Final autumn pictures

This is a post describing a walk around the local park in Stevenage and the pictures I took there this afternoon. I’ve realised today that I take a trip to the local park and take photographs just about every spring and autumn, and this autumn has been no different as today I had a walk round Fairlands Valley Park with my camera. I took a variety of lenses with me, a Sigma 18-125mm Standard Zoom, my favorite Tamron 10-24mm Wide […]

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Sunshine and snow

This is a new treatment of an old picture which I took a couple of years ago with a Pentax K-r and a Tamron 10-24mm super wide angle lens. I took it during a snowy period in the field across the road from us and particularly like the starburst effect the Sun has which I believe is caused by the small aperture used. The main post processing which I carried out was to increase the saturation in the sky and […]

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Sunlight through trees

This is a picture which I took during our trip to the North East of England a couple of months ago. I walked to the back of the cottage we were staying at and took this picture of the sun rising and breaking through the trees. Although it’s normally not a good thing to have flare in a picture, I think that in this case the small breakout of flare in the middle left hand side actually adds to the […]

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Weekly Challenge: Horizon 2

This is my second post in the weekly challenge, but essentially the same subject – Sea & Sky. This picture was taken in Sherringham using a Pentax K-r and a Tamron 10-24mm Super Wide angle lens set to it’s widest 10mm setting. Related articles Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon (dailypost.wordpress.com) Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon (cloudedclearly.wordpress.com) Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon (zainabjavid.wordpress.com) Weekly photo challenge: horizon (sugarandspiceandallthingslife.com) Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon (scottseyephotos.wordpress.com)

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Weekly photo challenge: Horizon

this week’s weekly challenge is Horizons. I always see that word in it’s literal sense and think of the line between the sea and the sky. I therefore submit this picture as my interpretation of Horizons. I took this picture a couple of years ago with a Pentax K200D and a pentax 18-55 Standard Kit lens. The location is Wells-next-the-sea in Norfolk. Related articles Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon (dailypost.wordpress.com) Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon (zainabjavid.wordpress.com) Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon (scottseyephotos.wordpress.com) Weekly […]

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A visit to the Duxford Aircraft museum

This is a post about a trip to the Duxford Aircraft museum in Cambridgeshire which we visited a few years ago in October  2010 with a good friend of mine, Steve Martin and his Son and Father. Pictures from the Duxford Aircraft museum At the time I had a Pentax K200D camera which is what I used to take all these pictures. The majority of them are taken with a Tamron 70-300mm Telephoto Zoom, with occasional use of the on […]

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Daylight film developing with a Rondinax 35u

I this post I talk about my experiences of developing film in an Agfa Rondinax 35u Daylight developing Tank – sometimes also known as the Agfa Rodinax. I bought this tank a few months ago on EBay UK but hadn’t until now got round to trying it out.  It is a tank which doesn’t require the film to be loaded in darkness, because the film canister is placed into the tank and the film wound onto the development spiral with […]

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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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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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Clarity adjustment in Lightroom

I use the Adobe Lightroom post production software for making adjustments to the RAW images I take on my Pentax K5 DSLR. I originally used Apple Aperture, but when the price of Lightroom dropped with the introduction of Lightroom 4 I gave it a try and was very impressed with it. One of the adjustments I have learned to use a lot is the Clarity slider in the presence section of the Basic Panel. If you search in the Lightroom […]

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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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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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