• Stacks Image 7

    Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after

  • Stacks Image 8

    What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us

  • Stacks Image 9

    An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day


(all photos: Walden Pond)

...words of Thoreau…images of Nature...


Thoreau Photography shall from time-to-time review pieces of photographic equipment and techniques relevant to recording the world around us.


Canon 24-70 vs 24-105

Stacks Image 66
Now with Updated Addendum and Conclusion There is probably no more frequently asked question on photography forums than what is the better lens when comparing Canon's two professional mid-range zooms. These discussions are invariably circular and pretty much get nowhere, like an old married couple arguing: "he said..." "she said..." "he said..." etc, ad infinitum. Typically they end up confirming what we already know at the start: Read more...

Canon 70-300 DO

A portable telephoto is pretty much an oxymoron: an inevitable compromise between two contradictory concepts. For moving about, typically smaller and lighter are better. For image quality in a 300 mm lens, usually larger is better, with more glass correlating with better light gathering ability. Read more...
Stacks Image 75

Leica D Summilux 25 f1.4

Stacks Image 87
This is a remarkably squat, unexpectedly heavy lens. If it were a member of a rugby team, there is no doubt that it would be a front-row prop. But this is no thick-necked thug capable of doing only a single job. Defying its build, it shows more of the finesse of a ballet dancer. Read more...


Canon 5D Mark II

Stacks Image 29
I haven’t been without a Canon SLR camera for well over 30 years. Sure, there were times when I wondered whether I’d backed the right horse. And, in the days before digital, it had essentially become a two-horse race: Pentax had lost their way; Yashica/Contax were simply lost; and Minolta were going their own way, which proved to be up a dead end. Read more...

Olympus E-3

Step up to the plate: an Olympus E-3. Sporting a sensor only half the size of the 5D Mark II and a relatively paltry 10 megapixels, it has something that other four-thirds cameras do not: probably the best weather sealing on the market (of any camera), a brilliantly fast autofocus system, and a decidedly large viewfinder. Read more...
Stacks Image 35

Sigma DP1

Stacks Image 37
The first thing I noticed when taking the DP1 out of its box is that it’s rather big. It is literally a stretch to make it “pocketable”. It has often been likened to a Leica D-Lux 3 (or the equivalent Panasonic LX2): but the Leica looks and feels decidedly svelte by comparison – sort of like comparing Kate Moss to Pamela Anderson. It’s not like Pamela’s unattractive, just bigger, if you know what I mean. Read more...


Stacks Image 98
Read about Thoreau's philosophy and what he means for one photographer…
Stacks Image 102

A replica of Thoreau's cabin at Walden Pond

Thoreau was not a photographer but he had a way with words that managed to capture the essence of the world about him: word pictures. Experience his gift through a selection of Thoreau's quotations.