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.



great light is where you find it

6 08 2014

Ko in Tamachi

the other day I spent 8 hours in Tamachi, where I was engaged to photograph a workshop dealing with improving your TOEIC score (Test of English for International Communication). The event was held in a giant glass fronted office building, and afterwards I went out into the huge lobby, and noticed the amazing light. Floor to ceiling glass on two sides, and highly polished black marble on the other two. So I grabbed Ko, who was assisting at the event, and we shot a few photos, one of which you can see above. All natural light, around 5pm.

why the world looks better in black & white. part 103

13 04 2013

why the world looks better in black & white. part 103

part of a project on sports, fitness, and health, in Japan. my kids are signed up to a soccer club that contributes to the J-league apprentice pool. sometimes I’ll shoot pictures at one of their matches. doing it the old-fashioned way, manual focus. like so many sports grounds, you have to put up with horrible backgrounds so, by reducing the colour impact, the photo is easier on the eye. and yes, they do play on gravel. these kids are hard! plus, it throws up a lot of dust which looks fantastic when backlit.

Gear: Nikon D300 body
Nikon 400mm F3.5 Lens

Manual exposure 1/1600th at F3.5, 100asa

I came in search of Perfection

7 11 2012

and this is all I got.

but it’s not bad, is it?Image

(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


Hey Mister, you have a lot of cameras.

23 07 2011

One of the questions I am often asked: why do you have two cameras?

Lots of reasons really: Things break, or stop working when you don’t want them to. Electronic cameras are no more or less unreliable than mechanical cameras, in my opinion. But they are impossible to coax back into life, once they stop (assuming it’s not a simple battery issue).

Dust: one lens on each body, means you don’t need to change lenses, which is time consuming, and potentially exposes the camera’s sensor to dust and other airbourne particles.

Versatility: Each camera that I own, has its own specialities. The D1x is fantastic for flash sync. While the D300 has fairly good high ISO performance.¬† Some pictures will require both characteristics, so it’s good to have both cameras to hand.

Card failures: By having two bodies, you minimise the damage from card corruption or failure. Whatever brand of memory card you use, sooner or later, something is going to fail. It’s the law of averages, and the more you shoot the more likely it is. I also like to use lots of small capacity cards, which again distributes the risk.

Actually I have 3 bodies, the D70 is fairly small & light, still with excellent flash sync, and I can use it as a radio-controlled remote, without worrying too much about the replacement cost.  My kids can easily hold and use it too.