Fuji X-T1 and Yongnuo 560 III flash experiments

Although I have a very basic understanding of the use of an electronic flash, I’ve never really spent a lot of time or effort trying to improve my understanding. I think this is mainly because most cameras will take care of the basics and produce a nicely exposed flash picture if you just leave everything on auto and let the camera take the decisions. The problems with that approach however come when you want to do something beyond the basics. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Favourite pictures – my Daughter Emma

This is a picture of my daughter Emma which I took during a recent trip to York Minster. I had been taking some pictures of the rail that she is posing next to using a Takumar 55mm f/1.8 lens fitted on my Camdiox focal reducer and Sony Nex 6 when she jokingly tried to get into the picture by jumping up into shot. I asked her to stay there for a minute and took the picture to the left which […]

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Favourite pictures – The accordion player

This is one of those pictures which starts out as a colour picture which doesn’t really stand out, but once converted to black & white makes more of an impact. I took this whilst we were on holiday in Durham last year with a Pentax K5 and Sigma 18-125 HSM zoom. We were walking through the town and I saw this man playing and instinctively raised the camera and snapped without any real thought about composition. Later I cropped it […]

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Favourite Pictures – The alchemist

Back to Kentwell Hall for another picture in my series ‘Favourite Pictures’. We came upon this chap in a clearing in the woods showing a sheep’s skeleton to a family! Emma immediately ran up to see what this was all about and we ended up stopping for about 20 minutes listening to him telling us all about how glass is made (Tudor version that is) and why it’s so valuable, why the game of football is banned from Tudor England […]

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Favourite pictures – The Wool Dyer

When I first started this blog one of the reasons I wanted to write it was to publish some of my favourite pictures – in fact the tag line to the blog reads ‘My favourite pictures and other things’. For that reason I’ve decided to resurrect that aim with a few posts from our holiday in Suffolk. Because I took a lot of pictures I think this will mean that I will increase my frequency of posting for a bit […]

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Ricoh GXR S10 Lens Unit

I’ve owned my Ricoh GXR Camera for a couple of weeks now and discovered a few days ago that SRS Microsystems are also selling parts of this system off cheap, and as a result I purchased a Ricoh GXR S10 lens unit to go with the P10 I already own. Ricoh GXR S10 sample pictures   I received the unit this morning, just before we were about to go out to another National Trust property, Hatfield Forest. I fitted the […]

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Emma

We went to Cambridge today to meet my Mum and Dad, Brother and Sister and families for a party to celebrate my mothers 80th birthday. After we had eaten we went for a walk and I took this picture of my daughter Emma as she was looking for bottle tops amongst the trees (I know – bottle tops ? She decided to collect them today). This was post processed in Lightroom with a reduced clarity to give it a dreamy […]

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Portrait – Emma examines a gate

This picture was taken several years ago when my Daughter was about 4 years old. She was examining the rusty gate in nannies garden, working out how the latch worked when I snapped her with my Pentax K200D. She was completely oblivious to me so I got a picture of her looking natural. Pentax K200D Tamron 70-300mm zoom 1/400sec f/5.6 iso200   Related articles My Daughter in the Park (simonhawketts.wordpress.com)

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