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Hitech Reverse Graduated Filter

As many reader of this blog will know, I often use a filter of one type or another. In actual fact my STC Hybrid CPL filter is an almost permanent fixture on my lenses. Having woken early one morning to … Continue reading

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Negative Space

What is negative space? How might you see it? How would you compose an image taking it into account? Anyone who has been involved in commercial photography will be aware of the need sometimes to leave a designated space for … Continue reading

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Where’s my mojo gone? Have you lost yours too?

One of the features of lockdown for some people I talk to is that they seem to have temporarily mislaid their creativity or, to put it another way, ‘lost their mojo’. The Cambridge English Dictionary describes mojo as  ‘a quality … Continue reading

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Meike 12mm lens

Some of you may know that among the cameras I use there is a Fuji XT-1 and a Protech Photographic Infra red converted Fuji XE-1. Ever eager to make them even more usable I have obtained a 3rd party wide … Continue reading

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Weather or not ?

Our British obsession with the weather is something of a cliché but photographers have very good reasons to ‘chat about the weather’. As a child I noticed that both of my grandfathers were outside men, keen gardeners who grew their … Continue reading

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Crystal painting

Here is a question for you. You have prints on the wall, you have made a book of your favourite photographs and also had several canvas prints made, so what next? How about a crystal painting? What is that I … Continue reading

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Memories not Masterpieces

I think it’s very easy to think that you have to produce the ultimate perfection of an image, a masterpiece in fact. Well in 2020 I decided that I did not want to have to push myself to be that … Continue reading

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Learning Series Part 1 with Paul Sanders

I began my photographic life by observing the keen photographers in my family and was, at that early stage, ‘self-taught’. Over the years various photographers (including Colin with whom I share this website) have taught me more and influenced me. … Continue reading

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Escapism

With the current world news, if ever there was a time for escapism it is now. The photographic world can make a real contribution to this. Escapism, for me, does not mean a denial of truth or pretending that circumstances … Continue reading

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Nikon F90x

Mark and I were having a chat the other day, we were discussing cameras (no surprise there!). ‘ So what is your favourite film camera’ asked Mark. That got me thinking for about 2 seconds. ‘The Nikon F90x coupled with … Continue reading

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