Cambridge Summer Visit

I recently visited Cambridge on a tour of England and was lucky enough to have near perfect photography weather!  These were tourist snaps and all taken with my trusty D300 and 18 – 200mm VR lens.  When oh when will Nikon announce a next gen camera or micro 4/3rds variant!

Our stop-over in Cambridge began with a stay at the fantastic Madingley Hall.  I say fantastic, the rooms were a little basic but the hall and it’s dining room are out of this world!

A Photo of Madingley Hall

This is the most impressive Madingley Hall which operates as a hotel as well as hosting students of short courses at Cambridge University

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Dropbox File Storage

This is a little off topic, but I recently discovered Dropbox, a free and flexible file store offering 2Gb of private and public available storage.
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Highland Spring

I finally got round to posting some of the photos that I took in May 2010 during a walk in the Linn of Dee, near Braemar in the Highlands of Scotland.

The photos were simply fun snaps taken during the walk – the walk was really the objective of the day. All photos were taken with my Nikon D300 and the 18-200mm VR lens.

Loch off Linn of Dee

A Raised Loch that sits in a Bowl / Glen


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Nikon FM3a Detailed Review

For the last year or so, I have been lucky enough to own a Nikon FM3a SLR 35mm film camera and I thought I’d share my thoughts and opinions of living with the camera.

Nikon FM3a in black

My Nikon FM3a is a black model, as I purchased this hoping it would hold it's resale value, I opted for the more expensive black option

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Edinburgh Weekend Photos

Here are the best of some photographs that I took during a weekend in Edinburgh. As I was visiting Scotland’s capital just for a fun weekend you’ll have to forgive the very touristy nature of the shots! I have lived in Edinburgh for 4 years in the past, and I visit regularly now. I can’t name a more photogenic city – every time I visit I have to whip out a camera!

One thing that I did have during the visit was great weather; which is something that can’t be said to often in Scotland. If you like the photos Tweet your followers to spread the word!

A photo of Edinburghs Royal Observatory

The Royal Observatory building at the top of Calton Hill - Camera pointing into the sun

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Outdoors Macro Photography

Last weekend I took a walk along the river leven. I had my Nikon D300 and Nikorr 105mm Micro lens along with me for the walk. It’s really fun to take the macro lens out and snap some photos of the smaller things that surround us like insects and tree leaves. I used my D300 for the walk, instead of a film camera. When I’m out and about with no planned photos, I like the way that digital allows one to waste a few shots practising before getting the final shot just right. The use of digital also allows me to be lazy and use Autofocus – I know that I can try again if the autofocus didn’t quite nail the target first time.

Fortunately during this walk, the sun was low providing a nice low light in which to take some macro shots that show off the quality of the Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro lens. I wonder if I should have used supplemental flash lighting??

Photo of a Yellow Flower

A nice wee yellow flower just beginning to lose it's seeds - (105mm 1/320sec f9.0)


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Glasgow Parks – Black and White Negative Scans

Over the last couple of weekends I have enjoyed Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Park and Botanical Gardens. Of course I had one of my cameras along with me to capture the sights and luckily we had some cracking weather to produce some great light.

On this trip I took my Nikon Fm3A; with Ilford HP5 Plus Black and White film loaded. I scanned and processed the negatives as described in my scanning and processing guides.  Using the techniques described in my guides even saved me the money I’d normally spend on a poor quality photo cd!
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Colour Negative Scan Gallery

Here is the first set of negative photos which I have scanned using my DSLR and colour balanced using Adobe Lightroom. The photos below are all the good shots that came from that particular roll of 35mm film – I admit it, there are no award winners in there!

Round House at Crathes Castle

A Round House at Crathes Castle

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Invert Colour Negatives In Lightroom

Having written my previous article on scanning slides with a digital camera I have decided apply the theory to copying negatives.  Using Adobe Lightroom which is my favourite image processing application, I will show how to obtain perfect negative copies including removal of the negative colour mask.  These steps may be equally applied in photoshop using Adobe Camera Raw or for free using The Gimp and UFRAW

A Summary of the Invert Negative

I will explain how to obtain true colour digital images from your negatives

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