Friday, 17 April 2015

Vintage Lenses

Some of the older lenses from the film era days produce superb results on a DSLR. These pictures were taken with a Pentax K-5 with one or the other of the following lenses attached: Pentax-A 50mm 1:2, a Takaumar 50mm 1:4 and a Pentacon 50mm 1:8. The latter two are screw fit, all three are manual focus. Just because something is old doesn't mean they aren't fun or usable any more, I have great fun with these lenses.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Hackney Wick Street Art

We recently decided to visit the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London. The sun shone down on us for most of the day which was a welcome change. As is our wont we wandered around and then wandered out of the park towards Hackney Wick. What an eye opener it was, the place is absolutely full of street art. It's on old industrial buildings, abandoned houses, alongside the rivers and canals, in fact it's everywhere. It's also some of the best street art/graffiti that I've seen.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Nuts - Jays v Squirrels

Jumped on a train to Ipswich today in order to have a wander around Christchurch park. Mabel wasn't anywhere to be seen, nor were the mandarin ducks. However a pair of jays and a squirrel with half an ear missing kept me entertained.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Saffron Walden & Great Chesterton

Took a trip to Saffron Walden back in February, when the weather was sunnier and warmer than it is currently. On the way home we visited Great Chesterton - recent foray into genealogy has shown that some of my maternal ancestors lived hailed form that area.

Lenses I had with me were the Pentax SMC DA 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6, a good all purpose street lens and a manual focus lens, unfortunately I can't recall which of my 135mm I took with me and I don't think it's recorded anywhere in the Exif....

What follows is a random assortment of things that caught my eye.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

One Billion Rising - Norwich 2015

14th February is a global day of action to demand an end to violence against women. The United Nations estimate that one in three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. That’s one billion women. All around the world people drum, dance, rise and raise their voices to say ‘no more!' Just as this group of people in Norwich did, this is a revolution through dance. You can read more on the official web page

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

A few from Cambridge

Well the resolution to keep on top of photo sorting didn't last long - these were taken a month ago (at time of writing.) It was nice to see a bit of blue skies and sunshine in January though.

Friday, 9 January 2015

The Lion's Part 12th Night Celebrations 2015

It was cold, it was foggy, it was crowded, the light was dire - that's the excuses made.

Meanwhile The Lion's Part once again put on a (free) fun event in London. What a great first event for 2015! The 12th night Celebrations are always very enjoyable and very entertaining. Challenging to photograph but that's all part of the fun.