Electric Lemonade Photography offers fine art prints plus photographic tuition workshops, photo walks and escorted photography tours led by landscape and seascape photographer Mark L. Simpson.
I also offer illustrated talks for camera clubs and photographic societies. Choose from ‘My Life in Photography’ featuring my time repairing cameras for the rich and famous, my motorsport and commercial images plus a selection landscapes or ‘Purely Landscapes’ featuring just my landscape and seascape images.
My commended image of Sturminster Newton Mill exhibited at the National Theatre in London during the 2013 Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards.
My life in photography has encompassed many subjects from landscapes and seascapes to motorsport and ice hockey plus weddings and commercial work.
I have over 25 years photographic experience having worked as Technical Manager for Kyocera-Yashica UK in the 1990s with their Contax cameras and Carl Zeiss lenses. During this time I repaired cameras for the likes of Lord Snowdon GCVO, RDI, David Bailey CBE, Enya, Nick Park of Aardman Animations, Michael Winner, Magnum photographer Ian Berry, Smiths ‘Salford Lads Club’ photographer Stephen Wright, wildlife photographer Stephen Dalton and Major Walter Lees L.V.O. M.C. Légion d’honneur.
My image of Sturminster Newton Mill featured in the Landscape Photographer of the Year display in the Art & Photography marquee at Countryfile Live 2016. (FujiFilm X-T1, Fujinon XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS)
Having used Canon equipment since the original EOS 600 in 1989 I changed to digital in 2000 with the 3.1 megapixel D30. Since then I have owned many Canon digital SLRs including various EOS 1D and 5D models plus 17-35 f2.8, 28-70 f2.8, 24-70 f2.8, 70-200 f2.8 and 300mm f2.8 lenses.
March 2012 saw the beginning of an 14 month ‘fling’, Nikon D800 was her name and she had huge megapixels, 36 million to be precise! Although there is no doubting the amazing detail of the images, I had massive problems with dust spots (100s!) and oil spatter from the mirror mechanism, my D800 also suffered from softness on the left side of the image due to poor sensor alignment. Let’s just say that the grass isn’t always greener on the ‘dark (and yellow) side’.
In May 2013 I moved back to Canon with the EOS 6D using various lenses including a 15mm fisheye, 17-40 zoom, 24-105 zoom, 100-400 zoom plus a number of Carl Zeiss, Nikon AI, Olympus Zuiko OM and vintage Tamron prime lenses with suitable adaptor rings. The Canon EOS bodies are great for using old manual focus lenses due to the short distance between the lens mount and the sensor plane of 44mm.
In 2014 I started to shoot film again, for the first time this century! Using a Mamiya 645 Pro TL camera with a selection of Mamiya lenses from 35 to 210mm exposing Kodak Portra 160 and Fujifilm Velvia 50 films. The Mamiya 645 lenses also worked really well on the Canon EOS cameras using a Photodiox adapter that I imported from the USA, superbly sharp with lovely contrast.
Other film cameras I regularly use include a 1950 Rolleiflex K4/50 Automat, 1967 Hasselblad 500C, Bronica SQ-A, Olympus XA, Contax RTS, 137MA, 139Q, 159MM & 167MT, Contax T & T2, Yashica Electro 35 GTN, T4 & Yashica MAT-124G.
From October 2014 I used the FujiFilm X mirrorless camera system, including a X-Pro 2, X-T1, X-E2 and X-E1 cameras plus Samyang 8mm, Samyang 12mm, Fujinon 14mm, Fujinon 10-24, Fujinon 18-55, Fujinon 35mm, Fujinon 55-200 and Fujinon 100-400 lenses.
AS OF FEBRUARY 2018 I AM USING THE FOLLOWING CAMERA AND LENSES;
- Sony A7R II
- Vivitar 17mm f3.5 (manufactured by Tokina)
- Canon nFD 20mm f2.8
- Canon nFD 24mm f2.8
- Contax Carl Zeiss Distagon 35mm f2.8 MM
- Contax Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm f1.4 MM
- Tamron 135mm f2.5 Model 03B
- Tamron 200mm f3.5 Model 04B
- Tamron 70-210mm F/3.8-4 Model 46A
In effect I am using the Sony A7R II purely as a digital back with these old manual focus lenses from the 1970s and 80s via various lens adaptors.
My commended image of Sturminster Newton Mill projected onto the outside of the National Theatre in London at the 2013 Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards.
Feel free to contact me with any questions you might have about landscape photography in general, equipment, workshops and photo tours.
I am also available for camera club talks and commercial presentations.
All images on this site are available for editorial and commercial use, please ask for full details and rates.
Why Electric Lemonade?
A few years back I was asked to photograph a wedding in Mexico for some friends. While there I became rather partial to the cocktail ‘electric lemonade’ and when we got back the newlyweds had some business cards made for me bearing the name ‘Electric Lemonade Photography’…..the name stuck!
With Moors Valley Countryside Ranger Katie Davies at the launch of the Landscape Photographer of the Year Exhibition 2013 (Photo – Amanda Walker)