Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Park Cameras: The GFX 50S: Fujifilm's Medium Format Mirrorless C...

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Monday, 18 July 2016

Been proper poorly

Yep my life with Multiple Sclerosis gets in the way of having a life. I have been in bed since last Friday night. I was due to go out to a micro pub to eat but never made it. MS messes with my nervous system, I became constipated and we all know jokes about constipation but it has wrecked my weekend putting me in bed but hopefully that is behind me know. I watched a program tonight by professor Brian Cox and it had some great shots of moths so if I can get a bit of help I am going to try a project on moths. I need to have some help because I aim to put a moth trap out and I needs to be in the garden, those of you that follow my exploits will know I am in a wheelchair. Our garden is down a flight of steps! Have you spotted the problem? Wish me luck.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Never picked a camera all day

I have spent the day at home. I didn't want to go out it was overcast and most of the Day it was blowing a houlie and looked like rain, typical July weather! In fact come time for Heather to get the grandson from school it rained very hard.  So bereft of outside photography opportunities I decided to give the camera a day off. Looking at the weather forecast for tomorrow it seems more of the same. Never mind it could be worse at least I have fibre optic broadband and I can view other people's photos online. 

Monday, 11 July 2016

F stops and Aperture priority for beginners

I got my first camera with full PASM control about ten years ago and I started reading all I could about how to control my camera and how to get better pictures. I was a rubbish photographer then and to be hones I am not much better all these years later. My Multiple Sclerosis makes life very difficult for me even typing this out is hard because my fingers are not working as well as they used to. I wish when I had first started reading books I had discovered Youtube because today I found out visually how F stops work and AP etc work and the visual part is important for me because sometimes reading things just doesn't click with my brain. This Youtube clip has worked for me converting the printed word into something my brain can understand. So if like men you need a bit of help with your photography here is our starter for ten.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Camera's at the Euro's and sport's events

I looked at the camera's at the football final and at Wimbledon today. I know they are professionals but the money's worth of kit was phenomenal. Dozens of Canon 1D and some huge lenses. I mean really huge amounts of glass. Assuming each of those set ups was ten grand and each photographer had a backup set up worth half that and say a nice Apple pro laptop and say a studio somewhere any images they managed to sell must be worth a fortune. And they were just the two main sporting events I saw today, there was also the formula one GO at Silverstone today and wheelchair tennis finals. No wonder the likes of Canon and Nikon  are so keen to promote their top of the range camera's. I know all about the people who say it the person behind the camera not the camera that counts but I must say I didn't see anyone using a box brownie or a Kodak Pro1 it was all new gear and all top of the range stuff, I only say one guy using a small camera and in all probability that would have been a Leica M.

I wish I had discovered photography before I became ill I would have loved to have been a professional rather than an enthusiastic snapper. I enjoy just playing about with any of my camera's even if it is taking a picture of a stone or a bee busy collecting pollen. And as I heard on the TV tonight you only ever regret the shots you do not take, the Television pundit was talking about football but to me it is a photography term. Night camera lovers I need some sleep.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

I dont do ENVY but I could make an exception for the Pentax K-1

I am the first to congratulate anyone if they have a good bit of kit. I don't envy anyone but if I see someone with the new Pentax K-1 you may see me not being as humble as normal. I really fancy this new full frame model from Pentax. It is not beyond the realms of possibility with a camera body only price being quoted at Park Cameras of £1600 I wont be rushing out any day soon to buy one but it is not so expensive that I cannot dream. Since Ricoh acquired Pentax the brand seems to have been revitalised and I for one may consider a Pentax as my next camera.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Dogs Bark but so do Trees

I love the sculptural aspects of tree bark and often photograph it.

Parakeets in the garden

I am blessed in the sense of having a garden and I love sitting watching the garden birds. Most of my pictures of birds are shots taken through the back room window as I  sit in my wheelchair. Here are some shots of parakeets.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

My Favourite picture today

I sat by the window most of the day and I  just love this shot

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Nothing to report

I got a few shots today, all of garden birds taken through the window.I have got a new wheelchair so hopefully I can get out and about if the weather warms up. Today was sunny but I still had to turn the central heating on for a while. It was after I had fallen asleep in the wheelchair in the sunshine, as soon as the Sun disappeared the temperature plummeted. I didn't manage to get outside the house at all today. We had to wait in for a lift engineer to come and fix the through floor lift, I couldn't get it to work properly this morning. Thankfully the came out within a few hours and eventually managed to get the problem sorted. I did take a couple of shots of his tools but nothing exciting. The weather looks like worsening for the weekend so a planned trip is looking doubtful.

Friday, 1 April 2016

Camera out again

I spent a lot of the afternoon sitting camera on the window cill waiting for a decent shot of one or some garden birds, I failed. I didn't get one picture so when my wife came home and suggested a ride I jumped at the chance. A short distance away the council have been trimming the trees in the park and I fancied a shot. So when we got there she got the shots as it really wasn't worth getting me into the wheelchair for a couple of pictures. They were the only photo's we got. We started talking and then the mobile went and we got distracted and all in all I forgot to take anymore pictures but we had a wonderful ride.

Just discovering life

I am back in circulation, I doubt I will add much to this blog but I thought it only right I should let anyone who does drop in that I am still in circulation. My MS has really messed with me both mind and body hence not a lot of photography but yesterday I did actually pick up my camera.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Pentax K-1 Park Cameras Video

I wonder how Pentax can make this camera for the price? To me it seems to be great value for a full frame DSLR and I am tempted but I will need to save up first.

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Yay I used the camera and it was good.

Yep it was great to feel a camera in my hands, I took the point and shoot with us to a family party. I got some good and some exceptionally rubbish shots, my MS has slowly made it harder to use my camera's so I miss more shots than I get but frustrating as it may be its part of the fun. The hardest thing for me is not being able to get out of the wheelchair to take the shot I want, but I have to make do with wheelchair hight shots I am never going to be able to stand so put up or shut up. I think depression has had a lot to do with me not wanting to take any photos, they are just a reminder of my MS, bad.
I am not a photographer now I am a snapper sometimes I even get lucky and get a good shot.