it’s all done with mirrors

17 10 2014

late afternoon in Harajuku, and the October sun is blasting down on the streets. with no clouds to diffuse the sun, the shadows are strong and dark but sometimes there’s a tiny ray of hope. mirrored glass in office buildings all over Tokyo catches those rays and returns them to sender. and coincidentally  spotlights a few points of the street. catching those spotlights is half the fun.




17 10 2013


Old shot from a couple of years ago: since I currently have the Topaz bundle to play with, while cleaning up some excess files, thought I’d have a little play with this one. This is a film emulation in Topaz Adjust, which is probably what I’ll end up buying. The Lens Effects are kinda fun, but I think require a lot more investigation and planning, to be effective.

Undokai is the Japanese school sports day, usually held on gravel, and involving parents and teachers in the competitive events.

(I don’t need this) pressure on

19 10 2012

sorry, not many blog posts for a while. got involved in lots of other time-consuming things. bought new lenses, committed to teaching kids photography, nearly got divorced…


the buying of new lenses was unconnected with the divorce! although some might argue a contributing factor



29 04 2012

Hold that!

9 03 2012

One of those moments where you just catch a glimpse of a different image. What sports photographers know as an ‘off the ball’ shot. Hold that!

Doing a few headshots for the very talented and beautiful Ms. Ani. Converted to black & white, and framed appropriately.



Happy Birthday, Cliff! and, more haste, less speed.

14 02 2012

Today I won’t be blogging about Valentine’s Day, or Whitney Houston, although I will be recalling and honouring another great musical talent, taken too soon, in the greatest tradition of rock & roll.

Happy 50th birthday, Mr. Cliff Burton! Okay, I missed the date by 4 days. That doesn’t stop me celebrating your life, or your works though. You were the ‘quiet one’ in a world of noise. When the other guys in the band were goofing off at presscalls you were diligently tuning your guitars.

At Monsters of Rock, 1985.

I was covering the Monsters of Rock Festival for All Action that year, and had a proper photo pass. Shot a few ‘interesting’ backstage pix, some from the photo pit (an area between the front of the 80,000 strong crowd, and the stage). Here’s Cliff having the time of his life; the bottles in the foreground are traditional gifts from fans, bestowed upon their heroes from long range (thrown from the crowd). Eg Def Leppard ‘bottled off’ at Reading Festival a couple of years previous – ie retreated under a hail of bottles.

As always, I had considered film developing a bit of a chore, and used to up the development temperature, to save time. Of course the risk of ‘reticulation’ ie cracking of the film base, was always present – as seen here. After removing the developer I flooded the developing tank with stop bath (which inhibits the action of the film developer)……it’s supposed to be around the same temperature as the developer but………you can guess the rest! On this small scan you might be able to make out the random cracks. Fortunately the colour transparencies which I shot for the agency were processed properly!

And the moral of this story is – it’s perfectly okay to make mistakes. Just learn from them!