Cold but beautiful: icy mornings on Southampton Common

DSC_0176 copyTaken using Nikon D5500, Nikon 70-300 lens, ISO 1600, f9, 1/500 To purchase an unmarked copy of this image, please click on this link

It’s been a cold start to the week, but a happy side effect of this has been beautiful bicycle rides on my way to work via Southampton Common: and never mind that my two pairs of gloves and three pairs of socks have been inadequate for the task of keeping me warm.

DSC_0041DSC_0041_1 copyTaken using Nikon D5500, Nikon 18-200 lens, ISO 100, f10, 1/15 To purchase an unmarked copy of this image, please click on this link
DSC_0073DSC_0073_1 copyTaken using Nikon D5500, Nikon 18-200 lens, ISO 125, f10, 1/15 To purchase an unmarked copy of this image, please click on this link
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On Monday morning the Ornamental Pond was partially iced over. It was beautiful to see the sun rising above the shimmering ice and there was just enough water available for the swans to have a bit of an early morning preening session/ photo shoot for me. I was very grateful for their efforts, because Monday can be a bit of a cheerless event and I secretly felt that I deserved some kind of reward for braving the biting wind.

DSC_0155 copyTaken using Nikon D5500, Nikon 18-200 lens, ISO 1600, f8, 1/640 To purchase an unmarked copy of this image, please click on this link
DSC_0162 copyTaken using Nikon D5500, Nikon 18-200 lens, ISO 1600, f7.1, 1/640 To purchase an unmarked copy of this image, please click on this link
DSC_0178 copyTaken using Nikon D5500, Nikon 18-200 lens, ISO 1600, f6.3, 1/640 To purchase an unmarked copy of this image, please click on the link
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I considered popping in to the Common on my way home, but the call of a warm house achieved an easy victory over the much more subtle call of the camera.

DSC_0181 copyTaken using Nikon D5500, Nikon 70-300 lens, ISO 1600, f9, 1/500  to purchase an unmarked copy of this image, please click on this link
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Tuesday was advertised as being pretty much as cold, if not colder, than Monday. But although the ducks were still sliding around on thin ice the unforgiving wind chill factor had abated. It was a less picturesque early morning, with the sunshine constantly hinting at a breakthrough but never quite making it. The up side of this was that I cycled away with a degree of sensation still remaining in my fingers and toes, and a feeling that there were definite compensations for the lack of a spectacular sunrise.

DSC_0108 copyTaken using Nikon D5500, Nikon 18-200 lens, ISO 400, f10, 1/10

 

2 thoughts on “Cold but beautiful: icy mornings on Southampton Common

  1. More lovely photos Jaqui, this time capturing the cold winter scenes and the wildlife there. And thanks for adding the photo information. I’m always surprised about the sometimes ‘high’ ISO ratings. I know digital photography has a very different scale to traditional film stock but I still think of ISO 400 being the fastest film available, with often degraded, grainy results. I used to use ISO 100, sometimes ISO 200 and the setting was set for all of the 36 shots I could take in one cartridge. Hope you have warmed up now. Vince

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    1. Thanks, Vince, I am drinking hot chocolate as I type 🙂 I am a tad wobbly of hand, and my tripod needs replacing with one that does that traditional tripod thing of staying still. Hence the high ISOs as that’s my main compensation until the New Tripod Fairy visits me 🙂

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