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05/10/2015 - 5:49 PM

Progress with speedlighting

Yesterday i had an amazing 3 hour shoot at a relatively new location for me, though it is yet another derelict raf base, but this one is in Norfolk, a bit further afield than my usual haunt, but well worth the 45 minute drive to get there! My previous shoot there was a quickie, no speedlights, ju...


So i have been playing with my legacy lens, my Helios 44-2 f/2 58mm, attached to my fuji, for a few weeks now, and i have used it almost daily, most times when out walking the dog through the local woods, or when browing for shrooms at bigger woods a bit further away. I think it was love at first...


Little known fact, sometimes when I am dreaming, I know I am dreaming. For so long now I have been trying to become lucid in my dreams, and I am getting there, though more often than not, the excitment of it all causes me to wake up. To get this far has taken almost 2 years of meditation, determi...

18/09/2015 - 4:33 PM

rewriting my ebook

I published a free ebook this year called The Perfect Selfie. At first I was rather pleased with it, but after a while it began to niggle me. Basically the word Selfie really p****d me off, I mean, selfie? Really? I dont do selfies, well, yes i do, i have done, a selfie is surely a snapshot wi...

09/09/2015 - 8:04 PM

cheap triggers

Ooooooh they make me scream with rage and sheer frustration at their uselessness, their inability to work further than 3 feet, their constant misfiring!!! So, kinda trying out some strobist things right now, got two awesome manual speedlights, a 60x60 softbox and 80x80 octobox, both take 30 seco...

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25/08/2015 - 6:03 PM

some new lenses

The only lens i had for my new fuji x-a2 wa the standard kit lens, the 16-50mm etc, which for a kit lens, quality is not that bad. Never liked the depth of field on it though, the bokeh was not nearly enough in the end, sooooo, i delved into some adapted lens topics on forums around the internet ...

19/06/2015 - 7:40 AM

new puppy woes

I arrived home from work an hour ago and have just got back from walking the dog. She had her injections wednesday, and weighed at the vets, now 7.5kg in weight, she was only 2kg when we got her. I have struggled with her, specially this week. I almost gave up on her; i felt i could not cope ...

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16/05/2015 - 7:49 PM

Twinkle Twinkle...

This little bundle of fluff is Twinkle Starr She is a border collie, from a litter of 6. I am sure you are all going "awww" right now but let me assure you, she is demonic! Pretty sure she will calm down though, i just need to be more firm with her. She adores footballs and plan...

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30/03/2015 - 4:39 PM

Photography eBook published

For the past few months i have been working on a little project to enlighten the duck face generation on how to take self portraits properly, and now I have finished writing it all. Spread out over 34 pages with close to 8000 words, this clearly isn't something I knocked together over a weekend, ...

19/03/2015 - 4:53 PM

from hopeless to hopeful

ABout 18 months ago i began work for an agency and was posted to some weird, skandanavian goods warehouse, and at first i totally hated it there, but then i was not in a great place myself. BUt i got my head down, went to work, made a few friends, which in turn made me friendlier towards others, ...

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16/03/2015 - 1:45 PM

Goodbye Poppy.

On rememberance day 1999 I went with my parents to an animal rescue centre, and this little long legged sandy coloured dog looked at us and i swear she smiled, and that was it, we bought her home and named her Poppy. I was in my mid twenties at the time, and 2 weeks later i passed my driving test...

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07/03/2015 - 8:30 PM

Lexi's got a brand new bag

Needed to update my camera bag, seeing as the one i have now is about 10 years old and a bit tired looking now. My current bag is a Lowepro backpack, with Practical Photography on the front in red lettering. I thought it looked good at the time... Don't get me wrong, it has done me good over the ...

08/02/2015 - 12:54 PM

New Camera.

Fujifilm X-A2 of all things ;) I have followed with great interest Fuji's journey through the retro rangefinder style X series camera's. Of course, their pretty styling caught my attention right away. They are undeniably good looking camera's. But two years ago i bought my Japanese Leica, and...

17/11/2014 - 5:47 PM

London November 2014

I visited London again last weekend, and i had a hoot! Friday night was a night with Damien Rice at Londons Palladium. Now that venue is posh, very posh, with ornate plaster work and red carpet everywhere, though not much room in the seating area, everyone has to stand up if you wanted to go to t...

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Gosh i hadn't realized my last blog entry was in January, seems so long ago now... So much to do, so little time to do it all in, meaning that my photography has taken a back seat for a while. Of course, working nights really puts pay to this, and weekends are all tooo brief lately. It is not ...