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Replica cemetery at Cardiff Castle to mark centenary of Amistice

CARDIFF, WALES - OCTOBER 28: A general view of a replica war cemetery to mark the Armistice centenary at Cardiff Castle on October 28, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. The installation aims to give visitors an insight into some of the 23,000 CWGC sites around the world with the 330 headstones representing more than 30,000 Welsh men and women who gave their lives during the First World War. Each headstone at the replica Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery signifies 100 Welsh war casualties and features an inscription and badge to show the various regiments and divisions of soldiers who did not return home.

Discovery of Witches UK premiere

Snow in Cardiff, South Wales - press photography

Snow in South Wales as the Beast from the East hits the UK again. The Met Office have issued an amber weather warning for snow.

Welsh Baftas in Cardiff, Wales

Week with Nikon D850

I've been using the new Nikon D850 for the last week after trading in the D810 which I've been using for the last 3 years. It's been a great camera for event and portrait photography although having taken 230,000 pictures it was starting to show its age!

As a former Nikon D810 user here are a few observations on the D850. It's far from a review, just a few things I've noticed from the last seven days.

  • Huge improvement in autofocus. High resolution cameras are much less forgiving when it comes to focusing and so it's good to see the D5 AF system in the D850.
  • Snapbridge - general pretty good although it can be a little buggy with images refusing to send. 
  • Silent photography at 45mp and focus peaking which makes this feature genuinely useful.
  • Seems slightly quieter than the D810.
  • Illuminated buttons at long last. Bizarre that this wasn't a feature on the D800/D810.
  • Massive resolution. The DX crop is 5000px across. Roughly the same size as a full frame image from the D5.
  • Raw files are roughly 50-60mb each (275mb uncompressed)
  • No built in FTP which is a shame. Despite having wifi it's not possible to send pictures via FTP without purchasing the WT-7 which is £1000. Snapbridge allows fullsize images to be transferred but it's not particularly streamlined.
  • When using DX crop mode you now get a greyed-out, shaded area around the crop area rather than the thin line on the D810. The result is it's easier to frame subjects.
  • There's no built in flash which I won't miss. The flash was permanently taped down on my D810.
  • Nikon are still not committing to one storage format. The D850 takes SDHC/SDXC and XQD cards. I'd much rather of seen two XQD slots.
  • High ISO noise? I've not really noticed a difference which I assume is an improvement seeing as the D850 is a much higher resolution camera.

Pride Cymru 2017 - press photography

CARDIFF, WALES - AUGUST 25, 26, 27: Pride Cymru's Big Weekend in Cardiff, Wales. A march will take place at midday on Saturday with music in the evening. Pride Cymru aims to eliminate discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender within Wales. (Photo by Matthew Horwood)

Weeping Window at the Senedd, Cardiff Bay

The Weeping Window installation which marks the centenary of World War One and was unveiled at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay on August 7, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. The display took five days to set up, with each handmade poppy put in place by a team under instruction of designer Tom Piper and artist Paul Cummins. The Weeping Window first went on display at the Tower of London in 2014 and has since been on a tour of the country.