Down Druridge Bay to Cresswell

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Comments (13)

Sarah Graham on February 15, 2008

This is stunning, skida - yellow star! I love the varied colours of the sand, the great texture & the super reflection. Excellent composition.

I wonder, have you made any decisions about a new camera yet? I'm hoping to start a new venture & will need a dslr but I'm going to start small & get a Nikon D40, I think, then upgrade if/ when I need to/ can afford to, knowing that the D40 wil still be a fab travel/family camera. Where are your thoughts at the moment?

All best,


skida on February 15, 2008

Thanks for my first yellow star Sarah. I was really happy that this turned out so well, even without a polariser.

I still don't know what I will choose. I keep looking on ebay and when I see something within my price range I check out Flickr's "Search by Camera" function. Some photos on there are absolutely unbelievable and so I don't ... er .... believe them! A lot of digital darkroom stuff going on perhaps. Good luck with your choice!

Sarah Graham on February 15, 2008

Well, I've spent ages & ages - too long... - thinking about all this & looking into prices. I've thought of getting a very decent but relatively 'older' camera, but even then you end up spending what feels like a large amount - perhaps over £300 for a Canon 20D. Newer models, even a few months old, hold their prices really well, & of course you have a guarantee for maybe 2 years, so it doesn't make a huge amount of sense to buy themn 2nd hand.

So my reasoning, along with Ken Rockwell's, is that the price of a camera is what you pay for it minus what you can sell it for, which leaves not a huge amount. (You should probably take KR with a pinch of salt, but he's evangelical about the D40, which is one of the reasons I've been turned on to it, along with seeing some beautiful print jobs done by someone who has one. If you haven't seen it, you should read Ken on what he calls the megapixel myth.) OK, you've got to stump up for the goods in the 1st place & you'll probably want to plough any money back into another camera, but it means that if you buy something new & you really don't like it, you can sell if for not very much less than you paid for it.

I'll keep you posted when I eventually get my new camera - but I'm busy selling stuff on ebay right now just so that I don't have to drain money away from any day-to-day income so that I can just get started on my idea & then take stock a few months down the line. Good luck with you, too!!

Sarah Graham on February 15, 2008

Me again! The other thing to say is that most places such as Amazon, John Lewis, Jessops, offer the same prices to within £5 or so for the major new camera models.

I've just noticed, though, that if you buy from Jessops, you can apparently claim free photos for a year. I bought my latest compact there & that translated into 400 free 7x5 prints, 100 per quarter, which more than met my printing needs. It may be a consideration!!

skida on February 15, 2008

I will probably buy a brand that the "professionals" on Panoramio would sneer at. The only experience I have with digital is the three compacts I have used: Nikon EP3100 (3.1Mp); Kodak DX3900(3.1Mp); Pentax Optio 50 (5Mp).

The Nikon took great photos but had a fault where batteries would discharge if left in the camera overnight.

The Pentax I am still experimenting with, but so far have noticed poor low-light focussing, highly noticeable barrel distortion at the shortest focal lengths and it has only three ISO settings: 50; 100; 200, of which only the lowest gives noise-free pictures. The photos have been quite pleasing.

The Kodak is ancient, has a poor 2x zoom range, tiny LCD screen and a viewfinder which doesn't seem to point the same way as the lens. The photos have exceeded my expectations.

I don't print many photos as most are for posting on the net, but all three cameras have given good prints up to A4.

Some time in the future I may have to go dSLR as I have a business idea simmering but at the moment it is just a fun pastime.

Sorry about the novel!

Marilyn Whiteley on February 19, 2008

The camera discussion was interesting, but I'm sticking with my digital compact ultra-zoom, so I'll get back to the photo:

It's stunning!


skida on February 20, 2008

Thanks Marilyn. This is one of my favourites and I am delighted with how it turned out.

Barry Silcock on October 8, 2010

Skida - this is an outstanding photo. The colours are excellent and the textures wonderful. I love the way that sand bank leads the eye on a left to right diagonal. Awesome !

skida on October 8, 2010

Many thanks for your kind words, pinehilluk. This was one of my early digital "keepers" and I am glad you like it.


Petr Chudoba on July 23, 2014

Nice composition, fine light! Like and greetings, Petr

skida on August 2, 2014

Thank you for appreciating one of my early successes with a digital camera, Petr.


Amelia Royan on August 25, 2014

Well, this is an absolute pleasure to look at, Keith. I love the rippled effect on the sand.

Cheers, Amelia

skida on August 25, 2014

It was a cold February afternoon and we were lucky to hit the beach just as the light was turning quite magical. Thanks Amelia for trawling through my oldies.


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Photo details

  • Uploaded on February 12, 2008
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    by skida
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX Optio 50
    • Taken on 2008/02/12 16:06:49
    • Exposure: 0.003s
    • Focal Length: 6.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/2.900
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash