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Lens Wobble With My Nikon 18-55 Zoom Lens

Nikon 18-55mm Zoom lens Now I know that kit lenses supplied with many DSLRs are certainly not top-end lenses, but generally they give pretty good results and represent excellent value for money. Such is the case with the Nikon 18-55mm zoom that came with my Nikon D5100, but I have noticed recently that photos taken with this body/lens combination started to appear soft and not all of the image was in focus a lot...

On1 One Photo RAW 2020 – a non-review

On1 Photo RAW 2020 By definition The Occasional Photoblogger – that’s me – posts stories only occasionally. However, that does not make me feel any less guilty when two weeks or three weeks or more pass without me posting a story. So today, when my guilt got the better of me, I decided to write a very quick story about On1 Photo RAW 2020 which is due for official release in a week or...

The Southern Scenic Route Between Invercargill And Tuatapere

Many years ago one of the Rolling Stones described Invercargill – the main, and only city, in Southland – as the “arsehole of the world“. Unfortunately, many New Zealanders feel the same way, not just about Invercargill, but also about the whole Southland region. Does this concern us in Southland? No – not at all because it means less people pollution in the beautiful place we call home. Southland abounds with so many things...

Anderson Park Art Gallery

Variations Of HDR Photography

I am not a planner! I seldom, if ever, plan what story I am going to tell in a post. In many ways, this is a bad thing because it means that I am not targetting a specific niche or a particular audience, and so makes a bit of a mockery of using SEO to boost my blog readership. On the other hand, not planning ahead is quite fun because I never have to...

Lomography Earl Grey Black And White – Part 2

Here a few more shots taken on Lomography Earl Grey 100ASA black and white, using my Olympus Trip 35. You may have read the background story about this particular roll of film. It is actually the first black and white film that I have shot since the 1960s! Now that I am shooting film reasonably regularly I really must get into the habit of carrying a notebook with me to jot down little stories...

Lomography Earl Grey Black And White Film

Lomography’s own website describes Earl Grey as “an exquisite black and white 35mm film”. Others describe it as a film with “nice fine grain and good contrast” and one that results in outstanding “black-and-white photos!” As for me – well, I’m no film reviewer. I just load a film into one of my cameras and shoot it, and the excitement of shooting film is that you really never know what the outcome is going...