Every year I make an effort to see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum in Knightsbridge, London.
It showcases some of the best photographs of animals complete with the story behind the picture and, for the gearheads, all the metadata you can eat. Some years are better than others, but this year the focus was back on the animals and I think the lineup was really strong. Continue reading
Okay, I did it. Some weeks ago, actually. I know, I know. I wrote this elaborate post about how the D600 was too little too late in the age of smaller, faster cameras from Olympus, Sony and Fuji. I guess the thing is that so much of what I do still lends itself to SLR photography and the kind of shooting system that can only be built over decades. Continue reading
DP Review has published an interesting Q&A with Phil Molyneux, president of Sony Electronics. Molyneux talks about the Olympus tie-up, the effect of smartphone photography on the camera market, and why Sony is best placed to disrupt (he really seems to like that word) the market.
I recently read The Photographer’s Eye by Michael Freeman, and came across some interesting lines on the ‘snapshot aesthetic’, whereby lacking composition is pitched by casual photographers as a deliberate technique. The book predates Instagram, but I think the comments are given extra context by the rise of social media and phone photography.
Stumbled across this fountain, by Japanese artist Tadao Ando, in London’s Mayfair district today. This is one of those situations where you have to kick the camera into manual and decide whether you’re going to focus on the reflection on the surface or the pattern beneath the surface, a decision made more difficult by wind rippling the water. When I got home and saw the pictures on a big screen, the shot I least expected to work was the keeper. Continue reading
I came across this video of how Leica lenses are made, which I found quite interesting. It also explains why they cost more than £3000 to buy!
Hey guys, Lightroom 4.2 is available. It includes the RAW support for the Nikon D600, and tethered capture for the D4, D800 and D800e. I didn’t realise the latter wasn’t supported yet – must have been quite a wait for those who bought new cameras at the start of the year! Lens correction has been added for the 24-85mm and 28-300mm lenses.