Remarkable D-Day 80 Black and White Photos

Black and white photography has a unique allure that transcends time, stripping away the distractions of colour to reveal the essence of the subject. Attending the commemorative event at the Control Tower at the former RAF base at Greenham Common presented me with a perfect opportunity to harness the power of black and white photography. This site, rich with historical significance, was once at the heart of pivotal moments during the Cold War. The Control Tower, now a symbol of reflection and remembrance, stands as a testament to the past. Photographing this event in black and white photos not only highlighted the details of theRead More →

Kentmere Film to record a winters day along the Kennet and Avon Canal.

In the delicate dance between vintage film and modern technology, my recent photography session along the tranquil Kennet and Avon Canal near Aldermaston Wharf was a captivating exploration. As a dedicated photographer specialising in capturing life’s fleeting moments, this session marked a significant milestone – the premiere use of the Kentmere Film Pan 400 Film, 120 Medium Format Film. Unveiling Kentmere Film Pan 400 As I embarked on my photographic journey, armed with the Pan 400, I wondered at its ability I’d seen in other photographers images to capture the subtleties of light and shadow. The film’s grain structure ensured that every detail was renderedRead More →

Watership Down: 5 Black and White Film Images to Calm You

As a photographer, there are moments that transcend the ordinary and beckon you to capture the essence of a place in its raw and unfiltered state. Watership Down near Kingsclere, a location made famous by Richard Adams’ novel, is one such place. In the quiet embrace of February, armed with my trusty Bronica ETRSi and a roll of Ilford PAN F+ film, I set out to explore this iconic landscape through the lens of black and white photography. Camera Gear + Black and White Film Choice Equipped with my Bronica ETRSi, a medium format camera renowned for its sharpness and versatility, I opted for theRead More →

Bronica Cable Release woes

As photographers, we often find ourselves navigating through the challenges of capturing the perfect shot, and sometimes, unexpected obstacles can emerge. In this blog post, I’ll share a recent experience that left me scratching my head: my Bronica cable release malfunction. Join me on a journey of discovery as I troubleshooted and resolve an issue that seemed to have no precedent on the vast landscape of the internet. NOTE: The following Cable Release ‘Fix’ is worth considering for other makes of camera that use a mechanical cable release system. The Cable Release was found to be the root cause for the issue and not theRead More →

9 Proven Landscape Photography Tips - How to Elevate Your Photography

Landscape photography is an art that transcends capturing mere images; it’s about freezing moments in time, preserving the grandeur of nature. Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or just starting, mastering landscape photography requires a blend of skill, creativity, and an understanding of your surroundings. Here’s my 9 Landscape Photography Tips. The Magic of Golden Hour One of the key secrets to breathtaking landscape shots is harnessing the magic of the golden hour. As the sun gently kisses the horizon during sunrise and sunset, it casts a warm, soft glow, creating a mesmerising atmosphere. Pro Tip: Begin your shooting sessions during these hours for ethereal landscapes.Read More →

The Art of Night Photography: Cologne's Christmas Markets

During my stay in the wonderful German town of Cologne, I was enchanted by the city’s magical Christmas Markets. These markets, with their colourful and playful displays, created a festive experience that was truly extraordinary. Amidst the bustling stalls adorned with twinkling lights, the air was filled with the joyful laughter of families and the enticing aroma of seasonal treats. The markets, a kaleidoscope of festive colours, added a dynamic and lively element to my night photography exploration. In the realm of composition, I found myself drawn to the balance of simplicity and the festive complexity of the markets. Each frame captured the whimsical charmRead More →

Photography Bliss with the Vintage Zenza Bronica ETRSi (Build Date 1988-2004)

Embarking on a new photographic journey is always a thrill, and my recent acquisition of the Zenza Bronica ETRSi Medium Format Camera has elevated my excitement to new heights. The anticipation of holding this classic piece of photographic equipment in my hands is matched only by the allure of the medium format film photography realm it opens up. A few clicks, a winning bid on eBay, and the package arrived on my doorstep, promising a world of creative possibilities. Winning this camera on eBay felt like claiming a piece of photographic history. The exhilaration of outbidding fellow enthusiasts, coupled with the eagerness to unpack andRead More →

Mastering The Best Settings for Low Light Photography

As the winter season approaches, I find myself drawn to the enchanting world of low light photography. Hi, I’m Steve, and I’m excited to share my insights on navigating the captivating challenges and embracing the wonderful opportunities that the best settings for low light photography conditions present for photographers. Winter brings a unique ambiance, with its early sunsets and cozy indoor festivities. It’s during this time, especially around Christmas, that the allure of capturing moments in subtle lighting becomes irresistible. In this article, I aim to provide a personal perspective on the art of low light photography, offering a guide tailored not just for enthusiastsRead More →

low light photography settings

As I sit here in my cosy home in rural North Hampshire, gazing out of the window, I’m reminded that winter is upon us in the United Kingdom. The days are growing shorter, and the familiar scenes of Autumn are slowly fading into the embrace of this enchanting season. The countryside transforms into a winter wonderland, and it’s a magical time for photography enthusiasts like me. I’ve had the privilege of experimenting with various photography techniques and settings, particularly delving into the realm of low light photography settings. Over time, I’ve learned the art of optimising these settings, a crucial skill for any photographer, especiallyRead More →

landscape photography

The Kennet and Avon Canal, Aldermaston Wharf, has always held a special place in my heart as one of England’s most picturesque landscapes, perfect for capturing its natural beauty. Nestled in the heart of the stunning countryside, this canal has become my haven as a photography enthusiast, offering breathtaking views throughout the year including canal boats, locks and wildlife. In this comprehensive guide, I invite you to join me on an exploration of the mesmerising natural beauty of the Kennet and Avon Canal at Aldermaston Wharf. Together, we’ll discover invaluable tips and secrets to help you capture truly exceptional photographs. As for the definition ofRead More →

winter photography

Soft snowflakes gently fall from the sky, illuminating the picturesque English landscape as the morning sun emerges on the horizon. As a photographer living in rural North Hampshire, with the likes of The Kennet & Avon Canal, Winchester, Morgaston Wood, and Watership Downs on my doorstep, I understand the magic of capturing winter’s beauty. In this Winter Photography tips article, I will share five essential tips to help you prepare and skillfully capture outstanding images of the stunning English countryside in winter. Read on for more winter scenery photography 5 Winter Photography Tips for you to Try Capture the enchanting winter landscapes of the EnglishRead More →

mindfulness photography plan

In today’s fast-paced, digitally-driven world, the art of mindful living has never been more relevant and crucial. We live in an era where distractions are abundant, stress levels are high, and the pace of life seems unrelenting. It’s easy to become overwhelmed, disconnected from the present moment, and caught up in the chaos of our daily routines. In the midst of this, the concept of a mindfulness, which has ancient roots in various contemplative traditions, is gaining widespread recognition as a valuable tool for regaining a sense of balance and peace in our lives. This is why I’ve created this Mindfulness Photography Plan. But whatRead More →

Mushroom Macro Photography

On the border of rural North Hampshire and Berkshire, England, lies a hidden gem known as Wasing Country Park. It’s a place that holds a special place in my heart, not just for its scenic beauty but for the endless photographic opportunities it offers. On a recent crisp Autumn day, I embarked on a personal trip to explore the enchanting world of mushroom macro photography, armed with my camera and a keen eye for capturing the magic hidden in the forest. The Enchanting Woodland of Wasing Country Park Wasing Country Park is a serene oasis, a place where nature thrives in all its glory. AsRead More →

Christmas Phone Photography

Introduction to Phone Photography at Christmas In the digital age, mobile phone photography at Christmas has become one of the most popular ways to capture precious moments, including during the holiday season, such as Christmas. In this article, we will discuss how you can enhance your mobile phone photography skills during the holiday season. Additionally, we will recommend some types of phones that are suitable for capturing incredible Christmas moments. Phone Comparison Table Phone Type Camera Features Low-Light Capabilities Special Modes Comments Google Pixel Exceptional camera quality – Night Sight for low-light photography – Astrophotography mode Excellent for capturing the warm and cozy Christmas atmosphereRead More →

Composition Rule Calculator, Elevate Your Photography Composition Tips

Understanding composition is the cornerstone of producing exceptional photographs. It’s the art of arranging elements within the frame in a way that not only captures the subject but also conveys emotion, tells a story, and draws the viewer’s eye. Composition forms the foundation upon which all other aspects of photography, from lighting to perspective, are built. Whether you’re an amateur enthusiast or a professional photographer, mastering composition is the key to transforming ordinary scenes into extraordinary visual narratives. In this quick guide, I’ll delve into the world of 5 photography composition tips and explore how fundamental knowledge in this area can elevate your photography toRead More →