I have been a keen photographer since the age of about 12, my first camera having been a Brownie Reflex. I used an Agfa Sillette rangefinder camera throughout the 1960s.
at the Tombs of the Kings, Paphos, Cyprus -
in Indiana Jones mode !!
Sunset at Liminaria, Island of Thassos, Greece
From the early 1970s, I used the Minolta MD (manual focus) system with slide film, mostly Fuji. In May 2006, I purchased an Olympus E-series SLR and all of my photography is now digital. The slide projectors which I have used for presentations for many years are now mostly pensioned off, and I use a Hitachi projector for my latest presentations. I give 60 - 70 shows per year to local societies. My current brochure may be seen here.
I have been a member of Viewfinders of Romsey Camera Club for the past seventeen years and have won a number of trophies in that time. Some of my pictures have been published in magazines and have won prizes in national competitions.
by Gerald Ponting
London - ‘Guarding the Eye’ - a shot scoring highly in Camera Club contests.
RETROSPECTIVE is intended as a showcase for the best of my photography over 30 years or more, based on digitised versions of my favourite slides, including those which have won trophies or competitions, and which have appeared on calendars or in magazines. Of great interest to Camera Clubs and to general audiences.
THE PHOTOGRAPHERS’ SUNDIAL
This is a device, made of clear acetate, a little like a protractor, which I designed for ‘PhotoPlus’ magazine in 1992 and which was re-issued by ‘Outdoor Photography’ on October 2006. I still have a stock of the original Photoplus ‘sundials’ available.
The purpose of the sundial (or sun position compass) is to determine, in conjunction with an accurate map, the time of day and the time of year when the direction of natural sunlight will be suitable for a particular architectural (or landscape) shot. For instance, the north facade of Southampton’s medieval gateway, the Bargate, although normally in shade, is lit by the sun at around seven o’clock on a June evening.
In use, the transparent disc is placed over the map, with the building to be photographed placed at the intersection in the centre of the disc; and with the North arrow aligned with True North on the map. Using the outer circles on the disc, it is possible to match dates throughout the year with the appropriate times of sunrise and sunset.
These times are correct for the latitude of Southern England but an accompanying table gives adjustments for other latitudes between 50 and 59 degrees north.
Detailed notes cover other allowances which need to be made, such as the altitude of the horizon, location within Britain, and so on. To order, see my Contacts Page
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