Amazing Bit of Kit….. Not Camera Related

I was out taking photos by the coast, and found a number of fishermen that are trundling across the sea in these.  They’re very well equipped. Some seem to have foot pedals, which clearly is a must if you want to move and fish at the same time.  They even had electronic fish finders fitted to them.  I overheard one fisherman explaining to someone that his wife didn’t actually know how much he had spent… and wouldn’t be too happy if she found out.  Still, it looks like a lot of fun.

Fishing Kayak

It’s all about experimentation

My blog is basically about me experimenting with different techniques, plus photos that I take of various day to day activities.

Sometimes you stumble on something you hadn’t even thought about trying.

I’ve been using the lens profile correction tool in Lightroom.  What do you know… If you choose the wrong profile it can create some interesting effects.  This was the result of using a Sigma 8mm profile.  It should have been a 24-70mm lens.

Now, while this is quite entertaining, I’m pretty sure I’ll get bored of it quickly!



I’ve been lucky enough to get hold of some Vivitar flashes.  Two 285s and one 283.  I bought them off a guy from work.  They also come with a couple of optical sensors, which means I can now trigger four flashes using my two Phottix Strato II triggers.  The other flash is my Nikon SB-900.

The Vivitar flashes are pretty basic, with 4 stop difference in flash power.  However they are supposedly robust, so I will use them for outdoor shoots and see how they get on. Here’s a picture of them with one of the optical triggers.


Canon S100

I’ve been on the lookout of a compact camera for a while.  I love the SLR but sometimes it’s just a pain to carry around.  I’ve got addicted to using RAW though, so I needed a camera that would support that format.  I finally decided on a Canon S100.  It’s being replace with the Canon S110, so prices have dropped (a bit!).  I’ve only had the camera a couple of days so here are a few trial photos.

My favourite of these is the Eastleigh College bag.  Not because it’s an interesting picture, but because it was taken in a lit room,  ISO1600 and no flash, and with a bit of help of the Noise Reduction in Lightroom it’s cleaned up beautifully.

I have high hopes for the camera.

Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX

This is my latest toy. The Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX lens. This is to go onto my Nikon D40 which I plan to keep with me. Why a prime lens? I want something that doesn’t make me lazy, and makes me think. As much as I love my 18-200 mm lens, I wanted something that would make me move around. Also the 35mm is close to the ‘standard’ 50mm lens that you would use on a film camera. I originally bought a Nikon f/1.8 50mm lens, but this doesn’t auto focus on the D40 and can be a bit too ‘long’.

We’ll just have to wait and see how it turns out.