A visit to Stowe gardens on Monday proved to be on one of the few decent days of weather in between all of the terrible rain storms we have been having in the UK and which have caused so many terrible problems in the north of England. In Buckinghamshire the sun was shining and for … Continue reading Out and About: Stow Gardens
Today was a visit to the Black Country Living Museum. The last time I was there nearly a year ago, it had snowed and I got some very nice images. Today however there wasn't any of the white stuff although it was very cold and as the day went on it got even colder. The BCLM … Continue reading Out and About: Black Country Living Museum
After attending the talk by Nicki Gwynn-Jones I decided to have a bash myself at multiple images at Baddesley Clinton. The last time I did multiple exposures in-camera was when I was using film with Olympus OM-1 and OM-2 cameras many years ago. I wasn’t expecting any great shakes at the first … Continue reading Out and About: Multiple Exposures
Have just spent a great day at the Rollright Visual Art group. There was a great turn-out with about 50 photographers comprising of RPS and non-RPS members. We had three displays of associate submissions for the Royal Photographic Society, one which is entered for the distinction in March next year and the other two which … Continue reading Rollright Visual Arts Group
Today I was at Earlswood Lakes, Solihull with the Fuji X-E2 and the Fujinon 18-55 zoom lens. Although in the very early morning, the weather looked quite promising, by the time I got to the lakes, there was a chill wind and a sometimes moody sky that promised but did not give rain. There were … Continue reading Out and About: Earlswood Lakes
I was at the very nice Batsford Arboretum today with a couple of members of the photo club. It started off pretty dark and overcast with some fog still sticking around the base of the trees. Knowing that light was going to be scarce, I took my monopod on the shoot, and I’m glad I … Continue reading Out and About: Batsford Arboretum
I was out and about in Stratford today, expressly for the purpose of testing the new 18-55 lens I had just got for my Fujifilm X-E2. It was a dreadfully dark monotone day. The kind of grey, lifeless and chilly day that Britain seems to do very well at times. As a result, camera shutter … Continue reading Out and About: Stratford on Avon
I trudged across the fields of Berkswell today in an effort to get some foggy, autumn pictures. The fog was quite dense and the only noises piercing its sound dampening properties were the cries of the crows in the trees, the seagulls on the lake and the drip, drip of the water on the leaves of … Continue reading Out and About: Berkswell
This was just a quick visit to the property today to get one of their sausage batches and to accompany a club member who was trying out a new standard lens on their Olympus OM-D E-M1 (can Olympus camera names get any longer or more complicated)? The weather was overcast and there was a spot … Continue reading Out and About: Baddesley Clinton
Mrs M, Miss M and myself went for a walk this afternoon in Charlecote Park. There were quite a few people around as the deer herd was pretty much in evidence due to the rutting season. However I wasn’t well-equiped for wildlife photography as once again I went out with the X-E2 and the Nikon … Continue reading Out and About: Charlecote Park
Today I wanted to test out the Nikon AI-S lens with the Fujifilm X-E2. Mrs M and I went to Hanbury Hall in Worcestershire and had a wander around the lovely house and gardens. As I said yesterday, the Nikon lens through the adaptor on the X-E2 would have no electrical connections whatsoever, so everything … Continue reading Out and About – Hanbury Hall
I have an old Nikon AI-S 50mm f/1.8 lens that must be twenty years old that I sometimes use with a reversing ring with my Nikon DSLR’s for close-up work. One of the good things about the Fujifilm X-E2 that I recently bought is that with the aid of a convertor you can use various … Continue reading Fujifilm to Nikon lens convertor
Today some members of S13 and I headed for Derbyshire in search of some of Britain's industrial past. We started at the Magpie mine a disused lead mine dating from the 1700's. To say shooting the mine on this particular day was challenging is an understatement. When we left the Midlands the temperature was about 13 … Continue reading Out and About – Magpie Mine
For our last day in Somerset, Mrs M and I decided to go to one of our favourite National Trust locations, Stourhead. The gardens are fantastic and the house is an interesting trip back to the turn of the 20th century. The weather for the visit was quite nice. - nowhere near an Indian Summer … Continue reading Out and About – Stourhead House and Gardens
On our second day in Somerset Mrs M and I decided to go to Weston-Super-Mare. The weather to start with seemed promising, but then spectacular clouds closed in and hovered menacingly over the town, until we were pummelled with rain, then hail and finally a cold wind. But the cloud structures were exciting and powerful with … Continue reading Out and About – Weston-Super-Mare
Last week Mrs M and I headed down to Somerset for a few days and called into the National Trust property Dyrham Park on the way. The whole roof was under renovation, 46 tonnes of lead and 8000 slate tiles have been removed, the roof structure is being repaired and then re-cast lead and new … Continue reading Out and About – Dyrham Park
I have just added a Fujifilm X-E2 and 27mm pancake lens to my Nikon cameras. I wanted a smaller camera that I could just slip into my shoulder bag when my wife and I were out and about. I originally thought I would get the X-T1 but after looking at it realised that it was a little too … Continue reading New Camera Aquired
This is a great article highlighting the skills of the technicians who worked on some of the most famous photographs ever taken. You can see the annotations made on the test prints of the images telling the technician how long to burn-in or dodge certain parts of the image so that the photographer can get … Continue reading Darkroom Printing
I have now updated my main photographic work system to Windows 10 and it’s working OK. There was a heart-stopping moment where we had a power-cut whilst I was in the middle of the installation, but when the machine restarted after the power came back on three and a half hours later (thanks Western Digital) it … Continue reading Windows 10 installation #2
I have just updated my laptop from Windows 7 to Windows 10. It took a long time to complete but was pretty painless. There was a slight hiccough after installation and after I logged in when I had the (quite common apparently) 'black screen and cursor of nothing is happening'. To remedy this, I basically … Continue reading Windows 10 Installed
One of my favourite photographer/writers is Canadian David DuChemin and his company Craft and Vision. He has started a YouTube channel showing a “mostly weekly show about the craft and art of photography” called 'Vision is Better'. In this he discusses some of his techniques and thoughts about all aspects of photography. He really is … Continue reading Craft and Vision YouTube channel
This Wednesday I was at Buscot House in Oxfordshire. The visit was cleverly timed to be on the hottest July day on record. it was a stifling heat with no breeze and the bottles of water were soon depleted. The shot below is of copies of the terracotta army that stand in the gardens of … Continue reading Out and About
I think I'm there now. >>©<<
My daughter Emz has bought the best Father's Day card she has ever bought me. I admire the sentiment, and I'm just glad she didn't cross-off the word 'not'. In our house now we actually use the name 'Dave' instead of the descriptive term 'knobhead'. It is very often used in ways such as, "Dad, … Continue reading My father’s day card
I think I might be there. Here is the latest attempt.
This attempt was done with NIK Color Efex Pro 4 and this seems to be getting nearer to what I am looking for.The filters I used in CEP4 were: Infra-red Glamour Glow Film Grain The final step was to sharpen it in Nik Sharpener 3.
Here’s the second infra-red test, this time on a building, a temple at Stowe. Perhaps not such a pronounced effect as the statue picture, but then again real IR photographs don’t always work, it depends on the light and subject. >>©<<
S13’s new yearly book project has been announced, and I fancy approaching it from an infra-red point of view. Now, not having a spare camera to convert or wanting to go down the road of filters, I thought I would see if I can come up with some settings via Photoshop and NIK that could … Continue reading Faux infra-red trials
Yesterday I went to Whipsnade Zoological Gardens in Bedfordshire. I went there last year with the family, but this time it would be purely to take photographs. I used the D7100 and partnered it with a 70-210 f/2.8 zoom, which on an APS-C D7100 would mean it was acting like a 105-315 zoom. This is … Continue reading Out and About
Today's photograph is from Charlecote Park where I went on Wednesday after an abortive attempt to go to Compton Verney to see the Martin Parr exhibition. Anyway the latter didn't happen so as I was passing Charlecote I popped in. I spent the next two and a half hours, wandering around the gardens, watched herds of deer … Continue reading Out and About
It has been a busy day today. I had a meeting in Long Compton at 10.00 for a newly-formed Visual Art group for the Royal Photographic Society. It was a very interesting and productive day. There were new as well as old faces there all eager to get the group up and going. We had … Continue reading Busy day
My Nikon D7100 has some spots on the sensor. I've tried the rocket blower, but they just don't want to move. It's time for a proper sensor clean. I know I should do it myself - and I have in the past - but I hate doing it. The last time I tried cleaning my … Continue reading I know I should but…
Mrs M, Miss M and I decided to have a walk around Packwood House estate this afternoon. One of my reasons for wanting to get out and about was to try out an old Vivitar Series 1 zoom lens on my D7100. The lens is in mint condition and is a version 3, 70 – … Continue reading Out and About
This weekend Mrs M and I took the first trip this year down to Batsford Arboretum, just outside Moreton-in-Marsh in Gloucestershire. We like to go and have a look at the gardens and trees a few times a year to take in the fabulous colours that swap and change through the seasons. The Arboretum is … Continue reading Out and About
Today I was out and about at Lyveden New Bield a National Trust property in Northamptonshire. The lodge and garden were created by Sir Thomas Tresham between 1595 and 1603. Upon his death in that year, the family wealth depleted, the estate passed to his son Francis Tresham. However Francis along with his cousins Catesby … Continue reading Out and About
I have just finished my latest commission. I used Peak Imaging to print the image and the frame came from EZE-Frame. The picture is being purchased as a retirement presentation. >>©<<
Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire is one of my favourite places in the county. The ruins of this former Cistercian abbey are huge and magnificent. At the time of the Dissolution it was the richest Cistercian abbey in Britain, which no doubt helped in its demise. It was a lovely warm spring afternoon when Mrs M … Continue reading Out and About – Fountains Abbey
Towards the end of last month, Mrs M and I took ourselves off to Yorkshire for a few days. It really is a gorgeous county and certainly one of our favourite places to visit. On the way to our hotel, we called into Harewood House. The gardens are lovely with a walk around the large … Continue reading Out and About – Harewood House
I have just published on BobBooks the last volume in the series of 365 images for 2014. The December book is now available from the Bookshop. I also just found out that the October volume for the series is now shown as a top pick in the bookshop. >>©<<
I took myself off to one of my favourite National Trust properties this morning for a treat. One of their excellent bacon batches (that’s ‘roll’ to any southerners), and a cup of coffee. It had rained just before I left so I didn’t take any of my cameras, but I had my iPhone for any … Continue reading Out and About – Baddesley Clinton
This is another image taken whilst I was in Scotland. This time we had parked in the lovely little village of Comrie and walked along the top of the gorge in which the River Laggan ran. The out ward trip was on the western side of the river and the return trip was on the … Continue reading Out and About – Laggan Wood
This image was taken as I walked along the gorge cut through the woods by the River Braan, near Dunkeld in Perthshire. The sun was just filtering into the trees and the lack of leaves meant that the thin branches were illuminated whilst the trees and thicker branches were rim lit. The thinner tendril-like branches … Continue reading Out and About – River Braan
I make no apologies about highlighting another article from my favourite photographer/writer, David duChemin. This man just gets better and better. His latest blog post called 'On Real Photographers', takes issue with all those 'Professional' photographers who complain that there are two many people taking pictures / owning cameras / selling photographs / giving away … Continue reading On Real Photographers. An article by David duChemin
I've only just managed to get back to my desk at home to start looking at some of the images that I have taken over the last ten days or so. Firstly I went to Perth in Scotland for a Royal Photographic Society group meeting for four days and when I came back it was … Continue reading Out and About – Pitlochry
Yesterday, I felt the urge to buy some new clothing. Winter is now hopefully on the way out, so it’s time to throw off the furs and buy a new mankini. So, Mrs M and daughter grabbed our passports and headed south into deepest Buckinghamshire to the town of many islands – Milton Keynes. Now … Continue reading All the world’s a stage. Er, no it isn’t.
Today I paid another visit to Witley Court. It was promising to be another lovely early spring day and I had three photo projects that I had to be getting on with. Witley court started off as a medieval manor house but was bought by the Foley family in 1655. Over the next two centuries … Continue reading Out and About – Witley Court
Today I was in Worcestershire just outside Bromsgrove visiting the Avoncroft Museum. The museum is home to over 30 different historic buildings that have been rescued, dismantled and debuilt in 19 acres of countryside. I took the D800 and the 50mm f/1.8 standard lens with me today, as I thought that I would need the … Continue reading Out and About – Avoncroft Museum
Today I was out and about at the National Trust property at Croome in Worcestershire. It has had a chequered history over the years being owned by the Earls of Coventry who emplyed Capability Brown to design the house and gardens and some of the interiors by Robert Adam. During the Second World War it … Continue reading Out and About – Croome
I actually managed to get five images for the first of the 12 by 12 projects from my trip to Stratford as mentioned a couple of days ago . I presented them to the Flickr group as square photographs with the River Avon and its attractions as the main theme. I was quite happy with … Continue reading Out and About extra: Stratford 12 by 12 result
After weeks of prevaricating and excuses, I’ve finally started to make a Collection in Lightroom of prospective images for inclusion into my submission for a Licentiateship at the Royal Photographic Society. Out of the many images I have put in the collection, I have to hone and whittle them down to a competent and cohesive … Continue reading The first step on the road.
This morning I decided to have a try and getting the images for the 12by12 project on Flickr. Each month a well-known photographer sets a project for people to undertake. The first project of the series, is set by British photographer Vanessa Winship and the brief is: photograph someone or something every 100 or so steps. I went … Continue reading Out and About – Stratford
Today Mrs M and I took ourselves off to one of our favourite NT houses, Calke Abbey. This is the stately home that the Trust obtained in 1985 and found rooms that had been shut off for years and piled with the belongings of the Harper-Crewe family. Rather than restore the estate, the NT carried … Continue reading Out and About – Calke Abbey
Today I was wandering around Bradgate Park in Leicestershire with the D800. The weather was bright and sunny, but with a vicious northerly wind that cut across the top of the hills and sliced into the valleys. I decided that I would use the camera on manual with auto ISO which I have never done … Continue reading Out and About – Bradgate Park
I decided to bite the bullet a couple of days ago and subscribe to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan. What that means is that for the sum of £8.95 per month, I get the use of Lightroom and Photoshop CC. I went to Adobe, logged on with my Adobe ID (I already had one), … Continue reading Adobe Creative Cloud for photographers
If you’re always looking for that inspiration for a photography project, then have a look at Lightbox Photography Cards, created by photographer Paul Michael Kane. He says they are usable from the beginner right up to advanced photographer There are 52 cards in a pack (as you might suspect) and each has a quote from … Continue reading Lacking inspiration?
It was off to a favourite haunt today as I headed south to Stowe Gardens. It was a bit of a last minute choice as I realised that it was half-term week here in the UK and the schools were on holiday. That means virtually everywhere is going to be over-run with parents, baby-buggies, pre-teens … Continue reading Out and About – Stowe
The basin in Stratford today was frozen over. The commercial barges that lay at berth were locked in by the ice and the ever-present ducks and swans looked bemused as they ambled about wondering why the water which hitherto they had floated on, had gone hard. The sun was bright, and obviously showing-off, but it’s … Continue reading Out and About – Stratford On Avon
I’m sitting here at my desk currently going through RAW images that I took in June 2014 and wondering why on earth I took them. I know at the time I saw something that I thought was worthwhile recording and then working on, but looking at some of them now I can’t for the life … Continue reading Why did I take that photograph?
Not having got the chance to go out for a walk yesterday, Mrs M and I decided to go out this Sunday morning. It was a crisp, sunny day with occasional blasts from a very cold wind. We decided to go to Stratford and walk from the free car park by the side of the … Continue reading Out and About – Stratford on Avon
Mrs M and I set out after lunch today for a short walk along the Hatton locks part of the Grand Union canal system. The weather was cold but sunny and we decided to walk towards Warwick for a short while before turning back and getting a coffee at the excellent Hatton Locks café. As … Continue reading Out and About – Hatton Locks.
Today I was in Dudley at the Black Country Living Museum. A great place where you can see how people lived and worked in the Black Country from the start of the industrial revolution. The museum recreates a black country industrial town of over a hundred years ago over 26 acres, which include shops, houses, … Continue reading Out and About – Black Country Living Museum
I had the idea last year that I would try and remember to write an 'Out and About' post every time I went out on a shoot. Here’s the first one for 2015. It’s been a rough start to the year so far. Both Mrs M and I came down with the flu (it WAS the flu, … Continue reading Out and About – Charlecote Park
Just before Christmas, Birmingham Council announced that they are proposing significant cuts at the Library of Birmingham, and particularly to close the Photography Archive and remove the entire staff. Professor in the Culture of Photography at the University of Brighton and Financial Times photography critic, Francis Hodgson wrote a post on his blog, Another One Bites … Continue reading Library of Birmingham Photography Archive threatened with closure and staff cuts
After completing my second 365 project on 31 December 2014, I was pondering about what long term project the S13 collective could do for 2015. I decided to try one called ‘Alphabetography’. The idea is to take 26 pictures – one every two weeks – of the letters of the alphabet, starting with (surprise, surprise) … Continue reading What the heck is ‘Aphabetography’?