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Grange Crags #2016top3 3/3 – Grange Crags

The third of my #2016top3 favourite images, a birch and bracken on Grange Crags, has in fact already been on the blof. It was from mid January and I like it so much because I remember how the scene was quite different when I first noticed it, but then developed exactly as I’d hoped. I […]

#2016top3 2/3 – Honister Pass

You’re looking up the Honister Pass from the Buttermere side, and the lights at the top belong to the quarry. It’s a scene I’ve shot in daytime with the light coming down the valley and picking out the curves of the wet road, but the idea of shooting it at night has been in the […]

#2016top3 1/3 Rainbows

In the last few days there’s been a Twitter hashtag going round, #2016top3, for your favourite 3 landscapes of the year, and as I had joined in I thought it was a good excuse to get myself back into posting to this blog. I like to get up to Borrowdale early each November. It can […]

Fuji XT-2 – an easy camera to like

I can’t be the only photographer whose head has been turned by the new Fuji XT-2, and this week I had a great chance to play with one at Fixation in Vauxhall. So if anyone else is wobbling or wondering – and if anyone still reads this blog – I thought I’d jot down my […]

Grange Crags Cumbria’s open for business

After my November trip to the Lake District, the weather seemed to get worse by the day. Shortly afterwards, my brother and his family were almost  cut off by flooding, and that was before the really serious rainfall arrived at the start of December. Still, I was up there again in January. So early in […]

Bad Trip on Derwentwater

After the recent terrible flooding in the Lake District, you can see the region at its best or, thanks to CGI, at even more than its best in the new Star Wars which uses Thirlmere, Derwentwater and Watendlath for scenery. Well spotted, Colin Bell. Unfortunately, part of Derwentwater is also used for the splash screen […]

Rosthwaite Dog walkers

Are photo workshops the “professional dog walkers” of the photographic world?

Snow’s the winner

2015’s Landscape Photographer of the Year winners have been announced

Out of my way?

For a few moments I was thinking xxxx!, xxxx!, xxxxxxg kids! This was last weekend at Battle Abbey, Hastings, built above where the great battle of 1066 is supposed to have taken place. Almost 10 years ago I’d been to a big re-enactment there and I still remember feeling the ground shake as a line of […]

Industry

Just been looking at Simon Butterworth’s impressive black and white images of Redcar steel works which looks like it will soon be no more, along with so many jobs. I knew of his name as the winner of Landscape Photographer of the Year a couple of years ago but I don’t think I’d ever seen […]

Hadrian’s Wall

The only bit of Hadrian’s Wall I’ve ever seen is its Western tip on the Solway, and I have often thought of exploring the area as it’s only an hour’s drive away from where I stay in the Lake District. Somehow it just hasn’t happened. Roman history is not “my period” but I suppose I […]

Every cloud….

Keswick’s landing stages must be one of the most-photographed locations in the Lake District. You can still get lovely images if you choose your time or conditions – early morning mist, still water, autumn colours, even the unusual angle of sunset in late June – but there will always be other people hanging around, and […]

Silence is golden?

If you are worried, don’t be, I’ve not disappeared. I’ve just not posted anything for a while, but I’m frustratingly the same John as ever. Though with a beard, that is different! In the past I might have done quick posts on things such as the 2015 election which never happened here in Dulwich, apart […]

Cynicism

I must have taken my first photos of Speakers Corner around 1989-90, so I’ve got thousands of negatives and digital files recording what’s supposed to symbolize our tradition of free speech. There was a time when I went quite often, and an hour at Speakers Corner seemed to fit in with meeting friends for dim […]

War crimes

Stacy Kravitz‘s series of photographs of re-enactors depicting World War II Germans is interesting partly for her inclusion of herself in the pictures: For three consecutive years, Kranitz participated in nearly weeklong Battle of the Bulge re-enactments at Fort Indiantown Gap in Annville, Pennsylvania. She took on the part of Leni Riefenstahl—the “super brilliant,” “gifted,” but ultimately “fucked […]

A not-so-remote quarry

I got back from the Lake District at the start of the week. Before I went the forecast really hadn’t been too promising – a series of low pressure systems rolling in from the Atlantic – but for various reasons I’d only made one trip up there this year, so I was really missing the […]

Norway in 5 minutes

For one reason or another, something always crops up whenever I’ve planned to visit Norway. Long ago, a Norwegian girlfriend moved on before our summer trip, a business conference was cancelled at the last minute, and more recently a tour company had booked me to lead a tour to the fjords but seemed to go […]

Nikon’s D750 – now that’s an upgrade

So Nikon have just announced a D750, and it’s got some interesting new features for Nikon’s higher end bodies. Early this year, when I switched from a D700 to a D800, I wrote about how it felt a rather old-fashioned camera. And no doubt I would say the same of its replacement, the D810. OK, […]

Continuity

I enjoyed this interview with Magnum New York’s darkroom printer, Pablo Inirio, Magnum and the Dying Art of Darkroom Printing: I was curious to see how the last few years of digital progress have affected things at Magnum, so I checked in with Inirio by phone this week. He was still there, bubbling with the good cheer […]

Aperture to Lightroom

Even before yesterday’s announcement  Apple To Cease Development Of Aperture, consistently the most-visited page on my Lightroom site was Moving from Aperture to Lightroom. Since the devil is always in the detail, I would encourage any Aperture refugees to read the comments as well as the article itself – there’s a lot of little insights […]