Agon Coutainville

Agon Coutainvile is a beautiful seaside town on the west coast of Normandy in France. Vast often empty beaches and a 3km promenade will appeal to both sun worshippers and walkers. The tide goes out a long way so swimmers should check the times of the tides or face a long walk! The town has all amenities. If you are in the area Agon Coutainville is well worth a visit.

Filmed with Panasonic G80/G85 and the Panasonic 14-140mm lens.


Cosmos Flower

Cosmos

Photos taken on the roadside.


A DIY photography hack. Changing lenses on a monopod/tripod with just one hand.

Came up with this simple little DIY gadget which helps make the changing of lenses whilst using a monopod/tripod much easier and faster. I use this with MFT lenses which are mostly compact and lightweight. The same tool can be made for different lens systems but you must be sure that whichever system you use that the caps are capable of holding the weight of the lens. This is not meant to be a permanent method for carrying lenses, do so at your own risk.


Orchid – Phalaenopsis

Orchid 01

A gift from a friend.


Garden Lilies

Garden Lilies

The Lilies in our garden this year are spectacular!


A Visiting Baby Greenfinch

We found this very tired little baby Greenfinch outside our living room window. It was in our garden for at least a couple of hours. The poor thing could not keep it’s eyes open. We kept an eye on him, he fully recovered his strength and took flight again.

Filmed with a Panasonic FZ1000.


Privet Hawk-Moth in our garden

We found this wonderful Privet Hawk-Moth in our garden, quite a beast! They can grow to have a wingspan of 12cm.


Places to visit: “Parc de la Colline aux Oiseaux” in Caen, Normandy, France.

We have visited this park in the centre of Caen in Normandy, France many times during different seasons and never fail to enjoy it’s beauty. The park is maintained to a high standard and the gardens are well planted throughout the seasons. In 2019 the park celebrated it’s 25th year of existence. Seeing the park as it is now it’s incredible to think that the area was used as a municipal landfill for more than fifty years (1923-1973).

The park covers approximately 17 hectares (42 acres) and to enjoy the park in it’s entirety will see a good few kilometres pass underfoot. There are steps that meander up through the wooded sections although these can be avoided by using the paths which rise more gently to the higher parts of the park. The park is organised in to different areas. The most notable are probably the rose garden and the panorama but to be honest we enjoy the general atmosphere of the whole park and have been compelled to visit many times over the years. Yet still we discover new bits that we have missed before (or forgotten about).

There is much to like about the “Parc de la Colline aux Oiseaux” it’s a great place to walk with much to keep the mind occupied. There are places to picnic, areas for the children to enjoy, and there are no charges to enter the park. If you visit Normandy it would be sad if you don’t give this a place on your itinerary.

More information can be found here: https://caen.fr/annuaire-equipement/colline-aux-oiseaux

This video was filmed in it’s entirety at the park over many different visits during different seasons and hopefully provides an insight in to what to expect.

The cameras used in this video are:
Panasonic G80. Pansonic 12-60mm f3.5/5.6 lens. Panasonic 14-140mm f3.5/5.6 lens. Olympus 45mm f1.7 lens. (used for more than 50% of the included contents).
Samsung NX1 with a variety of Tamron Adaptall II legacy lenses.
Osmo Pocket.


The Zoo! Animals in 4K – Panasonic G80/G85 with 14-140 lens and the Osmo Pocket

A trip to the zoo at Jurques, Normandy, France. We had a great day out and were lucky enough to get a little cooperation from the animals to capture some great shots in 4K. Hope you enjoy! Filmed in 4K mostly with the Panasonic G80/G81/G85 using the Panasonic 14-140 II lens.

There are a few shots with the DJI Osmo Pocket, namely the wide scenes at the Penguin feeding, the close-up of the Turkey and the follow shot with the Giant Tortoise, otherwise all the rest is with the Panasonic G80.


Gluten Free Low Fat Cakes – A Recipe

I can’t eat gluten and I’m also sensitive to fat. My partner came up with these … Thank you!