Successful First Year with Paul Braybrooke Limited as Turnover More Than Doubles

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I really enjoy working with local businesses in Cambridgeshire to help them compete with national competitors that have much bigger marketing budgets and yet often lack the local presence to deliver outstanding customer service or high conversion rates. In March 2021, I announced an online partnership with Paul Braybrooke Limited to drive sales through the application … Read full article

Peterborough Cathedral at Christmas

Peterborough Cathedral provides a wonderful location for enthusiast photographers since it is such a lovely building and photography is permitted. I attended a Christmas carol concert there in December 2021. The concert featured Peterborough Male Voice Choir, Peterborough Voices, Peterborough Youth Choir and Peterborough Festival Brass. It also featured mezzo soprano Karen England, who was … Read full article

Sony 12-24mm F2.8 GM Sample Images

Earlier blog posts providing sample photos with various Sony lenses have proved popular, so here I continue with another great lens – the Sony 12-24mm F2.8 GM model. In an earlier blog post, I provided sample images from the superb Sony 14mm F1.8 GM lens, which has just won DPReview’s 2021 award for “best prime … Read full article

Photographing St John’s College Cambridge and Radio 3 Live Broadcast

Two years ago, when I set myself the photography challenge of capturing as many Cambridge colleges as I could, I hadn’t bargained for coronavirus and the length of time that many colleges would remain closed to visitors. Recently, I had the opportunity to take some photographs of St John’s College. Very few people would disagree … Read full article

Sample Images from the New Sony 70-200mm F2.8 Mark II GM Lens

During 2021, Sony has been on a roll with the launch of some outstanding lenses, including the Sony 50mm F1.2 GM and the Sony 14mm F1.8 GM lenses. You can view sample images in my Sony 50mm F1.2 GM Gallery and Sony 14mm F1.8 GM Gallery. Well, Sony has done it again with the updated … Read full article

Remembrance Sunday – for our tomorrow they gave their today

With an estimated 100,000 war memorials in the UK, memorials took place up and down the country on Remembrance Sunday to remember the fallen. In my local village, over 90 villagers gathered round the war memorial to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice to secure our freedom. You can view the photos here: Remembrance … Read full article

Sony 100-400mm GM Sample Images

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The Sony 100-400mm GM lens has quickly become one of my very favourite lenses, and in this post I provide some sample images taken in the last few weeks with this superlative lens. Paired with the Sony A1 camera, its amazing autofocus performance means that you can capture fast action easily, and sharpness is superb. … Read full article

Photographing the Battle of Britain Air Show at Duxford, Cambridgeshire

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Last weekend, I attended the Battle of Britain Air Show at Duxford, and it was absolutely brilliant. For the air show itself, I used my Sony A1 camera with Sony 100-400mm GM lens, and this combination produced superb results. I could easily use this set-up handheld, and autofocus was exemplary. To photograph the rest of … Read full article

Commencing a New Photography Project – Norfolk – in Memory of Raine Thompson

Norfolk

Living in rural Cambridgeshire, I have enjoyed visiting places across the county and taking photographs. However, despite living relatively close to Norfolk, I’m rather embarrassed to admit that I’ve rarely visited Norfolk, apart from day trips to Hunstanton and Norwich. Well better late than never! My friends Nick and Raine (shown above) adored the North … Read full article

Photographing Cambridge as Coronavirus Restrictions Ease

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As with most people, the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc with holidays and trips, and photography opportunities have been dramatically diminished. While we are still far from ‘normal’ (with the wearing of masks indoors, for example), it’s been nice to visit more places and take more photographs. Recently, I visited Cambridge, enabling me to add … Read full article

New FTTP Full-Fibre Broadband Installation Guide

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The introduction of Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) – often known as ‘Full-Fibre Broadband’ –  in my local area will kickstart the production of lots of new content on my Increase Broadband Speed website. My new article (below) details what’s involved in an FTTP installation, with lots of photographs. An FTTP installation is usually relatively straightforward and quick, and … Read full article

Gigabit Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) Broadband Arrives and it’s Fantastic!

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Earlier this week, I reached a very important milestone in my personal 18-year journey towards better broadband, when Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) (also known as ‘Gigabit Broadband’) was installed at my home in rural Cambridgeshire. Every week, I receive many emails through my Increase Broadband Speed website from people living in rural areas across the UK frustrated … Read full article

Photographing Beautiful Oxford

I live near the beautiful city of Cambridge, which is one of my favourite places to photograph (when it is not too busy). I have now photographed many different parts of the city, although I have many more images to take on my ‘wish list’. In contrast, Oxford has received much less photographic attention from … Read full article

Photographing the Wedding of Vicky and Matt

Although photography is strictly a hobby for me (as being professional would take out all the fun of photography for me), I’ve ended up photographing a number of weddings over the years for family and friends. I have often complemented the professional photographer by taking candid shots. Recently, my next-door neighbour Mick asked me to … Read full article

Photographing Woburn Safari Park with the Sony 100-400mm Lens

Seizing the opportunity to try out the Sony A1 camera with the Sony 100-400 GM lens, I visited Woburn Safari Park. This is a perfect lens for zoos and wildlife, although it is relatively heavy when carried around all day. It is, however, significantly lighter than the longer 200-600mm lens. With the 100-400mm lens, autofocus … Read full article

New 8k Sony A1 Camera Provides Huge Flexibility to Capture Video

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Sony is intent on maintaining its global number one position in mirrorless cameras with the launch of its new professional flagship camera – the Sony A1. As well as providing incredible capabilities for capturing still images (taking up to 30 50-megapixel images every second), it also provides the ability to capture video in 8k resolution … Read full article

Photographing Wimpole Hall with the Sony 50mm F1.2 Lens

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I visited Wimpole Hall in Cambridgeshire, which is owned by the National Trust. I took my Sony A7R IV camera with Sony 50mm F1.2 GM lens. The lens proved a very useful walkabout lens with exceptional sharpness, but really excelled in the quality of portraits due to the buttery smooth bokeh at F1.2. This is … Read full article

Sony 14mm F1.8 Sample Images

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Sony has been on a roll recently with the introduction of several groundbreaking lenses. Following quickly after the amazing Sony 50mm F1.2 GM lens, Sony has introduced its ultra-wide-angle 14mm F1.8 GM lens. Just as with the Sony 50mm F1.2 lens, it is astonishing how much performance Sony has packed in to such a small, … Read full article

4G Mobile Review and Guide

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Over the past few weeks, I have been trialling 4G mobile services from both Vodafone and O2. I would like to thank 4G specialist 4G National Broadband for providing me with the 4G subscriptions, 4G router and a high-gain antenna. Mobile broadband has clearly come a long way, and I’ve found that 4G delivers performance … Read full article

Sony 50mm F1.2 GM Sample Images

Despite the coronavirus lockdowns, camera manufacturers have been hard at work developing new cameras and lenses, with a major battle between Sony and Canon. Sony has just released its first every lens using an F1.2 aperture, which many in the industry said would be impossible. Pre-ordered many weeks ago, my new Sony 50mm F1.2 GM … Read full article

Spring Starts as the End of Coronavirus is in Sight

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It definitely feels like spring, with daffodils flowering and temperatures rising. I cannot believe that it is nearly a year since I took photographs of a deserted Spaldwick in lockdown. As shown above, the A14 was empty. View the photos of Spaldwick in spring 2020. One casualty of the last 12 months has been the … Read full article

Review of the Ubiquiti UniFi 6 Long Range Access Point

Do you want the very best Wi-Fi performance possible? I’m delighted to report that Ubiquiti’s newest Access Point – which uses the latest Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) technology  – is absolutely superb and represents excellent value for money. Even several months after launch, this exciting product is in short supply. Deploying several of these devices in … Read full article

Wi-Fi 6 Versus Wi-Fi 5 – real-world performance and speeds

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With broadband speeds continuing to accelerate, Wi-Fi – often the weakest link in the broadband chain – is playing catch-up. The latest Wi-Fi technology – called Wi-Fi 6 or 802.11ax – promises to deliver significantly better performance than Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac). Although Ubiquiti’s new Wi-Fi 6 Access Points are currently like gold dust with very … Read full article

FTTP Installation Phase Begins in Spaldwick as Gigabit Speeds Near

FTTP installation

In my blog post back in October 2020, I wrote that Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) would be coming to the village of Spaldwick in Cambridgeshire as part of a new demand-led Openreach pilot. Following the excitement of the success of the local campaign, there has been little to see as part of the initial ‘Survey’ phase. The … Read full article

Online Partnership with Paul Braybrooke in Cambridgeshire

Paul Braybrooke

I really enjoy applying cutting-edge web development techniques and technologies to help local businesses to compete with national (and often) global competitors. As reported in my recent article The Increasing Importance of Website Speed and Simplicity, the introduction of website speed as a key factor in Google’s search engine ranking algorithm in 2021 brings major … Read full article

Improve Broadband Performance by Changing DNS Settings

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Most broadband users have little awareness of the Domain Name System (DNS) but this plays a critical role in ensuring your broadband experience is fast and responsive. While we (as humans) distinguish between different websites using their domain names (e.g. www.bbc.co.uk and www.google.co.uk) , the Internet works in numbers (IP addresses). So, every time you … Read full article