Category: Photography

A DIY photography hack. Changing lenses on a monopod/tripod with just one hand.

Came up with this simple little DIY gadget which helps make the changing of lenses whilst using a monopod/tripod much easier and faster. I use this with MFT lenses which are mostly compact and lightweight. The same tool can be made for different lens systems but you must be sure that whichever system you use that the caps are capable of holding the weight of the lens. This is not meant to be a permanent method for carrying lenses, do so at your own risk.

Orchid – Phalaenopsis

Orchid 01

A gift from a friend.

Garden Lilies

Garden Lilies

The Lilies in our garden this year are spectacular!

Places to visit: “Parc de la Colline aux Oiseaux” in Caen, Normandy, France.

We have visited this park in the centre of Caen in Normandy, France many times during different seasons and never fail to enjoy it’s beauty. The park is maintained to a high standard and the gardens are well planted throughout the seasons. In 2019 the park celebrated it’s 25th year of existence. Seeing the park as it is now it’s incredible to think that the area was used as a municipal landfill for more than fifty years (1923-1973).

The park covers approximately 17 hectares (42 acres) and to enjoy the park in it’s entirety will see a good few kilometres pass underfoot. There are steps that meander up through the wooded sections although these can be avoided by using the paths which rise more gently to the higher parts of the park. The park is organised in to different areas. The most notable are probably the rose garden and the panorama but to be honest we enjoy the general atmosphere of the whole park and have been compelled to visit many times over the years. Yet still we discover new bits that we have missed before (or forgotten about).

There is much to like about the “Parc de la Colline aux Oiseaux” it’s a great place to walk with much to keep the mind occupied. There are places to picnic, areas for the children to enjoy, and there are no charges to enter the park. If you visit Normandy it would be sad if you don’t give this a place on your itinerary.

More information can be found here:

This video was filmed in it’s entirety at the park over many different visits during different seasons and hopefully provides an insight in to what to expect.

The cameras used in this video are:
Panasonic G80. Pansonic 12-60mm f3.5/5.6 lens. Panasonic 14-140mm f3.5/5.6 lens. Olympus 45mm f1.7 lens. (used for more than 50% of the included contents).
Samsung NX1 with a variety of Tamron Adaptall II legacy lenses.
Osmo Pocket.

The Zoo! Animals in 4K – Panasonic G80/G85 with 14-140 lens and the Osmo Pocket

A trip to the zoo at Jurques, Normandy, France. We had a great day out and were lucky enough to get a little cooperation from the animals to capture some great shots in 4K. Hope you enjoy! Filmed in 4K mostly with the Panasonic G80/G81/G85 using the Panasonic 14-140 II lens.

There are a few shots with the DJI Osmo Pocket, namely the wide scenes at the Penguin feeding, the close-up of the Turkey and the follow shot with the Giant Tortoise, otherwise all the rest is with the Panasonic G80.

A Walk In The Woods 4K – A test of the Panasonic 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 kit lens for close-up (macro-ish)

A couple of hours spent in the woods close to my home to test (for the first time) the capabilities (mostly in close-up) of the Panasonic 12-60mm kit lens.

Photography – Spring Flowers in 4K. Panasonic G80 – Olympus 45mm F1.8

A short movie of early spring flowers shot at the “Parc de la Colline aux Oiseaux” in Caen, France. Shot entriely with the Panasonic G80 (G81-G85) and the Olympus 45mm F1.8 lens.

Photo-Video Tip/Hack 02 – BIG lenses on small cameras, a DIY project

In this video I show step by step instructions on how I created a tripod mount for making life easier when using large legacy lenses (such as Tamron Adaptall 2 SP60-300mm which weighs 1kg) on small fragile camera bodies like the NX3000 and other mirror-less cameras like my Pansonic G80 – Micro Four Thirds (MFT M4/3).

Photo-Video Tip/Hack 01 – The problem with lens caps

A simple solution to a problem you didn’t even know you had. Lens caps can easily collide with your front lens element when fitting them, here is an idea to help prevent that.

Photography – Taking it to the Streets – Caen, France

Took the Panasonic G81 (G80-G85) along with the Olympus 45mm f1.8 lens to the streets of Caen, France for some Street Photography. This is a custom slide show in 4K with some great music.

This camera and lens can be purchased from Amazon:
Camera Panasonic G80 (UK):
Lens Olympus 45mm (UK):
Camera Panasonic G85 (USA):
Lens Olympus 45mm (USA):