Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Wimpole Hall Event

Last weekend The National Trust held their event “Wimpole at War 2015”, a 40s re-enactment event. The “Waterbeach Brass” played in the entrance to Wimpole. It was very difficult to take any really good shots of the brass band’s individual members due to the very restricted space so most of my shots were cluttered however I was able to get a few shots of their conductor Andrew Kershaw at work.

Andrew Kershaw 

One of the actors was playing Winston Churchill I was able to take a few shots in front of the hall.

© Lionel Callow 2015

Sunday, 20 September 2015


End of the summer, oh well, that's life.

But I'm still standing :)

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Monday, 14 September 2015

Audley End Classic Cars Events

I visited the Audley End car show on Sunday 13th. There were a few classic cars that were truly beautiful, I managed to convince a couple of the owners to move the cars into a position such that I could use the house as a background. I waited until the end of the show which coincided with a big improvement to the light.  I have included a lot more images than normal of these two cars for the benefit of the two owners.

The first car is a 1938 4.25 overdrive MR series Razor Edge Sports Saloon.  The present owners Bob & Marie Gathercole purchased the car in 2005. I have included a copy of the complete history supplied by them.

The history to date from the owner.
The Bentley's Tool Kit

Bob the proud owner shows the original tool kit. 

Period Black & White Image

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The second car is a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud. The build started in 1955 & was first registered in 1956 after completion. Its present owner Brian uses the car on a regular basis for weddings and special occasions.  

Period Black & White Image

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Saturday, 12 September 2015

Shoeburyness East Beach

A few shots of the kite-surfing taken on Friday 11th September.

These shots were taken with my Fuji X-T1 using the 50-140mm lens. I love my Fuji camera but I have discovered that it has some limitations when it is used for action photography. Whilst the quality of the results from the Fuji are first class I found that there is a memory speed issues when using high speed continuous shooting.  The buffering denies the use of the viewfinder or the rear screen until it has written all the images to the card. Now I have recently up rated my firmware to VER. 4 so I must do some reading in case I have missed a work round to overcome this problem.  I also need to purchase the latest high speed card recently new to the market since I purchased the camera. However I am not happy to lose a second of contact with the subject when I am shooting sport or action whilst the memory catches up. In future my Canon 5D mark 3 would be the camera of choice for action photography even though it has a somewhat slower continuous shooting speed.

OK I have solved this problem by turning the image viewing screen off. I will also buy a faster card to gain extra write speed.

My second comment is that in strong sunlight the EVF can struggle to resolve a clear image, even with the screen & viewfinder fully adjusted. It’s not impossible to use but it does detract from the ease of use, particularly when shooting action photography. 

© Lionel Callow 2015