Posts tagged ‘Rectory’

May 17, 2010

The Moon & Venus

Nikon D70s, f4.2, 1/5 sec, ISO 200, 85mm

When I consider your heavens, 
the work of your fingers, 
the moon and the stars, 
which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him, 
the son of man that you care for him?

(Psalm 8:3-4)

This was the view from the Rectory garden just after ten o’clock last night.  Too large to be a star, my best guess is that it’s Venus (see here).

Photo notes (If you’re interested in the technical aspect of the picture):  I set my camera on a tripod, placed on firm ground and put a timer delay so that there would be no vibration for the long exposure necessary.  To my surprise I noticed however that even though there was no wind and I didn’t touch the camera during the exposure the picture is still slightly blurred.  The only conclusion I can come to is that the slap of the viewfinder mirror caused it.  Unfortunately my camera does not have mirror lock-up, which would have prevented this.  Next time however I will take a much longer exposure and hold the lens cap over the lens for the first second so that the initial vibration is not recorded on the final picture.

August 29, 2009

Soar on wings like Eagles

Panasonic FZ50, f4, 1/200 sec, ISO 100, 300mm equivalent

“… but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.”
(Isaiah 40:31)

I was reminded of this wonderful verse recently when I saw it printed out on the cover of someone’s Bible. I occasionally read it out to people when visiting them and it always brings hope and encouragement. I never cease to be amazed at the power of God’s Word.

The above picture has to be of the ‘luckiest’ I’ve ever taken. I noticed that the sunrise was quite spectacular, so I grabbed my camera and stood out the front of the house hoping to get a shot across towards Fota Island. As this bird flew towards me (not an eagle unfortunately) I just managed to get a picture before the moment was gone. That’s one of the great things about photography, the ability to capture a moment in time and enjoy it afterwards. Of course, if that picture causes the viewer to marvel at God’s creation, then all the better. Soli Deo Gloria – To God alone be glory.

March 2, 2009

Quick, hurry, the sun has come out (for half an hour).

Panasonic LX1, f4, 1/250 sec, -0.33 EV, ISO 80, 34 mm equivalent (click to enlarge)

Panasonic LX1, f4, 1/160 sec, -0.33 EV, ISO 80, 28mm equivalent (click to enlarge)

Great to see the garden coming to life yesterday with a brief bit of sunshine. My Welsh blood reminded me that it was St. David’s day and it was difficult not to burst into a rendition of “Land of my Fathers” in the back garden – but if I had it would have sent the neighbours scurrying indoors for cover and caused all the birds to fly away – so I managed to refrain… :-)

October 11, 2008

Sunrise in Glounthaune


Nikon D70s, 1/160 sec, f6.3, ISO 200, 18mm, RAW (click to enlarge)

A lovely sunrise this morning…