From as far back as I can remember, I’ve always loved the sense of awakening and refreshment that the spring months bring. From the colour of spring flowers to the intensity of birdsong,  I find these things not just good for the soul but essential for my personal well-being. Many friends will know that I am an advocate of the therapeutic powers of immersion in nature and I consider that we benefit from the refreshing aspect of spring – that awakening and renewal after the long months of…

For a couple of months I have used the Laowa 15mm f/4 wide angle macro from Venus Optics Company and have just penned a very detailed review and sent it off to Keith Wilson editor of WildPlanet photo-magazine with a large selection of images. I have posted some interim images and comments as my relationship with this lens has deepened. It has also set me thinking (not unusual) in what I want out of wide angle lenses. Have written a great deal on this already in both blogs,…

The phone call from the courier came late afternoon on Tuesday 7th July – a familiar scenario since we live, hidden away, off the main road and the usual practice is to arrange a rendezvous on the main road rather than our track and go and meet them. The Italian customs had finally deigned to release the lens from its clutches for the payment of a few tens of euros… In record time, the package was opened and a new lens, much awaited, was in my hands. This is the revolutionary Venus Optics…