Playing on the beach an Dunwich

Holiday journal – Easter 2014

This is a record of our Easter trip to Suffolk and the places visited, photos taken and memories recorded. For anyone who kindly looks at my blog for the photographs, this is predominantly a family post – you are more than welcome to view it but it’s not a photography oriented post. I will be…

Orange Tip butterfly

Orange tip butterfly

I know the orange tip butterfly is not a rare or endangered species, but I’ve seen them flutter by me for the last 4 or 5 years since I’ve been interested in macro photography and I’ve never been able to get a shot of one. That’s why I was particularly pleased when I finally managed…

Ickworth House in Suffolk

Ickworth House in Suffolk

Today we spent a day at Ickworth House in Suffolk which is a National Trust property and I took a series of pictures with my Takumar prime lensesĀ in preparation for our holiday, when I intend to only use fixed focal length prime lenses. It was quite a cold day, although dry and I set out…

Stevenage town centre

Camdiox focal reducer real world examples

I have had a few opportunities to take a few more pictures with my camdiox wide angle adapter or focal reducer so as I said I would I have included them in a separate post. They are not specially interesting artistically, but they show the sort of technical image quality possible. I shall add more…

Lens change cards

Keeping track of manual lenses

I did a post yesterday about the camera kit I am taking on holiday in a couple of weeks and the manual Takumar lenses I’m intending to use. As I’ve been getting the kit together and working out which accessories I would need I’ve also been considering how I’m going to track which lens was…

Hyacinth in the garden

Takumar 55mm f/1.8 macros

This is a short post showing the macro performance of a takumar 55mm f/1.8 m42 lens when a 16mm extension tube is mounted behind the m42 to nex adapter. With this combination I was able to focus down to about 4 inches away from the objects shown in the pictures which I found around the…