Northern Lights

There must have been a lot of work involved in putting this spectacular video together, it made me quite emotional just watching it…

Canon EOS R5


Ok, so today Canon will (fingers crossed) leapfrog every other camera manufacturer by officially announcing the new Canon R5.

This is, potentially, a camera geeks wet dream. The official specs are mind blowing, lets hope the rumoured specs live up to expectations…

You can watch it here at 1pm

WOW – what a spec sheet, not too many surprises, but what a camera, this could be a game changer for weddings and wildlife as well of course video…

I better start saving the pennies.

Kemps General Store

Kemps General Store was founded in 2017 by Liz Kemp, a shopkeeper’s daughter and passionate advocate of the delights of her now-home town, Malton.

After 20 years in the demanding events industry, managing a portfolio of million pound events for international clients, Liz decided that it was time to honour her childhood roots and take on a new challenge.

She decided to set up shop, but not just any shop, an emporium of the beautiful and unusual to be exact! A place for people to browse and lose themselves in, a source of fascination and delight, right here in her adopted home of Malton.

Alongside curating a range of imaginative and mostly UK made products, Liz’s vision was to re-create the welcoming and vibrant atmosphere her parents had cultivated over 40 years ago.

National Papers

Im proud as punch to be chosen out of 11000 images

Each image was selected by Rankin, the internationally renown photographer, who waded through the tens of thousands of photographs submitted from across Britain.

In the end he chose some 300 photographs, spread across 14 chapters reflecting the span of a day in the life of the country, from waking up to work, coffee break, family time and an evening out.

This Is Britain is published by Photobox – the publisher of personalised photo books – in aid of BBC Children in Need, with the aim of raising £250,000.

Heres the link to the article

Light Study

An old experiment with my mobile phone, created some interesting abstract results, all shot on a Nexus 4 with a little app fiddling on Pixlr. I may revisit this with the canon or my Oneplus 1.


Canon 5D Mk4

Canon 5D MK4 Update

Well after long deliberations I bit the bullet… WHAT A CAMERA!

Everything and more that I had hoped for. Where to begin…

Autofocus – It focus’s in the dark! In the dark! – well almost, gone is the frustration of the focus relentlessly searching in low light. Gigs are a breeze with the Canon 5D MK4, it seems to come alive in tricky lighting situations.

High ISO – In certain circumstances, live music gigs mainly,  I pop the ISO on auto and give it a max ISO of… wait for it… wait for it… 12,800! I know right? 12,800! amazingly the noise at this ridiculously high ISO is almost non-existent, unheard of on my old Canon 5DMK2.



Upgrade to Canon 5D MKIV should I shouldn’t I

Well the dust seemed to have finally settled after the long awaited release of Canon’s new 5D MKIV, only to be kicked up into another dust storm with the release of a slurry of new camera’s at this years Photonika.

Sony to left of me, Fuji to the right, here I am stuck in the middle with you… link to the tune here





Having used the Canon 5D mkii for 4 years (I know, I should have bought the mkiii but budget was restricted back then) I feel its time for an upgrade. I bought it after making a pop video for a guy called James Arthur (you may have heard of him) watch the video below. A good friend of mine Kriss Bell had the mkii and we used it for the video  – I was hooked and had to have one so went out the next day and bought it.

Don’t get me wrong the mkii is a cracking camera and has been my workhorse for all of this time, its just… well… old and a bit tired. Slow focus and struggling to catch focus is frustrating; the lower pixel count, I like to crop; the poorer quality at higher ISO and the more modest dynamic range all add up to me feeling like its time… But do I stick with Canon?

I have plenty of Canon glass, a lot of which I got at bargain prices, which I will struggle to replace without a large budget. This may not be an issue if I go for say the Sony A7Rii as I can use a metabones adapter with all of my favourite lenses, I have read that this slows the AF, so again a compromise…