Some History Of Berkswell

Here is some information on the history of Berkswell in the UK, located near Balsall Common, Meriden and Coventry. Apparently, as written on the infographic below, the small shops and tea room are some of the oldest shops in Warwickshire.

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The history map also has information on the Church, Bear Inn Public House, old water pump, Cannon, Stocks and The Pound. I left the image quite big so you can read the text when viewed at full size. Apologies for the few lines missing from the bottom about Berkswell Hall.

Old Berkswell Village Water Pump

This is the old water pump located in the Berkswell, UK. It was used by people who lived in the village to manually draw / pump water before it was more conveniently supplied direct into homes via pipes. Now the pump stands as a piece of Berkswell history. We don't know how easy we have things these days!

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The Loss Of Connection (Coronavirus)

A little while back I posted a picture of a puddle reflection. This photo, as written in the post: Brain Neurons In a Puddle, (which can be found here) represented all the personal connections an average person makes in a year. The image below is an update to that picture, and how since the Coronavirus plandemic, the personal connections we usually make with each other have been almost completely severed.

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In the previous post I asked how many squiggles (connections) your puddle would have, because everyones would be different. But now I can be pretty certain that our squiggles / personal connections are all close to equal. Blurred = Warped. Uncertain times we are living in.

The Sun Still Sets In The West

The Sun Still Sets In The West. Try not to worry too much about the strange situation taking place worldwide at the moment. If you think about the magnitude of what is happening, and what it could eventually lead to, it can drive some people crazy with fear. The future seems uncertain at this point. But don't let it get you too worked up. Because if it does, and you become too fearful, it can lead to unclear thinking and rash decisions.

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Anyway, that's enough about that. But remember, nothing is new under the sun. Speaking of the sun, I hope you like my picture for today; The Sun Still Sets In The West. Taken with the Samsung WB500 (Unedited). There's a review of this camera on this post.

Some Trees Are Scary

Some trees can look scary. I've been taking lots of pictures of trees lately. Mostly of ones that are big and imposing. I've taken some photos of a tree recently that looks very stange. It looks like it could be about 1000 years old. I'll post some soon. The tree below is, I believe, a huge Oak tree. It looks quite spooky.

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Camera: https://stillpaused.blogspot.com/2019/11/panasonic-lumix-dmc-tz1-review.html

Reflection Water Puddle Photography

Puddle Photography is almost totally dependant on what the reflection is. So it really matters on the location, or what the picture taker is near, and what they can angle into the water puddle. Of course, you can be creative and add things into the picture so they are reflected into the puddle of water, but I prefer natural photography. Some natural additions include buildings, lights, shadows and people.

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The picture above was taken with a Panasonic Lumix FZ50 (in black & white). I've got a really good puddle reflection shot in mind, which features a building that some people in the UK will know of. But everytime it rains I can never be bothered to go to the location. Too lazy! I'll do it one day.

Panasonic Lumix FZ50 Sample Photos

The Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ50 is one of a few great older bridge cameras. The FZ50 is somewhat of a legend in some photography circles. It was way ahead of its time when it was first released well over a decade ago. But despite its age, it can still hold its own against much newer bridge cameras that people rave about today. Don't get me wrong, its not perfect, no camera is. But overall it's a very capable camera that has an excellent lens, lots of features, and is nice and easy to use.

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Reviews are also extremely positive from end-users. I've got the silver version. Some people prefer this model, as I think its considered as a bit more rare, a limited edition. But I would have preferred the black version to be honest. They are both nice, though, so no big deal.

These are some sample photos taken by me with the Panasonic FZ50, which are not enhanced or edited in any way other than made smaller. Most are me just snapping away in "P" mode using autofocus. Of course, there is manual focus options. However, from my experience, I can hardly ever get the same level of sharpness from using the manual focus ring on the lens barrel than I could get from using the autofocus. The autofocus is very good on this camera, and its definitely the preferred option for me under most circumstances.

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If you're not aware, the FZ50 has manual focus and zoom rings on the actual lens barrel. It's quite a unique feature for a bridge camera, and it mostly works very well. The manual zoom ring is convenient, and the zoom itself is very good. Images remain sharp at respectable zoom lengths. Image stability is also very good.

Some of the main things I like about the FZ50


Build Quality: While it is a big camera it sits quite nice in the hand and feels quite professional to use with its manual zoom ring, like a DSLR.

Good image quality: There's even the option to further sharpen the image quality, or decrease it. As well as other settings for image adjustment like contrast and saturation etc.

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Close up of a flower - Indoors using flash

Long battery life: Battery life has been excellent. I usually use a higher capacity 950mAh after-market (non-original) Li-ion in mine and its lasts a long time. I suspect one of the reasons for this with the FZ50 is due to the fact that the lens does not physically pop out when the camera is powered up, like most cameras do. It's already out, fixed in position.

Auto Focus: Very fast and most of the time very precise.

Lens: Excellent Leica lens. And a nice, clear EVF (view finder).

Zoom: The zoom is very good, and the images retain a good level clarity even when the zoom is almost maxed out. See below for an absolute full zoom example. Not the clearest at full zoom, but its gets better to any less zoom than this.

Absolute full zoom example - by hand (no tripod)

Modes: Lots of custom / auto modes and settings to choose between, including RAW shooting option, full auto, shutter priority (up to 1/2000), manual exposure, aperture priority, sports mode (as well as many others), macro and video recording.

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Zooming in on a bird feeder

Flash: Decent flash, with hot shoe attachment rail for adding an external flash.

Some things I don't like


Like so many Panasonic cameras, in low light image quality is not that great. This one is no exception. Even on dull cloudy days, the image quality becomes fairly average. Same as indoors. If shooting indoors with no flash the image quality is on par with many of my normal point and shoots, such as the TZ3 (Review), TZ1 and Samsung WB500.

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Dull day pale purple Alder Catkins - Macro

ISO: High ISO is also very grainy. In fact, anything above ISO 400 (and I'm being generous) and the quality is severely diminished.

The size: This is a big camera. And yes, that does add a feeling of quality and professionalism. However, it can be cumbersome and a bit of a pain to travel with. A camera bag is definitely needed.

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Empty road in Black & White

The flip out screen: The screen itself is excellent, but the hinge has been designed so it flips out downward rather than to the side. This has proved to be a bit of a hazard for me, and I would have preferred it if it flipped to the side like the Canon S2 IS. No big deal though, just a minor niggle. Overall the FZ50 is such a good camera, and despite its shortcomings its such a good camera, and I'm certainly happy to own one. Didn't pay much for it either.

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Buy one if you can find one for sale. Well worth the money. I've seen some people asking what the maximum size of SD memory card can it hold. Mine is packing a 8GB card and that is working fine. I did try a 16GB SD card and it would not register in the camera, so pretty sure 8GB is the most it will hold.

Baked Decks Graffiti UK

Stoned on the decks. He looks close to having a whitey! This is from the back of a community centre in Birmingham UK. I believe its a commissioned piece by artist unknown. There is a web address for Graffiti Supplies that you can just see a little bit in the lower right hand corner.

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However, I have checked the link (Graphsupplies.com) and the site is long gone. Doesn't exist anymore. If it did I would have included a live link here to give credit to the artist. See another graffiti character from the same location, and taken on the same day here. Camera taken with (FZ50).

Teasel Plant Silhouette

Teasel (Dipsacus - Dipsacaceae), or Teazle as some call it. Wild Teasel plant heads (quite widespread in the UK). Shot in black and white with a Panasonic Lumix FZ50 (here), silhouette style and straight from the camera.

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Brain Neurons In a Puddle

I have quite a few images of puddle reflections (yes, there is such thing as puddle reflection photography), but this one reminded me of Brain Neurons, so I thought I'd post it here (Camera). It also reminds me of the connections we make with each other. Due to technology, people seem to be more isolated than ever before, looking at screens rather than connecting in person.  So, if this puddle represents the personal connections an average person makes in a year, in comparison, how many squiggles / connections would yours have..

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White Fungus On Wood

White Fungus On Wood. This collapsed tree bark is covered in fungus / mould. As well as yellow / orange fungus, it has streaks of white fungus mixed in. A very strange combination. Pictures were taken with a Panasonic TZ1 (review). I have some other photos of the orange fungus which I might post at some point in the future. I think its called Brain Fungus.

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Sepia Electric Pylon

An electric pylon shot in Sepia mode. Other than shooting in black and white (which is my favourite type of photography), pictures taken using sepia come in at a close second. Sepia gives everything a retro, nostalgic feel.

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Bus Stop Sign UK (West Midlands)

A quick black and white photo of a UK bus stop sign. This is in the West Midlands, around the Meriden / Solihull area. The 89 and X20 stop here!

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Welcome to Meriden (Centre of England)

Welcome to Meriden, the centre of England. Well at least it was considered the centre of England for a very long time. But now there seems to be conflicting reports of where the centre actually is. Some claim its in Fenny Drayton, Leicestershire, while others say its Morton, Derbyshire. I don't know. But anyway, here is a picture of what is known to many as the centre of England (Meriden).

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Top Of Tree Broke Off (In Half)

This tree has been totally snapped in half, by which, I presume was the result of bad weather. It is being held up in the air by the branches of the other trees, so its basically stuck in the canopy. It's much thicker than it looks, and if it was to fall on a person they would probably die. Or, at the very least be seriously injured. Picture taken with a Canon Powershot S2 IS (here).

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Robin's Pincushion Picture

Noticed this very strange reddish strand-like thing on a Rose bush while walking along. Never seen anything like it before. I've come to find out that it is commonly called Robin's Pincushion, and its a common gall that develops on some wild rose bushes when one or more of the rose's buds get injected by a small gall wasp. Picture was taken with a Canon S2 IS.

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Graffiti Art Character Birmingham

Is this a character from a cartoon that I don't know about. Forgive me, I'm not up-to-date on current TV and cartoon characters. If it is, and you know who it is, post a comment below. Funny little character which has a nose that looks like a d*ck!

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Anyway, I'm not sure who the artist is who done this work, but I believe this is a commissioned piece, either paid for or designed for free for the back of a community centre in Birmingham. Although I would think the artist was paid to do this, as there are quite a few other pieces of art, in the form of characters next to this one that I may post on this blog in the near future.

Canon EOS 1DX Mark III Mini Review

One of the big professional sport / action cameras that has a buffer capable of holding 1000 raw files. Here is a quick mini review / preview of the new 20 mega pixel Canon EOS 1DX Mark III. DPReview goes through some of the key features of the MK 3 and compares it to the MK II. The Mark 3 includes better battery life, including more shots using live view, great video quality and more. Check out the video below to find out more about this camera, and also see some sample shots.


Nikon Z50 Video Review (Sample Photos)

Nikon Z50 (Z-Series 20.9MP mirrorless) Video Review. Certainly not the best camera to be released over the last few months, but definitely not the worst either. It's very small and compact. You might love it. While some say the image quality isn't the best, and there are better models available for a similar price tag, others praise the Nikon Z50 for its low light shooting abilities, impressive view finder and high quality display. The Z50 contains the same sensor as the D7500. Find out more about the Nikon Z50 in the video review below, which includes some sample photos.


Love Wallart

Bit of a Toy piece, but I like it. We need more love in the world. Because the world seems to have gone mad. The mad men are running the asylum.

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Suicide Sadness

I found this while on my travels and photographed it. Finding this message when I did came at a strangely coincidental time in my own life. Coincidence.. Or was I meant to find it when I did.. "People don't die from Suicide, they die from sadness". Miss you Mitch.

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Lumix FZ50 @ ISO 1600 - 1/1000 Shutter

A quick example image of the Panasonic Lumix FZ50 @ ISO 1600 - & 1/1000 sec shutter speed. At high ISO, images from the FZ50 have a lot of noise. Looks like night time, doesn't it. Well its not.

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 And here is how light it really was.. This is @ ISO 200 and 1/30 sec shutter