No photos – no worries!

We have had some glorious sunshine and decent temperatures recently so I decided to go out for a walk today in the local wood.

I thought a packed lunch would be in order so I duly assembled some nibbles and put them in my daysack. Instead of carrying two bags I also put in the Nikon 1 V1, spare battery and the 10-100mm lens. The Nikon is so small I normally put it in a pocket and spread any remaining gear out amongst the other pockets of whatever I’m wearing.

So I set off on my walk, enjoying the sun, the slight breeze and the multitude of birds singing their various songs. I count at least four different types of butterfly, see a couple of squirrels and some of those singing birds. The only other people I see are a couple of ladies out for a leisurely ride on their horses, accompanied by a couple of dogs, quite happily running on in front of them. Have you ever noticed how dogs always look at you like you should have something to eat for them?

All in all I had a nice couple of hours out in the countryside.

Did I take any photos? No – not on this adventure.

Why? I’m not really sure. I just didn’t feel like getting the camera out, being quite glad I didn’t bring the DSLR and all that bulk!

This is unusual for me, if I’ve got a camera with me I normally take some photos. Did my lack of taking photos detract from the experience?  No, not at all. Shame the other half wasn’t with me, because I doubt if she will believe me 🙂

So No Photos – No worries!

Huawei P8

I can’t say I’m really familiar with Huawei as a smartphone producer, but apparently their new P8 smartphone is being touted has having a DSLR like quality camera.

The company are even promoting it as ‘professional’.

For most people their smartphones already have a good enough camera.

Can the Huawei P8 bring anything new to the table?

I don’t know, but if this is the beginning of a new improved ‘range’ of smartphone camera technology then things could get pretty interesting.

I firmly believe there is going to be a paradigm shift in digital photography and we will see a convergence of technology between current DSLRs and something more portable, more connected and with MUCH better workflow. I also think a ‘real’ profession camera no longer needs to be camera ‘shaped’ (seriously, how old is that design?).

I’m going to be watching the reviews of the P8. It’s got me intrigued.

If anyone is willing to throw a P8 my way, I would be quite happy to review it 🙂

Bodies too cheap or too many?

Are bodies too cheap (relatively speaking) or are there just too many?

Thirty years ago the big four camera makers, as they were then – Minolta, Canon, Olympus and Pentax – essentially had four distinctive models at four different price points in their ranges. The starter, intermediate, enthusiast and advanced models in the range. Whatever you want to call them, they were clearly differentiated in both cost and features. Continue Reading “Bodies too cheap or too many?”

Having a photographic cull.

Having a photographic cull

Every so often I go through my ‘old’ photo folders just to see what’s in them. We use to call it looking through the photo album. Somehow it is not the same using a keyboard and monitor, no weight of the album on your lap, no tactile feeling as your turn the pages. No running yours finger over the photos and pointing to someone or something. Although on the plus side digital images don’t take up so much space. Continue Reading “Having a photographic cull.”

Tintern Abbey

Tintern Abbey, Monmouthshire.

Tintern Abbey dates back to 1131 and lies next to the River Wye in Monmouthshire, South Wales.

Over its life time it has been extended to meet the changing requirements of the monks that lived and worshipped there. The tallest remains are that of the Abbey Church, with the rest of the complex well represented by lower walls and foundations giving an idea of the area that this Abbey occupied. Continue Reading “Tintern Abbey”

Symonds Yat

Out for a drive on a dull day and ended up at Symonds Yat in Gloucestershire, England.

Now it has been some years since visiting here and I seem to remember it was more uneven back then. Today there are smooth paths to take you to a small ‘refreshment hut’ just down from the major viewpoint.

An elevated wooden bridge across the road leads to the main viewing area. There are some uneven surfaces off the path and on the lower viewpoint. These are quite slippery when wet and despite being careful I had a near miss resulting in a nice woman getting ready to catch me (thank you). I recovered my balance on my own fortunately, but it is nice to know help was there if needed. Perhaps I’m showing my age more than I thought 🙂 Continue Reading “Symonds Yat”

Lydney Docks

Whilst out for a drive I passed an unassuming little sign for – Lydney Docks – at, unsurprisingly, Lydney in Gloucestershire.

Now I have passed this sign I don’t know how many times, but this time it was different. This time I was going to explore. I had a camera with me as always. The bag, hat and whip were sadly at home. (Indiana Jones reference for those that didn’t get it) :)

Anyhooww…. The road to the harbour ends in a smallish free parking area. Continue Reading “Lydney Docks”

Photographic Christmas

I wrote in a post last year about having another non photographic Christmas and whether I would make two in a row.

Well I made it!

It wasn’t that hard really. My NEED it list was empty. The ‘would like it’ list is… Well that’s a work in progress. Even if I had the money and inclination we are really spoilt for choice in the gear line.

Would I stay with Nikon? I don’t have enough Nikon equipment to answer yes. A couple of DX bodies and a handful of lenses isn’t very compelling.

So what would I go to? I’m not really sure. Generically less weight and size but with DSLR versatility and performance would be nice.

As a hobbyist I don’t need full frame or 36mp (not sure anyone would unless your making money = pro, not hobbyist).

On the other hand I have considered going to smartphone photography as well. You can’t get much lighter or smaller than that. It would also allow direct uploading to the web, surfing and making a phone call ?, the web connectivity bit is something camera manufacturers are struggling with at the moment. Before I get flamed for this paragraph, let’s think about about how most people view their images these days. I have three large canvasses on my walls plus a few 10 x 8?s and 7 x 5?s, but the majority of my photos are viewed on…. Yep the computer screen. Do we really need the high mega pixel count cameras the marketing departments throw at us? Be honest now. Two of my canvasses were done on a 10mp Nikon D200 which I still own and enjoy using.

If smartphone manufacturers can really suss out the camera side of things, it won’t just be compact camera sales that suffer. There is potential for a decent smartphone camera combo to really disrupt the market for all but the niche forms of photography. We are not quite there yet but you can’t help thinking the camera manufacturers must be looking over their shoulders more often than they used too. Let’s not forget a generation, such as my sons, who have grown up with phones and not cameras. They also don’t worry about legacy glass or lament the loss of film or medium format or darkrooms and chemicals.

So I’m going to wait a little longer and see what happens, it is possible I may have ‘bought my last camera’ without even knowing it.

Will I make three in a row?

Well the year has only just started so I’ll wait and see what new toys may tempt me to put my short arms into my deep pockets…..

Welcome to 2015

Welcome to 2015.

I hope you had an enjoyable and suitably festive holiday season.

The first day of the year here in Wales is……wet!

It can only get better and dryer…eventually.

There has been a bit of housekeeping on the website with some older stuff put in an archive folder here.

I don’t make any new year resolutions but I am aiming to carry on with some projects photographically speaking. The 12 Pics series will be expanded and there are some new things in the pipeline for later in the year.

I’m not sure about the fallen series – I had thought about stopping it. I’m in two minds as to whether it is too negative (terrible pun) :)

May your 2015 be everything you want it to be.