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talkphotography mega meet 2015

By on 7 June, 2015 in News, Photography

Another year another mega talkphotography mega meet. This is the second time I’ve attended the talkphotography mega meet. It is a great event, organised by and it takes place in Whipsnade, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom. This year there were a good number of sessions cover couples, dogs, poses, birds of prey. In addition there were a fair few exhibits and some excellent catering. talkphotography mega meet 2015 photos Below is a selection of the photos that I took on the day. I’ve also had my film cameras with me, but those photos will have to wait until it is developed. mega meet 2015 mega meet 2015 – Couple posing session mega meet 2015 – Couple posing session, dealing with height difference. mega meet 2015 – Couple posing session...

Andrew and Jen wedding snapshots

By on 29 April, 2015 in News, Photography

These are my unofficial photos, my snapshots, of  Andrew and Jen’s wedding. It was a wonderful weekend at the Langdale Chase Hotel in Windermere. Please note that none of the photos are edited nor processed, they are just snapshots straight out of the camera. I will publish my selected photos soon. In order to see the photos full size, please do click on a photo and a carousel will display. Within it will also show the EXIF information for those interested. More importantly it will allow for a download of the full original version.     Paparazzi shots I was on the balcony of our room with my wife and notice the official photographer taking Andrew and Jen out onto the jetty for some shots in the ‘Golden Hour’. I quickly popped on my Olympus Zuiko 75-300mm lens and snapped away.   Andrew and Jen wedding And here are some further snaps taken during the...

The real Volkswagen Golf R

By on 18 January, 2015 in News, Photography, Reviews

The real Volkswagen Golf R. This post is an update and long-term ownership review of my Volkswagen Golf R. This is a long-term owner review of the Volkswagen Golf R. I’ve had this car for nearly 12 months, and driven it for 12,000 miles (nearly 20,000 Kilometres). Most reviews will show a pristine version of the Volkswagen Golf R, but hardly ever you’ll see one how it will look in every day use. Volkswagen Golf R For those who don’t know this vehicle, it is a 300Hp all wheel drive hyper hatchback made by Volkswagen. I took ownership of mine nearly a year ago and you can read my first impressions review here. Since its first release the press have unanimously raved about this vehicle. But what is it like from a real owner, someone who drives it every day, someone who has had to live with this car, and someone who has had to deal with its issues, repairs, quirks etc....

Whipsnade Wild Animal Park TP Nutters Meet

By on 18 January, 2015 in Photography

Yesterday was a cold, snowy morning in January and the annual talkphotography nutters meet at whipsnade wild animal park was held. Many sacrifices were made to the weather Gods in hope for the nuttiest weather. Unfortunately whilst it was snowing, the weather turned, and it became a beautiful dry and sunny winters day. Never the less it was a nice event, and the animals were ready to entertain. Whipsnade Wild Animal Park Photos Photographic equipment Whilst the weather was wet, snowy, and very cold at whipsnade wild animal park, my trusted Billingham Hadley Pro kept my cameras dry, provided plenty of space for both and was comfortable to carry. Billingham Hadley Pro Camera Bag (Khaki Canvas/Tan Leather) List Price: £200.00 Current Price: £199.00 Price Disclaimer All photography on this page was performed using the Micro 43 format. I used two cameras at the talkphotography nutters meet...

Je suis Charlie

By on 11 January, 2015 in News, Photography, Videography

Following the sad event in Paris this week, we couldn’t stay quiet. Sure satire can be edgy at times, but at no time does it justify killing innocent people. One may disagree, one may even decide to take offence, but we should not start killing each other. Je suis Charlie I wanted to show a number of covers of Charlie Hebdo, primarily to illustrate that there was no bias with this establishment, that everything was game. It was to provoke debate and improve as a society. Unfortunately some don’t seem to be able to handle this. Je suis Charlie. Charlie Hebdo Covers The Koran does not stop bullets My president Must not mock Pedophile bishops 100 Lashes if you are not dying of laughter. But who wants the English in Europe Burqa ban Share this:TweetLike this:Like...

talkphotography megga meet 2014

By on 21 May, 2014 in Photography

Last weekend the talkphotography megga meet 2014 was held at my village hall. It would have been rude not to attend, say hello to a few people, and join a few sessions. And I’m glad I did, they were a great bunch of people, some very interesting talks, I’ve done something new that I’ve never done before. Dog photography session My main interest was the dog session, they were two-fold. First portrait photography, followed a bit later in the day by some action shots. These are my picks. Bird of prey photography session The next session was about birds of prey. I love how the sulking bird was hanging its head. Model photography session And then finished off with a model shoot. This was new to me, I’ve never done anything like this before. Whilst there were the opportunities indoors with studio lights and backgrounds, the weather was so nice, the light was great,...

Landscapes with Olympus 45mm f1.8

By on 10 May, 2014 in Photography, Reviews

This afternoon I took my black Labrador Retriever Nero Benson of Whipsnade and shot some landscapes with Olympus 45mm f1.8. It wasn’t really my intent to photograph landscapes, it really isn’t my cup of tea, but to my pleasant surprise the field of view was actually very pleasing. And when stopping down this little lens produced some very interesting results. So, a great portrait lens, a great street lens, and a great outdoors lens? Do you agree? Or disagree? Feel free to comment and discuss. I got mine from Amazon who are doing a £15 credit on Olympus lenses during May 2014. Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45 mm 1:1.8 Lens - Black List Price: £279.99 Current Price: £209.00 Price Disclaimer Landscapes with the Olympus 45mm f1.8 To be honest all of my walks with our handsome hound are in the outdoors, as this is where I live.  I just don’t get tired of this landscape, it...

Steve Backshall Deadly Aerial Assassins

By on 7 May, 2014 in Photography

Steve Backshall presents Deadly Aerial Assassins at Whipsnade Wild Animal Park. Steve Backshall is the popular presenter from Deadly 60 and other shows on BBC Television. The Zoological Society of London together with BBC Events organised this amazing show during the May bank holiday weekend at Whipsnade Zoo. Since I live within walking distance it would have been rude not to pay a visit and try out my new Olympus 75-300mm lens. Steve Backshall Gallery As usual, just click the image to see it larger and the EXIF information. The Technical Bits As I knew this was one, and the longest reach that I had for my use, was my Panasonic 35-100mm I thought it was a good opportunity to expand on my lenses. I found it hard to decide whether to go for the Panasonic 100-300 or the Olympus 75-300. In the end I went with the Olympus 75-300 from Amazon UK as it was cheaper, provided a bit of extra...

Dockey Wood Bluebells through an SLR Magic 12mm F1.6

By on 4 May, 2014 in Photography, Reviews

This morning I went out to my local forest and witness the Dockey Wood bluebells through an SLR magic 12mm f1.6 on my Olympus PEN E-P5. The Dockey Wood bluebells are well-known locally, they are beautiful and plentiful. But please stay on the paths, don’t trample them. This year is busier than ever before, and with their success comes destruction. The photos     Dockey Wood Bluebells Dockey Wood is part of the Ashridge Estate and a wonderful place to look at bluebells. Make certain you arrive early in the morning as it gets rather busy. The rest of the forest and Ivinghoe Beacon are also a worthwhile visit whilst you are out there. I consider myself lucky that I have all of this in our “back garden”. You can find out more information here. SLR Magic 12mm F1.6 Whilst this lens is a joy to use, and before I’ve primarily used it for video work, I’m...

Lambing at Watergate Farm Hockliffe

By on 3 May, 2014 in Photography

A wonderful annual event, and we were lucky with a few lambs being born during our visit of lambing at Watergate Farm Hockliffe. A great family day out. Highly recommended! All photos shot on my Olympus PEN E-P5 Micro Four Thirds Camera. The lens of the day was my Panasonic 35-100 f2.8. In other to see a full screen version and EXIF information, just click on the photo. Lambing at Watergate Farm Most of the sheep flock consists of mule ewes, which are a cross between a swaledale ewe and a blue-faced Leicester ram. These sheep are reared on the moors of Northern England and thrive when brought sour to live on better pastures. Watergate Farm purchases ewe lambs from some of the traditional sales each autumn. Springtime welcome in the lambing at Watergate Farm, and the summer grass feeds and fattens the lambs ready for market. All the sheep graze traditional permanent pasture much of it...

HeartBleed Vulnerability This Blog And You

By on 9 April, 2014 in News

Researchers have uncovered an extremely critical vulnerability, heartbleed,  in recent version of OpenSSL, a technology that allows millions of Web sites to encrypt communications with visitors. Complicating matters further is the release of a simple exploit that can be used to steal usernames and passwords from vulnerable sites, as well as private keys that sites use to encrypt and decrypt sensitive data. Heartbleed The Heartbleed bug allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL software. This compromises the secret keys used to name the service providers and to encrypt the traffic, the names and passwords of the users and the real content. This allows attackers to eavesdrop communications, steal data directly from the services and users and to impersonate services and users. This blog It is likely that a great...

London Street Photography Walk

By on 6 April, 2014 in Photography

Today I had a walkabout and chat for the AVForums London Street Photography Walk. The walk organised by  Dan Cook for members of AVForums who frequent the photography section.  We met up at 11am at Covent Garden, still deemed as an early start by some. The photos Below please find the gallery containing a selection of photos taken at the London Street Photography Walk today. London Street Photography Walk We started at Covent Garden, drop south towards the Strand, moved towards Trafalgar Square, passed the Horses Guarded, across St. James Park, the Palace, Green Park, up north through Mayfair into Oxford street, then east toward Tottenham Court road, but stopped short and dropped south through Soho Square, China town and back at Covent Garden. There was a fair bit of walking on this London Street Photography Walk today. My kit bag So as the weather was unpredictable for this London...

Volkswagen Golf R 2014 Review

By on 17 March, 2014 in Photography, Reviews

This is the Volkswagen Golf R 2014 Review by Jean-Paul for It was an impulse buy, or should I say personal lease. I got this Volkswagen Golf R 2014 on a personal lease deal through The purchasing process was quick and easy with secure and perfect delivery to my door.  I’ve taken delivery of this vehicle on Friday 14th March, since then driven it for about 100 miles, and these are my thoughts. You may not agree, you may agree, I encourage you to look and read, and if you feel like it, get involved share it, comment on it, let me know your thoughts. Not just on the car, but also on the photography. By the way, talking about photography. Don’t forget to click the photos, you’ll be able to see them full screen and at full resolution. What is it? It a Volkswagen Golf Mark 7. But not just any Volkswagen Golf, it is an R version. The looks at...

The Watcher in the Woods remake

By on 15 March, 2014 in Photography

The Watcher in the Woods remake is an homage photograph to what I think is an excellent children’s  horror movie. The story behind this was a photo competition with theme of Movie Title. I got my daughters to dress up, didn’t have to ask twice, and come along into the woods behind our house. I found a spot with some great natural light falling in between the trees. And the result is here… The Setup A tripod was setup in front of my children with a Nikon SB900 speed light on top pointing towards the camera. On my Nikon D7000 I used the build-in flash in commander mode to trigger the opposite flash remotely. Then I dialled down the exposure to get a better mood effect. And voila, a reasonably good attempt to create the atmosphere of the watcher in the woods. The Watcher in the Woods When a normal American family moves into a beautiful old English house in a wooded area,...

Lions at Whipsnade Wild Animal Park

By on 31 December, 2013 in Photography

Lions at Whipsnade Wild Animal Park have always been a big feature. One Sunday this week, my family and I went for a nice walk around the animal park. The light was beautiful and the weather nice and crisp. Whipsnade Wild Animal park is part of the Zoological Society London and is set on top of the eastern part of the Chilterns in the United Kingdom just north of London. I can highly recommend a visit. Lions at Whipsnade Wild Animal Park The lions The Lions at Whipsnade Wild Animal Park in these photos consist of; Spike – The head male lion Kachanga – Lioness Mashaka-Lila – Lioness Kia – Lioness   Photography techie bits These Lions have been shot on a Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6EB-K Compact Digital Camera Body with attached a Panasonic Lumix LUMIX G X VARIO 35-100mm f2.8 lens. The photos were taken through the glass viewing panel at the enclosure. My bag of...

.photography New Top Level Domain Names

By on 20 December, 2013 in Guides, News

.photography New Top Level Domain Names
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