Watch the elephant calf being rescued by its mum and a friend -
12th June 2017
If there is any photography that will survive into the next century it will be
Street and Portraiture.
People and streets from the past always hold the publics attention whilst
landscapes and wildlife are so passť. Although I suppose if the wildlife becomes
extinct by the next century, it might invoke nostalgia to view some images
captured before their demise.
You can use many different types of cameras and lenses to shoot street and
portraiture. Obviously the more compact and lightweight the camera/lens gear,
the easier it is to carry around all day. It is also less obtrusive in the
Some images captured with different cameras and lenses -
For portraiture it has to be
Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f1.2 OIS Prime Lenswhich boasts a 67mm glass size, an 85mm field of view and weighs in at 425g. The
Nocticron also boasts image stabilisation and works very well with the Panasonic
If it has to be sport or wildlife you can add the
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm f4/f5.6 OIS Zoom II Lens
with a 200mm to 600mm field of view and if you must shoot landscapes, well any
one of these lenses will accommodate, even the Lumix 100-300mm to pull in and
clip those distant mountains.
6th June 2017
Art Full of
These days I am into the blues in a big way and I prefer to listen to vinyl records
on my turntable but there is some cracking music which can only be found on the internet
or in the worse case on CD - Yuk!
I refuse to purchase CDs anymore but I found a great site called
My Own Love which has some brilliant blues
music and great photographs. I have used the website as a catalyst to discover
blues artists that I never knew existed. I often listen to their music from Youtube on my laptop whilst I am writing my short stories. The laptop
sound is not half bad as the audio is coming through Harman speakers.
I have always wanted to try my hand at painting and create some art for the
wall but I never seem to get around to it - probably because it would be
rubbish. Perhaps when I am even older and unable to walk, I will get around to
it but then I might be too old to remember what I was supposed to get around to?
A few months ago, I was listening to the video below - discovered
Bob Barker and his art blew me away. The
combination was beautiful, great music and artwork which was full of nostalgia
and pure brilliance. I visited his website which was truly magic and discovered
that Bob is from Yorkshire -
29th May 2017
The 2017 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100
I managed to get a test ride on the new 2017 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory
motorcycle and to state it is 'freaking phenomenal' is an understatement.
The Aprilia is a 'full on' sports bike in drag with upright handlebars and a
comfy seat. It is classed as a 'Street Naked' and whilst it is relatively docile
in low revs - when you open her up, the bark of the exhaust heralds an onslaught
of acceleration that will blow your mind.
One of the benchmark lenses for portraiture is the
Canon 85mm f1.2 L II Prime Lens which
boasts a light sucking 72mm glass size and weighs in at 1025g. Its not
inexpensive at £1,768.00 and when you add it to a Canon 35mm 'full frame' camera
Canon 6D DSLR then
total cost for the combo comes in at around £3,042.00 and the combined
weight for carrying around is 1,780g. There is no image stabilisation in the
lens or the camera.
Another option is the
Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f1.2 OIS Prime Lens
which boasts a 67mm glass size, an 85mm field of view and weighs in at 425g. The
Nocticron also boasts image stabilisation and costs around £1,099.00 and when
you add it to the
Panasonic G80 Micro Four Thirds Compact System Camera(G80 in the UK) with its 2x crop digital sensor
then the total cost for the combo comes in at £1,748.00 and the combined
weight is 930g which is light enough to be carried in the hand all day long with
a wrist strap for backup should it slip.
The Nocticron is a formidable metal lens and is only 3.02" in length (without
the hood fitted) and with its image stabilisation which marries to the 5
axis image stabilisation of the G80 camera, the combo offers top end image
quality with 4K video thrown in.
From the Internet - The Panasonic F1.2 ASPH Leica DG Nocticron O.I.S. Lens for the Micro Four Thirds
system is a fast portrait lens with maximum f1.2 aperture and Optical Image
Stabilisation. The aperture ring on the lens barrel allows direct, intuitive
control over aperture settings so you don't have to take your eye off the
subject and potentially miss the shot. Optical Image Stabilisation effectively
compensates for any camera shake, ensuring your photos are crisp and clear, even
in badly lit environments.
The Devil Blues -
16th April 2017
When I was a kid at school and the weather rained off our football games, we
played mini chess on a pocket chess board during the lunch break. There were no
distractions like mobile phones, tablets or the internet but losing sucked.
As I grew older, chess was put on the back burner but I still managed time to
teach my first born son (when he turned 4 year old) how to play it. These
days, in retirement, I am back into it again and playing one to one against artificial
intelligence on my Lenovo Laptop (offline) but losing still sucks.
Battle Chess costs £10.00 when you purchase
online and then download over the internet to your PC, Laptop or many other
types of devices. You can play multi-player or single player against AI and for
those who wish to learn chess, there is a tutorial.
Check it out -
5th April 2017
Vinyl - In Camera Jpegs!
I fixed my turntable this morning, it required a couple of new belts as the old
ones, some 20+ years old, had given up and fallen to bits. I am into the
blues and jazz these days and there are literally stacks of vinyl out there to
be had for my favourite music.
I have been setting up the menu (Colour Saturation/Contrast/Sharpness/Etc)
Panasonic G6 Compact System Camera
to shoot only jpeg files because I am fed up post processing RAW digital files
in Lightroom - its taking too much of my time. The Panasonic G6 has
the ability to set high resolution, highlight warnings and automatic dynamic
adjustment for dark foregrounds and bright sky scenes, so the in-camera images
The G6 has since been upgraded with the Panasonic G7 and now the
Panasonic G80 Micro Four Thirds Compact System Camera(G80 in the UK) with its 2x crop digital sensor.
The other day, I captured these camera jpeg images with my G6, when I was out a walk with Brad
my dog -
Please click on a thumb
image and it will load full size in a window. They are straight out of the
camera, so please give them time to load. NOTE: The web page does not
display them properly, so save them down to your device and view them there.
29th March 2017
Camera System Investment?
For the budding photographer who wants to step up from a point and shoot compact
or has decided to move on from film to digital, there are a multitude of camera
and lens choices.
Each to their own but if I were to start again, I would purchase a
digital camera and one quality premium lens that were both compact and
lightweight. They would have to produce excellent image quality for a maximum
print in a
CEWE Portfolio or framed on the wall for up to
A3 (420mm x 297mm - 16.54"
x 11.69") in size.
I would want to shoot
street, landscape and family photography whilst 4K video
would be a nice add-on. Ideally this one lens system should make for a nice
travel solution and because I don't want to carry around a tripod, I would want
image stabilisation of the highest standard. From previous experience, I know
that a lens focal range of 24-120mm with larger optics, say 62mm filter size and
the option to shoot at 24mm at aperture f2.8 in lower light conditions would
make for an ideal choice. The lens should, within reason, deliver
reasonable bokeh for portraiture at around 85mm at a maximum of f4 aperture up
to 120mm at the long end of the range.
There are many photographers who want to retain the purism in their digital
photography so a digital camera that can be configured
in its menu to shoot jpeg
files which are used - straight to print - is desirable. A bonus in the
configuration would be the ability to set high resolution, highlight warnings
and automatic dynamic adjustment for dark foregrounds and bright sky scenes.
Gordon Laing has written a great book on how to get the best images out of your
digital camera and how to capture them - well worth a read. Further information
The G80 digital camera shoots RAW files (for post processing) and camera
jpegs and is selling for around £629.00 vat inclusive in the UK and
the Lumix 12-60mm f2.8/f4 lens for around £879.00. Various Sandisk memory
cards are available but a high speed one, the Sandisk 32GB Extreme Pro 280MB/s UHS-II SDHC/SDXC Card
which is ideal for stills and video, comes in at around £69.00.
Check out this
LINK for an idea of lens focal range/field
of views - please give the simulator time to load.
that the lens 12mm-60mm focal range will have to be set on the simulator at
24mm-120mm to get the correct field of view from the G80 2x crop sensor.