Brian Watson

A former cardiothoracic anaesthetist in Newcastle upon Tyne, I have renewed my interest in photography in retirement, and combine this with an ongoing struggle with web site design: both are splendidly time-consuming.

My main interest is in making pictures with impact, more often achieved by spectacularly lit subjects than by spectacular subjects. Pictures should be sharp and correctly exposed. Mine aren't always, but it's amazing what you can do…


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Motor Racing

I have a large collection of historic motor racing photos from the 1960s and 1970s, and several Super8 movies (also on YouTube) from the same period, which have had over half a million views, and are available on DVD.

Three of my photos appear in a piece about famous motor-racing photographers on Jarrott's web site, where I am one of twelve photographers featured.

My rallycross movies from the 1960s were shown at the 2017 Autosport Racing Show on the big screen

NOTE: The Motor Racing photographs are here for their historical interest, rather than for their photographic excellence. Most were taken using High Speed Ektachrome and can be soft and grainy by today's standards. If required I can send a sectional enlargement at the same ppi as the final print, to give an idea of the quality.


The Formula One Opus

Many of my historic motor racing photographs are featured in the definitive book on F1, the Formula One Opus, whose list of contributors includes Louis Klemantaski. Here it is at the launch in India:

Opus F1 book with my pictures
...showing two of my pictures!

My motor racing photographs have been published in several other books, and in "The Mini Cooper Register" September 2009 and March 2010:

Cesare de Agostini: Bandini
Paolo d'Alessio, Formula 1 Dereck Lawson
Philip Porter Christian Naviaux

My photograph of Jochen Rindt and Bernie Ecclestone appeared in the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed programme:

Festival of Speed Rindt, Ecclestone

My photograph of Jackie Stewart is on the back cover of Norm Dewitt's amazing book (highly recommended) about the history of F1:

Norm Dewitt


Several of my digital images are made by stitching several images together to produce high resolution panoramas which can be printed at large sizes and still appear sharp and smooth.

Most of my panoramas are made from several photographs, to produce high resolution images and can be printed at large sizes and still appear sharp and smooth. For most panoramas, the pixel dimensions are given: for the size you want, you can calculate the ppi by dividing the pixel width by the width of your print in inches. This is a good way to determine how sharp your print will be: a print resolution of 300ppi appears very sharp even on very close inspection.

Pixel count values of less than 200ppi can still appear sharp at normal viewing distances, but may look softer when viewed closely. If it is important that your print doesn't look at all soft from six inches away, you should get in touch about finding which print size will give you at least 240ppi.

I use a Canon inkjet printer and Canon ChromaLife100+ inks. An A4 printer limits to 210mm (the width of a sheet of A4 paper) the height of horizontal panoramas that I can print. For panoramic prints bigger than 670mm wide and 210mm high, I use professional printers. They use lasers to expose conventional photographic paper producing smooth, continuous tone long-lasting images.

Some of the images may need to be cropped slightly to print at a "standard" size, because images displayed in my Galleries have 3:4 proportions, different from "standard" photo sizes such as A4, 11x14 inches, etc. The (non-panoramic) images in the Galleries are displayed at up tp 1,600 x 1,200 pixels, depending on screen size.

If your print arrives damaged, I will replace it if you send me an e-mail and return the damaged materials. I do not offer refunds.


Images in Galleries are compressed so they download at a reasonable speed so you may see occasional artefacts which will NOT appear in the final print. Prints will show much more detail, especially in the case of high-resolution panoramas.

Download speeds are further improved by using smaller thumbnails and smaller images on small screens.


Combining several images into a panorama can produce spectacular large sharp prints.

Pictures in my Panoramas Gallery use Zoomify ("Zoom" link in the top right corner), which like Google Earth lets you zoom into the picture by only downloading a small part of the image at a time.

Stitching software

AutoPano Pro is the best. Control points are hardly needed as stitching works perfectly just about every time. AutoPano Pro lets you expose each picture optimally, then blends them while retaining the shadow and highlight detail. Leaning verticals or horizons are easily corrected!

Gare du Nord
Gare du Nord

Avoiding parallax

Unless you must rotate the camera correctly during a panoramic series, precise merging is not possible. A panoramic tripod head is useful for this: I use a Nodal Ninja; it is portable, has click stops, and is well made.

Virtual Reality

I use Pano2VR. This takes 360 x 180 degree panoramas produced by AutoPano Pro, and makes them into QTVR panoramas.

Little Planets (tutorial)

The common technique for making 'Little Planet' views can be used with selected non-panoramic images. This tutorial shows how this is done with both types of image. With non-panoramic images this can produce interesting and often unexpected results:

Little Planet
'Little Planet' view of a Red-Hot Poker


Three of my QTVR movies were used to great effect on the Willow Bog Bonsai web site.

* My photographs have been used as illustrations in Freeman Hospital's Annual Reports and others.

* My old Super 8 motor racing movies on YouTube have been described as a priceless historical record, and have been viewed over half a million times. They are available on DVD for purchase.

* My old Super 8 motor racing movies are featured on the Vintage Racing League's web site.

* My rallycross movies from the 1960s were shown at the 2017 Autosport Racing Show at the NEC in Birmingham on the big screen

* A number of my original 35mm transparencies of motor racing in the '60s and 70s are owned by JARROTTS, from whom high quality framed prints may be purchased. They are displayed here, by kind agreement.

* Many of these photographs are featured in the new definitive book on F1, the Formula One Opus, whose list of contributors includes Louis Klemantaski, and Brian Watson.


After training in medicine and anaesthesia in Newcastle upon Tyne, I worked in anaesthesia at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool, Baragwanath Hospital in Johannesburg (the third largest hospital in the world), and Groote Schuur in Cape Town.

Gas man
Hair styles were different...

Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia

Twenty-nine years as a cardiothoracic anaesthetist at Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne were rewarding and satisfying, and led to interests in programming and the design of treatment protocols for the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit.

Intensive Care

I wrote the software for our patient management system:

ITU computer
Not rocket science but it worked, and is still in use in 2019 (not on an Atari ST!).

This used a computer at the end of each bed and replaced paper charts, ink, Tippex, and calculators, and changed the way we managed patient care.

Database programming

Enthusiasm for programming led into (challenging) database programming with FoxPro 2.6, used to monitor activity and outcomes in the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit. This was, for a while, a useful management tool.


I have a pathetically small number of academic publications:

"Postanaesthetic follow-up by questionnaire - a research tool."

Marshall M, Fahy A, and Watson B G: British Journal of Anaesthesia (1969) 41, 439.
A very high response rate was found to a postal questionnaire after outpatient GA, suggesting this may be a useful research tool.

"Blood glucose levels in children during surgery"

Watson B G: British Journal of Anaesthesia (1972) 44, 712.
Hypoglycaemia occurs in starved children.

"Prevention of venous blood gas embolism with blood microfilters"

Watson B G, Pearson D T, Williams W: Anaesthesia (1977) 32, 174-176
Gas bubbles may transfused when the current type of blood warmer was used: a study showing how to prevent this with a filter.

"An ultrasonic analysis of the comparative efficiencies of various commercially available cardiotomy reservoirs"

Pearson D T, Watson B G, Waterhouse P S: Thorax (1978) 33, 352.
Showing the varying capabilities of different makes to remove microbubbles from blood during cardiopulmonary bypass, with clinical implications, which with subsequent work influenced manufacturers to change their design.

"Unilateral Cold Neck: A new sign of misplacement of the aortic cannula during cardiopulmonary bypass."

Watson B G: Anaesthesia (1983) 38, 659-661.
A report of a case in which the aortic cannula became displaced and led to the recognition of two useful new signs, and reporting the first survivor in the literature.

"Circadian changes in anticoagulant effect of heparin infused at a constant rate."

Watson B G: British Medical Journal (1985) 290, 793 (letter).
Previous authors had neglected to take into account the fact that heparin is partly excreted in the urine. Less heparin would be excreted in this way during the night, producing the effect they had observed but not explained.

"Ethanol Vapor Entrapment under Drapes"

Morritt G N, Odom N J, Watson B G, Stone T N: Annals of Thoracic Surgery (1985) 39, 196-197 (letter).
Ethanol-based skin preparation fluids and impermeable drapes are a bad combination: flammable concentrations may persist. A report of a case and a laboratory investigation to measure vapour concentrations.

"Diabetes Mellitus and Open Heart Surgery"

Watson B G, Elliott M J, Pay D A, Williamson W: Anaesthesia (1986) 41, 250-257.
This important paper describes two methods of controlling the blood glucose at the time of major surgery, using an infusion of insulin. A manual-, or a computer-controlled method alters the insulin infusion rate according to blood glucose estimations done by the anaesthetist, or by the nurse in the ITU. Both methods are easy to use and give good control of the blood glucose levels.

"Perioperative blood glucose control in diabetes mellitus"

Watson B G: Diabetic Medicine (1990)
An improved method of controlling diabetes during and following open heart surgery using a pocket computer.


"The Devices Cerebral Function Monitor in Profound Hypothermia"

Address by invitation to British Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists 1976
A description of the use of a device to measure and record brain electrical activity during operations on small children for the correction of complex cardiac defects in which profound hypothermia (to 15˚C) is induced with cardiopulmonary bypass and the circulation is arrested for up to an hour in order to make the surgery possible.

"Anticoagulant Drugs During Extracorporeal Circulation"

EEC Commission Concerted Action on Extracorporeal Oxygenation:
Workshop on aspects of anticoagulant therapy during extracorporeal circulation. Address by invitation, 1979
A report of experience with the use of heparin & protamine during cardiopulmonary bypass at a meeting discussing anticoagulation and the proposed use of a new drug, prostacyclin, during bypass as a platelet inhibitor.
Summary in Bull. Europ. Physiopath. Resp. (1980) 16,153.

"Where's the Aortic Cannula?"

Address to the Society of Perfusionists of Great Britain & Ireland, 1984 A report of a case in which accidental malposition of the aortic cannula during bypass was detected and two useful new signs of malposition recognised. First reported case of survival after this complication.

"Blood Glucose Control by Insulin Infusion"

Annual meeting of the Association of Anaesthetists 1984, Poster presentation
The first description of a new method for the anaesthetist to control the blood glucose concentration of diabetic patients during and after surgery.

"Diabetes Mellitus and Open Heart Surgery"

Address to Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthetists, 1985
A more detailed description of the above, with special reference to the difficulties of controlling diabetics at the time of open-heart surgery.

"Diabetes Mellitus and Open Heart Surgery"

Address to a joint meeting of:
European Association Of Artificial Organs and International Diabetes Federation, Athens 1985.
A description of a newly developed method, computer- or manually-controlled, of delivering insulin to diabetic patients, with particular reference to its use to control diabetic patients during open-heart surgery, a procedure which is particularly liable to produce severe metabolic disturbance in the diabetic patient. The method is available in a simple, easy to use form with wider applicability wherever diabetic patients are subjected to surgery.


Cardiothoracic Representative, Executive Subcommittee of Division of Anaesthesia, 1975-83
Cardiothoracic Representative, Control of Infection Subcommittee of HMC, 1978-85
Consultant in Administrative Charge, Department of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia, 1981-83
Secretary, Division of Cardiothoracic Medicine & Surgery, 1981-86
Secretary, North of England Society of Anaesthetists, 1986-89
Vice-Chairman, Division of Cardiothoracic Medicine & Surgery, 1986-88
Chairman, Division of Cardiothoracic Medicine & Surgery, 1988-90
Cardiothoracic Representative, Medical Physics Steering Group, 1993-2003
President, North of England Society of Anaesthetists, 1995-96


Society for Computing and Technology in Anaesthesia
Association of Anaesthetists
British Medical Association
North of England Society of Anaesthetists


The photographs and movies on this site were all taken by Dr Brian Watson, except for the 1905 motor racing pictures which are from stereo glass plates owned by Michael Watson. Some of the motor racing images are owned by Jarrotts, and on sale there.

All of these are displayed here by kind permission.


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Thank you!

A big THANK YOU to Lynne who has pointed out my mistakes, and encouraged me to go on, for ages. Without her help my site would not be the way it is now!