World Image issue 07 April 2014

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The Journal of the Peoples Photographic Society. Published on the 25th of each month, the latest edition is at:

The Magazine of the Peoples Photographic Society

Issue Seven - April 2014

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Society Co-ordinator’s Bit

Well, time certainly flies, we are still here and

into our seventh edition of the magazine which

has grown from the original six pages to 30.

The most notable event last month for me

personally was the photography Show in

Birmingham, (UK), between the first and 4th of


It provided me with a good opportunity to

introduce the Society to businesses and

individuals with an interest in photography,

something of a captive audience since everyone

there had that interest.

Main Entrance to the NEC Birmingham

The organisation of the show was better than I

expected, the venue itself has a few photo


I will start by saying that honesty is the best

policy, even though the level of honesty

required is often counter productive on this day

anything but total honesty would have

undermined the Society. The honesty is in the

fact that we have just 144 registered and

associate members, although we appear to have

about 2000 people watching the Society.

I believe these are waiting to see who supports

us and if we survive the first year. Hopefully

they will start to register with us before the next


I decided from the start to avoid the large

companies such as Olympus, Nikon and Epsom,

Canon and Tamron I had reason to visit.

As I walked into the hall Tamron were in the

sights so I stopped by. I spoke to the marketing

manager Jane Nicholson who listened politely

as I choked over the honest words while trying

to introduce the Society. I felt embarrassed by

the numbers so the words got all tied up.

Still, the introduction over, we discussed the SP

150 - 600mm with regard to reviewing the lens

for the society. With the permission of the ‘one

who must be obeyed’ I had my hand on my

credit card when I heard those devastating

words, “Everyone who had them has sold out,

and there is a six month waiting list.”

Advising me that their four remaining show

lenses were to be used for reviews but had to go

to AP and other photography magazines before

they might come to me. I was taken aback by

this as I had not actually considered that they

would let me have one, hence the credit card.

Jane did tell me that Tamron are bringing out

another lens this year, a zoom to 500mm, (I

missed the first bit), they have not yet set the

price but it sounds promising.

Next stop was the Bowden Lounge to collect

the free show catalogue which was put into my

case and not looked at again until I was home.

It was not that I did not want to look, but

moving from one stand to the next I never got

the chance.

One of the Photo Opportunities.

Next stop was the Canon stand to fulfil a few


© Please remember that all articles and images published in this magazine are copyright protected

Cover Picture Athena by Gordon Longmead

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There was only one Canon manager at the

show, I was going to raise the subject of the

poor customer relations that people have been

experiencing from the company, but he was

away from the stand at the catwalk show. Apart

from the ‘Canon experts’ and the reception

desk, I had the distinct impression that the stand

was manned by students.

Somewhere between Tamron and Canon the

confidence returned, probably while discussing

my 550d focussing problem with the canon

expert, so thereafter things began to look much

brighter and things went from good to great.

I think that somewhere deep inside I realised

that most well established photographic clubs

and societies have less than 50 members, we

have three times that number in 7 months and

we are in 24 countries. The positive vibes

began to shine through and it was not yet 10


Stand after stand was introduced to the society

and invited to look in on the website.

While a few showed little interest, mainly those

manned by junior staff and students, those with

managers and directors showed far more

enthusiasm for the Society and its goals.

This was probably understandable since it is the

managers that realise members of societies are

potential customers and take the decisions

relating to such matters.

One of those photo Opportunities at the NEC.

I also managed to chat to other visitors and

gave them Society cards by way of

introduction. I gave out about 150 cards at the

show. As a result of discussions with in the

show, there is the potential for the society to

form an association with another society.

This was discussed and those discussions will

continue. If it can be achieved then it should

benefit both societies and many other people

besides. I also took the opportunity to introduce

the society to the Royal Photographic Society.

For once I met high ranking RPS officials and

members who did not display the poor attitude

formally associated with them.

It did occur to me that as a society we are

actually akin to the foundations of the RPS in

that we introduce people to photography and

encourage those who wish to advance to the

standards demanded by the RPS.

Every person spoken to during the day was

instilled with wonderful potential of the

Society, and the advantage of low cost

advertising and the potential of free exposure

from product reviews, features and articles.

I would present a list of those companies who

have already offered their support by way of

advertising, but I do not wish to pre-empt their

post show decision.

One of the models at the show.

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For the sake of balance,

not all the models were female

While all these discussions are in their early

stages and much can go wrong, I am certainly

hopeful. Now we just have to wait to see how

many take up the opportunity. In any event they

all now know we exist.

Those I did not get to see, and those who do not

come back to me, will be emailed in due course

with another introduction.

I am also looking at the cost of taking a nonprofit

stand to the show next year to promote

us, and gain more support for the Society.

A date for your diaries, the next Photographic

Show at the NEC Birmingham, UK, will run

from the 21st to the 24th March 2015.

After the NEC things became quiet and the

weather turned dull again. But when the sun did

decide to shine I went to the RSPB site at

Hoddesdon. I was not expecting much this early

in the season, but there were two Kingfishers

getting ready to start a brood. The Kestrel and

Buzzard was also in evidence. For those with

the long lenses there were plenty of waders on

site along with other birds.

The Male Wren at Shepreth.

A few days later saw Wendy and I visiting

Shepreth Wildlife Park near Royston, (UK).

The park is small compared to many, and has

the normal range of animals that you would

expect to see. It also has its fair share of

wildlife that has taken up residence.

The Wren was just one of two pairs that I saw

there, nesting in some very unusual locations,

the monkey enclosure and the otter enclosure to

be precise.

Ethiopian Red Wolf

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There is a pair of Ethiopian Red Wolf in

residence, this was the most unusual animal at

the park, I have not seen them elsewhere.

The birds were easily assessable for the camera,

the barn owl was one of two out for the flying

display, both wanted to return to their aviary

which gave the falconer plenty of exercise

much to the amusement of those gathered.

After spending a pleasant six hours wandering

round in the sunshine the cloud rolled in and it

was time for us to leave. And that was that for

the month as far as photography outings went.

Enjoy the magazine,


While at the photography show I had the

opportunity to speak with Peter Louden,

Managing Director of Magneflash about their

A-Lux Mono flash equipment.

While I have not had the opportunity to try out

and explore the possibilities of the equipment,

I was impressed by the fact that the equipment

is water proof and was designed for use

outdoors or even in a carwash.

The build quality and the specifications appear

to be very good. It is fully portable and battery

powered (USB rechargeable), and can be used

both in the studio or out doors.

Although it is not a subject for a product

review, another company I thought may be of

interest to members is UK based Lenses for

Hire. If you are travelling in from abroad they

will request a deposit, but that is only fair.

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Society Management

As part of the continued development of the

Society it has been decided that the time was

right to form a management committee in

accordance with the constitution. The

following people have agreed to form that


Gordon Longmead - England

Peter Hogel - Tanzania

Dave Walster - England

Scott Hurd - Namibia

Tom Coetzee - South Africa

Alexander Rostocil - Kenya

Paul Welch—Australia

Steve Cook - USA

Robert Murray - Scotland

Nicholas Rao - India

Regional Co-ordinators:

Arusha, Tanzania - Peter Hogel

Benton, Kentucky, USA - Jack Glisson

East Herts UK - Gordon Longmead

Lincoln UK - Dave Walster

North Scotland, UK - Robert Murray

Peak District, UK - Kev Sidford

Yorkshire UK - Rodger Lee

India - Nicolas Rao

Events Calendar

UK national meeting, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th

April. Snowdon Area, North Wales.

The Members of the society are invited to attend a

Society Photography Gathering on the weekend of April

12th / 13th In the Snowdon area of North Wales.

Schedule can be found on the home page.

East Herts, UK Group,

Sunday 11th May 2014

RSPB Rye Meads

Rye Meads, Hoddesden, SG12 8JS

Meet in the car park at 10am

With luck the Kingfishers will be feeding their young and

we may even get to see them fledge.

Saturday 24th May 2014

Hertfordshire County Show,

The Showground, Dunstable Road, REDBOURN,

Hertfordshire, AL3 7PT

The show is open from 8.30 am. As there will be lots of

people at the show, further details of the meeting place

will be posted on the website at nearer

to the date. Those attending may wish to get their tickets

in advance (20% discount) pre-order details at http:// nearer the date.

Saturday 31st May 2014

St. Albans Steam and Country Fair,

Smallford Campus, Hatfield Road, St Albans, AL4 0XR

Meet inside the entrance at 10.30 am

Saturday 7th June 2014

Whitwell Steam and Country Fair,

Mansells Farm, Bury Lane, Codicote, SG4 8TJ

We have a

Saturday 28th June 2014

Welwyn Festival Fun Day

Singlers Marsh, Welwyn

Meet at the WI Tea Tent at 12 mid day.

The next Photographic Show at the NEC

Birmingham, UK, will run from the 21st to the

24th March 2015.

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To cater for popular demand, the Society will be running two international competitions each year, April and

September. There will also be the December Exhibition which will comprise the top ten placed pictures from each

competition staged both national and international.

2014 Photographic Competitions

April 2014 - Closing date for entries 30th April

The International competitions are open to all registered members of the Society.

Categories - Open (Colour and Greyscale)

Each member may enter up to six pictures, three in colour and three in Greyscale.

The winner of each category will receive a years membership to The Photographer Academy site at the Pro level.

No identifiable marks or copyright statements are permitted on pictures, and submitted pictures should not be posted

into FB until after the judging process is complete.

Entries should be sent by or emailed to and be between 1mb and 5mb in

size. Larger files received will be resized, smaller files will be inspected and rejected if they appear to be too small in

size to provide proper quality. In this case the entrant will be contacted to resubmit the image. Previously top three

placed or similar pictures may not be resubmitted.

An email giving the file names and picture titles and categories, should be sent to the above address at the same time

as submissions. This email may also contain a resume about the picture.

Copyright remains always with the photographer but the society shall be permitted to display the pictures on its

website were reasonable precautions will be taken to prohibit unlawful downloads and coping.

All competitions are judged 'blind', the names of judges and entrants will not be displayed or supplied until after the

results have been ascertained for each event.

The closing date for entries into the April International Competition will be the 31st of April 2014

For reference, the September and subsequent competitions will be the same as the above in nature. This will

apply until further notice.

A Sussex Country Garden - Wendy Longmead

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Last week I decide to take my brother-in-law,

Willem across the road to a neighbouring

property to do some birding along the Klaserie


We were hoping to photograph the nesting

Crowned Eagles and just enjoy the wonderful

scenery. After driving past the nest of the Eagles

without spotting anything we realized that they

must be out hunting already and took a loop

away from the river.

Now Willem can get pretty excited when he

spots a bird and sometimes when he stops me I

am looking around hoping to see a Leopard

pouncing on its prey, but then he will point

towards a bird of some sort.

I love this enthusiasm and this time round it was

a pale-phased Wahlber's Eagle that got his

attention on the ground and made my heart jump

out my throat. The eagle was sitting on a termite

mound feeding on termites, but before I could

get a decent photograph it took off. Here's one

of the bird sitting in the tree...

Leaving the bird behind with my heart still

pounding in its chest due to Willem's

enthusiasm we head up into a big clearing where

we could see a small herd of Cape Buffalo and

two White Rhino cow feeding. As we approach

we make out the back end of another rhino in

the Umbrella thorns to the right and approached

the animal slowly.

As I turn the vehicle off Willem said he's

convinced its Black Rhino and then it came out

from behind the Acacia...and one rhino became

three! What an awesome sight to see them

standing there, inquisitive as always they lift

their heads, point their ears and stand still

watching us.

It's a sad reality when I watched them with

stumps for horns that the owners of these

animals are facing a cruel war with poachers

and will do anything to protect them. The bigger

of the 3 rhino's horn has grown back much more

than the others as they slowly approached the


Being inquisitive this is pretty normal with their

poor eyesight to try and figure out where the

voices are coming from. This is where it got


When One is Not One but Three

Tom Coetzee - Fstop Safaries

Without warning, the slow approach form the

big cow (I only saw that it was a female

afterwards) became a a full on charge. No time

to check camera settings I managed to press the

shutter for two images...the 1st came out ok, the

second blurry...low light, meant the shutter was

not fast enough!

As I shouted at her and banged on the door she

stopped, puffed once and turned around

running...which is when I saw that his was a


Once they were about 20 meters away they

stopped and all turned around facing us. Very

alert and not happy...we sat quietly for about 5

minutes and watched them settle down and

when they started feeding I took the opportunity

to start up and slowly drive off with them

watching us closely...

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How to Create a Multi Level Picture - Gordon Longmead

Disappearing World - Zebra

This tutorial is based on, and the image created

in Photoshop Elements 5 from JPG files. This

process can be accomplished in any Photoshop

and most other processing software. The idea of

the picture was to create an image that sent a

specific message to the viewer. In the centre

picture there are five layers, although this

procedure can be done with any number, the

aim is to create an uncluttered image so do not

over do the number of images included. If it

clutters or does not enhance the end result,

leave it out.

The base picture is of a gorse bush, this has

been blurred by about 50% then re-coloured

blue to provide a neutral background. Not all

colour changes will work with every subject so

it may be necessary to experiment with various

colours and shades to give the right effect for

the final subject.

The four remaining images were all taken at the

same time to keep the lighting constant, the

main image is the one on the left of the picture,

the two at the back were the second image, the

two in the middle, the third and the single zebra

at the front was the fourth. All of these four

images were taken against a plain green grass

background and are post processed in exactly

the same way.

In this case I used the magic eraser set at 50%

and deselected the contiguous setting to remove

the background, then reset the contiguous

setting before turning attention to the animal. In

this picture I have removed the black stripes

from the body of the zebra and left the legs

generally untouched.

Once you have decided that you have removed

enough of the striping, hide the current frame

and unhide the next zebra frame and repeat the

process. Do this for each of the remaining

layers. Once complete unhide all the layers to

view your image. DO NOT merge down or

flatten the image as this will mean you have to

start over.

The next step is to resize each frame so that the

zebra are in proportion to each other. Smaller to

the rear layer and larger towards the front gives

the picture depth. Do not over do the changes,

or it will look wrong. I would suggest that the

front layers be hidden and start by positioning

and sizing the main subject. In the case above

this was the animal on the left of the picture.

The next layer was resized and positioned

before the third zebra layer was unhidden, when

that was also resized and placed in position,

finally the forth layer was unhidden, resized

and placed.

At this point you will have five separate images

open in Elements, so you then need to copy

each of the animal pictures in turn and past

them into the background image as layers. Once

all the images are copied over the originals can

be closed without saving the changes.

Then, hide all the layers except the top one and

using the hard eraser, remove any marks from

the background. Hiding this layer, repeat the

process with each layer in turn except the

background. Once all have been checked

unhide all the layers and flatten the image.


you are happy with what you see use the ‘save

as’ command to save the picture without over

writing the original background image.

In the layer frame to the right, click the boxes,

to hide the background and three of the four

zebra layers. You will work on one zebra frame

at a time.

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A Study In Greyscale

Robin Chun

Writing an article is not something that comes naturally

to me, more than a few words on social media is about

my limit when it comes to literary achievements, but I

find myself on an enforced leave from work due to a

significant injury and therefore having more spare time

on my hands than usual I thought I'd have a go at writing

about a recent project I set myself.

Moving around the building and again straight away I

spied my next image

The afore mentioned injury means it is difficult to get out

and about so travelling to do photography had to be put

on the back burner, but as all of you who have a shutter

finger will realize that after a while that shutter finger

gets itchy so I had to do something to relieve the itch!

So what could I do...close by to me is a leisure park, you

know the sort of the sort of place, cinema, bowling alley,

pizza parlour and assorted restaurants plus the proverbial

public house.

The architecture is quite vast and industrial looking

which appeals to my artistic bent and this,

therefore would mean I could get out and take some

pictures and make a good subject for a project.

So one unusually bright and sunny February morning I

set off, I had no pre conceived idea for images but

thought I'd 'go with the flow' and see what turned out..

Almost straight away I spotted my first picture.

Roof Lights

This time I waited until the clouds had passed by as I

wanted the dark contrast of the car park lights against the

pale sky, also tilted the camera to get the odd perspective.

The Edge

The corner of the building against the fluffy fast moving

clouds appealed to my style, to make the image more

interesting I slowed down the exposure with a 10 stop

ND filter making the clouds blurred which made a good

contrast, I like contrast, to the sharp edge of the building.

In The Heat of the Moment

The next picture, In The Heat of the Moment, required

more editing to correct the perspective and straighten the

buildings and outside heater and I cropped out the right

hand side of the tower to retain the square format which I

always had in mind, again more contrast was added.

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Dark Angles

Image number 4, Dark Angles, was a simple composition

from under a corner of a roof, again correcting

perspective to keep the angles straight, this is my

personal favourite.

Walking to the other end of the park and looking back

down the road way my view of the shot in mind was

spoiled by the parked cars, so raising the camera to avoid

the cars gave me the image of the car park light against

the cloud full sky. In ‘Sky Lights’, kept in the line of the

building to add interest.


Well my adventure had come to an end, I'd got all the

pictures I wanted so it was time to head home. My

physiotherapist had recommended, as part of my

recovery and rehabilitation, a ten minute daily walk, as I

had been out for over an hour it was no wonder I was

feeling tired so I was looking forward to getting home!

That evening was spent in front of the computer editing

my days work ... all in all I enjoyed my shoot and am

pleased with the final images, I hope you like them too.

Nikon D5100/18-55 kit lens

Processed in Adobe Camera Raw/Elements 11

Contrast added in Picture Effects 4

Sky Lights

The last picture of my little outing, Vue, was a simple

front on composition of the cinema, cropped to keep in

the two lights, the bird was an accidental interesting


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Product Review

Hahnemühle Digital Media Photo Papers

One company I entered into discussion with at the

Photography Show was Hahnemühle, a German

company specialising in fine art digital print media.

The company were showing a number of different

products in both A3 and A4, but being restricted by

my own printer this review deals only with the A4

papers, though I presume the A3’s are of the same

quality and standard.

I will start with the paper I like the least, Canvas

Paper, not because it is in any way bad, but because

I have no experience of its use.

This paper is a 320gsm polycotton canvas with a

fine structure. Unfortunately I have no idea what the

Epsom print setting is for this type of paper and the

literature with the paper gives no clue. It has a matte

coating, the text on the literature then states “with

its bright white point makes the colours shine”, but

not on my print.

Now this could easily be caused by the wrong

printing method, I used the Epsom Semi-Gloss

setting for the colour print, When printed on gloss

and matte papers the picture is normally vibrant, but

the canvas print was dull and lifeless.

The Greyscale version of the same image was also

printed, this time I used the Epsom Matte setting for

the printer. The literature states that it provides high

contrasts for black and white, and it is true to its

word. The picture gave vivid contrasts and good

sharp detail.

The canvas paper was a good heavy weight but still

flexible enough to get through the printer. It had a

good feel when being handled and the print dried


So in summary, I need to discover the settings for

colour prints to give a valid trial, (I did try but all

the contact emails for the company were being

bounced and the phone rerouted you overseas), but

as a new starter to the companies products I would

have benefited from a setting guidance chart on the


200gsm Matte Fibre

The second paper tested was the 200gsm matte

fibre. Described as a warm toned and smooth with

the characteristic surface feel of an artist paper.

There is a double sided version of this paper, but I

did not try this only the single sided.

The first image was the greyscale which provided

good contrast with soft tones and the sharpness you

would expect with matte papers. I actually liked the

quality and finish for the greyscale print and feel it

would suit most customers.

The colour image showed the same clarity and

sharpness, but it does not suit every picture and I

believe that its uses would appeal to customers with

a very specific style of picture.

260gsm Photo Lustre Paper

The next paper was the 260gsm photo lustre paper.

This was excellent in both Greyscale and colour.

The paper has a good strong feel to it and is readily

accepted by the printer.

Good clarity of image and colour rendering, with a

gentle softness to the picture overall. In the

greyscale it has the same softness of image but not

excessive leaving the image sharp and clear. Both

colour and Greyscale have a good contrast balance.

260gsm Photo Glossy Paper

It can be said that gloss sells the picture, and when

it comes to the 260gsm photo glossy papers who

can argue. Clean, sharp and vibrant images in both

greyscale and colour. Crisp detail and a good

balance of contrast.

The same weight and feel as the lustre paper, no

problems with the printer feed, quick drying prints.

For quality gloss paper, well recommended.

These papers are good for the specialist who wants

high end printing for their pictures at a high end


The price for a box of 25 sheets of the Lustre or the

photo Gloss is around £15.00 per box.

This raises one final question, how does it compare

in print quality and durability to the budget APLI

papers? In quality of print there is little between the

two, if you were to look closely, the APLI shows

slightly more contrast, but, as you would expect,

provides a good colour match to the on screen


The vibrancy of the printed image on APLI is sound

and is lasting, (10 years framed on the wall and

counting). Not having used the Hahnemühle

previously only time will tell, The APLI is a grade 4

photo paper but the Hahnemühle has no grading so

there is no way to judge how long it should last.

The heavier weight gives the Hahnemühle a much

nicer feel which will give customers a better

experience when looking at unframed prints for


Hope this is informative and helps you all.


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Expedition Photography - 2011 A Year Of Globe Trotting

Author: Kev Sidford FRGS

Throughout the years, I have travelled around

the world leading or participating in

expeditions. Unfortunately, I have not been so

eager to record my travels, as I have been to

explore new places. I remember in 1999

lugging a Canon EOS 600 up to 5200 metres it

nearly killed me, I was so fatigued that I forgot

to take some really good shots. Or for that

matter had the knowledge to take that magical

money making shot. After this trip in 1999, I

sold the EOS600, as the high cost of processing

film just was not worth the return.

In 2009, I was invited to lead and expedition to

Morocco, so I invested in a robust little camera

an Olympus Tough it served its purpose until I

got back home and realised that the quality was

not that good in the scheme of things, but it was

all I could afford at the time. After Morocco I

lead trips to Romania and Kyrgyzstan armed

with the Olympus Tough, I recorded some

fantastic sights.

Should, I specialise in a particular field

Landscape, Architecture, Portrait, Adventure or

Wildlife. The reality check is that you have to

focus on all disciplines.

Having experienced three weeks in Mongolia

leading a group of teenagers making our way

across the Gobi Desert then it does not take

long to realise that one would be bitterly

disappointed as a photographer wanting

buildings to photograph.

The nearest thing I saw to a building in 500km

of Grass and sand was a Ger or Yurt. I have

found you have to have a good attitude to

photography or you will go nuts.

Leaping back to 2011, less than 2 weeks after

handing in my green skin, I was flying out to

Marrakech to lead a youth group to climb

Toubkal 4167m, the highest mountain in North


As the Leader of an expedition, I am on duty 24

hours a day, charged with the security and

safety of my clients. Within my rucksack apart

from a First Aid Kit, I carry a Sat Phone and

EPIRB (Emergency Beacon) so making space

for a Camera is an art in rucksack


Trekking in Romania

As I have learned when recording an expedition

you need to be a jack-of-all-trades and to make

money be a master of all disciplines. In 2011, I

left the Army after 22 years of adventure.

Through a bit of self-indulgence and money

from my gratuity, I invested in the Canon EOS

550D and made sure that I had some

commercial expeditions to lead.

Armed with my new gun and trips totalling

45,000km of flights, it was time to take things

more seriously with my photography.

Essaouria Street Scene

Morocco is a photographers dream; the cultural

experience alone is enough to get you clicking

away. On this particular trip, I was lucky

enough to ascend Toubkal with my group but

also travel to Essaouria an incredible

picturesque seaside city.

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But the benefits of this organic oil are more

than just skin deep – production is creating a

positive impact and empowering the women in

this small region of South West Morocco. I will

not make the same mistake next time.

Essaouria Harbour

This lends itself to another set of problems as

togger, the poor camera has to endure sand

being blasted from the desert winds, the

problems of condensation of going from -0’c in

the shade to 30’c in the sun, not to mention the

delicate spray of sea salt when you hit seaside


Almond Blossom

The one opportunity I missed was

photographing the girls making Argan

Oil. Argan oil is becoming increasingly popular

in Europe; rich in vitamins C and E it’s an

excellent natural moisturiser for skin and hair

and has also been used for culinary purposes in

Morocco for generations.

Peles Castle, Romania

On returning to the UK, I had a two-day

turnaround before flying out to Bucharest and

onward travel to Brasov in Transylvania. One

thing I have learnt is to have your admin wired

tight when the diary is rammed.

Notwithstanding losing a passport, which can

turn into a calamity especially with such a small

gap between trips.

On returning home, the camera is cleaned and

free of sand, the washing machine is abused,

much to the chagrin of my wife and photos

cross-decked to the cloud.

Then it is off again on yet another flight, this

time to Romania a country that suffered under

the hands of Nicolae Ceausescu.

Twenty years have passed since Ceausecu’s

execution, whilst the memories still remain

from a tourists’ point of view Romania now is a

different world.

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Unfortunately unlike some former Eastern bloc

countries, the narrow minded believe it has still

hasn't recovered entirely even though it belongs

to the European Union and NATO. However,

Romania has changed and is well worth a visit

especially the Transylvania area.

My trusty old Canon shoved in my day sack got

more attention than the rest of my safety gear

when going through customs.

Thinking I had done something wrong, a wry

smile appeared on my face as the young man on

the baggage check tried to tell me that his

Pentax MV was a better camera the my Canon,

however he did complain that he was struggling

to get hold of 35mm Film.

On this particular trip, I was leading a group

along the Fagaras Ridge, which can be

extremely photogenic or on this occasion

shrouded in mists so we did not see the sun

once, another reason to have a good attitude.

For those wanting to photograph Lippizana

Horses, then there is no better place to see them

than Simbata de Jos, Sibiu, a little known fact

that Simbata de Jos in Romania was established

in 1874 to accommodate the horses from

Mezohegyes in Hungary, which had turned out

to be unsuitable for horse breeding. There are

now more Lippizana’s in Romania than any

other country.

No sooner had I landed back in the UK, I was

off to Ladakh from a mountaineers perspective

an unbelievably photogenic land. This magical

land hits you right in the head, as you land in

Leh at 3500m, breathing is like sucking a Golf

Ball through a Garden Hose. Ladakh is unique:

a high altitude landscape sandwiched between

the Greater Himalayan and Karakoram

Mountain ranges.

The feeling here is distinctly Tibetan: arguably

more pure than Tibet itself. Ladakh is a heady

mix of fertile valleys, mountains and ancient

monasteries; some may say a place not to be


Fagaras Ridge, Carpathians

So the camera seriously got abused when we hit

the valleys below. Romania has a multi-ethnic

heritage and this is; stands out like a sore thumb

in the folk costumes, architecture, cuisine,

music and festivals. Colourful centuries-old

traditions are alive and well in the small

villages of Transylvania.

People here still make a living at such timehonoured

occupations as shepherds, weavers,

blacksmiths and carpenters. This makes it a

photographers’ dream, few countries that I have

travelled to have such diversity.

Overlooking Leh

Landing in Delhi was a culture shock coupled

with the stifling heat, the students were less

than impressed especially as I chose to take the

group on the public bus to our hotel. Not

realising the bus station was on the other side of

the station to the hotel.

Taking a short cut across the New Station even

for me was an awesome experience; it handles

over 300 trains and 500,000 passengers daily

with 16 platforms. The station holds the record

for the largest route interlocking system in the


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I refrained from taking photographs on the

station, primarily due to jet lag but it was also a

monumental task to manage the group through

such a hectic environment.

Shanti Stupa

Since the Mumbai Attacks in 2008, it has been

a monumental task to bring Sat Phones into the

country even when used solely for the safety of

children, so one just had to exploit this situation

and take more than one lens.

If there is one place you need two cameras or a

versatile piece of glass, everywhere I turned it

was landscape then portrait, then buildings,

then back to landscape.

Unlike taking photos in your home country,

when there is always next week, the same

cannot be true when you are on the go and 6000

miles from home.

Unfortunately, I cannot be focussed on just

taking photographs but responsible for the

safety of 16 students that may be ill or

homesick or just have a thirst for adventure and

there is no stopping them.

Two thousand and eleven was a good vintage

for travel and photography as I returned to

Romania for a family holiday to see even more

photogenic locations.

Anyone fancy a photo tour???

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Product Review

MacWet Sports Gloves

These gloves have been around for a while,

they are used in many sports from skiing and

golf to canoeing and horse riding, and even

diving. Their website at

holds testimonials from may sports people and


The gloves have excellent grip and are water

resistant, the grip on the palm face actually

increases as the gloves get wet.

They are made of a very fine materiel which is

warm and soft, and a snug fit ensures good feel

of the equipment in the hand.

This feel makes the use of the gloves excellent

for photography in that you can easily use the

gloves while taking the picture.

Normal gloves are thick and heavy which

means that you can not feel the camera buttons

to adjust ISO and AF etc., but the softness of

the MacWet gloves allows just that.

In short this means that you can sit out in cold

weather ready to take the pictures with your

gloves on, and you do not have to remove them

before using the camera and potentially losing

the shot.

Interestingly, a problem I have when using the

computer is that my hands get very cold. But I

wore the gloves and was able to use the

keyboard and mouse almost as easily as I would

have done without, but my hands stayed warm.

Now down to the practicalities of using them

for photography.

Having used them I can say that there is no

problem using the camera, all the buttons and

controls are easily usable with the gloves. Even

the smallest buttons on the 7D can be felt

through the material.

Changing the lens is a breeze, and the extra grip

can only be a bonus. The fact is that once you

have them on they are quickly forgotten. You

can even operate your mobile phone without

taking off the gloves.

For those of us that venture out to the car on

cold mornings when the steering wheel feel like

it is caked in ice, or for those who have driven

so far that the same wheel has become polished

to a slippery shine, these make excellent driving


Drawbacks? The price, at around the £29 mark

they are probably expensive, especially when

compared to grannies woollen mittens, but for

the quality and durability I would say that they

are well worth the money.

If they stop you dropping your equipment just

once they have paid for them selves, but what

price can you put on keeping your hands warm

when waiting for the picture to present?

In all, I suggest that these are a good buy and

will prove to be well worth the money. I do not

usually wear gloves because I like to feel what I

am holding. With these I can and so will be

wearing them during the cold weather, although

I may have to get the wife her own pair first.

Post Script:

For those with elderly parents who suffer with

cold hands, and as a result are often cold within

themselves, these gloves really are the perfect

answer, giving both warmth and a sure grip.

What is surprising is that this is the one

application that is not mentioned in their

promotional materiel or on their website.

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I have been known to have, done a little bit of

travelling, so my camera is destined for some


During my escapades my camera has had to

endure sand ingress from the deserts of

Morocco, the searing heat of the Gobi Desert in

Mongolia, the freezing temperatures of a

Romanian winter to the freezing spindrift

ripping through everything on the Cairngorm

Plateau as the winds reach in excess of


So it goes without saying that when I invest in

some equipment it has to be “Fit for Purpose.” I

do not care if it does not have street credibility;

or it is the wrong colour or “So last Year.”

Years ago I purchased the Camera Care

Systems range of protection products they were

robust and you could throw you gear around in

relative safety in the knowledge that it would be



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Unfortunately, those days are long since gone

as time has a habit of changing and CCS has

long since gone. Their products died a death in

2006 and few soft camera care products in my

opinion have been able to cut the mustard.

Ever since I have been looking for a product

that will protect my gear especially from

careless security staff at airports, so it has to be

robust, just in case of a calamity. Equally I do

not want to pay a Kings Ransom, so has to be

cost effective.

Well, I have now found such a product, not the

favoured kit that was being pushed heavily at

the Photography Show but a hard plastic case,

manufactured by Ningbo Everest Enclosure

Tech Co., Ltd.

This Chinese company has gone to great

lengths to insure that the cases meet the

International standards of IP-68. I should of

course take the opportunity to explain what IP-

68 actually means.

The text below is pretty self-explanatory but in

essence the cases are both totally dust proof and

watertight. Assuming the user ensures the

pressure valve is secured or leaves it open to

the elements.

IP rated enclosures undergo a series of tests

before TUVRheinland awards certification.

IP = Ingress Protection

First Digit (Intrusion Protection)

0. No Protection

Single Camera Safety Box

1. Protection from a large part of the body

such as a hand (but no protection from

deliberate access); from solid objects

greater than 50mm in diameter.

2. Protection against fingers or other object not

greater than 80mm in length and 12mm in


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3. Protection from entry by tools, wires etc.,

with a diameter of 2.5 mm or more.

4. Protection against solid bodies larger than

1mm (e.g. fine tools/small etc.).

5. Protected against dust that may harm


6. Totally dust tight.

Second Digit (moisture protection)

0. No protection.

1. Protection against condensation.

2. Protection against water droplets deflected

up to 15° from vertical

3. Protected against spray up to 60° from


4. Protected against water spray from all


5. Protection against low-pressure water jets

(all directions)

6. Protection against string water jets and


7. Protected against temporary immersion.

8. Protected against prolonged effects of

immersion under pressure.

In the scheme of things the boxes are bulky but

when you have invested several thousand

pounds/dollars/euros/rupees or even roubles it

makes sense to protect your investment. Indeed

having spoken to some professional adventure

photographers in America, they cannot insure

their equipment unless the protection

equipment meets IP68 standards.

The Everest Cases range in size from a product

that can accommodate nothing more than an

i P h o n e t h r o u g h t o a m a s s i v e

632mm×474mm×212mm case.

So they are ideal for taking on expeditions or

used by film crews etc. I have been trialling a

case that is big enough for a DSLR with

300mm lens, it fits nicely into my day sack and

does not attract attention from opportune

thieves who can spot a shoulder slung camera

bad a mile off.

Making your camera less attractive to steal is

worth thinking about in 2013 according to

Lenstag, the top three cameras stolen were the

Nikon D7000 then the Canon 60D and then the

Canon 7D. Are these cameras in your armoury?

It also important to note that of all the cameras

stolen, 29% were stolen from cars, 10% Airport

and Baggage Claim and 6% Mugging. So it

makes sense to have a storage system that does

not attract the attention of too may people.

The products are not available at the retail level

in the UK at this moment in time so I am

currently doing market research into the

feasibility of importing the products and

establishing a route to market.

Anyone interested in obtaining further details or

purchasing one of these cases, please contact

me at Mountainrite.

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Product Review

Kowa Prominar Lens and Spotting Scope

Wildlife photographers often discuss their

various zoom lenses, but I have not heard of

many who have used the Kowa Prominar range.

While at the Photography Show I took the

opportunity to look at the products on offer

including the three in one telephoto lens and the

spotting scope they produce.

Lets start with the lens, a single lens with three

focal lengths, 350mm F4, the 500mm f5.6 and

850mm f9.6 . One lens three mount adaptors

and a mount interchange system that means

changing cameras between manufacturers does

not mean changing the all the lenses.

Fluorite Crystal glass that helps provide

wonderful clarity, dust and weather resistant,

weight varies between 2025g and 2270g

depending on which focal length is used.

Photo Spot - Rags Ravhan

The Spotting Scope is equally as impressive, as

you might expect. Built using the same type of

lens and to the same high quality, but this scope

has an interesting trick available for the users of

some mobile phone cameras.

There is an adaptor available for the scope that

attaches to the phone camera and pushes over

the eye piece.

The mobile phone now has an 1800mm high

quality lens attached, and it works. What is

more, an adaptor is available to enable the use

of SLR and simple digital cameras, and also

video cameras with the scope.

Both the telephoto and the scope have excellent

photo quality.

Drawbacks, the only ones I could identify were

the fixed apertures and the scope is dual manual

focus. This latter is not a problem for phone

cameras but not sure how SLR’s will cope.

Then there is the price.

Right Place Right Time

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Santa Maria, Cape Verde

Tina Andreasson

As Stockholm is hit by yet another blizzard

from Hell, about as welcome as a meat loaf

with extra bacon served in a turtle-shell bowl

by Josef Fritzl in Lady Gaga's meat-dress at a

vegan party, I am glad to be off to Cape Verde

for a short but necessary vitamin-D absorption


It's a bit like being given a beautiful box of

macadamia chocolates only to find out you are

allergic to nuts... But you know what? I'm just

gonna pick those damn nuts out and enjoy the


So this institution I'm talking about, is a

phenomenon called "all inclusive".

We're at this huge complex in the middle of

nowhere created specifically for sun-deprived

westerners of whom most seem to need their

security blanket stitched together with patches

of familiarity, such as: familiar foods, alcohol,

coffee, and organised group activities lead by

over enthusiastic children's-show-host-likepeople.

It's beautiful but I freeze! All the time!

I am uncertain what the week holds in stock for

me besides the obvious rest in "corpse

pose" (yogis will know) on the beach with an

extra long straw to my umbrella drink to avoid

accidental sit-up (everyone I know will know),

but just in case of any unexpected adventures I

decided to write anyway.

Despite being sun deprived and enjoying the

occasional bender and strong coffee, I feel like

an outsider (this seems to be my fate). I don't

mind anymore, it suits me pretty well actually.

Being the constant observer, I put on my social

anthropology goggles and decide to have a


Knowing me, a small task such as tying my

shoe laces may turn into an adventure full of

danger and excitement! Curiosity hasn't killed

me yet, but I dare you damn you! (Bet someone

will have to quote me on that on my funeral

soon :o/). Well - meow!

Different times, different places, but this time

I've been put in an institution.

I knew it’d happen some day but never

expected it to be this way. Don't get me wrong,

I'd rather be here than at home and at work,

with the cold and darkness surrounding me. I

am here with some colleagues from my day job

thanks to a very kind and generous employer to

whom I am very thankful. So let's just get that

straight first!

How’s Business?

As soon as we arrived here we were tagged

with a blue plastic hospital-like bracelet that

shows we "belong" here and have access to all

the inclusive stuff. Weird...

First day my friends went down the beach

whilst I took a long walk exploring with my

Japanese friend (the camera).

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After being sandblasted and losing about 4

layers of skin I give up on the beach for the

day. Amazing waters for kite surfing! Note to

self: must try.

If it hadn't been for the fact that I'm spending a

fortune on my upcoming trip to Costa Rica I'd

be off exploring the island or throwing myself

into expensive activities, but my budget is

limited... Unfortunately my Marlin fishing

dream will have to wait...

If it hadn't been for a very sore foot (which was

sore before I most probably cracked the bones

in two toes kicking a couch (ask not and I shall

tell you no lies)) I'd be off again doing long

beach walks, but at the moment it's been feet up

next to the pool next to smoking fat Germans

and loud Finish kids, oh and gets

better... an AQUA GYM!!!

The Beach

There's a little town, Santa Maria, not far from

here but that's really it. There's no wildlife or

vegetation, it seems totally barren.

In Santa Maria the houses are quite pretty in all

their colours, but many are run down and

several are just empty shells.

Gym with a view

Santa Maria

The few shops we pass by are filled with over

priced artefacts, mainly from Senegal (?!).

I bet the Maasai I visited in Tanzania will come

in the future and watch these pale people and

their traditions - wading to the pool in Crocs to

follow the instructor and his "Simon Says"

game, to rid some calories before stuffing their

faces yet again...

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Enough of us being fascinated by cool African

tribes, these are interesting people too! Perhaps

I'm an alien. Nanoo.

Woke up in a haze because my bladder was

bursting. Dashed to the loo, opened the door,

turned around, shut the door, turned around to

find the toilet - only to find - the hallway!

Wrong bloody door!

Remembering how long it took for my roomies

to wake up the last time I knocked when they

were sleeping, I decided it'd be quicker for me

just to find another loo down the hall. For some

reason I expected there to be one, now I'm not

so sure why. Well there wasn't. So there I was,

absolutely busting, running around blind as a

bat without my thick glasses, trying desperately

to find my way back to the right room.

I Want Toooo!

Every night there's a show on of some theme or

another. I'm not being a snob or anything here.

Nothing wrong with this.

Perhaps I would've enjoyed it as a kid or old

and retired, or if I was someone else and liked

karaoke and aqua gym..

I'm not opposed to getting wasted and making a

fool of myself singing along to Gladys Night

and the Pips - but this is not the time and place

for me..

So I go to bed early, close my eyes to the

distant voices of drunk Europeans belting out

Mama Mia and I dream of Australia. North of

Shark Bay, far far away, sitting on top of the

hill at the pet cemetery we found.

In the company of close friends, in the middle

of the night, seeing the entire majestic milky

way and perhaps the glow reflecting from a

bushfire at some clouds in the distance giving

us a show (my kind of show) of lightning that

will take your breath away.

I had to run up to every room number sign and

basically press my nose against the wall to be

able to read! Luckily it all ended well and I

can't help but wish I could've seen the

expression on my face when I turned around

and realised I wasn’t where I'd planned to be...

I took the hour long beautiful beach walk to

Santa Maria with my camera and ended up

happily lost wandering the streets just taking in

the relaxed atmosphere and befriending the

locals. The people here are so friendly and laid

back. They'll ask you to look in their shop but

will accept no for an answer. Return the next

day and it feels like you know half the town!

After wandering the streets for a while I sat

down in the tiny town square, had a pineapple

drink and just watched the world go by whilst

enjoying the relaxed Portuguese rhythms from a

nearby café.

Sipping rum from a bottle that we share,

snacking on "road kill" (Aussie brand name for

delicious dried meat) or just a can of Stag. A

nightmare to some, pure luxury to me!

View from Papaya Café

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Later when I'd walked what I thought was half

way back to the hotel, I ended up where I'd

started in Santa Maria! Luckily, I didn't have to

be anywhere, so I finally made it back just a

short while later.

No words, no smiles (the other two chatter

away merrily, have a contagious laughter, and

sing songs and smile at me often, but Abilio is a

hard nut to crack), just a gesture to throw in the


I went looking for my friends by the pool, and I

thought it felt a bit strange, like something was

a bit off somehow. Couldn't find them, but on

my way to the room, I found the pool we'd been

to before! There are two almost identical pools

at this weird complex!

I head back to the room, put key in door, and it

doesn't open. Step back to look at room

number, and yes, the joke is on me. Wrong

number - wrong building! This place is freaking

me out! Help!

I just want to run around, wave my arms

hysterically, tear my hair out, fire a flare gun,

write S.O.S. in the sand, but instead I compose


It was comforting to find out later the same

thing happened to my colleague too earlier. The

institute hasn't broken me down yet! HA!

At 6.30am I'm standing alone by the pier

watching the full moon slowly give way to the

sun. I'm waiting for Abilio, a local fisherman I

managed to book a trip with some days earlier.

At 7 sharp, the tallest, biggest, and most serious

of the islanders turns up and introduces himself

as Abilio. He only speaks Portuguese, and my

little knowledge of French and Spanish doesn't

help, so few words are uttered... Luckily two

more fishermen come along of whom one

knows a little English.

So with my camera in a dry-sack (turns out to

be very lucky I had), out we go braving the

huge waves in Abilios small and colourful

wooden boat.

A thrillingly wavy ride later, we drop the

anchor and I'm given a piece of wood with a

fishing line with a hook and some bait


Two hours later I've caught 20 fish (I'm in the

top two of the crew in case anyone was

counting), chatted and laughed with the guys,

teased them for not keeping up with me, and

managed to lure perhaps a smile or two from


I was afraid he might think I'd be some

annoying girl tagging along and being all

squeamish, puking and ruining their day, so I

tried a little extra hard not to squeak as the huge

waves nearly threw us over several times and

focus on land when dizziness made me aware

of its occasional presence.

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another guy through the streets of Santa Maria

past the souvenir shops into the poor and run

down but colourful back streets into the

residential areas.

Action on the Pier

Heading out to sea

I insisted on hooking on the slimy bait myself

and managed to unhook most of the fish myself

too (some simply needed hands twice my size,

something Abilio could provide).

Abilio and I are communicating by now, we

don't really understand one another, but that's

unimportant. It's a bit like "Love Actually" (the

writer and the maid) but without the romance. I

think he's asked me to come back to his place to

eat, and I think I've agreed to do so...

Covered in fish poo, bait slime and drenched in

sea water sporting a huge grin on my face

(note:in my mind this grin is nearly toothless, I

have a peg leg, an eye patch, and throw in a

parrot too whilst your at it!), I get to steer the

boat back towards land.

After watching these pros do business on the

pier - gutting, scaling, and selling the catch - I

follow my three fishing companions and

For a moment it crosses my mind that I could

be getting myself into trouble here, following

four strangers to someone's place, nobody

knowing where I am, in a strange town, but my

curiosity is stronger than my concerns, and my

gut feeling was good. And for that I am


So I spend a wonderful afternoon with Abilio,

his friends and family, someone's wife and kids,

and someone's uncle and brother.

I buy some beers and they cook moray and

garopa (part of today's catch) and we eat and

drink and laugh and dance.

All of a sudden the coffee table is moved to the

side and the beautiful Portuguese music is

cranked up and people are moving like Shakira

on speed - even the baby!

I never thought this morning I'd be dancing and

laughing like this with serious Captain Abilio.

There was no running water, some drank wine

out of yoghurt cups - it was basic.

But we had food and drink and music and open

doors to a street where neighbours know and

greet each other, we had magic, and life was


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Ended the stay late that afternoon sitting on the

pavement chatting with someone's wife in "sign

language" and "Franespanglish" as she insisted

on helping me finish my braid I was struggling

with in the breeze.

Luckily as I wander around like an ant who's

lost his trail, I bump into the uncle from that

day! He shouts "ABIL!!!" (what feels like half

way across town to someone used to quiet

Swedes whose idea of an emotional outburst

equals sending in a complaint to the local

newspaper) and from around the corner comes

the big serious man, his little boy Bruno lights

up as he sees me

One out of two isn't bad I think to myself... But

I am beginning to understand Abilio's ways,

and as he kisses my cheeks and puts his fist to

his heart I do suspect he's happy I came looking

for him.

Man by Fishing Shed

A frantic kissing of cheeks and I was off with a

gut full of fish and rice and joy and love. This

was a day I will remember forever.

After all, he and his family and friends totally

made this trip. I travelled far that day.

I didn't get to fish for Marlin this time - but I

sure did enjoy this chocolate...

The following day after chilling out on the

beach and checking out the amazing huge surf

waves, I stroll into town again.

Armed with a bottle of wine and a big bag of

fruits, I go in search for Abilio's house. It's his

birthday on Tuesday and since I can't make it to

the party he kindly invited me to - and to thank

him for the wonderful day together - I wanted

to give him something.

Local Wildlife


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Proposed Photography Tour to Romania

Kev Sidford


Transylvania, with its name coming from Latin

– ultra silvam (beyond the forest), is one of the

most interesting and surprising regions of

Romania. Its German, Hungarian and

Romanian cultural traditions play a great role in

its cultural and ethnic diversity.

The Transylvanian plateau is surrounded by

mountain peaks (Carpathian Mountains) and

drained by sparkling rivers, which makes it

both a pleasant place for a relaxing holiday with

a landscape pleasing to the eye and an exciting

place for adventure-seeking travellers.

It is ranked as "Europe 8th most idyllic place to

live" by Forbes. After breakfast, we’ll walk

along the beautiful narrow streets of the town

and we’ll have enough time for taking good

photos; in the afternoon we’ll drive to

Dumbrava Forest for visiting Astra Open Air


Day 1

Flight from UK to Romania (Sibiu International

Airport). After meeting with our Romanian tour

leader, there will a transfer by modern minibus

to our accommodation located in Sibiu, not far

away to its old historical centre (where we’ll

have our dinner).

Day 3


About one and a half hour northwest of Brasov

(120 km), is Sighisoara (Hungarian: Segesvár,

German: Schäßburg), the last inhabited

medieval citadel in Eastern Europe. It is a place

straight out of the pages of a fairy-tale - one of

the best preserved medieval citadels in Europe,

a magical mix of winding cobbled alleys, steep

stairways, secluded squares, towers and turrets.

We will spend all day long here, visiting the

citadel and its main landmarks.

Day 2


Today we’ll spend the day in Sibiu; one of the

most important cultural and religious centres in

Romania as well a major transportation hub in

central Romania. The city used to be the centre

of the Transylvanian Saxons until World War II

and it was designated European Capital of

Culture for the year 2007, together with


Day 4

After breakfast, we’ll drive to Brasov, via

Saschiz and Viscri villages. Viscri is a

UNESCO Heritage Saxon village, which has a

fortified church that still exists even today from

12th century, located at about 60 km from

Brasov on the road towards Sighisoara.

The amazing thing about this place is that it is

practically cut off from the rest of the world.

On the way there only hay fields and hills

surround you, and very rarely you see human


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In the evening we’ll reach the city of Brasov

and we’ll have a well-deserved dinner and

clean cosy accommodation.


Day 6

Day 5

Black Church, Brasov

We will spend the first part of the day in

Brasov, visiting the old historical city centre,

The Black Church and Weavers Bastion, St

Nicholas Orthodox Church and First Romanian


Brasov is one of the largest and most cherished

cities of Romania. Located in Tara Barsei

(Burzenland), known also as Little

Transylvania, and surrounded on three sides by

mountains, it was a perfect place for a medieval

settlement. The old city, founded by the

Teutonic Knights in 1211, is one of the bestpreserved

cities in all of Europe.

It was thoroughly restored to the delight of an

increasing number of tourists. In the afternoon

we’ll drive to Bran to visit its famous castle

(known to be the home of Dracula’s spirit).

We’ll spend the day in Tara Fagarasului;

located at the foothill of the mountains is one of

the best-preserved areas from Romania.

It has been mentioned for the first time in 1222

as Terra Blachorum (the country inhabited by

the Romanians), while the settlement of

Fagaras (Fogros) was referred to in a document

of 1291.

Here we’ll visit The Temple of Destiny from

Sinca, The Old Watermill from Ohaba, The

Whirlpools from Lisa and, finally, Lipizzana

studs ranch. In the evening, we’ll be back to


Day 7

Returning to your home country.

If you wish to come along please contact me at

the above email address. If you are outside the

UK the trip is still open to you. Again if you

reside outside the UK but would like to attend,

please email me.


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Designations made easy APS-C and Canon EF-S

When a company brings out a lens they do not always tell

you that it is specificly designed to fit a particular

camera. If you are not into the technospeak then the

designations used may not be easily understood. Such is

the case with the APS-C lenses.

My question related to the Canon EOS 7D, and finding

the simple answer did not prove a simple matter. So in

the interest of keeping things simple for those new to

such things The following explanations may prove


The EOS 7D camera has an APS-C sized sensor

measuring 22.3mm x 14.9mm. As a result it is possible to

make a lens that projects the image on to this smaller

than full-frame (36mm x 24mm) imaging area. The lens

can be made with smaller sized lens elements and to help

with the lens design it is often helpful for the rear of the

lens to be positioned closer to the image sensor.

The camera with the smaller sensor needs a smaller

mirror to bounce the view to the view finder. When the

picture is taken and the mirror pops up to allow the image

to be captured the mirror doesn't extend as far forward.

This allows the rear assembly of the lens to intrude

deeper in the mirror box.

Canon's EF-S lens mount accepts lenses designed for

full-frame and APS-C size sensors. Canon's EF-S lenses

cannot be mounted on their full-frame cameras - physical

restrictions usually.

Some of the independent lens makers design their lenses

a little differently and so it might be possible to mount a

lens from sigma/tamron etc designed for the smaller

imaging area of an APS-C sensor to be fitted on a fullframe

camera. However what you typically get is an

image with severe vignetting and / or terrible optical

quality at the edge of the frame.

The EOS 7D has a lens mount with both a white square

mark and a red dot mark. Canon EF lenses have a red dot

on them and Canon EF-S lenses have a white square

mark on them. This camera accepts both kinds of lenses.

The EOS 6D lens mount only has the red dot on the

mount, so it won't accept the EF-S lenses with the white


Put another way...

APS-C is the industry designation given to the smallerthan-full-frame

sensor size used in a camera, the one we

called a "crop sensor" (in Rebels, 60D, 7D, etc.)

EF-S is Canon's own proprietary designation given to

their line of lenses made specifically to fit and perform

with their APS-C camera bodies. It isn't a sensor

designation, like APS-C is.

So if a third party maker lens (Tamron) says their lens is

compatible with APS-C sensor cameras, and specifically

mentions that their lens has a Canon-compatible mount,

then that lens should fit and perform with the 7D just


Many thanks to Brian Worley and Christopher Budny for

this insight.

Now finally and just for a bit of fun, where was this

picture taken?

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Any one who would like to write a feature article for the magazine, please do. I have no real limit on the magazine

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