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We have always liked photographing small things and are particularly interested in macro subjects. Due to this, we found ourselves moving in to small product photography not only out of interest but also due to picking up some work in this field. Initially we used similar methods for photographing these small items that we had deployed for our macro work. And while the results were acceptable it was obvious that something more professional was required. This triggered a search for lighting, stages and backdrops of which there are many. As we did not intend to work with subjects much larger than the size of a DSLR body and a couple of lenses, our attention was drawn to Novoflex’s Magic Studio system. Having used some of Novoflex’s products in the past, and been happy with them, we took a closer look which resulted in a purchase.

I admit, I am a bit slack when it comes to reviewing my equipment, it usually takes me about a year before I even consider reviewing it. But it does give me plenty of time to familiarise myself and give it a bit of a beating before I start singing its praise.

Cheedaleā€¦the name given to a narrow section of a carboniferous limestone gorge complex that runs into the more popular Millers and Monsal dales, carved by the waters of a juvenile river Wye. This is an area of stunning natural beauty and interesting geology, feeling a world away from the nearby market towns of Buxton and Bakewell. When viewed from the area around Chee Tor, it can almost be seen as a vertical slice of humanity, underpinned by long dead epochs. At the top are the pastures so important to modern farming, our villages and farms interconnected by modern roads and ancient packhorse trails.

How time flies – it really does not seem like a year ago since we were last writing our comments about the UK’s largest photography event. Hosted at Birmingham’s NEC, this year’s show seems bigger than previous ones and the list of vendors gets longer and longer. To visit them all in one day would be information overload (and probably impossible) so prior to visiting, we did what we have done for the last few years, and made a short list of those stands we have particular interest in. To make this easier, the show organisers have made an awesome phone app available, which we decided to install on Ethan’s iPhone 6. A brief pre-show look at the app promises to give some order to our visit and also provide directions to each stand. Hopefully this will reduce time aimlessly wondering about.

For many years rumours of a ‘full frame’ DSLR have reverberated around Pentax forums, the spectre of which carried no real substance until around twelve months ago, when mock up models began appearing at camera shows. However if we take a look back at Pentax’s history it appears that myth is based on fact, and that around 15 years ago a 6mp model was created but was not released due to sensor and other technical issues.  I find this typical of Pentax’s philosophy; they would not tarnish their reputation by releasing a model that was substandard…a sentiment echoed in their core values and witnessed in their superb current DSLR line-up.

Ok, so I know what your thinking; its been less than 6 months since the last site update. Granted, however this time we have a rather troubling excuse. In late December last year our site was compromised and being used to host malicious code which attempts to infect other computers with viruses. Luckily, we spotted it quickly and shut the site down before it could infect us and our visitors. This left us with the challenging task of finding and removing all malicious code, along with the even harder task of identifying how this happened in the first place. After much discussion, we joked about rebuilding the site from scratch. After throwing some ideas around, this joke turned into a serious plan and a whole new vision for PhotoArk was born…

On December 29th we created our first aerial movie using Ethan’s Phantom II drone, a project we hoped to get off the ground (no pun intended) much earlier in the year. Since acquiring the machine, it has always been our intention to create a library of footage showcasing the beauty of our home county, so it was good news when we finally found the time (and settled weather conditions) to launch the project.