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I've always had an appreciation for photography and those shots you see in glossy mags and for me in particular EVO car magazine. Sadly up until now that is where it stopped for me, I appreciate the end result but never delved into the world of Photography.  Things have just changed however as I collected my first DSLR yesterday! Well, not exactly a Digital Single Lens Reflex camera, but a new Digital Single Lens Translucent (SLT) in the shape of the much raved about Sony Alpha A35. I won't go into detail as would not be qualified to do so, but the very helpful chap at my local independent ca...
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It's that time of year again when those who are wired in a certain way are thinking about ski holidays!  I for one would much sooner spend a week wrapped up in ski clobber splashing around in the powder snow and breathing the fresh mountain air than sat around a pool somewhere melting in the heat (my wife on the other hand has a slightly different outlook on these things...).  The truth of the matter is however that I have not made it to the slopes for the last 4 years as time has always been the enemy.  Summer holidays have ruled the roost under our roof, however not your average summer ho...
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I’m in Cyprus at the moment enjoying a bit of down time and needed to bring some good reading material to help me get away from it all.  I’m not a huge reader myself, unlike my wife who being an English teacher always has her head in a book.  I am quite envious and when I do pick up a good book it’s far more rewarding than watching the TV.  I often find that I don’t have the time when at home and so my reading days are numbered usually to those when I am away. I picked up a copy of Jenson Buttons autobiography – A Championship Year, being a keen motorsport fan and enjoying the ...
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Step one – Throw away any Pizza Hut, Domino’s or similar takeaway menu’s you have.  If you want a real Pizza and are not either in Italy or your local Italian restaurant then making your own pizza is simple and I can guarantee you’ll never go back!  You’ll walk past the frozen pizza aisle in the supermarket with a smug grin on your face. Pizza really is one of the simplest recipes that deliver the best results and anyone can do this from home.  It’s dead easy to make your pizza dough or you can simply buy a pack of ‘pizza dough’ and simply add water.  I’ll show you...
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It’s an interesting argument and very subjective topic, a bit of a taboo subject really.  I’m new to personal blogging and want to generate a community of readers that might be interested in what I have to say.  I won’t write pointless blogs and have no commercial agenda to adhere to, so my blogs will be just that, my blogs.  If it interests me and I think it could interest my readers, I’ll write about it.  I’m sure many of my blogs will not interest everyone, but you might find that the odd one is right up your street. I want my readers / followers to feel valued and to be ho...
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I’ve always had an appreciation for photography and those shots you see in glossy mags and for me in particular EVO car magazine. Sadly up until now that is where it stopped for me, I appreciate the end result but never delved into the world of Photography.  Things have just changed however as I collected my first DSLR yesterday! Well, not exactly a Digital Single Lens Reflex camera, but a new Digital Single Lens Translucent (SLT) in the shape of the much raved about Sony Alpha A35. I won’t go into detail as would not be qualified to do so, but the very helpful chap at my local independent camera store assured me that the A35 is a fantastic camera, packed with features and more than a match for the ‘have-a-go’ photographer that I claimed to be.

Having arrived at the shop and asked for his best deal on the Nikon D3100 and having already discounted the Canon 1100D, then to walk out with a Sony, came as something of a shock.  You may have gathered that I can’t compare or comment on the others, but took the advice of someone ‘in the know’.  Not only I am confident I have the best in class camera, it was also very refreshing to learn that Sony have an exclusive  agreement with independent retailers such as Bristol Cameras where they can be assured of competitive pricing in the market, taking on the likes of Tesco, Jessops, Argos etc and beating them on price. Local service with real people serving real customers and the best price I could find anywhere online. Win win.

Anyway, having had a quick play with the A35 last night, the early signs are as expected.  There is no comparison between a compact ‘point and push’ and a ‘proper’ camera.  For an aspiring photographer such as myself, the Sony A35 appears to offer everything I could ever need and more.  The best function I have found so far is a toss up between the 7 frame per second ‘burst’ shooting or the Panorama facility. Catch action with up to 7 frames per second, or stand still and ‘sweep’ taking multiple shots of the horizon and the little A35 will compile a nice panoramic automatically, saving hours of photoshop ‘cut and pasting’.

You probably want some sample pics, for now I am getting to grips and haven’t downloaded any yet but I’ll be sure to get some up soon. Now what can I photograph to show off my new toy?!

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