Some recent shots from Exeter Airport

With the summer season upon up, the last few months have seen aircraft from afar come into Exeter International Airport.

Here are a few I managed to snap whilst on breaks. Click the image for a large version.

Firstly a Sunrise from the 30th March 2011.

Air One,  CRJ900, EI-DRI

Flybe DH4, G-ECOB

Air Moldova Embraer ERJ-190 ER-ECB

RAF C-17, ZZ172, carrying out a low approach and go around after some ILS Training.

Dassault Falcon 7X CS-TLY


More to follow soon :)


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iPhone 4

Yey, my iPhone 4 arrived today and here is my first mobile blog post. A little test if you like :)

Strobing with ‘old’ glass

Another picture for my 365. I know I know, another studio based shot. As soon as it stops raining for at least a day I will get out and about.

I got the idea for this shot last night. Whilst driving home, I started my screen washers off and a car came around the corner with their full beam on. For a split second the washer jet looks like a vapour / spray.

The final image is two shots merged using layer masks and some cloning. The first picture was of the bottle alone, the second with my hand triggering the spray.

I was amazed and very happy how well the Carl Zeiss 50mm f/1.8 Pancolour handled the light and flare with one of the slaves pointing pretty much right at the camera.

I have included a basic lighting diagram for this shot.

You can view other pictures from my 365 project HERE

Pancolar Portrait

Pancolar Portrait, tonight I was playing with another of my old M42 lenses. The Carl Zeiss 50mm f/1.8 Pancolar.

This lens is one of the sharpest I own, even at f/1.8.

The setup for this picture was very simple and very basic. Sony A200 with the Pancolar mounted using an M42 adapter. I slave setup with a grid attached.

f/1.8, 1/160, ISO 100, 1 x Slave with Grid Spot, fired with CTR-301P

No sharpening has been added to this picture, apart from a contrast boost and my watermark its ‘out the back of the camera’ .

I’ve used this shot as Day 42 of my 365 project. You can see all of my 365 pictures HERE

Mayer-Optik Orestor 100mm f/2.8

Just a quick grab shot from this evening.

My Meyer Optik Gorlitz Orestor 100mm f/2.8 M42 @ f/5.6, mounted on my Sony A200 and sat on my SLIK 88 Black Diamond. The Orestor is a seriously nice lens, very sharp and it produces some very very nice Bokeh!

New Glass – Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar 200 f/2.8

A while back I got my hands on a Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar 200mm f/2.8. This lens is an old M42 screw fitting lens that was originally designed for film slr’s.

In this modern digital age, this lens as well as many other M42 / manual lenses are becoming more and more popular. The majority of ‘older’ glass was built at a high standard and will out perform allot of modern digital lenses.

When I first got hold of this lens, it was dirty and in need of a clean. I had it professionally cleaned so that I did not damage any of the lens coatings, elements or workings. The lens got back to me last week and I have finally been able to have a play.

This is the first picture I shot using the lens.

Sony A200, ISO100
CZ Jena Sonnar 200 @ f/5.6

The Orchid was placed in a light tent at the bottom of my stair case. I set the camera up on a tripod 3/4 of the way up the stairs in order to overcome the MFD (Minimum Focal Distance) of the lens.

I used a set of CTR-301P’s to fire, 1 x Sony HVLF-42AM and 2 x Minolta 5200i’s.

The picture was shot in RAW, some minor adjustments to white balance and vibrance were made in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

I used this picture as part of my 365 project, day 36. 6th February 2011

You can view and follow my 365 Project HERE

In addition to the Orchid picture I have shot a few more pictures to see how the lens performs at various aperture’s. The setup for the following shots was very simple.

I laid a guitar on a black studio background, setup 1 x Minolta 5200i flash on a stand one meter away and one meter above the guitar pointing down upon the guitars central area. I used a grip spot modifier to avoid light spilling where I did not want it.
I set the camera up on a tripod in order to avoid any vibration and took three pictures. The first at f/2.8, second at f/4 and the third at f/5.6.

Day 36 | 365 – Struck

Day 36 of my 365 project.

I did not have much time today due to work so this was a quick grab shot. Simply a match being struck. No additional lighting was used, simply the light from the match.

Sony A200, Minolta 35-70 f/4 macro hacked.

You can view all my 365 project pictures on my flickr

All Tied Up

This one is a little arty farty but I kinda like it, heh heh.

I had a pile of elastic bands laying about in my desk for a little while, they were laid on a piece of white A4 paper with my desk lamp shining over.

I added a 2nd piece of paper behind and took the shot.

Sony A200, Minolta 100mm f/2.8, two pieces of A4 paper and a desk lamp.

New Edition

Forgot to say, we have a new little one running around the house.

Her name is Martha, she is just over 7 weeks old and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross.

She came to us from a loving dog rescue, check it out, they do superb work!


A quick update – Macro Orchid

I’ve not updated my blog for a long long time :( . I’ve been having a pretty busy time of late with weddings, portraits and other commissioned studio work.

I thought I’d better check in with the blog with a quick update whilst I edit wedding and portrait shots.

Here are a few pictures taken with my 12 year old Minolta 35-70 f/4 which I recently macro hacked.


I’ll update soon with some wedding and portrait pictures soon.


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