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  1. Reflecting on Film Photography

    25 Aug 2017
    The Waiting - I recently purchased a couple of rolls of Ilford HP5+ film for my “well rested” Nikon FE, no real reason or thinking behind it, just something I have enjoyed every so often since moving to digital. The first roll is now off for developing, previously I would…

  2. Do I still need Full Frame?

    11 Aug 2017
    I discovered Scott Bourne’s photography relatively recently, he has a great podcast at www.photopodcasts.com. Scott quite publicly made a move from full frame DSLR to Olympus micro four thirds. As Scott is principally a bird photographer his system requirements are very different to mine, he makes it clear that he…

  3. When autofocus is not the right choice

    18 Jul 2017
    In an age where auto focus is almost universal, why do camera manufacturers still go to lengths to build in functionality with focus rings and switches and advanced focus aids such as peaking, magnification, etc. Is it just for landscape photographers Nikon F501 product image https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:20170530_Nikon_F501_stacked.jpg by Granada With the…

  4. Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/1.4 Announced

    21 Jun 2017
    Zeiss have today announced the newest lens in their Milvus range of manual focus lenses for Canon and Nikon mounts, the Zeiss Milvus 1.4/35. There have already been some comments on popular forums questioning the motives for purchasing this lens, but I am delighted to see Zeiss pushing the boundaries…

  5. Augmented Reality, Photo Albums Return

    12 Jun 2017
    In 2013, Craig Mod wrote a fascinating article in the New Yorker, I particularly liked his comment on how digital cameras were a stop gap between the Leica M3 and networked lenses. Apple’s WWDC last week got me thinking further, the steps towards everyday augmented reality that featured are a…

  6. Olympus OM-D E-M1 - Street and Travel

    06 Jun 2017
    The Olympus OM-D E-M1 beside the Leica X typ 113 and EVF I purchased my Olympus OM-D E-M1 second hand mainly for street photography, perhaps travel, primarily looking to address two shortcomings of my Leica X typ 113 as my “go to” compact travel camera - lack of a built…

  7. Magnum Square Print Sale

    05 Jun 2017
    There is a rare opportunity to obtain some wonderful and historic photographs at comparatively low prices right now. Magnum launched their square print sale today of some 78 pictures from their archives, the theme “Closer” referencing Robert Capa’s famous comment “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough”…

  8. Sky Arts’ Master of Photography Series 2

    26 May 2017
    My thoughts - Travel, Candids and Controversy Last night saw the first episode of the second series of Master of Photography on Sky Arts. The series follows Sky Arts’ competition to find the “Master of Photography” through eight episodes, each presenting a different challenge to the participants, who have been…

  9. Myopia, LCD screens and Leica X 113

    20 May 2017
    The Leica X series of cameras seems to be on the way out, whilst the T range may have some future, the sightly oddball X-U now remains the sole member of this line of APS-C sensor equipped fixed lens cameras. The closest Leica replacement is the Q, albeit at more…

  10. Photographic Aspect Ratios

    18 May 2017
    Sometimes I crop to focus attention or remove unwanted items in a picture. Often a change in the aspect ratio of an image can change the whole look or feel.  The aspect ratios dictated by film or sensor are a starting point but I don’t feel bound by them, in…

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