Google Pixel 2 - The Ultimate Camera Phone

Google Pixel 2 - The Ultimate Camera Phone

Let's kick this off with the conclusion first...this is a remarkable phone. I'm not going to go into the specs of the phone just know it runs on Android and it's Google's flagship model so you know it's going to be good. 

I will go over the camera and what I personally think of it. I haven't been paid by Google and I paid for this myself so it's not some product placement post. 

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Panasonic Lumix GH4 - a great all round

Panasonic Lumix GH4 - a great all round

For the past few months, I've been giving the Panasonic Lumix GH4 a try. I have a soft spot for Panasonic cameras and they don't disappoint. The thing with their range of Micro Four Thirds cameras is that they do lots of different things well. 

The GH4 shoots video in 4K, has 16 megapixels sensor, 49 focus points, ISO 25600 and lots of other goodness to enjoy including a tiltable, twistable 3" screen. 

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Macphun Aurora HDR 2018 First Look

Macphun Aurora HDR 2018 First Look

A complete HDR photography solution developed by Macphun and Trey Ratcliff. 

For the FIRST time EVER it is also available on Windows...this is awesome news. 

The user interface of Aurora HDR has been completely re-designed from scratch. Flatter, modern and ultra-responsive, every tool is exactly where you expect it.

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Saal Digital Photo Book Review

Saal Digital Photo Book Review

Saal Digital is a name I've seen on social media a few times and when someone tagged me in a post of theirs to say they were looking for people to give their photo books a try I thought I'd reach out to them. 

They said they'd be thrilled to give me a code to create my own photo book and give my honest impressions so here they are...

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Calumet 7100 Tripod | Review

Calumet 7100 Tripod | Review

Let me start with a few of the stats about this tripod before we go any further. This is a £55, yes that's the legs and head. Other famous brands couldn't ever get near that price. 

With everything in life you get what you pay for, a £250,000 car is generally going to be faster, more luxurious than a £5,000. Take on board the price and not be let down. 

Introducing the Calumet 7100 Tripod, a three-way quick release tripod with a three-way pan and tilt head. 

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The Dench Dozen: Great Britons of Photography Vol 1 | From the Book Shelves

The Dench Dozen: Great Britons of Photography Vol 1 | From the Book Shelves. 

This is a limited edition, thick and beautifully produced coffee table book.  The book is split into the artists each showing off some of their work and stories about each person. 

This book has a limited run of 500 and would make a brilliant addition to anyone's collection who enjoys photography or art. 

The Photographers include: 
Jocelyn Bain Hogg
Marcus Bleasdale
Harry Borden
John Bulmer
Chris Floyd
Brian Griffin
Laura Pannack
Martin Parr
Tom Stoddart
Homer Sykes
Anastasia Taylor-Lind
Peter Dench (naturally)

The beauty of books like this is that actually having them in your hands you gain more from them. I read a lot of articles and stories around photography online but actually having the book in my hands I just seem to take more of it in. 

I love being able to use this as a reference and always having it to hand. It means if I'm lacking inspiration I can look through it and take something new from it. I'm always discovering new photos and things from it. 

The book is available from the Hungry Eye Website 


Huawei P9 Leica Dual Camera "Real Life" Photo Shoot: The Best Camera Phone?

Since recording this Google have released their phone the Pixel which is 'the best camera phone' ever. What is the best camera phone...in my opinion it's the one you have with you. This "Real Life" photo shoot takes place at Sheffield Park in East Sussex with the Huawei P9 Lecia Dual Camera phone. 

This phone has Leica Dual 12mp camera on the back which captures colour and black & white images at the same time. The idea behind this is that the RGB sensor combines the colour to the detail that the monochrome sensor captures so you always get professional looking images. 

Photo Information

Camera Huawei P9

Camera Lens N/A

Aperture F/2.2

ISO 50

Focal Length 4.5 mm

Exposure Time 1/370

The Huawei P9 runs on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) and allows you to shoot in RAW which I had set to but with me playing around with various camera modes and flipping between video and phone I seem to have switched it back to JPEG. 

The camera does allow various different modes and filters called things like 'beauty' and 'vivid' but I kept it with the standard camera and shot what I wanted and then imported the photos into Lightroom just like I would with any image. 

Photo Information

Camera Huawei P9

Camera Lens N/A

Aperture F/2.2

ISO 73

Focal Length 4.5 mm

Exposure Time 1/60

A few thoughts on the camera is that the colours have come out really well and I'm happy with the way they've come out. I'd happily print these images and I'm happy to show them off. Most people who have the latest phones are probably never going to shoot in RAW and they're unlikely to process their photos like me. That's perfectly fine and for people who want to snap photos and share them with their friends it works very well.

Personally I like to import the images onto my computer and load them up and see them on a larger screen. I use Lightroom to do this and it allows me to have full control over the images. To get the images into Lightroom it's a simple case of plugging it in via USB but make sure the phone is unlocked otherwise it can't be recognised.  

Photo Information

Camera Huawei P9

Camera Lens N/A

Aperture F/2.2

ISO 50

Focal Length 4.5 mm

Exposure Time 1/340

It'll be printing some of these photos out larger and I don't think you'll be able to tell that they were shot on a phone. There may be a little bit of noise in some of the skies and if you pixel peep you may notice some but to most people they wouldn't notice. 

This will never replace a DSLR or a mirrorless system but with the images from this you won't be disappointed. The best camera is the camera you have with you. I like to think that people with gain an interest with a phone like this and then develop on to a more advanced camera and want to learn more. 

The Huawei P9 is available on contract from ThreeUK from £18 per month and thank you for allowing me to use this phone for the purpose of this "Real Life" Photo Shoot. 

Photo Information

Camera Huawei P9

Camera Lens N/A

Aperture F/2.2

ISO 125

Focal Length 4.5 mm

Exposure Time 1/60

Photo Information

Camera Huawei P9

Camera Lens N/A

Aperture F/2.2

ISO 50

Focal Length 4.5 mm

Exposure Time 1/160

Bloom & Wild

If you're a regular reader of my blog or follow me on Instagram you'll know that I love flowers and love taking photos of them. The fact is most weeks I'll post 3 - 4 floral photos. 

A month or so back I was an advert for Bloom & Wild and thought they'd be ideal to work with on a project and as luck would have it they also thought it would be a good idea. For people who are unaware the idea behind Bloom & Wild is that the flowers are delivered in a box that will fit through a standard letter box. 

The cater for many different people and they have a good selection of different bouquets to pick from and also allow you to add a little gift to the order if you're buying them for a special occasion or to guest to someone. Prices for the flowers start at £20 and they can all be added to the subscription service. 

The subscription service allows you to have fresh flowers for 3 months. Each delivery that you receive will have different flowers and they get delivered to you every 28 days or if you prefer you can select every week or every fortnight. The service is very flexible like you can select 'no lilies' if you wish and also when you'd like the service to start from. 

When we received the flowers they came in the box and wrapped in tissue with the heads of the flowers individually protected. They all looked healthy and once in a vase with fresh clean water over the coming days they started to open up and fill the house with a beautiful scent and colour. 

Our flowers with fresh water and being looked after lasted for around 3 weeks which I personally think is good and much longer than some of the bouquets we've had in the past from shops. 

For more information on Bloom & Wild and to start your subscription head over to their website

We was sent these flowers for the purpose of this post, all thoughts and opinions are our own.