Category Archives: Digital Photography

“Jack Frost’s Feathers”

Most of the winter it has been cold and damp, now it’s spring we get frosts. Typically perverse British weather.

Yesterday however I got up early to go out and take some landscape photos and only made it as far as the van. The windscreen was covered in beautifully patterned frost and I set about getting some pictures before the sun got on it. Continue reading “Jack Frost’s Feathers”

The flowers that bloom in the spring tra la.

I posted some pictures of daffodils from three weeks ago that were close up with a 60mm lens wide open. Wednesdays shots were close up with a wide angle stopped down for an entirely different feel. Continue reading The flowers that bloom in the spring tra la.

Lee Filters – 100mm or Seven5 on the Fuji X

I am currently running Fuji X cameras alongside a Canon 5D Mk3 although I suspect this will not last for long, I feel so much more comfortable with the X-T1 and X-Pro2 and the lesser weight of the Fuji X system suits me too. Continue reading Lee Filters – 100mm or Seven5 on the Fuji X

Sunshine to warm the soul

On April 2nd, after a grim, grey wet morning the sun came out so we went off to our favourite field at the edge of the National Forest to walk the dog. The camera went with me too and on the way we saw a raised verge full of daffodils with the late afternoon sunshine behind them. “Here we are dressed in our finest” Continue reading Sunshine to warm the soul

Wide and wacky

Father and daughter pre-Christmas day yesterday so off to Birmingham with the 8mm Samyang (12mm in English money) nailed on the front of the X-T1 for some different views around the Bullring.

The bridge from the car park to Selfridges building in Birmingham.
The bridge from the car park to Selfridges building in Birmingham.

Continue reading Wide and wacky

Damp days and photography

So you wanted to go out and take some landscape pictures but it’s raining? So what! You have heard the saying “There is no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes” well if you’re a photographer it’s still true just add “and something to keep the rain off the lens.” If you have top flight gear that’s weatherproof a lens hood may be all you need, if the camera and lens are not rain-proof then you either need to be VERY careful or take along an assistant and an umbrella.

I prefer to work alone, no one to help admittedly but no one to distract either. Truth to tell I am a loner by nature I suppose. So if setting up a camera while holding an umbrella is more than my two arms can accommodate then I need to find some other way of keeping the rain off so I head for the woods. The odd drop of rain will penetrate for sure but I no longer need to fight against direct rain landing on the front of the lens so it is easier to work and with grey skies the light inside a wood is much less contrasty and control of both highlights and shadows is easier. It’s win, win!

An ancient oak in Charnwood Forest.
An ancient oak in Charnwood Forest.
Start moss growing in Swithland woods a Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
Star moss growing in Swithland woods a Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
The roots of an ancient oak tree cling around rocks on stony ground.
The roots of an ancient oak tree cling around rocks on stony ground – a panorama of seven frames which really needs to be seen much larger than this web page allows to appreciate the detail.

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