Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM SPORT Review

Recently, I embarked on an exciting trip to Ladle Hill, eager to photograph the RAF Parachute Display Team as they made a spectacular drop at the Highclere Castle Show. Despite the less-than-ideal weather conditions, I was determined to test the limits of my Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM SPORT lens on my trusty Canon 5DS R. With its class-leading 50.6MP image resolution, my Canon, despite its age, still holds its ground as a formidable camera, even in challenging situations. It’s worth noting here that I was approximately 3 to 4 miles away from Highclere Castle! Battling the Elements The journey to Ladle Hill beganRead More →

Ilford FP4 on Watership Down

Spring had finally settled in, and the warmth of the day hinted at the summer ahead. On a recent trip to Watership Down, I decided to bring along my trusty Bronica ETRSi, loaded with a roll of Ilford FP4+ film, to capture the enchanting landscape in black and white. Little did I know, the day would turn into a dramatic showcase of nature’s power and beauty. The Setting: Watership Down Watership Down, a name familiar to many from Richard Adams’ classic novel, is a picturesque hill in Hampshire, England. Known for its rolling fields and stunning vistas, it’s a paradise for photographers. The late springRead More →

Lomography Lady Grey 400: Capturing Witney: A Spring Day Through the Lens

Lomography Lady Grey 400 as the vibrant hues of spring began to bloom across Oxfordshire, I embarked on a delightful journey to Witney, a charming town steeped in history and adorned with picturesque streets. Armed with my trusty Canon EOS 300v and a roll of Lomography Lady Grey 400 film, I set out to capture the essence of this quaint English town through the art of street photography. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect—a gentle breeze carried the scent of freshly blossomed flowers, while the warmth of the sun danced upon the cobblestone streets. With each click of my camera shutter, I sought toRead More →

Capturing the Charm of Mevagissey, Cornwall: A Photographic Journey with the Zenza Bronica ETRSi and Ilford HP5 Film

Nestled along the rugged coastline of Cornwall, Mevagissey stands as a testament to the timeless allure of coastal villages. Its picturesque harbour, lined with colourful fishing boats bobbing gently in the tide, evokes a sense of tranquility that transports visitors to a bygone era. The quaint charm of its narrow streets, adorned with traditional stone cottages and vibrant flower displays, beckons explorers to wander and lose themselves in its enchanting atmosphere. Exploring Cornwall with the Zenza Bronica ETRSi and Ilford HP5 Film In an age dominated by digital photography, there exists a certain allure to the art of film photography—a nostalgia for the tangible processRead More →

My Photographic Journey in Looe, Cornwall: Shooting Kodak Max 400 on the Canon EOS 300v

Embarking on a journey to explore Looe, Cornwall, was a venture into the heart of natural beauty and coastal allure. As I prepared for this photographic expedition, I felt a surge of excitement coursing through me, fueled by the prospect of capturing Looe’s distinctive charm through the lens of my trusty Canon EOS 300v (which I’ll do a separate review soon), loaded with Kodak Max 400 film. Looe, with its rugged cliffs, quaint fishing harbors, and winding streets steeped in history, promised a plethora of photographic opportunities waiting to be discovered. Exploring Looe Through My Lens As I prepared my gear, I pondered over theRead More →

Rollei Ortho 25 Plus - Exploring the Seaside Landscape

In a world of photography, the choice of film type can significantly impact the final outcome of any image. One such film option is Rollei Ortho 25 Plus, a black and white orthochromatic film well known for its rendering great detail and tones. Unlike traditional panchromatic films, orthochromatic films like Rollei Ortho are sensitive to blue and green light, rendering scenes with a unique tonal interpretation. For my recent photographic trip to Milford on Sea, a place nestled along the picturesque South coast of England, I was drawn to Rollei. Intrigued by the prospect of capturing the beauty of this area, I saw this filmRead More →

Watership Down: 5 Black and White Film Images to Calm You

As a photographer, there are moments that transcend the ordinary and beckon you to capture the essence of a place in its raw and unfiltered state. Watership Down near Kingsclere, a location made famous by Richard Adams’ novel, is one such place. In the quiet embrace of February, armed with my trusty Bronica ETRSi and a roll of Ilford PAN F+ film, I set out to explore this iconic landscape through the lens of black and white photography. Camera Gear + Black and White Film Choice Equipped with my Bronica ETRSi, a medium format camera renowned for its sharpness and versatility, I opted for theRead More →

Elevate Your Creativity: 13 Enchanting Photographs from Mottisfont Abbey

As a photographer, every session is an opportunity to weave a visual tapestry that tells a unique story. Today, let me take you on a captivating journey through my lens and photographs, as I ventured into the enchanting Mottisfont Abbey or Mottisfont House in Hampshire, England, on an early January day in 2024. Embracing Mottisfont Abbey Gardens Winter Palette The canvas for my artistry was set against the backdrop of Mottisfont house (Mottisfont Priory), a location steeped in history and natural beauty. Armed with my trusty Bronica ETRSi and the warmth of my creativity, I embarked on a photographic expedition. The film of choice? MyRead More →

9 Proven Landscape Photography Tips - How to Elevate Your Photography

Landscape photography is an art that transcends capturing mere images; it’s about freezing moments in time, preserving the grandeur of nature. Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or just starting, mastering landscape photography requires a blend of skill, creativity, and an understanding of your surroundings. Here’s my 9 Landscape Photography Tips. The Magic of Golden Hour One of the key secrets to breathtaking landscape shots is harnessing the magic of the golden hour. As the sun gently kisses the horizon during sunrise and sunset, it casts a warm, soft glow, creating a mesmerising atmosphere. Pro Tip: Begin your shooting sessions during these hours for ethereal landscapes.Read More →

Stephen Paul Young

Embarking on a photographic journey is akin to selecting a life companion, and for me, the unwavering choice has been the Canon EOS 5DS R. Throughout the span of several years, this camera has transcended its role as a mere tool, evolving into a true partner, a silent witness to the multitude of moments that have been immortalised in its lens. It has become more than a device capturing pixels; it’s a repository of memories and emotions. From the ethereal glow of a sunrise over a mountain range to the candid expressions of loved ones during significant milestones, the Canon EOS 5DS R has beenRead More →

low light photography settings

As I sit here in my cosy home in rural North Hampshire, gazing out of the window, I’m reminded that winter is upon us in the United Kingdom. The days are growing shorter, and the familiar scenes of Autumn are slowly fading into the embrace of this enchanting season. The countryside transforms into a winter wonderland, and it’s a magical time for photography enthusiasts like me. I’ve had the privilege of experimenting with various photography techniques and settings, particularly delving into the realm of low light photography settings. Over time, I’ve learned the art of optimising these settings, a crucial skill for any photographer, especiallyRead More →

landscape photography

The Kennet and Avon Canal, Aldermaston Wharf, has always held a special place in my heart as one of England’s most picturesque landscapes, perfect for capturing its natural beauty. Nestled in the heart of the stunning countryside, this canal has become my haven as a photography enthusiast, offering breathtaking views throughout the year including canal boats, locks and wildlife. In this comprehensive guide, I invite you to join me on an exploration of the mesmerising natural beauty of the Kennet and Avon Canal at Aldermaston Wharf. Together, we’ll discover invaluable tips and secrets to help you capture truly exceptional photographs. As for the definition ofRead More →

winter photography

Soft snowflakes gently fall from the sky, illuminating the picturesque English landscape as the morning sun emerges on the horizon. As a photographer living in rural North Hampshire, with the likes of The Kennet & Avon Canal, Winchester, Morgaston Wood, and Watership Downs on my doorstep, I understand the magic of capturing winter’s beauty. In this Winter Photography tips article, I will share five essential tips to help you prepare and skillfully capture outstanding images of the stunning English countryside in winter. Read on for more winter scenery photography 5 Winter Photography Tips for you to Try Capture the enchanting winter landscapes of the EnglishRead More →

Mindful photography

In a world where the daily grind can often consume us, it’s essential to find moments of solace and rejuvenation. So, what is Mindful Photography? One remarkable way to achieve this is through the lens of a camera. Landscape photography, in its various niches, offers a unique gateway to escape the chaos of everyday life and discover the profound mental health benefits that nature can provide. From the tranquil shores of the South Coast to the breathtaking heights of the South Down, the South of England offers an array of stunning landscapes that can be your canvas for therapeutic photography, your mental health and photography.Read More →

Mild Autmn

Nestled in the serene, rural landscapes of North Hampshire, I find solace and inspiration in the splendid embrace of autumn. Living amidst this idyllic setting, I cherish the crisp early morning air and the symphony of rustling leaves as I embark on tranquil field walks for Rural landscapes in autumn. The freshness of these early hours invigorates my spirit and fuels my passion for capturing the essence of this enchanting season through photography. In this guide, I invite you to join me on a journey through the picturesque vistas of North Hampshire, where we’ll unravel the secrets to capturing the unparalleled beauty of autumn inRead More →