Light in San Francisco

Living in London, it’s easy to get dispirited from time to time with the light. From spending many years trying to objectively identify what is needed for good light, I think I’ve hit on 2 requirements – minimal pollution and being near the sea.

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Waiting for the picture with a 300mm lens

Many photographers wander around aimlessly, waiting for a picture to grab them. There’s nothing wrong with this way of operating, but it tends to consume vast amounts of time. Much better to find a nice background and wait a while. In the first photograph,

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Mamiya 7 and tunnel vision

So…this was taken with a Mamiya 7 in Budapest. An absolutely beautiful camera with a silent leaf shutter. It’s a tragedy that film is so expensive and (relatively) difficult to scan. You still absolutely cannot (as at January 2020) replicate the look of medium

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Emotions and speed

  Street photographers should always be on the lookout for emotions. It need not be as overt as a man banging in rage on the hood of the car – often the more fleeting gestures are just as powerful. Both these pictures could have

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Medium format in 35mm...for a price

Nikon 58mm 1.2 Noct and medium format

Of course, you can’t replicate medium format using a traditional full frame sensor…physics gets in the way. However the Nikon 58mm 1.2 Noct gets quite close. This was shot in New York and shows that in order to get the “Noct” look, you need

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What is gesture ?

Gesture in photography is quite difficult to describe, but once you’ve seen it you will recognise it. It’s a certain arrogance…or maybe it’s when humans are in an unconcious and slightly oblivious state of tension or turmoil It’s often found in hands… or hands

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Street Sense

During a recent workshop I had the opportunity to watch at first hand using street sense in street photography. I went out with a novice group of street photographers and watched as they approached the subject of photographing strangers for the first time. It

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Nikon D850 Digitizer

Nikon D850 Digitizer Comparison of using the Nikon D850 digitizer against Photoshop After having tested the Nikon D850 and Nikon ES-2 digitizer on black and white film I decided to see how the Nikon D850 Nikon D850 digitizer compared to manual Photoshop processing for

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Black and white or colour ?

The question of whether to show your photographs ( whether to you alone or the world) in colour or black and white seems to be a vexed problem for many. Happily I have a very simple answer, which I’ll come onto in a bit.

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The right lens for street photography ?

The right lens for street photography ?   Long or short ? Fast or slow ? Manual or autofocus ? Lets make it clear from the outset…there is no “best” lens for street photography and I’d be nuts to try and tell you what

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How to photograph strangers on the street

How to photograph strangers on the street There comes a time in most photographers life when they have to decide whether to continue taking photographs of their pet, dismal spawn and sofa or start to work out how to photograph strangers on the street.

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Ewa-marine underwater housing for the Ricoh GR

Ewa-marine underwater housing for the Ricoh GR Having used a Nikonos underwater camera for many years I, like many others, have been frustrated by the compromises that currently have to be made if you want a decent waterproof camera. Hence the usefulness of the Ewa-marine

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Nikon Noct 58mm f1.2 Review

This is such a rare lens that I decided that review of the Nikon 58mm f1.2 Noct was in order. The Nikon Noct Nikkor 58mm f1 2 is a beautiful example of mechanical engineering at its very best and which still costs the earth

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