lr-l1110144World © Geoff Wilkinson/All rights reserved

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of presenting the prizes at Walthamstow & District Photographic Society annual competition, I had judged the pictures earlier in the week. This is a smashing club with enthusiastic members who have a great deal of talent, I thoroughly enjoyed my time with them. Their pictures are on show in The Welcome Centre in Church Lane, Walthamstow if you fancy popping in for a browse.

The Welcome Centre is next to St Marys Church in the centre of Walthamstow village which at night it has a particular charm. If you’ve never been to Walthamstow village pay it a visit when you have a chance you won’t be disappointed much like Wanstead it’s a ‘proper’ village in London.

The picture as you can see shows part of the graveyard of St Marys lit by the lights from a path leading past the church, I just loved the atmosphere as I passed by…and as I’m often saying its always worth having your camera with you..

Wanstead Daily Photo / Must scoot along…

lr-l1110173World © Geoff Wilkinson/All rights reserved

I had a wander along Wanstead High Street en route to our newish greengrocers earlier today,  I came across this collection of motor scooters. They were lined up rather neatly outside Wansteads ‘pie and mash’ shop Robins. I have seen one scooter parked outside before but this was a real treat to find this bunch of beauties….ah those were the days, I hope the riders enjoyed their pie and mash….



As I have often said, I’m not really enthusiastic about cars, if they go forward, backwards and hopefully stop I’m happy. Occasionally something catches my eye it’s usually to do with design and style more than engine size etc.

You may remember a couple of weeks ago we had the Wanstead Festival on Christchurch Green, I ducked out from the Gallery for an hour and had a wander around with my camera. It was a great day with lots going on. There I met the gentleman in the picture above. Michael Nicholls was there with his wonderful rare black Steadman TS100 car, talk about style this car has it in spades with it’s gleaming bodywork and fabulous chrome glistening in the sunshine. Only 28 of these Jaguar/Ottercraft cars were ever built and Michael the club secretary of The Steadman TS100 Enthusiasts Club knows the whereabouts of around twenty so wherever you are in the world if you think you know the whereabouts of another please contact him via the clubs website at Steadman TS100

I’m not going to go into any technical aspects, putting in petrol in a car is about my limit, but if you are interested in cars then do check out the Steadman website by clicking on this link – Steadman TS100.

Happy motoring and I hope you enjoy the pictures below…








All pictures world © Geoff Wilkinson/ All rights reserved


Half moon looms large over Wanstead

World © Geoff Wilkinson – All rights reserved

Spent an evening in The Queen Elizabeth Park Stratford last night, got some pretty neat pictures. However as I left Wanstead Station as you can see there was a beautiful ‘half moon’ hanging low in the sky which I just couldn’t resist photographing. You may recognise the footbridge in the picture as well, its one of my favourite locations in Wanstead for photographing the evening sky…

Wanstead Daily Photo – a readers picture….

Sunflower in Wanstead High Street with W12 bus in the background.

World © Theresa Hardy

Wanstead resident Theresa Hardy sent me the above picture, I quite like it. Theresa took the picture use the camera on her ‘phone. Sunflowers growing in a High Street are a little unusual in London I suspect. If you are in the South of France it may be a common sight. The point I want to make is that Theresa spotted the potential in an everyday scene that hundreds of people walk past everyday. It’s one of the things I’m always going on about with regard to photography, it is really about looking and recognising the potential in a scene.

To Wanstead residents Theresa’s picture tells a story, our familiar High Street complete with our local bus plus the bonus of the sunflowers…well spotted Theresa just show you don’t have to go to exotic locations to make a picture..




Maxin Lister – a favourite picture

Here’s a great picture by wildlife photographer Maxine Lister in my contributing photographer series. Max is passionate about wildlife and has travelled the world photographing and helping in animal sanctuaries to further the cause of endangered species. Check out this lovely picture below..

www.maxinelister.co.uk will take you through to Max’s website

World © Maxine Lister - All rights reserved

World © Maxine Lister – All rights reserved

Meet Blizzard, a white Bengal tiger that I was lucky enough to have in presence when I volunteered at Forest Animal Rescue for three months in late 2013.

Blizzard had been rescued by the organisation many years ago from a life as an exotic pet within the US, a situation that in some States is now illegal but unfortunately in many more States it is still completely legal to own an animal such as a tiger – which to us I am sure sounds crazy. Blizzard unfortunately had many health problems some due to him being a white tiger in the first place – this usually happens due to inbreeding and then also due to poor care when he was a pet.

The organisation care Blizzard fantastic care for many years but unfortunately he passed away a short time after I left Florida. I have fond memories of hanging around his enclosure trying to get him to eat his meat with his medication in it, or filling his pool with him bounding into it to cover me in freezing cold water or just to sit and watch this magnificent animal.

I love this photo mainly due to the fact you do really see up close and personal the inside of a tigers mouth and if you do then you are potentially in a lot of trouble! I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time and Blizzard was having a very long yawn.

Tech stuff:

Canon EOS 650D

F stop – f/5.6

Exp – 1/500 sec

ISO – 200

Lens – Sigma 120 – 400


Darren Gatcum – a favourite picture..

Here’s another picture by Darren Gatcum in the series from contributing photographers. One of the reasons that I am publishing these photographs is that I want to show that photography is accessible to everyone. You don’t need tens of thousands of pounds worth of gear, although in Darren’s case doing a lot of sports photography and up against many other photographers it certainly helps. What you really need is determination to produce top quality pictures and be willing to learn…all the time!I hope you enjoy Darren’s story this month.

You can contact Darren via his Twitter account @DarrenGatcum


World © Darren Gatcum

World © Darren Gatcum

As a sports photographer, you need to be prepared to photograph various sporting events at various locations in different weather and lighting conditions. Throughout May, I was busy photographing Sunday league football finals across Essex. I also photographed the celebrity PGA Pro Am golf championship at the famous Wentworth golf course in Surrey with other sports photographers.

The variety of sports is one of the reasons I just love this type of photography. One day I am photographing a football player flying through the air to head a ball and the next day I am photographing Rory Mcllroy hitting a golf ball.

At the PGA Pro Am golf Championship, I witnessed Chris Evans’ team get a hole in one. I immediately took a few shots of the celebrations and sent a photo that afternoon to Chris Evans at the BBC. The photo subsequently appeared on Chris Evans’ Facebook page with a thank you from Mr Evans himself. The photo received over 3,000 hits on his Facebook page. The moral of this story is that with sports photography you sometimes need to be at the right place at the right time and take full advantage of any opportunity that does arise.

I like the Chris Evans and Graeme McDowell photo because it shows the excitement of getting a hole in one.  When the ball went into the hole I knew there would be celebrations on the green. Accordingly, I positioned myself on the ground in front of the hole. I was shooting in manual mode. I was using a Canon 1DX with a 100-400 f/4.5-f/5.6 lens attached.  I stopped down to f/5.6 as I wanted both the players and the flag in focus and the background out of focus. Although it had started to rain when I took the shot, it was still a bright sunny day so I left the shutter speed on 1/2000 and the Auto ISO was at 3200.

I enjoyed photographing golf and hope to do a lot more in the future.

Head to toe portraits..

Here’s a quick observation, two pictures that Colin Murphy recently sent me from India recently illustrate the point perfectly.

I am always stressing to students how important it is to  ‘get close when you take a portrait’, also ideally you want to show the persons character. While the overall head or face will probably be your main concern you should also think about features that are personal to your sitter, is there anything that stands out? As you can see from the photographs Colin has captured two different aspects from this subject..

I’ll be returning to this subject on a few days..

_DSC4401 - Copy

World © Colin Murphy

World © Colin Murphy

World © Colin Murphy


World © Geoff Wilkinson - All rights reserved

World © Geoff Wilkinson – All rights reserved

….and I’m not talking about fish. I have a pair of very old cameras, old by digital standards anyway. They are Nikon F80’s dating from around 2001, see what I mean by old. They have gathered a lot of air miles and have had a lot of film put through them. I don’t think this model was ever thought of as ‘professional’ but then again I have rarely used big heavy professional cameras.

The point of this post is that after 14 years both still work perfectly, for anyone starting out and wanting to use film they would be great. Interesting I have been looking on Amazon and secondhand they still fetch between £55 and £125 which surprised me.

The point I wanted to make was that the exterior appearance is still perfect. I have no idea what they make modern camera bodies out of, I expect I could find out with a little research, but this pair of bodies look pristine. When I was a staff photographer on the Daily Mail in the 60’s I had the original Nikon F bodies in black finish. It was amazing how quickly the black finish wore off, got scratched and scuffed in the day to day hurly burly of Fleet Street. Within a few months they looked very sad and battered, mechanically of course they worked perfectly and having a battered Nikon body with brass shining through the black was the height of professionalism, or so I thought at the time.

Have a look at my F80’s at the top of the page and then click here to see Elliott Erwitt’s Leica M3 from the 60’s and you will understand what I am talking about…which finish do you prefer..

As a point of interest you can now buy a brand new Leica, the Leica MP Correspondent designed by the singer and Leica user Lenny Kravitz. It arrives having had ‘an elaborate wearing process completely by hand has carefully rubbed, scuffed and scratched the black enamel finish away in several places on both the camera and lens to let the bright brass surface shine through’ The nostalgia almost brings a tear to my eyes but be prepared to pay $24,500 with lens for this limited edition beauty, you can click here to have a look…ah the price of the good old days…

Colin Murphy – India …

Here’s a little story. My friend Colin was a very keen photographer for many years back in the days of film, remember film? As life got busier for him his photography gradually slowed down until he wandered into our Gallery one day and we got chatting. Colin is now really back in the swing of picture taking, now once again he is a very keen and has become a very talented photographer. One of his loves is portraiture, he travels extensively for his work as an engineer and I have seen great portraits from many countries.

Colin is currently in India working and he has limited time for photography but he did manage to send me a set of images taken on a day off. I have chosen five to show you, they are in black and white and high contrast, I think they work well and really convey the atmosphere of that enormous and fascinating country. Anyway have look at Colins pictures below and I hope you enjoy them…

Technical stuff: Colin used Nikon D6oo and NikonD7000 cameras for these pictures. The lenses used were the wonderful 58mm f1.4 and the 35mm f2.

World © Colin Murphy

World © Colin Murphy

Below are two lovely portraits where the high contrast really makes the pictures leap of the page. Another one I really like is the last one, the dynamics of the body shape make for such a powerful image.


World © Colin Murphy


World © Geoff Wilkinson

World © Colin Murphy

World © Geoff Wilkinson

World © Colin Murphy

World © Colin Murphy

World © Colin Murphy