Miranda Sensoret 35mm camera

The Miranda Sensoret is a small, compact 35mm camera and was the only rangefinder model that Miranda made. It was available in chrome and black; this article reviews the chrome model. My Miranda Sensoret Camera I found this camera on eBay amongst a series of cameras all being sold by the same person. They were all marked as ‘spares or repair’ and seemed to belong to a collection they had acquired and were disposing of. I almost missed the Sensoret […]

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Favourite pictures – The Sun in York

As we were walking along the river bank in the City of York recently, I took this picture of the road and people. It was a nice sunny day and I had my Tamron super wide angle lens fitted to my Sony Nex 6 and took this shot low down to emphasise the cobble stones. The aperture was set to f/22 to maximize the depth of field which resulted in a shutter speed of 1/320 sec at ISO 100, whilst […]

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Star-D/Image minolta fit manual lens review for sony nex

This is a short review of two lenses I picked up from eBay a couple of weeks ago when I bought a Minolta X300 SLR camera and they were bundled with it. I’ve names the lenses “Star-D/Image” in the title of this post because, although both lenses are labelled as “Image MC Automatic”, I believe they are made by the same company that makes/distributes the Star-D lenses. In physical appearance they certainly seem to be the same, are made in […]

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Takumar 28mm f/3.5 wide angle m42 mount lens

This is a post about this classic lens which I bought this week for use on my Pentax and Sony cameras. As I hinted in my last post I bought this lens on eBay last Sunday evening for £34 plus £4 postage. I was amazed that I won the auction for only £34 because I’ve seen these lenses on ebay ‘buy it now’ offers for up to £70. Admittedly this example didn’t come with a lens case or hood so that […]

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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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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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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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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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Wensum river bank

The River Wensum runs through the town of Fakenham in Norfolk, which happens to be the town I was born and raised in. My parent still live in Fakenham, so I quite often visit and take pictures of all the places which have changed so much since I was a boy. Although the paths and fields around the river have changed, the general layout and look of the river remains the same as it was when I used to live […]

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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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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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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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