Saturday, 31 October 2009


Halloween's here the kids are excited, Yippee! Well they don't actually say that, it’s more like 'cool more sweets’, and that's at two and four I think I'm in for a bumpy ride? Anyway what’s Halloween all about? is it another American thing. What does it mean to me.....? well it’s just another money making scheme by the shops and a chance for teenage chavs to come round in their base ball caps and tracksuits with a bin bag cape and a tinnie asking for sweets. Did I have to take my words back not one baseball cap, teenager or plastic bin bag in sight? What we actually got was polite, young children making an excellent effort at dressing up! My faith has returned, Praise the Lord.

Here are some pictures to celebrate. All again with the Canon F1.8 on my Canon 5D MKII and 450D bodies

Roll on bonfire night, I’ve decided to make a Guy and it’s British

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Niffty Fiffty Canon EF 50mm f 1.8 II

Brought a Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II the other day a cheap and tacky looking thing cheap as chips..... but with a little secret it takes some great pictures, have a look, all of these pictures were taken with my Canon 5D MKII no flash only low ambient lighting, ISO 800 f 1.8 and spot metering. only edited with some cropping and white balance adjustment, great background blur, a great winter church wedding lens. can't wait to try it with a lower ISO and more light.

Monday, 19 October 2009

Calke Abbey

Had a day off to take some landscape pics and decided to go to Calke Abbey, near enough so I was not travelling for hours, not sure of the results but here a few to start off with

Friday, 16 October 2009

The scores are in

The BoTPS internal competition was held last night, I had entered 3 prints in the beginners section and 3 projected images in the intermediate section (there is no beginners section), all the pictures were scored out of 20 so I didn't do too badly had one dire 12, four 14s and one 16. I came joint third in the prints section, but nowhere in the projected. What I found interesting was someone's critical opinion which I found refreshing, someone actually saying what was wrong with my pictures and I picked up some useful insights and tips. I think this will be an excellent way to improve my photographs.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

The Matix but no Déjà vu

I've had the feeling for some time now, the feeling that I waiting for something, the feeling that something important is about to happen. I watched the Matix the other day, isn't that a line from the film? It's been niggling at the back of my head stopping my normal thought process (what thought process I hear you say), maybe I'm ready for a change, not happy in my work, wanting pastures new. fortunately (or unfortunately) I don't jump ships without another one a done deal. I definately want to do more photography as a profession, maybe I should be putting my services out to tender?

Monday, 12 October 2009


Got the idea from Miss Aniela, Paula was asking for an extra pair of hands in the kitchen so I helped I gave her two extra pairs of hands, here's the proof, and while I was at it I wanted more time for me, so I did that too!

Cracked it

I think I've cracked it, if you want a decent online blog profile the answer is..... put more blogs on, the more you blogs the more online posts there are! Hopefully!


I've been web browsing this weekend looking for interesting photography sites, have a look at my links especially Miss Aniela and jeff Newsom.

Tried googling me without much success, how do you get your online presence high?  how do peaple seach blogs? why can't I even google  If anyone knows let me know that is if anyone can find me?

Friday, 9 October 2009


Set up my light box and a Sigma EX 50mm f2.8 DG macro with my Canon 5D MKII yesterday to take a close up of coloured pencils then printed off to check my printer setting, using the 'managed by printer' settings the colours were way out, finally finished with Photoshop using it's printer management set to Adobe 98 had the most acurate results compared to the monitor.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Mounting 5-10-09

It's not what you think...?

I borrowed a mount cutter this weekend to cut some mounts boards for my BoTPS competition photos, after sorting out the kids eating, playing, bathing, cleaning up after and finally putting to bed, shopping, and a slight bit of socialising I only actually managed Friday night. Time aside I think I've managed a pretty good first attempt, didn't have to scrap any work so in my book that's good.

This Thursday is the dead line for the entries, I'm not sure how many you can entire so I added quite a few into the projected image section, but only 3 into the printed.

Nearly forgot I've had my prints come back from DS Colour Labs with very pleasing results, 8 10" x 8"pictures @ 45p each, good value I think. The quality is very good, I had Gloss and Lustre and I much prefer the gloss, both had very good colour rendition. and a quick turn around. the only problem I had was that as I use HSBC bank the debit cards have 2 extra digits and the online system won't allow payment, you do actually complete the transaction but then get an email to contact them to pay for your pictures.

Huey Screen Calibrator 1-10-09

I've had varying degrees of success with printing at home, so to try and remedy this I've just purchased a Huey screen calibrator from my local photography store that round the corner from my work, just tried it with my work monitor with a noticeable change in colours and light levels, I will now try it on my laptop at home, print something and see if it is consistent with the monitor, I will keep you posted.

Online printers 30-9-09

I've been trying some online printer recently, the ones I've tried are Loxley Colour for my coffee table books, and prints from Photobox with good result, lastly I've just ordered some 10" x 8" from DS Colour labs I'll let you know how they turn out

Aston Martin Catalouge Shoot 28-9-09

One of my models who I used for my Level 2 photography course has just finished working on a shoot for the latest Aston Martin Brochure, here's my photo's of Kelly. watch this space for more photos of Kelly!

Burton Photographic Society 28-9-09

I'm wacked as I've been on the computer all night editing a photograph of my neice I'm entering into my local photographic Society, have a look what do you think?

Website 28-9-09

ps ....

forgot to mention, I have a web site if you care to look the address is: and I'm also on Flickr too!

Start day 28-9-09

That it I've finally started a blog after weeks, no months of saying to myself ' I must do this' anyway I've done it this is me! a 42 year old bloke having recently rekindled his passion for photography, this blog is my way of letting you see my photographs and hear my words.... Hope you will enjoy the journey.

Change of blogspot address

Sorry all have changed my blog as I think the web address was a little awkward, now as follows: and I will rentre all old posts.