The menu for our Grand Christmas Dinner at the IoD, complete with a photograph of starfish, taken by Neil Lucas, this year’s speaker
The evening at the IoD was a great success: a beautiful venue, a sumptuous Christmas meal, distinguished company and a fascinating talk to round off the evening.
Friday 6th December 2013– The venue for our Grand Christmas Dinner Event was the magnificent Grade 1 listed building, home of the Institute of Directors on Pall Mall in London. Outside the building the spectacular flambeaux were lit, blazing a welcome to all our guests.
Inside the beautifully appointed restaurant a three-piece jazz band set the scene for the champagne reception as the guests arrived for the sold-out event, including Damien Demolder and Garry Coward-Williams both distinguished former editors of Amateur Photographer magazine, the Technical Editor of Nikon Owner, Simon Stafford, the Finance Director at Grays of Westminster, Uri Zakay, the National Channel Manager at Nikon UK, Mark Fury plus Simon Gerard of IPC magazine and the Chief Executive at AMBA, Andrew Main Wilson.
The Senior Features Editor of Nikon Owner magazine, Gillian Greenwood warmly welcomed everyone to the 6th Annual Grand Christmas Dinner.The delicious Christmas meal was served, and after the coffee and chocolates, the guests adjourned to the Morning Room.
In the Morning Room, Gray Levett, Founder of Grays of Westminster, gave tributes to Mike Eleftheriades and Andy Roast for running two of our most successful regional groups, London and Essex, Robert Sanger of Blue Planet Images who started the first London Group. Mr. Levett then introduced Neil Lucas. Neil was a producer with the BBC’s world renowned Natural History Unit for over 20 years. During that time he has worked on many international award-winning productions, including Sir David Attenborough’s Trials of Life, The Private Life of Plants, The Life of Mammals and Planet Earth.
Neil’s most recent production was the highly acclaimed BBC landmark series Life. He produced two of the most technically challenging programmes of the entire series: Plants, about the ingenious and manipulative ways of plants, and Creatures of the Deep about marine invertebrates, from Humboldt current squid to giant octopuses. Many of Neil’s Programmes have been nominated for BAFTA and EMMY awards.
Neil is now a freelance film director and photographer specializing in the more demanding and technical shoots, using state of the art filming and photographic techniques, which he has devised and for which he is recognised worldwide.
To finish off the evening, Neil Lucas was invited to choose the winning raffle ticket in the Grays of Westminster 2013 prize draw, which was a pair of Nikon High-Grade 2012 Olympic binoculars worth £469, courtesy of Nikon UK. The winner was Fay Howard.
SEVEN YEARS ON SEVEN CONTINENTS
The David duChemin Interview
Robert Falconer talks to David duChemin about his globe-hopping adventures as a World & Humanitarian Assignment Photographer.
ANGEL EYES XVI
by Heather Angel
In April 1977 just off a Texas highway, Heather Angel found a perfect, natural-colour ensemble of blues and yellows in her shot of bluebonnets, yellow flax and daisies, which no garden designer could better.
TIP TOP TECHNIQUE
by Simon Stafford
Simon Stafford offers some comprehensive advice designed to assist you with your camera technique.
KEEPERS – THE ANCIENT OFFICES OF BRITAIN
Gray Levett interviews Julian Calder
In his glorious photographic celebration Keepers – the Ancient Offices of Britain, published to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of the Coronation of HM The Queen, photographer Julian Calder records over a thousand years of living British history, through titles, ancient offices and appointments that are still in use. Gray Levett interviews Julian for this issue of Nikon Owner.
THE TONY HURST GALLERY Part VII
Words by Gray Levett
The rarely seen Nikon S4 rangefinder camera was chosen for Tony Hurst to shoot for this issue. Words by Gray Levett.
MICRO MARVEL: 70-180mm Micro-Nikkor
Lens Review by Simon Stafford
Technical Editor Simon Stafford reviews the world’s first autofocus, close-focusing zoom lens, the AF Micro-Nikkor 70-180mm f/4.5-5.6D ED, originally released in 1997.
The first photographic outlet to kick off sales of the new camera was Grays of Westminster, the exclusively Nikon retailer, who sold the first Nikon Df camera in the UK to Mr. Michael Eleftheriades. Eager to add the new camera to his collection, Mr Eleftheriades placed his order as soon as the official announcement was made earlier this month.
Nikon UK, Thursday 28th November 2013 – Nikon UK announces that from today (28th November 2013) the highly anticipated Nikon Df digital SLR camera will be available to buy from selected retailers.
The first photographic outlet to kick off sales of the new camera was Grays of Westminster, the exclusively Nikon retailer, who sold the first Nikon Df camera in the UK to Mr. Michael Eleftheriades earlier today. Eager to add the new camera to his collection, Mr Eleftheriades placed his order as soon as the official announcement was made earlier this month.
Speaking about his purchase, Mr Eleftheriades said, “The Nikon Df is such a momentous camera; I’ve watched Nikon cameras evolve during my career as a photographer and it really is in a class of its own. I’m delighted to know that I am the first person to officially own it – I just can’t wait to put it to good use!”
He added, “I’ve been a customer of Grays of Westminster for many years. The attention to service for which Grays of Westminster is noted – unobtrusive but meticulous and delivered with warmth and style – is delightfully personal and very British. They also have the widest range of new and second-hand Nikon in the world; it is a real Aladdin’s cave.”
Dedicated to pure photography and with a retro design inspired by Nikon’s iconic 35mm SLR film cameras, the Nikon Df has been crafted for photographers who are as passionate about their camera as they are about their art. Equipped with the same FX-format image sensor as Nikon’s flagship D4, the new camera offers uncompromised performance in a durable, classic body.
Gray Levett of Grays of Westminster says: “The teaser trailers for the Nikon Df generated a huge amount of anticipation which in turn created a real demand from customers who appreciate the fusion of classic style and modern technology within this camera.”
Nikon Owner is a worldwide users’ group and magazine initially founded with the purpose of assisting Nikon owners to make full use of the Nikon equipment they own, to give advice on a wide spectrum of photographic queries and problems, and at the same time to offer ideas to bring about an increase in photographic skills. Nikon Owner provides a bridge between theory and practical, technical knowledge and accomplishment.
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