Blog List – Classic

An Unexpected Journey.

Are we all seated comfortably, then I will begin…. It all started with a volunteer, and in direct opposition to years of training I actually volunteered for this mission. The Journey was to Wells on the North Norfolk coast, the mission to take images for PhotoPlus Canon magazine, for I was to be an Apprentice to AJ for the day. I set off nice and early on the Wednesday morning to ensure when I arrived I had time for coffee and bacon rolls, being prepared is always nice. Once consumed it was a ca...Read More

Photoshop: Restore an old print

Discover how to remove blemishes from an old print you've scanned, so you can restore it to its former glory in Photoshop writes Jon Adams. In this video, we'll take a look at settings for your scanner, cloning and spot healing to a fresh layer, and even a bit of toning too!

Hedgehogs in the Hoghouse 

Good morning All! Great weather for ducks and frogs, but not quite so good for the human life-form.  Lockdown continues, and so does my struggle with all of the Techy stuff to do with the installation and setting-up of mini-cameras and CCTV cameras in nest-boxes, a Hoghouse and a feeding pavilion (basically, a roof over a feed tray)!   The Feeding Pavilion (!) above has the roof mounted on a cantilever frame with only two columns at the rear, in order to permit the least-obstructed vie...Read More

Buzzlive: Aperture crazy

Knowing your f-stop from your elbow is important in photography and in this Buzzlive Zoom, Jon and Andrew, look at various aspects of aperture and even started with a quick quiz...

Aigas’ resident mammals

In my last blog about Fungi, I said we’d been very fortunate to spend a week on a workshop at Aigas Field Centre in October. You don’t go to Aigas to see and photograph fungi though. To quote the Aigas website, it offers holidays “exploring the stunning wildlife, habitats and landscapes of the Scottish Highlands”. Aigas was set up by Sir John Lister Kaye, a well-known conservationist who rescued the House of Aigas from demolition in 1976 and created the first Field Studies Centre for the Highlan...Read More

Bird of Prey workshop Part 2

At the end of Part 1 I left you on the way to lunch. Gerda, a female 3/4 Gyr 1/4 Sakker falcon was about to have a bath. So we got down on our bellies to get as low as possible in the hope she would throw up some droplets. Some of you have already critiqued this photo – although AJ told us to leave space for the wings, I still managed to clip them, so went for a radical crop instead. After lunch we had time with Dotty, a male African Spotted Eagle Owl – named for the spots on his tail. He was a ...Read More

Bird of Prey workshop Part 1

In October I went down to Market Harborough for a Birds of Prey workshop with Andrew and Jon. I had been on one before, 2 years ago, but it’s always good to make the most of opportunities to pick their brains and spend time with these magnificent birds. I drove down on Friday and 10am on Saturday we all met up at the Bird on the Hand Centre where we were met by the falconers (another) Andrew and his son Duncan. First it was Elvis, a Eurasean/European Eagle Owl. As the name implies, they are foun...Read More

They Shall Grow Not Old…

Very recently (just a few weeks ago) I was invited to become involved with the restoration of “Just Jane” the privately owned Lancaster Bomber that is part way through a 10 year project to achieve airworthiness. My Grandfather was an Armourer/Engineer on the very first Lancaster to land at East Kirkby, so to work on the same aircraft that my Grandfather worked on, on the same airfield, is very emotional… Just before lockdown I was handed the key to the Lanc’ for the afternoon as I spent 3 hours ...Read More