#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

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#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

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#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

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#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.

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#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,

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#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

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#187. Of Kiwis and time

#187. Of Kiwis and time

“Whatcha photographing mate?” It’s early November and I am standing on Wellington’s spectacular waterfront, close to the Maori-named national museum, Te Papa. The weather is overcast and I’m not sure how to answer this curious local. “Dunno. I’ll know when I get home and see what they look like then.”

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#179. Talking with Master Photographers (1) : Hans Strand

#179. Talking with Master Photographers (1) : Hans Strand

This post is the first in a new series where I’ll be asking questions to photographers I particularly admire about their vision, their craft and a few tips for the rest of the world. For this first episode, I chose Hans Strand, a master of international stature whose work I

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#167. (In defense of) More blur

#167. (In defense of) More blur

Hi every one. Here is a third contribution from our South African friend Paul Perton, a pro photographer from Cape Town who is defending our rights to make blurs a part of our art! Go Paul! I particularly like the notion that there are many types of blurs and as

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#157. Color Efex. Now, surely, that’s canned art, right ?

#157. Color Efex. Now, surely, that’s canned art, right ?

In my previous post, I took Nik Software’s Silver Efex 4 for a spin, really not expecting to be as impressed as I was. Various sites in and around Marseilles were used as a setting for the pictures used for the B&W conversions and the results were so good I

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