Photo of the Month – February

SedumNikon D800
Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8
70mm, 1/500 Sec at f/2.8, ISO100
Post Processed in Adobe Lightroom V5.7.1
On a MacBook Pro, OS-X 10.10.2

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Nikon, Where is the D300 replacement

This week Nikon announced the D7200, a nice upgrade but where is the D300 replacement.

For quite a while Canon was top of tree for DSLR’s.  Then Nikon got aggressive and released the D200, from then on they had hit after hit with the stunning D3 series and bettering the D200 with the D300 and D300s, fast responsive and with its crop factor great for sport and wildlife.

Since the full frame D4 and D800 people have been waiting for the D300 replacement but it has not arrived.

The D7000 series has been a great series of cameras and can be well recommended but they are not D300 replacements.

If you want to know more check out Chris’s blog and the usual review sites.

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First seeds sown

SeedsThe end of February saw us setting the first seeds of the year.  Whilst the onion sets are already planted and the potatoes are out to chit, this weekend was the first weekend of sowing seeds.

Leeks and Cauliflowers, sowed direct into seed trays then out into the cold frame.

Last year we had great success with the leeks but the cabbage white catapillar decimated the cauliflowers, lets hope this year we have better success.

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Leonard Nimoy’s Passing


It was a sad day last week when Leonard Nimoy died.  An inspiration to a generation of scientists, pilots and astronauts.

What is less know was that is was very good photographer, artist and humanitarian.

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Olympus Firmware 3.0 for OM-D E-M1

Its nice to see more and more of the mirrorless camera system makers making improvements via software updates.

Both Fuji, and Olympus have made real functionality improvements via software updates.  Lets hope it continues.

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Vignette – correction and adding

statueAs we work on the garden, I keep getting ideas for simple photographs, this was a quick snap of one of the three statues we have in the grounds.

The contrast was quite high with bright sunlight on the right on the image and deep shadow on the left its hardly a great image.

I thought it might be interesting to take a serious of these photographs over the coming year and see how things change, but that is not the point of this blog post.

While processing this image I found myself adding quite a bit of vignette, its interesting that we process our RAW files, add lens profiles to remove flaws like this, then we add these flaws back for ‘creative’ reasons.


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The problem with more megapixels – Glass

Water NymphNot many of us have a cupboard of Leica M glass, priced anywhere between £2000-£5000.  If we did then the megapixel race would be one to be welcomed.

With 6 megapixels giving a quality A4 print, and few printing larger, its difficult argue against that the current crop of 16 MP cameras are more then enough for most people.

But some of use cannot resist going higher.  I have already commented on camera technique and heavy tripod to get the best of high megapixel cameras but you really do need to consider the glass.

When the Nikon D800 was released Nikon took the brave move of releasing a list of recommended lens, its a short list and if you don’t own a few of these then maybe a D800/D810 should be off your list until you have some.

There are some fantastic high megapixel cameras out there now but remember unless you have the glass to match and the willingness to use the technique to get the best out of your camera then your high megapixel camera is just going to show up the imperfections in your lens and your technique.

  • AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
  • AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
  • AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
  • AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II
  • AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED
  • AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G
  • AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G
  • AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G
  • AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G
  • AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II
  • AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II
  • AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR
  • AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED
  • AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
  • PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED
  • PC-E Micro NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8D ED
  • PC-E Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/2.8D

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Photoshop is 25

facebookcover_Grid-copyIts now 25 years since Thomas Knoll came up with the concept of Photoshop, the prepress tool that also became essential for Photographers, that was until Thomas and the team came up with Lightroom.

Well done guys.


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Home energy Efficiency

Well all the DIY, new boiler, windows and doors have been worth it and we had are new EPC completed yesterday and we are now a a grade D.

This means we can now go ahead with the Solar PV installation, which should make us energy independent during the day.  If you have a grade D you can get more government help in the form of the feed in tariff to help pay for the installation, basically you get paid more for generating the electricity if your home is more efficient.

We had three local companies round and from those got four quotes, two basic systems and two more high tech systems which while costing more would produce more electricity.

The savings in fuel costs of the period more then off set the expense and with the feed in tariff you end up with a better return then if the money was sat in the bank.


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Books – Photographic inspiration – The Decisive Moment

Coffee ThoughtsIts getting closer to Caroline’s birthday so I have started to look at books and DVD’s that she might like.  As well as that I keep looking at a few books that may inspire me photographically.

Top of the list I keep coming back to is The Decisive Moment and also the Magnum Contact Sheets.  These are expensive books but very inspiring.  Its good to see that even the greats would shoot a roll of film and only one or two images would be potentials.

Often today we come back from a shoot, memory cards full and are disappointed when we only have one or two good shots, but often its that fleeting decisive moment that makes the shot.



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