Showing posts from June, 2013

Photography in the Yurt Workshops at Ulverscroft Manor with Steve Walton

The first of my series of Photography in the Yurt workshops in Leicestershire begins today and is fully booked!  The yurt is set in mature woodland in the beautiful grounds of Ulverscroft Manor in the heart of the Charnwood Forest.

The yurt offers a unique and tranquil learning environment for those who want to progress their photographic skills.  Morning coffee, a three course lunch and afternoon tea are included and will be served in the Manor.  More workshops are being planned and will include landscape, flora and fauna and environmental portraiture.  Dates for future workshops will be released later.

Manual Focus

I had a welcome little payout from Getty Images a couple of weeks ago and decided to use some of it to buy the Nikon 50mm f1.2 ai-s manual focus lens I have long wanted.  With many of Nikon's lenses now being made in China with mainly plastics used in their construction, a 'traditional' manual focus lens is something of a rarity.  This lens is still listed by Nikon and I was pleased to be able to order it whilst it's still available.  A bit of searching the web revealed fluctuating prices, anywhere up to £800+ on Amazon, which is an outrageous price for a 50mm, even a fast 50!  I found  H Dew Cameras website  and they were advertising the lens at £409 including p&p.

As I'd never heard of them before, I called their number to find out more about them and where they source their stock.  I spoke to a very polite person who confirmed that they are an established bricks-and-mortar shop and, as I suspected, the lens and other photographic equipment they advertise is …

The Burren

Just back from a week in County Clare researching locations for a photography holiday I have been invited to lead for Authentic Adventures in 2014.  The Burren has long been on my list of walking destinations and it didn't disappoint, this is a walker's, photographer's and botanist's paradise!  Limestone areas are invariably scenic with their own unique habitat, supporting many different species within a rich and varied landscape.  This part of Co. Clare has so much to offer: fantastic walking, limestone geology, unique flora and fauna, friendly local people, prehistoric sites, dramatic coast and unspoilt offshore islands where Gael is the spoken language.  I can't wait to return!

On the way to the top of Black Head, the Celtic round fort of Dun Irghuis is remarkably well-preserved.  This was a day I spent walking on the limestone plateau of The Burren, blessed with perfect weather.  It was one of those days that make the evening descent down to the car difficult. …