Well, err, nearly :)

Hi everyone,

A friend of mine said “Why doesn’t your stuff look, well, err, “photographic”?” So I set to work on one and here’s one that does, well, err, nearly :). Incidentally this was shot on my M.Zuiko 40-150 mm lens on one of the rare occasions I’ve used it.

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All the best,

leigh sig 2

Great video

Hi everyone,

I came across this video, I think that this guy talks a lot of sense, I especially like his end comments.

Kind regards

leigh sig 2

For my next trip

Hi everyone,

I’ve been giving some consideration to what gear to take on my next trip. Currently my first choice for a travel camera is my OM-D E-M5 Mk2. I really enjoy using my OM-D E-M1 but it’s that bit too heavy for my liking as a travel camera. I lugged it up and down hills and all around the streets of Rome in the heat for a week and that proved the point to me.

Lens-wise I’ve decided to stick with zoom lenses and not take any of my prime lenses because one doesn’t miss shots and waste precious time constantly changing lenses, sometimes in inclement weather. As the vast majority of my shots are landscapes, both urban and rural, my main lens will, as always, be my M.Zuiko 12-40 mm PRO 2.8. This isn’t the lightest of my lenses by a margin but it’s a superb all-round lens with great build quality and matches their weatherproof bodies beautifully and, as such, it packs itself, if I had to take just one lens then this would be it. So far this lens has travelled with me to Malta, Rome, Brussels, Prague and Corfu as well as around the UK and has always performed excellently.

Seven of the eight shots on the left of my main page were taken with this lens, the odd one out being my shots from my trip to Liverpool where I took my 14-150 mm zoom lens.

m.zuiko lenses

I’ve decided that I’ve been missing an ultra-wide angle lens option and, after looking around, I’ve gone for an Olympus M.Zuiko 9-18 mm zoom lens. It’s a bit slow (f4/5.6) and not the widest of it’s type but it is, importantly, extremely small and lightweight and comes in at a good price, especially if you can find one second-hand πŸ™‚ and I think that it will be a useful addition for the outdoor landscape shots which are my principal interest.

I’m also packing my M.Zuiko 40-150 mm zoom lens as it is also very light (and equally slow) but I’m not anticipating that this focal length range will be extensively used as I carried my 14-150 mm around Rome and used it for relatively only a handful of shots but who knows what one might find, if i chose not to take one of these lenses to save weight it’d be this one for the above reason.Β  Where the 14-150 mm lens does come in very handy however is for-one camera-one-body type days out and it’s also has the advantage of, like the 12-40 mm lens, being weather-sealed.

I’m going to take my E-M5 Mk 1 body as a backup/second camera. I’ve been lucky to date when travelling and not had any equipment failures but, there’s always a first time.Β As always weight is a prime factor in my choice of what gear to pack and that is one of the main reasons that the Olympus Micro Four Thirds system remains my system of choice. You can expect to see some shots taken with the 9-18 mm in the near future when I’ve had the opportunity to take it out for a pre-trip test drive.

Additional: I’ve decided to pack my tiny Panasonic Lumix 12-32 mm lens as it only weighs 2 1/2 ounces and is a good backup for my most often used focal lengths. I’ve had some really good results with this lens. Total weight of the two camera bodies and four lenses approximately 1.7 Kg / 3.7 lbs, I had to double check this as it seemed wrong but it’s correct, amazing!!. To put this in perspective a popular make and model ofΒ  top of the range DSLR body with battery and memory card fitted weighs in at approximately 890 grams, add a backup camera body and a comparable selection of lenses and one is well over 1.7 Kg. Okay I guess if one is young and/or of an athletic build or being driven around all the time but I’m neither of those.

12-32 for blog

Kind regards

leigh sig 2



PS.Β  To help inform my decision making and as a matter of interest I thought I’d see which focal length(s) and also which lenses I’ve taken the most shots with so I used Lightroom’s smart collections feature to crunch the numbers. The focal length was a bit of a surprise as it turns out I’ve used 25 mm (50 mm in 35 mm film terms) the most, maybe not totally surprising as this was the first MFT lens that I bought and I have a soft spot for this focal length going right back to my film days, but nether the less I’d have thought thatΒ  wide angle focal lengths would have featured significantly higher up. As for my most used lens, no surprise at all it’s my trusty, much-travelled and much-loved M.Zuiko 12-40 mm. πŸ™‚ . As I expected my longer focal lengths, above 40 mm were well down in the numbers. As an aside, I also confirmed that the vast majority of my shots are taken at f5.6 which is the sweet spot for sharpness on most of my lenses. The irony in this being that my preferred style of painterly work isn’t meant to be biting sharp but one can always loose sharpness selectively, one can’t generally get it back if it’s not there to start with.

New work – “Deluge” – Brussels

Hi everyone,

Quite dramatic this one,



Kind regards

leigh sig 2

The one that nearly got away, new work of the Piazza del Popolo, Rome

Hi everyone,

Looking back through my shots from Rome I found this one.



Best wishes,

leigh sig 2

Retrospective- “RetroSpektives” :)

Hi everyone,

For fun I thought I’d re-post one of my very first blog posts from 2014, a lot’s happened since then, what happened to my youth?. πŸ™‚

Best wishes

leigh sig 2


A small selection of my 2014 work most of which were taken in or close to my home town of Kingston upon Thames with the occasional foray out to other parts of the UK.Β  I hope you enjoy viewing them, I’ve had quite a prolific year :). I have also linked to larger size versions of the works on my Flickr page. EachΒ  RetroSpektiv is linked to my corresponding Flickr Album.

14561600648_f6466f8e8a_z RetroSpektiv I – “Pictures on A Wall”

“Horses for Courses”, www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/14450154473/

“Skateboard Park”, www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/14630902801/

“A Quite Morning at the Shopping Centre”, www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/14350768796/

“Time Stands Still – Redux”, www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/14621525296/

“Poet For Hire”, www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/14475573576/

Just visible “The Sun God Has Risen”, www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/14420484913/

14564367599_e8005a6302_zRetroSpektiv II – “Abstractions”

“Lillies”, www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/14392613129/

“Skateboard Park 2”, www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/14468458267/

“Noddy Rides Again”, www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/14333642847/

“Skateboard Park”,https://www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/14630902801/

“Sea, Sun, Sand and Souvenirs”, www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/14541491252/

“Attention Seeker”, www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/14317850768/

“Shopwindow”, www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/14500518911/

14568914238_18e3f57009_z RetroSpektiv III – “Black and Whites”

“Of Gods and Men”, www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/14007404028/

“Shopfront (Rectangular”, www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/14212633121/

“Ham House – Below Stairs”, www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/13818771415/

“Contrasting Architecture”, www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/14167319726/

“Where The Daisies Quietly Grow”, www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/14132161575/

“Silent Sorrow in Empty Seats”, www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/14477373799/

“Street Entertainer”. www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/14183621991/

Retrospektiv IV - Panels RetroSpecktiv IV – “Panels”

“Bubble Panels”, https://www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/15159444995/

“Three Boats Down From The Candy”,Β https://www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/14113903789/

“Up, Down, Round and Around”, https://www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/15276957246/

“Branching Out”, https://www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/14120791840/

“Around, Round, Up and Down”, https://www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/15506769755/

“Spaces In Between”, https://www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/15331665950/

Retrospektiv V - Minimalist RetroSpektiv V – “Minimalist”

“Less is More”, https://www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/14946226555/

“E”, https://www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/14955227964/

“The essence of time”, https://www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/15407510219/

“Lamp Detail”, https://www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/14926835926/

“Soft and Vibrant”, https://www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/15572883101/

“Suspension in blue”, https://www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/15400105107/

Retrospektiv VI - Muted Colours RetroSpektiv VI – “Muted Colours”

“Focussing and Stabilisation Malfunction!”, https://www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/15548941931/

“Muted Guitars”, https://www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/15520455386/

“Autumnal wall leaves – Pastel, Abstract”, https://www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/15426380386/

“Makin’ Music”, https://www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/14989996890/

“Eye Tech”, https://www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/14876294481/

Retrospektive VII - Non Rectangular

RetroSpektiv VII – “Spherical and Pentagonal”

“Sphere of Opulence”, https://www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/13853441543/in/set-72157644745539961

‘Round, ‘Round, Get Around, I Get Around“, https://www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/13855733964/in/set-72157644745539961

“Dandelion Spheres”, https://www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/14036756280/in/set-72157644745539961

“Shopfront (Pentagonal)”, https://www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/14215923995/in/set-72157644745539961

“Bird’s Eye View”, https://www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/14643004898/in/set-72157644745539961

New work: “In my element”

Hi everyone,

I’m rarely happier than when wandering around a beautiful landscape with a camera, I guess you could say that I’m “in my element”.



Best wishes,

leigh sig 2

Blog update

Hi everyone,

I’ve been giving my blog an early Spring clean up. I’ve added a “Selected Themed Collections” section to my site menu with links to the collections on my website. I’ve edited my “Flickr ExploredΒ Page” and made a few other graphical updates.

Kind regards to all,

leigh sig 2

New work : “Looking Up!”

Hi everyone,

A painterly work of pine trees and pine cones.




Regulars to my blog will know that the site that I’ve been using to try and sell my artwork does all sorts of home decor and other items so I thought I’d post a few of them.


Best wishes,

leigh sig 2

PS. I’m delighted that this work is now my second Flickr Explore of 2019.

Hanging about: A system that ticks all my boxes.

Hi everyone,

A while back I started getting in to the Op/Tech range of straps and connectors. This is the most versatile system I’ve found to date. With this system I can quickly attach my camera to either a neck strap, hang it from my backpack straps or fit a wrist strap thus:

Figure 1.

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Fit the straps to the backpack making sure the male connector end is on the right hand side as you look at it. Connect the uni-loop connectors to the camera with, importantly, the male connector on the left hand side as you look at the camera with the the lens front end pointing towards you.

Figure 2.

optech system 1

Detach the uni-loop connectors and keeps as spares or for use with another camera,binoculars etc.).

Figure 3.

optech system 3

Detach the padded part of the strap and keep the straps as spares or to use with another camera, I used mine for my binoculars.

Figure 4.

optech system 4

With the system set up you can

  1. Attach the camera (or my binoculars) directly to the backpack straps or….
  2. Connect the camera (or binoculars) to the straps shown in figure 2 with these connected to the padded part show in figure 3 and you have a neck strap or….
  3. Disconnect any straps and attach the camera to the wrist strap. As an added safety measure I like to fit the wrist strap to the camera when changing between the backpack straps or the neck strap so that there’s always at least one strap connected to the camera.
  4. You can even use the straps shown in figure 2 and attach them to the backpack straps and extend the length even further but the straps are already long enough for my needs and the camera hangs comfortably resting on my chest.

Personally I’m enjoying using the camera attached to the backpack straps. The weight of the camera is taken up by the straps and ultimately by my shoulders and not my neck and also there’s one less strap hanging around my neck to get caught up in things.

In use:

optech backpack straps

Camera connected directly to the backpack straps shown in figure 1.

optech neck strap

Camera connected to the the strap shown in figure 2 and the padded neck part shown in figure 3. I leave the straps and padded part connected together and stowed in my rucksack.

optech wrist strap

Camera connected to the wrist strap shown in figure 4.

I’m very impressed with the quality and design of the Op/Tech gear so I have ordered up one of their neoprene camera cases to replace the one shown above which should be a perfect fit for my Olympus EM-5 Mk 2 and M.Zuiko 12-40mm lens combination. This case has the advantage that it will remain attached to the camera when the camera is being used by means of a strap which attaches to the camera’s tripod screw fitting. They do a range of these cases to fit various makes and types of camera.

optech case

I have absolutely no affiliation with Op/Tech, I’m sharing because it might be of interest to someone out there on the Worldwide Interwebnet thingy. πŸ™‚

If you are interested in the backpack shown above see this post for further information.

Kind regards

leigh sig 2