Test Image comes Good

The image of the week for w/c 7th October 2019 , came from a set of test shots. The back story comes from issues I've had using a Tokina 11-16mm lens with a Nikon D3200, the results were oftain far too soft, and out of focus. You do need to watch when using the lens in manual focus in that if you set beyond infinity you will go out of focus. But even knowing this, my results on the D3200 was far from being right I resigned that it may be a calibration issue and beyond my knowledge set to solve 

After rejecting a full location set using this camera lens combination I decided to look for an alternative. Not in any rush and driven by bargain hunting it took me 4 month to land a lens that would fit my  requirement for the D3200

A sweet buy off Ebay a Tamron 10 - 24mm F3.5 , a snip at £118 and in mint  mint condition with a UV filter a real bargain, happy me.

Morning after delivery popped out to catch the sunrise, took a test set the top image image was the 3rd image, not only did I have to test the lens but also my steady hand, setting for the photo 10mm , F4 and 1/13thSec.

Bingo lens ticked off all my requirements and I landed a solid alternative to my D2X and Tokina 11-16, which gave me extra throw and at both ends of its range

Joy of Joys happy Chappy

The Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD

Image of the Week (W/C 7th October 2019)

#Film is not Dead

Below is the first ever Image of the Week which was taken using 35mm Film and not taken this year or decade

The image taken in 1982 outside where I worked,  Formation Furniture in Bedwas, South Wales. It shows a Snow Scene, shooting into a very low Winter Sun. 

This was taken on a Tuesday, why do I remember that well, it was a pretty big event in South Wales, in that it started snowing on the Thursday night, and finally stopped on the Monday. 3 Days solid snow, worst snow fall in Wales since the 1960's. Calls of "Bread  Milk!!" echo'd around the valley.

Got to work on the Tuesday, to be sent home. The photo taken with my Nikon FE, at the time my go to film was a Agfa High resoluction colour film , I bought in bulk 10 rolls for £10 , yes £1 for 36 exposure asa100 film.

I converted the image from a 6x4 photo scanned in my Epsom printer and retouched to pull back the colours. It stormed to the top of my 500px stat's for last week great to see such a responce for an aged photo and only go's to prove #Filmisnotedead

Image of The Week (W/C 17th September 2019)

Pontypridd -- CLOSED

Sunday 23rd June, planned a trip to the market town of Pontypridd , a gentle walk to pick up fresh images, in what for me is an under photographed location.

The town is under going major building work, no real problem me thinks, other than the main carpark was closed , not a spot available to get my Crosslander parked, round and around I went, no joy. Gave up in frustration.

Back to Caerphilly and the Castle, again, what started as a planned walk for opportunity shots turned into a challange for fresh views of the castle and parks.

Challanges forces you to look more closer for composition that show the town from a different point of view. Took about 10 images and the most favoured image below delivered the desired result. The compostion just worked so well with the summer flowers in the foreground, and the castle in the background, got a sold responce on Flickr and its sister image is Licensed on ShutterStock

Mission accomplished challange met and Image of the Week delivered






Summertime 2019 Caerphilly

Night Image and Men of Harlech

If the weather is kind, the advantage of Winter nights is that it happens late afternoon. Taking night images test your skills, and painting the canvas requires an imagination, and an eye for the light.


It great's to capture something special but equally, it adds to your skill base by learning from what goes right and what goes wrong. I learn more from what isn't right, I believe you must stay honest to your capabilities and always aim for higher standards.


The image below of Cardiff Barrage locks taken on a cold December evening, is due for publication in The Western Mail, Wale's morning newspaper.


Taken with a Nikon D3200, Kit lens, 30 second exposure, F22 aperture and a focal lenth of 18mm. Tripod a must. There's some noise, I had the iso set at 200. Should have tweaked to 100 Iso , note to self.


Whilst taking this image, a chorus of "Men of Harlech" was banging out from Cardiff City Stadium, about 3 miles away, me singing along whilst composing the shot all a bit surreal. An enjoyable early evening shot for me but  not for Cardiff City a 5 to 1 lose to Manchester United

Barrage Locks

First Published Image

The digital world of photography, makes your images more excessable then at any time in the past, with this it affords more opportunety to get your imagery published.

My first experiance of this goes back to 2016.

Took a day trip to Tintern Abbey on what was a crisp, bright, frost laden day, 1st December 2016. 

The remains of the Cistercian Abbey controlled by Cadw, sits in the Wye Valley was bathed in bright winter sun, arrived midday ,with a thick frost still present. The scene  delivered an inspired view. Using my Nikon D 3200,  fitted with a Polerised Filter, to take off any glare, fired off the attached image.


Handheld, 1/25th Sec at F11, 21mm, iso100


I posted the image on Flickr, adding it on to a number of groups, one of which included "Postcards From Wales" at the time not aware this was controlled by Wales Online, during the week after I posted I recieved an email that the Wales on Sunday who was going to publish.

There is no better feeling recieving such recognition for your work, its a great moral boost and endorsement of your skills.


This was a freezing cold visit that ended in a warm feeling that lasted for months


Tintern Abbey December 2016

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First Location

First Location

Barry Island was the first location using what was a "Brand New" DSLR ,a Nikon D3200. This is when I sipped from the Devils cup of digital photography, it grabbed me ,shaked me and converted me 100%.

Taken on 27th December 2014, at 13.34 Hrs, an afternoon walk with my Wife and Alfie dog. What presented itself was late Winter Light, with the Sun hidden behind storm clouds gathering over the Bristol Channel.

I left the beach mission accomplished with the aforementioned clouds,depositing a  deluge, on me the Wife and Alfie, camera safe and dry under my coat

Settings, Aperture F9, Speed 1/320's, Focal length 45mm, iso 100.

Processed using Raw Therappe 5.4