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Abandoned Hospital the Cambridge Military Hospital

Urban decay and peeling paint. The Cambridge Military Hospital opened its doors to patients in 1879. The name Cambridge came from His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge who was the Commander-in-Chief of the Army at the time. The hospital was built on a hill because current clinical thinking at the time thought that the wind would sweep away any infection and clean the air. The CMH was famed for its supposedly mile long corridor, with self contained wards and rooms branching off on either side.

It was hoped that this design would reduce cross infection. The Louise Margaret Hospital opened in 1898 and eventually changed its name and purpose in 1958 to become the Louise Margaret Maternity Hospital, caring solely for mothers and babies. The CMH was used throughout its years to house casualties from the majority of the wars this country has seen; from the first world war upto the first gulf war. The Cambridge Military Hospital closed down in 1996. Many factors were given as the reason for its closure; cost to maintain, efficiency and asbestos were among them.

Cambridge Military Hospital
Cambridge Military Hospital
LLMH - Theatre Corridor
LLMH – Theatre Corridor
LLMH - Blackout
LLMH – Blackout

LMMH - Switch
LMMH – Switch
LMMH - Peeling Paint and open doors
LMMH – Peeling Paint and open doors
LMMH - The lights are on
LMMH – The lights are on

lmmh - peeltastic with correction
lmmh – peeltastic with correction
CMH - Hospital
CMH – Hospital
CMH - Lonely Ward
CMH – Lonely Ward

Louise Margaret Maternity Hospital - Bathroom
Louise Margaret Maternity Hospital – Bathroom
LMMH - Peeling Paint
LMMH – Peeling Paint
Louise Margaret Maternity Hospital - The Bleeding Doors
Louise Margaret Maternity Hospital – The Bleeding Doors

Cambridge Military Hospital - Corridor Lamps
Cambridge Military Hospital – Corridor Lamps
CMH - Admin Corridor
CMH – Admin Corridor
CMH - Hospital
CMH – Hospital

All autofocus Sony FE and E-mount lenses for A7 A9

Sony E-mount Prime Lenses | Sony E-mount zoom Lenses | Zeiss Batis Lenses

Sony make questionably the best mirrorless cameras on the market with their new Sony A9 body aimed at sports and wedding photography and the high megapixel Sony A7R II for landscape and studio photography still highly regarded for a camera released in August 2015.

Even some two years later the Sony A7R II is an excellent buy right now as prices are dropping rapidly as the Sony A7R II is being replaced with the new Sony A7R III or Sony A9R. Today you can get a brand new 42MP Sony A7R II from as little as £1,700. This is a 50% reduction on the list price of over £3,000.

It makes good sense if you don’t currently own a Sony A7R II but want to move into mirrorless to purchase one now and invest in some quality Sony lenses for the same price as just the Sony A7R III / Sony A9R body without lenses. The A7R II is still a highly commended camera and still more then adequate with that huge 42MP sensor. And of course if you do upgrade to the Sony A9R later you can still use all your E-mount lenses and benefit from any early issues with the A9R being fixed / updated. I was one of the first to purchase the Nikon D800 and that camera had early problems.

The Sony E-mount has always been trying to catch up with huge amount of lenses offered for Nikon and Canon but Sony has been slowly building up the lenses they offer and now you can pretty much get any lens focal range or aperture that you need. Here is a full run down of all the Sony Autofocus lenses available right now for the Sony A7 A9 full frame cameras.

Sony E-mount Prime Lenses

Sony FE 28 F2.0 Lens – RRP. £429.00

Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens – RRP. £859.00

Sony FE 35 F1.4 ZA Lens – RRP £1,619.00

Sony FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Lens – RRP £1,500.00

Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 Lens – RRP £299.00

Sony FE 55mm/1.8 ZA Lens – RRP £969.00

Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens – RRP £500.00

Sony FE 85mm F1.8 Lens – RRP £600.00

Sony FE 85mm F1.8 GM Lens – RRP £1,889.00

Sony FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS Lens – RRP £1,079.00

Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS – RRP RRP£1,600.00

Zeiss Batis Primes

Zeiss Batis 18mm F2.8 E-mount Lens – RRP £ 1,299.99

Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 Lens – RRP £ 1,129.99

Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Lens – RRP £ 1,039.99

Zeiss Batis 135mm F2.8 OSS lens – RRP £ 1,749.99

Sony E-mount Zoom Lenses

Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G Lens – RRP £1,700.00

Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens – RRP £1,349.00

Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM Lens – RRP£2,300.00

Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens – RRP £1,129.00

Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 G Master Lens – RRP £2,269.00

Sony FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS – RRP £499.00

Sony FE 24-240 F3.5-6.3 OSS Lens – RRP £989.00

Sony FE 28-135mm f/4 G PZ OSS Lens – RRP £2,479.00

Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens – RRP £1,509.00

Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 G Master Lens – RRP £2,500.00

Sony FE 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G OSS Lens – RRP £1,349.00

Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS Lens – RRP £2,500.00

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon in Iceland

A few years ago I had the great pleasure to visit Iceland. I almost did not go when I missed my plane and the flight company could only offer me a latter flight at a more expensive price and I lost my money on the flight I missed. I bit my tongue and thought hell I’m at the airport now so lets just go.

Im glad I did as Iceland is an absolute travel photographers dream everywhere you go is something stunning in beauty and whilst in Jokulsarlon I caught a gem of a sunrise.

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon in Iceland
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon in Iceland

How to earn a living as a landscape travel photographer

I’ve been working as as travel photographer for coming up to 5 years. In that time I’ve travelled extensively to photography and experience the world. Highlight’s included spending 4 months in Australia traveling in a camper van all across Australia, two long road trips across America visiting most of the States, all over the UK Scotland, Wales, England and many countries including Iceland, France, Belgium, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, Ukraine, Spain, Greece, Italy, Norway, Saudi Arabia and numerous others.

It’s been a wonderful experience, I’ve made many friends along the way and more memories then I can remember. The only reason I decided not to be a location independent free (i.e. just on the road full time travelling without a home) was our cats. We have 4 cats and I have my one ‘Snowball’ whom is the spitting image of the cat from James Bonds Dr No. Anyway I could not leave her for a full time life on the road.

But, anyway I keep busy and have friends look after the cats when we are away and still manage to visit another country or two each month. TBH travelling does not need to be expensive these days, I use the Sky Scanner app on my phone to find the best deals on flights and because I have very few ties I can pick and choose my flight dates very flexible to get the best deals. Then you can always go camping or use hostels for super cheap accommodation, although it has to be said I do appreciate a nice hotel. But then even that does not need to be expensive i.e. we stayed in a fantastic hotel in Thailand for nearly a month that was costing us £8 per day.

It would actually be a lot cheaper for me if I had of gone location independent as I still have a house to pay for, gas, electric, taxes, cars (I have 7 cars) and cat sitters etc etc but I still make a comfortable living from my photography that enables me to also carry on traveling frequently.. so how do I do that?

SMUG MUG

I sell my photos on Smug Mug and I also use them for storing all my photos. Smug Mug offer a channel for selling your photos, just upload to Smug Mug and visitors can order a framed print to there desire and Smug Mug handles it all to the point of sale and shipping then pays you your commission.

With Smug Mug you set your own prices and you get to keep 85% of the profits. Often I post my photos on social Networks like Facebook and get people asking to purchase a print. Smug Mug is an easy solution for giving people a link to your page where they can order your print.

500PX

I also use 500PX for displaying my best work and they also offer a marketplace where people can purchase a full resolution download of your work. 500PX don’t offer prints but is more aimed at people whom need a digital download i.e. for websites, editorial work, stock photography etc so fills the hole that Smug Mug does not offer. Commissions are good I tend to see $100 per image sold and when you get a sale it’s a simple job of having the money paid into your Paypal account or a cheque in the post if you prefer.

ADVERTISING – AFFILIATE WINDOW

I have my photography blog and other photography related web sites that I run and manage that I run advertising on for other companies that pay me a commission on sales or clicks produced to them. This is known as affiliate marketing. It’s a good idea to have your own web site to promote your photography if you don’t already and then I would suggest you join one of the affiliate networks. An affiliate network is basically a single web site that offers you lots of different offerings from lots of companies that is all managed on the one web site. For a good starting point I would recommend Affiliate Window, Over a thousand advertisers, ranging from blue-chip brands, such as Dixons, Boots and Vodafone, to niche retailers looking to grow their online presence.

Social Media is a great way to drive traffic to your web site or your 500PX and Smug Mug pages so it’s a good idea to build on your Facebook accounts, I have some 40,000 Facebook followers and near 4,000 friends on Facebook which is relatively easy to do so yourself and YouTube is great as they also pay you for showing advertising on your videos.

Good luck and I wish you the best of success!

Arizona rising

Death at the Opera Marta Beckets Amargosa Opera House

When we was driving through Death Valley in California we got to Death Valley Junction and saw a little hotel. So we popped in for a cup of tea and got talking to the lady working there. Now Death Valley Junction is a very strange ghost town and she gave us a wee tour about the hotel and started telling us all the ghost stories and the very interesting story of the ballerina Marta Becket and how she came to start her opera house Amargosa. Story was she was passing through Death Valley back in the day when it was a thriving town, took a liking to the town and hey presto started up her opera house.

Of course now Death Valley has become a ghost town since the mining came to an end and rail road stopped running. We got a wee tour of the old opera house and this is a photo taken with my Nikon D800. A 5 bracket shot with editing in Photoshop.

Death at the Opera - Marta Beckets Amargosa Opera House
Death at the Opera – Marta Beckets Amargosa Opera House

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