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
One of the Photo Opportunities.
Next stop was the Canon stand to fulfil a few
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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
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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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
Steve Cook - USA
Robert Murray - Scotland
Nicholas Rao - India
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
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 photosociety.net nearer
to the date. Those attending may wish to get their tickets
in advance (20% discount) pre-order details at http://
www.hertsshow.com 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 wetransfer.com or emailed to email@example.com 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
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
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
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
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.
THEN CHECK THE FINAL RESULT. Once
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
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
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.
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 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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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
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
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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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
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
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.
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
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
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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
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
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.
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.
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
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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 www.macwet.com
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
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
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.
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
EVEREST CASE - GEAR REVIEW
Kev Sidford FRGS
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
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
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
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
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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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
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
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
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 wait...it gets
better... an AQUA GYM!!!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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Proposed Photography Tour to Romania
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
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).
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.
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
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.
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
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
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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
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
Now finally and just for a bit of fun, where was this
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