Technical Details

Most of the more recent photographs were made with Nikon DSLRs (D200 and D800) and Nikon lenses.

Many of the earlier colour photographs were made with a Pentax 6x7 camera and Fuji Velvia 50 transparency film. Most of the square-format black and white landscape photographs were made with a Mamiya C330f twin lens reflex camera.

Other black and white photographs were made with a Nikon F2 or Nikkormat FT2, often with 35mm or 105mm Nikkor lenses. All non-digital black and white photographs were made using Ilford FP4 or Kodak Tri-X film processed in ID-11

The lenses used with the Pentax 6x7 range from 45mm to 300mm. However, I most often used a 75mm moderate wide angle or 200mm moderate telephoto, especially when travelling as they are relatively light and compact

A small number of the photographs were made using a 5x4 inch MPP Mk 8 technical camera equipped with modern Schneider lenses - either full frame, or using roll-film backs (6x9 and 6x12). Some were made using a Mamiya Universal 6x9 with 50mm wide angle lens

The photographs made with film have been scanned with an Epson 4990 Perfection scanner producing TIFF files of approximately 70MB at 2000dpi (from 6x7 transparencies). The photographs on the website are low resolution (72dpi) JPEG copies of the original scans

Most of the photographs have not been modified in any way, other than minor cropping. However, some have been enhanced minimally using Photoshop (e.g. to adjust brightness or contrast, or correct converging verticals, etc)

If you'd like any further technical details regarding the photographs or the equipment used, do contact me

I'm unable to offer advice regarding the relative merits of particular makes of camera. I do, however, recommend to new photographers that they should gain a working knowledge of the basics of exposure (especially the relationship between shutter speed and aperture, and the difference between reflected and incident light meter readings) plus the basics of depth of field.

Above all else, an appreciation of light and its qualities is essential, as well as the patience to wait for the light you require for the photograph you want and a willingness to come back another day if you don't get it

Many of the most memorable photographs ever taken were made using very simple cameras. Beyond a certain basic level, it's not the equipment we use which matters but rather our ability as photographers to isolate aspects of the world as we experience it, to visualise it in our own way and to translate that vision into an image which reflects what we have seen and, at best, what we have felt