Pro-Abortion Rally

My recent trip to Barcelona shooting street images coincided (unknown to me) with a street demonstration against the decision of the Spanish government to reverse the abortion laws in Spain, meaning that 9 out of 10 abortions would now be classed as illegal. There are times when being in the right place at the right time (even if purely by accident) can pay off, and I was able to photograph the demonstration with the X-Pro1.

I am very pleased to say that my images have been accepted by as an exhibition of social documentary photography on their web site. You can view the exhibition at: is a very respected site and I am grateful to them for this exposure, which is the second time they have featured my work.


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Using Photo Mechanic to resolve a problem with Capture One

I really like the way Capture One from Phase One processes images, and I find it superior to most other raw processing engines, but I have had two major problems with it, namely:

1. images converted to .dng files using Lightroom (of which I have many) do not appear browser panel. I have discussed this with Phase One and it is because they are not linear .dng files (unlike the files from Leica digital cameras.

2. Early .nef files from the Nikon D1X (which was my camera of choice) appear purple in the browser and cannot be processed. Again I have discussed this with Phase One and they say it is because of the pixel format in the files.

I am delighted to say that I have finally found a resolution to these problems which, although a little long-winded, appears to resolve both problems perfectly so I thought I should pass it along.

The biggest problem was to convert files in to linear .dng files, which Adobe DNG converter normally does not do. However if you are a user of Photo Mechanic you will find under the ‘Tools’ menu a ‘Convert RAW to DNG’ option which has the choice of converting the raw file to a linear .dng file. This uses the Adobe DNG converter to do so, and it will even convert existing .dng files into linear .dng files.

This solution resolves both of my problems making earlier .nef files and Lightroom-converted .dng files readable in Capture One without replacing the original files that have been converted. OK, you have to have Photo Mechanic (which is also a great program) and it is not an instant solution but it certainly appears to work.

I have started using it now on selected files on an ‘as and when’ basis.

Hope this helps somebody out there.

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2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,100 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 52 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Seasons Greetings Everyone


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Stan Tracey

The great British jazz pianist Stan Tracey sadly passed away today. Stan lead the UK music scene for many years and his album ‘Under Milk Wood’ is a jazz classic. He will be sadly missed by all who had the joy of listening to him play. I had the great pleasure of photographing him at the Swanage Jazz Festival in 2010. RIP Stan!Stan Tracey playing piano at the Swanage Jazz FestivalStan Tracey playing piano at the Swanage Jazz Festival

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Free Coffee!

There will be a photographers get-together every first Tuesday of the month at Caffe Momento in Guildhall square, Southampton at 5 p.m. Everyone with an interest in photography is invited. The first meeting will be on Tuesday 2 December, and the first coffee is compliments of London Camera Exchange, Southampton. Whether you just have a coffee, one of their delicious cakes or a meal is up to you. It will be kept very informal, just a chance for like-minded people to get together for an hour or so. It would probably be helpful if I know who is likely to be there.

Cafe Corner

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Street Gallery Update

I have been gradually adding new work to my ‘Street Photography’ gallery, and there is a slide show you can view by clicking on this link. I hope you enjoy the images, and maybe smile at one or two. I am afraid it appears the slide show may be a bit slow to start, but once it is underway it is fine, so hang in there.

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