Thursday, December 23, 2010

Calumet Edinburgh

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Tweed Green Snow in Peebles

Mrs Davey walks across Tweed Green on Wednesday afternoon. There is a brief respite in the snow fall and we have some blue sky.
This year snow has come about a month earlier than in 2009 when it was the week before Christmas.
I took this on Geraldine's D200 with the 18-55mm lens and a polariser. Settings were Iso 400, f16 1/250th sec.

Dad on His S7 Sunbeam in 1949

I think my dad George must have taken this as a self portrait on his folding 16 on 120 camera. At the time he would have been 29-years-old and was about to embark on a tour of France.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Borders College Digital SLR Course

The STAGE One in digital SLR photography has snapped up 26 students. The five, two hours a week evening courses, planned for Mondays and Fridays, at Borders College Peebles, are full for the next session.
During classes which I run students will learn how to get the most from their digital single lens reflex cameras. Including four weekly projects covering subjects such as nighttime, sport (movement) and portraiture.
From week one students are encouraged to move away from relying on automatic programmes and shown why even aperture or shutter priority can give unreliable exposures.

Saturday, September 04, 2010


During Borders College Peebles classes from day one I encourage my students to use manual.
Regular readers will know that I have a graphic on the site which describes different shutter speeds. It shows the increasing bluriness of a football and the players as an inept photographer tries to capture the action at slower and slower shutter speeds.
I have now prepared a graphic starting at f5.6 (most kit lenses have variable apertures from f3.5-5.6) and increasing in steps to f36.
I used a Nikon D200 and 105mm f2.8 VR Macro lens to create the graphic which shows the depth of field variation. Photographers now seem to like the term "Bokeh" for the out of focus highlights seen in my f5.6 shot.


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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Transparency Film

Last night we had a slide show, remember those, screen slightly squint, dust whenever there isn't a slide showing! I'll need to invest in a new projector as my old Leica has reverted to single feed.
It's wonderful to hold a slide up to the light and see a sparkling image without the need to turn on the computer.
In the slide show to our recent holiday snaps were revealed in their true colour gloryand everyone had a laugh in a way that is not the same as being huddled round a computer monitor. Yes you could use a digital projector but apart from the cost image resolution compared to a slide projector is appalling.
The images are much more colourful than those taken at the same time on a Nikon D200.
A selection were identified to be scanned onto CD and printed, some will appear here shortly. Film stock used was Fujifilm Velvia 50, Provia 100 and Provia 400X.
I have decided to go back to using film except for weddings (with a rented camera) and my teaching as the results are so much better and the camera less reliant on batteries. It is a quality issue and the fact that a simple camera will produce stunning shots without the constant thought of upgrading to get more pixels or features.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Cloud Inversion Under Snowdon


Wedding photographer shot dead as couple pose with guns

An official photographer was shot dead at an Italian wedding while the bride and groom were posing for pictures with a gun.Guests were horrified when the firearm went off accidentally, killing photographer Calogero Scimeca, a 45-year-old married man with children.

The bullet hit him in the head, killing him instantly, police said.

The .22 calibre rifle was one of several firearms which the bride and groom, Valentina Anitra, 22, and Ignazio Licodia, 25, were supposed to pose with on their big day in the village of Altofonte, near Palermo in Sicily.

Firearms are often fired at weddings and festivals in southern Italy and powerful fireworks are also popular, causing dozens of injuries a year.

Police are now deciding whether to bring charges of negligence against the groom's parents, Mario, 56, and his wife Rita, because the accident happened at their house shortly before the scheduled wedding ceremony.

They allegedly fetched the rifle when the photographer suggested that using some guns as props would make for a memorable wedding album.

It was properly licensed and used for shooting wild boar and other game in the surrounding hills.


Monday, February 22, 2010

Blogging a Pic from

A user of named Len Marriot said he'd be delighted if someone blogged one of his photos so here is: "Students at the Leica School", rather a nice b/w silouhette image.
He says on he took the picture in November 1963 so now it is getting the publicity it deserves!

Photography through a Microscope

Sigma 85mm f1.4

Sigma releases 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM
PMA 2010: Sigma has announced the 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM, a large-aperture short telephoto lens which is bound to pique the interest of budding portraitists. Featuring a hypersonic focus motor with full-time manual focus override, the lens uses a 9-blade diaphragm for attractive background blur, and has a minimum focus distance of 85cm. It comes with a lens hood adapter for ASP-C/DX users that extends the length of the hood to give more effective shading, and will be available in mounts for Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sigma and Sony SLRs.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Seabed Snaps Secure on Digital

A trawlerman is trying to trace the owner of a digital camera after it was hauled from the Atlantic seabed in his nets with the photos still intact.
Benito Estevez believes the camera was dropped overboard from the QM2 cruise liner in the middle of the Atlantic.
The camera's memory card revealed five photographs, including a woman posing on the deck of a ship, with the now out-of-service QE2 in the background.
Mr Estevez, of Spain, is now trying to trace the people in the pictures.
US tourists
The QE2 made its last ever voyage to Dubai in November 2008.
BBC South Transport Correspondent Paul Clifton says the ship the woman is posing on is the QM2, and the two liners sailed together from Southampton to New York in October 2008.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Nikon 24mm1.4

Today Nikon has announced two new lenses to add to our professional range...........


The AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED. Designed for professional reportage and landscape photography, this class leading ultra-fast aperture wide angle lens, features a ground-breaking optical design for Nikon’s range of class leading FX-format DSLR cameras and................


The world’s first ultra-wide angle zoom lens with VR for FX-format cameras, this new lens offers an affordable and practical proposition for general photography with FX-format cameras such as the D700. Both lens’ complex optical design features Nikon’s exclusive anti-reflection Nano Crystal coat, two ED glass elements and no less than three aspherical glass elements to minimize distortion and aberration, even at maximum aperture. The AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR balances well with more compact FX format cameras such as the D700 and is consequently built to withstand the demands of everyday shooting.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Olympus E-P2

The Olympus E-P2 is the second Micro Four Thirds camera from Olympus, following last Summer’s launch of the popular E-P1 model. Offering DSLR-like image quality in an ultra-compact format, the E-P2 adds a number of features to tempt you to upgrade from the E-P1. These include a dedicated port for either a detachable high-resolution electronic viewfinder or a microphone, auto-focus tracking mode, two new Art Filters (Diorama and Cross Process), a colour-boosting i-Enhance function, remote slideshow control via the new HDMI connection, and an option to record high-definition movies using the Manual shooting mode. The Olympus E-P2 is also finished in a more serious black rather than the silver or white versions of the E-P1.

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Samyang 14mm/2.8

Samyang announces 14mm f/2.8 lens availability
Samyang Optics has announced its 14mm f/2.8 lens will be available from March 2010 at a retail price of €329. After a brief production delay last year, the final version will be made available in Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony and Olympus four-thirds mount.
The improved model has been just produced and is subject to the final tests. The optics was changed by redesigning the aspherical lens. The first lens is made of the optical glass, while the second is of the hybrid construction.
The retail price has been established at 329 Euro. The product will be compatible with the following systems:
Olympus 4/3

Thursday, February 04, 2010


Zeiss SLR Lenses
Zeiss are now offering a growing selection their SLR lenses made famous by the Contax range in Nikon AIs (ZF) Pentax KA (ZK) M42 Screw (ZS) fit and the new Canon EF (ZE) fit.These are new designs and use updated optical setups and all metal barrels, for maximum quality. Zeiss have a compatibility chart for SLR lenses lenses on their site, which is worth checking out if you're not sure what works with your camera. NEWSJust announced the ZF.2 version of the very successful Nikon F bayonet; now with CPU electronic interface thus supporting the all-important operations such as the automatic mechanisms for time, aperture setting and program. The CPU also supports manual exposure settings and since the lens now transmits the EXIF data such as manufacturer, date, metering system and exposure to the camera, photographers no longer need to set the parameters manually. What is the difference between ZF and ZF.2 lenses?The ZF.2 lenses are an enhanced version of the ZF lenses. They feature an electronic interface (CPU). This CPU enables the ZF.2 lenses to support all important operating modes such as shutter priority, aperture priority and programmed auto exposure or manual exposure settings even on non-AI compatible cameras. Photographers no longer have to set the parameters in the camera menu as the lens now transmits standard data such as focal length, speed and the aperture setting to the camera. This data can then be viewed in the EXIF data of each picture.Furthermore, the silver fork coupling is not available on the ZF.2 lenses. For this reason, you cannot use light metering on older cameras (F, F2, Nikkormat, etc.). The ZF.2 lenses have a mechanical lock on the aperture ring to lock the aperture ring at the lowest setting and prevent unintentional adjustment while taking pictures.For technical reasons, the ZF.2 lenses do not have a half-step aperture lock between the lowest (stop position) and the second lowest aperture setting. This guarantees reliable recognition of the automatic position. The lowest aperture on the ZF.2 lenses is orange to emphasize the automatic position of the aperture ring.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Global Warming

In Peebles the temperature has been around zero or less since December 17th 2009 and the snow has lain thickly.
This icicle picture was taken on January 3rd 2010 at Coylumbridge in the Cairngorm National Park, which has also seen some exceptionally low temperatures and snow lying for nearly 3 weeks.
This is from about the time of the Copenhagen Climate Conference.
I'd like to know how the ecologists and climate changers are going to fit the present weather conditions to their cosy ozone hole theories?