Down sizing

Trading in my old Nikon D50 for the Olympus OM-D

I decided, after a huge amount of indecision, to sell all the Nikon gear that I had accumulated over the years and switch over to Micro 4/3, in an attempt to revive my flagging interest in photography.


The problem had been, for a long time, that I was fed up with lugging around a big DSLR and a big heavy lens/lenses, to the point where I just wasn’t taking my gear with me. For years I had an old NIkon D50, which in itself wasn’t too cumbersome but attached to it was, for the most part because of it’s versatility, a Nikon 18-200mm VR zoom lens, which was huge and also weighed a ton. Micro 4/3 had been around for a while but none of the cameras available really took my fancy. That was until the Olympus OM-D appeared and straight way I wanted one. Everything seemed right. The size, the image quality and the price wasn’t too steep but would it do the same job as a DSLR? All the reviews pointed to the fact that it could, so I finally decided that best thing to do was just to bite the bullet and make the switch.

The order went in for a silver OM-D with the 12-50mm kit lens. I ordered from, who I had bought stuff off in the past and the service had always been good, also they had the best price by far and they were one of the few places that actually had the camera in stock, as it had not long been released. The old Nikon D50, 4 lenses and a flash gun all went on ebay and didn’t have any trouble getting the prices I was looking for. The money made from the Nikon gear more than covered the cost of the new OM-D.

A new year resolution!

!!!   More Photography   !!!

Here’s a few from our New years day walk round Mugdock reservoir.

500px – A great way to show off your photography!

I recently signed up with 500px, in my opinion one of the best photo sharing communities on the web right now. Check it out here

For a pretty cheap $20 a year you can upload as much as you want, and its really easy to organise all you images into sets. There’s even the opportunity to sell your stuff.

It’s also a great place to get some inspiration, with thousands of amazing images uploaded every day by users.

You can check out my portfolio here

Elephantegg Website

Here’e a recent website that I produced for my brother. He’s an Animator and has worked on some of the most popular children’s series from the past few years, including Pepper Pig and Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom.

He wanted a website where he could show off some of his work. WordPress was the ideal platform to use because it would enable him to create and maintain his own galleries.

It was one of those great jobs that you get to work on as a freelancer, mainly due to the subject matter which is really cool, with lots of opportunities to use use some of his artwork, and the fact that there were no tight deadlines that had to be met.

It was also a good opportunity to get familiar with WordPress, which is something that I’m fairly new to. I used the ‘Gallery Plugin’ by BestWebSoft, which is really easy to work with and produces nice looking galleries.

You can checkout the site for your self here


84 Million Stars and Counting

Using a whopping nine-gigapixel image from the VISTA infrared survey telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory, an international team of astronomers has created a catalogue of more than 84 million stars in the central parts of the Milky Way. This gigantic dataset contains more than ten times more stars than previous studies and is a major step forward for the understanding of our home galaxy. The image gives viewers an incredible, zoomable view of the central part of our galaxy. It is so large that, if printed with the resolution of a typical book, it would be 9 metres long and 7 metres tall.

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