Friday, 26 April 2013

Image Published in Magazine

My image Published in Fortean Times Magazine

I was contacted several weeks back by the editor of Fortean Times Magazine, they had seen a image of mine and wanted to use it in a article they were doing about Peter Cushing, who is from Whitstable in Kent.

After a few emails I had agreed with the editor their standard fee and after payment uploaded the image in full res for them to download and use.

Today I received a copy of the magazine and was pleased to see my image takes a two page spread. Its just nice to see in print and that someone else had looked at it and thought I like that, enough to purchase it and use it in a article.

Now if I can just sell a few thousand more images every year I could give up my day job !!

Thursday, 25 April 2013

St Margaret Bay Chalk Fall

Today I went to St Margaret-at-Cliffe and walked along the Bay and came across the chalk fall, not as big as the one at Langdon last year but you wouldn't have wanted to be walking underneath at the time!

St Margaret Bay Chalk Fall

In the Photo above I like the low level cloud hugging the cliff face, felt like you could almost reach up into it.

St Margaret Bay Chalk Fall

St Margaret Bay Chalk Fall
The two pictures above were taken using a Lee Big Stopper and circular polarising filter . Processed using Lightroom 4, Photoshop CS6 and the mono conversion done with Niksoft Silver Efex 2

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Ramsgate Boating Pool

3min 20sec Exposure with Lee Big Stopper and Hoya Pro1-D CPL Filters
 Today seemed like summer had finally arrived and that gave me a chance to try put the Lee Big stopper and Hoya Pro 1 -D CPL filter combination.

I had taken this shot last year but then I had a Canon 7D and a Sigma 8-16mm lens, have to say really am starting to miss that Sigma lens, fantastic for tight spaces just not easy to fit filters straight out the box!

Think Ramsgate boating pool are currently working on a website but well worth a trip down for a relaxing cup of tea or coffee and a range of snacks. Also has been holding the mini V festival here for the last few years with some great local support.

Taken with Fuji X100

Took the above shot with a Fuji X100 I have borrowed from a friend to see how it performs before I decide to part with my hard earned cash. Looking for something that is fairly compact yet doesn't compromise on image quality and with a APS-C sensor in this the IQ is fantastic, shoots RAW, its a real photographers camera, so far very impressed

Ramsgate Boating Pool
The above image is the colour version of the mono which I used Nik soft Silver Efex Pro 2 for the conversion although I am trying out OnOne Photo Suite 7 Perfect Black and White with equally good results.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle

Yesterday saw the first real day of spring and my wife and I decided to get out for the day and decided on Leeds Castle. The weather looked a little overcast as we left the house but rightly or wrongly decided to trust the forecasters, and come the afternoon we were not disappointed. It reached the low 20s and made for a nice day out.

Dreamy Leeds Castle
Leeds Castle is a castle in Kent, England, situated 5 miles (8 km) southeast of Maidstone. A castle has been situated on the site since 1119. In the 13th century it came into the hands of King Edward I, for whom it became a favourite residence, while in the 16th century, Henry VIII used it as a residence for his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. The castle seen today dates mostly from the 19th century and is built on islands in a lake formed by the River Len to the east of the village of Leeds. It has been opened to the public since 1976

Leeds Castle
Medieval and Tudor
Built in 1119 by Robert de Crevecoeur as a Norman stronghold, Leeds Castle descended through the de Crevecoeur family until the 1260s.What form this first castle took is uncertain because it was rebuilt and transformed in the following centuries. However, Adrian Pettifer speculates that it may have been a motte and bailey.
In 1278, the castle became the property of King Edward I. As a favoured residence of Edward's, Leeds Castle saw considerable investment. The king enhanced its defences, and it was probably Edward who created the lake which surrounds the castle. A barbican spanning three islands was also built. Leeds Castle was also fitted with accommodation fit for royalty: a "gloriette" with apartments for the king and queen were added. In the Late Middle Ages, the growth of the royal household meant fewer residences could accommodate the monarchy when they visited. As a result, the expenditure on royal residences in south east England generally decreased except for the Tower of London and Windsor Castle. The activity at Leeds Castle during the reign of Edward I is a notable exception to this pattern.
The castle was captured on 31 October 1321 by the forces of Edward II from Margaret de Clare, Baroness Badlesmere, wife of the castle's constable, Bartholomew de Badlesmere, 1st Baron Badlesmere who had left her in charge during his absence. The King had besieged Leeds after she had refused Edward's consort Isabella of France admittance in her husband's absence; when the latter had sought to force an entry, Lady Badlesmere had instructed her archers to fire upon the Queen and her party, six of whom were killed. Lady Badlesmere was taken and kept prisoner in the Tower of London until November 1322. After Edward II died in 1327 his widow took over Leeds Castle as her primary residence.
Richard II's first wife, Anne of Bohemia, spent the winter of 1381 at the castle on her way to be married to the king. In 1395, Richard received the French chronicler Jean Froissart there, as described in Froissart's Chronicles.
Henry VIII transformed the castle in 1519 for his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. A painting commemorating his meeting with Francis I of France still hangs there.
In 1552 Leeds Castle was granted to Anthony St. Leger
Swan at Leeds Castle
Leeds Castle Gardens

Old Outbuilding at Leeds Castle

Thanks to Wikipedia for the Info



Friday, 12 April 2013

Canon 7D For Sale

Hi all,

Just a quick one, I am selling my old Canon 7D as I have not used it since I purchased my 5D mkiii. It is in immaculate condition has had a screen protector on the back and shoulder since new and has a very low shutter count of 9669. I am selling elsewhere for £700 but anyone here will be £650  If interested please feel free to contact me here or this link

Canon 7D For Sale Like New

Friday, 5 April 2013

Abbey Mills Pumping Station

Abbey Mills Pumping Station

This week I attended a official guided tour of Abbey Mills Pumping Station, this was arranged by Kent Underground Research Group and the owners of the property Thames Water. I have to say I have no real interest in underground but I have seen images of the inside of this property and was very keen to tag along when the offer came around.

From Wikipedia,
The original Abbey Mills Pumping Station, in Abbey Lane, London E15, is a sewage pumping station, designed by engineer Joseph Bazalgette, Edmund Cooper, and architect Charles Driver. It was built between 1865 and 1868. It was designed in a cruciform plan, with an elaborate Byzantine style, described as The Cathedral of Sewage. Another of Bazalgette's designs, Crossness Pumping Station, is located south of the River Thames at Crossness, at the end of the Southern Outfall Sewer.

The pumping station was built at the site of an earlier watermill owned by the local Abbey, from which it gained its name[

The pumps raised the sewage in the London sewerage system between the two Low Level Sewers and the Northern Outfall Sewer, which was built in the 1860s to carry the increasing amount of sewage produced in London away from the centre of the city.
Two Moorish styled chimneys – unused since steam power had been replaced by electric motors in 1933 – were demolished in 1941, as it was feared that a bomb strike from German bombs might topple them on to the pumping station.
The building still houses electric pumps – to be used in reserve for the new facility next door.
The main building is grade II* listed and there are many grade II listed ancillary buildings, including the stumps of the demolished chimneys

This usually is part of the London Open House Weekend every September so if you get a change it is possible to get a free look around. This year it is September the 21st and 22nd. Apply for your guide to visit loads of properties not usually accessible to the public

Abbey Mills Pumping Station Roof

Doorway to "A" Station Abbey Mills

Upper Level Abbey Mills

Inside Abby Mills

Old Machinery Abbey Mills
Abbey Mills Dalek
Abbey Mills Roof Mono
Upper Level Abbey Mills 32bit