Another new lens! Another excuse to go for a walk in the park.

I'd been eyeing up the Nikon 85mm f1.8 lens for a while. It's best known as a great lens for portraits but in the absence of anyone to photograph in the studio, and since it was such a beautiful day, I went off to a local park to have a little play around with my new toy.

The 85mm lens is great for feeling like you are inside the action without intruding. There were some boys playing football and I got a few shots. I spoke to them afterwards, and they were happy with the results. I've already had emails from them asking for copies!

What do you think?

The Penalty shoot out.

He gets ready to shoot.

He scores!

These three brothers are the happiest, and most talented footballers, I've seen in a while.

New Camera, New Styles: Part 1

New camera, new styles: Part 1


I got my new Nikon D800 a few weeks ago, but as is always the case when you buy new equipment, I discovered that I also needed a new computer, new hard-drives and software updates to use it properly. My retirement plan to become a monk in the mountains will have to wait a little longer!

Yesterday was one of the first days I’ve had to really try out photos and I thought it was about time I tried something different. I don’t normally get to shoot in black and white so it was refreshing to have a go. I’m also more comfortable shooting with a 50mm lens so I thought I’d use my emergency 24-85mm lens wide out for a change. This ain’t the best lens in the world by any count- I’m known to be accident prone, so lucky for me this lens is indestructible!- but I wanted to see if Lightroom 5 can really do what it says it can when it comes to lens correction. Judge for yourselves, but I’m pretty impressed.