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topsyrm’s latest blog : 52 for 2021 week 41 ugborough and western beacons

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52 for 2021 Week 41 Ugborough and Western Beacons

17 Oct 2021 9:40AM  
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This week joined by Mrs T I went in search of Dartmoor’s southernmost Tor which some say is Ugborough Beacon but Western Beacon is almost as high and is further south. A quick Google finds both “Wikipedia” and “Tors of Dartmoor” listing Western Beacon as the southernmost hill (Wiki) Tor (Tors of Dartmoor). Furthering the confusion is that in the Dartmoor 365 Book by John Hayward he states that Ugborough Beacon is the southernmost Tor and that Western Beacon isn’t formally a Tor (but he does say that it is the southernmost hill) also in the Dartmoor Tors pocket guide by Janet and Ossie Palmer the Gazetteer of Dartmoor Tors only lists Ugborough Beacon. ??

Ugborough Beacon.

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Western Beacon.

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Our walk started below Western Beacon but I had seen a disused Quarry marked on the map so we went to have a look at that before setting off up Western Beacon. It turned out to be a lot less of a Quarry than I had expected.

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On the way to the “Quarry” we passed what appeared to be an old bridge long since disused/derelicted. Had we not got a long hike ahead of us I would have liked to go down to explore it but it will have to wait for another visit.

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We had more pressing matters (the beacons) so we went back to the Moor Gate and headed up Western Beacon.

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On the way up the first slopes we could see the rather quaint looking Mooraven Village.

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Western Beacon itself has been quarried but that isn’t evident from the map.

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It also has a rather odd group of rock piles on the Cairn.

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Once over Western Beacon we headed for Butterdon Hill which is also further south than Ugborough Beacon and is also known as Black Tor by some.

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The Stone Row points the way which takes you past the “Longstone” beside Black Pool (not the seaside town). This view looking back towards Western Beacon.

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On Butterdon Hill there is a Trig Point and from that point we could see across to Ugborough Beacon.

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But sadly looking to the West we could also see the scar of the Clayworks at Lee Mill.

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From here we could see Hangershell Rock, this was not on the original route plan but we decided to go over and have a look.

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Once at the Hangershell Rocks we took time out to have lunch in the lee of the rocks.

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From our lunch spot we could see across to Tristis Rock which is on my list of sites to visit but not for this trip, it sits on the opposite bank of the River Erme and needs to be approached from that side. Another day.

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As we moved away towards Ugborough Beacon looking back we could see all the way to Plymouth Sound.

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We made our way towards Ugborough Beacon.

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Passing Main Head which is the start of the spring/stream.

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Ugborough Beacon isn’t the biggest Tor I have visited but it does have some interesting rock formations.

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And some nice views.

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I spotted a Kestrel out looking for lunch, I managed to get a shot but I really don’t have the right kit for these kinds of shots (I’m a landscaper not a wildlifer).

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Anyway, it was now time to head off back to the car.

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On the way back we saw some curious things, this water hole seemed to be a natural drain for the rainwater into the stream below.

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We also passed this derelict building, not sure what it used to be though.

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Finally we got back to the Moor Gate and the car.

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We did see some Ponies on this trip though.

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That’s all for this week folks. As always, comments welcome.

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ePHOTOzine Daily Competition Challenge Winners Week 1 October 2021

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Autumn Leaves

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The latest winners of our popular daily photography competition which takes place in our forums have been chosen and congratulations go to BarbaraR (Day 2 – Autumn Abstracts) who wins a Samsung 32GB Micro SD card courtesy of Samsung. This class 10 UHS 1 Grade U1 card offers read speeds 95MB/s and write speeds of 20MB/s. There’s a 10-year warranty included, and the card comes with Samsung’s 4-proof technology: water, X-ray, Magnet and temperature. The included SD adapter allows you to use the card across multiple devices.

 

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Day 1

Autumn Landscapes

 

Day 2

Autumn Abstracts

 

Day 3

Spider’s Web

 

Day 4

Gardens In Autumn

 

Day 5

Rainy Days

 

Day 6

Orange Colour

 

Day 7

Autumn Reflections

 

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topsyrm’s latest blog : 52 for 2021 wk 40 aborted shoot and a new location

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52 for 2021 Wk 40 Aborted shoot and a new location

10 Oct 2021 9:41AM  
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This week once again I was alone, I went to Venford Falls to see if I could get some Autumn colour but due to the amount of rain we have had in the last few days the shoot was almost impossible and there was no Autumn colour anyway. After finally getting to the falls and aborting my intended Fujifilm GFX 50S Medium Format shoot I went back to the car for lunch before heading off to nearby Bench Tor to try to salvage the day.

Bench Tor Lone Tree.

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Venford Falls, I would normally be stood in the river towards the left edge of the shot but this day the water was too fierce.

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I had originally gone my normal route down the main track to a crossing point I have used several times, however, when I got there this time there was no way I could cross. Having scouted upriver trying to find a safe crossing point I went all the way back to the slacks where the river comes out of the treatment works fence where it was crossable with care.

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I then set off down the “track” on the North bank headed for the falls.

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The “track” was not the easiest of tracks and sometimes it descended into the river.

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The river was running deep and fast this shot is looking back the way I had just come.

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I had my concerns when I got to the falls, the “Twin Falls” had become Triplets. I would normally be down there with my GFX on a tripod trying to get the shot.

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I went down anyway but decided to shoot a couple of handhelds with my Fujifilm X-T2 as the falls were heavy with spray and there was no way to safely be in the river trying to set up a tripod.

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With all the dampness and high volume of water the brook had a Jurassic Park feel to it. This shot looks downstream from the falls.

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I decided to head back upstream to the car for some lunch.

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After lunch I changed from wellies to walking boots and set off for Bench Tor.

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The path was clear and it wasn’t long before I was on the high ground fighting the winds, the earlier rain showers had passed giving some clouds and sunshine.

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Although not a big Tor Bench Tor has some interesting rock formations.

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Also a lone tree, I’ve lost count of the number of Tors I’ve been up with a lone tree, still can’t resist photographing them though.

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There are good views from the top of Bench Tor, across over to Yar Tor, Sharp Tor, Corndon Down and Mel Tor in this instance.

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And across to Combshead Tor.

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The Dart Valley can be seen here as a deep Gorge running under the Tor.

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Looking back South West I could see the weather closing in so set off back to the car.

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That’s all for this week folks, sorry no Ponies again, I’ll try harder next week. As always, comments welcome.

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ePHOTOzine Daily Competition Challenge Winners Week 4 September 2021

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Arboretum

© Phillbri

 

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The latest winners of our popular daily photography competition which takes place in our forums have been chosen and congratulations go to Phillbri (Day 29 – Arboretum) who wins a Samsung 32GB Micro SD card courtesy of Samsung. This class 10 UHS 1 Grade U1 card offers read speeds 95MB/s and write speeds of 20MB/s. There’s a 10-year warranty included, and the card comes with Samsung’s 4-proof technology: water, X-ray, Magnet and temperature. The included SD adapter allows you to use the card across multiple devices.

 

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Day 24

Market Stalls

 

Day 25

Motion

Stormforce Flow

 

Day 26

Good Weather’

 

Day 27

Mountain Landscapes

Nordfjellet, Lofoten Islands

 

Day 28

Forests

Keeping Fit

 

Day 30

Autumn Close-Ups

 

 

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topsyrm’s latest blog : 52 for 2021 week 39 an old farm and older stones

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52 for 2021 Week 39 An old Farm and older Stones

3 Oct 2021 10:16AM  
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This week I was alone for various reasons, I re-visited some old haunts and found a new one. Ditsworthy Warren House was one of the first established and the last working Rabbit Farm on Dartmoor. It for many years served as a training feature for the military but its real claim to fame is that it was the location of the farm in the film War Horse.

Ditsworthy Warren House.

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During its MoD time it was maintained out of the Plymouth Naval Dockyard by apprentices.

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These shots are of the kennel compound where they kept their dogs which were used to keep predators at bay.

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On from Ditsworthy Warren House I went along the track towards Drizzlecombe to the stone row and Menhirs.

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I was following the cart track but as we have had some very heavy rain these last few days the track became washed out and very boggy. I could have waded my way through but this is supposed to be pleasure so I went round and found an easier path.

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First real sight of the smaller Menhir (about 8 or 9 feet).

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Once out of the bracken I could see the whole row and the big Menhir.

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The big Menhir is about 14-15 feet high and is an odd shape.

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Looking back from the top Menhir I could see the main stone row and in the distance the trees surrounding Ditsworthy Warren House, my way back to the car.

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After re-negotiating the bracken I got back on to the main track and before long I was looking at the back of Ditsworthy Warren House.

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On the way back I passed the head of Gutter Mire, looking down towards the old Scout Hut (now known as Gutter Tor Refuge) which is an outward bound type of building now which is used by both civilians and military to overnight.

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The track then led me under Gutter Tor.

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Once back at the car I decided to have some lunch before phase 2 of the walk whish was the search for Yellowmead Stone Circles which are reported to be the best example of concentric stone circles on Dartmoor (if not in the UK).
I set off to find them and as I was passing the Refuge some soldiers were setting out on a “Yomp”, we greeted each other and I remarked I thought my pack was big and heavy but then again I do have 50+ years on most of those lads.

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I wandered around in the area of the given Grid Ref looking for the circles which I was expecting to be spectacular, when I eventually found them I have to say I was a bit underwhelmed.

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They are much smaller than I had thought they might be and because the grass/reeds were high it was difficult to get a clear shot of their concentricity. I have seen photos of them on the internet and I now think they must have been shot using a Drone.

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As I made my way back to the car by a somewhat more direct route I saw the circles clearly (they are in the lower part of the shot in the second layer of foreground), if I had set out this way finding them would have been much easier. Once again better research would have made the task easier, it seems I will never learn.

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That’s all for this week folks, sorry no Ponies this time.
As always comments welcome.

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topsyrm’s latest blog : 52 for 2021 week 38 the devil’s frying pan

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52 for 2021 Week 38 The Devil’s Frying Pan

26 Sep 2021 10:57AM  
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This week, Mrs T and I, joined by our friend Jonathan, once again set off on our Dartmoor excursion which was was done again over 2 days but for a different reason. I took some shots during the first day’s recce and the weather was forecast for similar on Friday so I decided to go out with the Fujifilm GFX50S and the Bronica 6×6 film camera to get a couple of specific shots in a panorama aspect ratio this time alone. Great Mis Tor and it’s smaller sister Little Mis Tor sit on the edge of the military firing ranges but are outside the danger area. Great Mis Tor is indeed great (huge) and on it’s high point there is a range flag but also the “Mistor Pan” which is a rock basin also known as “The Devil’s Frying Pan”. Even after the long dry spell we have enjoyed the pan had water in it.

This story will concentrate on the first day where we explored the whole area of the Tors and found the Frying Pan, however, here are the 3 extra shots that I made on the second day which was a much more targeted walk.

The Devil’s Frying Pan.

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View to North West from The Devil’s Frying Pan.

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View from forward slope of Little Mis Tor overlooking Merrivale Quarry and Vixen Tor.

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We started again from 4 Winds Car Park, this is the site of an old school and the walls are still intact but very short. They still serve a purpose as these Sheep were using them to rub against.

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First sight of Little Mis Tor comes after a short walk.

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Little Mis Tor is a popular place for rock climbers.

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On from Little Mis Tor is the much larger (grander) Great Mis Tor, the slopes approaching the main Tor are covered in Clitter but it is reasonably spaced so finding a route through is easy.

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There is a large standing stone on the approach.

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Once on the main Tor we set about finding the Frying Pan. (Note to self, do your research better) if I had researched the Frying Pan better I would have been easier to locate, however. We scoured the many vast rock formations for almost an hour.

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Eventually we found the large rock that is The Devil’s Frying Pan, much closer to the flagpole than I had imagined.

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Having found our quarry we decided it was time for lunch.

After lunch we continued to explore the Tor there were loads of interesting rock formations to be photographed.

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This one I thought looked like the Devil’s Throne……….

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There were sheep in the rocks.

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This one was pretending to be a Mountain Goat.

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There were also Ponies amongst the rocks but sadly not close enough for a portrait this time.

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That’s all for this week folks, as always comments welcome.

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ePHOTOzine Daily Competition Challenge Winners Week 3 September 2021

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Duck Splash On Water

© JonnyNI

 

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The latest winners of our popular daily photography competition which takes place in our forums have been chosen and congratulations go to JonnyNI (Day 21 – Ducks) who wins a Samsung 32GB Micro SD card courtesy of Samsung. This class 10 UHS 1 Grade U1 card offers read speeds 95MB/s and write speeds of 20MB/s. There’s a 10-year warranty included, and the card comes with Samsung’s 4-proof technology: water, X-ray, Magnet and temperature. The included SD adapter allows you to use the card across multiple devices.

 

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Day 17

Night Architecture

Shanghai Old City (III)

 

Day 18

Cats

Focused

 

Day 19

Textures

 

Day 20

Safari

 

Day 22

River

Kayaker

 

Day 23

Mist/Fog

 

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Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2021 Winners

Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2021 Winners

The breath-taking Aurora Borealis and Venus rising over the rocky horizon of the Moon are just some of the incredible subjects featured in this year’s ‘Astronomy Photographer Of The Year’ winning images.

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Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2021 Winners 1

© Shuchang Dong – ‘Astronomy Photographer of the Year 13’

 

Photographer Shuchang Dong with his astounding image of the annular solar eclipse, “The Golden Ring”, is the Overall Winner and wins the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s title ‘Astronomy Photographer of the Year 13’.

The photograph depicts the annular solar eclipse that occurred on 21 June 2020 in a powerful and atmospheric composition that spellbound the judges.

 

Polar Lights Dance © Dmitrii Rybalka

© Dmitrii Rybalka

 

Winning images from other categories and special prizes include the mesmerising Aurora dance taken from the bridge of a ship by the Third Officer Dmitrii Rybalka (Russia), who was on watch duty that night; Venus rising over the rocky horizon of the Moon by Nicolas Lefaudeux (France); a poignant star trail image taken during lockdown by Deepal Ratnayaka (UK) that captured the essence of the year 2020, restricting but hopeful; and the outstanding image of the Space X Falcon 9 rocket passing the Moon by Paul Eckhardt (USA).

 

Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2021 Winners 2

© Deepal Ratnayaka

 

15-year-old Zhipu Wang (China) is taking home the top prize in the Young Competition category for his astonishing composition of the Sun, the Moon and the planets of the Solar System. 

 

Sun, the Moon and the planets of the Solar System

© Zhipu Wang

 

Astronomy Photographer of the Year is run by Royal Observatory Greenwich in association with BBC Sky at Night Magazine Now in its thirteenth year, the competition received over 4,500 entries from 75 countries. The best of these exceptional photographs are showcased in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 13 exhibition at the National Maritime Museum.

You can view last year’s winning images here: Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2020 Winners

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ePHOTOzine Daily Competition Challenge Winners Week 2 September 2021

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Light Bulb

© altitude50

 

Winner!

The latest winners of our popular daily photography competition which takes place in our forums have been chosen and congratulations go to altitude50 (Day 14 – Lights) who wins a Samsung 32GB Micro SD card courtesy of Samsung. This class 10 UHS 1 Grade U1 card offers read speeds 95MB/s and write speeds of 20MB/s. There’s a 10-year warranty included, and the card comes with Samsung’s 4-proof technology: water, X-ray, Magnet and temperature. The included SD adapter allows you to use the card across multiple devices.

 

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Day 9

Bridges In The Landscape

Bridge

 

Day 10

Music Photography

 

Day 11

Shopping

 

Day 12

City Skylines

 

Day 13

Stairs & Steps

Tricky Descent

 

Day 15

High Up

Tower of London

 

Day 16

Rugged Landscape

The Glyders

 

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The Photography Show 2021 Report, Hands-On Photos & Event Coverage

The Photography Show 2021 Report, Hands-On Photos & Event Coverage

The Photography Show

 

It’s been a long wait for photography fans but The Photography Show has finally opened its doors to visitors until 21 September 2021. 

At the event, big industry names such as Nikon have stands where visitors can get hands-on with products as well as learn a thing or two from their speakers who include professional photographers and other industry experts. 

To keep you up-to-date with what’s going on over at the NEC, ePHOTOzine member and events reporter, Stuart Fawcett, has been getting his step count in around the halls to bring you all of the latest news, photos of new products and more. 

You can see a full run-down of what Stuart’s been up to over on his blog but we’ve put a round-up of all that he’s shared in one place so you can easily get the lowdown on this year’s event. 

If you are going later today or tomorrow, there are some guidelines you’ll need to follow which includes showing evidence of having two Covid vaccinations or a negative test and in return, you’ll be handed a band you need to wear so others know you’ve completed this step. We’ve been told the whole process is quick and that you don’t queue for long. 

 

Nikon 

Nikon stand at the photography show

 

On the Nikon stand, you can get hands-on with the Z-Series as well as pick the brains of the experts on-hand to assist you. They also have their superzoom lenses lined up so you can look through them at what’s going on around the show and the Nikon f/2 (1971) is proudly on display in a case alongside the Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 fisheye (1972). 

 

Nikon stand at the photography show

 

Nikon stand at the photography show

 

Nikon stand at the photography show

 

Tamron

18-300 f/2.5-6.3 ASP-C

 

On the Tamron stand, the Tamron 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD lens is available to get hands-on with. It’s nice, light and compact for a zoom of that range. There is a good firm zoom action and a zoom lock button so no lens creep occurs. Zooming out sees the lens extending to get all the way out to 300mm.

 

Fujifilm

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Fujifilm has the new X-T30 II, with a two-way flip-out screen, on display and the specs are a good description of the camera. They also have the new sizable XF 23mm f/1.4 fixed lens for visitors to get hands-on with and it’s got a good weight to it.

The X-T30 II looks very much like the original X-T30, even the badge doesn’t have ‘II’ on it, and the only physical difference between the two cameras is the 1.62-million-dot LCD monitor on the rear panel. 

If you missed it, Fujifilm also announced the Fujifilm GFX 50S II this month. 

As well as cameras and lenses, Fujifilm has exhibitions you can take a look at, studio talks and super picture processing across two big stands. You can also get hands-on with Instax cameras should you be an instant film fan. 

 

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Samyang

Samyang Stand

 

Samyang had a modest display this time but they were super enthusiastic about what’s coming from Samyang and news on the RF mount 85mm that’s coming back once component supply issues recover. 

 

Sigma

Sigma

 

Sigma’s new Sigma 24mm f/2 DG DN and Sigma 90mm f/2.8 DG DN lenses are beautiful, FF/APS-C capable and small. OMG! The 90mm on a Sony body was beautiful to hold. It’s all metal and feels ‘old-school excellent’. In fact, it’s perhaps the best portrait lens I’ve ever held and I can’t wait for ePHOTOzine to review this lens.

Sigma 90mm

 

Vanguard

Vanguard Stand

 

I’ve seen my favourite tripod at The Photography Show on the Vanguard stand – the Vanguard VEO 3T 265HCBP Carbon Fibre. It has a double extending centre column and a removable monopod that goes to 166cm. The new leg locks are solid and the 5-section extension feels solid and allow the tripod to compact down to 44cm. The ball head is Arca compatible and it has an optional panning arm that I loved. There’s also a Bluetooth trigger for smartphones that vloggers and bloggers will find useful. It’s priced at £270 and after just a quick look, I feel it’ll be money well spent.  

ePHOTOzine we’ll be reviewing the new range of tripods from Vanguard shortly so do keep a lookout for that. 

 

Wacom 

Wacom

 

Wacom is busy showing loads of new people how to use their products and a new launch product is due soon. P.S Wacom has show offers available if you plan on attending. 

 

Olympus

Olympus Stand

 

Olympus, once again, have a massive stand and loads of cameras to try out including the OM-D E-M1X. The newly announced Olympus 20mm f/1.4 Pro and Olympus 40-150mm f/4 Pro, recently announced in a lens roadmap, are not yet on the stand but are available in a few weeks and ePHOTOzine will be reviewing the optics as soon as they are available. 

 

Canon 

Canon EOS R3

 

Canon had a lot of demos going on and their latest release, the EOS R3, was on display alongside lenses such as the 100-400mm f/5.6-8 IS USM and 16mm f/2.8 STM. On the EOS R3, focusing looks good and I like the flip-out screen, double grip and EVF (which looks fine to my eyes). As for the 100-400mml focusing was fast when used with the EOS R3 and even quick in low-ish light levels. Images looked good on the LCD – it’s a nice contender. 

Canon was also looking for feedback from the public about a few camera ideas, the first was what I’m calling the ‘Social Camera’. This camera is designed to let you join in the memory-making of groups and events – how often are you the photographer and excluded from all family/friend images because of it? Well, this little chap can sit down in the action and track around looking to capture all involved – including you – then download the images to your smartphone for you to share. It actually could be great for weddings, parties etc. for all ages. 

Maybe the tiny pocket-sized video cam that you just hold to your shoulder to shoot real-time video where you can zoom up to 300mm is more to your taste? Pictures of both devices are shown below. 

 

Canon 16mm f2.8

 

Canon 100-400mm

 

Canon Stand

 

Canon social camera

 

Canon video camera

 

Sony

Sony Stand

 

Sony was also right in the middle of the show and I got to see a very slick and encouraging set of equipment and had a play with a few cameras, even trying my Canon lenses on Sony cameras with a Sony adapter. There is much to like for me about Sony but I’d really need to be given a strong equipment setup and a month to use it before saying I felt familiar with it. It’s small and light, though, at least until you put the longer lenses on it.

 

A Bit Of Shopping At TPS

Wex

 

LCE

 

Let’s not forget that a good reason to come to The Photography Show is the discounts on offer! There are many available which includes Wex offering up to 30% on some lines and there’s also a trade-in zone where you can get kit valued. 

For those who can’t afford to make a purchase, you can rent lenses – I found this option really interesting. Basically, if you’re not sure about a lens you can hire one and try it out. Various companies do this now which include Lens For Hire and Lens Pimp. Canon might even do something for free, too. 

 

Talks, Theatres & Lessons

The Photography Show 2021 Report, Hands-On Photos & Event Coverage 3

 

There are loads of talks spread across 4+ general theatres, and perhaps as many again in the camera maker’s theatres. The only talk I went to was by Simon McCheung encouraging us all to consider what a fine art photographer was and how we might want to do this ourselves. He outlined his journey and approach to this area – it started with a 365 project of self-portraits with a surreal feel and minimal background distractions. He then goes on to define each image from 5 key Image considerations.

  1. Imagination – describing how he imagines the picture will look to him and the viewer, perhaps anchoring it to a cinematic style or image genre.
  2. Aesthetes – the presentation style of the image
  3. Intellectual Content – the shared reason for the scene and what it means to the viewer – even based around activism
  4. Symbolisms – the pictorial elements that will convey the message you are giving
  5. Moods/Emotions – how you want the viewer to feel about the image.

Surreal and Photoshop can feature heavily in these images so might this be a genre for you to try?

 

One of the theatres was an action zone challenging you to capture fast-moving images in low light, courtesy of Fusion_Extreme. I didn’t have the ideal equipment set-up but my trusty Canon 6D with ISO on ISO12800 and a 70-300mm lens captured these images and I had a lot of fun doing it. 

 

Basketballs

 

BMX tricks

 

Other Interesting Stands At The Photography Show

 

Natasha J Bella

 

Look out for the amazing Natasha J Bella, a beautiful, talented business-minded UK model with her own stand at the show. What she showed the modelling & photographic community is amazing resourcefulness with remote shoots – Covid locked us all down and instead of losing her regular income stream she went online and set up for remote shoots from her home studio. She also runs professional well-supported training sessions for photographers and other models on how to do this. I’d wager there were thousands more remote shoots during lockdown directly because of her, that’s thousands of more people keeping their business/photography passion going when everyone was isolated and feeling a bit down. It’s almost a public service for some if you ask me…

 

To see what else is happening at The Photography Show 2021, have a read of Stuart’s blog: Visiting ‘The Photography Show’ & Coverage For ePz

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