Snow is falling in the North of England and the rest of the country is being treated to sub-zero temperatures. Not weather particularly conducive to photography!

(If you ever find that operating your camera in gloves is too fiddly, then there is good news in the form of the Ricoh G700 – designed to be operated with gloves, it’s also water, dust and shockproof, as well as chemical resistant. I think the target market work on oil rigs…)

When it snowed last year I went out with a camera, hoping to catch the way snow looks when the sun comes out.

(shot with a Nikon D700 and Nikon 70-300 f/4.5-5.5 lens)


Colour or black & white?

Most images will work much better in either colour or black & white. It’s rare that an image can be both.

When I’m looking for a black & white shot there are a few things I specifically look for:

  • strong directional light
  • a small area of highlights

In a black and white photo your eye is drawn to the lightest part, so the highlights (the lighter parts of the image) have to draw the eye in to the subject.

This image though, I think, works in colour and black and white. Which do you prefer?

(both images shot on a Nikon V1 with a Zeiss 50mm f/2 lens)

If you’ve got a real interest in black & white photography, I now offer a specifically tailored black & white photography workshop. For more info check out the training page on the Charlwood Photography website.

Deconstructing images

I always find it interesting to take a step back from a photo and to find what makes it ‘work’ as an image. Here’s a shot from the Long Walk near Windsor Castle.

(Nikon V1 & 50mm Zeiss f/2 lens @ f/4, 1/320th and 100 ISO)

It’s shot with a long lens to ‘fore-shorten’ the view and look along the line of trees – the image wouldn’t have worked with a wider lens, I’d have had to move closer to the trees and the perspective would have been very different.

The tree line disappears into the top right hand third of the frame and the shadows from the trees run almost parallel to the narrow path that crosses the image. The shot is made interesting by the woman with her shopping, ideally I’d have taken it a few seconds earlier when she was perfectly on the right hand third of the image.

The light is key to the image, at sunset it has a lovely wrapping quality that casts deep shadows.

Prague, looking up

I do some street photography, but I often find that I take more pictures of buildings than peopleĀ  when I’m wandering through a city.

Here are some I haven’t shared from my trip to Prague over the summer…

(All images shot with a Fuji X100)

Local light

It was a resolution for last New Year, and I’ve mostly managed to keep it: I try and get out with a camera at least once a week. In the middle of all the admin and the marketing I’ve found it can be very easy to forget to go out and take pictures. A bit ironic considering I’m a photographer.

Here are a few shots from last week…

(Both images were shot with a Nikon V1 and Zeiss 50mm f/2 lens.)

Grass art

As a photographer I’m probably a bit overly fascinated by grass – lots of photos on my Flickr seem to feature it – but I think it’s a subject that lends itself well to the occasional photo…

(All images shot with a Nikon V1 and Zeiss 50mm f/2 lens.)

Christmas 2011

It’s 2012, and a new year with lots of exciting things in the pipeline. For now though I’ll just share a few images from my Christmas in Germany…