Friday, June 22, 2018
Equipment Changes After My Loire Valley Trip
After going through all of my images from my Loire Valley trip (and deleting some 90% of the images), I have come to the conclusion that a couple of things have to change. I always tend to do this type of thing, it's the only way you're going to find out what works, what doesn't and what you have to change. I normally don't like a post-mortem, but this is exactly what I am doing ...
Friday, June 15, 2018
Loire Valley, France - Day 14
The day didn't look too promising and a lot of rain was forecast. We have been very lucky with the weather, not rained once really, only a few showers and we were able to go out each day. So out came my small camera bag holding the E-M5 II with the Panasonic 7-14 f4 mounted. I also threw in the Panasonic TZ101 because it takes up hardly any room. I had a feeling we were ...
Friday, June 1, 2018
Loire Valley, France - Day 13
Today took us out to two more chateaus, the first being Chateau Langeais. Originally founded in the year 992 today's chateau has no resemblance to the original castle. The old keep itself lies in ruins. It is the second earliest knows chateau and is where the marriage between Anne of Brittany and Charles VIII took place in secrecy (1491), which bonded Brittany to the rest of France. The new chateau, what stands today, was started ...
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Loire Valley, France - Day 12
Chateau Villandry is worth the visit for the gardens alone (as seen in the images below). Most of the Loire Valley chateaus are in quite good condition. Of course some restoration work has had to be done over time, but still, it's easy to see where original stone still exists today. The cost of keeping these buildings in tip-top condition costs a fortune, hence the high entry fee we all have to pay.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Loire Valley, France - Day 11
Today we moved on from Blois to a little town called Veretz. It's not too far from Chinon (which I always thought was a large town - it isn't) and planned to stay there for the day until our friends turned up later.
Chinon wasn't exactly on the way to Veretz but we had time to spare until our friends came.
We stopped at Chinon (population 8000) for the day before driving further ...
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Loire Valley, France - Day 10
During a trip like this, where you've come to do a certain tour, you need a little break once in awhile. This is exactly what we did today and did something completely different. This is our last day in Blois before moving on.
From the map above you can see how large the zoo is.
Not too far away from Blois situated in the middle of nowhere is one ...
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Loire Valley, France - Day 9
Today was going to be a long drive. Unfortunately it was the only day we could do it on but I wanted to see this location. It was rather cloudy and grey but there wasn't anything we could do about that.
Fontevraud Abbey was founded in 1101 by the hermit Roberts d'Arbrissel for both men and women and was the largest of its kind in France. It is quite large but is only ...full
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Was it correct to use a wide-angle lens for the above image? Does it work?
During this trip to the Loire Valley I have come to appreciate the value of wide-angle lenses. I am very pleased with the performance of the Panasonic 7-14 f4 (apart from the purple blob problem on Olympus cameras). My first question to myself having used the lens extensively during the last seven days was "Is there anything wider?". ...full
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Loire Valley, France - Day 8
Today, for our first visit, we did a village north of the Loire River. All, or most, of the popular chateaus seem to be on the south side of the Loire. I wonder why? Anyway, the first village we visited was Talcy. Of course it also has a chateau. I think every little village in this part of France has a chateau. We didn't visit these villages for the sole purpose of their chateaus, we ...
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Loire Valley, France - Day 7
Today, we did Chaumont-sur-Loire. Built between 1466 and 1510. That's nearly 50 years for a project. You have to let that go through your brain a little to realize how long that really is. Wouldn't work today of course but when you think about the tools they had then, I think they did pretty well to finish it in just under 50 years.
In the above map you can see the location ...full
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Loire Valley, France - Day 6
To make up for the disappointment yesterday we headed for two different locations. My shutter therapy is falling short right now!
Our first stop was Cheverny. Built between 1620 and 1634. All the finishing on the towers weren't completed until 1648 however. It's the first chateau to be built as a chateau without any defensive or military purposes in mind. And what a beautiful building it is. I could see me living there too, ...full
Friday, February 2, 2018
Battery Usage in Loire Valley, France
I have now used the Olympus E-M1 and E-M5 II extensively for four solid days. One complaint I have is battery consumption. I don't believe it's down to the cameras but to the third party batteries I've purchased. I haven't bought any Olympus original batteries because I had such good experience with the older type batteries used in their older models. I am now possibly regretting my decision to go the same route with these ...full
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Loire Valley, France - Day 5
Today we took a break from looking at chateaus, even one chateau per day can be too much at times so we headed out for the town of Orleans. With some 120,000 inhabitants, it's one of the bigger towns in the region and offers some great sights to see. It was the capital of medieaval France until the mid-18th Century. During the French Revolution it bacame stauchly Republican. The cathedral dominates the town (Cathedrale-Ste-Croix) and ...full
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Loire Valley, France - Day 4
Apart from being in the Loire Valley to see the great chateaus, I am also here to test some lenses which I mentioned in one of my last posts. I find it a good time to do this because I'm pretty relaxed when I'm on holiday. So today I decided to mount the Tamron 14-150 f3.5-5.8 on the E-M1 and see how things turn out. The last test I carried out with the Tamron was ...full
Monday, January 1, 2018
Loire Valley, France - Day 3
We headed south west in the direction of Chenonceaux which is the village that gives it’s name to Chateau Chenonceau. Aptly named as the “Palace of Women” because over the ages only women have owned and lived in the chateau. Originally built in 1512 by Catherine Briconnet it was Diane de Poitiers who would build the bridge that spans the Cher river. Catherine de Medici then added the galleries over the bridge.
Friday, December 22, 2017
General Notes on Equipment - Micro Four Thirds
This is just a general note on the m43 equipment I use and a few thoughts on how that could change.full
The more I use the Panasonic GX7 the more I like it. I can see why some people would find it too small but it fits my hands perfectly, which tells you something about the size of my hands. The Panasonic 7-14 f4 ( while having some problems with flare) has really surprised me by ...
Friday, December 15, 2017
Loire Valley, France - Day 2
The heat is oppressive today. We feel like taking a shower every 15 minutes. Despite this we battled our way to the largest chateau in France, Chambord.
As you can see from the map above, Chambord isn't far at all from Blois where we were staying for some 10 days. The map shows where a couple of hundred chateaus are situated in the Loire Valley. That's why we chose Blois as ...full
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Feedback Request about Image Size - UPDATE
It seems people aren't all that fussy about the size of the images I post so everything stays as is: Images will still be 1200px on the longest side.
As of today I have posted a couple of images on my Photoblog that are 1600px in size rather than the normal 1200px I normally publish.
My question to you out there is: Would you rather I post images at ...full
Friday, December 1, 2017
Loire Valley, France - Day 1
Ten hours it took to drive from Frankfurt, Germany to Blois, France. Blois is the regional capital with some 50,000 inhabitants. After finding the flat we had rented for the next 10 days, out we went to see what delights the town could offer.
For those who are curious to know where Blois is, it's right in the middle on the Loire Valley where most of the chateaus of this famous valley lie. From Blois, ...
Monday, October 2, 2017
In Need of Your Advice - UPDATE
Scroll down to bottom for Update.
All these posts believe it or not are firstly written by hand and then typed up on my computer at home. Well, that has to stop!! It just takes up too much of my time. And this is where you all come in.full
What I’m looking for.
I’m looking for something small and light that I take with me on my travels. I write these posts in txt or rtf ...
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Less is More
There's a saying "Less is more". And I perceive that as being true in all walks of life but especially where photography is concerned. full
One of my problems when going on a trip is deciding which system to take, Fuji, Sony or m43. I'm lucky being able to afford three system simultaneously but on the other hand it does cause some difficulty when going on trips. The question about which system with which lenses to ...
Saturday, April 1, 2017
The Ultimate Catalogue
For those interested in Micro Four Thirds or Four Thirds cameras and lenses from all manufacturers today, don't miss this download. It will give you all the data you need from lenses and cameras availble on the market today.
Here's the link
Sorry to the other system users here, I wish all manufacteres had one of these.
Sunday, December 25, 2016
My Outlook On 2017
It has been an interesting 2016 for all mirrorless systems ranging from Sony to Fujifilm to Olympus and Panasonic. Canon have come out with their latest model the M5 but a little late in my opinion. They have a lot of ground to make up over the established manufacturers and whether they’ll catch up is anyone's guess, but I won’t be investing in that system any time soon. Nikon have lost the thread and haven’t ...full
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Sailing On The Italian West Coast With A Couple Of Panasonic GM5s
You may have noticed a lack of posts in September, that’s because of a lack of time in the first half and a sailing holiday in the second. Yes, a sailing holiday. In all we were five guests on the boat and two crew members. Two crew were necessary because the five us hadn’t a clue about sailing, but that didn’t deter us from enjoying the trip. The boat was a 54 footer with 3 ...full
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Cornwall - The South West of England
I’ve always wanted to go down to Cornwall, but never quite managed it. Don’t ask me why I want to go there but I suppose it’s to do with it’s history and the rugged coastline I’ve been hearing a lot about. The small harbours nestling among the ragged cliffs. Sounds great doesn’t it?full
Well, a few weeks ago I had a chance to do just that and my wife and myself stayed in Cornwall for a ...
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Polarizers (Circular and Linear)
I think, together with ND filers, this is the only type of filter I now use with my digital cameras. It's the only filter that cannot be reproduced in post processing.full
The polarizing filter (also known as a Pol filter) can actually do more than darken a blue sky. It can take away reflections from windows or dampen reflections from wet leaves. It also lengthens your shutter speed by up to 2 stops. Those are things ...
Saturday, May 21, 2016
I think photographers sometimes hit a spot at some stage where nothing seems to go right and the juices don't seem to flow. I suppose it's something similar to a writer's block where they sit in front of a blank page (or screen nowadays) and they just can't start writing. Or, they start writing knowing in their hearts it's total rubbish. It could be because of a lack of ideas, inspiration, conviction or even boredom.full
Friday, March 25, 2016
Micro Four-Thirds Musings
A lot of users swear by full frame cameras reasoning that depth of field can be mastered best with this format. True, DOF can be better achieved with this format but it all depends what you shoot. Landscape photographers try to get MORE DOF rather than less. So that argument doesn't hold up all of the time. It also doesn't mean that it's impossible to achieve a shallow DOF with other formats. I personally use ...full
Sunday, March 20, 2016
Adapters - Follow-up Post
My last post was regarding adapters for using Canon EF lenses on Sony E-mount and M43 systems. Having tested a few lenses I felt I could post again with some more information with a few images to show the results of using those lenses on the Sony E-mount.
Firstly, the Commlite adapter. I've only tested the Canon 40 f2.8 STM lens on a Sony E-mount camera as of this post so I'll probably test ...full
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Adapters for EF to E and m4/3 Mount Cameras
Adapters for EF to E and m4/3 Mount Cameras
(Plus some more ramblings)
The reason for my purchase of the Sony Alpha Axx cameras when they first came out was to have an FF sensor (a very good sensor) in a small and light package. Since my first purchase I must admit that GAS got the better of me and now I have a few of these little marvels. Each has it's own use ...full
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Fanboy. It's a bit of a derogatory term for someone defending something to the bitter end.full
Saturday, December 26, 2015
Adobe CC Keyboard Shortcuts
Adobe CC keyboard shortcut sheets.
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Some "Post" Thoughts
After finishing my first real post about some manual lenses ont he Sony A7r, I had a little break and thought about that actual post I did.
My admiration is growing for those bloggers that manage to get one or more posts out each day. It took me some time to get everything posted as I wanted, and I'm not taliking about hours. It took me a couple of days to get it done. ...full
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Initial Blog Post
Some of you may have noticed that this is a new section I've been thinking about for some time. I already have a photoblog going so why the normal blog? Well, I find the photoblog a bit restrictive for some subjects that I would like to post about and let's face it, a photoblog is just that, somewhere to post your images and nothing more.full
This blog will most definately not be a daily thing but ...
I'm an enthusiastic photographer who likes to tinker with manual lenses on most camera formats.