Today I went to Marble Arch with my daughter – a beautiful, truly spring day in London. In nearby Hyde Park, thousands of people were there picnicking, playing ball games, sleeping or sunbathing (I still don’t understand the peculiar British obsession with baring any bit of flesh to the sunlight as soon as the smallest patch emerges).
Although aimed at older readers, anyone who wants to delve into the world of digital photography for the first time should get something out of it.
The iconic Amateur Photographer magazine has given it a brief but positive review in the current (April 17) issue. Jeff Meyer writes: “I’m always sceptical of books aimed at the ‘mature’ photographer market as they seem to be a little patronising. How is someone in their 60s different from someone in their 20s learning photography for the first time? Nevertheless, this is actually a very good primer, clearly explained and well illustrated.”
This was my aim, and in fact I sent my first two draft chapters to a friend of mine who is my age (30s) to read – she’s never used digital cameras and I wanted to know if what I’d written made any sense! That said, of course there are a few things for the older and wiser to look out for when buying a camera such as ease of use, clarity of buttons and so on – but even those features would benefit people of all ages.
I’ve learned a lot while writing the book and there is actually even more to digital photography now that new standards and camera types are emerging. But hopefully the basics outlined in this book should still remain constant for many years to come!
I have several friends who have been visiting Japan in recent weeks, admiring the cherry blossom season. These people live in Australia though, where such blooms are not common as the weather is too temperate.
I was in New York exactly a year ago, where they were all over Central Park and Greenwich village. Here in London you will find plenty of cherry blossoms in the parks and suburban front gardens.
These photos were taken in various locations throughout the Finchley area of North London.
When the first signs of spring arrive in London, that is when everyone begins to wake up and feel invigorated again. Fresh air and sunshine; the crocuses and the daffodils. The cloudless skies, inviting us to exercise and feel physically light as the light falls on us. Even the wheelie bins on the suburban roads have a certain charm when the sun is out.
The sign on the starburst in a variety/homewares shop in North Finchley reads: ‘Due to new EU regulations banning 100w and 150w light bulbs, wholesalers of light bulbs have doubled the price of 100w and 150w bulbs. We are sorry to have to increase the price of these items. We were allowed to purchase only limited stock of these items. Once the stock’s gone it’s gone.’