I’m not taking or posting enough photos at the moment so I decided to jump into this week’s Photo Challenge after a few weeks off. The theme is movement. I remember some months ago finding a mini strobe light in a charity shop and for ages I’ve been meaning to take an action shot using […]Read more "Tear"
This weekend, the Friends of Troopers Hill hosted a free falconry display, which was put on by West Country Falconry. We were treated to an informative talk and a flying display from five different birds of prey. I can’t remember the species of all the birds we were shown but they definitely included a barn owl, […]Read more "Falconry on Troopers Hill"
Last week, Hannah and I camped in Cornwall for a few days. The highlights of the break were a trip to the Eden Project, and a beach day spent at Bude. Hannah enjoyed sunbathing and reading while I preferred to take a walk away from the sandy beach, past the harbour and towards the rockier coast. […]Read more "Camping in Cornwall"
Having seen the end of Stage 4 in Bristol, we headed down to Hannah’s hometown of Crediton where an intermediate sprint on Stage 5 was being held on the high street. Photography was seriously difficult here, because the crowds were thick and due to the downhill sprint, the cyclists were probably doing about 50mph. I just […]Read more "Tour of Britain – Stage 5 in Crediton"
Stage 4 of the 2014 Tour of Britain finished on the Downs in Bristol today. Hannah and I went along to support, and got a spot about 300m from the end, by Sea Walls. We were on the outside of the bend on Circular Road so we’d get a good view. I won’t bore you […]Read more "Tour of Britain – Stage 4 in Bristol"
Released 2011 This 600D is just like the other one, except that it has been modified for full-spectrum astrophotography and is now sensitive to infra-red and ultraviolet light as well as visible light. The primary purpose is astrophotography, although I have also used it to make a video under the dim red safelight in my […]Read more "Canon EOS 600D (modified)"
There are tons of excellent written guides about how to work in a photographic darkroom. There are even a few videos, but because digital cameras don’t really work well in almost total darkness, the videos are usually a bit rubbish. However, I have a DSLR which has been converted for full spectrum photography (infra-red and […]Read more "Making a darkroom print"
This week for the Photo Challenge, Kirsty suggested that we innovate and cobble together some lighting equipment out of household bits and bobs. Before I explain my method, here’s what I achieved. This picture actually involved three cameras, some drinking straws, and lots of glue. I used the through-the-viewfinder (TtV) technique. The small camera in […]Read more "Through the viewfinder"
I’m a fan of cycling grand tours such as le Tour de France. This year I was lucky enough to be able to watch three stages of it in France. Needless to say, I took my camera but unfortunately I’m quite disappointed with the results. The reasons are (in descending order of importance) poor technique, poor […]Read more "Photographing le Tour de France"
These days I don’t always manage to come up with a Photo Challenge entry, Heat. I’m quite pleased with this shot of a match being lit. It did take quite a few goes to get something I liked. I also shot a high-speed video of the match being lit. I’m had enough photography for this evening […]Read more "Ignition!"