The December edition of the photozine has now been published and you can download it below for free.
I purchased my Fujifilm X-E3 in March of 2018. It was to replace the X-E2 which I sold. The reason for replacing the small X-E2 with the equally small 3 was to reduce the amount of camera equipment that I carried whilst on holiday with Mrs M. The X-E3 came with the Fujinon 23mm F/2 … Continue reading Fuji X-E3 and the Fujinon 18mm F/2
The November edition of the photozine has now been published and you can now download it for free using the link below.
I know what one of my Christmas presents is! I was asked what I wanted by Mrs M not thinking I would get it – but today it was delivered to work (Mrs M and I work for the same company). I wasn't allowed to see it (it is a Christmas present after all) but … Continue reading Happiness is (camera) bag shaped.
The October edition of the photozine has now been published and you can download it below for free.
One of the best things we can do in order to improve our photography is to step out of our safety zones and look at other photographers work. I don't mean just looking at landscape photographs by Charlie Waite if you like landscapes but look at the work of someone who takes photographs of subjects … Continue reading Engaging with the unfamiliar
The September edition of the photozine has now been published and you can download it below for free.
What happens to all those photographs that we have taken? How do we find those images that we took maybe a year or two years ago, to have another go at processing them? I never delete any photograph, good or bad, they can be found on my RAW file drive or on its backup. In … Continue reading Logical filing is important
If you use Peak Design’s excellent straps, then you also use their anchors. In June this year, they released version 4 of their anchors as a response to a few failures of their version 3 anchors. “Few” is the operative word here. According to their website, they had seven reports of their V3 anchors wearing … Continue reading Peak Design Anchor Update Kit
When you go out to take photographs you grab your camera bag and in it, you will have a camera body/bodies and a lens/lenses. Sure you may have a flash, filters electronic release etc, but you will have at least one camera body and one lens. So which lens do you carry with you? It … Continue reading Using Lightroom to determine your favourite focal length
The August edition of the photozine has now been published and you can download it below for free.
All these images were taken in the lovely mountain village of San Mauro Castleverde. The sun was just starting to set as we walked around the atmospheric town. The shadows were long and the mountain light bright and harsh although the narrow alleys and streets of the village were dark and cool. I used a Nikon … Continue reading Sicily 7
The photographs this week were taken on the slopes of Mount Etna during our trip to Sicily in 2016. We started the day in bright, warm sunshine but as we ascended the slopes of Etna the clouds dropped obscuring virtually everything for minutes at a time. I had to pick my opportunities to fire off … Continue reading Sicily 6
The weather for the time that Mrs M and I were in Sicily was sunny and hot. However, we did have a couple of thunderstorms, once early in the morning and another later in the evening. The different types of clouds and the play of light on them made for many fascinating pictures. The two … Continue reading Sicily 5
This week I am continuing with a summer series of images taken in Sicily during 2016. They were again taken with the X-E2 and the wonderful XF18-55mm zoom lens. I no longer have the X-E2 and I must say I miss it. The quality of the images that it could produce was amazing. It did … Continue reading Sicily 4
This is the third week where I am showing some of the images that I took in Sicily during the summer of 2016. I used my Fujifilm X-E2 and the Fujinon XF18-55mm F/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens throughout the trip. A MODERN VIEW ROOFTOPS AND ALLEYWAYS BALCONIES ON THE BRINK
The July edition of the photozine has now been published you can download it below.
Some more photographs taken during a trip to the glorious island of Sicily. The camera was the Fujifilm X-E2 and the lens was the Fujinon XF18-55mm F/2.8-4 R LM OIS. Wandering through the little streets and alleyways in the ancient town of Cefalu, you are always going to find a picture. They virtually throw themselves at … Continue reading Sicily 2
The series of images which I will show on the blog over the next few weeks were taken on the fantastic island of Sicily in the summer of 2016. Mrs M. and I were spending our summer holidays there and it was our first visit enjoying the history, people and, of course, the weather of … Continue reading Sicily 1
As photographers, we should always be looking for that shot but they say that familiarity breeds contempt. The first two shots below are examples of the fact that you can always find something new to photograph no matter how many times you have been to an area or place. HIDDEN Fujifilm X-E2, Fujinon XF18-55mm F/2.8-4 … Continue reading You have to see not just look
When I'm taking photographs, more often than not, the picture is going to end up as a black and white image. I normally have a good idea what I want it to look like when I take the picture and sometimes the scene even gives the title too at that stage All that is left … Continue reading Sometimes they’re just not good enough. Own it.
I never really used to like abstract artwork, in any medium. It just didn't connect with me. Or, if I was being honest I didn't understand it. But a few years ago I really started to read about it for a course I was taking and began to look in particular, at abstract monochrome photography … Continue reading Abstract and Bemusement
The next edition of the photozine is now available for free download.
More images from the Midland Air Museum again this week. Once again they are close-ups of the amazing aircraft at the museum, but this time in monochrome. I must admit I really enjoyed pulling out all the chipped paint and details on these images in post-processing. For the whole of the shoot, I used the … Continue reading Rivets and Chips
All three of these images were taken at the Midland Air Museum at Bagington, near Coventry, Although I'm not an aeroplane aficionado, there are some great shots to be found at air museums, of which there are several around the country. I was concentrating on getting in close to the aircraft and taking abstract and … Continue reading Faded Warriors
Time constraints and other everyday paraphernalia have been getting in my way over the last few weeks whenever I have tried to sit down and write this blog. With an (almost) full-time job and other commitments, it seems that A Sensored View must take a back seat for a while, or rather the written side … Continue reading Shadows and Doorways
I always find it a lot harder to decide on the tonal qualities that I want to see in a colour photograph than I do in a monochrome image. Because of that, I find that the ability to choose a colour profile as a starting point is very advantageous in Lightroom. Of course, other processing … Continue reading A profile can help
The fifth issue of A Sensored View is now available for free download.
Shadows can be a very important part of a photograph. They give a sense of weight and of depth to an image. This is particularly important in black and white photographs for, without the presence of colour, monochrome images rely on tonal values, texture and shapes to form a powerful image. The following images show … Continue reading Shadows in monochrome
Continuing on from last week’s post, I have another three photographs taken at the National Trust property Calke Abbey in Derbyshire. They were all taken once again with the X-T1 camera and 18-55mm F/2.8-4 zoom lens. FADED ELEGANCE Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon 18-55MM f2.8-4 R LM OIS This shot was obviously taken in the house itself … Continue reading Exploring the past
All of the photographs this week were shot at the National Trust property of Calke Abbey. It’s a favourite place of mine to get atmospheric shots of buildings, interiors and close-ups. The property was once the home of the reclusive, eccentric and private Harpur Crewe family, who kept Calke hidden away until the estate and … Continue reading Opening the past
Today I have two examples of flora photography and one shot of a pond that seems to have unfathomable depths. Each of the two flowers have been obviously treated differently: one in in colour, the other in monochrome. This gives two completely different visions of the plants with each one equally valid. EDGED IN PURPLE … Continue reading Flowers and a reflection
A Sensored View issue 4 is now available for free download.
This is the second part of the series of photographs I took at Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire. Once again they were taken with a new Fuji X-T1 and a 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS lens but this time they are all monochrome. Once again the lens coped unbelievably well considering I was shooting through dirty … Continue reading On Safari: Part 2
Let’s get one thing clear from the start, I am not a wildlife photographer. The photographers who do this photographic discipline have a particular form of dedication and skill which I have nothing but admiration for. However, over the next couple of weeks, I will be showing some of the photographs that I took whilst … Continue reading On Safari : Part 1
There are some more images taken at Batsford Arboretum in Gloucestershire this week. This time, however, I am showing four monochrome photographs. Although there are some beautiful colours to be found at arboretums all year round there are also marvellous tones, textures and shapes that can be emphasised with careful post-processing. MANY LIMBED Fujifilm X-T1 … Continue reading Monochrome Arboretum
I write the picture posts to this blog, using the images in the order that I took them. Currently, I am trawling through my photographs taken in 2016 and have now got to August of that year. My wife and I were on a trip to Batsford Arboretum in Gloucestershire on a (probably) rare sunny … Continue reading Verdancy
Issue 3 of the photozine 'A Sensored View', is now available for free download below.
The majority of my photographs end up as black and white. I also shoot RAW which means that I have the full information of the scene I took with the image file. This means that I can dodge and burn, enhance or reduce until I get the final image that I require. The initial step … Continue reading Looking through the colour
There are three more monochrome images this week. One is a close-up and the other two are somewhat unusual for me in that they are of people. They were taken on a warm Sunday at the National Trust property of Calke Abbey, and they show people at leisure, enjoying the scenery and the weather. EXPECTATION … Continue reading Enjoying the Weather
With all the bells and whistles that cameras have at this time, I suppose it’s easy to overlook something or not read the manual properly. I have been doing photography from the time I bought a brand new Olympus OM10 SLR. So I learnt how to use aperture priority first and then manual. Other cameras … Continue reading One third in….
These three images were part of a set that I took whilst Mrs M and I were on a short break down in Devon. Neither of us had been down there for a good many years. The last time was probably when our daughter who is now 27, was a toddler. I think the impression … Continue reading Land of the Dumnonii
It’s winter in the UK at the moment and this year there seems to be more bleak, grey days than I can remember we’ve had over the last few years. This bland, depressing time is sometimes spasmodically interspersed with days of eye-watering brightness, long shadows and a crisp coldness that quietly numbs the end of your … Continue reading Looking forward to winter’s end.
Download the free second issue of 'A Sensored View' photozine below.
When you think of your favourite (and successful) photographers I would like to bet that almost all (if not all of them) have their own “field of photography” for which they are known. It might be landscapes, portraits, street photography etc. Also when you see these photographers images you immediately know that they are their … Continue reading Genre and Style
We’re still in Northumberland this week with my photographs. I’m not going to apologise for it, it is a fantastic county and there is just so much to photograph there. The light and the weather change so often, that it is impossible to get bored or have photographer’s block whilst you are there. … Continue reading Fragments of Northumberland
More images this week from Northumbria, this time in and around the atmospheric 16th-century castle of Lindisfarne - and in colour! Built on Beblowe Crag on Holy Island the castle takes the battering of the storms that rage across the North Sea at times. I have been to Holy Island and the castle whilst the … Continue reading Bright New Morning
Continuing with my series of photographs that were taken in Northumberland, the first two pictures are coastline shots, taken during some very stormy weather, whilst the last is a photograph of one of the many iconic buildings that can be found in the county INCOMING SQUALL Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF18-55 F/2.54-4 R LM … Continue reading Clouds and a Castle
This is the first issue of my renamed photozine that will be available for free download every month on this site. In each one will be ten monochrome images that I have taken during the twelve months of 2017. Download issue 1 of 'A sensored View' photozine, below.
There are four images this week taken during a trip to the very photogenic county of Northumberland. All of the photographs were taken on the coast and the weather continued to give us some problems. The squally showers were intermittently thrown at us by a very strong and very cold wind. AGAINST THE … Continue reading Racing the Clouds Home
So we are now coming to the end of January. I have to say that this year, December and this month have been particularly dreary and photographically un-inspiring. Here in the UK apart from the very rare (probably a handful) of days illuminated by the winter sun it has been dark, dank, damp … Continue reading Mid-Winter Blues
All of the images this week come from a photo shoot over a couple of days on the coast in Northumbria. It was a wild and windy almost the whole time, with clouds scudding across the sky very quickly and the sun doing its best to emerge when it could. Amongst the sun and the clouds, … Continue reading Beach combing
Color is descriptive. Black and white is interpretive. – Elliot Irwitt As can be seen by regular visitors to my blog, 99% of my images are monochrome. When I am taking photographs, I tend to see most things in a black and white way. I have no problem in processing the images most of … Continue reading Working in monochrome
In photography, you can prepare your photo trips carefully so that you know what to expect when you get to your location. Or, you can just grab your camera, a couple of lenses, some filters and perhaps your monopod and take potluck. You can get to a location not knowing exactly what to expect but … Continue reading Harbouring thoughts.
Many years ago I used to print my own photographs in a little wet darkroom I had in a walk-in wardrobe at home. With the advent of digital, I was happy with processing the images and placing them on Flickr etc. I did get some images printed for galleries, my Royal Photographic Society submissions and … Continue reading Printing your own
You have your camera. You have your lenses. You have all the gear you need to take great photographs. So why aren’t you out there taking pictures? The answer is probably quite simple. You don’t know what to photograph! The remedy to this is also simple: start a personal photography project. WINDOWLIGHT #09 Olympus … Continue reading Start a Personal Project