Chateau de Noisy (Belgium)

Owners have formally applied for demolition of this significant heritage castle This place is one of the most magical and architecturally beautiful castles I’ve seen. I’ve visited it 4 times and each time it never fails to impress with its neo-gothic architecture. The owners own several castles and have now formally applied to have this demolished rather than restore or care for it. We have researched the history and it has significant relevance for the area. I’ve added the links for the gallery of images and also the history. If you have 5 minutes then please take a read and …

Good bye 2013, it was a stunning year

I've been enjoying reading everyones messages, recapping on the year spent but inspiring lots of activity for 2014. For me, 2013 was a roller coaster of a year, highs, lows, good times and tough times but never bad times. Seen so many great locations, so many great people across Europe, new online contacts, increase in contracts and publications etc… 2013 was great. Now, inspiration for 2014… 2013 on steroids! I've learnt a lot about me in 2013,  I leave things until last minute, pretty much remove the ability for future planning etc. Well 2014, thats going to change… 2014 will …

Abandoned University, Belgium

Last used for talks on nuclear energy A vast university campus left abandoned for some time – we spent some hours here but we did not have long enough. Lots of labs for space engineering and jet engine testing, amazing place. We bumped into metal thieves, they were polite and we moved on – so much to see here… The auditoriums were amazing, we spend some time reading materials scattered all over, beautiful place for sure

Internal Schematics

Things found in abandoned locations This former hospital, also known as Hospital of a 1000 Wheelchairs, had a lot of patient information left. Detailed records of patients, personal information and then x-rays… This, for me, is the most intimate details that can be left – actually seeing inside the patients and in some cases, there are clear health problems. After finding the correct exposure, the natural light worked as a lightbox to see this x-ray… I wonder who this person is/was and what they are doing today? #weirdstuff   #urbanexploration   #careinstitutionphotography   #abandoned   #hospital   #xrayinspection   #nikond800 …

Are you getting interested in the new Nikon Df?

16.2MP CMOS full-frame sensorEXPEED 3 processing engineISO 100-12,800 (expandable to ISO 204,800 equivalent)Pentaprism viewfinder, approx. 100% coverage The specs stack up really well. Personally I love the design – is this something special from Nikon or is it another iteration of the same? What do you think? Reshared post from +Wex Photographic We have the black and silver versions of the Nikon Df available to pre-order now! Click here for details: http://bit.ly/17CT8jr Which do you prefer?

The Matrix

Royal Air Force Telecommunications Not really as advanced however. What you are seeing here is the total secured telephony system and switch gear for a mothballed UK Royal Air Force base, part of the strategic command centre held inside the Station HQ. Its funny when you think of it, one smartphone has the potential to do more than the entire infrastructure in this image. Maybe my new Nexus 5 could run such stuff :- Thanks for looking ::Tags:: #militaryphotos   #militaryexploration   #telephony   #urbanexploration   #photoextractplus  by +Jarek Klimek  #dailyphoto  by +Daily Photo +Google+ Photos by +Brian Matiash 

Sweet Dreams

As the night draws to a close, I thought I would share this image. It was taken in a old millers house in Luxembourg. The house was beautiful with a winding set of stairs, and at the top of them, there was the master bedroom. Still laid out like the owners would be back, pictures of Jesus hung on the walls with a crucifix above the bed. This was a great tranquil place to shoot, light was good outside on account of the 2 feet of snow reflecting everything. This no longer exists, it has been demolished. Now only the …

Nikon 16-35mm f/4 VR ED Lens – Review

Introduction It was either keep the Nikon 14mm f/2.8, get a Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 or get the Nikon 16-35mm f/4 VR. After chatting to my local camera shop they ordered me in some gear to test in their showroom. This review looks at the Nikon 16-35mm f/4 – most people in the circles cringe if its not a f/2.8 – I did also however it shows you never stop learning, I learnt some things about f/4 with VRII (Nikons vibration reduction function) that has changed the way I think about kit now. One thing is for sure, this lens is …

Photographic Explorations through Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg and France

Photographic explorations begin with a camera, some warm clothes, great friends…. …and lead to awesome photographic explorations. Where shall I start? Lets go right back. So the UK was swamped with snow and ice, a 3.5 hour drive turned into a 5 hour drive with multiple accidents, roads closed – that was just to get to the airport. I really thought I was going to miss the flight. Finally at Heathrow so lets do this! Flight was not delayed, Starbucks was open so I spent some time chilling out in departures, waiting for the British Airways flight to Schipol, Holland …

A photographic journey through Pripyat and Chernobyl – starting today!

In 2012, Lucy Shires and myself travelled to the Ukraine to take photography of Pripyat and Chernobyl. The history of Chernobyl is significant, it was the worst man made disaster in our history. I’ve researched the history over several years and arranged to visit Pripyat and Chernobyl to learn more from people involved either in or after the incident. I’m going to share the images from my trip to Pripyat/Chernobyl so you can see what it looks like from the inside. We spent some time exploring Chernobyl reactors, the fish labs, cooling towers, schools, kindergartens, police headquarters, fire station head …

Testing Sandisk Extreme Pro SDHC with Nikon D800

Testing Sandisk Extreme Pro SDHC with Nikon D800 This is a review of testing Sandisk Extreme Pro 16gb 95mb/s UHA-1 SDHC card on the Nikon D800. I’m putting it through its paces and doing some comparative testing against other types of card. Most people ask “why should I pay that for a card when I can get one much cheaper?” or “will my old cards work fine with the Nikon D800” – in this SanDisk Extreme Pro review, we find out… Manufacturer SanDisk Corporation is the global leader in flash memory cards – from research, manufacturing and product design to …

Introduction to HDR Training at WEX Photographic

Introduction to HDR Training pack High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography is really popular at the minute however it leaves a lot of people wondering what it is and more importantly, how do you do it. I had a lot of contact from people emailing asking about the digital art techniques I use and as some of them are HDR, it made sense to run a HDR training session on it at WEX Photographic. This 2 hour Introduction to HDR looked at some of the basic principles of why do we even do HDR, as I’m pretty lazy, that’s always my first question, …

Chernobyl Photo-documentary at WEX Photographic

Following the trip to Chernobyl, Lucy Shires and me are doing a photo presentation and talk at WEX Photographic in Norwich, UK. This will include video footage from inside Pripyat City and Chernobyl nuclear reactors. The talk is scheduled for Saturday, 6th October 2012 at 11am – 1pm, we will be around in the afternoon for Q&A… See you there.

Nikon D800 DSLR with Nikkor 14mm f/2.8 ED Lens

The Nikkor 4mm f/2.8 lens was first developed in 1999 and still today, they sell in the UK for circa £1300. Whilst the lens suffers from complex distortion, it has always performed well on every Nikon I’ve owned from the D80, D2x, D300, D300s, D700 and D3.

Thinking about changing from a Nikon D3 to D800?

Its really an interesting move what Nikon have done by diversifying their markets. Some will say that this causes too much confusion where others will see that Nikon have actually made choosing a high-end DSLR easier than ever. Let me explain. Pre D800/D4, we had the Nikon D3(s), D700 and D3x. The D700 and D3(s) shared almost all aspects so your only decision is do you want a faster shooting full body DSLR with better battery capacity? If so, D3(s) and if not, get a D700. If you wanted ultra-high res and was not worried about speed or low light …

Why the Nikon D800 is the best for HDR Post Processing

The Nikon D800 is Nikons newest and probably most advanced creation. Its a 36.3 megapixel FX-format sensor DSLR many enhancements shared with the D4. These are around the autofocus system deliver and ability capture significant depth and detail. Well the above is what Nikon claim is the case. Lets face it, the D800 has changed almost everything. DXo suggests that the sensor quality of the D800 has not exceeded that of medium format cameras which is a significant shift in capability. The interesting claims about sensor quality, megapixels, all new AF, ability to capture 14.4ev of dynamic range and all this …

Digital Photo Magazine – Still Life Photographer of the Year Runner Up

The UK’s most prestigious photo competition is back! POTY 2011 is your chance to get inspired, test your photographic skills and win superb prizes – plus it’s still completely free to enter! Find out how to get involved right now…   2011’S TOP PHOTO COMPETITION has begun! Brought to you by Britain’s biggest photography mags, Digital Photo and Practical Photography, Photographer of the Year 2011 gives you the chance to put your talents to the test with six creatively challenging rounds.

Mac OS X Lion update for X-Rite i1Display2 & i1Display LT owners

If you are in the same situation as me using Mac OSX Lion and hardware calibration tools like the X-Rite i1Display2 then you will have found yourself stuck since Lion removed Rosetta from its build and the X-Rite iProfiler depended on Rosetta to function on Mac OSX. Well dont spend much time worrying that your hardware is heading to the dustbin – X-Rite have today confirmed a public beta of iProfiler for Mac OSX Lion.

Nikkor 14mm f/2.8 AD F ED FX Ultra Wide Review

The Nikon 14mm f/2.8 AF-D is a huge improvement over the manual focus 15mm f/3.5 AI-s and other older ultra-ultrawide lenses. This fixed 14mm is smaller and weighs exactly 2/3 what the huge new 14-24mm f/2.8 zoom (introduced in 2007) does. This means this fixed 14mm weighs 333g (12 oz.) less than the zoom!