Cokin Z Filter Holder Nut Replacement by Conor Cunningham

The Problem

Not too long ago I went to use my Cokin Z Filter holder and noticed that I had lost one of the nuts used to fasten the bolt which keeps the filter holders in place. Without this fastening, the fitler holder was laregely useless. I found a small nut on Cisco router's serial port which I pryed off to use, but this was only a temporary measure.

The Fix

The hardware store. That is, I visited the hardware store, showed the gentlemen there what I was after and he promptly took me to where I needed to be and told me that the size of the nut I was seeking was M3. I had a wee look around and noticed a nut with small wings and thought, 'perfect'. I have large hands and have always found the small nuts on the Cokin filter holders awfully fiddly and these nuts looked to be the solution. I can highly recommend them.

Some Advice

If you do wish to use these nuts, and I can highly recommend that you do, remember to ensure that the winged part of the nut is perpindicular to the ground, that is, running from your feet towards your head. If you have them resting horizontal to the ground you may find that they become visible in your photos at wide angles.

The picture below shows the nut (in the middle of the holder) and the other nuts in place. Note the positioning of the green (good) and red (potentially bad). Good luck!

Christmas in Ireland by Conor Cunningham

I've been in Ireland for the past week, celebrating Christmas with my family and friends. Two days in Dublin, two days in Skibbereen, Cork and two days travelling around Kerry. Absolute cracker of a trip. I can highly recommend visiting both Cork and Kerry. Should you manage to get to western Cork, be sure to visit the village of Baltimore and make your way up to the beacon (below).

The view from the beacon at Baltimore. ISO 200, f/16, 1/6 second, CPL and Graduated ND4 filters.

Should you find yourself in Kerry like I did, be sure to drive the Ring of Kerry and make your way to Ballinskelligs. You'll find this beach there.

Ballinskelligs Beach, Ballinskellig. ISO 200, f/11, 1/125 second, Canon MKIII, 24mm - 105mm Canon L @88mm with CPL and ND4 Graduated filters.

Once you're done in Ballinskelligs, make your way via the back road to Portmagee. I can't stress the backroad part enough. The drive is nothing short of spectactular. There is also a signpost for a castle; drive on that road if you're up for some breathtaking views and flying seawater. With any luck you'll have good weather and be able to see the Skelligs (we didn't have marvellous weather, but it wasn't bad, either). Also, make you're way to the 'Most Spectactular Cliffs in Kerry'. You can't miss the signs.

Finnian's Bay (back road from Ballinskelligs to Portmagee). ISO 200, f/8, 1/160 second, Canon MKIII, 24mm - 105mm Canon L @24mm with CPL and graduated ND4 filters

Now that you're in Portmagee, get a bite to eat at the Bridge Bar. Unfortunately for me they were out of of Muprhy's (I was surpised they had it at all as we were in Kerry). Oh, and don't forget a trip around Valencia: spectactular!

Portmagee from Valencia. ISO 1000 (don't ask me why) f/7.1 and 1/320 second, Canon MKIII, 24mm - 105mm Canon L @24mm