Monthly Archives: December 2013

Happy Holidays…

Snow covered tree on Christchurch Green Wanstead, London E11

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Hope you are all enjoying the holiday surrounded by family and friends at this special time of the year. This photograph is one of my favourites, I took it in February last year in Wanstead, no such snow at the moment just rain, rain and more rain. I really like the little dog and the solitary figure above it, they are an important part of the picture for me.

As from January 1st I am hoping to publish a lot more photographs, stories and tip’s on this site so please keep watching. In the meantime enjoy the rest of the holiday and prepare for a great New Year.

Technical info: Nikon D7000 handheld in Aperture priority with a Nikon F2.8 17 to 55mm zoom lens at 17mm. The shutter speed was 1/125th of a second and the aperture was f5.6, the ISO was 250.

Born today…Karsh

Photographer, Yousuf Karsh better known as Karsh of Ottowa, born today, 23rd of December 1908 in Mardin a city in the old Ottoman Empire, now Turkey. Died July 13th 2002 in Boston, Massachusetts.

It would be quicker to list the politicians and personalities he didn’t photograph rather than the ones he did, if you are interested in portraiture and lighting check out his official website at www.karsh.org and his many books, its a learning experience.

 

My tip for the week – Batteries..

Leica camera battery

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Not so much a tip more of a thought. There’s been a lot of news recently about the latest Nikon firmware update. It would appear that it gives a more accurate reading of battery status, the same update, so I have read, makes it more difficult to use batteries from independent manufacturers in your camera. Continue reading

A little window shopping …

A little window shopping

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If your a photographer it doesn’t hurt to be a little nosy, if fact it’s almost prerequisite, to put it more politely, be curious. By this I mean do a little window gazing as you wander the streets, if you were shopping you are probably doing it all the time. Kind of think of it as window shopping but with a camera, the bonus is of course you are not going to spend any money.

I took these two photographs in Spitalfields, Continue reading

Just Monte…

I was saddened to learn recently of the sad passing of Monte Fresco who died aged 77.

The job, specialist sports photographer is quite commonplace now. I imagine all the national newspapers have a photographer dedicated to sport and there are of course picture agencies who cover just that field. It was not always so. Continue reading

My tip for the week – the self timer

Close up of self timer symbol on Nikon D7000

Close up of the self timer symbol on my Nikon D7000
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Mmmh…. Should have mentioned this with my tripod story really. If you don’t happen to have a remote release to hand there is another option and it’s already built into your camera. It’s the self timer ! You may well have used it to include yourself in a family group photo, you know everyone posing on the beach while on holiday. Just think about what you did, you let the camera take the picture by itself, fantastic.

If you use the self timer, they can usually be set to either 2 or 10 seconds, I generally prefer 10, it means you can press the shutter button, take your hands off the camera, the camera will ‘settle down’ from you pressing on the shutter and hey presto no camera shake. It makes sense doesn’t it ? Simple.

Here’s an extra little bit of information, make sure if you are going to shoot a very close up picture of an object be sure to clean the item before you do. As you can see from the picture above it’s worth the effort.

Technical info: Leica D Lux 6 handheld, 1/8th of a second at f1.4, the ASA was 200 using available light.

 

Twice as nice.

  Twice as nice.

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Twice as nice.

Text and picture World © Geoff Wilkinson – All rights reserved.

 

Habits as we all know can be good or bad. If you stop for coffee every day at the same place that’s fine, if you make a habit of dropping litter that’s not so good.

Here’s a good habit that I picked up some time ago. Continue reading

Film V SD cards

roll 0f 35mm film with SD card

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Film size..

A little bit of trivia. If I take a roll of 35mm film from it’s carton, how many SD cards can I get in to the carton to replace it ? This came to mind the other day when I discovered a 5 roll pack of Fuji Superia X-Tra, ISO 400, tucked away in a cupboard. The use by date is July 2008 so 5 years out of date, well as far as I know it’s been in the cool and dark so maybe I’ll try a roll in my Nikon F80 and see how it looks. Continue reading