1. Monthly themes

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    I’m currently doing an online photography composition course on the Lynda.com website (Foundation in Composition), some of which is common ground, but always good to instil the ideas further and Ben Long, the author is very good. In this course he’s actually setting tasks between chapters and though not required,...
  2. Artistic Rant

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    Time for a rant about the state of photography and the desire to make photography into paintings. With the advent of Photoshop, Paintshop Pro, CorelDraw etc, creating digital artwork and the ability to turn photographs into a painterly effect has become possible at the press of a few buttons, but...
  3. White Orbs and OMD

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    This issue came out not long after I made the camera buying decision, to go for the Sony NEX 5N, rather than Fuji X10 (partly due to seeing X10 and X100 together…you kind of lust after its bigger brother after a few minutes of playing. I might experience the same...
  4. SPS Open 2012 Results

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    The results are in! And they amount to a big fat zero, as no images made the grade to get into the Southport Photographic Society 2012 Open competition. The acceptance score is 12, and as you can see, none of my images made it past 9. One image, of the...
  5. Rhein II

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    Just a quick follow up to the previous Steichen post, with his record setting photograph, The Pond-Moonlight, which went for $2.9 million, I came across another high flying photograph by Andreas Gursky, called Rhein II, which is now the world’s most expensive photograph at auction, selling for $4.3 million. Steichen...
  6. Homage to Steichen

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    Edward Steichen was an American photographer and painter and even designed the logo and font for the magazine Camera Work, whilst producing work for them between 1903-1917. He was one of the first people to create colour photographs, using a technique called, Autochrome Lumiere. His most celebrated photograph, The Pond-Moonlight...
  7. Bridge Crossing

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    Sometimes you see an image in front of you that is simply a play on texture and light – that is what photography is about after all. The texture can be a human face, ripples on the water, or crumbling iron and brickwork. This image is one I took off...
  8. Flare with the lens

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    I was out on the weekend, pre snow storm that ground the country to a halt as always – a lovely frosty morning. I’d just taken out the NEX 5N & Minolta M-Rokkor 40mm lens, as I wasn’t out for long, and wanted more practice with the manual lens. No...
  9. Bailey

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    Couldn’t let it pass without comment – we have a cat! And he’s named after the maverick fashion photographer, David Bailey…well, not really, he came with the name from the Bluecross rescue charity. He’s a Burmese, Siamese cross, which from my googling means he’s a Tonkinese! And he’s rather lovely…...

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