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Changing Kit 2
10th May 2018
What I didn't mention in the earlier piece is that with this Olympus system, there is no need for a tripod. Another bit of kit that i dont have to lug around. There is a built in image stabilisation system that allows for hand held shots to be taken for upto half a second, so I hear. And if I do need a tripod, the body and lens are so light that I can use a Gorrilla Pod.

Ask me questions and I'll try to help. Share you advice if you are a bit further down the road! And thats not far given my limited time with Olympus.
Changing Kit
10th May 2018
After amassing a good set of Canon equipment, a feat that took decades and no small amount of money, why did I even think of changing? Well, it got to the stage where I would plan a to take out the gear and get creative. And then for some reason it didn't happen. The reason took a while to surface and confront: I just didn't want to carry it all! It was heavy, bulky and obvious. By obvious, I mean the opposite of discreet, especially important for street photography. So, I started looking around for alternatives, and searching the web to see if any other serious photographers were feeling the same way.

I was surprised to find that they were, and many turning to Fuji or Olympus alternatives.
After reading blogs and exchanging emails with pros that I have never met (everyone likes to talk about kit), I tried a few top end Fuji models before settling on the Olympus OM D Mk2. I bit the bullet and bought the 12 - 100 lens. This was not a cheap combination, but if it was as good as I thought, then that would be all I needed.

This combination of one body and one lens was all that I took on my 9 week trek to New Zealand and Australia. You can see the results in my 'Down Under' portfolio. I am delighted with my gear. Its light enough to carry anywhere, small enough to be discreet and the quality of images I can capture is brilliant. There are many additional programmes in this kit that I am still learning to use, like the 'Pro Capture' which is truly stunning (see my image 'Splash'). I am not being paid or sponsored by Olympus or any of its suppliers to say this. My one criticism is the manual. Its terrible! I have learnt by trial and error, and have bought a 'guide to the manual' type of book which I am wading through.Wander through the images here to see what you think. The biggest 'win' for me is that this little camera and that single lens goes with me everywhere.
Travels Down Under: A new portfolio
05th May 2018
We've just reurned from a brilliant nine week trip to New Zealand and then Australia. I took over 1000 photos but I suspect about 25 will survive and be interesting or good enough to come on here. The first 10 are up already, so please feel free to comment.

All of these were taken with my new Olympus kit. Just the one body and the one 12 - 100 lens. I like the results of this impressive and easy to carry little camera.

Watch for additions in the portfolio. I will do a kit review too.
Uzbekistan: The Silk Routes
01st November 2017
I have a new travel portfolio for Uzbekistan. I visited in October 2017. The trip wasn't without its mishaps. My favourite lens ( the only one I took) the Canon 24 - 105 would only work at 24. A kind person who I have only just met lent me a 75 - 300 for a day.

However, please have a look and leave any comments that you feel appropriate. All the photos should be processed and displayed by the end of November.
Environmental Photographer of the Year, 2015
14th August 2015
"Bumper" in EPOTY Finals!
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'Unsustainable Cities?' wins an Arts Council grant
16th October 2013
The 'Unsustainable Cities?' project, to be shown in Hemel Hempstead from 18th November until 24th December, this year, and at the Royal Geographical Society next November (2014) has been a awarded a grant from the Arts Council!
Chernobyl Gallery opens...
08th October 2013
I have started this new, and for me important gallery documenting part of my recent visit to the Chernobyl nuclear site.

Its 27 years since the disaster. The size of the plant surprised me: there are still are 6 reactors. No. 4 exploded that fateful night in April, 1986. They built a sarcophagus over the highly radio active debris, which would last for 30 years.. Well, 30 years are up in 2016, and the new sarcophahus isn't finished.

I recall stories at the time of the evacuation of the nearby village of Pripryat (or Prypriat). It wasn't a village, it was a town of some 50,000 people. 120,000 people were removed. Dozens of real villages ceased to be. Pripryat was built in 1970, a new town, an atomic town. The average age was 25. It had 5 schools, swimming pools, a stadium and its own supermarket. A real Soviet model.

500,000 people helped in the nuclear clean up. These were people from all over the Soviet Union: there were miners, engineers, scientists and soldiers. The full extent of the human tragedy isn't known.

Image quality varies, the conditions were mixed, and time there is limited. I was allowed 10 minutes at the nuclear plant, and 1 hour at Pripryat, and just 3 hours in the 30km exclusion zone altogether. I hope they tell a story.

Images will be exhibited at The Old Town Hall Hemel Hempstead Nov 18- Dec 24, 2013, and at the Royal Geographical Society in November 2014.

Email (des@desgould.com)or leave a message for more details.
UCL: Urban Sustainability and Resilience conference
09th October 2012
UCL, one of the world's top 5 universities, is about to host the first major conference on this topic. I have been asked to provide the conference (5, 6, & 7 Nov, 2012) with photos. I have asked fellow environmental photographer Colin Cafferty (www.climatechangecafe.com) to work with me on this project.We will be portraying Hard, Soft and Natural Infrastructure; the obvious and sometimes the less obvious items that keep our city going. The exhibition, at UCL will be open to the public (free)during the conference, and we hope for the remainder of that week. There is a new gallery here, showing one or two of my shots that made the final cut, and some of interest that didn't. We all believe that this is an interesting and important conference and exhibition. Please come and take a look.Comments will be welcomed. A link to the UCL site will be posted here in the next few days.
Its Published: Am Paipear
09th November 2011
The article outlining my fieldwork has now been published in Am Paipear, the community paper for the Western Isles.

Find it on their facebook page, or email me for a copy.

des@desgould.com
Research in the Uists
24th October 2011
An article in Am Paipear, the Highlands and Islands Community newspaper will be published next week, outlining my intial fieldwork research on 'Climate Change and Local Knowledge' on the Uists. The images in the Uist Gallery were taken during my time there. Thanks again to all who contributed.
Earthwatch...Wanderlust
17th January 2011
The February edition of Wanderlust carries an article about my volunteering expedition in Mongolia. There are a couple of my pictures, too.
I will be giving a talk, with pictures on Mongolia at the Earthwatch open day (5th February), in Oxford. For an invite: www.earthwatch.org/europe/events/openday . There will be other talks too and a chance to talk to highly motivated and engaging staff.
Wanderlust:Earthwatch
15th December 2010
Wanderlust are doing an article on 'volunteering' and I am to feature in this. I think that a few of my previously unseen shots of Mongolia will be published. And for a change I was at the other end of the lens! Shot of me by James Clarke can be seen on James's web site: www.jamesclarke.biz and of course Earthwatch, who I went with and thoroughly recommend:www.earthwatch.org.uk An ecellent charity, run by great people.
Photos published with 'Mongolian' travel article
20th August 2010
My article for 'Real Travel' on Mongolia was published in their February edition, along with a dozen or so photos.