Cockelling November 2010

The New Brighton (UK) cockel beds have been closed for many years. But when opened up in November 2010 a small army of workers appeared. Predominately Welsh and Polish these men worked long after dark, filling large sacks of cockels by sifting and washing the sand. These sacks would then be collected by speeding mini-tractors.

Technically a Lumix 3, RAW and converted to B&W

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Son of Frank plays in New Brighton

Mr Zappa’s boy, Dweezil,visits the north west (UK) yet again.  This time the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton.  I have to say that seeing a band play in a theatre stuffs an arena any time, pubs are probably the best place, but I do like a sit down.  17/11/12

I’ve tagged these images as B&W when clearly they aren’t. But most of them contained an enhanced B&W layer that was then blended back to increase local contrast. So that’s why.

Under the Sea January 2013

All these were shot with a Nikon V1  in a pleasantly inexpensive case. (£75.00) using a 10mm lens which is a 27mm equivalent.

I also used a couple of Green Force LED video heads for lighting. Not an inexpensive option including a multi headed umbilical plus power pack. Despite all these shots being at snorkel depth extra light is essential for any realistic chance of a decent colour balance. I could have used flash but the V1 is a pain in the 4rse by not having any conventional flash interfaces. But as I was also shooting video with this camera and a GoPro H3 (black) the video lights were the best choice.

Previously I’ve used Nikon DSLR cameras, 20mm and 85mm lenses in a EwaMarine case plus a D800 flash.

Comparing video output from the GoPro vs. the V1, the V1 wins every time.  The only thing going for the GoPro is the wide angle of view it can provide, but usability and battery life are dire.  I won’t bother with it again, purchased a cheap underwater ‘point n shoot’  which I’ll try out for video.