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The pictures you'll see were taken with one the following cameras:
Key:
No longer owned
Currently owned

Top camera of those I now own is the Pentax K-1. This is the latest and greatest offering from Ricoh, the manufacturer nowadays, though cameras continue to be called Pentax. Quite new to the market (it became available around early June 2016) it's a very exciting and much-anticipated camera. It's the first full-frame Pentax - earlier models, such as the K-3 and K-5 are APS-C, which feature a reduced-size sensor (in 35mm film camera comparison). It produces images that are over 36 megapixels. Full frame means that a 50mm lens behaves as 50mm, with no effective frame size multiplier - APS-C cameras feature a 1.6 ratio, so, for example, your 50mm behaves like, and gives the view size as, 50 x 1.6, or 80mm. Wide-angle lenses on APS-Cs are not as wide as the numbers might imply. Not so the K-1; your 50 acts like a 50, as I said.

I've owned the K-1 since late June 2016, and I'm currently heavily into getting to know it, its capabilities, and its lenses. I have three lenses at the present time, a Pentax 100mm medium telephoto/macro, a Pentax 50mm standard, and a Samyang 14mm super-wide. All three are splendid, and combined with the full-frame of the K-1 are giving me the sharpest and most detailed pictures I've ever seen. I have one other Pentax lens in my cupboard, a Pentax 15mm. So why, I hear you ask, did you buy a Samyang 14 when you already have a Pentax 15? Full-frame, that's why. The 15mm is designed for APS-C, and therefore doesn't cover the full area of the sensor of the K-1, you get vignetting all around the edges of the picture. I tried to sell it recently on eBay but it didn't reach my reserve, but I did sell the Lumix and the K-3 handsomely.

I shoot exclusively in RAW, and use Adobe LightRoom, Capture One Pro, SilkyPix, or Raw Therapee to edit, crop, adjust, develop, etc, and make a lot of use of the NIK applications, most particularly Silver Efex Pro and Color Efex Pro, with an occasional spot of Analog Efex Pro. The photographs you see here were originally shot at anything up to 36 megapixels, depending on the camera, but have been reduced to around 1500 or so pixels on the longer side, giving an approximately 2.5 megapixel result.

For a long long time I've utterly sworn by LightRoom for my RAW processing purposes, but LightRoom's rendering of K-1 RAWs seemed dull and flat, so I got myself a copy of Capture One after trialling it. Processing the same RAW in both LightRoom and Capture One gives very noticeably different renderings. C-One's result just sparkles in comparison with LR. SilkyPix? Where does that fit in? See below. RawTherapee? Free, and very capable, but horribly complex and not particularly easy to use, so it's rather sidelined.

SilkyPix, then. While Capture One is my number one tool, there are times when only SilkyPix will work. I'm referring to an amazing ability of the K-1 called Pixel Shift. Switch on Pixel Shift, and when you click the shutter button the camera instantly takes 4 pictures and combines them into a single output RAW. But between each of the 4 it shifts the sensor one pixel at a time, left/right and up/down. You can easily read more about the technology online, I'm not going to attempt to explain the complexities or reasoning here. Suffice it to say that a pixel shifted result is measurably sharper than a single 'ordinary' shot. But LightRoom just doesn't understand pixel shifting, and can't get the best out of such a pic, and Capture One is not really much better. SilkyPix DOES understand the technology, and can leverage those four separate images into an output which kicks both LR and C-One's attempts into touch. You're not going to go out and pixel-shift all your shots, at least not unless you take a good tripod, but for slow thoughtful work, such as macrophotography, pixel shifting is tops.

So here are the albums. I don't generally specify what camera was used on this index page, but most of the pictures within the albums themselves do specify.
Just one thing - the album about the Fenced Lake has no stills. Instead it contains 2 movies. Fun. Have a look.



Greenham Common, with various creative treatments

9 pictures


At the Nature Reserve

9 pictures


At the local cemeteries

64 pictures


The wonderful Arnos Vale Cemetery in Bristol

37 pictures


Arnos Vale Cemetery in rich dark and moody black and white

25 pictures


At Didcot Railway Centre

25 pictures


Beautiful Portland and Portland Bill

22 pictures


The secret hidden valley at Greenham Common

28 pictures


Still life - the celery and the potato, the tomatoes and the cauliflower

31 pictures


Entirely Miscellaneous - they don't fit anywhere at present!

99 pictures


Sights and scenes around the Kennet and Avon Canal

43 pictures


Still pictures taken from up to 400 feet altitude with a Phantom quadcopter

21 pictures


Fences can be very photogenic, believe it or not. Have a look at old wood and rust and twisted barbed wire!

42 pictures


Long abandoned, now derelict and sealed off, let's do some Urban Exploration at the old papermill

43 pictures


One of the Magnificent Seven cemeteries, let's go and have a look at the grand old Victorian cemetery at Kensal Green

58 pictures


The grand old cemetery as seen by the Victorian photographer

24 pictures


The magical ancient woodlands at the secret hidden bomb dump

14 pictures


Can an iPhone 6S Plus equal a (proper) digital camera? Shall we check?

18 pictures


An examination of some remaining interesting artefacts at Greenham Common

42 pictures


An explore of an extraordinary old non-conformist burial ground

41 pictures


We explore the fine old cemetery at Newtown Road in Newbury

43 pictures


I show you where some of the live action in Star Wars was filmed

17 pictures


The common is finally coming to life, with a zillion flowers

35 pictures


A day out with some of the family.

0 pictures
 

Greenham Common - The Fenced Lake (or is it just a pond?).
Two videos, one from the air, one from the ground


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