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I hope you enjoy looking at the photographs I take.

All my recent images (Since dec 2008) have been taken from my bed, all my bird shots are taken shooting through my double glazed window.
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  • The last goodbye by magicaxeman

    Thanks for your kind comments, Yes he's very happy in his new home, lots of long walks with a family that loves him to bits, he's having the life of riley and loving every minute.
    • 9 Aug 2016 3:04PM
  • Holly 2 by TheStagMan

    Brilliant set, lovely model and the lighting is spot on.
    • 20 Jun 2012 4:33PM
  • Robin, second attempt by cathsnap

    A good shot but as said its a little soft, that could be from shooting at the max aperture on the lens as most are sharper around F8, 1/400th second with VR engaged should be enough to eliminate camera shake, at least it is for my shakey hands on my set up, so I wouldn't think it was that.

    I always focus on the eyes then quickly recompose the shot depending on where the bird is looking, in this case I would have placed it to the left a little so you can see more of the area its looking towards.

    Another thing I have found helpful is getting old branches and twigs, then placing them in the places where the birds tend to land or sit.
    In this case you could probably jam a small branch in the top of the metal fitting, this gives a much more natural looking shot.
    • 19 Jun 2012 12:10AM
  • Hen in evening light by magicaxeman

    Thanks for your kind comment Lillian, I think sparrows are an under appreciated bird, I'm lucky to have a healthy resident population here, they just captivate me.
    • 12 Jun 2012 3:40AM
  • Collared dove in flight by magicaxeman

    Thanks Tony & Lavina, you might be surprised to find out it was 150ft away when I took the shot and was shot from my bed shooting through my closed double glazing.
    • 12 Jun 2012 3:38AM
  • ... by hasky

    Outstanding capture, I love it
    • 14 Nov 2010 7:52PM
  • Scratching the Sky.... by AngieLatham

    V1 just oozes creepiness, excellent
    • 14 Nov 2010 7:51PM
  • A word to the wise

    To those considering mirror lenses. Whilst some current DSLR's can utilise screw mount lenses via the apropriate T adaptor, in a lot of cases where you have inbuilt fl...
    by magicaxeman | Last Post | Unread
    Replies: 0
  • Creative Block.

    Hi Lyn, "hope you can join the MNC from bed!" If the challenge is "Operation Scars" I'm in!! :D Thanks for your good wishes - hope to be able to "run r...
    by WeeGeordieLass | Last Post | Unread
    Replies: 16
  • Disabled photography

    "The systems matured a fair bit now Ade and its getting there with macro." Oh don't get me wrong, I ain't knocking it, as I said I have some micro kit and I'm...
    by oldmalt | Last Post | Unread
    Replies: 21
  • Quality Compact?

    "I was using aperture priority and what I should have done was set the camera to spot metering, but with all the excitement of getting as close as possible without d...
    by DrFeelgood | Last Post | Unread
    Replies: 60
  • Choosing the Best Camera - What really to consider?

    " - for astrophotography, I use a Canon 600d, impossible with something else (or a CCD camera)" I'm not sure if your english is incorrect or not but a cooled...
    by LoicfromFrance | Last Post | Unread
    Replies: 44
  • Which one ARGH!!!!

    If you settle for less than the D7000 your going to regret it later, you might be able to justify a different decision but it wont change the fact that a few weeks in whe...
    by Stotty2910 | Last Post | Unread
    Replies: 37
  • Canon EOS 650D and Nikon D3200 - Has the game changed?

    My advice is don't treat the 650D as an Entry Level Camera. It's closer to a professional camera than an entry level one. If someone who wanted to buy a DSLR for the firs...
    by User_Removed | Last Post | Unread
    Replies: 16
  • dslr or micro 4/3

    This is an area, like car economy, user and reviewer experience is so much more valuable than manufacturer data. The fact you can see the IS working is also an aid. I can...
    by glen1 | Last Post | Unread
    Replies: 38
  • Posted on: Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Full Review

    I've seen nothing on the Olympus site to say it has weather sealing/is dust & splash proof, can you confirm it is as I thought it was only the EM1 that had this sealing at present.
    • 28 Apr 2016 6:41PM
  • Posted on: Leica T Typ 701 System Full Review

    Quote:which should mean very good noise performance

    Looking at the ISO 3200 example the noise performance isn't very good at all, there's a lot of noise in that image
    • 25 Apr 2014 1:14AM
  • Posted on: Canon PIXMA PRO-10 A3+ Printer Review

    Quote:The Epson install software guides you through this process on screen, and when you're setup you can print a test page to make sure it's working correctly.

    Are you sure you don't mean the Canon install software?
    • 26 Mar 2013 1:50AM
  • Posted on: Fujifilm X-Pro1 Mirrorless Camera Review

    I sold my canon set up as it was to heavy for me now my disability has gotten worse and bought the X-Pro 1.

    I dont regret it at all, the X-pro 1 is a far better camera and produces gorgeous images.

    Its also nice to finally have a camera with the manual controls located as they used to be, shooting in manual is so effortlessly easy and intuitive, its sheer joy after messing around with menu's etc on the canon.
    • 13 Feb 2013 12:39AM
  • Posted on: The Canon G11 field test

    I've had a G11 myself for some months now and have to admit I would find it hard to part with.
    I agree with the majority of your article, but have had no issues with the exposure compensation dial catching on mine, in fact it needs a little effort to turn it as do the main command and ISO dials so maybe you just got unlucky?

    I look at the camera as like an old rangefinder, just about pocketable but with a wealth of pro features, if I could get out these days (I cant) then I have a feeling mine would live in a pocket so I always had it with me.

    The real let down for me was the optical finder, it could have been so much better with an etched reticule and AF confirm.
    If you want a good case I would recommend hunting out one of the "ever ready" style leather cases, they can be found for very reasonable prices, work a treat and really do add to the retro feel.
    • 16 Jul 2010 12:45AM
  • Posted on: Samsung GX10 DSLR Review

    Quote:Exposure Modes: AUTO SCN, Normal, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night scene Portrait, Flash off, Manual, Bulb Programmed Auto (P) with flexible program; Shutter-Priority Auto (S); Aperture Priority Auto (A); Manual (M)]

    Sadly those exposure modes are wrong for the GX10.
    The correct exposure modes are:
    Auto, Program, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Shutter & Aperture Priority, Manual, Bulb, Flash X-sync, User mode

    The auto scene ones you quoted are present on the GX1 series camera's but have been ommited from the GX10.
    There isnt yet a dedicated battery grip for this model as the one for the pentax K10D doesnt fit properly due to the difference in body design between the two camera's, however Samsung claim they are to release one soon.
    Whilst the samsung after market lens range is limited, there is also the pentax range and of course sigma market a full range of their rather spiffy EX series lenses that all fit and offer full functionality with this model.
    The only let down for me was the picture quality straight from the camera.
    It's pretty good in raw mode but in jpeg it needs tweaking with the in camera controls to get things looking crisp.
    Backwards compatability with other pentax lenses is excellent with any K, KA, KAF1 or KAF2 lenses working fine albeit with some limitations.
    K = meters and auto focus sensor will tell you when an object is manually focused correctly.
    KA = meters, control of apeture with the lens set to A, focusing sensor works.
    KAF1 &KAF2 full functionality subject to lens model (check pentax's compatability chart for F and FA lenses)

    compatability chart here

    I love mine, its the second Samsung DSLR I've owned now and I havent found cause for serious complaint yet.
    • 15 Oct 2007 3:50PM

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