Monthly Archives: July 2012

Photography on The Road – Cameras

Travel photography is a lot of fun, especially when you are touring on bicycle. But trying to photography yourself and the landscapes and street scenes you’re pedaling though on your journey, or just your daily ride for that matter, can seem a little daunting. Here is the first of what will be a series of posts on how to get the most from the camera in your bar bag and come home with great shots of a great trip.

Embarrassments of Riches

An old college friend of mine, a non-cyclist, who lives in the U.S. state of Connecticut e-mailed me over the weekend to say how much she had been enjoying the Olympic road cycling events – not so much the excitement of the race and tactics, nor even the colourful spectacle of so many brightly liveried…

Technology!

Technology has been a bit of a mixed bag for me the past forty eight hours, with my web-host server crashing and putting my blog off-line for a couple of days, and my e-mail also going briefly on the fritz. Thankfully both are now restored and back in order. My apologies to those of you…

The Last Resort

One of my most looked-forward-to treats to myself when I go to America is having the luxury to buy magazines such as The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly and Harper’s hot off the presses, straight off the newsstand, and without all the jacked-up air-freight charges you have to pay when you buy them overseas –…

Conti Four Season GP Tyres

I’ve had a lot of experience with various forms of touring tyres over the years, but narrower, sleeker road tyres are a fairly new field for me and when I ordered my Pegoretti a few years ago I was at a bit of a loss to know what kind of tyres to spec for it.…

Seeing with Fresh Eyes

I’ve always been a fan of Art Deco and as I sit here this morning, not long back from my ride, I find myself wondering why on earth I’d never stopped and tinkered around photographically with the very much Art Deco De La Warr Pavillion which sits along the Bexhill seafront – and which I…

In Darkest Sussex

Today was one of those inspirationally fine mornings, the sort we haven’t had nearly enough of this summer here in England, and so acting on a fair-weather impulse I veered inland when I went out for my ride and headed up into the Weald. The term Weald, in case you’re not familiar with it, comes…

Dawns Early Light

As a photographer I am in love with light, and never more so than when I am riding along the seafront on certain warm still mornings, as I was today, just before dawn, when the sea is like polished glass and shimmering with this intriguing metallic tint that seems to shift constantly between a kind…

Glimpses of Mortality

It had to happen sooner or later, I suppose – the doughty old Thorn expedition bike that over the past thirteen years has carried me to Zanzibar and Istanbul, and the length and breadth of Britain and over many, many thousands of miles along the leafy lanes of Sussex and Kent would finally come down…

Functional Art

A couple of years ago Dario Pegoretti was one of six independent frame builders whose works were exhibited as pieces of fine art in New York’s Museum of Art and Design – the others in the group being Sacha White, Jeff Jones, Peter Weigle, Mike Flanigan and Richard Sachs. In all, twenty bikes were on…