The following photographs were all taken at Buscot park in Oxfordshire. Once again they were all taken with a Nikon D800 and a 24-120mm f/4.0 lens. The first image taken of the copies held at Buscot of some of the terracotta army is in my more usual format of 1:1 or square. I opened … Continue reading Photographs #3
Hoping to shake off some of the Christmas holiday period cobwebs Mrs M and I went on a morning visit to Charlecote Park. There had been a heavy frost the night before, the car was thoroughly iced up before we started and there was a thick, cold, fog laying low over the houses. The sun … Continue reading Out and About: Charlecote Park
These two images were again taken with one of my Nikons that I had in 2015. This time it was the superb D800 and the lens was the very good Nikkor 24-120mm f/4.0 zoom. Both images were, as I normally do, shot in RAW, imported into Lightroom CC as DNGs and then processed mainly in … Continue reading Photographs #2
As we come to the end of 2016 I am reminded that although I have tried to maintain this blog as much as I can, I have gone for some periods of time this year without posting. I would like to do something about that. So, starting today, I am going to post photographs I … Continue reading Photographs #1
I have always been a huge fan of Michael Kenna’s photography. I think I have been inspired to do many of my black and white photographs in square mode because of him and his use of Hasselblad cameras. I have however never aspired to taking long exposures like him but his minimalist, beautifully visualized photographs … Continue reading Michael Kenna – Forms of Japan
This image was taken on a glorious November day in Exmouth, Devon. The temperature was unbelievably warm at 18 degrees. I was walking along the beach in a tee-shirt and I was still very warm. Being November, the area did not have the summer quota of holiday-makers and the beach was virtually empty apart from … Continue reading Out and About: Exmouth
A trip to Cosford RAF museum bought the opportunity not only to look at the fantastic collection of aircraft they have from the First World War to the Cold War but also to get some great close up and abstract images. The image below is one I took of a safety ribbon which was attached to … Continue reading Out and About: Cosford RAF Museum
I'm in the middle of a monthly project for my photography club at the moment and although I think I have one image which I believe would fulfill the criteria, I wanted to see if I could get any more. Any image submitted to the club for the monthly assignments has to be taken in … Continue reading Out and About: Kenilworth
It was a visit to the Black Country Living Museum for today’s photo-meet. It really is such a good place to take photographs. You have historic housing, canals, industrial buildings from the late Victorian and early 20th centuries and people dressed in the period costumes wandering around – currently First World War - and all … Continue reading Out and About: Black Country Living Museum.
I’m really enjoying the electronic viewfinder in my Fuji cameras. Being able to adjust the image to approximate how you see the final version after processing is such a time-saver. My colour processing (albeit the smaller portion of my processing – I do far more monochrome images) has speeded up because I now have to … Continue reading Using exposure metering effectively.
Mrs M and I have just come back from a week in the lovely town of Cefalu in Sicily which we enjoyed immensely. The sun, the food, and the wine were all excellent and although we did have a couple of thunderstorms they didn’t dent the enjoyment, they served to relieve the heat for … Continue reading Out and About: Sicily
For once the sun is shining and its nice and warm. Time to catch those rays and get rid of the ubiquitous British pallor. So, it's the sunbed out in the garden. Hold on, I've forgot the cold drink. Back inside and then cold coke poured, its back into the garden. The problem is Lily the cat … Continue reading Knowing ones place.
Today I took a trip to the Midland Air Museum and was very impressed with the aircraft they had there. I’m not an aeroplane fan-boy, what I know about military aircraft comes from Airfix modelling in the days of my youth, but I did recognize some of the aircraft on show. A couple of English … Continue reading Out and About: Midland Air Museum
Well, I have tried the last weeks to use my right eye for photography (Eye, Eye!) but I have to give up on it. I thought for a couple of days it was going to be OK but I just couldn't get used to it over-time. My right eye started to ache after a short … Continue reading The Right Eye? No!
I am right-handed, but a lefty eye person who also wears glasses. By that I mean that when I use a camera I look through the viewfinder with my left eye. As a result I have always had trouble with my nose being squidged against the rear LCD as I use the viewfinder. The other and … Continue reading Eye, Eye!
I was looking through some of my photographs the other day in particular the ones that had been in galleries and had sold quite well. What come to mind as I looked at them was that it didn’t matter what camera they were taken with, it was the picture that counted. The image below is … Continue reading The best camera…
I took a trip out to Calke Abbey with two other members of the Viewfinder Club and I think we all went there with the hope of finding some images that we could use for the club’s assignment for this month, “Found still-Life”. I think by the end of the afternoon shooting that we all … Continue reading Out and About: Calke Abbey
When we are out and about photographing, there are times when the light, or lack of it, can be challenging. You may find that really nice shot, probably indoors or under cover, that is just too dark to take without a tripod or flash, and you don’t have either. So, you walk on and leave … Continue reading Take the shot
The Viewfinder club phototrip was to Twycross Zoo this time. I hadn’t been there for a few years since my daughter was a lot younger and in some ways it has changed quite a lot and in other ways, by not much. I always have some moral trauma at zoos, because on one hand I … Continue reading Out and About: Twycross Zoo
A trip down to the Cotswolds today and to the Batsford Arboretum. Mrs M and I haven’t been down there for a few months so it was time to re-acquaint ourselves with the fabulous arboreal shapes and colours at the arboretum. The first surprise was that it wasn’t busy. Perhaps the appalling weather of … Continue reading Out and About: Batsford Arboretum
Back in March I posted that my photographs were ready to be sent to the Royal Photographic Society in order to be assessed for the award of Licentiate. I’ve been a little tardy in getting back on this, but on 15 April I was informed that subject to authorisation by the Council of the … Continue reading Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society
So you have taken your picture, you’ve downloaded it to your computer and you have processed it. Once you are happy with it, you’re going to upload it to social media, or even get it printed and exhibited. Your work of art is now available for the world to look at, they admire it, they … Continue reading Naming Your Photographs
As you can guess from the interval between my last post and this one, I’m a little bit behind at the moment with processing images. However I do have another here from my time in Northumbria a few weeks ago. This was taken in the harbour of the town of Seahouses where we were staying. … Continue reading Out and About: Seahouses
This is another shot from Northumberland, taken on the second day of my trip to the coast there. The shot is of the castle ruin, Dunstanburgh, from the beach at Embleton. Once again the weather was very windy and very cold. Most of the time on the beach was spent trying to hold the camera … Continue reading Out and About: Embleton, Northumbria
For the last few days I have been in the north of England with my new Fuji’s. I have been to Northumberland a few times before and it is truly a beautiful rugged county. It so happens that the trip coincided with one of the coldest snaps that the UK has seen for a few … Continue reading Out and About – Seahouses
At the end of next week I’m off on a photo-trip to Northumberland and it will be the first major outing for all my new Fuji equipment. When I go on these trips, I tend to put all my equipment into a rucksack, currently the excellent Lowepro Flipside 400 AW, and then if neccessary deport … Continue reading Lowepro Tahoe BP 150 backpack
Our phototrip this time was to Worcester where the main part of the walk was along the east bank of the river and then inside the cathedral. The weather was warm and sunny and it bought many people out along the riverside to enjoy the spring sun and temperature. After a short walk along the … Continue reading Out and About: Worcester
Today Mrs M. and I took advantage of the sunny weather and drove to Bradgate Park in Leicestershire. I took the Fuji X-T1 and the 18-135 lens with me to give it a first try out. I had set the camera up pretty much the same as the X-E2 and as with that camera even … Continue reading Out and About – Bradgate Park
My parcel from Wex arrived today (brilliant service as usual) and in it was my brand-spanking new Fujifilm X-T1 camera and two new lenses. The image below shows the X-T1 with my new XF55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS zoom lens attached, and behind it my X-E2 with the new XF18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR … Continue reading New Arrivals
So that's it then, all my Nikon gear has gone. Everything! Nothing left. I have ordered my new Fuji equipment and there's no going back. I really can't wait. I'll end up with the X-E2, an X-T1, 27mm f/2.8mm, 35mm f/2.0. 18-55mm f/2.8-4.0, 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 and 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 lenses. It wasn't an easy choice to … Continue reading Well I’ve only gone and done it!
I have been a little tardy of late in updating A Sensored View but here's a picture I took at Croome Park of the Marshall ladies. It was taken in a small stone shelter with the ambient light coming from just over my left shoulder. I took the image as ever in RAW, so the … Continue reading Out and About: Croome Park
As someone who is leaving Nikon to move to Fuji, I came across an interesting and gratifying comment made by Fuji managers Toshihisa Iida and Makoto Oishi when they met imaging-resource.com. At one point they were discussing the principal of Kaizen,which is the Japanese practice of continuous development of a project. The Fuji representatives said: Toshihisa Iida: Of … Continue reading Fuji and Kaizen
Now that I have finally got back up to date with my processing after falling nearly two years behind because of the course with the Open College of the Arts, printing for the gallery and preparing for the RPS distinction, I thought I would sort out any anomalies in my Lightroom catalog. It was whilst … Continue reading Delving into the past.
We were at Hanbury Hall today on a beautiful spring-like day. It really was nice to be out in the sunshine and the warmth was really beginning to be felt. It was still chilly in the shade but I suppose that is only to be expected. An unexpected pleasure at the Hall was the … Continue reading Out and About – Hanbury Hall
For those of you who have used and appreciated the brilliant Lightbox Photography cards by Paul Michael Kane, then the news is that he is starting a new Kickstarter campaign on 16 March called Lightbox Photography Cards: Mobile Edition will be most welcome. This set of cards will have 52 different mobile phone assignments which … Continue reading New Photographic Cards Kickstarter campaign
Today we decided to give the Warwick walk we abandoned last week another go. The intention was to walk along the Great Union Canal as far as the viaduct over the river Avon and then down to the river and follow that back past the castle and thence to the racecourse where we had parked. … Continue reading Out and About – Warwick
Today was meant to be a day for being out and about photographing in and around Warwick. But the great British weather had other ideas and the photo walk had to be abandoned in the face of high winds, stinging ice rain and snow. We knew when we were beaten. the photograph was taken … Continue reading Abandon ship
Well the i’s have been dotted and the t’s crossed and my 10 photograph distinction submission is ready to go to the Royal Photographic Society. All I have to do now is print out two panel hanging plans, place the pictures in the box and take them down to RPS HQ in Bath, ready for … Continue reading RPS submission ready to go
Further to my last post about the purchase of a new camera bag to house my Fuji X-E2, the new bag duly arrived courtesy of Amazon. As with all Domke bags it looks as though it’s built to last and the quality is just as it should be. As I stated yesterday, the bag … Continue reading Domke F-5XB camera bag and modifications
There is one thing on this blog that I haven’t talked about in a long while and that’s camera bags. I always use a bag to carry my gear, although I never carry an excessive amount around. I tailor the gear I carry to the days shoot. As a result I don’t need to carry … Continue reading New Camera Bag
With the wet weather we’ve been having lately, it’s been very difficult to get out and about without having to get into scuba gear. Today though, the clouds cleared and we actually had sunshine, so I took a trip over to Stratford. I thought that though the water level of the river Avon may be … Continue reading Out and About: Stratford
Well, I've downloaded and installed the update on to my X-E2 and I have to say I am so impressed that Fuji should present such an update to users of a camera that is now over two years old. It is virtually a completely new camera now. Not only that but Fuji also announced that … Continue reading Fujifilm X-E2 Firmware Update 4.00
There will probably be a few 'Out and Abouts' in Berkswell this year, as I am taking part if a project by the viewfinder.club called 'The Walk'. The challenge is to do the same shortish walk - two miles or so - many times a year, recording the changes that you see, and trying to … Continue reading Out and About: Berkswell
It has been about a year since the last time I went to Birmingham and one ov the viewfinder.club chose the city for his photomeet. It's nice to know that with all the (good) changes that have gone in New Street Station, the actual train service itself is still pretty poor. Catching the train from … Continue reading Out and About: Birmingham City Centre
Fujifilm have now announced the firmware update for the X-E2, and with them installed it’s almost like having a new camera. Here’s a list of the new enhancements. There’s a new autofocus system using the cameras hybrid AF system. A new algorithm gives enhanced performance in low light and low contrast conditions. Continuous shooting … Continue reading Fujifilm X-E2 Firmware update 4.00
Not long after I bought my Fujifilm X-E2, I decided that due to a pair of large hands, I would feel more comfortable if I fixed a grip to it. Although the premise of buying this camera was to take advantage of its smaller size compared to my Nikon’s, comfort is everything and I … Continue reading Fujifilm X-E2 and third-party grip