Raby castle

This is a wide angle shot of Raby Castle in County Durham shot with my favourite Tamron 10-24mm Wide angle lens set to its widest setting of 10mm. We visited Raby Castle on holiday this year and I took a great number of pictures. I like this one because it captures a bit of the great age of the castle and gives some impression of its size. I followed my usual post processing procedure and cropped slightly from the original […]

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The countryside around Frosterley

This is a picture of the countryside around Frosterley in County Durham, taken on a sunny day in August this year. On the Thursday of our holiday in County Durham we went on a Walk called ‘In Search of Frosterley Marble’ which started just outside our holiday cottage and went round some beautiful countryside for about 3 hours before bringing us back home. Naturally I took my camera and a variety of lenses with me so I could get as […]

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View of Durham Cathedral

This is the Cathedral at Durham viewed from the bank of the River Wear. During our holiday in the North East of England we spent a day walking round the City of Durham and discovered the walk along the river which gives great views of the Cathedral. Of all the shots I took that day, this is one of my favourites. It was taken at 18mm using a Sigma 18-125 HSM zoom fitted to my Pentax K5. In post processing […]

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Should I move to Nikon ?

I love my Pentax K5 and believe that for the price I paid for it I wouldn’t get a better quality camera. I love the good low-light performance, the handling, the extensive exposure modes, the inbuilt shake reduction, weather proofing and the overall feel of the camera. I’ve also invested a fair amount of money in lenses for this camera. But …. I’m looking for a set of extension tubes so I can get some really close macro images of […]

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Wheels – Black & White

I found this set of cart wheels leaning against a wall at the Beamish Museum in County Durham during our holiday last month. When I looked at it in Post Processing I thought it would be a better image if it was converted to black & white, which I did in Lightroom and also applied one of the standard lightroom filters – the blue high contrast filter. I also slightly cropped from the original shot I took. Pentax K5 Sigma […]

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Beamish village in wide-angle

I’ve added a few pictures from our recent holiday in the North East of England, some of which were taken at the Beamish Museum. This is another in that series, this one being taken in the village with my Tamron 10-24mm super wide angle set to it’s 10mm extreme. I really liked the way the tram lines matched the power cables to draw the eyes into the distance. There were a lot of people at Beamish when we visited, and […]

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Macro photography – small skipper butterfly

This is another in my macro photography series, and this time features a small skipper butterfly. I took this picture in the priors wood area of Stevenage in August this year with what is now my standard macro photography kit consisting of my Pentax K5 and Tamron 90mm f/2.8. To get this picture I cropped from a bigger image to produce this more detailed and closer image. I think the interesting thing about this picture are the small ‘barbs’ which […]

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Macro photography – Hoverfly

My favorite lens for macro photography is my 90mm Tamron f/2.8 and this picture was taken with that lens on my Pentax K5 in August this year. This is actually a crop from a larger image, but the resolution is good enough to still produce a good picture. I’m not sure of the species of hoverfly, but I found it sitting on a flower in our back garden as I was searching for subjects one afternoon. I did a bit […]

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RAW shot recovery in Lightroom

This post covers the importance of shooting in RAW format when it comes to trying to recover pictures from badly exposed images using Lightroom, or any other RAW processor for that matter. RAW shot recovery in Lightroom In a recent post someone who added a comment remarked that they had not yet set their camera to store RAW images and were still shooting in jpeg. ┬áThis got me thinking about the effects of shooting in RAW and why it’s so […]

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Beamish – another view of the church

This is another view of the same church featured in my last post. This was taken from the Engine Yard next to Pockerley Manor where the early puffing billy steam engine is housed and was also post processed in Lightroom 5. I couldn’t decide which of the two views I liked best so I decided to make two posts rather than one. Pentax K5 Sigma 18-125 HSM Zoom f/8.0 36mm iso200 1/400 sec Related articles The Engine Shed an Beamish […]

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Beamish – walk to the church

This is a picture I took during our holiday to the North East of England last month. It is the pathway walk to the village church in the Beamish museum and was one of a number of pictures I took at that location. I’ve done a bit of Lightroom post processing to give the picture a bit ‘punch’, and added a slight vignette. Pentax K5 Sigma 18-125 HSM f/9.0 iso200 45mm 1/200 sec Related articles The Engine Shed an Beamish […]

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Hexham Abbey in black and white

We visited Hexham recently and during the visit went to look inside Hexham Abbey. Naturally I had my camera with me and took a few shots from inside the Abbey but because it was dark inside and flash light was not allowed, I took the majority of the shots at 6400 iso. When we got back and I looked at the shots in detail, although they looked ok I decided that the majority of the pictures looked better when converted […]

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Panorama effect from wide angle

I took this picture of the centre of Durham using the 10mm setting of my Tamron 10-24mm Super wide angle zoom. Once I imported the picture into Lightroom I realised that the shot has more impact when cropped down to a panorama style image, cutting out a lot of the foreground which was just pavement. I’ve used this technique quite a few times to create a panorama style shot; I know it doesn’t have the full reach of a stitched […]

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Antique farm equipment

I found this old item of agricultural equipment lying in a field at the Beamish museum in County Durham. I have no idea what it is or what it’s used for, other than it was obviously pulled along and so was presumably used in the preparation of the land or sowing ? Anyway, understanding the subject matter isn’t essential for taking a picture so I took this as we walked from the main village back to the entry point to […]

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Wide Angle Landscape

This picture was taken during a hike around Frosterley in County Durham during our recent holiday. It shows an old barn we walked past which I took with a Tamron 10-24mm super wide angle lens fitted to my Pentax K5. I find this lens to be superb for taking landscape photos – it has great colour rendition and being so wide a very high depth of field. This lens is rapidly becoming my favorite lens. I did some post-processing in […]

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