1. X Rated

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    No, nothing dodgy to see here…just news of a new camera acquisition! The amazing looking (modelled after Leica M3, so can’t be a bad start!), and fantastic feeling Fujifilm X100! Dad, if you’re reading this…just buy one now to avoid extreme jealousy! I bought a Sony NEX 5N late last...
  2. Why I shoot film…

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    Well, not quite yet, though I have just purchased (I had too, as it was ridiculously, ludicrously some may even say criminally cheap) a Pentax ME Super SLR…yep, no D on there – manual all the way from 1979…and a black version to boot. But wait, there’s more…it came with the...
  3. There’s a coot aboot…

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    I got two images of this coot around its nest in the reeds – I was trying not to disturb her too much. I judged the other image better, so its gone on the folio page, but I like the pattern of horizontal lines of the reeds in this wide...
  4. The allure of film

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    What is it about hobbies and the endless fascination with gear and “the other thing”. More and more digital cameras flood the market, we’re bamboozled with technical improvements, including megapixel and ISO races. Does your camera go up to 25,000 ISO? Hundred odd years of photography and the fastest film...
  5. White Orbs and OMD

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    This issue came out not long after I made the camera buying decision, to go for the Sony NEX 5N, rather than Fuji X10 (partly due to seeing X10 and X100 together…you kind of lust after its bigger brother after a few minutes of playing. I might experience the same...
  6. Homage to Steichen

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    Edward Steichen was an American photographer and painter and even designed the logo and font for the magazine Camera Work, whilst producing work for them between 1903-1917. He was one of the first people to create colour photographs, using a technique called, Autochrome Lumiere. His most celebrated photograph, The Pond-Moonlight...
  7. Flare with the lens

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    I was out on the weekend, pre snow storm that ground the country to a halt as always – a lovely frosty morning. I’d just taken out the NEX 5N & Minolta M-Rokkor 40mm lens, as I wasn’t out for long, and wanted more practice with the manual lens. No...
  8. Designer Pentax

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    Well, it’s a rumour no longer, there was indeed a launch from Pentax of the K-01 (pronounced “K zero-one” they insist). Hmmm, rather than being a GXR sized/K5 merging as I thought, it seems to be a K5 in designer outlet clothing. So, while the spec is pretty solid, as...
  9. A zen walk in the woods

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    This morning I took a walk in the woods and didn’t find much. No deer, no fields of bluebells or snowdrops or mushrooms to entice the macro lens out of the bag and pretty flat light. Nice walk, but left feeling a little frustrated about not being inspired to take...
  10. View from a train

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    2.57 from Paddington, bound for Oxford. These shots taken with NEX 5N & M-Rokkor 40mm – my first shots, and taken from the comfort of the train. Had fun experimenting with aperture to vary the degree of motion blur. Considering this is through a murky window, at an angle, at...

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