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Prolite Helix T2 EVO 20W B22d Daylight
Prolite Helix T2 EVO 20W B22d Daylight
Offered by General Lamps Ltd.
Price: £2.63

3.0 out of 5 stars Not so bright, 28 Dec. 2014
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This blub is not as bright as my previous 20W daylight blub (an Ecozone Biobulb). I was very surprised how much dimmer it was considering both makes claim their blubs are equivalent to 60 watt.


WD 1TB My Passport Slim Portable Storage
WD 1TB My Passport Slim Portable Storage

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slim portable drive with lots of capacity, 29 Dec. 2013
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1) Box Contents

The drive is supplied with a cloth, drawstring pouch, a short USB 3 cable and a paper quick-install guide.

The bag is sufficient to protect the drive from scratches if placed in a laptop carrycase, but a more robust carrying solution would be needed if the drive was to be transported separately.

The drive is noticeably slimmer than a standard Western Digital My Passport drive (see the uploaded customer image for a comparison side-by-side photograph). The case has a metal enclosure with matt-silver coloured top and black sides/bottom. Its modern, slim style will match very well with ultra-notebooks and MacBook Air laptops.

2) Using on a PC

I just plugged the drive into a USB 3 port and Windows 7 automatically installed the correct driver as I had had a previous Western Digital My Passport Drive. If this the first time you have installed a My Passport drive then Windows will still install a generic driver to get you started, however it is worth reading the manual on the disk drive to then install the SES driver.

On the drive are the detailed My Passport manual in PDF format and the installer software for various Western Digital disk applications. The applications included for a Windows PC are disk drive utilities, security to encrypt the drive contents and SmartWare - a comprehensive backup program. The SES driver is also included on the drive should this not already be installed on your PC. The SES driver is installed automatically if you install any of the applications or it can be installed on its own if you do not install any of the applications.

The SmartWare backup program can even backup to the Cloud but you require a Dropbox account for this feature.

3) Using on a Mac

The drive will need to be reformatted and the drive utilities reinstalled to use with Mac OS X operating system. The URL for the Western Digital web site is on the back of the simple instruction manual and once on the Western Digital home page select support then FAQ / Knowledge base. Search for Knowledge Base answer ID 3865 for information about reformatting the drive and Knowledge Base answer ID 7 for information about downloading and restoring the Mac versions of the WD Drive Utilities and WD Security software. The backup SmartWare software is not available for the Mac.

4) Capacity

A one terabyte drive can hold a lot of information and the slim design makes this drive very portable. I use mine for Adobe Lightroom when travelling and keep backups of the photographs taken during my trips and visits.

I use the provided encryption utility to protect my data so that in the event the drive was stolen I can be comfortable that my valuable data cannot be accessed.

5) Summary

This drive is slim and sleek looking. With a three year warranty it should last a long time. This drive is currently more expensive than a standard sized My Passport drive so if value is your top concern check out the standard sized My Passport drives instead, but if looks are important then the extra cost maybe justified.
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Camera Above the Clouds: Aviation Photographs of Charles E. Brown: Vol 2
Camera Above the Clouds: Aviation Photographs of Charles E. Brown: Vol 2
by A. Harold
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An extension to volume 1 in the series: Camera above the clouds, 30 Nov. 2013
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Volume 2 of three volumes.

Charles E. Brown is recognised as a master in the field of aviation photography. He specialised in taking photographs above the cloudscape and would spend many hours looking for just the right moment. The quality of his work is well presented in these three volumes.

Volume 2 is an extension of volume 1 and covers the same period of time from biplanes to post-war jet aircraft. As in volume 1 most of the photographs are black and white with some colour photographs.

This volume has a stronger focus on photographs towards the end of Charles E Brown's career with more early jet aircraft and fewer biplanes than in volume 1.

The quality of photography is equally strong in all three volumes. However, on a content basis, compared to volume 1 with its beautiful photographs of biplanes and volume 3 with its colour images of early jet aircraft this volume is the least appealing of the series.


Camera Above the Clouds: The Colour Collection v.3: Aviation Photographs of Charles E. Brown: The Colour Collection Vol 3
Camera Above the Clouds: The Colour Collection v.3: Aviation Photographs of Charles E. Brown: The Colour Collection Vol 3
by Charles E. Brown
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Volume 3: The colour collection, 30 Nov. 2013
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Volume 3 of three volumes.

Charles E. Brown is recognised as a master in the field of aviation photography. He specialised in taking photographs above the cloudscape and would spend many hours looking for just the right moment. The quality of his work is well presented in these three volumes.

Volume 3: The colour collection

All of the photos in this volume are in colour. Due to the rarity of colour film during the war most of the images in this volume are post-war. Many were taken at Farnborough air displays and provide a record of both prototype and production aircraft.

Any of these three volumes will appeal to aviation photographers but volume 3 will be of special interest to anybody interested in the history of aviation due to the excellent photographs of the many prototype aircraft seen after the war.


Camera Above the Clouds: v.1: Aviation Photographs of Charles E. Brown: Vol 1
Camera Above the Clouds: v.1: Aviation Photographs of Charles E. Brown: Vol 1
by Charles E. Brown
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the three volume set., 30 Nov. 2013
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Volume 1 of three volumes.

Charles E. Brown is recognised as a master in the field of aviation photography. He specialised in taking photographs above the cloudscape and would spend many hours looking for just the right moment. The quality of his work is well presented in these three volumes.

Volume 1 is split into three chapters.

1919-1939: Black and white collection of beautiful biplanes and pre-war aircraft.

1939-1945: This chapter has a mixture of black & white and colour images from the war.

1945 onwards: Shows the development of jet-age technology and provides a photographic record of early jet aircraft as well as propeller aircraft from the era.

Any of these three volumes will appeal to aviation photographers or anybody interested in the history of aviation. Of the three volumes volume 1 is my favourite because of the focus on early biplanes.


JJC LED-2M Macro Arm Light for Mirrorless Cameras
JJC LED-2M Macro Arm Light for Mirrorless Cameras
Price: £24.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Had to return faulty item several times, 30 Nov. 2013
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This is a third party product similar to the Olympus MAL-1 Macro arm light. Unlike the Olympus product which uses the camera battery this model uses separate batteries. I liked the idea of separate batteries so that using the light did not drain the camera battery.

Unfortunately the product build quality is very poor. I had to return the product on three occasions, finally for a refund. Each one had a different but significant fault: only one light worked, one side was dimmer than the other, one arm the variable strength did not work.

In the end I bought the genuine Olympus product, more expensive but it worked first time. A macro arm-light is a useful accessory to carry in your bag and works very well with the Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm macro lens.


Why It Does Not Have To Be In Focus: Modern Photography Explained
Why It Does Not Have To Be In Focus: Modern Photography Explained
by Jackie Higgins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, thought provoking study of photography, 21 Nov. 2013
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There is a lot of information packed into this book. 100 photographs are presented in six groups: Portraits / Smile, Document / Snap, Still Life / Freeze, Narrative / Action, Landscapes / Look, and Abstract / Dissolve.

Some familiar names are included such as Andy Warhol, Martin Parr, and Henri Cartier-Bresson but with 100 different contemporary artists there is bound to be some new photographers to discover.

Underexposed, overexposed, cropped subjects, out of focus all the "errors" of photography are presented and discussed in the context of pushing the boundaries of photography.

Many of the photographs are controversial and you are unlikely to like every item in the book, but they are thought provoking which may justify the tag line "Anything can be art".

This book will be of value to anybody studying photography at A-Level or diploma level. It is also of value to any photographer interested in looking beyond the norm in photography.


Art Forms in the Plant World (Dover Pictorial Archive)
Art Forms in the Plant World (Dover Pictorial Archive)
by Karl Blossfeldt
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Art Forms in Nature: Examples from the Plant World Photographed Direct from Nature, 19 Nov. 2013
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Karl Blossfeldt was an early 20th century photographer who created his own cameras to take pictures of plant surfaces in magnified detail.

This edition is a republication of the 1929 book: "Art Forms in Nature: Examples from the Plant World Photographed Direct from Nature".

Due to the era that these images are from we cannot expect high resolution photographs but the reproduction in this book is not as good as the images in his other book: "The Alphabet of Plants" (ISBN: 978-3-8296-0304-1). However, this book has more images and explores with greater variety the relationship between art and nature that the pioneering work of Blossfeldt revealed.


Karl Blossfeldt: Alphabet of Plants: Masters of the Camera
Karl Blossfeldt: Alphabet of Plants: Masters of the Camera
by Karl Blossfeldt
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.95

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reproduction of black and white images, 19 Nov. 2013
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Karl Blossfeldt was an early 20th century photographer best known for his botanical studies produced with homemade cameras.

This book would be of particular interest for anybody studying the history of photography or who is interested in botany or black and white photography in general.

This book comprises 80 pages of which 44 are full size plates. His other book "Art Forms in the Plant World" (ISBN: 978-0486249902)is a larger book with bigger reproductions and a more extensive collection of photographs; however the image reproduction in this book is of better quality with sharper images and better tonal range.


Best of Kitaro
Best of Kitaro
Price: £11.52

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best way to summarize Kitaro's work, 16 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: Best of Kitaro (Audio CD)
This is a four CD box set: within the main box each CD is protected by a thick cardboard sleeve.

The accompanying notes are in German and English and are very brief for a four CD collection. It is very difficult to find the track details on the Internet e.g. original year of track release, the Amazon listing above is the most comprehensive I could find and shows the original album. There is a typo in the Amazon listing where the album title Mandata should read Mandala.

The track listing on each CD is short and each CD plays for approximately 50 minutes so for a four CD collection this is a bare minimum. It is a shame that the full capacity of the CDs is not used especially considering the extensive range of albums that Kitaro has released.

I was looking for a good range of Kitaro's work. Due to the brevity of these CDs I wish I had done some research and purchased a selection of his key albums instead of this collection.


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