Lenses: what’s in a brand (35mm F3.5 M42 lenses)?

There are so many different 35mm F3.5 lenses available out there. Even within the same stable of lenses in a company, you can see different designs which were clearly bought from different manufacturers and then rebadged. Some companies are well known for doing this, such as Prinzgalaxy and Soligor. I thought it was time for another comparison test. Continue reading Lenses: what’s in a brand (35mm F3.5 M42 lenses)?

Thunderbolt SSD Drive

Since starting my website, I have realised that the Western Digital My Passport 2TB USB 3.0 drive is not really keeping up the large RAW files that I have in my Capture One Pro catalog. Even browsing the thumbnails can take quite a bit of time as there is significant lag while these load up. Hence I decided to invest in faster storage, to improve computer efficiency. Continue reading Thunderbolt SSD Drive

Useful accessories: 2) Extra support

There are some accessories available online which can be very helpful for a photographer. Some are good for holding pieces of equipment in place, while others will hold the subject being photographed in position – but they do help the photographer to get that special shot. I have found these items below to be helpful for shooting flowers, but some of these could easily be adapted for other types of photography. Continue reading Useful accessories: 2) Extra support

Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire is a chateaux built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in 1874. It is a National Trust site, with large gardens, an aviary, many walks, play areas for children of different age groups, the main house and also a wine cellar to visit. We have visited this on quite a few occasions, and have found it relaxing and enjoyable, to walk and explore.

Here are photos of the grounds and also the wine cellar. Continue reading Waddesdon Manor