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  1. Lightmancer

    Queen's Wayfarers Short Trips #1 Twice Shy now available for pre-order!

    7th December 2020. Just sayin'.
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    If you are in the US - and you are quick - I'm doing a giveaway on Goodreads

    Yes, it's true. The Kindle version of Sharp Focus is being given away for a limited time to just 100 people. Unfortunately, Goodreads only allow such offers in CONUS, but if you qualify, please feel free to go for it! You should be able to enter here: Book giveaway for Sharp Focus (The...
  3. Lightmancer

    Sharp Focus, the Queen's Wayfarers 2 NOW AVAILABLE!

    I apologise it's taken a little longer than I intended, but as leaked here: Overexposed - The Queen's Wayfarers #1 - now published! I have just released the Queen's Wayfarers Book 2, Sharp Focus for pre-order on Amazon. To be precise, the ebook version only is available for pre-order. Paperback...
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    Riddle me this...

    Triggered by Amin's recent thread about a camera that can upload to a phone in realtime, I would like to pose the following questions... 1. Why are there no cameras with SIM cards? 2. Why are physical SIM cards still a thing anyway? 3. Why does my phone have a biometric sensor but my...
  5. Lightmancer

    NSFWhaaaat...?

    Now, I am no prude. Nor, however am I a purveyor of prurient porn... Imagine my surprise when I dipped into my own 500px portfolio (you can find it at Bill Palmer ) and I discovered that a couple of my images had been not just labelled as "NSFW" but actually shrouded from view, thus... What...
  6. Lightmancer

    Free range, and proud.

    Look, I know that personally I don't work in a big corporate office these days and I have every sympathy for those that do, but look at this... It's real, not a spoof. They are actually selling Tupperware containers for people. I can think of nothing - truly nothing, more misery-making...
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    Vision 2020 Thread the Third - January 22 - 31

    Post 'em here!
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    Vision 2020 Thread the Second - January 11- 21

    Post 'em here!
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    Vision 2020 Thread the First - January 1- 10

    Post 'em here!
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    Vision 2020 - please form an orderly queue to the right of this post

    So, those who have been paying attention over the festivities will know that I asked if there was going to be a SiJ next month. The short answer is no, there isn't, but for those who have new toys to try, or just have an itchy shutter finger, we have Vision 2020 instead. To mark the start of...
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    Are we SiJ'ing next month?

    Just a quick query, and my apologies if it has already been discussed and decided... Is there going to be a Single in January next year? Asking 'cos I have a new camera (and not the one you think!)
  12. Lightmancer

    Fuji New Fuji store in Covent Garden opens today

    ...it might be a tad crowded for the first hour or three... ...the queue is 'round the corner with 2 hours to go.
  13. Lightmancer

    Fuji X-Pro3 first impressions

    So, I picked mine up today. The quality of construction has taken a step up. I remember that my original X-Pro felt a bit "hollow", particularly coming from a couple of decades of Leica M use. The 2 improved on that, but the 3 feels hewn from a solid block of dense black stuff. The built in...
  14. Lightmancer

    Only thing is...

    ...I can't remember exactly which photos I submitted! Anyway, three submitted, two accepted, which is nice.
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    Fuji Nick 2019

    It's that time of year again... Here is this year's crop of Nick shots. All shot with the 56 this time around.
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    Fuji Showcase Fuji 16-80mm f4

    Mine arrived today. First impressions very favourable... The Angel of Lens Testing at 16mm... 23mm... 35mm... 50mm... 80mm... ...all at f4. I do like the bokeh: And I'm impressed by close up performance: Some further views: All SOOC, shot with an XT2.
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    Fuji Wide boy?

    It occurs to me that I am in danger of being over-endowed in the wide lens stakes... Bear in mind that my primary use of a wideangle is when travelling, in urban environments, to get things in. That means people and/or architecture in particular. As I stand I have the 14mm and the recent...
  18. Lightmancer

    Cameraderie Challenge #21 - WINNER ANNOUNCED - Random acts of kindness

    Welcome to Salon #21. This time around I have chosen an abstract concept for you to illustrate; "RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS". Interpret and present it as you see fit. I'm looking for people shots predominantly, but I'm prepared to be surprised - I know how creative everyone is. You could focus...
  19. Lightmancer

    Matters legal and commercial - advice please.

    Long story short. I took this photo ten years ago, on film (a Leica llD, if you are curious.): It is my and my wife's hands. The ring you can just see on my little finger is quite distinctive and the table is my dining table. I still have the negs. There is no doubt it is mine. I use Pixsy...
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    Help... there's a bit of software that I've lost...

    I had to have my main desktop re-fettled this week. It now has new RAM, a new SSD and new WiFi and sound cards. Unfortunately to get it fixed I had to have a clean install of Windows 10. I've spent most of today reinstalling software, but I'm missing a little bit of freeware that I used to...
  21. Lightmancer

    It's all Greek to me...

    [Rant mode on] Instagram. Driving me nuts... For reasons best known to themselves they fill my timeline with adverts in Greek. Not just one or two, but most. I have complained, multiple times. I have moaned on Twitter, I have assiduously tagged each Greek advert as "Offensive", or as...
  22. Lightmancer

    Have you ever had one of those days when...

    ...everything goes right? Not only did I, after two years of hard graft, launch my mobile app for people caring for elderly relatives (CareHound, available now on Google Play and shortly on the App Store in the UK, on Twitter @CareHoundUK and Facebook "CareHound" )... But I also won a camera...
  23. Lightmancer

    The shape of things to come...?

    There's a really interesting article in The Guardian about contemporary photography and the future. It's well worth a read. It's cup-of-tea long, but i do recommend investing the time. Some of the opinions expressed are trenchant, some - perhaps depressingly - prescient. True to it's socialist...
  24. Lightmancer

    In Napoli...

    Well, in the Bay of Naples, more like. Just a few shots with the X-Pro2 and X100F on our recent jaunt to Italy. We stayed in Sorrento and on Ischia and visited Amalfi. I love Italy to the extent that I go to evening classes to learn the language well enough to chat to the locals.
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    Micro 4/3 The last time I was wrong was 4 years, one month, 8 days ago...

    ...and here is the proof: The official I don't want the LX100 thread Prior to that was, oh, November 1977, I think... Let me explain. After my ill considered but thankfully short flirtation with the Sony RX100 I went back to the drawing board. I still had a yen (geddit?) for a high quality...
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    Fuji Nick 2018

    Those who have known me for a while will remember that I have been shooting my friend Nick - at his request - for the past eight years, thus... This, I think, is the best of this year's crop. Please let me - and by extension Nick - know what you think. All images shot with the X-Pro2.
  27. Lightmancer

    News Excuse me...

    ...for interrupting your day. I simply wanted to let you know that Queens Wayfarers #1, in which Guy Miller bests a French spy has been reduced to just £0.99/$0.99 on Amazon Kindle in honour of Bastille Day :biggrin: You can procure your copy here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B071VGB5W1...
  28. Lightmancer

    Sony RX100 - it's going back...

    Currently sitting around a pool on Ischia, my thoughts turn to toying with the idea of something tiny and high quality. m4/3 is not for me, so in today's market that means Sony. I'm happy with a 2x zoom, and value lens speed over reach. I want decent jpgs with the ability to capture raw for...
  29. Lightmancer

    Sony Seen this...? The RX100VA debuts.

    Another new Sony! The RX100 VA is Announced! – Steve Huff Photo
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    If you are on Facebook, I wonder if you can do me a small favour...

    It turns out that I have two photos shortlisted in this year's Surrey Adult Learning Photography Competition - my only qualification is that I go to this august establishment to learn Italian and to brush up on my Tai Chi. The top prize is a voucher that would just about cover another term's...
  31. Lightmancer

    Fuji Sound recording on an X-Pro2...

    Now, before I ask my question, please be aware that I am to video what The Rock is to needlepoint. I don't do it, it has never interested me, I don't know the jargon, or anything. That said, I need to do some short video clips for my company... Nothing fancy, stick-on-a-tripod, talking head...
  32. Lightmancer

    Ricoh Goldilocks and the three GXRs

    So, As I have recounted before, it was a GXR that first brought me to Serious Compacts back in the day. I was a committed Leica user with a lot of Leica, Voigtlander and even Canon M and LTM mount glass and I disliked the then Leica digital offerings (with the honourable exception of the...
  33. Lightmancer

    Peper Harow Point to Point, May 2018

    Ah, yes... Spring is back with a vengence. Rainy, showery, miserable, damp, wet... We went to the Point to Point horse races at Peper Harow today. This is less than 20 minutes from home in distance terms but about 80 years back in time. It's a beautiful place and it hosts an annual Point to...
  34. Lightmancer

    Fuji Showcase Fujinon XC 15-45mm 3.5-5.6 OIS PZ

    So, I have one; one of the first in the UK. First impressions - it is incredibly light. Powered off it is about the same in length as a 35mm f2. In use it extends by about an inch and a half. The mount is plastic. It has two rings, one narrower for focus and the wider for the power zoom...
  35. Lightmancer

    Infamy!

    The Daily Mail is an extreme right wing tabloid newspaper in the UK that races enthusiastically to the bottom of any breaking story and employs eleven-year-olds to trawl social media in search of fillers for column inches. We Want Plates is a Twitter account that shines a light on restaurants...
  36. Lightmancer

    This is why I haven't had a lot of time for photography lately...

    Far be it from me to tootle my own trumpet, but I just wanted to share a little bit of personal news. For the past 18 months I have been working with a few people to bring to market an app to help people to organise care for their elderly relatives. It's been a long journey so far and we have...
  37. Lightmancer

    Doodles and daubs

    I amused myself yesterday by sticking a pinhole lens on the front of my X-Pro2. I amused myself today by converting the photo into a drawing - a sharp rendition of a fuzzy image. I used to draw and paint quite a bit before I first seriously picked up a camera. I'm a little out of practice -...
  38. Lightmancer

    Fuji Thingify Pinhole Pro

    An interesting little oddity this. The Thingify Pinhole Pro is exactly what the name implies - a pinhole lens. It is quite well made, and offers the advantage of a variable aperture using Waterhouse stops. It comes in Fuji X mount (other mounts are available) I stuck my X-Pro2 on my Sunpak...
  39. Lightmancer

    Fuji Fujox

    Xerox inks merger with Fujifilm Wow...
  40. Lightmancer

    "Trilens" - wouldya...?

    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/trilens-the-new-way-of-changing-your-lenses-camera/x/4444842#/ It reminds me of some of the contraptions for Leica over the years. The Benser Base and the Lens Carrier-M...  ...This was mine,
  41. Lightmancer

    Fuji HMS Queen Elizabeth in Portsmouth Harbour

    The Royal Navy finally has a proper flat-top to play with once more. I nipped down to Portsmouth Royal Naval Dockyard at the weekend for a quick peek. It's not possible to get too close, but here are a few shots. Portsmouth is a historic dockyard which also contains the remains of the Mary...
  42. Lightmancer

    Fuji USS George.W.Bush in The Solent

    X-Pro2, 18-135mm, blowing a gale. I'd have thought they would have made a bit of an effort to tidy up the flight deck before they came to visit... :D SOOC, Camera Remote to portable telephone, and thence to here.
  43. Lightmancer

    Grown-ups start here (corrected from "all this for free")

    Following feedback I've revamped the paperback version of my book; it's now in 12-point to make it more legible, and has a new "grown-up" cover:
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    Fuji All this for free...!

    A couple of things... Following feedback I've revamped the paperback version of my book; it's now in 12-point to make it more legible, and has a new "grown-up" cover: Amazon have also announced that Prime members get to read books for FREE: Now you have no excuse ;)
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    Fuji Overexposed - The Queen's Wayfarers - Book 1 Now available!

    Ok, after nine months of writing and an awful lot of researching, I have just published my first novel. It's an action adventure - a thriller set in Europe against the backdrop of Brexit and shifting political certainties. Our hero, Guy Miller, is a man of middle years who makes a living...
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    Overexposed - The Queen's Wayfarers #1 - now published!

    Ok, after nine months of writing and an awful lot of researching, I have just published my first novel. It's an action adventure - a thriller set in Europe against the backdrop of Brexit and shifting political certainties. Our hero, Guy Miller, is a man of middle years who makes a living...
  47. Lightmancer

    What is it Wednesday #90 and three quarters

    Sorry for the delay, been a tad busy...! Soooo, what is this? It shouldn't be hard... Each member gets one guess. The answer will be revealed on the following Tuesday. The first (or MOST) correct guess has the honour of submitting the image for the next challenge. Sometimes there will be...
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    Fuji Coming soon...

    ...my next book. Here's the final manuscript: It’s a post-Brexit action adventure that sweeps from the streets of London to Lisbon, Seville and... Our hero is a photographer with a journey he has to make - and a secret he has to keep... Target publication is mid-May and I'm planning to...
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    Coming soon... nearly there...!

    ...my next book. Here's the final manuscript: It’s a post-Brexit action adventure that sweeps from the streets of London to Lisbon, Seville and... Our hero is a photographer with a journey he has to make - and a secret he has to keep... Target publication is mid-May and I'm planning to...
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    Fuji Browning was right...

    Oh, to be in England Now that April's there, And whoever wakes in England Sees, some morning, unaware, That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf, While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough In England - now! Robert Browning, Home Thoughts from...
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