Monday, 20 December 2010

A Christmas Robin....

Merry Christmas one and all... I have been trying to capture a Christmas Robin, so I brought some wild bird seed and lard, found a log for it to perch on, set myself up in the Girls wendy house and here is the results of my efforts...

Thats right, nothing! no Robin, no Tits, in fact there was only one Tit... the one sitting in the Wendy house for two hours with next doors dog howling away.

so that was it I came back inside and defrosted myself and took some pics on the fake tree and its decs

Merry Crimbo Everyone!

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Merry Xmas to the pixxel8

Hi all looking forward to our xmas party..... I've been thinking, I know, I know I have stop doing this but Think I have... when we get together shall we have a little mini comp.... we each bring 10 projected images then we each score them? what does everyone think... maybe if were are really lucky and Eric was feeling generous, we could send them to him and he could sort them?

sorry about the pic it's the only christmassy one I have... and it was taken in July... well it was a Welsh Robin perhaps it got it's seasons wrong?

Friday, 3 September 2010

The Field

I have been passing this particular view for the past few months now, waiting for the opportune moment, that fleeting moment when all the right element come together. I suppose the most practical thing for me to have done is to have carried my camera with me as I pass this view every day on my way to and from work, it tantalises me, calling to me almost, but I wait, and I wait, until that day, the moment arrives when I think it's time to capture in camera the image that my minds eye view has pondered over. So as I don't carry my camera around with me I rush home, telling the wife to put my tea on the back burner, trying to fend off the kids and failing miserably, I resign myself to the fact that a least one child is adamant that she want to go out.

I bundle my camera kit into the car along with my youngest daughter we set off back the way I had come only ten minutes earlier. I park up and to occupy my daughter I give her my tripod to carry, she thinks it's a funny shaped handbag so she is happy for the moment. we walk hand in had, me surveying the scene and Imogen shouting at the bird in the bushes. Then I see it! it's what I had imagined those log months,  but..... theres always a but....  something not right I can't get close enough to the single out the view I wanted, so I change my lens to the 200mm hoping to drag my image kicking and screaming from between the houses and hedges.

I fit a graduated filter to the lens put it on a tripod and with one eye on Imogen I look through the viewfinder, yes I can see it... almost I re-frame I move this way and that, backwards and forwards, until I decide enough is enough, the time has come press that dam button and get it over with.


Was it worth it! who knows, I suppose time will tell..... and hopefully a few of you too!

Friday, 30 July 2010

Around Filey with Jimbo

Just a few pics from around the Filey area:

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

The Roaches

The Burton Photographic Society had a visit to the Roaches, a beautiful area near Leek, on Saturday 25th July, and Steve, Suzy, Eric and myself joined them for a ‘little walk’.

After picking up the team, Steve took us to the Priory Centre at Stretton where we met some of the others from the Society.  After waiting for any others to join us we headed for the Roaches.

Julian was our guide and he took us up to see some amazing views from the Roaches, and then down to see a hidden church.

Below are some of my images from the day:

view 1




There are some characters you see on your travels


Erics Peek


view 2



Rocky View


  Erics Rock

“What noise Eric ?, just move back a little more !”



Then it was a case of going from the highs of the Roaches, to the lows of Lud Church:

Long Way Down

Going Down

Secret Church

Rock Bottom

Thanks again to the team for another good day out with some good friends !

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Course results

Yep me too got my results today. Thought I might scrape a credit/credit but gained a credit/distinction so quite pleased overall.

Can't believe we received the reults so quick,has Mr Steve had a bollockin??


Brum day out

a small selecton from the lovely day out with great company, and some fun.

Surprise in the post (no pun intended)

Had a surprise in today’s post ……….. the certificate for the module (studio) that we have just finished !  A bit disappointed with the presentation grade (the cake wasn’t that bad was it ?), I can only assume that my work was marked earlier than I thought, and some of my work may have missed the deadline ;-((.

Has anyone else got their certificate, or is it an error !

The accreditation / exam date was 02/07/2010.

As for the balloon debate, I will wait until a few more people have voted, before I say anything.  But it is interesting to see four slightly different photographs of the same thing, with differences in colours, tones etc.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Balloons 4

Baloon 4 as shot no processing

Balloons 3

Monday, 12 July 2010

Ballons 2

No post processing, just converted from 6.6MB to 730K for upload


No 1

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Jimbo's Sigma APO DG EX 70-200mm f/2.8 Macro

i was at a loose end last Saturday so I said to myself, (I'm doing this talking to myself more and more)  when in doubt get the camera out and having just purchased a new lens I would try it out.

70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG MACRO HSM II
Fast maximum aperture telephoto lens optimised for digital SLR cameras

This telephoto zoom lens has a large constant maximum aperture of f2.8 through the zoom range and it is optimised for digital SLR cameras.
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Close-up Photography 
This large aperture telephoto zoom lens has a minimum focusing distance of 100cm (39.4”) throughout the entire zoom range, making it very convenient for close-up photography. It maintains a greater working distance that enables you to capture the small animals and insects without disturbing them.
SLD and ELD Glass ElementsThis lens uses two ELD (Extraordinary Low Dispersion) glass elements and three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) elements for utmost correction against chromatic aberrations. High image quality is assured throughout the entire zoom range.

HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) for silent and fast auto - focus
The HSM provides quiet high-speed AF function, as well as full time manual focus capability.

Inner focusing and inner zooming systems
This lens incorporates an inner focusing system, which eliminates front lens rotation, allowing the use of a petal-type hood and more convenient to use of circular polarizing filter. Since focusing and zooming do not change its overall length, this lens is easy to hold and use. This lens comes with detachable tripod mount.

APO Tele-Converter EX (optional)
The lens can be used with the 1.4x EX or 2.0x EX Apo Tele Converters (optional), becoming a 98-280mm F4 telephoto zoom lens or a 140-400mm F5.6 telephoto zoom lens respectively. It is also possible to use AE (Automatic Exposure) function, when EX Tele-converters are attached.

Lens Construction
18 Elements in 15 Groups
Angle of View
34.3 - 12.3 degrees
Number of Diaphragm Blades
9 Blades
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focusing Distance
Maximum Magnification
Filter Size
Diameter 86.6mm X Length 184mm


The thing I like about this lens is it's ability to separate the background from the mani subjetc it does this by being a telephoto which compresses the perspective and by alos being a fast len of 2.8. the object was only 1 meter in front of the lens.

The following photo is of a wind chime ball decoration hanging from the light switch in the middle of my conservatory  which is only 10ft across and clearly show the shallow depth of field separation.

ISO 800  f2.8 1/500 sec at 200mm

As well as creating good Bokeh it is a sharp lens at it distant subjects too!