Taken in Florence, Italy, this was a trip to celebrate my wife's 50th birthday. An absolutely fantastic location. We spent four days there experiencing and expolring the old city. You can't help but take good photographs in Florence, there is so much beautiful architecture and works of art. All you have to do is point … Continue reading MMX: Florence I
This was taken on a visit to the National Trust property at Canons Ashby in the autumn of 2010. The ivy on the front of the building had turned a gorgeous red and gave me the impression that the whole of the wall was on fire, with the flames licking around the window.I have done … Continue reading MMX: Burning Ivy
This image was my submission for a club project entitled 'beer'. I tried various different cans of beer, glasses and tankards in many different setups and eventually settled on Guinness (my favourite tipple) and a pewter tankard. I particularly like the lighting on this image and the simple yet effective arrangement of the objects.Taken with … Continue reading MMX: Beer
This image was taken in the lake district with an Olympus E-30. It was a gloriously sunny day but very windy. We had pulled into a lay-by by a stream to get some shots both up the valley from where we had just come from and down the valley in the direction we were headed. … Continue reading MMX: The Boulder
This picture was taken on a chilly day in September in the Lake District. This is Watendlath tarn which lies in the hills above Derwent water. I used a 2 stop neutral density filter to help bring out the sky, and the camera was on a tripod. It was taken with an Olympus E-30.
Everyone at some point who has a tripod and some neutral density filters tries a long exposure on water. This is one I took whilst in the Lake District with an Olympus E-30. The exposure was at f/11 for 1/5 second. Whilst not having the sometimes over-used 'smoke' look about it I think that it … Continue reading MMX: Slow Water
This is an image taken at Blea Tarn in the lake District. There was a slight breeze that day which prevented the tarn from actually being totally still. That being said, I still the the reflection works well. The water levels in the Lake District in 2010 were down considerably and rocks that were normally … Continue reading MMX: Blea Tarn
Taken in September, this image of the jetty on Derwent Water must have been taken a million times before by a million people. That however in itself is not a reason to ignore the chance of a picture when it comes. There is always something new in a picture, no matter how many times that … Continue reading MMX: Derwent Jetty
Continuing with the collection of images taken in 2010 and included in my MMX book, this was taken in the Lake District, during a three day long club shoot. I just loved the total abstract look of the edge of this building with the diagonal and vertical lines, the circular window and the textures on … Continue reading MMX: Geometry
This image of Kirkham Abbey was taken with an Olympus E-30. There were gorgeous clouds that day that were fairly slow moving across the sky. The abbey is a lovely peaceful place to visit with some very atmospheric ruins.
This flower was taken at Packwood House on an Olympus E-620. I really liked the way that the leaves curved around the stems of the flowers and the soft interplay of light and shadows on them and the juxtaposition in the remains of the flower that had bloomed and died and the healthy flower underneath.
This was an entrant for one of our photographic club monthly assignments. It was also one of the first still lives that I attempted. I'm really quite pleased with the way it turned out.Taken with an Olympus E-620
The title of this image is a reference to its composition. The edges of the foremost arch on the left and right of the image seek to pull your eyes away from what is happening beyond. Yet the archways themselves draw you in and you are compelled to look at the people even though you … Continue reading MMX: Tension
This is one of my favourite photographs from 2010. Taken from the top of the Roaches in the Peak District National Park it shows crepuscular light rays coming from the clouds. The photograph was taken with an Olympus E-30.
This is another in a collection of images taken on the Roaches in The Peak District National Park. Taken from the pathway that climbs over the top of the rocks it is a view through some fallen trees to the Staffordshire countryside below. The wind tends to curl and buffet around the rocks here and … Continue reading MMX: Rocks and Trees
Taken at The Roaches in Staffordshire, part of the Peak District National Park. This image is of Hen Cloud. There are two thoughts as to why it is called this. Some say the shape of the grit stone outcrop from a certain angle looks like a roosting hen, the other (and more likely) is that … Continue reading MMX: Cloud over Hen Cloud
Taken with an Olympus E-620 at Coughton Court in Warwickshire. The two little children were out walking with their grandfather, when they turned to each other and started to have an earnest conversation. It looked so good I had to take a picture. There was a little bit of post processing to do afterwards, as … Continue reading MMX: Talking Up
These oversized benches are at Coughton Court in Warwickshire. My daughter sat down on them and as I turned around to take her picture she took me at the same time with her EP-1. I like the spontaneity of the moment and the way the bench makes a nice backdrop. Taken with an Olympus E-620.
I really like these kind of still life photographs from other photographers, so whenever I can I try to shoot them. The urn stood in an alcove cut into a high hedge at Coughton Court, and it's weathered appearance due to a patina of age and dirt stood out against the dark of the hedge. … Continue reading MMX: Urn
Taken at Kenilworth castle, this image tries to capture the British love of picnics. It's not something I've ever had a keen enthusiasm for, but this couple have waded through the long grass laden down with table, chairs and food to enjoy the June afternoon by the side of the stream. They were admired by … Continue reading MMX: Picnic
My photobook was delivered today from Cewe and they have done a really good job on it. The colour images have been rendered very well indeed and the monochrome ones both tinted and un-tinted are true to the originals.The full cover image on the front looks very nice and as usual the whole book has … Continue reading MMX Photobook has arrived
This image was taken in Broadway in the Cotswolds. The elderly lady had sat down on a bench next to a bus stop obviously waiting for her lift home. As I watched her, she seemed to be miles away, neither recognizing or conversing with her fellow 'bench-sitters' or taking an interest in the scene around … Continue reading MMX: daydream
I have sent off to Cewe all my images for the MMX book, and it has now been despatched . I'm really looking forward to see what kind of a job they've done on my photographs. Black and white is always difficult to reproduce and a lot of mine are tinted also but Cewe have … Continue reading MMX book now being printed.
This picture was taken on my (at the time) new Olympus E-30 in Bourton-on-the-water, a place in the Cotswolds that's always been popular with bikers and pensioner coach parties alike. An incongruous mix, but they seem to get by and generally leave each other alone apart from some good natured name-calling in the tea-shops! I … Continue reading MMX: Bike and Reflection
Taken on a lazy Sunday afternoon in Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds. I really like the instancy of this picture. The way people have been frozen in a moment of time. The lady looking at the photograph she has just taken, the boy on the right explaining something to his girl-friend and the couple on the … Continue reading MMX: Sunday Afternoon
Taken at the Chesterton Windmill, I got the inspiration of this from the cover of the Judas Priest album 'Sin after Sin'. It was easy to do using two layers, the top layer converted to greyscale and the archway painted out to reveal the colour image underneath. The picture was taken using an Olympus E-620.
This is the pedestrian walkway in Leamington, from the car-park to The Parade. I was going to the bank and turned around as I reached the end of the corridor. I liked the soft light that came in through the windows and I happened to have my trusty old Nikon 4100 compact with me and … Continue reading MMX: Alone
This was taken in the Lake District after one of the driest springs on record. The rocks you see in the image should be at least 45 centimetres under the surface of the river at the time this was taken in the middle of May. The sky was quite overcast and so I placed a … Continue reading MMX: Flow
The picture was taken at Chesterton Windmill on a bright but blustery day in May. The viewpoint is from one of the paths that are cut through the field to enable people to reach the windmill without walking through the crops. The cloud formations that day were excellent, huge and billowing, moving quickly across the … Continue reading MMX Windmill and poppies
We have had a few assignments in the Viewfinder Club where it may have been advantageous to use a macro lens, but I don't have one, so I have had to make do with a zoom at it's closes position. Well not any more! I have just purchased the Zuiko 35mm 1:3.5 macro lens.On a … Continue reading New Lens
Taken with an Olympus E-620 at Castlerigg stone circle in Cumbria. This location is always a favourite with tourists and photographers, so it pays to get there nice and early in the morning or late in the evening. We got there early in the morning and managed to grab a few shots before the hordes … Continue reading MMX: Stone Circle
This image was taken in Cumbria at Blea Tarn in May on a landscape photography holiday. The clouds were beginning to gather and there was rain in the air. There was a break in the clouds and I just got the patch of light on the far side of the tarn as it skipped across … Continue reading MMX: Tarn and Clouds
This image was also taken at the edge of Bassenthwaite Lake with an Olympus E-620. These small yellow flowers were forcing themselves through the stones and gravel of the lake edge and the cream coloured rocks and sparse grass gave a nice backdrop for them. I slightly softened the image and put a vignette around … Continue reading MMX: Rocks and Flowers
This was an early attempt at a combined colour and monochrome image. The can was found on the side of Bassenthwaite lake in Cumbria. The idea of the bright green of the beer can against the texture of the pebbles appealed to me. Taken with an Olympus E-620.
This is another image that was taken on the Long Mynd. We were just finishing the walk and the sky was starting to darken over and rain looked as though it was on the way. Descending off the Mynd I had the feeling we were being watched and looking up on the hillside, I saw … Continue reading MMX: Curiosity
This was taken at the start of a walk on the Long Mynd in Shropshire. As Janette and I started the walk along Carding Mill Valley, I looked up and saw the hill to our left surmounted by wisps of cloud or mist. Near the top was a group of sheep that were grazing on … Continue reading MMX: Sheep and Mist
Continuing my series of blogging some of the images I am considering for my 2010 yearbook MMX.On a visit to Attingham house I was really taken with its clean lines and form. The light just happened to be right in providing contrast and form to the building and so I used the E-620 and 14-42 … Continue reading MMX: Attingham
Janette and I got back late last night from our week's holiday on the Amalfi coast. The hotel was lovely overlooking the sea on three sides and the weather was blisteringly hot. A few days soaking up the sun was interspersed with jaunts to Herculaneum, Sorrento, Pompeii and a climb up mount Vesuvius. Along with … Continue reading Back from Italy
This is from the 4/3 Rumours website, a conversation had by a Russian Journalist with Mr Akira Watanabe of the Olympus DSLR Product Planning dept.It is a google translation from Russian to English hence the strange grammar.“There is nothing sensational on that front: yes, the DSLR system is also important for us, we don't forget … Continue reading Not ‘one beautiful system’?
Thanks to everyone who has looked at my blogg and the pictures I intend to place in the book MMX. With the amount of possible pictures I may have, I may need to do the project in two volumes. At present I am waiting on the outcome of an approaching redundancy and a job interview, … Continue reading Italy Trip
This is another image taken at the Black Country museum with my E-620. There are many shops in the living museum set out as they would have been many years ago, and they all offer great photo opportunities. This particular shop appealed to me because of the different goods in the windows and hung outside … Continue reading MMX: Baths and Brooms
This was taken at the Black Country Museum using my Olympus E-620. The cables are power lines for the trams that run through the museum. I liked the way they seemed to radiate out from the lamp post like the outer strands of some giant cobweb. The museum is a great place to get images … Continue reading MMX: Cables and Lamp
As you walk down from the site of the castle in Henley-in-Arden you come to the moat at the bottom of the earthworks, which is now pretty much overgrown. As I walked over the site of the moat, I glanced right and saw a copse of trees and thickets that had grown in the old … Continue reading MMX: Dark Copse
Whilst walking through these woods I noticed the light coming through from the end of the path as though from the end of a tunnel. The trees, despite their lack of foliage made a roof or canopy over the path letting only the main light through that permeated from the end of the path as … Continue reading MMX: Path
A shot taken at Cleethorpes on the pier there looking out into the Humber estuary. It was a bright sunny day but very cold with snow on the ground. I used an Olympus E-620 for this shot and deliberately aimed to get the railings in silhouette. The structure out in the sea is a movable drilling rig … Continue reading MMX: Rig
These three trees have been featured several times in my pictures and have been taken at different times of the year. This shot was taken in March before their leaves returned and was taken with an Olympus E-620. I also used a 2 stop neutral density graduated filter to enhance the sky. What is really … Continue reading MMX: Three Trees
Taken with an Olympus E-620 in Cleethorpes in January. This was part of a series taken for a Viewfinder Club assignment of the same title. The pools and rivulets left by the sea posed a problem as the sun was very low causing the whites to blow out. I like the sparse number of people … Continue reading MMX: Seaside in Winter
Skegness beach in January is cold and inhospitable, but a fantastic place to take powerful images. This one was taken with an Olympus E-620 in the late morning. All around the beach was evidence that winter storms had battered that part of the coastline during the winter. This set of groynes had been demolished by … Continue reading MMX: Battered Defences
Lincoln cathedral taken on a cold but very sunny winter's day with an Olympus E-410. The low sunlight accentuates all the grandness of the 271 feet high central tower. I deliberately kept the contrast high on this image in order to pick out all the detail on the building. A lot of this detail was … Continue reading MMX: Winter Tower
Taken with an Olympus E-410 at 400 ISO in Lincoln cathedral. This was in one of the side chapels of the cathedral. It was very quiet and very peaceful with just that one ray of light from a high window breaking the gloom. The shadows were deepest in the corner by the pillar, but they … Continue reading MMX: Light and Shadow
This image was again taken at Lincoln cathedral and again it was taken with the Olympus E-410. Walking around the cloisters I lost sight of my wife. I turned to take a photo of the opposite cloister and there was this person looking at me out of the darkness. It made me jump and it … Continue reading MMX: Watching
Taken with an Olympus E-410 in the cloisters of Lincoln Cathedral. As might be expected there were a lot people around the cathedral, and it was difficult getting shots that didn't include brightly arrayed tourists. However, as I walked through the cloisters I turned to my right and saw this gentleman just standing there evidently … Continue reading MMX: Waiting
Taken in Lincoln Cathedral with an Olympus E-410 at ISO 400. As I walked through the cathedral I was struck by the way the light fell on the altar which due to its stone gave it a different hue to the rest of the stonework. I love the way the carpet leads you up to … Continue reading MMX: Flowers and Altar
Taken with an Olympus E-410. I was struck whilst sitting in a small café in Lincoln with the olde-world charm of it and the view outside. The two menus on the tables anchor the shot and the sides and top are framed by the curtains. The eye then drifts out of the window to the … Continue reading MMX: Three Menus
This image was taken with an Olympus E-620 on a freezing cold Skegness beach in January. The composition immediately fell together because of the horizontal lines separating the snow, sand and sea sitting virtually on the thirds of the picture. I took several images without the two people in the picture but as they walked … Continue reading MMX: Snow, Beach and Sea
This image was taken at Castle Howard with an Olympus E-620.My wife Janette had just sat down on the bench with the pyramid behind her and as I turned around to join her, I saw the light coming through the clouds and the three birds illuminated by it. Janette was looking at something on the … Continue reading MMX: Pyramid and Birds
This image is the front cover of the forthcoming photographic book I am working on . It is a collection of the best photographs I took during 2010 - hence the title MMX (roman numerals for 2010). The book contains both colour and black and white images, and is meant to be representative of the … Continue reading MMX Book Cover
So what’s the excuse this time Marshall I hear you cry? Why another camera bag?Well it’s all to do with the National Geographic Earth Explorer Medium camera bag that I reviewed last time. If you remember I placed the small version of the NG bag that I had bought previously inside the medium size and … Continue reading Er…it’s another bag.
In my blog of the 11th April, I did a review on the National Geographic Earth Explorer Small Shoulder bag. I said how I thought it was a really good, well made small bag for carrying one camera. I also stated that I was pondering the purchase of the medium sized version of the bag. … Continue reading National Geographic Earth Explorer Medium Shoulder Bag
We have another VDCC meet coming up on Saturday (weather permitting) and I have decided that I am going to use the monopod that has never even been outside. Two of the club members and I went up to the Peak District two weeks ago and did a 5 mile walk up and around Mam … Continue reading On one leg
Just getting to grips with Contrast Grading version 2 for monochrome. As with the previous version its a way of exploiting every tone in a picture to arrive at a black and white image that has depth, tonality and vision and will produce an exceptional print. The new system uses a lot more curves … Continue reading You can’t satisfy everyone.
OK I admit it, I love camera bags. There aren’t many photographers that have only one bag and I currently have five. I have a Lowepro Flipside AW400 in which I permanently keep all my gear and it’s also the bag I use when I go out hiking to take landscapes. I have a Domke … Continue reading National Geographic Earth Explorer Small Shoulder Bag
I have decided to invest in a flash gun. The thinking behind this is not very clear, even in my own head. I currently do not use flash and I currently do not have a need for shooting on flash. However, a flash gun should be part of a photographer’s kit and as the … Continue reading New Flash Gun
I've been having problems with my black and white processing lately. I've not been happy with my output and I've been struggling to get a finished image that I am happy with.The problem seems to be that whilst controlling the shadows and the lights to ensure that there is detail in these areas, I … Continue reading Black and White Woes
I've been looking at all my images on my Flickr site.For some time I’ve been thinking it's time for a bit of a clean up and so I've gone all the way back to the very first images that I placed on the site, including those done with my aging Nikon compact.Oh dear what a … Continue reading Looking to the past, and not liking it.
As well as ensuring that I do all the assignments set by the Viewfinder digital Camera Club, I am in the process of sorting all my images from last year into a photo book cataloguing my best pictures of 2010. I have spent a few evenings trying to decide which company to use for … Continue reading 2010 photo book
On Wednesday (it is now Friday) I ordered two black and white prints from Loxley Colour. They actually arrived today and I must say the quality is superb. I ordered them via their online order entry system which was very easy to use. They arrived at my workplace in a stout tube well packaged … Continue reading Prints ordered and received.
So the new year has started and with it a new set of challenges to attempt as a member of the Viewfinder Digital Camera Club. My problem is that at the moment I have arrived at an arid stretch of uncompromising desert known as 'photographer's block'.I just can't visualize any images for the projects. At … Continue reading Inspiration block
I've been on a couple of more photog outings since the last post - Chesterton Windmill and Stratford upon Avon. The former could easily have been a photographic disaster. The day was sunny, but with that low, winter sun that slices through your eyes like a laser beam and seems to be everywhere you want … Continue reading A couple of shoots
So I ventured forth with elder brother, carrying my photographic backpack containing two cameras: the E-30 and the E-620, the former laden down with the new 14-54mm lens . We decided we would try the Malvern Hills and the weather people had assured us that the sun would come out to bless the Worcestershire countryside.Well … Continue reading Finally got out with the new lens