Author: Michael Turner

Lumix DMC-GX8

Costa Rica Bound

It’s not very often that I hanker after a new camera – I’ve always been far more interested in pictures than shiny new equipment. Lately though, I’ve been looking at the merits of Compact System Cameras for travel photography, and with a three week trip to Costa Rica on the horizon it seemed a good opportunity to give one a try. My trusty Nikon D300s serves me very well for macro, flower and garden photography (usually paired with a 105mm Micro-Nikkor) but is relatively heavy and not at all discrete for reportage and street photography. My Fuji x-10 on the other hand, although a handy little compact, seems a little inadequate for such an epic trip. I’m expecting to encounter a wide range of subjects in Costa Rica; plenty of exotic plants and gardens of course, but also atmospheric landscapes (jungles can be very rainy and humid, even in the dry season) and cameos of local life.  In short, I was looking for a mid-priced lightweight yet versatile camera with an element of weatherproofing, small …

Judging the Ness Gardens’ Photo Competition

Last weekend I had the pleasure of judging the 2016 Ness Botanic Gardens’ Photography Competition, alongside Andy Lambie and Sara Bishop from Ness Gardens, Helen Watters from the Friends of Ness Gardens and my wife Janet (who also took the photo). This is the third year I’ve judged this popular competition and I have to say that the standard just gets better year on year. The winners will be announced in February at a special awards presentation and exhibition. Can’t wait!