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23/08/2011 - 1:58 AM

Ring flash project update

With the set back of the 'ring tube' not being suitable, I decided to use 2 normal flash tubes, one from the 5 market job and one from an old unit kicking about at home. I have managed to remove the old tube out of the flash head and have connected a new 3 core cable out of the flash head, nicely...

22/08/2011 - 9:45 AM

Project update.

Best laid plans.................:( Ring flash came today and it is not going to work, well fit is more the correct wording. it does fire but I cannot get it to sit comfortably around the end of the lens, most frustrating!!!!!!! Am now looking at 2 flash tubes, or 4 depending on how it goes with ...

21/08/2011 - 10:16 AM

Ring flash project update

I now have the flash unit apart and just want to show you the 'guts' of it. The 3 wires connected to the flash head will be cut, (NOTE, CAPACITORS CAN KILL, ENSURE CHARGE IS SPENT BEFORE ATTEMPTING ANYTHING LIKE THIS, IF YOUR UNSURE DO NOT ATTEMPT IT, THESE ARE DANGEROUS) and terminated into a te...

19/08/2011 - 5:06 PM

Ring flash project update

Just had a browse around our local flea market and picked up a flash gun for a fiver, tried on camera and works well. Stripped it down to analise interior ready for mods and plenty of room to carry alterations to attach a flying lead to the ring tube. Now have to order my ring tube, then I can real...

17/08/2011 - 8:37 AM

5 years

It's nearly 5 years (26th August) since I joined EPZ, and have enjoyed every minute of it. To mark the occasion I shall start my 365 project then and upload onto my blog page and web site, it will be hard to do but fullfilling in the long run, I have various ideas for themes to keep me going along ...

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14/08/2011 - 10:46 PM

Ring Flash project.

Succesfully sourced a new xenon ring flash tube and it can be triggered off a flash gun, just need a Nikon compatible flash gun, I have an SB- 600 but will not be cannabising that for the project, so am hoping to pick an old broken one to work on, hopefully some kind person reading this will have su...

08/08/2011 - 12:10 PM


Well I have uploaded 1,000th images and feel I have achieved a lot in photographic terms, still a load to learn and put into practice. Most of my images have been, for the best part, very similar, along a similar vein and lacking somewhat in inspiration, this has mainly been down to serious lack of ...

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22/07/2011 - 10:52 PM

Proud Parents

Well it was end of term service at my lads school today, the end of term and the end of his time at primary school. They always have a lovely service with all the kids involved, singing and reading. The year 6 kids are the main event though as they go up to 'BIG' school and are duly praised for the...

15/06/2011 - 9:18 AM


Just as I thought I had grown out of Hayfever this year, it has started up again! Another 3 months of sneezing, itchy eyes and a runny nose to look forward too.....:( Back to the old cure of local honey and nasal sprays. I have had all other cures and potions to try and allieviate the symptons but ...

12/06/2011 - 5:11 PM

Studio dream

Still working out how and when I can get my next project up and running. High speed photography, well sort of high speed as budget will dictate things. My garage is going to be my studio/workshop, as it is a double length one but only when I can clear 10 years of junk out!!!!! I have sourced a very...

20/05/2011 - 9:51 PM

The spark

It has been a while since I last wrote a blog but circumstances dictate otherwise but thought it was overdue. My photography has stalled and has been a bit of a chore or non existant for the past year, but after trawling the web for ideas I came across a great web site about high speed photograph...

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01/04/2011 - 12:40 AM

Guest Editor

Well I'm half way through my 'week' as guest editor and thoroughly enjoying it. It does mean looking at every upload, this sounded daunting at first, and was difficult to comprehend how Pete does it every day, but it wasn't that difficult. The best thing about it is that you do see every upload an...

15/03/2011 - 10:52 AM


Just got my copy of Digital SLR Photography today and I knew I had an article in there but was not expecting 3 full pages, one being a full page for one image! I was really chuffed to say the least. If you fancy a go, follow the instructions, they are fairly easy to use, and hope you produce some ...

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12/03/2011 - 7:30 PM

Street Photography

I decided to do some street photography, something completely new to me. I found it difficult and akward at first, but I can see it becoming quite addictive. It's hard work, looking for the right shot, something totally random but with a purpose, shooting totally in manual as well adds to the fun. I...

05/03/2011 - 1:42 PM

Web site

Just thought I would let anyone who is intrested that I have given my website aperturevision a bit of a new look on the home page. I wanted to get the images to scroll but Foliopic can't host that so gone for the next best thing, seems to work, hard part was getting the perspective right. I may upda...

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