If you approach La Oliva from the north there is a point at which my favourite volcano looms above the church of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria – the problem is it is difficult to find a good place to stand to capture an image.
In all honesty the architecture on Fuerteventura is not that interesting – there are few old buildings – the exception to this are the little chapels that can be found in all towns and villages across the island.
It was all looking so promising.
Good sunsets have been a rare thing of late in Fuerteventura – the photographers curse of cloud on the horizon has been an all to frequent phenomenon over recent weeks. But this evening looked promising for a decent El Cotillo show, cloud was moving down from the north giving some nice broken cloud over the island but the sky to the west over the Atlantic was clear so it looked good for the sun getting under the island cloud and thus giving that much desired fiery show.
On the way back from the expedition to the coast I spotted a large goat farm with many goats – there used to be goats all over Fuerteventura but I think it is an industry that is dying out – not surprisingly since I think young Fueteventurans would rather surf or open a coffee shop that herd goats and who can blame them. Frankly goats stink !
The west coast of Fueteventura is a largely rugged and remote with hardly any safe harbours. Access is generally difficult without a 4×4 – only a handful of spots are accessable by surfaced road.
The Church of Our Lady of Candelaria lies at the heart of the small village of La Oliva in northern Fuerteventura. The chuch was built in the 17th Century at a time when the islands nobility moved to the northern part of the island.
The steam locomotives King Edward II (6023) and its twin King Edward I (6024) were the final development of Churchward’s Star class and Collett’s Castles, the Kings were the most powerful locomotives on the Great Western Railway, and for several years the most powerful passenger engines in the UK.
Greenway overlooking the River Dart in South Devon was the summer home of mystery author Agatha Christie.
The house at Coleton Fishacre was built as a country home for Rupert D’Oyly Carte and his wife, Lady Dorothy Carte, between 1923 and 1926.
Burgh Island is a tidal island just off the coast of south-west Devon. At high tide the island and its Art Deco hotel can be reached by a sea-tractor at low tide you can walk across the sand causeway. The island is visible from many miles along the coast.
On duty to help out unfortunate swimmers and surfers at Bantham Beach the RNLI Lifeguards have a range of lifesaving gear at their disposal and which for the photographer make strong colourful subjects.
Perhaps the most picturesque tidal estuary in the whole of England the Kingsbridge Estuary is a mecca for sailors especially around the waterside town of Salcombe. Chichi Salcombe has perhaps some of the most expensive property in England outside of London.
So how is the bokeh with the little 12-32 on the GX9 – well its never going to be a bokeh master with a maximum aperture of f/3.5 at 12mm – all the same if you get close enough to your in-focus object you can still throw the background out and actually the highlights don’t look too bad.
A bright but blustery day and a visit to the National Trust’s Overbecks property near Salcombe in Devon. Magnificent views down the Kingsbridge Estuary past Salcombe and its Yachty tofs ! Too many people spoiling the view I’m afraid.
A first trip out with the GX9 and the little 12-32mm, just a quick walk down to the local pond to grab some of the late evening light.
I mentioned one of the things that I don’t like about the GX9 is the location of the tripod socket, I was concerned about how close it is to the front of the camera.
So here it is the Lumix GX9.
I opted for the silver version, that is to say, the top plate is silver rather than black, that said in the metal I would describe it more as gun-metal grey rather than silver, still, I think it is rather a handsome fellow. As an aside what is the fashion for all cameras being black ? They never used to be, all my early cameras, Olympus’ and Canons had at the least a silver top plate and were all the better for it IMO, so well done to Panasonic for giving us the choice on this camera.
Well not for me at least !
As I blogged yesterday I have been very pleased with the G9 over the last 7 months and have no desire to return to a heavy-weight DSLR format, I recognise that there are some shortcomings with the m43 format but for me they really don’t amount to much and where they do I have easily found workarounds that get me where I need to be.
7 months ago I made the decision to give m43 a try, I won’t rehash the reasons for my move from Canon FF & APS-C suffice to say that size and weight had a lot to do with it.
Never has watching a sport for so little time taken so long – such is a day, and it takes a whole day, watching a stage of Le Tour. Nevertheless, it’s great fun and a real insight into French culture.