It’s been more than three months since I blogged, and there is much to discuss. Read more →
Every year I make an effort to see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum in Knightsbridge, London.
It showcases some of the best photographs of animals complete with the story behind the picture and, for the gearheads, all the metadata you can eat. Some years are better than others, but this year the focus was back on the animals and I think the lineup was really strong. Read more →
Okay, I did it. Some weeks ago, actually. I know, I know. I wrote this elaborate post about how the D600 was too little too late in the age of smaller, faster cameras from Olympus, Sony and Fuji. I guess the thing is that so much of what I do still lends itself to SLR photography and the kind of shooting system that can only be built over decades. Read more →
I recently read The Photographer’s Eye by Michael Freeman, and came across some interesting lines on the ‘snapshot aesthetic’, whereby lacking composition is pitched by casual photographers as a deliberate technique. The book predates Instagram, but I think the comments are given extra context by the rise of social media and phone photography.
Stumbled across this fountain, by Japanese artist Tadao Ando, in London’s Mayfair district today. This is one of those situations where you have to kick the camera into manual and decide whether you’re going to focus on the reflection on the surface or the pattern beneath the surface, a decision made more difficult by wind rippling the water. When I got home and saw the pictures on a big screen, the shot I least expected to work was the keeper. Read more →
I came across this video of how Leica lenses are made, which I found quite interesting. It also explains why they cost more than £3000 to buy!
Thanks to some truly awful weather in London today, I’m almost done with the Paris pics. There is a ‘day 4′, but they’re mostly personal travel snaps that I won’t publish here. Read more →