Monday, May 25, 2020

Golden hour on the River Thames, West London


I remind myself constantly to spend more time with my cameras early morning and late evening, particularly at the so-called golden hour. Time after time, despite my sage self advice, I find myself on the way out to a restaurant or an evening meeting without camera. Recently, we have had some wonderful sunsets in West London. Sure, it isn't Santorini or Mykonos, but there have been some incredible skies and tranquil landscapes to be seen along the River Thames as the day's activities come to an end.

Bunhill Fields Burial Ground and John Wesley’s Chapel

Visitors to Red Dot Cameras, one of the three main independent Leica dealers in London, would do well to stroll a...

Upgrade Easy: Silicon Roundabout gets a facelift

London's tech hub, Silicon Roundabout at Old Street, gets another facelift. Leica M and 35mm Summicron ASPH.

Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross to see a fine lady

Ride a cock-horse to Banbury Cross,
To see a fine lady upon a white horse;
Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes,
And she shall have music wherever she goes

Olympic Cauldron on permanent display at Museum of London


This morning at 8.30 I was at the Museum of London to witness the unveiling of the permanent Olympic Cauldron exhibition. Designed by Haterwick Studios, the Cauldron creates a stunning impression and the display is a sure-fire winner for the museum.

Digital rot meets mechanical decay


Bellamy Hunt of Japan Camera Hunter gives us the sad news that several models from Japanese manufacturers will no longer be supported.

Heaven: Montblanc, a Leica MP and a Moleskine notebook

Over at Macfilos/tech this morning I was talking about handwriting, great pens and Moleskine notebooks. George James of George James Photography...

Leaving your Leica M9 switched on all day


While out with photo-journalist Don Morley last week I learned something interesting about power management on the M8, M9 and Monochrome. Don, who carries around two M9s and has also had extensive experience with the M8, reckons that leaving the camera switched on is the way to better power management, longer battery life and, along the way, makes the cameras quicker to use when needed.

Leica X Vario revisited: Simplicity and excellence


Since my outing with photo-journalist Don Morley last week I have been doing a lot of thinking about the Leica X Vario. Sometimes I imagine I am the only person thinking deeply about it, judging by the many ill-informed  comments we read in various blogs. The chance to compare XV and the Fuji X-E2 was a lesson.