Opinion
#713. Does serious photography have to be obnoxious ?

#713. Does serious photography have to be obnoxious ?

So, dog years are nothing. It turns out 7 days in Scotland is worth 100 photographic years in most other places of the world. If you want to live long and prosper as a tog, may I suggest a trip up North for a bewildering variety of themes and locations

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#706. Taking French leave…

#706. Taking French leave…

    There are times in life when something happens, and you know that it is a sign. Weeks ago, I drafted (but never published) a post relating how my photography had ended up down a dead-end from the points of view of creation and self-expression.     Then, during

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#702 When there is “a picture within a picture”

#702 When there is “a picture within a picture”

Taking great pics is what we’re all about, isn’t it? Well, not quite, ’cause in this world of digital photography, a picture isn’t necessarily a great picture before it is taken to the cleaners. Meaning undergoing a sequence of post-processing….:-) So post-processing skills are part and parcel of what is

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#692. Maxwell’s equations of watching others watching art ?

#692. Maxwell’s equations of watching others watching art ?

If I asked you “what is art?” you’d be right to close this window immediately. The eternal question has elicited numerous replies from pundits, none of which can satisfy everyone. While auction houses and collectors seem to agree on what constitutes valuable art, I’ve come to the conclusion that a

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#687. Bokeh is the new sharp. Of un-selfies and game reserves…

#687. Bokeh is the new sharp. Of un-selfies and game reserves…

  Bokeh is sharp? You readers must think I’ve over-indulged myself over the year-end celebrations. Not so…. alas!     Why is bokeh the new sharp? for a number of reasons. Let me rattle them off     Because we can. I already made that argument in my post “why

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#685. London or Sleepy Hollow?

#685. London or Sleepy Hollow?

Ever since we started collecting images and texts for the coming “Let There Be Light” project, the subject of light has started to grow more and more on me. In that spirit, here are a few images from a quick walk along the Thames in the area of Putney where

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#671. Opinion – What serious photographer would use a phone camera ?

#671. Opinion – What serious photographer would use a phone camera ?

Sometimes Dear Susan articles are the result of private debate between it’s contributors; sometimes it is something that triggers inspiration and the desire for one of us to talk about something.  Pascal has recently been telling us and Dear Susan’s readers how much he likes using his Korean fancy from

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#665. Swimming upstream

#665. Swimming upstream

Cats years are reckoned to be nine of ours. Dogs, seven.   There’s agreement on that, but not much on camera longevity, especially if it’s a Leica. I’m not sure I don’t think that’s a bit disingenuous.       Got it yet? Yes, I succumbed a year ago. I

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#663. Decisive steps. Looking into my past purchases to plan the future.

#663. Decisive steps. Looking into my past purchases to plan the future.

The cat is out of the bag. After months of waiting, Sony have released the A7RIII. Thus I, and many other A7RII owners, ask myself the question: is it worth upgrading?     The answer to this question is made less obvious than some would like it by the fact

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#661. Sony A7r3, diminishing returns & Maslow hierarchy of needs

#661. Sony A7r3, diminishing returns & Maslow hierarchy of needs

So Sony announced the new iteration of their A7r range. And its promises are numerous and mouth-watering. Better AF, better sensor circuitry, a better battery, a better shutter mechanism, a better EVF, a better IBIS and the star of the show : pixel-shift. All at an unchanged price point. Sweet!

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