten o’clock, there was still mist rising from the Moon Ponds.  And even though the view from Surprise View is no longer surprising, it’s none the worse for that.

A distant view of Fountains Abbey from the High Ride, Studley Royal

But look!  This is what we spotted in a distant meadow.  Time to put the zoom lens through its paces.  Aren’t these deer magnificent?

Later, we passed the fine Elizabethan Fountains Hall.  It was fun to contrast the view of the house itself with the version spotted in a puddle we passed.

A good walk, and it’s good to have a camera once more.

Back in the valley, a less distant view of the Abbey.

As usual, click on any image to view it full size.

I enjoy Jo’s Monday Walks, and browsing through the posts of some of those who contribute too.  So I thought I’d join in the fun.  Yes, I know it’s Tuesday…..

38 thoughts on “Taking my new camera for a walk”

  1. It’s all the better for being Tuesday, Margaret! 🙂 🙂 Here in the Algarve I walk Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays (and whenever else I can find the energy 🙂 ). Thanks so much for this lovely reminder of one of my favourite places! The deer shots are fantastic! Good evening on the stage last night? All the very best to you 🙂

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  2. I thought about you treading the boards! Very glad you have a shiny new camera, and you picked a perfect place to try it out. Beautiful pictures! See you on Friday. x

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  3. You are too self deprecating: a camera is only as good as she who drives it. Beautiful deer, sadly we only ever see them dead by the road side but it’s ice to know that there are plenty of live ones hiding in the woods.

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      1. They’re fearless and have no road sense. They are very fast and hop over hedges at dusk when they are hard to see and then get hit by cars, it happened to me but the deer survived. It happened to a good acquaintance whose car rolled and he died. So they are a beautiful liability.

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    1. Oh, well you will be shocked, because I discovered long ago I haven’t the patience or skill to manage an SLR. So though my camera has settings, I don’t anticipate taking it off automatic very often. It’s a Panasonic Lumix – one of the higher spec ones. I’m pleased with it so far. Happy Christmas by the way.

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      1. Not shocked at all – I too have a Panasonic Lumix and I really enjoy it as it is easy to use and versatile and copes with low light. The model I have is no longer available, but mine is still going strong.
        Thanks so much for the Christmas wishes and Happy Christmas to you too.

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  4. It’s a standard size group for Studley Royal: the deer seem to go round mob-handed. And yes, I was pleased with the zoom. As a test, I took a snap of a distant sign post. I could read it when I looked at the photo.


  5. Ah Fountains is beautiful and in the low winter sunlight you’ve certainly done it justice. I know phones are pretty amazing these days, but you still can’t beat a camera especially to capture low light beauties such as those deers.

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  6. YAY! It must be a relief to have a camera again–and it looks like you got a good one! The zoom makes it especially nice, and how lovely that the deer gave you a perfect opportunity to try it out–they are really spectacular creatures. I agree with another commenter, though–some of the beauty of these photos should be attributed to the photograher, not simply the camera.

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  7. I’m amazed you made three months. I was a week with my camera not working, mind you I could go out dressed in clothes without pockets. I’m looking forward to seeing more photographs from you.

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  8. What a delight! I’m so happy for you to finally have gotten hold of a new camera. I’m not using mine anymore, I’m only ever using my (newish) smartphone which I bought basically only for the camera!!!!! So handy, (btw, in Switzerland we call mobile phones still ‘Handy’….), lightweight, always with me and the quality is even though not stellar, but good enough for my purposes.

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