Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easter Eggs

A small selection of the eggs on sale at Harvest Garden in Morningside, Edinburgh, Photographed with the 85mm/1.8 lens at f2 using ISO 400 and white balance set to tungsten to match lighting in the shop.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Jessops

I so hope this isn't one of those shops which opens for the holidays and closes again a month later:


Dragon Peter Jones is going to breathe new life into Jessops. He has appointed himself CEO and chairman and reckons to have a turnover of £200m in three to five years.

The Daily Telegraph reported:

"The store opening programme will lead to the creation of some 500 jobs, half of whom will be previous Jessops employees who lost their jobs when the retailer’s 192 shops closed in January. The closure led to 2,000 job losses.
Mr Jones said that the new Jessops is a business which should be able to deliver £80m of revenue in the first year, but that he hopes it will be making £200m of sales within three to five years."
When I worked for Jessops in the 1990s it was a good company employing some very knowledgeable staff. 
Jessops the same when I returned in 2003 and when I left in 2007. Then the management renegotiated everyone's contract from assistant manager down and lost lots of good people.
I continued to use them for printing and processing until the end.
Sadly the stock market floatation was a fiasco - remember it was not just ordinary customers who got burnt. The shares opened at £1.50 and finished up worthless.
Effectively the company went bust twice!
How is Peter Jones going to generate £200m in sales and what will be his margin on that figure...........?

Pentland Hills Sunset

Late evening in March a few days before British Summer time begins. The Pentland Hills photographed from between Loanstone and Howgate, just as the sun dips down. There was a good covering of snow as there has been for the last two weeks. Nikon D800 + 50mm/1.4 1/125th f16 ISO 200 and polariser.


Monday, March 25, 2013

Police Panda Car

A panda car "panned" as it races along Leith Walk at lunchtime on Monday 25th March. Nikon D800 + 50mm manual focus 1/30th f11 Iso 400.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Pineapple

A pineapple photographed using monochrome mode on a a Nikon D800 with green filter. Sidelit with a Nikon SB700 speedlight triggered using the camera's remote flash as a commander unit (Nikon CLS System). Remote flash set to manual mode 1/64th full power, remote flash to TTL -0.7.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Hundleshope Heights

View from Kirkhope Law to Hundleshope Heights photographed with Nikon D800 and 50mm manual focus. I used the monochrome picture control mode and set the filter through the sub-menu to orange, just as I would with a film camera.


Saturday, March 02, 2013

Genesis Speedlight

Calumet's new Genesis Wireless Speedlight, above is the Nikon version wirelessly triggered by a D800, image taken with 85mm/1.8 lens with additional light from a Nikon SB900 also triggered wirelessly by the pop-up flash. A Bargain at less than £150.00.