I miss commuting (sometimes)

As I've mentioned before, the only thing I really miss about my commute is the opportunity to take pictures. One wintery day when all my fellow travellers (and me too) were wearing our dull black, grey or blue parkas, this lady showed up like a breath of spring. Once we got off the train I… Continue reading I miss commuting (sometimes)

GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome)

Many photographers suffer from this ailment and have been unable to find a cure. There is no vaccine for this sickness and the manufacturers are in a plot together to keep feeding the addition. One of the latest to join this conspiracy is Viltrox. Just when I thought that Fuji lenses were sufficiently expensive to… Continue reading GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome)

Business Travel in photographs

I don't know if this applies to everyone, but I wonder if there's a time in every photographer's life where we start to look for projects and not just images. I hope it means that from the perspective of our own creative journey we've progressed beyond the point where we concern ourselves with f-stop, shutter… Continue reading Business Travel in photographs

Photography mini-project – Waiting for a gardener

Quick posting this time, not an essay. I recently went home to England for a week to visit my father who is now in a nursing home and, to be honest, not likely to come out again. There's a lot of stuff I could write about Dad, about his career, his personality, how he and… Continue reading Photography mini-project – Waiting for a gardener

In Praise of Nikon Picture Control

I confess, I rarely read my camera manuals unless there's something specific I need to know. For instance, I knew that you could change the default output picture style on a Nikon DSLR - everyone knows that, right? - and I knew that you could adjust those default styles. But then I had never taken… Continue reading In Praise of Nikon Picture Control

Once more with meaning – black and white

I've written before about the power of black and white photography when it comes to conveying emotion. Back in April, on St George's Day in fact, a lunatic in a van ran down people just going about their everyday business on Yonge Street in Toronto. Why he chose that way to express his frustrations maybe… Continue reading Once more with meaning – black and white