Devils pulpit revisit

The other week I headed back to the Devil’s Pulpit in Scotland with my wife and a couple of pals who had been wanting to see it for a while. Even though I’ve been before still damn hard place to find. Nearest Postcode is G63 9QL, you need to park in the wee pull in at the road by the wee bridge and walk down the path jumping over the barb wire. When you do get to the steps that lead down it’s still a mission getting down the stairs and I would not recommend trying on a wet day. Fortunately on this visit we had glorious weather.

A 3 bracket HDR taken with my Sony A7R Camera. Some photoshop tidying and Nik color effex.

Devils pulpit revisit
Devils pulpit revisit

Micro Drone 3.0 Current best price in UK £89

Micro drone 3.0
Micro drone 3.0

A while back I stumbled across the Micro Drone 3.0 and although I was not sold at the time Ive been checking them out a bit more as Ive noticed they have started coming up for sale online. They do look rather appealing and as much as I really liked the DJI Phantom 3 Standard there is still for me a couple of negative points about the Phantoms.

Downsides for me is the Phantoms are very bulky to carry around, spare batteries are very steep at £100+ each and for low flying very noisy. I found that I always end up taking the Phantom 3 really high just so I can’t hear it as that noise also attracts a lot of attention.

So anyway all of those boxes are ticked with the little Micro Drone 3.0 although not by any means perfect in other areas. From the video quality Ive seen on the internet I know I will struggle to get usable footage from the little 720 HD camera and as the gimbal is still not available any more then a slight breeze will make for some shaky video. But, Im expecting the new 1024 camera to debut soon and the gimbal so I decided to purchase a Micro Drone 3.0 now and hopefully won’t have too long to wait for the other bits when they come available.

Shopping around I found the best deal currently without going through the waiting list to be on eBay where I picked up new the kit comprising Micro Drone 3.0, 720 HD Camera, Controller, Phone holder and battery for £89. Which seems a good deal as you would be paying $175 directly and then having to wait and Im not sure if that would shipped in the UK so you could end up with import duties. And really you can’t go wrong through eBay / Paypal as any problem can easily charge back through Paypal.

I ordered mine yesterday so looking forward to testing and have a couple of overseas trips to Spain and Greece in the coming weeks which Im hoping to test the little drone out, I know I would not take the DJI Phantom 3 out on those trips due to the size.. so this little drone sounds ideal.

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Zion National Park

On are road trip across the USA we started in Florida on the East coast and hired an RV vehicle and drove to California over on the West coast. We had 6 weeks on the road across America but at the last minute the RV hire company said we had to return the motorhome back in Florida, which meant having to drive East to West and then back East again.

On are trip we drove through the Zion National Park and this is a handheld shot with the Nikon D800 camera. We would have loved to spend more time in Zion as stunning scenery. Also having the RV was not so great in Zion as parking is not so great at Zion and was real busy with other cars and motorhomes.

Zion National Park
Zion National Park

Severalls Asylum time for bed

Psychiatrists were free to experiment with new treatments on patients seemingly at will, using practices now considered unsuitable such as electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) and the use of frontal lobotomy. The use of these treatments peaked in the 1950s. In her book Madness in Its Place: Narratives of Severalls Hospital, 1913-1997, Diana Gittins notes that often women were admitted by their own family, sometimes as the result of bearing illegitimate children or because they had been raped. As they would not always (or were unable to) carry out daily tasks, they were considered to be insane and some were even subjected to ECT and lobotomy. A change in management during the 1960s (and likely a change in social acceptance) saw reforms introduced including the creation of art and music therapy programs and the widespread use of drugs and medication.

severalls asylum time for bed
severalls asylum time for bed

Sony A7R Cheapest Full Frame pro camera ?

The Sony A7R is a lot of camera for an extremely low price. When my Nikon D800 died for the third time I decided to make the switch to mirrorless. I had been tempted by the small form factor for some time and on paper the Sony A7R is actually a slightly better camera then my old D800 but minus the weight. Having done a lot of travel photography over the years with my D800 I was finding it cumbersome and I knew that I was no longer enjoying the experience of lugging so much weight around across country, the thought of having everything I needed in a much smaller, compact size was becoming much more appealing to me.

I was able to pickup one of the last A7R’s at my local Jessops store in Glasgow for £795. Which was an absolute steal of a price, and even against the newer A7Rmk11 I preferred the smaller A7R. I liked the fact the A7R had the electronic view finder which meant I had no worries of light coming in when doing long exposures and I did not need the extra megapixels of the newer model nor that extra price tag.

Ive always been a manual focus shooter and I loved how easy the peaking focus was on the Sony A7R and of course that meant I could use all the old and wonderfully cheap film lenses like the Minoltas.

Having now been shooting with the Sony A7R for a few months now my only regret is not making the change sooner, I know my last big road trip across South East Asia would have been so much more fun and productive if I had the little Sony instead!

For less then a £100 I picked up a few older lenses all of which I find a real pleasure to use and have produced some tremendous photos.. really can’t fault them at all.

Sony A7R Camera
Sony A7R Camera

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