One of my favourite places to dive is less than two hours drive from my home city of Edinburgh. The Farnes, a group of islands off the coast of Northumberland, offer the very special attraction of diving up-close-and-personal with wild grey seals (Halichoerus grypus). This species of seal is relatively common around the British coast, but they tend to keep their distance underwater and are rarely seen by divers. Not so in the Farne Islands, where the local population of grey seals have become... continue reading
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Orange & Yellow flowers at St. Augustine, FL[/link]All of the pictures that I have uploaded to this point are ones that I have taken over the last 12 years between Ohio, North Carolina, and Florida. Most have been taken with my Olympus and Fuji camera and some recent ones I have used my new Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR camera. continue reading
I would like to show you three of my backgrounds which I really love. Maybe just because all of them are simple. And of course because I just bought new camera and I want to learn what all I could do with that. :)First one was really hard to take, because I had Olympus OM-D with basic objective 12 - 50mm. Same objective for second and third one is with same, but more expensive objective. You know, I´m beginer, but I´m happy I can upload my pictures here and I hope, one day I will take better... continue reading
Some time ago I upgraded to full frame. I traded my excellent Nikon D7000 for a brand new D610. I have also replaced the standard zoom Tamron 17-55 f/2.8 with its bigger brother 24-70 f/2.8 for full frame. All was OK, I was extremely satisfied with the move. But besides the increase in photo quality, the process created a significant increase in weight.Now, with all the lenses and accessories, my bag has a glorious 6 kg in weight. I have no real problem with that since I am convinced that if... continue reading
I wrote back in June about my new camera, the Olympus OM-D and my decision to switch to Micro Four Thirds for all of my photos.How is it working out, you might ask? Has the glow of a new purchase faded away into the noisy shadows of a small sensor?Hardly!I'm very happy with the system and the images I'm taking with it.Here are the highlights:1. Smaller lenses and body mean I take it everywhere.To the park with the kids.On work trips.To the beach.The body is weather sealed so... continue reading
If you follow my blogs and forum posts, you know I've long been a fan of the Micro Four Thirds system.I'm a firm believer that for most photos or end uses we have reached a point where full frame cameras are an unnecessary expense (each to their own, of course!).I've been putting my Canon dSLR and micro four thirds bodies to the test over the last few months and they come out very close.There were a few things keeping me from fully committing, however.The Olympus E-M5, released in the last... continue reading
I used to be seeking the perfect P&S - one that was good enough in quality to allow me to abandon the idea of carrying my dSLR for all but the most critical situations (naturally the dSLR is the first choice in the home or studio as weight and size are not factors).I've slowly come to the conclusion that there are too many disadvantages.It isn't that great shots can't be had from a small sensor camera with zoom, but the problem for me is that beyond scenics and travel photos,... continue reading
I have been having trouble with accurate focusing lately.I have the Olympus Evolt510 SLR digital camera and mostly use the kit lenses it came with for most of my pictures.I did buy a Zuiko telephoto lens last year to complement the other lenses.I'm trying to discover why the camera doesn't seem to focus evenly in the center of the photo.I generally use auto focus because I don't trust my eyes to tell me if the image is focused correctly.It may be the lenses I'm using, but I'm not sure.... continue reading
Micro four thirds has been around for a bit now, but seems to be getting a lot of interest since the Olympus EP-1, EP-2 and Panasonic GF-1 were announced.After winning one of the assignments here recently I decided to splurge and get a Panasonic GF1 to replace my Canon G10.I have to say that I couldn't be happier with it!After having used it for a month I thought I would present some of my experiences with the format, and dispel some misconceptions:1. What is micro four thirds?It is... continue reading
I'm in Argentina updating my photos and website. You may have noticed that I have quite a few photos that are taken at night. It's my favourite time to shoot, but takes a bit more effort to get decent results. I've just finished updating my article on how to take photos at night, so thought I'd share the process I go through to get images that look like the ones here.I use an Olympus Digital SLR, however the following tips apply equally to a Canon, Nikon or Sony camera: How to Take Photos at... continue reading
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