Monthly Archives: January 2014

Tip for the week – Wait for the sun


LR L1010093 copy

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LR L1010094 copy

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I really like cold, clear winter days with a blue sky and a low sun, perfect for photography.

I took these two pictures just before Christmas, it’s of Christ Church, Wanstead looking across Evergreen Field, not remarkable images in themselves but look at the difference between them, look at the light. They were taken just a minute or so apart but what a difference the sun on the church makes, look how much warmer and better the stonework looks.  It brings the whole picture alive. So whether you are shooting landscapes or cityscapes try it on a day when the sun is out, if a cloud comes along just be patient.

Tech info: Leica D Lux 6 hand held with 28 to 90mm zoom (35mm equivalent) The exposure was 1/2000th of a second with of f2.3 aperture. Both these images straight out of the Leica, no Photoshop or other adjustment.


It’s worth a try….

World © Geoff Wilkinson - All rights reserved

World © Geoff Wilkinson – All rights reserved

I had been told that the river Roding would be really high Thursday night, and I though it might make a picture. I picked up my Nikon D7000 with a Nikon 17/55mm f2.8 lens, my Nikon 10/24mm and Nikon 70/210 zoom lenses and popped them into a small Lowepro bag With my Nikon SB900 flash on the camera I grabbed my Manfrotto unipod pulled on an extra sweater and a warm coat and off I toddled. Continue reading

Which tripod is right for you ?

camera tripods all different sizes

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Which tripod is right for you ?

As you are reading this I assume that you have read the first ‘mighty tripod’ story. I pointed out that even though your camera is on a tripod you can still get camera shake by pressing the shutter button with your finger rather than using the self timer of a remote release. Continue reading

For Shooters and shows…

Nikon has announced the development of the D4s, an HD SLR. Will the high ISO be better than the D3 though? Unfortunately, I can’t see it being ready for the Photography Show at the NEC on the 1st to 4th March. Will it be a tweak or a major step forward ? We wait with baited breath. Also, if you happen to be near Las Vegas this week it’s the annual CES Show, 7th to 10th Jan, more cameras and electronics than you ever dreamed of! All the big manufacturers show there. Why do they hold the show after Christmas when it’s to late to add any goodies to the Father Christmas list?

Leica photography competition closes soon..

2014, one hundred years of Leica photography.

To celebrate 100 years of Leica photography the company is doubling the value of the cash prize for it’s international photography competition. The Leica Oskar Barnack Award for this year, 2014, will be 10,000 euros plus Leica M equipment with a value of a further 10,000 euros. In addition there will be an ‘emerging talent’ competition for those under 25 with a cash prize of 5000 euros plus a camera and lens.

The judging will take place in the spring of this year, the winner being selected by an international jury of experts.

Details of this competition can be found on the Leica website together with this tribute to Oskar Barnack “With this competition, Leica Camera AG pays homage to Oskar Barnack (1879-1936), who invented the Ur-Leica in 1914. From then on, he increasingly used his prototype, which became the forefather of the handy and mobile Leica cameras that first appeared in 1925 and paved the way for entirely new forms of photographic expression, for example, photojournalism.”



The future is here…almost

I am writing this on Sunday 29th December having just watch the technology programme ‘Click’ on BBC television. One of the stories featured a Sony mobile telephone with a 20 megapixel camera, not unusual you may think bearing in mind the rate that technology progresses these days. What grabbed me was an additional lens for the ‘phone. I don’t think it’s interchangeable in the conventional sense as we photographers understand it but it did appear to fit onto the telephone body, what’s more it looked like a very handy zoom. It gets even more interesting because the lens contains the ‘camera’ workings as well, it doesn’t have to be attached to the ‘phone to take pictures. It can be up to 10 metres away, is connected by wi-fi and can send the image back to the phone. As I said back on the 16th of November “how long I wonder before it’s a complete reversal, a camera that lets you make calls, perhaps it’s out there somewhere”       Another step nearer ?

Happy New Year..


Christ Church, Wanstead as seen from the High St looking across Evergreen Field with barbed wire in the foreground.

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I took this photograph a few days before Christmas. I had intended to just get a good shot of Christ Church looking across Evergreen Field, Wanstead and that worked successfully. However, as I stood reassessing as I usually do after the first photograph, I was drawn by the three strands of barbed wire across the top of the fence. For some unknown reason it stirred memories and emotions of less hospitable places and camps that I have been to in my career. Maybe it was the time of year with everyone getting ready for Christmas, I’m not sure. How lucky we are to live where we do, lets bear that in mind for 2014.

This photograph also appears today on Wanstead Daily Photo.

Technical info: Leica D Lux 6 with 24 to 90mm zoom (35mm equivalent) at 24mm handheld. The exposure was 1/125th of a second at f8, the ISO was 200.