Macro Photography, Ladybird

Macro Photography, Ladybird I took this image with a Tamron 90mm 1:1 macro lens and I count it as one of my favourite images from the pictures I’ve taken. I took this picture in Priors wood in the North part of Stevenage in June 2012. I’d actually gone to that part of Stevenage to take butterfly pictures because the year before I’d visited and found a butterfly photographers paradise with hundreds of butterflies of many different species everywhere. On this […]

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A picture of A Tree in winter

This picture, which I’ve called A Tree in Winter, is one of my favorite images from the pictures I’ve taken. This picture was taken earlier this year (Feb 2012)  during a weekend of snow. I set out with my Pentax K-r and trekked across the fields in the snow trying to find some scenic views. This image was taken about 1/2 a mile from my house looking across the field from Stevenage towards Knebworth. I like the simplicity of the image, and the composition. […]

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North Norfolk Steam Railway

This is one of my favorite images from the pictures I’ve taken. It was taken at Holt Station on the North Norfolk Steam Railway in August 2011. I had just bought a Tamron 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5 super wide angle zoom and this was one of the first pictures I took. We were fortunate that the weather was fine that day with lots of blue sky as we took a family day out by travelling the steam train from Holt to Sherringham, […]

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Pentax K-5 low noise performance

In this post I am discussing the Pentax K-5 low noise performance and include some sample pictures I’ve taken in very low light conditions to demonstrate just how good the camera is. Introduction When I first became interested in photography, which was about 40 years ago, there were two big names in camera manufacture – Nikon and Pentax. At the time I owned a Zenit B with a 58mm screw thread lens but I really wanted to own one of […]

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The Round pond in Hyde Park

In May my son James was in the Royal Albert Hall with his school choir for a singing competition. Naturally we all went down to see him, but the rest of the family couldn’t attend the practice sessions at the start of the day, so we took a walk where I took this picture of the Round Pond in Hyde Park. I took my camera with me, which at the time was a Pentax K-r DSLR and used a Sigma […]

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Bletchley Park

I’ve wanted to visit the war-time code breakers camp at Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes for a long time, and the opportunity for a visit came at the end of our Holiday fortnight this year. (By the way one thing which impressed me is that the entrance ticket gives you access to the site for a whole year with as many visits as you want. That contrasts very well with a lot of ‘attractions’ which are £50 or more for […]

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The swans of Wells

When we were on holiday in Somerset this summer we visited the city of Wells a couple of times. On the second occasion we discovered that there has been a number of model Swans set up within the city and this post shows some of the Swans of Wells.   When we visited the Cathedral we found that it’s possible to get a list of all the swans and try to find them. This seemed just the thing to keep […]

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Visit to Wells Cathedral

On our holiday to Somerset in the summer we stayed  in Wookey Hole, which is only a couple of miles from the City of Wells. During one of the frequent wet days we paid a visit to Wells Cathedral. Although I’m not particularly interested in religious buildings, I am always interested in a photographic subject so I set out with my Pentax K-5, a tamron 10 – 24mm super wide angle and a Sigma 18-125 HSM ‘walk-about’ zoom. Entrance to […]

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Visit to Fairlands Valley Park Stevenage

This weekend Emma and Jan went to a Birthday party (well Emma was invited, Jan went to look after her) so James and I had an hour or so to find something to do while we waited for them. As is quite often the case on these sort of occasions we went to the Park in Fairlands Valley and I took my camera along. Since we only had an hour, James very fairly said that I could have 30 minutes […]

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River Wensum view at Gogg’s Mill

We recently went to Fakenham in Norfolk for a few days to visit my Sister and Mum & Dad. Whilst we were there I took the opportunity to walk down to the river Wensum at the site of Gogg’s Mill where I used to play as a child. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that it’s changed after 40 odd years, but it’s quite a change. Large trees which I remember are completely missing with no sign of a stump […]

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The man with the allotment

My Dad told me this story years ago. I can’t remember the names of the people involved so I’ll make up some names so that in a few years time when James and Emma are a little bit older they will be able to read a story from their Grandad. It happened sometime in the 1930’s when my dad was a boy and happened in one of the villages around Fakenham in Norfolk. You have to imagine the broad norfolk […]

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Beacon Hill in Leicestershire

We are away for a few days staying with Jan’s parents in Loughborough and have been on a trip to Beacon Hill in Leicestershire. As usual this has been an opportunity to take some photos!James presented his usual arguments that he didn’t want to go and he wouldn’t enjoy it but we packed Emma and him in the car anyway and we drove the very short drive from Loughborough to Beacon Hill lower car park. I remember that I’ve been […]

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User review of Tamron 70 – 300 mm macro zoom

I bought the Tamron 70 – 300 mm Macro tele zoom a couple of weeks ago for use with my Pentax K200D, shown above. I bought it because I wanted to try my hand at close up photography and I found this lens in pentax mount on-line for £80 at Camera World in London. I had been considering a Sigma 105mm ‘proper’ 1:1 macro but the Tamron at £80 seemed a good introduction to close-up photography and I can almost […]

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Common Blue butterfly

I had an afternoon taking butterfly pictures in Knebworth. We walked across to Knebworth from Stevenage and I left Jan and the children in a small playground whilst I walked back to the public footpath which leads across the fields to Stevenage. I had seen a couple of butterflies in the hedgerow  there a day or so previously so I guessed that there would be something to photograph. When I got there the hedgerow was swarming with bees and hover […]

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