Due to various stresses and pressures, I felt the need to go out for a bit at dinner time today. I headed out toward Bradfield and the sun shining on the fields was lovely. I could have easily spent all day there, taking pictures and finding new vantage points. The village itself looked wonderful in the sunshine, and the water in the reservoir was sparkling blue. Unfortunately, I only get an hour for lunch so didn't have time to take in the sights, or even photograph them as I whizzed past in the car. However, I did take this one to try and capture what sort of day it is. Levels adjusted, and bracketed exposures to expose for the field and the sky, put together in Gimp. Also boosted the saturation a bit as it was somewhat flat.
Street lights at night can be very pretty. For someone who lives close to the centre of a large city, skirting round the edge of the town centre can provide a host of beautiful views at night. One advantage to using a wide open lens when taking these pictures is the capture of bokeh, or creative blur. An extreme example is shown to your right; a mass of coloured circles that roughly represent the city they are part of. A more subtle example, of course, is in the picture of the day at the top of this post. The lights cluster around the top of the leaves like fireflies, obviously part of a cityscape but at the same time abstract. The extreme out of focus image is a blurred version of the picture on the left. A view over Sheffield from Pitsmoor, looking up Netherthorpe Road and up to the university. Even when the buildings are focussed (roughly; I'm still practicing) the lights take on the shape of the lens's aperture. I try to incorporate some foreground focus wh