Well, I didn’t see this coming! My new daily wearer and only watch, a SEIKO SRP777K1. Unfortunately, due to illness, my eyes have deteriorated enough to find the small day/date wheel on my much loved Damasko DC66 just a tad too challenging so I was forced to replace it with something a little easier to read. A full review on this watch will be forthcoming in the next few weeks as this has literally just returned to me after a full movement calibration and an AR’d sapphire crystal upgrade.
It’s always nice to have your work praised or appreciated, so I was pleased to see The Telegraph bought one of my images and published it a short while ago as their Picture Of The Day! (You can view the rest of the images in this series here). Today, I’m pleased to report The Guardian has followed suit!
I’m currently working on my post processing and trying to establish my own “signature” PP using Photoshop, Iridient Developer, Zerene Stacker and a few others along with various plugin PS software. With regard to small things such as tiny flowers, insects etc.. my personal preference is generally for a searingly sharp final image. I want to see as much detail as possible! However, for the mass population viewing the images, probably only a small percentage have my exact same tastes. Many, instead, prefer the images to be as natural as possible, showing something near to what the eye sees. Others prefer a soft-focus approach giving a more “dreamy” rendition. There’s no right or wrong here, it’s all personal taste and at the end of the day, whatever the photographer intended is how the final image should look. Above and below are two images “developed” almost identically but the first one has been deliberately rendered “soft” as a final edit using Topaz Soft Focus 1. The question is: which do you prefer? Answers on a post card, please! (As usual, click on the images to bring up a larger, hi-res version but do, please, respect my copyright).
£40 shipped for this lens and it delivers results that lenses in the +£1k mark deliver and because it’s design is flawed you’re in for some exciting DOF/bokeh! What this little lens is famous for is the unusual “orb” bokeh that it delivers due to an optical failing in the design. This not a great image but I took it simply to demonstrate the unusual effect. This orb effect is much loved by Helios enthusiasts and has given the lens a real cult following.