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brian1208

These are just a few of my images shot over the years since I retired and took up Photography as a hobby. Thanks for taking the time to drop by, I hope you may find something to interest you. Any comments, positive or negative but given with a positive intent will always be welcome
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  • Fun in the snow by bethanwadie

    nice one Bethan, you got the shot and Lauren got frostbite! Grin

    (looks like you have the G80 working nicely for you, I hope you are enjoying it)
    • 28 Feb 2018 2:28PM
  • Wolf Moon 1-1-2018 by brian1208

    Thanks Karen, it was hard not to get a decent shot there was so much light, I've not seen such a bright moon for a very long time
    • 2 Jan 2018 11:28AM
  • My little sister by bethanwadie

    I hope you paid her the going rate and got her signature on the model release form Bethan Grin

    A great result, I hope the mocks go well (then "The Owl" can be in touch again Smile )
    • 31 Oct 2017 6:59PM
  • Right place, right time by brian1208

    thanks both, I'm really enjoying what the new lens is enabling me to achieve, even better to use than my 70-300 LIS and 400 f5.6L (although the EM-1 still can't match my 7Dmk2 for hit rate when shooting BIF Smile )
    • 30 Aug 2016 10:27PM
  • St Clement's Church in Old Romney by Terry L

    One of my favourite churches, I spent a lot of my formative years with my grandparents who lived on the edge of the marshes so got to know these old "wool churches" well.

    Another great image Terry
    • 24 Jul 2016 4:00PM
  • Friends at the skate park by bethanwadie

    its a little cracker Bethan ("cats" comment would make it even better but considering how and why you took it I like the result a lot)
    • 22 Jul 2016 11:21AM
  • Posing Wren by Terry L

    You lucky devil you, ours can spot my camera from the other side of the garden.

    No camera, I'll pose on the bonsai acer in front of the conservatory (5ft away)

    Camera - forget it, I'm hiding in the ivy (40ft away) !

    Now I've got my envy out of the way, that is a superb image Terry, nice one Smile
    • 31 Mar 2016 7:28PM
  • Posted on: Jack White Bans Camera Phones From Gigs

    if I had my way I would ban camera phones - for all situations

    They are most definitely an invention of the devil and are the cause of many of the problems in our society - bah humbug

    When I were a lad we had the red box on the corner, that were good enough for me

    mumble mumble etc

    More sensibly - I do think that they should be banned from all public performances (as do some of the public performers http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/features/benedict-cumberbatch-in-hamlet-8-times-actors-lost-the-plot-over-audience-etiquette-10447492.html )
    • 29 Jan 2018 10:33PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G9 Full Review

    High ISO performance is important for anyone who needs to shoot with high ISO, for a lot of us this isn't a requirement but low system weight, excellent focusing / tracking speeds and high sequential rate ability are (with Hi-Res capability as an added bonus)

    Its a great time to be a photographer as there are now tools available to meet the needs of most of us (and I would suggest that most of the kit now available exceeds the abilities of many of those who use it Wink )

    I regularly use my EM-1 mk2 shooting at ISO4000 for bad weather water sports and the results are usable (and the system copes with driving rain, salt spray and flying seaweed) so I am happy and am looking forward to replacing my 2nd body (G80) with the G9 for use with my PL100-400 - once the G9 has been around for a bit, had any bugs ironed out and the price drops a tad.

    Thanks for the review
    • 13 Dec 2017 7:01AM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G9 Full Review

    Does anyone know if it has "exposure compensation" when shooting in manual exposure with Auto ISO mode (as with the EM-1 mk2)

    I realise its not true exposure compensation but I find it an invaluable functionality when shooting BIF and my water-sport work

    I haven't been able to see if it's the case in any of the reviews I seen so far (could have missed it of course Smile )
    • 1 Dec 2017 9:27PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G9 Sample Photos

    its only going to be around 1500 Nik, including the grip if you pre-order, don't pay your council tax for the year, problem sorted! Grin

    it does look good so far doesn't it
    • 28 Nov 2017 5:46PM
  • Posted on: How To Find The Rare Bittern Bird

    if you go to the London Wetland Centre you may well see one of the four they have patrolling the reed-beds there at the moment. When we went up last week we had an incredible show by one of them which was in clear site for around 30 minutes (just checked, they are still showing on the sightings list)

    • 7 Feb 2016 10:30AM
  • Posted on: Permajet Textured Fine Art Paper Test

    John, thank you, the article has now been amended to show that Epson inks were used in the evaluation (thanks Josh)
    • 27 Nov 2014 2:42PM
  • Posted on: Permajet Textured Fine Art Paper Test

    Sorry John, an unintended omission.

    I used the Epson R3000 + Epson "Pigment-based Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta ink technology"

    (I never use 3rd party inks for my work, but you couldn't know that Smile )
    • 26 Nov 2014 8:29PM
  • Posted on: Epson Stylus Photo R3000 Printer Review

    It's now October 2014 and I have just stumbled across this review I did so I thought an update may be of interest. My original machine had to be replaced under warranty as one of the black ink feed pipes failed. That apart the printer has been bomb-proof and continues to consistently produce prints of great quality and it has paid for itself several times over as a result of the sales of these prints

    Despite the many reports I've read I have not had a single instance of print head blockage and I continue to be delighted with this printer
    • 10 Oct 2014 10:11PM
  • Posted on: The Photography Show 2014 - Show Report

    A real buzz about the place when we got there at about 12.30, with the longest queues to get in that I have ever seen (the pre-booking service is a gem and we walked straight in)

    Very crowded inside and a zones were a bit less well signed so I found it quite confusing working out where everyone was but it was a thoroughly enjoyable and useful day out Smile
    • 3 Mar 2014 9:09PM
  • Posted on: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Full Review

    I've had mine for 2 days now (= 2hours of shooting) and first reactions are very positive comparing it to my current EM-5,

    I have no argument with any of Josh's observations above.

    If I had to pick one thing to moan about (it can't all be positive) - its sufficiently like the EM-5 that the differences confuse me at times - but that's my problem Grin
    • 9 Oct 2013 3:49PM
  • Posted on: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Full Review


    Quote:and if the battery lasts all day before I shell out...


    Its the same battery as the EM-5 and if the power consumption remains the same you can expect a CIPA rating of 350 shots / charge which in real life can be anything from 300 to 1500+ shots, depending on what you are shooting

    I am regularly seeing 1000+/- when shooting with only the EVF activated at things like air shows, shooting BIF, windsurfing etc (got around 3,500 shots from 3 batteries at the Bournemouth Air Festival)

    I'm not alone in this, if you do a search you will find quite a few of us have been surprised and delighted to find this out from our own experiences

    3rd party batteries don't do quite so well but 500+ can be seen under the same shooting conditions

    The larger EVF of the EM-1 may up the consumption a bit, hopefully I will be able to let you know soon Smile
    • 11 Sep 2013 10:51PM
  • Posted on: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Full Review

    Pre-ordered and waiting impatiently for delivery some time in the (near) future.

    The reviews and videos I've seen have convinced me its worth the risk of being an early adopter this time.

    The EM-5 will become my 2nd camera / back up (time it had a rest, 50k shots in around 14 months Smile )
    • 10 Sep 2013 8:41PM
  • Posted on: ePHOTOzine's Photo Of The Week Winner

    now that is a Proper Job, excellent macro work and deserving the award in my view
    • 9 Sep 2013 4:41PM
  • Posted on: Photographing Birds In Flight

    Good to hear from you Ingrid and thanks for your input.

    You have some cracking shots using your EM-5 + 100 - 300 combo in your flikr portfolio.

    You seem to have so much more in the way of interesting birds where you are compared to the UK Smile
    • 14 Jul 2013 10:26AM
  • Posted on: Photographing Birds In Flight

    another key section omitted:


    Quote:The light weight of the OM-D system does have one unexpected downside however, the heavier canon lenses seemed to be more stable resting in my hand as I tracked and locked on to the bird. With the OM-D even the 75-300 is so light in my hand that the lack of inertia results in it tending to waver about the sky somewhat unless I consciously think about it and change my grip (using the left hand holding the lens as a brace as well as a tracking device). With the canon system it was a totally instinctive action, point, locate and shoot, it still isn't yet with the OM-D
    • 12 Jul 2013 12:14PM
  • Posted on: Photographing Birds In Flight

    I was a bit upset to find that a key paragraph in my article has been left out, so here it is for completeness:


    Quote:
    I'll start by declaring my belief that no matter how effective I become at using the OMD for this purpose it will never be as easy to use nor yet achieve the same success rate as I managed using the Canon system. On the other hand, the light weight of the OM-D system means that I am now able to shoot hand-held all day without being crippled by pain the next day (which was the only reason I changed from my canon system in the first place)

    • 12 Jul 2013 9:31AM
  • Posted on: Ilford Inkjet Paper Reviews Part 2


    Quote:

    A3+ Ilford Galerie Prestige Gold Cotton Textured 330gsm Rating


    Pros:
    Good tonal range
    Minimal curl


    Cons:
    Gives prints '3D' look



    I'd like to clarify this assessment as its doesn't explain my point well. The fact is that the texture of the Permajet Parchment paper produces a 3D like effect (which I like a lot) and the "Con" is that the Ilford Prestige Gold paper doesn't show this effect, the prints looking a little flatter than with the Permajet paper
    • 11 Jul 2013 5:24PM
  • Posted on: Ilford Inkjet Paper Reviews

    If you mean scanned images taken from the prints, as I said in the introduction to my review, I've given up trying to do this as the results with my scanner just aren't of any value in my opinion

    To get any sort of comparison its necessary to start playing about with colour balance of the scanned images in PS and even then the differences in surface texture modify the scanning results.

    Sorry but this is all I can offer, at the end of the day I hope to provide a personal opinion as an experienced printer in the hope it may guide to a paper that you feel may be worth evaluating.

    Judging the quality of a finished print is such a subjective subject anyway (although I do get several people to look at my test prints to gain their impressions as well)
    • 11 Jul 2013 5:16PM
  • Posted on: RPS Print Exhibition Winners Announced

    looking at the winning images and comparing them with the others shown in the article I am once again unable to comprehend how the minds of the Judges of these premier competitions work. (this is probably a weakness in my own abilities to judge the quality of an image and maybe other EPZ'ers will be able to explain what is so outstanding about those selected?)
    • 5 Jul 2013 10:39AM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G6 Review

    A comprehensive review Josh and you got me all excited with this phrase:


    Quote:It is introduced with a new, more compact 14-140mm HD zoom lens


    until I realised that the price of 629 was with the kit lens and not the 14-140 BlushSad
    • 12 Jun 2013 3:12PM
  • Posted on: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens

    One of my favourite lenses and yes, the hood is expensive but its extremely well made and very useful (for me anyway)
    • 31 May 2013 11:31AM
  • Posted on: Olympus PEN E-P5 Hands-On Preview

    the best bit of kit here for me is the new VF4. If its not too expensive I would like it to sit on top of my EM-5 for studio and some low level macro work

    This update gives me some interesting ideas on how the "EM-6" may be specified - that's the one I'm waiting for Grin
    • 10 May 2013 11:46AM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm f/2.8 Review

    I finally got this lens yesterday, at 949 (so it still hasn't dropped much).

    First impressions are as Gary said, its a remarkably light, sharp and fast focusing lens.

    One thing I have spotted is that, as with the 45mm macro, the Panasonic colours appear warmer than Olympus, so much so that I think I will probably make myself a "correction" pre-set in LR4.

    For most people it isn't something they would even notice / bother with but I like the look of the cooler more clinical colours from the Olympus lenses, so if you also like the Olympus colour its something to be aware of
    • 6 Mar 2013 9:37AM
  • Posted on: Free e2 For A Month For All ePHOTOzine Members!

    Thanks all Smile
    • 25 Dec 2012 9:53AM
  • Posted on: ePHOTOzine Camera Of The Year Awards 2012

    Must have been tough to choose, its been an amazing year for new cameras
    • 30 Nov 2012 2:24PM
  • Posted on: Free Access To VideoBlocks For 7 Days!

    Has anyone read the Terms and Conditions - they are fascinating

    Not for me thanks!
    • 26 Nov 2012 4:58PM
  • Posted on: ePHOTOzine Breaks The One Million Mark!

    So, if I get a vote on one of my images I really can feel like "One in a Million" now! Wink

    Well done Team
    • 1 Nov 2012 4:21PM
  • Posted on: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens Review

    I owned one of these as soon as it became available and it was my "Go To" lens for a lot of my work. My experiences with it match your report Gary - it is the one lens that made me think long and hard before selling up and moving to the EM-5
    For anyone considering getting this - you won't regret it! Smile
    • 30 Oct 2012 2:35PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm f/2.8 Review

    I've cancelled my pre-order as they weren't willing to confirn that the pre-order price was a fixed price quote, despite verbal confirmation at the time of placing the order (and wanted to increase it by more than 20%). So I guess I'll just have to wait for it to come down over the next few months (I hope)
    • 13 Oct 2012 11:06PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm f/2.8 Review

    mine too, I've got one on pre-order so I just hope the price isn't too high else I may have to duck out

    this would complete my lens line up (thank goodness Wink )
    • 4 Oct 2012 3:51PM

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  • Posted on bethanwadie's profile

    What a great first image!
    • 2 Jan 2014 11:15PM
  • Posted on Hermanus's profile

    Herman, its nice to find another photographer with an eclectic mix of images like myself (maybe because, like me, you can't decide what you like shooting best ? Smile )

    I was interested to read that you also try to minimise your post-processing, your PF shows what can be achieved following that approach, you have some good work here

    Thanks for taking the time to visit my PF on a fairly regular basis, its always nice to receive comments
    • 7 Apr 2013 8:48PM
  • Posted on Bubblefaery's profile

    thanks for taking the time to look at and vote on my Sad Fairy, particularly as it prompted me to have a peek in your PF. I love the ephemeral nature of a lot of your images, quite inspiring - I must see if I can capture something of this feeling in my work. (I love the "moniker" by the way, looking at your photo I would guess it matches your character too Smile )
    • 4 Apr 2013 9:26AM
  • Posted on Geofferz's profile

    It was good to meet you today Geoff and having had a quick peek at your PF I must say you do some very nice work. I particularly like the macro and BOP images. Look forward to seeing what you come up with from the Studio session
    Brian
    • 24 Nov 2012 4:29PM
  • Posted on NaturesHaven's profile

    A classic collection of bird images Julia, I particularly love "Jumping for Joy". You have clearly made this your specialist subject and your attention to detail and knowledge of their behaviour shows in your work. Excellent stuff
    • 2 Nov 2012 8:04PM
  • Posted on Ade_Osman's profile

    I've not stopped by for quite a while Ade so thought it only right and proper to do so now. You continue to exhibit your usual range of interesting subjects, beautifully captured and presented. Its always a pleasure to have a peek at your images, particularly as we both like much the same subjects
    • 29 Jan 2012 5:08PM
  • Posted on cats_123's profile

    Now that is an impressive portfolio, a good range of subjects each beautifully treated
    • 21 May 2011 7:16AM
  • Posted on SoulOfNature's profile

    My kind of subjects well shot and presented. A pleasure to look through your PF Jean
    • 26 Jun 2010 2:38PM
  • Posted on Blenkinsopp's profile

    What a gorgeous portfolio Sandra, I don't know how I've missed it before but will be keeping an eye on your images in future.

    The squirrels are delightful, lucky you having them nearby
    • 27 Apr 2010 3:18PM
  • Posted on Squirrel's profile

    Jacqueline, I've enjoyed looking through your portfolio, in part because we share a similar taste in subjects (and locations - I love going to Hever Castle) and also because of the quality of your shots. I will have to keep an eye on your work to see where you are taking it next

    regards

    Brian
    • 8 Jan 2009 5:18PM
  • Posted on daffydill56's profile

    Fran, its been a long time since I've visited and rather than leave comments on all the excellent work you've collected since then I thought I drop by here.

    You have developed into a first rate wild-life shootist and the range of techniques, from macro, though shallow DOF to flight shots is remarkable - good stuff
    Brian
    • 16 Apr 2007 8:38PM
  • Posted on debster's profile

    You've developed your own style Debbie - all that hard work and enthusiasm has paid off with some wonderful images
    • 12 Dec 2005 12:01PM
  • Posted on geoffash26's profile

    The banner looks fine Geoff and your latest images are stunning
    • 3 Dec 2005 9:33AM
  • Posted on John_Wannop's profile

    As a fellow wildlife enthusiast I admire the work you are showing here John. Some of your recent work is outstanding.
    • 12 Dec 2005 10:31AM
  • Posted on John_Wannop's profile

    Some excellent wildlife images John, simple, clear and naturally coloured presentation - you let the subject make the statement, not the photographer. Lots to like here
    • 2 Feb 2006 11:04AM
  • Posted on csurry's profile

    So many EC's for one person - can't be good for you! Smile
    • 1 Dec 2005 2:59AM
  • Posted on user_absconded's profile

    You have a knack of presenting the ordinary, everyday things of Cretan life in a colourful and interesting manner. Thanks for sharing some of your warmth with us
    • 1 Dec 2005 10:25AM
  • Posted on c_evans99's profile

    Snap!
    • 1 Dec 2005 2:56AM
  • Posted on jeanie's profile

    Its fascinating to go back to the beginning of a PF, just to see how much someone's style has changed and there output has improved. Well done, you should be proud of your work Jeanie
    • 1 Dec 2005 6:54AM
  • Posted on suleesia's profile

    Su - you and Greg are our resident "Bird-Meisters" and set the standard we all aspire to. Your dedication to this form of photography shows in your results
    • 1 Dec 2005 10:18AM
  • Posted on jeanie's profile

    Glad I got something right then! Smile
    • 1 Dec 2005 12:11PM
  • Posted on mellyleth's profile

    A pleasure deferred is so often a pleasure enhanced. I've not had the chance to visit your portfolio for some time Mel and have thoroughly enjoyed myself going back over some of your earlier shots. Your work continues to be both creative and technically competent. Lovely stuff
    • 29 Jan 2006 6:06AM
  • Posted on Mavis's profile

    I'm finding it more and more difficult to keep up with people's portfolios these days so it nice to drop by and find so much lovely new work to look at here. Your collection of flower and bird shots has really grown and is a pleasure to view. Please take this as a "big click" - I don't have time to do it with each of the shots I like! Smile
    • 2 Feb 2006 1:20AM
  • Posted on exposure's profile

    I had a bit of time to check out your portfolio Pauline. A good range of "Less obvious" images and a nice soft colour palette for a lot of them. Very nice work - please consider this as a "Universal Click" Smile
    • 4 Feb 2006 8:03AM
  • Posted on Ade_Osman's profile

    Let me be the first to leave a comment on one of my favourite portfolios. High quality images from a bloke with a wicked sense of humour.
    • 1 Dec 2005 10:12AM
  • Posted on cattyal's profile

    Like flowers, your portfolio is a riot of shapes and colours intermixed with the odd suprise Smile Lovely work
    • 2 Dec 2005 10:19AM
  • Posted on Maddie's profile

    Maddie - its been some time since I visited and what a pleasure to come back again. Your recent work is beautiful with strong colours and composition. You have a great view of the world

    Brian
    • 6 Jan 2006 8:31AM

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