Satisfaction?

Do you sometimes get that urge to write, or paint a picture, or bake a cake, or even fix up a shelf? A creative impulse. Have you even noticed the way sometimes, when that works best is when you just relax, don’t think too hard and let things happen? That’s the way I feel about …

Photographers are not criminals

Ming Thein, the Malaysian photographer who occasionally reviews gear from Micro Four Thirds to Leica, from Nikon to Medium Format, had a really interesting post on his blog this week. In fairness, he has been on a bit of a roll recently with his thought provoking post poking fun at the never-ending cycle of reviews, …

Cliffs, Coast and Castles

Just after Christmas we headed off to Wales to to combine seeing family with a short holiday. Of course regular readers will know this is something I’ve done before and will do again. This time though while staying near the picturesque Dunraven Bay at Southerndown again, we wanted to explore a few of the places …

Thoughts on the Nikkor 20mm F1.8 G

This has been a long time in coming as I’ve been using the Nikon 20mm F1.8 G for a while. It’s undoubtedly become my favourite ultra wide angle (UWA) lens, the most used, but it’s not the best one I own. I began my odyssey with the 20mm F1.8 G back in September, when my …

Classic Cars and the Joy of Bands

I absolutely love classic cars. There’s something about the shape of the body, the lights, the colours etc that make them amongst my favourite things to photograph. So I was delighted that when a group of classic cars arrived outside my office when I was equipped with my Nikon Df, some manual focus primes and …

The best of 2014

Much like last year, it feels like I’ve been remiss on posting to the blog, particularly in the last month or so. As ever, the pressures of work, family and house have kept me busy through December. I still want to write something on the Nikon 20mm F1.8 G in particular and I need to …

Shooting with the D750

What am I doing with another DSLR? Aren’t mirrorless cameras undoubtedly the future? I think they are part of the future, because they offer certain advantages, particularly in terms of judging exposure through the EVF (electronic viewfinder). But I’ve moved towards preferring to use an OVF (optical viewfinder) over the last year principally because of …

Cardiff Match Day

This weekend, after some late nights in work this week I headed to Cardiff, ostensibly for the excuse of watching Wales play Fiji at Rugby Union, but really to catch up with a group of old friends. A completely packed train, that I failed to get on, left me chewing on a supermarket sandwich at …

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red

The title is the name of the art installation currently surrounding the Tower of London, which commemorates the beginning of the World War I/the First World War. A lot of people might say that the installation is over the top, designed to elicit an over emotional reaction; or that it is a glorification of war. I believe …

Steam Union

On Saturday morning I tumbled out of bed, grunted at my OH and headed for the shower at 6:45. Ok for a workday, but what was I doing on a Saturday? A few months ago I had been given some tips as to how to look up steam trains passing through mainline stations on the …

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