There’s been a drought

There’s been a drought …..in me posting. I really must use the schedule post feature more. Well September became a busy month. We moved house and just about managed to unpack before a cruise celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary. On our return it was a matter of getting back into everyday life routine. Which is […]

I’m going to stop buying gear

I’m going to stop buying gear because whenever I get into a system things tend to go downhill. My premise of buying into Nikon CX was to gain a smaller capable system and use the crop factor to extend my DX zoom capability. I quite like my Nikon 1 system and still use it. Quite […]

Samye Ling Monastery

The Kagyu Samye Ling, a Tibetan Monastery and Centre for World Peace and Health,  now appears in the 12 Pics series here. The first Tibetan Centre to open in the West in 1967, it occupies a marvellous location in a peaceful valley on the banks of the river Esk in Scotland. As you can see […]

The best camera

The best camera …… is the one you have with you. How many times do we hear that? Now if you wanted to be pedantic you could argue for and against that statement. No matter how much gear you have (in value or quantity) is it any use if it’s not with you? I happened […]

Catch up – June has been busy

Here’s a catch up – Due to a busy few weeks the blog posts have been a bit thin on the ground. I hope to remedy this soon with a couple of articles about our holidays. Life in general has got a bit busier too. I will try to make a concerted effort to return […]

A celebration

We recently had a chance to attend a celebration of two people committing to spend the rest of there lives together. Or in other words a wedding. Now I might of mentioned before that I enjoy a wedding. There is something special about standing up in front of friends and family and declaring your love […]

Snipe

Snipe – have you seen any lately? That was the question put to me in the bird hide. Actually I had. Only a couple of weeks ago at least four of these well camouflaged birds were about. Heres a couple of them: Snipe are reasonably common and love wet grasslands. The average lifespan is around […]

A walk in the woods

A walk in the woods – what does it do for you? For me, I get outside, get some fresh air, say hello to other people enjoying the outdoors, listen to the birds and get to look around for potential pictures. I also pay attention to the weather, if it has been raining or is […]

Deer

Deer, sometimes you see them other times you don’t. It could be weeks in between sightings at the local nature reserve. This morning I was fortunate: Once this young chap noticed me, he didn’t hang around very long. I tried getting closer but he decided enough was enough and wondered off further into the woods. […]

A quintuple of black and white

A couple of weeks ago I ventured out with the camera. The weather wasn’t too good and neither was the light but I decided to put together this quintuple of black and white images. Now if you are of a certain age and had a darkroom, you will know the nuances of using different papers […]

Is the Olympus camera division on the ropes?

Is the Olympus camera division on the ropes? Several sites are reporting they might be forced to forgo their digital camera business. This has of course fired up the comments on various forums. Some in defence and others proclaiming m4/3 is dying. The situation isn’t helped by Panasonic deciding to change direction. So what’s the […]

Dont take pictures into the sun

We are frequently told not to take pictures into the sun, preferring to try to keep it behind us instead. In fact when the wife is out taking pictures on her phone I quite often remind her of this. To which the usual response is it will be fine. Much to my amazement they usually […]

Seagulls

The other day I was out and about and happened to come across some seagulls at the local coastal town I frequent. Nothing too unusual about that. You get seagulls almost everywhere these days, not just on the coast. Quite. But have a look at the image below. I thought there was something odd about […]