A wintry morning in Milton Keynes, 20/01/2014

Before work yesterday, I decided to leave my bicycle at home, pick up my dSLR for the first time in a while, and walk in instead.

I’m glad I did.

I’ve gotten very comfortable using my iPhone 4S to take photographs over the past year because it produces results that are almost always ‘good enough’, and quite often surprisingly decent.

But for all the portability of the device, and the ease of editing and sharing the images moments after I take them, I still can’t shake the tactile joy of using a dSLR. With the satisfying shutter sound, the use of two hands and a viewfinder to frame the shot, along with the higher-quality sensor and glass, it’s a formidable package. And it’s always worth remembering to take my dSLR out with me – it almost always results in shots I’m very happy with, and at the very least reassures me that I can whip it out at a moment’s notice.

As a final note, my buddy Troels kindly lent me his camera and lens before Christmas. And while I’m happy enough using my lighter dSLR body, the attached 17-85mm lens he lent me sure trumps the standard 18-55mm kit lens. I love the range it gives me. My 50mm prime is a fantastic go-to lens for a lot of situations, and so fast in low light, but quite often I want to pull right back and include as much of the scene as I can. Or it’s nice to have to option to zoom in a bit closer and make use of the interesting light to pick out a detail even more precisely than the 50mm allows. So the 17-85mm is really giving me lots of fun opportunities to capture the world around me, and is pushing me to use my dSLR more again. Thanks Troels!

Anyway. Enough waffle. Here are some photographs from my walk to work yesterday morning:

Lodge Lake

Lodge Lake

Milton Keynes

Loughton

Milton Keynes

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