Category Archives: Photography

Lumix GX1: A Few Little Things

I’m not very good when it comes to making decisions, so when I wanted to upgrade my ageing Panasonic GH1, those who know me had to put up with my usual cycle of conversation, investigation, over-analysis and justification as I wrestled with the fact that I am ridiculously picky, and my pockets are usually shallower than my aspirations. However, having sold some unloved bits and bobs via a certain auction site, I thankfully had cured shallow-pocket-syndrome for this purchase, and just had to decide which camera to buy! Easy, right? Continue reading Lumix GX1: A Few Little Things


To IBIS or not to IBIS, that is the question

It’s been a while since I’ve put a photography related post here, but having been mulling over an upgrade to my ageing Lumix GH1 for the past few weeks, I thought it might be worthwhile explaining my rationale for not shifting my allegiance to Olympus, sticking with Panasonic, and deciding to pull the trigger on a GX1. Continue reading To IBIS or not to IBIS, that is the question

Time to open the bubbly?

OK so I’ve been thinking about doing this for quite some time, and finally decided – what have I got to lose? Well, the pessimist in me says my reputation is at stake and nobody will be in the slightest bit interested, but today, the optimist won.

I guess only time will tell if anyone likes my simple, stylish and every-so-slightly-geeky T-shirt designs, or perhaps wants to buy one of my favourite photographs and artwork as a canvas to hang on their living room wall.

Check out my new redbubble portfolio and if you like it, please tell your friends!

If you don’t, please tell me and I’ll let the pessimist know he was right 🙂

Anyone for a glass of MILC?

This time last year, I decided to sell my Canon DSLR outfit. It wasn’t perhaps the smartest move I’ve ever made, having built up a nice kit comprising 40D body, 17-85 and 70-300 USM lenses, the ubiquitous 50mm prime and a 430EX flashgun, all housed in a LowePro rucksack. However, having been eyeing up the Panasonic GH1 for some time, it looked like I could get at least the same image quality but in a much smaller package, and as a father of two young children, being able to shoot high-definition video was a real bonus. I was sold, and I wasn’t the only one showing interest in this new ‘mirrorless’ format. Continue reading Anyone for a glass of MILC?

Yes sir, that’s my Lensbaby!

Let me preface this post by clarifying that I’m not a professional photographer – I just enjoy taking and indeed making pictures. Since buying my first proper SLR camera 10 years ago (essentially to ensure I had good photographs of our soon to be born first child), I’ve gone through a number of digital compacts, not-so-compacts, and more recently Canon DSLRs, increasingly enjoying photography as a hobby.

The ‘selective focus’ mantra and somewhat quirky nature of Lensbaby’s products mean they’ve always been on my radar. They seemed like they would suit my creative side, but there has always been something more important to spend my hard-earned money on – food, clothes, electricity, tyres…. Since essentially exchanging my Canon 40D DSLR kit for a micro-four-thirds Panasonic GH1 outfit earlier this year, the family snaps (and video) are looking better than ever, and I’ve caught the legacy lens bug, grabbing a few eBay bargain lenses along the way. Having got used to manual focus, the announcement of a native m4/3 mount Lensbaby caught my eye, and I was lucky enough to be able to get my hands on the Tilt Transformer with Composer last month. So what’s it like “seeing in a new way”..? Continue reading Yes sir, that’s my Lensbaby!

Dinner for one

When I started this blog, I had every intention of sharing some so-called design ‘recipes’ with you. However, through no fault of my own – OK so it is my fault – I’ve never actually shared anything particularly creative here. I’ve decided that I really ought to show more commitment, and so without further ado, I’m proud to present not only something quite close to an actual ‘recipe’, but also – drum roll please – my first post with pictures! Actually, there’s just one picture. Sorry about that.
Continue reading Dinner for one

Say cheese.

Want to take better photographs? I think one thing that will really help, is to understand a little bit about how a photograph is actually captured by your camera. The way I see it, the process is the same regardless of how fancy – or not – your particular model is, and it basically boils down to this:

Various bits of glass (the lens) let light pass through a variable sized hole (aperture) for a variable amount of time (shutter speed) onto a sensor of variable sensitivity (ISO).

OK, so that’s a lot of variables, and the combination of the different values and settings for each will have an impact on how your photo will turn out.  Don’t be bamboozled – let me try and make things a little clearer….

Continue reading Say cheese.