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  1. Dave Spencer

    Competition Win.

    I have just been told that I won the AEP "Power in a Picture" photography competition. AEP stands for Association of Electricity Producers. T Anyway, I get to donate £1000 to a charity of my choice, I win a camera and two tickets to the FA Cup Final. I also get an expenses paid overnight stop...
  2. Dave Spencer

    Nick Brandt

    Whilst I admire the technical difficulties associated with wild life photography, it is not really a genre that grabs me. This guy, however, takes it to a new level, for me, by stripping away any distractions and putting animals in their environment. ...
  3. Dave Spencer

    For You Insecty/Macroey Types.

    Here is something I stumbled across on Flickr. Apparently, there is a lot of tips and advice in his posts. Dave.
  4. Dave Spencer

    A Genius at Work.

    Here is a little something for you landscape photographers out there: ... dams-home/ Dave.
  5. Dave Spencer

    Photographic Opportunism.

    Over the past two months I have been at work, with precious little time for aquascaping and photography. There was little I could do about the aquascaping, and a CO2 blunder left me without a tank for the IAPLC. However, I decided to make the most of a bad situation and decided to start...
  6. Dave Spencer


    Photographed this weekend in Marrakech. Not quite as cute as the Robin pics. :twisted: Dave.
  7. Dave Spencer

    Robin Saves the Day!

    I went to Chester Zoo last Friday, only for the day to be a bit of a wash out. Most of the more exotic residents decided to wimp out and stay in the warm, but just as the day was about to become an unmitigated disaster, good old Blighty provided the star of the show. It is easy to forget how...
  8. Dave Spencer

    Full Frame Photography!

    Nikon D700 cameras are on eBay at £1700ish. Gentlemen....start your wallets! My D40 let me down for the first time ever in flashless, low light, hand held the other day (cue the 70-200mm f2.8 Nikkor) . I anticipate a lot of this kind of photography in the future, so a camera that effortlessly...
  9. Dave Spencer


    Colour isn`t really my thing, but here are a couple from when I recently went to visit my mum and dad. Dave.
  10. Dave Spencer

    The Eternal City.

    Just got back from Rome where it was either bright sunshine or storms. And yes, the sensor on my camera needs cleaning. :oops: Ponte St Angelo. The basillica of St Peter in the distance. The Trevi Fountain. I couldn`t quite get the white balance right on this one, as I remember the scene...
  11. Dave Spencer

    Chester Canal and River.

    Here are one or two pictures to show what a beautiful city Chester is when the sun shines. I just never get out enough with my camera. :( Dave.
  12. Dave Spencer

    B + W Images of Krakow

    First off, I have to say that these photos in no way represent what the beautiful old city of Krakow really looks like. I like to give my pictures a gloomy look. You may also notice that I like to shoot straight in to the sun as well. :lol: Walking down Grodzka: Church of Bernardyna (I...
  13. Dave Spencer


    I have recently arrived back in the UK after a long weekend stop in the old town of Krakow, Poland. All I can say is what a beautiful, historic city for those wishing to step off the beaten track. Anyway, with Auschwitz-Birkenau barely an hour away, I felt compelled to visit. Fortunately, my...
  14. Dave Spencer

    My First Attempt with a Light Box

    This picture is no great shakes, but it is my first attempt. :? Basically, I have lined a cardboard box the same dimensions as my 60cm x 30cm tank with silver foil, and placed it on top of the tank. The lid of the box has a hole cut in it centrally, to allow a remote flash gun to be fired...
  15. Dave Spencer

    Black and White Photography.

    Does anybody out there use B + W photography much? Personally, apart from the usual holiday snaps and tank shots, I prefer it 99% of the time. Of course, the digital age and Photoshop mean that it is possible to shoot in colour and convert it to B + W. Dave.
  16. Dave Spencer

    White Balance Settings on a Nikon D40.

    In response to Graeme`s thread on the white balance setting on a Canon 350D, here are the white balance settings on a Nikon D40. Shutter speed 1/2 sec. Aperture F 16 with one stop of underexposure. ISO 200. Tank lighting is 22W of Arcadia Arc Pod compact T5s. Each white balance setting can be...
  17. Dave Spencer


    I was going to post this in the plant gallery, but it is more of a tank shot really. This look was stumbled upon by accident. Whilst I have been trying to reduce the light in this tank, I bought separate starters for the two Interpet T5 PC lamps so that I could restrict the full 3.4WPG. I...
  18. Dave Spencer

    Gloomy Iwagumi.

    My aquatic photography is very much in its infancy, but I have just had a go at the pictures below. I used a Nikon D40, ISO1600, various levels of under exposure and lighting was a desk lamp pointed at a black piece of card on the wall behind the tank. I wanted to create some distinctive rays...
  19. Dave Spencer

    Rotala rotundifolia

    Excellent pics, Graeme. The light and depth of field on the final picture is superb. Here is my Rotala rotundifolia in my 120l taken before the tank was stripped down. The pictures were taken with a Nikon D40 on a tripod. The white balance was on auto and I just used exposure compensation to...