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Great pictures of the Maldives went there in 2005 for our silver wedding it was out of this world and have great photo's to remind us of it will go back in the near future. I will look them out and post some on here son & daughter went with us had 2 water bungalow's the two weeks went past that quick.


Andy- you spend so much on the flights getting there, you may as well have three weeks....... Any more than that   and I get bored with the food.

David K

This is by way of a little trial, folks.

But the name's Ice Blue for anyone wishing to know.

David K

Exhibition begonias:



just noticed a 'groupon' offer at the moment for anyone interested....

18 module photography course with

Fantastic photos btw everyone.


Nikki J

David the begonias.  After seeing some fantastic begonias is gardens this summer i had already decided to grow some next year.

David K

Thanks, Nikki....I took that pic at Southport flower show. Believe me, they were as big as footballs.

I grow the more modest non-stop type:





Nikki J

haha...i thought the showing ones were yours!

However, your's are still lovely.  My mum's are still flowering despite doing absolutely nothing with them.

My pics for today....




star gaze lily

Hi Nikki, sorry can't read your pm, as soon as I can I will pm you.


David did you go to Southportthis year


Great pictures Nikki - love the tomato with its curved back leaves


Isn't that pretty - is it night scented stock, or aubretia, or ..... ?

David K

More nice piccies from you, Nikki....I particularly liked the  seed head & cuckoo spit.

Ann - No I didn't visit Southport this year, I visited Shrewsbury (usually held the week before) instead. 

Shrewsbury begonias:



reference your butterfly's

Hello David it not as easy as you may think to take a interesting image of a still life subject is it. Try different back grounds and light source for affect. Good effort though 




these are pictures of dahlias at Southport this year the one with people to give an idea of size





David K

Did just that, James...must have taken about 20 different shots, but obviously didn't want to post all of them. 


john greengo fundamentals of digital photography on youtube

this is a must watch for any one wanting to start photography

Heather Michaels

Hi all,

Its the first time I've seen this thread and its fantastic, what stunning pictures. Thank you all so much I've really enjoyed it. No pics to add from me but some advice would be appreciated if you don't mind. OH wants a camera for Christmas but I've no idea which would be best? He wants if for taking pics of garden and inanimate objects that don't move but also wants to be able to take pics of fast moving things such as the birds in the garden so I'm guessing something that allows high speed pics and it would also need to have a pretty good zoom and something similar to auto focus (he cant keep a camera still!). Any advice or recommendations greatly appreciated. Then I might be able to upload some of the results here. Heather x

David K

Hello, pleased to hear you are enjoying this thread.

I suppose to answer your question; we would need to know your OH's level of skill or willingness to go further into it.

There three basic types of camera, each will do what you require with varying degrees of accuracy.

1) Compact


3) Bridge

Compact cameras are mainly point 'n shoot cameras, although many of those at the higher end are capable of taking stunning pics.

DSLR cameras are those chosen by keen amateurs and professionals....these have interchangeable lenses and are the most expensive & complicated.

Bridge cameras are a kindda midway house between compact & DSLR.

My choice would probably be:

Compact Canon PowerShot SX500

DSLR Nikon D3200

Bridge Canon PowerShot SX50HS

There are of course very good camera phones, which I know absolutely nothing about.

It's a starting point, but I'm sure others will have good suggestions.

PS. IMHO Canon & Nikon make the best cameras.


David K

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