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March 2018

It’s all about timing..

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Lancaster and the river Lune at Dusk


I have been waiting a while to capture this image.  Yes, I could take it any evening or dawn (best at dusk really, as the sunset is behind you which gives the foreground light) but I had pre-visualized the scene with the reflections of the buildings in the River Lune, so I needed a high tide, roughly an hour after sunset. The optimum time for these night shots is usually around 35 minutes after sunset, so that the sky balances with the artificial lights of the city.  For the image I wanted it was vital that the high tide was an hour after sunset. For those who aren’t local, the river along the quay side is tidal and around half an hour before, and up to high tide, the river goes really still with almost mill-pond conditions, which provides great reflections as the flowing river meets the incoming tide. So, with a bit of planning and timing I could be there at the optimum time for both tide and the sky to balance with the artificial lights.


Fuji GX617
105mm Fujinon lens
2 1/2 minutes at F22
Kodak Ektar 100 film.
Induro Tripods UK and cable release.


Lancaster Photographic Society Talk

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This week I had the pleasure of being invited back for the 3rd time to Lancaster Photographic Society…this time to talk about my transition back to film Photography, using the bench mark Fuji GX617 medium format Panoramic camera. I talked the membership through my working practices; showing them how to use the camera from focusing and bracketing, to a tutorial on how to obtain perfect exposure using my Sekonic light meter in spot metering mode. My talk also included over 200 Panoramic images and several videos while on location.  As it was looking like I was going to do a Ken Dodd, and be on until midnight,  I had to cut short a few videos!  All in all, it was a great night and I really enjoyed sharing my passion on obtaining the perfect image (and thanks to Mike Atkinson for capturing me in action!).  I was really pleased to receive the following review on the society website:


On Monday evening a large, attendant audience was entertained and educated by the local, landscape photographer, Lee Metcalfe. Lee sets very high, personal standards for the passionate way in which he searches out and records promising viewpoints, chases early morning and evening light, waits patiently for that light to cast a magic spell over the landscape and finally, records the event on film, in a large format, panoramic camera.

His professionalism, tenacity and unwillingness to settle for second best was reflected both in his highly informative presentation, which was thoughtfully constructed, the many high quality images on show and the insights into both his camera craft and his photographic forays into wild places and wilder weather.

Our society is fortunate that there is a rich pool of talented, professional photographers in Lancaster willing to direct time, energy and experience to presentations that enthuse and improve the knowledge and craft of our society members. So thank you Lee.

Reg Haslam

Program Secretary





Pont Alexandre III, Hotel des Invalides and the River Seine at night, Paris, France

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I’m standing next to the tripod in the cold winter air, waiting for the lights to come and desperately trying to keep warm.  It seems like an eternity waiting for the precise moment to take a meter reading and fire the shutter. There is a small window in which to create these night shots; leave it to late and the sky goes inky black and doesn’t balance right with the artificial lights. Finally it’s here and I take two meter readings with the spot meter; one of the Hotel dome in the distance, and one of the light in the top right corner.  I average that out… then add a stop for good measure…and the shots are in the bag! I take three more exposures (as experience dictates as it slowly gets darker) before we head of to the warmth of a restaurant for pizza and red wine…Paris really is beautiful at night!

Fuji GX617
180mm Fujinon lens
30 seconds at F22
Kodak Ektar 100 film.
Induro Tripods UK and cable release.