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Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Beauty in the Rain

Beauty in the Rain: Leicestershire, UK.
Foxton Locks and Debdale.

Last weekend I was at a Conference in Leicestershire, staying at the fantastic Hothorpe Hall. I must say a great big thanks to all the Staff for all that they did to make our short stay so pleasant. The rooms were first class and the food outstanding. I'm definitely going back there soon.

On that Saturday we had a couple of hours break in the Conference so I ventured out in the car. It was a bleak February afternoon, grey skies, drizzle and lots of big puddles.

After driving through some wonderful villages; Husbands Bosworth, Theddingworth, Market Harborough, Foxton.

I came across a sign for Foxton Locks, well I didn't even know there was a canal close by, but it turned out to be the famous Grand Union Canal, and as I soon discovered Foxton Locks (Named after the nearby village of Foxton) they are the biggest in the country; with ten separate locks to transport canal craft up some 30 feet. Awesome.

Here are some of the pics from the shoot and you can always purchase them from my cataloge on RedBubble.














It was well worth the effort of driving around and looking for inspiration.
The old saying; "Seek and ye shall find" certainly paid off.
When the weather is better this will be a great location.

Keep shooting my friends.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

The World's Best DSLR Camera

It seems that opinions are quite divided amongst some expert reviewers on what's the best DSLR money can buy.

Great News! The BEST Digital DSLR Camera in the World is HERE!
The Nikon D800. WOW! Exceeded Expectations.

Whilst he awaits the replacement for the Nikon D700, Ken Rockwell seems to think that the Nikon D7000 is the camera that beats all.


However, if you take a look at the more practical and indepth reviews of Camera Labs, you'll discover that the D7000, though a great camera in his mind, has a few shortcomings; namely the rather sluggish autofocus and the burst rate that can't keep up for very long. He shows a sequence of shots trying to capture a speed-boat and just when you'd want an image to be in focus and the sequence to be at it's best the camera slows to a crawl.

Camera Labs Video Camera Labs Video Part 2 Showing Continueous Shooting Mode and AF...



Will the next D700+ the replacement for the current D700 be the ultimate, world-beating DSLR?

We've had recent Canon offerings, but as yet no news on Nikon's latest DSLRs.

I'll keep waiting and watching for the news of it's release. Meanwhile check out what Ken Rockwell and Camera Labs think of the D7000, then make up your own minds.


More reviews of the D7000 here.
DPReview.com
What Digital Camera Review

My Verdict: I really do like the D7000, I've had a trial in shop and liked the look, feel, and the familiar way that it handles.

It's a bit too expensive for what you get though. In my opinion the Canon 60d is a better buy for the money. But if you've already got Nikon Lenses then I'd go for the D7000.

What I would have liked on the D7000:
It would have really sold me if it had a true 3" Vari-angled-rear-screen.
A full-frame sensor.

Guess I'll just have to wait for the D700 upgrade. Hopefully Nikon won't keep us waiting too long.

Hassleblad is this the King of DSLR?
Unless you really need stunning quality and mega, mega, mega-pixels for large prints or street advertising hoardings, the disadvantages of getting into a medium format system should make you pause for thought. You'll need to be really rich and rolling in £££££££££££££££££££££££ thousands of them. And extra strong to carry the weight. But it may be worth it:-) LOL

But here's a youtube on Hassleblad anyways...
Is it just me or does the name give it away? Hassle Blad. It would be a real Hassle carrying one of these monsters on a day's photo shoot.
Oh I've spelt it wrong, it's Hasselblad, silly me.

Joe's New Car

My son Joe visited us last weekend taking a break from the Royal Marines and driving his new convertable Audi. He's so proud of that new car that he asked his dad to take some shots for his facebook.

We're just so proud of Joe and all he's achieved through training and serving his country in Afghanistan. It was such a relief to have him return home when so many of our young men are killed or badly wounded. That was a tough time for him and for all the family as we waited, prayed and hoped for a peaceful solution. He's come back with amazing stories of the wonderful Afghani people and how the Royal Marines were able to build up great relationships and trust.

Here are the shots of Joe new car.








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