#691. In the style of (imitation is the sincerest form of flattery)

#691. In the style of (imitation is the sincerest form of flattery)

Welcome to another DS collective blog post. This time, we are each paying homage to a master of the craft we admire by sending in pictures in which we imitate that person’s style, in one way or another. Copying has long been a method of learning certain techniques and, while

Read more
#682. More London Photography

#682. More London Photography

Having made the case for London as the perfect canvas for color and monochrome photography, I’d like to share a final set for this year.     London has been an important part of my life this year as both my children have now moved there (more or less) permanently.

Read more
#641. Finding Solace.

#641. Finding Solace.

Adrian Turner: I recently wrote about my lack of inspiration following a particularly challenging period in my life, that left me feeling emotionally drained and creatively barren. My inspiration came from an hour of introspection whilst I photographed abstract architecture in Singapore, and led to a reassurance that all interest

Read more
#607. WIP: Order in chaos

#607. WIP: Order in chaos

What is WIP Work In Progress (WIP) is a new series I just came up with. The goal is to share ongoing long-term concepts and photo series. We at DS talked a lot about personal development as a photographer, and, in my opinion, there’s little more pro than thinking in

Read more
#422. Giants of steel and glass. But it depends how you shoot them! (1)

#422. Giants of steel and glass. But it depends how you shoot them! (1)

The area West of Paris called La Défense was once the largest non-metropolitan business district in the world. Hatched in the 60s, it was a cluster of skyscrapers built across the Seine river in a couple of suburban towns, outside the city, in order that the historic skyscape remain untainted. Unlikely

Read more
#323. Winter Portraits of Nothingness

#323. Winter Portraits of Nothingness

Exploring the creative limits of a lens is tremendous fun. Having been seduced by the enveloping softness of the OTUS 85/1.4’s rendition, I decided to embark on a mission with little chance of success: learn – in less than 2 weeks – how to exploit that lens’ atypical imaging characteristics

Read more
#277. Fighting off Otus envy.

#277. Fighting off Otus envy.

Zeiss’ 55mm Otus doesn’t stir me much. Of course, I want one; I’m a photographer after all. But I’ve got an ancient 50mm f1.4 manual focus AI Nikkor that delivers fantastic images and I still haven’t learned to get the best out of it yet. Besides which, it was a

Read more
#244. Limbering up

#244. Limbering up

In the couple of weeks since I got back from Greenland, winter has arrived full-on in the Cape. The weather has gone from it’s usual late autumn balmy to wet, overcast and decidedly chilly. The thermometer plunged to 1C the other morning; a definite reminder of my recent Arctic trip.

Read more
#195. Talking with the Masters : Paula Chamlee and Michael Smith on photographic vision (1/2)

#195. Talking with the Masters : Paula Chamlee and Michael Smith on photographic vision (1/2)

For this second episode in our new series of interviews of the great photographers of our time, I’m really proud to publish a long and fascinating discussion with Michael A. Smith and Paula Chamlee. Michael and Paula are husband and wife and live in the USA in rural Bucks County,

Read more
#192. Blogging is dead. Long live blogging.

#192. Blogging is dead. Long live blogging.

I got an e-mail from a photo buddy in Australia earlier in the week. He has stopped updating his excellent photo blog, largely because he feels that the page views and feedback he receives don’t match the work that he puts in. I’m sad about that – I really enjoy

Read more