As a member of the Royal Photographic Society, I have already been awarded the Licentiate distinction for a panel of 10 images that I submitted in 2016. Since then I had been working towards the Associate award of the society. For this, fifteen images had to be produced within a cohesive piece of work and … Continue reading Associate of the Royal Photographic Society
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
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
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
I went for a walk yesterday through the very cold Warwickshire countryside. I took my Fuji X-T1, used it for the first time since June and really enjoyed it. It feels completely different from the X-Pro2 (obviously) but apart from the ergonomics of the controls for a left-eye dominant photographer it really is still a … Continue reading Out with the X-T1
The promised updates have now been released by Fujifilm for the GFX 50s, X-T20 and the X-T2. The updates for the X-T2 are listed below 1) New AF tracking algorithm for moving subject. Thanks to the newly developed image recognition algorithm, the update enhances AF-C to track moving subjects twice as fast as previous … Continue reading Fujifilm releases new updates for X-T2, GFX 50s and X-T20 cameras.
I have just completed updating my website at clivemarshall.net. The site has been made by using the Adobe Portfolio web site building app. It comes as part of the Photographer’s monthly subscription package which also has Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC included. Within Adobe Portfolio there are various templates you can use to … Continue reading Updated Website
As photographers, we all have our favourite subjects and type of photography that we like to shoot and as creatives, we can all feel a little nervous when we are taken out of our comfort zone into a different place. I am not an urban photographer, and never have been but for this month the … Continue reading Give it a rest
I look at other photographers images all the time. I browse their websites, I buy their books and I eagerly soak up their images. I look at their photographs with admiration, envy and I gain inspiration that I try to channel into my photographs. Every now and then I see some images that literally take … Continue reading A Thin Veil
When we first pick up a camera or take a picture with a mobile phone it’s purely a way of recording that moment in time. There probably isn’t any other thought about the photograph other than that. But some of us move on from taking snapshots, take an interest and want more from the … Continue reading Mountains to climb
After my last post on black and white photography, I’ve been looking at two related articles that appeared on craftandvison.com. The first by Guy Tal looks at the ability that some photographers have in being able to see in black and white when looking for and planning their shots. Tal says that in black and … Continue reading Monochrome Mutterings
When we post our images online for people to look at, for example on Flickr, do we take this action knowing that at worse we will get no comment and at best we will get a ‘fave’ and the ubiquitous “love this”, comment? This and other forms of photographic display on the internet do … Continue reading The value of critique
I have been doing photography for about forty years now. Over these years I have been an Olympus OM user (five cameras at one point), for a very brief period a Canon user, a Nikon enthusiast and now a confirmed Fujifilm fan. I bought the Fuji X-E2 whilst I still had my Nikons. I had … Continue reading My choice of Fuji x-plained
So last week I bit the bullet and purchased a Fujifilm X-Pro2. It was always a toss-up between that and the X-T2 but the ergonomics of the XP2 won me over in the end. As I have said on this blog before, I am left eye dominant and wear glasses and as a result, I … Continue reading Fuji X-Pro2 Arrival
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
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.
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.
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…
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
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
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
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!
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.
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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…
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. >>©<<
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
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.
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.
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?
Regular readers of AS-V may know that I am a big fan of David duChemin, the Canadian photographer, writer and traveller. He always writes the kind of photography books that I like to read, and takes photographs of the quality that I wish I could take. Despite his obvious success he always comes across as … Continue reading See the World by David duChemin
I’ve been smacking the photography demons away from infecting my brain lately because they keep whispering, “Try infrared, try infrared”. I actually would really like to give it a go and have even gone as far as to look at camera possibilities and companies to do the conversion. The Nikon D70 is a good camera … Continue reading Infrared?
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?
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’?
It’s been my normal Wednesday off work and the weather having been very wet the last couple of days meant that my intended visit to Kenilworth castle would probably be quite boggy. The weather today started brighter however and I was hopeful to get some atmospheric shots of the castle. The day started with me … Continue reading Kenilworth castle
Yesterday Mrs M and I took a trip down to London. We were going to have a walk around the National gallery, something that we hadn’t done for some years. We rolled into Euston Station and made our way to the gallery. It was London. It was raining. It was grey. But at least it wasn’t cold. … Continue reading Not seeing the wood for the trees
Wet cleaning the sensor on your camera is something that most photographers have to face at some point. When I used Olympus DSLR’s I never needed to worry about dust or dirt on the sensor their superb automatic sensor cleaning process seemed to take care of any problems. Since moving to Nikon and full-frame cameras … Continue reading Oiled and feeling dirty
Not long to go now before the 365 – 2014 project ends. I had completed a 365 project back in 2012 (which you can see here) and had approached that in a different way to the current one. This time I decided to use only colour, then I used black and white and always with … Continue reading Clive on Bob Books.
Since I came back from my trip to Scotland, I have not had the chance to process any of the images. I have a workflow that I like to stick to and that includes working my way through each shoot in chronological order. This is just the way I prefer to approach my processing. However … Continue reading Your own vision
I've just finished framing some prints that are to go up in a new gallery to open locally soon. I don't print my own, I have mooted it but at the moment my time is taken up with taking pictures and processing them. I'm still going through those photographs I took in March of this … Continue reading Get ’em printed.
From the start of September, I am only working four days a week – I now have Wednesday’s off. The idea was Mrs M’s who decided that I needed to step away from work a little more. Our circumstances have enabled us to contemplate doing this and after initial misgivings I agreed to do it. … Continue reading Changes
I spotted this not-so-little beauty hiding under the handles of the wheelie-bin before I put it out for the bin-men to collect. Taken with my Nikon P7800 on macro, 1/50 sec at f/3.2, handheld. ©live
I've just received my 'Drinks by the Dram' 'tester' kit of Tomintoul whisky that I ordered from Masters of Malt. Tomintoul is supposed to be a gentle whisky with a light palate. In the nicely presented box are 5cl (30ml) of the following expressions:Tomintoul 10 year oldTomintoul 12 year old Oloroso Sherry caskTomintoul 14 year oldTomintoul … Continue reading A wee dram or five.
Mrs M and I went to Batsford Arborteum to day for a wander and for me to try out the new 50mm standard lens with the D800.Everything was going really well, getting some pictures, enjoying the trees, flowers and sun when I hit a cunning trap laid by some subversive Nikon hater. My right foot … Continue reading Middle-aged men should not do combat-rolls.
I’ve been having a lot of trouble clarifying my vision for the current project that my photographic group S13 have set. The premise for the project revolves around a particular site and despite two visits and what I thought were coherent and appropriate images, when it came to editing I was ultimately disappointed with what … Continue reading A finger of fudge is just enough…
Well I've gone and ordered a 'nifty-fifty' this evening from the good people at Wex, and if their delivery is true to form I should have it tomorrow.I was out today with my D800 and the 18-35 Nikkor, trying to complete an assignment for the S13 group and whilst the 18-35 performed brilliantly as usual, … Continue reading 50mm f/1.8 G ordered
As you know (if you read this blog) I have recently bought a Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G for my D7100. The original blog is here if you wish have a look. As the post says, I really enjoyed using the 35mm (equivalent of a 50mm on full frame) to such an extent that I … Continue reading Justifying a standard
I have to admit, I’m not a big fan of using LCD screens to take a photo. Indoors or in dim light they work fine, but in bright sunlight they’re a waste of time. There is also the ‘arm-stretched out’ photo stance which to me looks just plain silly. For a couple of years now, … Continue reading Nikon P7800
I'm feeling pretty pleased at the moment. The Royal Shakespeare Company got in touch with me a month or two ago about using a winter image that I took of the house in Charlecote Park for the leaflets and advertising media in productions of Love’s Labour’s Lost and Love’s Labour’s Won which is better known as … Continue reading Much Ado about a picture.
On my recent trip to Croatia, I left the D800 at home and took the D7100. I was travelling photographically light, so as I was packing I was debating which lens to take with it. I had wanted to take the 35mm 1.8G DX (equivalent to a 50mm full frame) standard lens, but common- sense … Continue reading Raising standards
How many times do we hear from friends and work colleagues that they find it very difficult juggling family (not literally) and work in order to make time to pursue their personal interests to their own satisfaction. I personally have never felt that I had that problem. I ensure that all my chores are done … Continue reading Finding time
I started using Lightroom from version 1, and since that time I have always used multiple catalogs. By that I mean that I started a new catalog for each new year. Each of these years' containing all that particular period’s images were on a separate external hard drive and backed up to another hard drive. … Continue reading Organising Lightroom Catalogs
What a difference a few years make. Five or six years ago I was a member of the Royal Photographic Society and I remember the dark website that was like entering an old fashioned gentleman’s club and sometime worked properly and sometimes didn’t. The society’s magazine ‘the Journal’ was printed on thin, not very good quality … Continue reading Revisiting the RPS
I have just uploaded images from November 2013 on to my portfolio site This website contains images that I consider to be the best pictures from each month as well as photographs from my special projects. Please go and have a look if you haven’t visited already.
Nikon have just announced a firmware update for the D800 and D800E. These re updates A1.10 and B1.10. They can be downloaded from the Nikon Europe website here. The update changes a couple of the menu designations for video and for the communications unit UT-1, but for me the main change has been on putting … Continue reading Nikon D800 firmware updates
I’ve decided to change the theme for my WordPress blog. I’ve been very pleased with the ‘Freshy’ theme for the last couple of years, but it wasn’t a very readable theme on mobiles. So, I’ve now changed it to WordPress’s own ‘2012’ template. It’s a little different and there are certain things I would like … Continue reading Different theme
I’ve been using the newly purchased Nikon Nikon-35mm-f-1.8G-AF-S-DX for the last couple of weeks or so on my D7100, and I must say, I love it. Apart from an old (but still rather excellent) manual focus Nikkor Ai-S 50mm f/1.8 it is the only prime lens that I actually possess and so I was looking … Continue reading Standard Triumph
I have just ordered another lens for my Nikon kit. I have been thinking for some time that I need a standard lens. Something that has a 50mm focal length, fairly fast, light and small enough to take on holiday together with a small zoom. Right from the start I wasn’t going to get a … Continue reading Scored another Nikkor.
I have just published the first month’s worth of images taken as part of the 365-2014 project that is being featured through this blog. The book has been published by Bob Books and can be found in their online bookshop here. I plan to eventually publish all of the 12 months as individual books … Continue reading First volume in 365-2014 project published.
Sometimes you just have bite the bullet and go for something even if you think that you have no chance in succeeding. It’s a moral fibre building exercise right? I have been subscribed to the excellent Black + White Photography magazine for the last three years. It’s a superb showcase of monochrome photography in all … Continue reading First Competition Success
I'm off for a week in Hampshire with Mrs M. It's a part of the country that I haven't been to in many a long year - I was still running around and playing in shorts and wellies the last time I went. Anyway, I decided I would just take minimal gear (after-all it is … Continue reading *&^%£$% Sensor Cleaning.
The photographic group I belong to, S13, have just published a book entitled 'Over time' It examines the passage of time through the personal vision of the photographers. The images are a personal reflection of the topic, but the photographs are such that they can serve as a catalyst for people to examine their own feelings … Continue reading New Book Published
I’ve been looking for a bag that I can use whilst abroad on holiday, to hold my D7100 with the AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR that I originally got with the D600 that I sold. I wanted it also to have some room to carry a water bottle and other bits and pieces and … Continue reading Camera bags again
I went to the Photography Live show today at the NEC. I really didn’t have any purchases in mind so it was basically just a wander around. Good Lord, it was busy! Do so many people really do photography with DSLR’s? Whenever I go out (which is every week) I normally see five phone photographers … Continue reading Photography Live 2014
The first glimpse of sun to grace the British skies for a few weeks through the blinds in the bedroom this morning made me resolve to get out and try my new 24-120 Nikon lens. But where to go? Anywhere which might be a little photogenic would probably be under six fathoms of rain water … Continue reading Let slip the dogs of war
I've just gone ahead and ordered a new lens for my Nikons. It's a Nikon 24-120mm f4 G AF-S ED VR and I've ordered it from Wex. I think that it'll probably sit on my D800 as a general go-to lens, except for when I need my 18-35 wide angle for landscapes and such. I'm … Continue reading New Lens
The new 365 project for 2014 has kicked off as you can see from the images on this blog. Also on here are the images that I took for a 365 project started in 2011. After I finished the project I placed them all in a photo book ready to be printed – which I … Continue reading 365 Photobooks
One of my favourite blogs is that written by David DuChemin. He is a great writer and, in my humble opinion, a fantastic photographer. At present he is in the Maasai Mara in Kenya (I’m not jealous – honest), and he has taken mirror-less cameras with him, and he says that this has made him … Continue reading Better gear = better photos?
I spent my early photography days using film, especially reversal film which resulted in slides to show in a projector. Reversal film is not as forgiving as print film and that meant that you had to be pretty accurate with all camera settings and that included using the ISO recommended by the manufacturer. I started … Continue reading Auto ISO
Although not a street photographer myself, I am a huge fan of Vivian Maier’s work and the people who have gathered and correlated most of her amazing output, have launched a new website featuring some her best pictures. Maier has been gaining importance as one of the great 20th century street photographers and rightly so. … Continue reading New Vivian Maier website
I've decided to do another 365 project this year starting on January 1. This will be the second one that I have done. Once again I have some friends who are going to attempt it with me, from last time: Martyn and Carol and a '365 newbie', Rod. Like last time I have prepared daily … Continue reading 365 Project 2014
After my last blog before Christmas, I have given a lot of thought to what I plan to do photography-wise in the coming year. I have decided to have some time off from the degree and to look at it again later in the year. I am allowed to postpone the next module until November … Continue reading Decision…made!
So. it’s the 23 December, and I’m sitting in front of my monitor and about to start processing another image from the summer. I’m still on July, working on the images I took in Venice. Although my University module with the Open College of the Arts finished in September (which I passed) I don’t seemed … Continue reading Decisions…decisions
We have finished decorating the study in our house, and my wife is looking for a collection of landscape format prints to group in a series of four on one of the walls. The problem is, which images to choose? All of my images are held in Lightroom databases. Each year I start a new … Continue reading Finding my images
I took the image below on a trip out to Blenheim Palace at the weekend. It's no wonder shops are suffering this Christmas with less trade, everybody was at Blenheim - the place was completely rammed full. Anyway, this is an image of one of the statues by the fountains. I thought it would show … Continue reading D7100 image
I’ve now been out with the new D7100 for two short photo trips – little more than snapshot sessions really to see how the camera felt. I had set up all my settings in the evening after being given it on my birthday. There are obviously a few differences with the D800 in terms of … Continue reading First time out with D7100
So it's my birthday today and my wife has bought me a D7100 body to go with the D800 I already have and with that, I think my transition from Olympus to Nikon is complete. My remaining two Olympus bodies, the E-30 and the E-1 together with their battery grips and lenses will be packed … Continue reading Birthday and a new Nikon D7100
I must admit that I have never been one to use a monopod. I use a tripod for landscape work, but for general photography I have never really used a monopod. Why? Well because I found that they actually caused problems with camera movement rather than solve it. I always found that the camera wavered … Continue reading A little bit of support.
My brother was walking through his home town early on Armistice Sunday taking pictures of buildings and streets scenes from public roads and paths, testing his new Olympus OMD EM-1, when a small Police van drew up alongside him and an officer got out. My brother was asked what he was doing (I think the … Continue reading Photographer’s rights – don’t make me laugh.
I've just realised that I hadn't put an image on the blog for the photo hunt that took place at Baddesley Clinton a couple of weeks ago. Here's an image of the gate in the corner of the garden. When I had originally converted the image to mono, I wasn't really impressed with the … Continue reading Photo Hunt Image
I've just noticed that whilst I blogged the last image processed for 2012 here, I haven't blogged the first one I completed for 2013. Well here it is. Taken in Stoneleigh village at the start of the year, there wasn't as much snow as the previous year, but I thought I might get some good … Continue reading First image 2013
I still haven't sent the pictures for my 365 project to the photobook printers. It's on my to do list before the end of the year - and I will get it done. The 'Benches' project is still in the 'gathering of images' stage and yesterday I whittled down over 200 images to around 60. … Continue reading Project updates
I have just submitted my second module for assessment at the Open College of the Arts. If I do OK in terms of marks, then I won't be starting a new module until January 2014. So I can use the next few months catching up with the backlog of my own photographs.This last module has … Continue reading Photographic Freedom (for a short while)
I've only managed to get out and about with the new AF-S Nikkor 18-35 f/3.5-4.5G ED a couple of times since I got it, but I have been immediately impressed with its AF speed, sharpness and contrast. The images are punchy and used with a small aperture the lens produces pictures that are really sharp front … Continue reading Wide views.
I have just received the AF-S Nikkor 18-35 f/3.5-4.5G ED lens. It has been a labourous process over the last few months in deciding which lens I was going to get. My initial thought was to get this very lens. At the time of thinking about it, it had not been released and obviously had … Continue reading Scored a new lens
I've just returned from Italy where I used my Olympus E-30 and the fabulous Zuiko 14-54mm f2.8-3.5 II lens. The quality from this combination is superb - but I really missed my D800. I've been a dyed-in-the-wall Olympus user for years ( I even used the OM cameras 30 years ago) but I think … Continue reading Wish you were here.
I have now just finished processing the last of my images from 2012. This is a vast improvement from last year, when I finished my 2011 images in December of 2012. The reason for this tardiness on my part is the amount of time that doing my photography degree with the OCA takes. During 2012 … Continue reading 2012 Images finished
Well, I realised after I went out shooting with the d800 last weekend that I really do prefer to have a vertical grip on my cameras. The trouble was that the Nikon MD-D12 that I ordered was very expensive broken See the blog report here. So I was very retiscent to order another Nikon grip. … Continue reading Battery Grip: continued
For those of you who are thinking of purchasing the new Lightroom 5, theturninggate .net have a complete list of all the differences between LR4 and LR5 here Top of the list for a lot of people so far is the new and improved Advanced Healing Brush, Radial Filter, Upright, an improved book module … Continue reading Lightroom 5 changes
This is a suggested workflow for Lightroom. It is the one I use, but by no means is it the only one you could use. You may have your own or you could come up with one by using the one I am presenting here as a template or starting point. A successful photographic workflow … Continue reading Lightroom procedural workflow
Well, kudos to Amazon, they reimbursed the cost of the grip within two days. But now I'm not sure if I want to bother with a grip. I've had a look around at third party versions, and I'm not overjoyed about putting £50 - £90 plastic versions on to a £2k camera. I did find … Continue reading Not sure about replacing the grip
After I had been out with the D800 on Sunday, I realised that I missed the vertical grip that I have on all my other cameras. So, I went on line and searched for the MB-D12 grip for the D800. I found one on Amazon and duly ordered it. The grip arrived today, but attaching … Continue reading MB-D12 arrived…and went again.
I've been fairly busy with degree work (and decorating) over the last few days, so I've not had a chance to blog here. But the D800 arrived last Saturday and on Sunday I went out on a shoot with it. I find it a really great camera in terms of handling and the images are … Continue reading D800 has arrived.
So, I've part-exchanged my D600 for a D800. Well, technically I haven't. Wex do have my D600 but I've now got to wait for them to verify the email price they gave me for it, before I get my credit. Once I get that I can order the D800 with them. However, they are now … Continue reading D600 and a wait for the D800