John Fox

15 January 2019

Region: South East

John Fox, a professional photographer from East Sussex, brought his talk ‘Sharing the Passion’ to the January meeting of  SEDIG.

He entertained the audience with the story of his life in photography from the 60’s to the present day, delivered in bite size pieces through the day. His boyhood interest in photography turned into his career, first as a partner in a photography shop and then to an interesting time as a Press Photographer. He showed some amazing images taken over several decades,some gritty monos, moments in history, disasters, humorous captures, happy occasions, royalty and the Troubles in Ireland.  He was a great raconteur, with amusing stories to tell.

He continued with images showing us his love of steam trains advising on the best time to capture the essence of steam and the detail of the beautiful monsters!  His passion for steam definitely shone through all the smoke.  

He has another big interest, Night Sky Photography, and he proceeded to explain the intricacies of capturing the Milky Way, the Moon and the Stars and even landscapes by the light of the Silvery Moon.  They were amazing and just a bit different, lots were interested in pursuing this and John freely gave away his tips and tricks.

The day was concluded with John's comprehensive instructions on shooting and processing Panoramic images, some  360 degree ones and how he creates Little Planets.  John obviously has great kit, collected over the years and added to as technology has advanced, and he says he really favours prime lenses, I was however very impressed with his ability to make and create some great accessories.  His 9ft Panorama pole and camera attachment is an intricate, but very accurate masterpiece in engineering as well as cost saving, using a garden centre find, to which normally secateurs, saws and clippers are attached, but he had adapted it for his photography!  John certainly stands out in a crowd with his pole, and is already thinking of taking it to a greater height!

An enjoyable day for the first SEDIG event of 2019.