Monthly Archives: January 2014

Waiting for the ferry…


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I took this photograph in early December last year. Living on the North side of the River Thames I am accustomed to looking at the South side, this is the reverse. It’s taken from the South side of the river looking West along the river at the North side. It’s just a quick snapshot that I took while waiting to board the Woolwich Ferry. It was the foreshore and the old pilings in the foreground contrasting with the new of the Thames Barrier and Canary Wharf in the background that appealed to me.

Technical info: Leica D Lux 6 with 24 to 90mm zoom (35mm equivalent) at 90mm. The exposure was 1/320th of a second and the aperture was f8, the ISO was 200

My tip of the week – camera and tripod plates…

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Following on about tripods here’s one last thing, it’s only a quickie so bear with me. When I first started photography the camera body or telephoto lens screwed directly on to the top of the tripod, seemed fairly simple to me. Now on most tripods you need to screw a plate onto the camera and then the plate ‘clamps’ into a mount on the tripod. Is this a better solution than screwing the camera on directly, I don’t know but it seems the way it is these days.

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As far as I can see this system has two downsides, the first being that if you don’t clamp the plate securely home in the mount on the tripod your camera can take a tumble. The second is that if you forget to take the plate when you are going on location basically you have a problem, you have no way of attaching the camera to the tripod.

So here’s my solution to both problems. 1. I always make sure the camera strap is around my neck when I fix the camera to the tripod. That way if it is incorrectly fitted and takes a tumble it’s not going to go very far. Maybe just bruise your chest a little! 2. buy spare camera plates and keep one in each of your camera bags in addition to the one on your tripod. I take it one step further. I keep camera plates permanently attached to both my Nikon camera bodies and another on my Nikon f2.8 80/200mm zoom lens, hopefully now I never get caught out, paranoid or what.

 I know what your thinking and your right, I was once caught out!

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Technical info: All photographs taken with my Nikon D7000, handheld in Aperture priority mode, the lens was a Nikon 50mm F1.4. The aperture for all pictures was f2.8 and the shutter speed varied between 1/100 of a second and a 1/50th of a second. The ISO was 200



Mr Selfridge..

I posted this story originally on the 15th September last year quite soon after I started this blog. It’s about the filming of the television drama ‘Mr Selfridge’, I happened across the crew on location near Arnold Circus in East London. As the drama is back on our television screens this weekend for a second series I thought it worth running the post again in case you missed it first time around. Enjoy the story and enjoy the show which is broadcast on Sunday 19th January at 9pm on ITV.

Click on the link Mr Selfridge to see the story:

Orphaned cameras – the Kodak VP


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We have a small collection of orphaned cameras at our gallery, ‘eightyfour’ in Wanstead, London. Some of the cameras are retired ones that I used for my work on newspapers and magazines, others I picked up on my travels and some were bought just because they are interesting. There is another category, Continue reading