Photographing Lightning with the Fujifilm X-Pro1

Dramatic lightning strike in the Crystal Palace area in South London. Copyright Rob Johns. All Rights reserved

Lightning strike in the Crystal Palace area in South London

Recently, the UK has been enjoying some fantastic warm weather. July has seen temperatures soaring to a dizzying 32ºC. Hell, I’ve even taken to wearing a vest!

But along with warm weather often come thunderstorms and that’s just what happened last week. Don’t ask me how this stuff works or why, it may have something to do with God (I’m…

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Photographing the Tour De France with the Fujifilm X-Pro1

The Tour De France came to London on Monday 07 July for the third stage of the gruelling 3500 km (2200 mile) race. The riders were due to go right past the Shadwell Centre in Tower Hamlets, London where I teach Photography, so how could I resist?

I had my Fuji gear with me and I know the X-Pro1is not a sports camera so trying to shoot a typical sports picture was a little pointless. I’m not…

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DKNY offer $15k to use street photos, get turned down, use them anyway. Photographer asks for $100k donation to charity.


I am a street photographer in New York City. Several months ago, I was approached by a representative of DKNY who asked to purchase 300 of my photos to hang in their store windows “around the world.” They offered me $15,000. A friend in the industry told me that $50 per photo was not nearly enough to receive from a company with hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue. So I asked for more money. They said “no.”

Today, a fan sent me a photo from a DKNY store in Bangkok. The window is full of my photos. These photos were used without my knowledge, and without compensation.

I don’t want any money. But please REBLOG this post if you think that DKNY should donate $100,000 on my behalf to the YMCA in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. That donation would sure help a lot of deserving kids go to summer camp. I’ll let you guys know if it happens.


St Pancras Station, London. This is a quick grab on the way to the Underground. Creative photography on the go thanks to Instagram.


Superman taking a nap! (Taken with instagram)