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A visit to Broncolor in Switzerland

Due to the recent announcement that Hasselblad will be the importer into the UK of Broncolor lighting I was invited to the Broncolor studio and factory in Allschwil just 4 km from Basle in Switzerland. It’s going to be exciting stocking this new range of excellent products and I was interested in the production of the lighting systems. We arrived very early and had the day to ourselves on the Monday which was a bonus on a works trip !

The guys at Broncolor treated us to a wonderful 3 days and looked after us supremely well. Excellent training on their products, a guided tour of Basle, lovely food & drink and wonderful company. The range of lighting is amazing and is priced to suit all budgets. Broncolor have often been seen as expensive and too complicated to use but these issues have been addressed as extra products have been added to the range. Certainly the Scoro packs are expensive but on a par with their rivals and they out perform them especially in terms of colour temperature control and flash duration. Easy to use, the Scoro’s are top notch. Looking forward to playing with them in the UK. Their battery packs, called the Mobil A2L, are excellent too especially as they are light in weight due to the new lithium batteries and have an added bonus of being able to turn into LED lights with an adapter. This will interest photographers and film makers alike. There are many products in their range , the Grafit, the Senso,the Verso etc and you can view them all at http://www.bron.ch. Well worth a look.

The factory works like clockwork ( not surprising as it’s based in Switzerland ) and it employs 80 people. Every item is handcrafted, checked and re-checked. The procedures for quality control were very impressive indeed and you can see why Broncolor products are regarded as the most reliable in the business.

All in all a fantastic trip and many, many thanks to Urs, Urs 2, Gorden and especially Jacques & Claude Bron for making our visit interesting, educational and fun.

Here are some images from our visit.


All boxed up and ready to be shipped.



Making the Broncolor Para Reflector





Circuit boards and the Senso packs almost complete




Mark checking the circuit boards.


The factory floor



Dom and I playing with the Broncolor Balloon.


Dom enjoying himself and lit with a Scoro pack and Bron hardbox.


The Broncolor bunker ! Nearly all factories in Switzerland must have a bunker in case of nuclear attack or earthquakes. Quite an oddity !

Architecture in Edinburgh, Scotland

I recently spent a few days up in Edinburgh, Scotland and was amazed at some of the wonderful architecture. I particularly liked the combination of old and modern but was really impressed with the modern architecture. My favourite piece of modern architecture was the new Scottish Parliament building in Holyrood, which was designed by the Catalan Enric Miralles, who unfortunately died before its completion. Here are some of my images from this photogenic building.

The other building that I liked was a combination of old & modern architecture used at Usher Hall in the city centre. Here are a couple of my images.

Here are some more images of this beautiful city.

It really was a marvellous short break and this wonderful city is well worth a visit.

The new Pro Centre.

After months of negotiations, many site visits, and a long weekend of shifting boxes the Pro Centre has moved to its new home at 14 Union Walk, London E2.

It’s certainly nicer to work in a building that isn’t crumbling around the edges and hopefully will be a huge success. The showroom is definitely a proper showcase for all the Hasselblad products and many new products that will be arriving soon.

Here are some of the first images of our new home and you must come and visit soon !

The Grimaldi Memorial Service 2011

Every year on the the first weekend in February, clowns from far and wide, attend a memorial service for the celebrated clown Joseph Grimaldi at Trinity Church, Dalston, London. I’ve been fascinated by Grimaldi since my first flat in Exmouth Market, London, was opposite to a property that Grimaldi had once lived in, some 200 years ago. I decided to go this year and get some images and took the family along. The whole service was delightful and we all enjoyed it, especially my son who loved seeing all the clowns. The service was even attended by the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow MP and his wife Sally, who was pictured in an infamous photo this week.
Here are some of my images of the day and they were all taken on a Nikon D3S in low light.

Falling in love with Pembrokeshire…again !

I haven’t posted much on my blog recently. This was due to work commitments and also because of a wonderful holiday in marvelous Pembrokeshire, Wales. We actually had a two week holiday for a change and didn’t I need it.
The more time I spend in this wonderful part of the world, the more I don’t want to leave. It has just about everything. Fantastic beaches, rugged coast, serene countryside and a warm welcome. It’s a photographers dream and I’m gradually building up a nice body of work. I’m going to publish a ” blurb ” book soon but I want to visit the area, out of season. It’ll be interesting to see what it’s like when it’s cold, freezing and hopefully snowy. It does help that I’ve visited when it’s been warm ! Certainly for trips to the beach.
Here are a few images from this wonderful landscape.


Broad Haven South


Bosherton Lily Ponds


Pwll Dewi


Sunset at Druidstone


The coastal path, Strumble Head


Marloes Sands beach

Visiting Norfolk

I have never visited Norfolk until recently when we had a four day break in a lovely converted barn. What stuck me was the variety of the landscape and how peaceful a place it is. The beaches were empty, vast and a wonderful playground for young and old alike. The Norfolk Broads are a serene and beautiful landscape. I thought I’d post some images so that you can see for yourselves. The images are of the Broads, Holkham beach, Cromer beach and Wells next to the Sea.

Dreaming of my summer holidays !

Today the snow returned, and with it the cold biting wind. I couldn’t help but put on my scarf and dream of sunnier days ahead. Oh for some sun on the face.

The last couple of years were wonderful for great British holidays. I’ve lived in the UK all my life but so much of it remained undiscovered, so I decided to explore the British Isles. I didn’t realise how wonderful the British coast is. Especially when the sun shines ! I’ve decided to show some of the fantastic places that I visited. Hopefully you’ll follow in my footsteps and enjoy the places as much as I did. Here are some of the highlights.


Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire, Wales


Embleton, Northumberland, England


Shell Island, North Wales


Botany Bay, Kent, England