How Sharp Can a £23 Lens Be?

Posted on 13th February 2018 by Admin under Adapted lens, Comment, Equipment
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Is it really possible to get good results from a lens based on a design dating from 1928 and produced by the Russians at the height of the Cold War?  There has long been the suggestion that Soviet production standards were not particularly high during that period.  Supposedly, there was significant sample variation and defective […]

Blessing of the River Thames – 14 January 2018

Posted on 15th January 2018 by Admin under Comment, Event, Location, Photograph
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I came across this religous ceremony, the Blessing of the River Thames, by chance.  The story is that I had travelled to London Bridge for an organised photo walk around the Borough Market area.  Unfortunately, having mixed up my dates, I discovered it had taken place the previous day.  Oops.  The organiser is a friend […]

It Wasn’t The Lens

Posted on 30th November 2017 by Admin under Adapted lens, Comment, Photograph, Technique
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Let me tell you about the competition judge who came to my camera club recently.  The toughest, baddest, meanest judge I have encountered.  You might possibly have seen someone harder; this guy was exceptional in my experience.  He set the bar high and few of us fallible, flawed mortals managed to reach it.  Even the […]

Lightroom Changes

Posted on 19th October 2017 by Admin under Comment, Software
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My next blog post was going to be some pictures from a recent trip, but an announcement yesterday from Adobe has superseded that intention.  It relates to a major application which not just I, but many photographers worldwide use to manage and process our images, Lightroom.  While I have Photoshop, I find that I rarely […]


Posted on 1st October 2017 by Admin under Comment, Location, Photograph, Technique

There are some places which I visit regularly, not because of their photographic potential but simply because I enjoy being there.  One such place is the Swannery at Abbotsbury.  It is situated at the end of the Fleet, a lagoon which lies behind Chesil Beach.  Usually swans are very territorial and do not nest in […]

Flower Shot With an Old Pentax Lens

Posted on 27th September 2017 by Admin under Adapted lens, Comment, Equipment, Location, Photograph
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Yes, the blog has been a bit quiet recently.  There have been plenty of good intentions to write something.  Ideas mulled, even articles started, yet never coming to fruition.  Maybe inspiration was not quite there or, as has more often been the case, life intervenes.*  Luckily my livelihood does not depend on posting regular updates […]

Photo of the Day – 7 July 2016: Bottles

Posted on 13th July 2017 by Admin under Comment, Photograph
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The phone rang.  It was a friend who is also a keen photographer.  “What are you doing?”, she asked.  As it happens, I was in the middle of editing this image.  I had just completed the adjustments in Lightroom and was about to convert it to monochrome using Silver Efex Pro 2.  When I said […]

Brooklands Double Twelve Motorsport Festival – 17 June 2017

Posted on 25th June 2017 by Admin under Comment, Event, Location, Photograph, Technique
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Brooklands Museum is somewhere I have wanted to visit for a while, so I took the opportunity when a fellow member of my camera club suggested a trip there.  The occasion was its annual Double Twelve Motorsport Festival on 17 June.  If I am honest, I was not entirely sure what that involved, but it […]

Photo of the Day – 10 June 2017: The Best Show In Town?

Posted on 12th June 2017 by Admin under Comment, Event, Photograph
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Warning: NSFW.  This post contains nudity It is usually my custom to place the main image of my “Photo of the Day” articles at the head of the post, with any supporting images following.  For this post, I have instead put it at the end.  The reason is simple.  It shows people who are naked […]

More from the Chelsea Flower Show – Part 2

Posted on 29th May 2017 by Admin under Comment, Event, Location, Photograph
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This is the second instalment of my supplementary images from the Chelsea Flower Show.  The main photo of the day can be seen here.  The first set of additional images are here. All images are shown as thumbnails, which can be clicked to show a larger version.  Use the back button of your browser to […]