Showing posts from June, 2020

An Early Start Rewarded

My favourite time of the day to shoot landscapes is dawn, I just love being out in the fresh air and watching the sun rise above the horizon.  At this time of year in Scotland sunrise is round 4:25am, which means a very early start to get in position. Luckily, I have plenty of beautiful locations to visit here in my home town of Dunbar and Barns Ness Lighthouse, which is only five miles from my front door, ranks as one of the very best. So I checked the weather forecast, set my alarm for 3am and packed my camera gear ready for a very early start. Luckily the forecast was correct with high clouds and the potential for a fiery sunrise so I got in the car and head out to Barns Ness to set up. I was trying out a brand new tripod on this photoshoot, a recently purchased 3 Legged Thing Punks Billy carbon fibre tripod.  This was replacing my sturdy, but weighty, Manfrotto 055 aluminium tripod, with an option ball grip head.  The 'Billy' was almost the same height when

Fujifilm GFX50R - The Ultimate Travel Camera?

Sunrise over Hiroshima Bay GFX50R + GF100-200mm f5.6 - 1/250s @ f5.6 ISO100 One of the joys of my job is the bonus of travelling to some fantastic destinations.  Of all the countries I visit Japan is by far and away my favourite and I have been lucky to have visited the Land of Rising Sun nine times since 2012. I usually fly to Tokyo and spend a few personal days travelling around the city or in the area to the north or south of Tokyo, but in 2019 I decided to fly to Osaka and spend some time in the south of the country.  I also decided to take the medium format Fujifilm GFX50R, along with the GF32-64mm f4 and the GF100-200mm f5.6 zooms, to see if this was going to be my ultimate travel camera outfit. TWO DAYS IN HIROSHIMA I flew into Kansai International Airport and, after collecting a hire car, I drove 230 miles west to Hiroshima for the first stop on my itinerary.  As a student of history I have always wanted to visit the Peace Park and museum in Hiroshima and try to unde

The Moment 14mm Fisheye for the iPhone 11

The 14mm Fisheye is the second of the five Moment lenses I have for my iPhone11 and it is also the one I have used the most over the past two months. Fitted over the standard lens on the iPhone 11, the Moment 14mm Fisheye gives an ultra wide 170 degrees angle of view, which is a lot wider than the 120 degree offered by the wide angle lens on the iPhone.  The Moment lens is also designed to give this impressive view without any vignetting in the corners, but you do have to be careful to keep your fingers from creeping into the edge of the frame as you hold the phone to take the shot. Like all the M Mount Moment lenses the build quality of the 14mm Fisheye is superb with optical glass surrounded in an all metal chassis.  The Moment 14mm Fisheye boasts additional elements of bi-aspheric glass compared to the previous 15mm model. Also, because it fits over the standard lens on the iPhone 11, the Fisheye gives the user the option of using Night Mode, when the iPhone'