Love for the Flare

Recently I’ve been loving a bit of camera lens flare action.

“This usually occurs when light enters the camera and hits the sensor or film directly appearing as a polygonal shape – the same shape as the diaphragm of the lens.”

There’s a conflict of views regarding whether a flare ruins or enhances a picture but I’ve found that in the right circumstances a bit of flare can enhance the artistic meaning of a photo. I’ve posted a flare-esq type shot below… cos i have a blog, so why not! See what you think. I personally am loving the flare!

Cheers, Mark



No Photography round here…

IMG_1808Spent the evening wondering around London’s Canary Wharf today. For those of you from outside the UK, it’s a large business district towards the East of London. It’s almost it’s own town of skyscrapers, set in the middle of East London.

As I passed the first large building in the district two security guards came straight up to me and started telling me that no photography was allowed and that I’d have to get permission from Canary Wharf management. I told them that I didn’t want to take pictures of them or their building and that they would have to physically stop me… so they left it alone. But there were taxis, stations, people, shops, bars, restaurants etc all over the place. I’m fairly sure that constitutes a public place and that anyone is free to photograph in a public place. I don’t really know the in’s and outs of this kind of thing and would love some comments on it to clarify, but I was fairly sure that even the police can’t stop you photographing in the street, let alone building security?

Let me know your thoughts as I’m quite interested.



Don’t forget to take pictures of the kids…

Most photographers I know never take pictures of their kids and family events etc because they spend all day looking through the viewfinder and lugging camera gear around, so on their days off they don’t much fancy it… but then they end up with no pictures of their kids. So, even if it’s a point and shoot, take a camera with you and you may even end up getting something great.

I’ve attached a shot taken yesterday at the beach of my son… I really like it and I’m glad that I took my camera.

Nikon D700, 24-70 2.8

Cheers x

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A few weeks back I posted a video from (via strobist) about Clay Enos working on the street with nothing but a D3 and a bit of white Seamless. It’s something I’d been planning anyway, so we hit the streets of Brighton, UK and grabbed as many locals as we could. Most were more than willing and some were really friendly. A few just weren’t interested, but that’s the way it goes…

Here are a few previews from the shoot. All were shot with the Nikon D3x and a 50mm f/1.8. Black and white conversions were done in aperture. To see the whole project go to and click on “projects”. Let me know what you think.





Is Flickr a good place for professional photographers?

flickr_logo_gamma.gif.v59899.14I spend a fair amount of time looking around at other peoples work, the blogs of other photographers, some very experienced commercial photographers and others just out of college. Some use flickr to show off their best work, some just dump all of their random shots there and some don’t use it at all. Flickr is clearly the biggest online community and sharing site for photography, but not necessarily photographers. Many people just post their shots there for storage purposes, not to show off their creativity. So, this being the case, is it sensible or necesssary for pro photographers to put their work up there?

Flickr is an image and video hosting websiteweb services suite, and online community platform. In addition to being a popular website for users to share personal photographs, the service is widely used by bloggers as a photo repository.[2] As of June 2009, it claims to host more than 3.6 billion images[3], up from 3 billion in November 2008.[4]” – Wikipedia

I use Flickr and I am a professional photographer. I have a website on which I can showcase over 600 images if I wish (I don’t). I also have a blog, which you’ll have realised by now if you’re reading this! I wouldn’t say that I put much work on flickr that is in my portfolio. So why use Flickr?

Well, one of the things I use Flickr for is to post images that don’t really fit into my portfolio. Stuff that I really like but can’t really use… personal work I guess. I also like the fact that I can get instant feedback from my contacts and people in my groups. They offer advice, criticism and sometimes say nice things, which always helps!

The other reason is that I can use it for inspiration.. looking through other peoples work makes me think about how I can improve mine and it also plugs you into the world of photography… what cameras are people using? what techniques? who likes what?

I posted images on flickr long before I thought of doing it as a job and I guess I don’t really want to stop.

I would love to hear other photographers views on flickr as a tool or just for fun?



A Nice Picture of a Tree


This is not an informative post, or a post showing behind the scenes on a shoot. It’s just a picture of a tree. It has no commercial value, is unlikely to make me any money. But I like it. And I hope you do too!

I shot it with a Nikon D700 and a Sigma 24-70 HSM… which reminds me, I want to post on that lens cos I like it!



Street Portraits

OK, so this is borrowed from the Strobsit’s (David Hobby’s) blog ( It’s actually something I had planned already, we’re heading down to Brighton next week to shoot some nice clean street portraits… just black and white against nice white seamless… just tape it to the wall and off you go. But this video is really nice and shows how you need to interact with people in order to get them against that white seamless for a few seconds.

We usually make behind the scenes vids for most of our projects, so watch out for something on this soon, once we clear the backlog from all of the other shoots. I’ll try not to copy this though, wanna do something a bit different.

Thanks to Strobist for putting this out there… and thanks to for the ability to embed this vid.