Blues Grin

This is Blue, well an upside Blue. The true sign of a content and happy dog, as is clear by his grin. He makes us smile every day.

Thanks Blue.

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Bushcraft / wild camping

Link below or above to some new content from me. Enjoy.

Source: Bushcraft / wild camping


One from the walk this morning, this must be the most photographed tree in westerham. I persnally have taken hundreds, if not thousands of shots of it. 

Fuji xpro-2

Not Amused!

What with some nice weather hitting us here in the uk last weekend I whipped off the BBQ cover ready to clean the grills down and noticed this little fella, stuck in a hole in the side table, he’d (I am assuming he) had some some reason decided to try and get through one of the holes, but had got stuck. I quickly dashed indoors and grabbed my Pro2, with newly acquired 60mm Macro and did the only thing I could, took photos.

After I had had my fill I did manage to release him, I gently pushed him back through and he flew away, much to the annoyance of my wife and daughter who declared it would now find someone to sting as it was clearly annoyed. I thought it was the least I could do as he’d been so patient as I messed about with camera settings. Ha ha.

Xpr0 2, 1/750 @ f/4, ISO 200, 60mm Macro

Not Amused


Heres Dobby, our houseguest for a week, he’s our friends dog and we look after him occasionally. He gets on great with “Blue” our black Lab. He’s such a great little character, and we love having him stay.

Recently got the Pro 2, also recently sold my 35mm 1.4, and regretted it so ended up getting the 35mm f2 to see what its like. Can’t say I like the look of it on the camera as much as the 1.4, don’t like how it narrows. But getting some nice shots out of it, as with everything it will take some getting used to.

Shot this on Acros, but wanted to see how LR CC compares when changing the RAW to the same setting in Post. They were identical so LR in this respect does a very good job.

Anyway, heres “Dobby”

X Pro2, 1/80, f/3.2, ISO 1000, 35mm F2.


Noma Nom

This is Kayo, our Caramel Corn Snake having lunch. Jpg cropped and slight Vignette added in LR.

XT-1, 1/125 @ f2.8, ISO 2500, 18mm F2.

Noma Nom

The Fog

Attempting a bit of minimalism here.

X100T, 1/350 @ f/4, ISO 400

The Fog

Not so Black

A quick one of Blue my black lab, only not so black as he’s been rolling in the garden. Just getting to grips with the 18mm, may prove to be a versatile little lens. Shot on the XT-1, crop and slight vignette added in Snapseed on the iPad.

XT-1, 1/50 @ f/4, ISO 3200, 18mm.

Not so black

Home Made Straps

I have for some time been struggling to find a strap I was happy with, the fuji affair that came with the X100T is sufficient but lacks something. I have tried a few cheap straps from eBay, and a few expensive ones too, in fact I just received and then packed up again another A&A strap (ACAM 102), just too short and not worth the money really, also didn’t offer the flexibility of use that I like (neck strap and sometimes a wrist strap)

Anyway, some time ago when I had an X10 I remembered I had made my own wrist strap using 550 para-cord, op/tech system connectors THESE, I even sold a few on eBay and they were well received. So I decided to take the concept further and make a neck strap.

I know some criticism has been made of the Op/tech clips but I have never found them to be a problem, they have never released on their own or snapped etc, I do check them every now and then to make sure they are not wearing thin and there is no sign of that. Being thin and flexible at the point they connect to the camera also allows full access to controls, grip etc, some other straps I have found to get in the way a little.

Given the vast number of colours para cord is available in (mine are digital camo and Black) and the numerous tutorials available on the web, youtube etc you are only limited by your imagination. This particular pattern is the Cobra Weave, there are others. It took me a few goes to get it right, and to get the weave at a flexibility that was comfortable, but to be honest I found the process of weaving quite relaxing.

Making your own also means you can make it at a length to suit you. This one is 37 Inches (94cm) (plus the op/tech length) which allows me to carry it round my neck and have room to raise the camera for use, for review of the screen to change settings etc, I can also carry it over my shoulder, or across my body.

In use it is extremely soft and comfortable and flexible, able to be wrapped around the wrist when the need occurs.

Anyhoo, just thought I would share a few pics and the idea in case anyone else out there can’t find the strap they are after. You may want to have a go at making your own!