About Robert Lepre
Available-light photography is one of my favorites past times.
At the end of a long day at work I relax by going out and immersing myself in the magical world of coloured light.
Here, I literally paint with light. Generally, I use a Nikon D700.
This camera is a great work-horse for my available-light work.
The quality particularly in colour reproduction is brilliant and vibrant.
The other camera I have at my disposal and often use is my 4 by 5 Tachihara wooden field camera.
This camera takes beautiful, vivid and large 4 by 5 inch transparencies.
I predominantly use Fuji 4 by 5 inch transparency film and Ilford FP4 Plus in Black and White.
In landscape photography I generally revert to the 4 by 5 Tachihara.
This seems to go hand in hand with most landscapes and particularly reproduces landscapes well on Fuji transparency film.
The lens I use is a Schneider 90 ml lens.
Flying a Hang Glider and taking photos can be quite tricky at times.
The camera I use for this task is a Nikon D200.
I use the D200 as the camera is capable of taking good file sizes with very good detail in the mid-tones.
Hang Gliding can be difficult at times, particularly in the landing phase.
Over the years I have broken, drowned and smashed many cameras including an array of electronic equipment.
The Nikon D200 serves well, as it is robust and so far has been able to take the few sudden bumps and jolts that I have incurred whilst taking photos Hang Gliding.
For most surfing shots I use the D700 with the Nikkor 80 to 400ml VR lens.
This lens is indeed the powerhouse for this type of photography and is a fantastic asset to any photographer’s kit.
Over the Years
Over the years I have used many different types of cameras.
My biggest regret was selling my Horseman 4 by 5 FA; this is truly one of the best cameras I have ever used.
I also have used a Mamyia 6 by 7 extensively; however, this also was sold in those children rearing years.