Sunday, 17 December 2017

Candlelight Bokeh

Candlelight Bokeh


Because, at this time of year, a cameraman's gotta do what a cameraman's gotta do.


Nikon D7200
Tokina 100mm f/2.8
f4 1/50 ISO 110

Friday, 15 December 2017

Down in the reedbed at dawn

Down in the reedbed at dawn


My own tribute to the Jam's inimitable anthem for a generation.


Sony ILCE-6000
E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
f9 25mm 1/320 ISO 100

Thursday, 14 December 2017

It's Nice But It's Not Nigella

Not Nigella


You may have been lucky enough to have encountered Nigella's latest epic, "Nigella breathes on Christmas". If so, as a photographer you cannot have avoided noticing the bokeh, which is now even more luscious than Nigella herself. This has prompted much waggish comment on the twitter, along the lines of "Nigella Lawson has been admitted to the Johnston Clinic for treatment following a severe overdose of bokeh. Nigella stated that 'at first it was a simple occasional background highlight but as the festive season approached things simply got out of hand.'" Rumour has it that Nigella is furious at being upstaged by her own aperture, and that heads will roll. I would not even attempt to compete with Nigella, but the characteristic bokeh of the MP-E 65mm is surely worthy of comment. And maybe a short-run daytime series when the Hairy Bikers are in holiday?


Wood Gnat, Sylvicola fenestralis.

Sony ILCE-6000
Canon MP-E 65mm F2.8 G SSM
f9 1/100 ISO 100

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Archival Selfie

Archival Selfie


Although in some ways I am attracted to the ephemeral nature of digital entities, over the past few years I've also become convinced of the archival value of photographic prints. But that's where the problem starts. The sheer ease and accordingly the volume with which we make digital images renders the historic approach to printmaking untenable, and then there's the cost. Recently, hell froze over when SWMBO and I agreed that we both liked one of my images enough to want to have a large print made to hang in our home. I've used theprintspace for jobs like this previously, and once again they've done a bang up job of this one. In going to the trouble of getting such a print made, I decided not to stint and went for a 30 inch, 100 year guaranteed archival silver print mounted on 5mm foam board. (Although the 100 year guarantee requires you to keep it in the dark, which I don't plan to.) And damn fine it is too. The problem is that the cost including postage and actually sticking it to the wall has been not far south of a 100 quid, so this isn't something I'm likely to do often. Did I make the right decision?


Sony ILCE-6000
E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
f5.6 24mm 3.2 ISO 400

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

A cold coming

A cold coming


A cold coming we had of it,
Just the worst time of the year
For a journey, and such a long journey:
The ways deep and the weather sharp,
The very dead of winter.'
And the camels galled, sorefooted, refractory,
Lying down in the melting snow.
There were times we regretted
The summer palaces on slopes, the terraces,
And the silken girls bringing sherbet.
Then the camel men cursing and grumbling
and running away, and wanting their liquor and women,
And the night-fires going out, and the lack of shelters,
And the cities hostile and the towns unfriendly
And the villages dirty and charging high prices:
A hard time we had of it.
At the end we preferred to travel all night,
Sleeping in snatches,
With the voices singing in our ears, saying
That this was all folly.


T.S. Eliot 1927


Sony ILCE-6000
E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
f6.3 16mm 1/10 ISO 100

Love the OSS on this little lens.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Thick as Sticks

Thick as Sticks


My words but a whisper your deafness a shout.
I may make you feel but I can't make you think.
Your sperm's in the gutter your love's in the sink.
So you ride yourselves over the fields and
You make all your animal deals and
Your wise men don't know how it feels to be thick as a brick.
And the sand-castle virtues are all swept away in
The tidal destruction
The moral melee.
The elastic retreat rings the close of play as the last wave uncovers
The newfangled way.
But your new shoes are worn at the heels and
Your suntan does rapidly peel and
Your wise men don't know how it feels to be thick as a brick.



Nikon D7200
Tokina 100mm f/2.8
f4.2 mm 1/400 ISO 400

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Oxford Comma Missing?

Oxford Comma Missing?


The Retreat from Melton Mowbray, 2017-18
Eventually, Napoleon's army was defeated by the rigours of the Leicestershire winter. Forced south, the tattered remnants of his troops regrouped to camp out the winter in Costa at South Mimms. By the spring of 2018, the eye-watering price charged for such mediocre coffee had broken the French Treasury, and the imperial forces were forced to relocate again, this time to a newly-opened branch of Gregg's in Croydon. Men drifted away, reforming in small groups in the Cinque Ports and attempting to commandeer fishing vessels to cross the channel. Many were so desperate to escape to France that they stole across the channel on the axles of articulated lorries. Reunited with their families, most refused ever to speak of what they had experienced en Angleterre. Others, however, regaled their grandchildren with tales of icicles growing on noses, amputations due to frostbite, the horrors of an English winter and Gregg's sausage rolls.

Nikon D7200
100.0 mm f/2.8
f8 1/60 ISO 400

We need your help please: You better watch out - for winter bees:
http://www.naturespot.org.uk/node/128249

Saturday, 9 December 2017

-2

-2


Winter draws on.


Sony ILCE-6000
E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
f9 16mm ISO 100
5 stop HDR.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Chink

Chink


Is that the light at the end of the tunnel or just the end of the world again?


Sony ILCE-6000
E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
f11 16mm 1/1250 ISO 100