About

Thanks for visiting my tiny corner of the internet. I live in Edinburgh, the surprisingly sunny capital city of Scotland. Sometimes I run and make photographs in the Pentland hills, which lie just south of the city. When I can, I go north to the Highlands and Islands.

Many of the photographs in the Portfolios are available as high quality prints. I now print these at home on a modern pigment printer (Epson 3880), which delivers really beautiful results (technically, at least!). A small selection of such prints has been on intermittent display over the years at the Swanston Clubhouse, at the foot of the Pentland hills. If you’re interested,¬†drop me a message.

Like many photographers I probably spend a little too much time contemplating gear, though I’m slowing getting over this unfortunate addiction with the help of a very busy day job. Partly, this is because modern digital equipment is plenty good enough, almost regardless of system. I used to make photographs with medium format gear such as the Bronica SQ system, but these days I’ve basically settled on the Micro 43 system. My favourite camera for the system is the Panasonic GX8. Brief comments:

  • This camera has, for the most part, some of the nicest ergonomics I’ve used in any camera system. It’s mostly a joy to use. The grip is substantial enough to impart confidence, and there are many customisable buttons and functions.
  • The viewfinder is terrific, both in resolution/clarity, and usability. The tilting function puts me in mind of my old medium format film gear, which is definitely a good thing. Super practical for use on a tripod below eye level (i.e. most of the time).
  • Micro 43 is plenty good enough on technical grounds for my purposes. The extremely expensive full frame systems out there, such as the Sony E-mount, seem endlessly attractive, but for me fall down on an least three important points (sensor aspect ratio – I really dislike the 3:2 format, extortionate price, and massive/heavy lenses).
  • I have several nice lenses for my Micro 43 system, which are small and very light (12mm f2, 20mm f1.7, 45mm f1.8). A three lens kit, including the GX8 body, is considerably less than 1kg. Given the state of my knees, this is a good thing.
  • I recently started using filters made by Haida, and have been generally pleased (even when compared to the better known brands in the UK). The smaller size models balance very nicely with my wee lenses.

In case you want to buy me a gift, I like single malt Scotch whisky (Clynelish is good, or anything from the SMWS).

I used to write blog about fly fishing, over at Tamanawis. Then I got a job and upgraded my family. I sometimes miss those simpler, more selfish days, but of course life moves on. The word Tamanawis is the name of a fictional river in the book The River Why by David James Duncan.