Sunday, 31 March 2013

Birds

Birds are always great to shoot especially bigger birds like Geese and Swans. The ones I took images of today didn't seem put off by me stood about 2 foot away snapping shots off. Enjoy the images.







Saturday, 30 March 2013

Update

Well after such dull week, being ill and having work hounding me and harassing me trying to get me back in when I can't keep off the porcelain throne it hasn't been fantastic. Also to top it off new bits for the camera have arrived and I haven't been able to get out and really test them.

But I managed to get at least one outing with the camera along with test the lenses.

Here are some images taken over the last few days with the new PK-FX adapter (Pentax to Fuji). Using the Chinon 28mm (42mm equivalent on an APA-C sensor with crop factor of 1.5) and also the Pentax 50mm (75mm equivalent).











Enjoy.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

New Goodies - Gordy's Camera Strap & Billingham Hadley Small

Hi guys, I just wanted to share what arrived in the post today.

First up all the way from the USA is a Gordy's Camera Strap. I purchased this online direct from their website on 13.03.2013 and it arrived today 26.03.2013. I ordered a medium strap with strap pad, both in russet leather and the strap has blue string, total cost including delivery was $38.90 USD or £26.88 GBP.

The first thing to hit you when your package arrives is the magnificent smell of leather, it's such a lovely thing to get and it reeks (bad pun alert) of quality. The next thing to hit home and what so many people buy this product for is the feel. Looking at it it seems chunky and un wielding but once on your wrist it feels spot on and secure, also as many people have mentioned it will get softer and more comfortable with age.

Thanks to +Deron Chang for his blog and use of this great strap. Check out Gordy's website yourself and pick up something for your camera. http://www.gordyscamerastraps.com

Russet leather strap with russet leather pad attached to my Fuji X-E1

The other goodie to arrive this morning was my Billingham Hadley Small camera bag. A lot of guys over on the http://www.fujixseries.com website recommended this bag for the Fuji and small mirror-less cameras and they were spot on. Regrettably even though this thing has a lot of leather trimmings it didn't have the raw leather smell.



The size is perfect and can comfortable fit all my bits in and still have room for anything else I fancy carting around with me. The inside makes a perfect home for your prized possessions and is easy enough to rearrange even if the velcro grips like a cheap hooker to a dollar bill or to quote a fine english gentleman "We're in the stickiest situation since Sticky the Stick Insect got stuck on a sticky bun." - Blackadder.

It also has enough options to fit huge amounts of different kits in. Check this Youtube video by Børge Indergaard


That video demonstrates how well the Hadley is thought out and that instead of just making a bag with a few pockets time and effort was put in to make sure every conceivable bit or bob can be lugged about with ease. You get find more out about these bags from Billingham directly at http://www.billingham.co.uk/pages/index.php







Friday, 22 March 2013

Leeds Trinity & Surrounding Area

Enjoy these shots taken on the opening day of Trinity Leeds. All shots taken by me using a Fuji X-E1 and 18-55mm OIS Lens.

Glass floor over Albion St.

Using Samsung

Bridgewater Place

HDR Overload

Old

Statue 1

Statue 2

Walkway

Old v New 1

Old v New 2

Smooth

Trinity

Lion

Hope you enjoyed them.

Friday, 15 March 2013

More Fuji X-E1


All shots taken with the Fuji X-E1 and 18-55mm OIS lens








Photo Project - T.E.G Horbury 1900 to 2013


I live in a large village called Horbury, it's situated west of Wakefield in West Yorkshire England. We have may claims to fame including John Carr the architect Sabine Baring-Gould who wrote the hymn 'Onward Christian Solider'. We also had some more well know people like Stan Barstow the author and one of his books 'Joby' was turned into a TV play and started Captain Jean Luc Picard himself Sir Patrick Stewart who lived his early life around this area.  But also we had Thomas Edward Green who you wont find much information on if at all but was prominent photographer who lived in Horbury and took photographs of interesting places and buildings.

In 2000 a lady from my home town, Christine M Cudworth published a book called 'Looking Back On Horbury' with a wealth of interesting insights of Horbury and its history, but most importantly information on T.E.G. in the following post you will see images taken by T.E.G and fellow photographers taking shots of places around my village. I took the opportunity this morning to try and replicate some of the shots to see how much had actually changed if anything.

It's a strange experience standing close to where the old photographs were taken and trying to capture the same shot. Regrettably allot of the old photographs were taken from a viewpoint smack bang in the middle of the road and to be truthful I didn't fancy getting flattened by a car of bus while taking the shots. But I think that you get the Idea.

I wasn't going to publish the photos and just keep them for family and friends but I thought afterwards that this wasn't the point of the exercise and photographs that capture public life etc are not our personal property and belong to society especially when your trying to show history and change.

I hope you like the shots below and as a disclaimer I don't own the old photographs and I'm not sure who does as the information contained in Christine's book is vague.


Cluntergate Horbury looking up to village centre

Unknown Photographer Circa 1900

Photograph by me 2013 


Four Lane Ends looking towards Tithe Barn Street

Photograph by T.E.G Circa 1900

Photograph by Me 2013


Looking down to main shopping area of Horbury

Unknown Photographer 1930

Photograph by Me 2013

Looking down towards Cluntergate (right) and New Road (left)

Unknown photographer Circa 1900

Photograph by Me 2013


Westfield Road going towards Ossett

Unknown photographer Circa 1900

Photograph by Me 2013


Public Library (left) and Town Hall (right)

Photographe by T.E.G Circa 1904

Photograph by Me 2013


Highfield  Road (left) Westfield Road (right) Old Bank Building

Unknown photographer Circa 1910

Photograph by Me 2013


Post Office looking down Queen Street

Photograph by T.E.G. 1900

Photograph by Me 2013


Tithe Barn Street looking towards the Church of St. Peter and St. Leonard

Photograph by T.E.G. 1900

Photograph by Me 2013


The United Free Methodist Church as seen from Highfield Road

Photograph by T.E.G. 1900

Photograph by Me 2013


Hope you liked the images.