1. Halloween

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    Telling a story was this week’s assignment for the photography course, and following in the footsteps of Cindy Sherman and Gregory Crewdson, I had a go at setting up numerous shots inspired by horror movies, in time for Halloween. There was a twist on Psycho, with myself looking murderous in...
  2. Morning deer

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    I went out early this morning, as we were promised another stellar sunrise – well, that didn’t pan out, so decided to venture for a walk in the woods around Nettlebed, Oxfordshire. I’ve been there before, when I first got my Pentax K7 and took it out for a test...
  3. Sony NEX 5n

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    Urgh…classic retro style of the Fujifilm X10 or the matched dSLR quality of the Sony NEX 5n (with pancake lens initially to keep it compact), which boasts impressive specs, lens flexibility and a APS-C sensor with reportedly amazing high ISO capability. It’s a battle of classic rangefinder elegance against minimalist...
  4. The Passionate Photographer

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    Since starting a photographer course, I’ve purchased a few books on the subject, some of which I may quote, reference or review in future posts. A new book, by Steve Simon called, The Passionate Photographer is a collection of 10 steps to become a better photographer. Steve Simon is a...
  5. Every little helps

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    Another photograph from my theme of ‘river life’, an image of the ubiquitous plastic tesco bag washed up on the river bank, discarded like the autumn leaves from the trees. Shame it’ll still be around in the spring, unless a friendly neighbourhood eco-warrior fishes it out. Photographically though, I was...
  6. Objects of Desire

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    Not that you’ll ever get nerdy pixel peeping product reviews on here, partly because I don’t have companies sending me lovely gear to test (though feel free to do so…), though mainly because I don’t have the skill or patience to take a shot of Irish cream bottles, plastic toys...
  7. Ray K. Metzker

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    Ray K. Metzker is a photographer that I’ve recently discovered when looking outside the ¬†usual suspects considered masters of photography. I chanced upon his name, his photographs and immediately bought the book, Light Lines. It’s a style of high contrast black and white photography that goes beyond the normal graphic...
  8. Be a retronaut

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    A colleague sent around a link to a website that hosts galleries of images from the past, called capsules. There are some fantastic images from newspaper and magazine articles to photo collections. Even just brief browsing I found a series of images that document New York store fronts, all of...
  9. Cows around campfire

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    Continuing the theme of ‘River Life’ this week for the photography course, I stumbled upon this curious vista. A man on the opposite side of the river was building a bonfire in the early morning, the air heavy of that autumnal smell of burning wood and the cows descended from...
  10. Cape Light

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    As part of the Oxford School of Photography class, we’ve had to research photographers to present a slideshow at the end of the course. A recent book I bought is Joel Meyerowitz’s ‘Cape Light‘. I saw him talk about his photography in the BBC series, ‘The Genius of Photography‘ and...

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