City of London at Night

I love London.  I love taking night shots.  I love my Fuji X100s.

Enough said.

City of London at Night


Ice Road

We’re being treated to some pretty severe weather at the moment. Well, more severe than we’re used to. Having said that it doesn’t take much of the white stuff to bring to country to a stand-still. One good thing about the ice and snow? The opportunity to take some beautiful landscapes.

Ice covered road. Copyright: Darren Vernon,

Bad Gramma May Cost Lifes

If your not sure whether to use your or you’re in a sentence then do the same as my doctor’s surgery and use both. This way your bound to get the right one and communicate you’re message successfully!

Using there their advice advise you could do this with lots of other word’s that your you’re not sure about that way you don’t need to worry weather whether or not you’re your making any mistakes!

Doctors. You’re lifes in there hands!

Brilliant HDR Timelapse

You know how it is.  Every now and then you come across something so completely brilliant that it takes your breath away.  So fabulous that you feel the need to tell everyone about it.

This is one of those occasions.  This goes down on my “I wish I’d done that” list. Or is it the “I wish I had the talent to do that” list?

This film is by Drew Geraci.  Here’s what he says about it:

Opened in the early 1920s, the Asylum closed down and was abandoned decades ago. Rooms remain untouched – left as they were when the last of the employees departed. These buildings stand as a testament to the horrors and miss treatment that patients had to endure during the time of its operation.

Our 7 month journey into the Asylum led us on many adventures; from dodging security vehicles, ghostly figures and even a meth head. This is no place for the faint of heart. Asbestos blanketed every room we entered like new winter snow, so shooting was sometimes difficult.

This project is a combination of traditional HDR, tone-mapping, and standard time-lapse techniques. With the use of the Dynamic Perception Stage Zero and a Merlin head, we were able to capture the grit and the grime of this wondrous place, like it had never been captured before. Every single frame in this production is a still photograph, no video was shot. It took nearly 35,000 individual frames over 7 months to complete this project.
In return, it took tremendous help from many individuals to complete this project.

Many thanks to, Russ Scalf, Chris Griffin, Nick Kurtz, Brett Cote, Walter Wayman and Laura Buchta.Without you, this project wouldn’t be possible.

Original Score by: lenn9o9n featuring Eyeway

***Please do not ask where this is, as we cannot disclose this information***

Our Equipment:
x2 Canon 5D Mark 2
Canon 16-35mm F/2.8 II
Canon 24-105mm F/4
Canon 50mm F1.4
Dynamic Perception Stage Zero + Merlin Head

Produced in:
Adobe After Effects CS5.5
Adobe Light Room 3
Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5

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This Should be a Cuckoo

I had a rare opportunity to actually get out on my own with the camera the other day.  So after dropping my son off at work at the local stables I headed for Blidworth Woods.  I’d had several aborted attempts at taking some pictures there but my plans had always been thwarted by the weather.  Dryest spring for 100 years?  My arse!  Anyway on this particular day my luck was in: dry, warm and sunny.

So I arrived at the car park, got my kit ready and set off.

About an hour and a half later (after having not taken a single picture and walking God knows how many miles) I realised I was completely lost!  Note to self: next time take a map!  I eventually managed to find my way to a car park at the complete opposite end of the wood and with the help of the ‘You Are Here’ tourist map was able to get myself back on the right track towards my car.  Another long and fruitless trudge followed.

One hundred yards away from my car and still without a shot being fired I became aware of a cuckoo which was perched high in the trees directly above me.  I don’t think that I’ve ever been this close to one.  Usually I’ve only ever heard their calls from far away, but to have one directly above me was something else.  Having fitted my 50mm f1.8 to my camera at the start of my walk, I thought I’d take the chance and swap over to my 70-300mm to see whether or not I might be lucky enough to actually photograph the bird.  I knealt on the ground, fitted the lens and as I got back to my feet was just in time to see the cuckoo fly off into the wood.  Bugger!

Oh well.  Maybe next time.

I was joined fleetingly by a spotted woodpecker but it was too quick for me.  I missed that too.

I ended up having to console myself with photographing a very obliging dragonfly.  The next time I’ll make sure that I select a more suitable lens from the offset and I certainly won’t bother venturing too far into the woods – all the action seems to be much closer to home!

Enjoy the pics.