Why I won’t buy the new Kodak Ektachrome 100 film

If, like me, you shoot film, then you’ll no doubt have encountered the old “I thought film was dead” mantra. Well, whilst there’s no doubt that film took a nose dive with the uptake of digital cameras, it never died as many have believed. Dedicated film shooters like myself have kept film alive (35 years … Read more

Composing treescapes with balance, ratios and symetery

I’m often told (really, I am) that I have a certain style, and I’m often asked how I go about creating that style. Whilst I’ve happily explained how I create my images many times to those attending my workshops, I’ve chosen never to put my methods online. This hasn’t in any way been a result … Read more

Little things

It should come as no surprise that I love trees, especially photographing them. If you’re like me, then I’m always scanning the landscape, towns and cities for trees that have a story to tell, and this is one of my favourites. Saplings, amaze me at the best of times but every now and again, I … Read more

To thank or not to thank

Like many photographers, I thought that world had moved on from preaching “thou shalt” stuff, but it seems that some never read the memo. Being somewhat busy with the competition launch, I’ve missed most of it but I’ve caught up a bit and read one blog that seems to have raised a few hackles. In … Read more

Owning the view

I read a couple of things on social media recently that struck a chord with me.  The first was by an amateur photographer who posted one of their images online, but was concerned it had been an inadvertant capture of another photographer’s work. The second, was by writer who was put off writing articles on photography … Read more

Intimate landscapes

 – holy grail or just pretentious waffle?

There’s a load of talk of late about something called the “intimate landscape”. It’s being epitomised by some “famous” photographer types and being hailed as the most difficult field to master. I’ve certainly met a few photographers recently who are talking about it as if it’s a holy grail and one well known photographer I’ve … Read more

Infinity road – Urlar Moor, Highland Perthshire

I like puzzles and intrigue whenever I look at something and seeing the world in black and white allows me to build that puzzle and create the intrigue. Colour images that bristle with detail and vibrancy (for me at least) fail to achieve that aim and for that reason it seems that they fail to … Read more

Cost of digital vs film

Very often when I’m out and about shooting with my film cameras, passers by of all ages will come up to me and ask about my cameras. I’m always happy to talk about them and those that ask are always fascinated by the gear I’m using – especially by my large format of panoramic cameras. … Read more

Firecrest – The world’s best ND Grad filter?

If you follow me at all then you will know that I use filters in my photography over using photoshop because I believe in getting it right in camera. Filters are great for digital photography but problematic for film – especially slide film like Provia & Velvia. I have used many types over the years … Read more

Intentional camera what?

When I do workshops or one-to-ones, I always ask the clients if there are any techniques they want me to teach. I’ve always thought that I knew most techniques, and I’d at least tried all the techniques you could possibly think of, but I was stumped recently when I was asked to teach something called … Read more

Dear Fujifilm…

…for more than 30 years I’ve been a loyal customer of yours. I’ve bought your film, I’ve bought your film cameras and when digital came along I bought your digital cameras. I’ve owned everything from your rangefinders and 617 to your bridge and x-cameras. Do your respect photographers like me who have been loyal for … Read more