Monday, September 23, 2019

Floating through the locks on the watery road to Wigan Pier

The flight of 23 locks on the Leeds & Liverpool canal, leading down through Ince to Wigan, is the true road to Wigan Pier. This massive undertaking, which lowers the canal by all of 215 feet, is one of the most powerful evocations of the industrial revolution that transformed Britain, particularly this section of South Lancashire, in the 18th century.

In a Pickle: Developing a taste for photography in south London

Opposite the house where Charlie Chaplin once lived is the pickle factory where Chaplin Senior laboured to support his family. And that...

The Camera Club: London’s best-kept photographic secret

Tucked away in a quiet backstreet in Kennington, South London, is one of the wonders of the photographic world. Here, in a...

Eric Kim’s one photo a day challenge. Fall at first hurdle

Propped up in bed with my iPad this morning, I was impressed by Eric Kim's very plausible case for taking a photograph every day. He is surely right that the routine of always having a camera in the bag and remembering to take one photograph every day is the key to improvement. Strangely, after being inspired before breakfast, I went out for the day and managed NOT to take a photograph today.

Equivalence: Crop factor, aperture and sensitivity

We are most of us quite familiar with crop factor and the adjustment of focal length when using APS-C, Micro Four Thirds or 1in sensors. The maths is easy: 1.5, 2.0 and 2.7 covers these three options in relation to the 1:1 of the full-frame sensor. But what effect does sensor size have on aperture or sensitivity? It's all a question of equivalence.

London Shopfronts: A suitable case for snapping

London shopfronts are something else. Every back street and alley provides another gem such as this enticing all-black early Victorian creation...

Getting to grips with photo processing and data storage

For months I have been fretting about which application to use for my photo files. Because of the indecision I have...

Death of a typeface: The drowning of Doves Type

One night a hundred years ago an old man was seen pushing over 2,000 pounds of lead into the Thames at Hammersmith Bridge. It...

1816: The world’s first electric telegraph

While researching the article on the Doves Press I discovered...

Forty years ago on the London Underground

Bob Mazzer carried his Leica M4 around London's Underground network throughout the seventies and eighties, often late at night as he returned from his...