#633. Orkney (snork nie*)

#633. Orkney (snork nie*)

A post of two halves: my take, followed by DS-regular, Steve Mallett. Photographs as captioned.   ****************************************************************************   It was a shock at first, this hotel on the quayside at St Margaret’s Hope. Our townie attitudes immediately marking it down as old fashioned and no doubt, a mistake. We were

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#586. The Monday Post – a news round-up (24 April 2017)

#586. The Monday Post – a news round-up (24 April 2017)

  The photographic media everywhere has been awash this past week with news of Sony’s A9 camera. Here at DS, we’ve exchanged a lot of e-mails about this new and possibly groundbreaking (if it delivers Sony’s hype) camera. Some of them might even be suitable for publication.   In short,

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#516. Whither Sensor Formats? a.k.a Going Full Circle From Film

#516. Whither Sensor Formats? a.k.a Going Full Circle From Film

Has there ever been a more fun time to be a photographer? All the way back in the film-based middle-ages, it used to be that the medium and large format segments of the market offered tremendous a variety of shooting experiences that were not available in 35mm. These things came

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#480. The Welsh Weekend

#480. The Welsh Weekend

It was cold yesterday. Surprisingly so as it is May in England, but as luck would have it, a northerly airflow had caused the previous day’s temperatures to plummet by the time I arrived at fellow photographer, old friend and part-time DS contributor, Steve’s home last evening (Friday).   By

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#446. All the way to M43

#446. All the way to M43

Author, Steve Mallett lives in a tiny coastal village in west Wales. He’s had his difficulties with mainstream FF DSLRs and in a few words and pictures describes his (very satisfying) journey to M43…   Serendipity, luck and happenstance have determined the arc of my digital journey. In early 2006

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#336. And the best lens is …

#336. And the best lens is …

How many lenses to use was the question central to my previous post. One reader, Ken, rightly scolded me in the comments for rehashing an overworked subject. I guess I should have asked for more context and not just for a number of lenses. So let’s see if I can

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#175. A visit to “Salon de la Photo” in Paris

#175. A visit to “Salon de la Photo” in Paris

I had hoped to visit Paris Photo (pictures & Photographers) this year but it was not to be and Salon de La Photo (gear) was a close enough second prize. While the initial plan would have given me the chance to finally meet Paula Chamlee and Michael Smith, the alternative

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#169. Fantastic gear for sale on Dear Susan (Nikon D800e, Zeiss lens, Olympus OM-D)

#169. Fantastic gear for sale on Dear Susan (Nikon D800e, Zeiss lens, Olympus OM-D)

Reviews, reviews, reviews 😉 Stuff gets bought, stuff gets sold. I wish I could hold on to it all, but I can’t. So 3 precious pieces of my kit are on eBay as of today: My Nikon D800e. This is as new. Less than 10,000 actuations (shuttergood for 200,000) and

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#156. Silver Efex. Is it just Canned Art ?

#156. Silver Efex. Is it just Canned Art ?

You know the warm feeling of genius you first felt at the click of an Instagram button when your very average snapshot of the next door neighbour’s dog was magically turned into a David Hamilton masterpiece of a soft focus poochery ? You know how quickly the feeling evaporated when

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#153. Reviewing the HTC One camera

#153. Reviewing the HTC One camera

A couple of years ago, I bought my daughter a compact camera from a very famous brand that cost so much and was so bad that I’ve since kept recommending people interested in that point and shoot range stick to smartphone cameras instead. If you do not own a photo

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