Day 122: Happy Christmas

This lovely selection pack was just one of our gifts (thanks Mum and Dad). If you haven’t sampled Hotel Chocolat, I’d strongly recommend visiting their website.

Nikon D300; Tamron 18-270mm PZD @ 270mm; ISO 640; F/6.3; 1/15s. VC on.


Day 121: Frosty and the kids

We’re now well into the pre-Christmas rush now. There are a lot of houses around us which seem to take it very seriously. It was particularly windy this evening, and whilst the Tamron 18-270’s vibration control did a very good job of helping to freeze the image, there is a bit of movement here, because the wind was moving the snowmen.

Nikon D300; Tamron 18-270mm PZD @ 42mm; ISO 640; F/5.6; 1/13s. VC on.

Day 119: Morley High Street

We went to visit our friend this afternoon, and took a walk up to see her new house. On the way back, I took a few minutes to strap a gorillapod to a lamp-post to photograph the Christmas lights in town.

The Tamron 18-270 PZD works well with small tripods like this one, because it’s incredibly light. Even racked out (not here, obvously), it doesn’t overbalance the tripod (and keep in mind that this was mounted on a D300 held sideways – quite heavy), so it works really well as part of a complete compact travel bag. I’m able to carry around a tripod, camera, flashgun and lens for all uses all of the time now, which is great if you’re just popping out somewhere and don’t want to miss an unexpected opportunity.

Nikon D300; Tamron 18-270mm PZD @ 23mm; ISO 200; F/9; 6s. VC on.

Day 116: The season of giving

And this season, someone gave me a cold! The next few uploads will be centred around my house so that I can preserve my health and hopefully make sure I don’t have to miss any work.

I gave my partner this ornament a couple of years ago (she loves these bears) and I think it sums up what I love about Christmas: a little bit of guilt-free self-indulgence shared with the people you love.

By now, you’ll be aware that the tamron 18-270 PZD is a pretty good lens for close-ups. The resolution at short ranges is really impressive, and the zoom range allows you to find a perspective that you really like.

Nikon D300; Tamron 18-270mm PZD @ 270mm; ISO 200; F/6.3; 1/200s. VC on.