Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Learning Curve

A shot of the college building converted to B/W

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

New compact camera.

My old Panasonic bridge camera died on me so we got a replacement,  a Canon IXUS265HS, and it's tiny!
It's packed full of features though including a 1cm macro mode,  full HD video, wi-fi and the ability to control it remotely from my phone!
I hope to get some shots through the microscope with it but need a way of holding it in place over the eyepiece.

Here it is.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Daisy Daisy

Took this photo of a single daisy while on a bug hunt with the kids.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tiny wasp under the microscope

Found this dead insect on a windowsill today and popped it under the scope at 40x
I lit it with a household lamp and photographed it with my phone. Very hit and miss!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Privet Flowers

Privet is a common sight in urban areas as hedging, but how many notice the flowers?
Not only do they look good but they smell good too!
They also produce black fruit that birds enjoy.
Privet is related to the Olive tree but I wouldn't recommend eating those fruits!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Hoverfly on Oak Leaf

He stayed really still while I got up as  close as I could with the macro lens.

Canon 30D + Vivitar 100mm macro lens

Monday, March 3, 2014


The business end of a HB pencil at life size using my macro set up on the Canon 30D.
I used my trademark 'urbaniser effect' for extra grit

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Snowdrops at night

Snowdrops in the garden, taken on my phone and lit by a large LED torch.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Dwight D Eisenhower

A long shot of A4 Gresley steam locomotive Dwight D Eisenhower at Shildon as part of the Mallard 75 Event there.
Formerly known as the Golden Shuttle.

Monday, February 17, 2014


While visiting an art gallery in Newcastle I took this photo from the street below. Then I converted it to black and white in PSe 12.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Queen of the New Year

This is an older photo but I think its appropriate to begin the new year with it.
My Thanksgiving Cactus flowered late the first year it matured, not opening till after Christmas!