Shot of the Week 2019/04 – Best View in the World

Posted on 28th January 2019 by Admin under Comment, Equipment, Landscape, Location, Photograph, Shot of the Week
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A spectacular claim indeed.  One for which I make no apology, even though our planet has no shortage of scenic landscapes at which to marvel.  But this location is both distinct and unique and I am far from the first to have thought this to be an impressive view.  On the hill behind where I […]

Shot of the Week 2019/03 – Flamingo Family Amusements at Hastings

Posted on 23rd January 2019 by Admin under Adapted lens, Comment, Location, Photograph, Shot of the Week, Software, Technique
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It had been a bit of a strange week, mainly as I was unwell and did not take as many photos as I might otherwise have done.  Fortunately, I was feeling fit enough for a camera club outing to Hastings at the weekend, where I eventually took my photo of the week. A night time […]

Shot of the Week 2019/02 – Light on the Door

Posted on 14th January 2019 by Admin under Comment, Photograph, Shot of the Week
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My selection for this, the second week of my year long project, crept up on me.  It was certainly not the one which I thought I would end up using.  But as I looked at the options, I found the way the light played on this door in Canterbury Cathedral appealing.  Together with the texture […]

Shot of the Week 2019/01 – Mithras and the Girl

Posted on 6th January 2019 by Admin under Comment, Photograph, Shot of the Week
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Introduction A few years ago, I did a Photo 365 when I took photographs every day and published the best one. While it was fun and I learnt a lot, time and opportunity were limiting factors. That was the cause of some frustration as I did not always feel that some of the results were […]

Autumn at Toys Hill

Posted on 16th November 2018 by Admin under Adapted lens, Comment, Landscape, Location, Software, Technique
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A few days ago, when the sun last shone in this part of the world, I made a trip to Toys Hill.  It is a large area of woodland and was one of the first properties which the National Trust acquired.  A so called “hurricane”, in reality an exceptionally strong wind, devastated the area in […]

Sigma Resurrection

Posted on 29th September 2018 by Admin under Adapted lens, Comment, Equipment
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  A New Era With Canon’s and Nikon’s recent announcements of their new full frame mirrorless camera systems, complete with new mounts, adapted lenses are in vogue.  It is the only solution which the two companies can offer in an attempt to retain existing DSLR customers as they transition over the next few years.  It […]

Amateur Photographer of the Year Competition – Round 1 Result

Posted on 19th June 2018 by Admin under Amateur Photographer of the Year Competition 2018, APOY, Comment, Location, Photograph
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I did it on the spur of the moment, a last minute decision.  A couple of days before entries closed for the first round, I became aware of the Amateur Photographer of the Year (APOY) competition.  Actually, that is not strictly true.  The UK based Amateur Photographer magazine has organised it for several years and […]

Is Swirly Bokeh Possible From a £23 Lens?

Posted on 1st June 2018 by Admin under Adapted lens, Comment, Equipment, Location, Photograph, Technique
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In my previous article, I looked at the performance of my Russian made Helios 44M lens when used for distant subjects.  In this follow-up post, I will look at how well the lens does in rendering out of focus backgrounds.  That might not have been a primary consideration for either the designers or the original […]

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 […]