I’ve spent a bit of time reconnecting with some mono work lately, especially since I started shooting some night scenes with the Nikon Df. I used to spend a lot more time with black & white than I have done this year and in the process I often looked in awe at Black+White Photography magazine for inspiration. It’s a very cool and elegant title indeed, a volume of genuine distinction and quality, in my view a cut above many of the other monthlies you’ll find it nestling amongst on the shelves of WH Smith. It’s been a long held ambition of mine to get something between the covers and in truth I’d all but given up that it was going to happen.
Once again I’ve been fine tuning my equipment. For a long time I’ve accepted my own status quo and when I think about that it’s a bit odd really because it’s the opposite of who I am. I can’t sit still, I feel a compulsion to move on and evolve. What do I mean by that? Basically that my first choice DSLR in a Nikon D800E was the beginning and end of my requirements and my lens choices have very much followed that format. I’m not even sure how I ended up thinking like that.
November has been one of those transitional months for me. The best tree colour had departed and the weather was neither cold or mild, wet or dry. A bit hum drum really. The month was broken up for me with a sparkling trip to Paris so landscape wise I don’t seem to have got out quite so much as I might have ordinarily planned.