Time to Upgrade

I started writing this blog back in November 2007 and at the time dis so in part, because I wondered if I could sustain the effort required to post frequently. That was an interesting experience if only because it demonstrated just how difficult it must be for journalists to not only write regular columns against a publication deadline but also to keep up a consistent quality in their content. Continue Reading →

It Just Goes Round and Round

There was a time some years ago when I often engaged in “Comments Wars” on the Daily Telegraph but what with pay walls and the automated “moderation” of comments that all became rather boring. However by accident rather than design, I have recently got caught up with on line comments debates which sometimes are quite amusing.

The thing is that papers like the FT and The Economist are protected by pay walls but both publish the short videos they have on their own websites on YouTube (mean gits !) so you can get to comment there and obviously the theme currently is very much Brexit. Continue Reading →

Reversing a Decision

This post is about me and my cameras but it could be about a wide variety of other things other than cameras but the principle is the same perhaps, knowing when to quit one course of action and instead do something else !

The story starts around 15 months ago when I decided to “churn” all my existing photographic kit and the header picture above of a particular camera is what started it off though the journey has had a rather different ending from the one I imagined at outset… Continue Reading →

Armistice Day 2017

I take my turn at the local Catholic Church to do the readings at mass and prefer to go to the Saturday evening mass rather than Sunday morning one. This Saturday was my turn and it also happened to be the 99th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice, the 11th hour of the 11th day… Both during and at the end of mass there were specific references and prayers related to Remembrance Sunday. Especially nice the hymn “For those in peril on the sea” and after a chorus of “God Save the Queen” we finished with “Jerusalem” !

This bought to mind many people like my Irish Grandfather who fought with the Dublin Fusiliers during WW1 and especially my own Father who served in the Royal Engineers throughout WWII. Continue Reading →

Future Photography Trends

The other day I read a piece on DigitalRev by a photographer called Ben Davis on what he saw as the future of photography: http://www.digitalrev.com/article/5-predictions-for-the-future-of-photography

Whilst some of his views I agree with, there are others where I don’t but that said the article did was to provoke quite a number of thoughts on the topic of photography, where it is today and where it may go into the future, it is almost a repeat of the early days of photography and fine art painting but artists still exist today though at the time it might have seemed extinction was a possibility. Continue Reading →

Not Currently Posting

Given my propensity to express an opinion at the drop of a hat, there is clearly a big gap in my recent postings, have I lost my mojo and incentive to post after almost 10 years ? Not really, it is the holiday season when people are either on holiday, thinking about going on holiday or, having been on holiday are now back and feeling deflated because they have nothing to look forward to.

This shows up most in the media and has long been known as the “silly season” as far as the type of stories published. In this environment it would be far too easy to get angry over some of them particularly those where people long retired from a job give an opinion on something which is then headlined as if it was serious news from an authoritative source when it is some geezer “giving out” with no IMHO about it. I will ‘return’ when I think I have something to say 🙂

An Unexpected Crossroads

Without a doubt, the most startling new camera that has been launched this year is the Sony a9 mirror-less camera which is aimed squarely at the professional photographer’s market. Technically it is a startlingly fast stills camera that can shoot at an amazing 20 frames per second, focuses brilliantly and does not suffer from the ‘mirror black out’ which is the curse of all mirror-less cameras when it comes to action photography.

So it should be game, set and match for the ‘old’ technology of the DSLR of Canon and Nikon or perhaps not ? It could be that this tour de force illustrates some limitations which are a lot more than purely technical. Continue Reading →

Betwixt and Between

Its Summer and I’m busy going to places and events, well it is that time of year and if you don’t do it now, when will you ? It is also traditionally a time of year when politics gets rather boring and the Press start the “Silly Season” for fake or dubious news stories. This year is little different and that in itself is quite interesting.

We have just had a “failed” election that has seen little meaningful change, a bad run of tragedies involving terrorists and a terrible high rise fire that has probably claimed 80 lives on top of which we have started Brexit negotiations. Overall you would expect this year to be very different indeed and yet…it really isn’t which is odd. Continue Reading →

The UK Media Has Totally Lost It

It is my view that the UK media including the BBC, have totally lost the plot when it comes to seeing what is going on around them and as a consequence are reporting total gibberish. Nobody has seemed to grasp just what a strange period in British politics we are going through and have been for the past year since the EU Referendum.

No one has made any efforts to tap into the mood of the electorate, having “decided what their (the media’s) themes and prejudices are”, every editor and dumb arsed reporter is proceeding robotically down that path without even a sideways glance at the electorate which is very odd state of affairs indeed. Continue Reading →

An Overused Word But…

We often hear people bandying around words and phrases quite loosely, so much so that we tend to ignore what is being said but this last weekend I focused on one word and what it meant to me, Iconic. I realised that for me, things that are “iconic” simply means a thing, one single thing that symbolises and stands in for something greater such as a crucifix with Christ nailed to it encapsulates the whole Christian story.

But this past weekend I realised that there was an iconic symbol that I had been chasing for some time that was far bigger than just the thing it is, it represented something far more personal to me, it had echoes of my childhood, and that icon ? The Spitfire. Continue Reading →