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Impressive that the Nikon D4 and lens more or less survived!

Remarkable technical site

I’ve just come across photographer Pierre Toscani’s site. It’s full of astoundingly detailed technical information about mostly Nikon lenses, based on data gleaned from patent applications and other sources. Mostly in French, though there’s a good selection of articles translated into English. The diagrams are drawn to an astounding level of professionalism - a lot better than the ones I’ve seen on manufacturers’ own sites!

The site also has the best animation I’ve ever seen which clearly shows the operation of an SLR camera. Great stuff.

Metropolitan police apologize to teenage photographer



Original recording of a pretty brave kid:


The world’s slowest high-speed camera.

A new camera that can image advancing wavefronts of light. Only useful for repeatable events, for a bunch of reasons, but still pretty cool. The wavefront passing through a drink bottle is pretty amazing.




Upcoming talks in London

So I’m going to be giving three hour-long talks in London next week. They’re all on introductory topics, and will be held at the Apple Store, Regent Street.

They’re all free, and no reservation is required. Look forward to seeing you there!

Archiving your Digital Photography

Monday, 7 November 2011, 7.00 pm

Nothing lasts forever, even photos in digital form. If you haven’t got a backup, your photos are at risk from theft, fire, flood, equipment failure and other disasters. Learn how to protect your investment and memories.

A Beginner’s Guide to Lenses

Tuesday, 8 November, 2011, 5:30 pm

So you want to buy a new lens for your camera. Fast or slow? Wide angle or telephoto? Zoom or prime? If these terms seem like foreign jargon, then this beginner’s guide to photographic lenses is for you!

An Introduction to Flash Photography

Friday, 11 November, 2011, 5.30 pm

An introduction to the mysteries of flash photography. Learn how off-camera flash can transform your photography, regardless of what photographic system you use.

Burning Man 2011

For the past 13 years I’ve been documenting the incredible art displayed at the annual Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert. I’ve just posted the latest set of shots from the 2011 event.

And it was another epic year - I took around 9000 photographs this time. Always takes quite a bit of time to sort through, catalogue, and research each picture!

Inside a dead zone

Photographer Kazuma Obara smuggled some cameras into the Fukushima nuclear reactor site, taking some unauthorized views into the ruined reactor.


Went to the Royal Academy of Arts in London today. They have a very interesting show running right now featuring Hungarian photographers of the early 20th century, focusing particularly on Brassaï, Robert Capa, André Kertész, László Moholy-Nagy and Martin Munkácsi.

It’s quite a fascinating exhibition. Hungary today is a small landlocked country, but of course from the mid 1800s through to 1918 it was part of the vast Austro-Hungarian Empire, and it was into this world that those five men were born. Yet all eventually left Hungary, all were Jewish, all changed their names, and all achieved most of their fame outside Hungary. And all made huge contributions to different aspects of modern photography.

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So, followers of steampunk should take a look at Jeff VanderMeer’s new book - the Steampunk Bible: an Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature.

It’s a fascinating compendium of all things both steamy and punky, and includes a couple of photos I took of the fabulous Raygun Gothic Rocketship!

Pillow fight!