Macro Photography – Hoverfly with Pollen

Early last year I bought myself a Tamron 90mm 1:1 macro lens for my Pentax K-r. Subsequently I upgraded the K-r to a K-5 and the image above is one of the first which I took with this combination. It’s taken at quite a high iso and this is because the picture was taken using the unique feature of the Pentax K-5, which is the ability to set the shutter speed and the aperture and let the camera adjust the […]

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Alexandra Palace boating Lake

We were walking round the boating lake in Alexandra Palace last Autumn and I’d fitted a super wide angle Tamron 10 – 24mm lens to my Pentax K-5. I took this image whilst James and Emma were arguing about which game they should play. The picture across the lake appeals to me because the safety barrier leads the eye into the image and gives the impression of depth. Because of the super wide angle I could get very close to […]

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London Skyline

I took this image of the London skyline from Alexandra Palace in September 2012. It caught my eye because I saw the Shard which had only recently been completed. The original raw image was processed in Lightroom, cropped to a wider aspect ratio and converted to black and white. I also had to raise the shadow detail a bit and cut the highlights to get a bit of detail in the sky and clouds. I deliberately kept the horizon low […]

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Walk in Winter

This is another of my favorite images from the pictures I’ve taken. I went for a walk just after a heavy snow fall with my Pentax K-r. Unfortunately I didn’t realise at the time that the auto exposure modes of cameras will assume that a scene will equate to 17% grey and are therefore fooled by the all white of a snowy view. For that reason the pictures I took that day were all under exposed by about 2 stops […]

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Sunlight through a tree

This is one of my favourite images. I took this picture in the kids playground behind the Alexandra Palace in London in September 2012 whilst Jan was visiting a craft show. James, Emma and I walked behind the Palace and they played in the playground whilst I took some pictures with my (relatively) new Pentax K-5. I used a Sigma 18 – 125 F/3.5 HSM standard zoom lens, which I tend to have on the camera at all times. I spotted the […]

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Minehead beach in summer

When we were on holiday in Somerset this summer we took a trip on the West Somerset Steam Railway and spent a lunchtime on Minehead beach. This summer (2012) was a disaster weather wise and the day we went to Minehead, 8th August was no different. There was persistent drizzle and all over grey cloud so I wasn’t hopeful of taking any memorable pictures, but as it turned out I took one of my favourite images when I snapped this bunch of […]

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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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