Photo links

Wednesday, September 17, 2003
Articles on blending bracketed exposures as a technique for expanding dynamic range with digital pictures:
Luminous Landscape
Erich Krause

Wednesday, February 05, 2003
"Technical perfection is not the goal of photography: seeing life is" - another classic Ellis Vener quote from

Tuesday, December 17, 2002
The Magnum website now has some online portfolios, including Raymond Depardon and some fantastic stuff by Harry Gruyaert

Monday, September 23, 2002
Wow. For once has an interesting Photo Of The Week - Kumbh Mela at Allahabad by Jean-Pierre Verbeke. This is stunning. His other Kumbh Mela photos are brilliant too

Thursday, September 19, 2002
Minolta have fixed the problem with the uselessness of the old driver software for the Multi Pro with negatives. Excellent. Now I have "the best sub-$50,000 [slide] scanner in the world", and it works with negs too which is handy since I have a pile of good medium format negs from India that i haven't been able to do anything with yet.

Wednesday, September 18, 2002
Interesting & well-written feature about Alex Webb on

… and a good biographical article on James Nachtwey

Useful review & commentary on Nikon lenses by Ron Reznick at Digital Outback Photo

Thursday, August 29, 2002
Interview with leading British landscape photographer Charlie Waite on photo-i. Lovely pictures, and interesting that Charlie says he does all his exhibition prints now with one of the new wide-carriage Epsons, and thinks they are better than Iris prints. (I ordered my Epson 2100 over a month ago - still eagerly waiting for it to arrive).

Wednesday, August 28, 2002
Useful & informative discussion of the relative merits of the Minolta Multi Pro & Nikon 8000 ....just after I finally committed and bought a Multipro

Thursday, July 25, 2002
Mac vs PC video & Photoshop benchmark - current "high end" G4 dual-processor macs are pathetically slow. Not surprising - they're basically a 2-year old spec. Wait for the new ones in August - they look a bit more serious (according to the rumoured specs that were on the web a couple of days ago but now appear to have been suppressed by Apple's legal department)

Wednesday, July 24, 2002
Discussion on of the new Epson pigment inks & what black (photo or matte) to use with what papers

Tuesday, June 11, 2002
Very informative discussion on Luminous Landscape regarding the relative merits & difficulties of scanning slides vs negs
... and more on the same subject here on

Thursday, June 06, 2002
Yahoo discussion group for the Minolta Multi Pro scanner - from which, it sounds alarmingly as though this scanner is practically useless for negs (or at least, the Minolta-supplied software is, and Ed Hamrick is struggling to get it to work reliably with Vuescan). In which it wouldn't be much use to me, no matter how wonderful Ken Rockwell thinks it is for slides. Hmm. Maybe I should be thinking about the Nikon 8000 after all.

Of course, what I should really do is take some of my pics to a shop that has both, and do some tests.

Wednesday, June 05, 2002


Tutorial/comparison on sharpening techniques & tools. Doesn't rate Nik Sharpener Pro very highly at all (and it's expensive). Best: manual masking out of parts of the image for different degrees of sharpening. Slow & laborious. Second best: UltraSharpen - uses a some kind of gaussian blur algortihm for contract masking so as to only sharpen - I assume - the higher contrast parts of the image. Cheap & quick.
... and here's a super-informative discussion on how and why to use ordinary photoshop usm properly, on the large format photography discussion on
... and a tutorial on Luminous Landscape on how to selectively sharpen only higher-contrast areas / edges, so as not to get nasty grain-sharpening artefacts in other parts of images

Monday, June 03, 2002
I like this guy's attitude (and some of his pictures)

Thursday, May 16, 2002
"Terrorism becomes bad art" - Eric Raymond on what is (and isn't) "art" I basically agree with what Eric is saying here.

Wednesday, May 15, 2002
Sebastião Salgado has a website

Thursday, April 25, 2002
oh dear. was searching the web for stuff on Ernst Haas, all of whose books seem to be out of print & therefore expensive collector's items. and found the official Ernst Haas studio wesbite. it is the most appallingly awful piece of flash-infested bollocks

On the other hand, there's a vast collection of wonderful Haas images online at the Hulton Getty website

“Our autobiography is written in our contact sheets, and our opinion of the world in our selects” - Bill Pierce's columns on photojournalism in The Digital Journalist

Tuesday, April 23, 2002
Very informative discussion on scanning b&w

Piezography (digital bw printing) review from View Camera magazine. What is the "Epson 7000"?

Monday, April 15, 2002
"You look for the chaos in life until you find the chaos in your soul looking back at you in some sort of recognizable way, and then you look at & for that as long as you can until you have to look away."
Ellis Vener, in a discussion about Garry Winogrand

Friday, April 12, 2002
“It's just seeing - at least the photography I care about. You either see or you don't see. The rest is academic. Anyone can learn how to develop” - Elliott Erwitt.

More brilliant Elliott Erwitt stuff on

Wednesday, April 10, 2002
Guide to b&w films from Photo Techniques mag. See also guide to color neg films by famous printing expert ctein. They also published a guide to fast (400-800) colour neg films by ctein, but I can't find it anywhere on the website

informative article on grain aliasing in CCD scanners - why fast films actually look far grainier scanned than they are in real life, because of interference effects between the size of dye clumps in the film and the optical resolution of the scanner.

Tuesday, April 09, 2002
Tour schedule for the Ansel Adams at 100 exhibition. London (Hayward) July to September, Berlin October to December.

Outdoor Photographer interview with Steve McCurry

Monday, April 08, 2002
A very informative thread on practicalities of shooting in India. Link to this in the S.I. photo article.

Thursday, April 04, 2002
Mike Dixon, portrait & wedding photographer in Tennessee. Some nice b&w work.

Some stunning pictures in this essay by Sean O'Boyle entitled "photographing ruins". What it's really about is Mr O'Boyle's project photographing derelict industrial sites, or "modern ruins" as he calls them. Although the pics in the essay are great, the overall quality & interest of the stuff on his own website is patchy.

Sunday, March 17, 2002
Ken Rockwell's website - good, opinionated writing on gear & technique

Monday, October 01, 2001
Found these superb Scottish mountain landscape pictures, including a wonderful Glen Affric panoramic, whilst posting my own Glen Affric photos. This guy's pics are way better than mine :-( discussion of the Boas celebrity exhibition in London -link to this if/when I ever get round to writing my comments about that one.

Thursday, September 27, 2001
Interesting essay on the Henri Cartier-Bresson Tete a Tete exhibition a couple of years ago - which I missed by one day when it was at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Damn!

Wednesday, September 26, 2001
James Nachtwey isn't the only Magnum photographer who lives in New York. There are some more powerful images of the end of the post-Cold War era on Magnum's website

Medium format scanning - here's a discussion where people seem to think an Epson 1280U - high end flatbed w/tranny adaptor @ c.$400 - could be an acceptable option for web / small print (to 8x10) scanning. New version, 2450, due soon. Here's a Luminous Landscape review of an ealier version, the 1200U.

Could be a good stopgap option until I decide to spend the money on an LS-8000 or an Imacon.

Thursday, September 13, 2001

Time Magazine's write-up, with selected photos, of the Nachtwey exhibition at the ICP last year.
Nachtwey does a lot of work for Time Magazine

I wept at James Nachtwey's pictures of the ruins of Kabul when I was in New York last summer. Now here are his pictures of the ruins of New York. Number 12 is amazing.
Here's a Salon interview with him about the book Inferno

Friday, September 07, 2001
Interview with Ralph Gibson:

Iím not terribly drawn towards the epic event. Iíd like to make something totally insignificant into an object of importance, by virtue of how photography works.

it doesnít matter where I am. Iíve been in Japan, Iíve been all over the world and I come back with the same photographs (laughs). It appears that wherever I go I tend to bring my vision with me.

Digital photography seems to excel in all those areas that Iím not interested in. Iím interested in the alchemy of light on film and chemistry and silver. … the big emphasis in digital photography is how many more million pixels this new model has than the competitorís model. Itís about resolution, resolution, resolution, as though that were going to provide us with a picture that harbored more content, more emotional power.

Medium format rangefinders - useful reviews of the Mamiya, Plaubel and Fuji rangefinders from a Leica fan

Thursday, September 06, 2001
The Ultimate Exposure Guide - metering without a meter. Looks very useful, esp. for difficult light situations - concerts etc.

Monday, September 03, 2001
Luminous Landscape - interesting-looking landscape photography site with good articles & reviews

Thursday, August 30, 2001
Hamrick software, home of Vuescan

Wednesday, August 29, 2001
Richard Dawkins on Post-Modernism - relevant to my comments on the writing in Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Artless Art

Tuesday, August 28, 2001
A quick posting on, and here's the tour schedule

New Ansel Adams book to commemorate a San Francisco Museum of Modern Art exhibition to celebrate the centenary of his birth (1902). The exhibition is supposed to be touring over the next two years including London and Berlin - must find out the schedule.