I always carry a small compass in my camera bag to help judge where the sun will rise/set when out on location. A fantastic free download that works with Google Maps now means that I can plan shoots in advance, from the comfort of home! Tap in a place name or postcode and The Photographers Ephemeris will show you how light falls on the land for any given date and time. It also available as a mobile App for iPhone and Android, perfect for outdoor photographers preparing that next landscape or urban shoot.
The Bridge of Sighs in Oxford (also known as Hertford Bridge) is much photographed but often in shade. Using The Photographers Ephemeris, I was able to see that the bridge and Sheldonian Theatre would both be illuminated by the light of early morning, shortly after sunrise. Happily this meant the buildings were beautifully lit and streets peacefully quiet. It also gave me an excuse for a second breakfast of pain au chocolat when the shops opened!
Beautiful, narrated slideshow highlighting the BBC Human Planet series…”I was probably coming back with 10-20,000 images from each shoot” – and I thought I was trigger happy!
Showtime! Europe’s biggest annual imaging show opens in Birmingham this Sunday. I bought my Canon 5D Mark II at last year’s event but surprisingly Canon won’t be there this time around, with a seemingly last minute ‘review of marketing strategy’?! Anyhow, appearances by master wildlife and landscape photographers Andy Rouse, David Noton, Joe Cornish and Heather Angel are among the names to draw me back!
Travel Photographer of the Year 2010 announced. Take a look at the TPOTY website to be transported to many weird and wonderful locations. The above image, taken by this year’s winner Larry Louie, shows the magnificent Mud Mosque in Djenne, Mali.
A bargain box of glass plate negatives bought for $45 in a garage sale has been found to contain the work of America’s most celebrated landscape photographer, Ansel Adams…now valued at $200 million!