Trains, Kites and Boats

I begin my post with the happiness of having had both a recent holiday and a satisfying piece of work on my house to get at least one of the chaotic rooms in order (or at least, having covered over the luminous peach, my eyes no longer bleed on entering the room). It’s amazing how …

2 days, 2 cameras and a Motor Pageant

Once again, it was time for the Enfield Pageant of Motoring a couple of weeks ago and despite having jumped ship to Hertfordshire, I did want to go as I’ve always enjoyed it. My other half told me this would be an adventure that my son and I would share together ;-) so, after much …

Cheap* but good

I read recently on a well known photography website a list of “the best cheap lenses” for Nikon F mount and was surprised that I didn’t agree with any of the choices. This inspired me to write my own list of cheap(ish, perhaps “reasonably priced” would be more accurate) but great primes for F mount. …

Medieval Jousting with the D810

Last month we visited Knebworth House in Hertfordshire, to watch Medieval Jousting being demonstrated in the grounds. As eagle eyed readers will know, Knebworth is a large stately home just outside of London, which is most notorious for hosting a variety of rock concerts from the 60s through to the present. In fact, the house itself …

Is Everyone stupid or selfish, yaah?

Another election has passed in the UK. All over social media hands have been wrung left and centre as people seem to think people who voted were stupid, misled, wrong and selfish. I couldn’t disagree more. I’m very┬áhappy with this election, because: more people voted than 5 years ago. It was toxic and corrosive to …

SkyGarden

SkyGarden is the new “public” space at the top of 20 Fenchurch Street, a new skyscraper in the City of London. People may know the building better as the “walkie talkie” or “walkie scorchie” (in light of its ability to melt cars and scorch the streets). 20 Fenchurch Street was designed by architect Rafael Vi├▒oly …

A contender? Sony A7 II

The Sony A7 II is much better than the first two A7 series cameras I used (A7 and A7R), but still not perfect. It’s about the best mirrorless camera available, but still not up to the level of leading DSLRs.  I know it’s not a popular view amongst the people who chatter via the Internet, …

Cornwall Spring

I’m not sure if the title is a reference to the season or that a holiday has put a spring back in my step, but I certainly felt like I needed a holiday after the last few months. In fairness, of the two weeks I took off, we spent 8 days in Cornwall and the …

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, …

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