Sunday 25 February 2018

New Camera Nikon P900 ... more 'test' photos

Testing the new camera with sunset scenes

and some Moscovy Ducks

and the delightful Barbary Ground Squirrels (known locally as chipmunks).   They are a non-native species so a lot of people frown upon feeding them ... but they are so cute and very gentle.    Who can resist?   They can be found in the hills/rocks in various spots outside the main towns.

I was sitting on a rock and they had no hesitation in clambering onto my lap for special treats of monkey nuts and sunflower seeds.

and a couple of 'moon' shots.    These are hand held with no special equipment and I think the camera has coped pretty well despite not being steadied on a tripod.

I have a nasty cold at the moment so won't be taking the camera out for a few days.     Next Saturday there is a Grand Carnival Procession in Town which is always very colourful/noisy and on Sunday is another procession for the 'burning of the sardine' which ends up on the town beach with fireworks so the camera will really be tested fully then.

New Camera - Nikon P900

If I only post my  artwork on my Blog there will be even longer gaps than usual as we are at our home in the Canaries at the moment where I don't take my pencils.      I have a new camera.   Its possibly a retrograde step inasmuch as its another Bridge camera but when we were in India last month the guys driving the jeeps on our leopard 'safaris' were using these and getting really good close-ups that my 'better' camera just couldn't match.

So we've bought the Nikon P900 and I've been test-driving it out here where the weather is kinder so its easier to get out and about and not be bundled up in Winter clothing.

So far I'm happy with the performance so it looks like a keeper and my 'grander' camera and lens will be sold.

A trip to Oasis Park, Fuerteventura, which is a beautiful animal park, somewhere between a zoo and a safari park with lovely flora (cacti mainly) and well-kept, happy animals.

Friday 9 February 2018

UKCPS - Annual International Exhibition entries

Well, yet again I'm a last minute merchant.     Deadline for entries for the Annual Exhibition is tomorrow - and we'll be out for the day, so I've just posted a couple of entries.

Sadly I know I've overworked the drawing of the young girl.    For some reason the light colours keep 'seeping' into the cork surface of the paper and 'dulling' down the picture.   This is the third time I've had the problem with coloured pencils on pastelmat - not sure if its a duff batch as I never used to have this problem.    I gave it a hefty spray with fixative and did my best to bring back the highlights and lighter tones but without much success.   I can't add any more pencil to the white areas so had to call it a day.

I was going to ditch this drawing and I did make a start on the drawing of a Bulbul bird I photographed in India and which David liked.   But birds aren't really 'my thing' and progress was slow and clearly I wasn't going to finish in time so back to plan A.

I've submitted her and lets see what happens - the standard of the exhibition entries is just soooo good these days that I know it doesn't stand a chance but I feel I have to try - in 11 years I've entered 10 times and had work accepted each time, earning me Gold Signature Status, so I would like to be in with a chance of getting my Platinum Signature Status in the next 5 years (work juried into 15 annual exhibitions).

Originally she was drawn to fit a larger mount/frame landscape orientation but I've reduced the size and made it a portrait orientation to show less background

and this is the Rajasthani farmer in his colourful turban

so that's it.   Its too late to worry about them now.     This should be a lesson to me to prepare months in advance to ensure I have work to submit.