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  • Post Processing

    Post-processing film scans in Lightroom

    A couple of years ago I wrote a post which described the steps I normally take when post processing pictures in Lightroom. The procedures I describe there are still the way I carry out post processing when dealing with digital images, but recently I’ve been taking more shots on 35mm film and I’ve found it is necessary to subtly change the way these images are dealt with in Lightroom, so these notes are going to describe this different workflow. I’ll...
  • Film Photography

    Flowers shot on film

    I’ve been using film cameras quite a bit over the last few weeks and I’ve collected together some pictures which all share the same subject – flowers shot on film. These were taken with a variety of film cameras – a Pentax SFXn, Minolta Dynax 505si Super and Pentax MZ-30. The film used was Fuji Superia 400 colour negative film and Agfa Vista plus 200, and all were taken in Aperture Priority mode on their respective cameras. After development the...
  • National Trust

    Dover's Hill in Gloucestershire

    This is a post with some pictures of The National Trust’s Dover’s Hill in Gloucestershire which I took on a recent visit there. We only stayed a few minutes at this viewpoint over the Gloucestershire countryside, so I didn’t get many pictures, but these were my favourite of the 20 or so I took. A couple of these shots were actually constructed from 3 images taken using the camera’s bracketing function and merged using Lightroom’s new ‘merge to HDR’ function...
  • Family

    Chipping Campden snapshots

    This post features a series of pictures which I took in the village of Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire during our recent visit. You can view this using the gallery below or follow this link to see them in full size. On the Monday the weather forecast was really quite wet so we left James and Emma in the holiday cottage with my Mum (who joined us on holiday this year) while Jan & I went to the most local town...
  • Family

    Bourton-on-the-water snapshots

    This is a family post with pictures I took on a recent day spent in Bourton-on-the-water in Gloucestershire. View them using the gallery below. Bourton-on-the-water pictures Although there was a forecast for some rain about it turned out to be a beautiful summers day with uninterrupted  sunshine from the moment we arrived. Too much sunshine actually – I don’t like the heat much. I’d taken my DSLR kit with me which consists of a Pentax K5, Sigma 18-125mm HSM zoom,...
  • Favourite Pictures

    Favourite pictures – Eddie

    While we were visiting Gloucestershire recently we went to Bourton-on-the-Water to visit the model village there. As we were walking through the village I saw this dog playing in the water and stopped to get a few pictures of him. Although I don’t know the dog’s actual name, for the purposes of this post I’ve called him Eddie because to me he looked like an Eddie. I took this with my Sigma 18-125 HSM zoom fitted to the Pentax K5...
  • Family

    Evening in Gloucestershire

    On a recent trip to Gloucestershire I took out my Pentax K5 fitted with a Sigma 18-125 HSM zoom for an evening walk and took these pictures of the local countryside bathed in late evening sunshine. All these pictures have been imported into Lightroom CC for post processing and then exported at 1600px on the longest edge. To see them at full size follow this link. As well as my K5 I also took along a Pentax SFXn loaded with...
  • Macro

    Garden Insects

    Over the last few weeks it’s become a bit of a habit to go into the garden at some point in the day with my camera to see if I can get any pictures of the insects and spiders which crawl and fly around the plants. Although neither my wife Janice or I are naturally gifted gardeners, we have been steadily improving the condition of the garden and introducing more plants and flowers  in order to encourage more insects and...
  • Phone pics

    Galaxy S6 sample pictures

    I’ve owned my Galaxy Note 2 for about 4 years now and have generally been very happy with the performance and features it offers, but over the last few months it has started to suffer with the normal mobile phone problem of getting slower and slower to do anything. So this week I did an upgrade and got myself a Galaxy S6 as a replacement. Obviously, being a photographer one of the most important aspects of a phone to me is...
  • Stevenage

    Black and white pictures around Stevenage

    A few months ago I started working from home rather than going into an office every day, so I’ve started having a walk early in the morning to make sure I get some exercise. This morning I took along my Pentax K5 in order to take a few pictures as I walked around. I wasn’t very impressed when I got back and reviewed the pictures. I’ve walked the route so many times that nothing seems new or different so any...
  • Macro

    Garden macro photos

    I went into the garden this afternoon to get some macro pictures with my Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro lens and Pentax K-5 DSLR. I’ve been using the K5 quite a bit over the last few weeks instead of my Nex 6, simply because I’m going to take it on holiday in a few weeks along with a couple of Pentax film cameras. When I put the pictures through post processing in Lightroom I was struck by how clean and well...
  • Film Photography

    Back to film photography

    During our recent trip to CentreParcs in Bedfordshire I had a go at film photography again for the first time in many years so I thought I’d write a quick post describing the experience. As it turned out I didn’t take quite the equipment list I originally thought I would because I decided the Miranda F and the Miranda G were so alike that it would be a bit of a wasted opportunity not to take something a bit different....
  • Family

    Taking Miranda on Holiday

    In a couple of weeks time we are going on holiday to the Woburn Forest Center Parcs. It’s not the first time we’ve been to Center Parcs, or the first time we’ve been to Woburn Forest so as I started thinking about the types of photos I could take and which lenses etc to take with me I was trying to think of something which would bring a different angle to the holiday and the photos I could take. Suddenly...
  • Family

    Beningbrough Hall near York

    This post is simply to archive some family pictures I took at Beningbrough Hall on our recent holiday in York. They were all taken with a Sony Nex 6 camera and the following manual focus lenses: Soligor C/D 28mm f/2.8 Takumar 28mm f/3.5 (some with Camdiox focal reducer) Takumar 55mm f/1.8 (some with Camdiox focal reducer) Tamron 10 – 24mm f/3.5 To view the pictures in full size use this link and navigate with the keyboard arrow keys or click...
  • Family

    York Minster pictures

    Whilst we were on holiday in York we paid a visit to York Minster where I took a large number of pictures. Although I’ve published some of the pictures of my daughter and some other pictures in and around the Minster,  I haven’t published all my favourite interior shots so I’ve gathered them all here in a single post. Obviously, there are several parts of a church interior which are dark places, so a lot of these pictures were taken...
  • Family

    Pictures from the City of York

    We recently went for a family holiday to the City of York in the north of England and enjoyed a brilliant week of fine weather and great picture taking opportunities. I’ve already recently published a series of pictures which I took during this week away, and I have some specific posts about individual topics and places which I’ll publish over the course of the next few weeks, but below are some of the pictures I took around the City of...
  • Favourite Pictures

    Favourite pictures – York city wall defensive fort.

    Another picture I took in York recently – this time it is part of the defensive elements of the city wall which surrounds the medieval city. Again it was with a Tamron 10-24mm wide angle lens set to 10mm to capture the maximum amount of the surrounding view. Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5 Sony Nex 6 ISO 160 1/250sec f/22 10mm  
  • Favourite Pictures

    Favourite pictures – The river in York

    This is a picture I took during our recent trip to York. It’s another picture taken with my Tamron 10-24mm super wide angle lens fitted on my Sony Nex 6 camera and shows the River Ouse and my Daughter enjoying an ice cream whilst sitting on the bank. Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5 Sony Nex 6 1/200sec 10mm ISO320 f/22  
  • Favourite Pictures

    Favourite pictures – Lighting candles

    This is a series of pictures I took in York Minster recently when my Daughter wanted to light a candle. They were taken with a 55mm Takumar f/1.8 lens fitted to a Camdiox focal reducer, making an effective aperture of about f/1.4 and used only the available light. I liked these pictures when I first saw them on the review screen of my Nex just after I took them, but I didn’t notice the small flaw with them until I...
  • Favourite Pictures

    Favourite pictures – York Minster gate

    This is a picture taken outside York Minster of the gates leading into the gardens/grassed area which surround it. This is another picture which I took using my Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5 super wide angle lens. On our trip to York it turned into a bit of a work horse, being fitted to my camera more often than any other lens I took with me and one of the reasons was because of the great definition, colour and contrast it offers....

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