Friday Image

Friday Image No.52

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Sony RX10, ISO80, f/5.6, 1/320"
Sony RX10, ISO80, f/5.6, 1/320″

This is another image shot last weekend at Gordale Scar near to Malham in the Yorkshire Dales. The image is of the side of the Scar before you get to the main scramble. The scar is actually a huge fault line and covered in limestone. If you have never been to this area it’s well worth a visit as the landscape is surreal. In fact I am off there again this weekend.

This image isn’t a pretty one but it does convey some of the harshness of the landscape in the area. It was taken around 11:00 in the morning as the fog was just clearing from the tops of the hillside.

Fingers crossed for some good weather tomorrow.

Friday Image No. 51

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Ulswater, Cumbria. Olympus EM5 + 9-18 Olympus lens. f/9.0, 1.3" at ISO200.
Ulswater, Cumbria. Olympus EM5 + 9-18 Olympus lens. f/9.0, 1.3″ at ISO200.

I don’t mind admitting that I struggled to find a Friday image to post today. In the end I had to go back to the end of December when I visited the Lakes. The weather seems to have been terrible of late and it’s getting pretty depressing. It’s made all the worse knowing that I have a newly Infrared converted EM5 and also 12 new rolls of Infrared film for the XPan. I need some sun.

Anyway, I hope you like the image and have a great weekend.

Friday Image No.049

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Sony RX10, ISO80, f/5.6, 1/200". Lee 0.6 ND Grad
Sony RX10, ISO80, f/5.6, 1/200″. Lee 0.6 ND Grad. Processing in Photoshop and Exposure 7.

This week’s Friday Image is yet another picture from my Sony RX10. I must apologise to anyone who feels this is becoming a Sony RX10. It isn’t, it’s just that I am finding myself reaching for the RX10 increasingly often, especially when a walk is involved. I don’t need to remember to take additional lenses and accessories. The battery life is excellent. In fact I just pick up the camera an ND Grad/holder and off I go.

There is an interesting story with this image though. The walk in question was up a hill named Black Hill, which you reach on the Woodhead Pass in the Peak District. It’s around 40 minutes drive from my house in order to arrive at the parking. It was only as I got to the top of the first ridge that I realised I was familiar with the area. In fact I have walked up Black Hill in the past from my home, without having to drive anywhere. You can actually reach Black Hill by walking across Saddleworth Moore which is the opposite direction to the one I had taken.

Despite this, the walk did provide a new outlook that I hadn’t seen before and allowed me to capture some wide scale landscapes.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Friday Image No. 48

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Sony RX10, ISO80, f/5.6, 1/320"
Sony RX10, ISO80, f/5.6, 1/320″
Converted in Alien Skin Exposure 7
Converted in Alien Nik Silver Efex
Converted with Nik Silver Efex
Converted with Alien Skin Exposure 7

This week’s Friday image comes from my recent trip to the UK Lake District. I post this not because it’s a great image but because I started playing around with the RX10 image to see how much detail I could pull out of the image and also how much I could enlarge it by. The results have surprised me but I will save them for another time.

In the course of this processing “play time” I applied Topaz Detail to emphasise the detail in the grass and rocks. It made an amazing difference to the image detail but it also allowed me to make some adjustments to the colour that really lifted the image. I then went on to convert the image to black and white, first using Alien Skin Exposure 7 and the my old favourite, Nik Silver Efex Pro. Sometimes it just great to play with some of the wonderful software tools we now have.

I hope you like the images and have a great weekend everyone.

Friday Image No. 47

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Olympus EM5 and a misty day in the Lakes
Olympus EM5 and a misty day in the Lakes

It seems like ages since I have been able to post a Friday Image as there has always been something that got in the way. Hopefully things are improving after all the website issues. I also promise to catch up with the backlog of email queries people have been sending me but please be patient and I will be in touch. I do like to respond to everyone but it does take quite a bit of time.

I hope you like the image and have a great weekend everyone.

Running the Lenscraft Website

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Win Hill, The Peak District
Win Hill in the Peak District, Sony RX10, f/5.0, 1/100″

Firstly an apology for not posting a Friday image yesterday but there is a very good reason. Over this past week I have been hit by all sorts of broadband problems. I don’t know if it’s related to the snow and cold weather but I lost my connection on Thursday and have only just recovered it. During this time I have been reduced to trying to run things with my mobile phone but this has also been frustrated by the adverse weather.

Then today I received a spam email which appeared to come from my email account “robin@lenscraft.co.uk”. With a little investigation I could see this was a spoof email but it looked like it was me sending it.

This as you can imagine made me nervous. In fact it made me very nervous as earlier in the week I was receiving an increasing number of new subscribers coming from Hungary and Russia which were clear automated attacks from robots. To counter this I introduced a CAPTCHA code to the registration screen so that any registration would need to come from a person who is able to read and enter the CAPTCHA code. This reduced the number of fake registrations but a few are still coming in.

So, I have tightened up all the security on the Lenscraft website. I’m not going to list the steps here in case someone with malicious intent can use them but I will say that the entire site now uses SSL with 256bit encryption. If you now browse over to the Lenscraft site you will see in the address window of your browser that you are being served by https:// rather than the standard http:// server. There may be a few gremlins over the next 24 hours whilst the DNS changes propagate around the internet but then everything should be stable and secure.

If you haven’t understood all the technical mumbo jumbo I have spouted above a rough translation is that the Lenscraft site is now as secure as I can make it. Oh yes, I also made a few performance enhancements so everything should be even faster than before.

As for the image, this is another RX10 image which I captured on my walk last weekend. Everything somehow seemed much easier back then.

Friday Image No. 46

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Tree in the Lake District. Olympus EM5 ISO200, f/7.1, 1/125", 28mm
Tree in the Lake District. Olympus EM5 ISO200, f/7.1, 1/125″, 28mm

It’s a very quick post for this week’s Friday image. That’s because I have only just got home and I need to pack for a trip to the Lake District tomorrow. Hopefully I can take advantage of the forecast snow.

I wasn’t too sure which image to post so I thought I would resort to another from my last trip to the lakes. I was browsing through and noticed this one I had shot. There was just something that I liked about this tree. I hope you do too.

Have a great weekend everyone.