Photography

Taking pictures is half of what I do – if I’m awake then chances are I’ve got a camera with me. It all started around 1999 with the purchase of my first digital, a vast contraption made by Sony which wrote it’s images to 3.5″ floppy disk. Since then I’ve snapped around 220,000 images and that trigger finger shows no sign of stopping. This section of the site is a collection of my favourite forays into the wonderful world of photography.

S.T. Pasages Shipwreck, Jurby

Archive image of the ST Pasages

The Manx coastline is dotted with many interesting wrecks, including the Steam Trawler Pasages. Originally built in 1917 for the Canadian Navy in Toronto, she made her way to the UK in the 1920s and was converted to a fishing trawler. In 1931 she ran aground in foul weather near Jurby, where she’s been quietly rusting ever since.

Using Camera Colour Profiles in Lightroom

Section of Lightroom UI showing colour presets

Do you want to use Fujifilm’s film simulations in Lightroom, but struggle creating your own colour profiles? I did until now, and have just found out something that just about everybody seems to know: those film simulations are right there, in the Profile Browser. In this very short piece I’ll show you where to look, and how you can configure Lightroom to apply a preset automatically.

Springtime comes to Cringle Plantation

Section of mountain bike track disappears into the distance between trees and little white flowers

I spent a couple of hours on the Stumpjumper yesterday exploring Cringle Plantation, one of the more technical mountain bike areas on the Isle of Man. Towards the end of the blue dot community trail I was transported into a magical woodland of mature, moss-covered larch, planted just wide enough to allow a carpet of wild clover to conceal the entire forest floor, and that carpet was now in full bloom.

Three Months with Fujifilm X-T3

Standard shot of Fuji X-T3

In the never-ending quest to try something new, I’m revisiting one of the brands which started me out in digital photography at the turn of the millennium: Fujifilm. This post contains a few thoughts and impressions of Fuji’s X-T3 mirrorless camera, written from the point of view of a long-term Nikon full-frame and Olympus Micro Four Thirds shooter.

Another Way?

Title image: Conundrum

As 2019 draws to a close I’ve arrived at a crossroads in my photography efforts, failing to produce any satisfactory images despite owning two interchangeable lens systems, a high-end compact, and living in one of the most picturesque locations in…

Automotive Graveyard

I was reminded today that I hadn’t actually published any of the derelict car pictures which make up some of the category’s clickable headers, so here are my favourite 20 images from a neglected and forgotten car collection somewhere in East Anglia.

Nuclear Tourism in Ukraine

A colourful Ukrainian banknote holds place in a black and white notebook resting on the keyboard of a small Apple laptop

To mark the 30th anniversary of the worst nuclear accident in history I’m publishing my notes from a trip to the Ukraine back in 2010. The contents of the following three pages started out as excitedly scribbled paragraphs in a little black Moleskine,…

REIMAHG facility, Thüringen

Black and white image of a rusting mining trolley disappearing into long grass

On a recent visit to Germany I was pointed in the direction of an interesting third reich ruin: the REIMAHG facility near Kahla. Like nearby Lehesten, this was another case of the Nazis using forced labour to construct technologically advanced weapons towards the end of the war, imposing tremendous cruelty and suffering on their captive slaves in the process.