Category: Other Stuff

Beautiful Old World Monkey – Cherry Crowned Mangabey

Spend some time in contemplation with this beautiful Old World Monkey the Cherry Crowned Mangabey (Cercocebus torquatus)

AKA: Red Capped Mangabey, Collared Mangabey or the White Collared Mangabey

An endangered species that is hunted for food and is threatened by severe habitat loss.

Filmed with the Blackmagic pocket cinema camera (BMPCC) 6K G2 and the Canon EF 70-300 L IS USM lens. Indoor lighting.

Spring In The Park. Nature, shot in Blackmagic RAW – BRAW

Shot some nature footage this spring in and around some parks local to me.

A variety of shots including macro and long telephoto.

Shot in Blackmagic RAW (BRAW) using: Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera – BMPCC 6K G2 Blackmagic Video Assist 12G 5 inch connected to the Panasonic S1 & S5. Lenses: Panasonic 24-105, Sigma 150-600mm (L Mount), Tamron Adaptall 2 90mm Macro (72B).

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (BMPCC) 6K G2 – First test shots

First time out with the BMPCC 6K G2. Shot using legacy Tamron Adaptall lenses:

Adaptall 2 70-210mm (46A)
Adaptall 2 80-210mm (103A)
Adaptall 2 90mm Macro (72B)

The first thing that impresses is how well this camera captures colour and how relatively easy it is to edit BRAW files in Davinci Resolve. I’ve been shooting with the Panasonic S1 and the Blackmagic Video Assist 12G 5 inch recording monitor also using the BRAW codec. There is a difference between the two versions of BRAW that is now plain to see, the BMPCC files are much smoother to edit and playback on the PC and the colour science is very different.

I’m unsure about where to go with lenses in the future when shooting with the BMPCC but for now my trusty legacy Tamron Adaptall lenses are filling the gap.

FIGHT! Pigeons in a flap.

These two pigeons were having a fight.

Can you guess why?

  • 1. Territorial challenge.
  • 2. Lovers tiff.
  • 3. Don’t keep calling me a rat with wings.
  • 4. You slept with my wife/husband.
  • 5. A mugging.
  • 6. A lawful arrest.
  • 7. Got out of bed the wrong side.
  • 8. This will toughen you up son.
  • 9. Paid in bread by me to fight.
  • 10. ?

Filmed in Raw with the Panasonic S1, Sigma 150-600mm lens and Atomos Ninja V.

The speed of the Moon, how fast does it move?

The Moon appears to move very fast across the sky, but at what speed is it travelling?

All is not what meets the eye, this video might explain why.

Disclaimer: not remotely scientific or accurate but some may find it interesting.

Young Cormorant. Panasonic S1 and Sigma 150-600mm Sports Lens

Spotted this young cormorant perched on a floating “island” in the middle of a small lake in Essex. A proud beautiful bird who honoured me by displaying his open wings and making the clip even better.

This is the first time I have seen a cormorant in the wild and I’m grateful that the Sigma lens had enough reach for this shot.

I usually shoot in manual focus mode but the movement of the island was unpredictable so for the first time I used constant autofocus with bird recognition. The S1 {mounted on a tripod} stayed pretty much on target with just a couple of very minor hiccups, which all in all wasn’t bad considering the flowing water that sparkled all around the subject. As said manual focus would have been difficult so I’m grateful to have the shot.

King of the swingers, locked and loaded. Comedy. Viewer discretion advised!

Cute capuchin monkey is not bashful and seems to be enjoying his day!

Contains monkey nudity, view at your discretion. If this one doesn’t go viral I’m giving up! 😉

Original footage available to licence at:

Ring-Tailed Lemurs. Beautiful creatures and my favourite Primate! (Panasonic G9)

A few minutes in which we share some wonderful time in the company of ring-tailed lemurs. An incredibly intelligent social animal and very cute with it!

To add to the cuteness factor there is lots of footage of young pups, one of which takes a liking to my tripod.

Shot with the Panasonic G9 camera and Olympus 40-150 F2.8 Pro Lens. Captured in Panasonic V-LOG L.

Gibbon calls an emergency at the zoo ;-)

Just a bit of fun. Original footage available to licence at:… &…

Unknown Hero. Air Vice Marshal George Lott. RAF 1922-1959.

I was honoured to be involved in the production of a book that charted the career of George Lott who entered the RAF at 15 years of age as a boy mechanic and retired some 37 years later with a rank of Air Vice Marshal. The book was written by the man himself albeit unbeknown to his family until the manuscript, documents and photos were discovered after his death in 1989.

As part of his long career George Lott commanded a Hurricane squadron in 1940 during WW2.

The book in PDF format is available for purchase at: