#608. The Monday Post (19 June 2017) – What of the Sony A7rIII ?

#608. The Monday Post (19 June 2017) – What of the Sony A7rIII ?

By modern standards, my Sony A7r2 is getting long in the tooth. It used to be that we bought cameras and kept them for decades. Not anymore, as sensor technology has been making great strides in the past few years and cameras in our price bracket come with the sensor

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#605. The powers of darkness

#605. The powers of darkness

This is a new very interesting guest post by our now regular contributor Adrian. I think you’ll find the very personal perspective and strong images as profoundly compelling as I do. Thanks for sharing this, Adrian.   Until April 2017 I had not picked up a camera since June 2016,

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#604. Photography as a chain of events and decisions

#604. Photography as a chain of events and decisions

This could have been an “every story tells a picture” post describing the photograph below : it would have explained how, during a week-end with the family, I stumbled upon these huge agave lying uprooted on the ground, still too large and heavy to be wheelbarrowed away, still very much

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#602. The Road to Montechiari

#602. The Road to Montechiari

This is a lovely guest post by Jens Kotlenga devoted to a topic that really inspires us here on DS :un-destination. Jens is an educator by profession, a traveller by choice and a photographer by heart. He picked up photography from his parents and started doing commercial work in his

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#600. The Monday Post (29 May 2017) – “You’re hurting me, Dave”

#600. The Monday Post (29 May 2017) – “You’re hurting me, Dave”

Pascal commits …   After 600 episodes, you may wonder what keeps us going. And you may have that overwhelming feeling that our photography is so vastly superior to the rest of the world’s that it’s almost painful to step out of DS and into … well, anywhere else, really!

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#599. When what you get is more than what you see …

#599. When what you get is more than what you see …

When I shoot a subject, it is obviously because, with my eyes open, “I see something in it”. Then I look at the subject again through either the viewfinder or the LCD. And there a first culling happens, when this second look is disppointing, and a dead end. Then, if

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#598. To create you best photographs, you must exhaust your subject

#598. To create you best photographs, you must exhaust your subject

When you think it’s over, there’s usually a lot more to find.   The secret to great photographs is the same as the secret to any great achievement. In Albert Einstein’s words, 1% inspiration 99% perspiration.   The difference between the low impact snap and the striking gallery image is

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#597. Monday post, 22 May 2017 – Are we totally lost?

#597. Monday post, 22 May 2017 – Are we totally lost?

Around DearSusan (DS)’s founder, let’s call him Mr PJ (no, no connection to sleepwear), photographers have congregated from around the world. Mr PP (no, not post-processing), Mr BH (no, not Mr B&H, don’t I wish..), Mr SM (no, not S&M..), Mr AB (no, not testing), and yours truly, let’s call

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#596. Why am I such a bokeh slut?

#596. Why am I such a bokeh slut?

I love bokeh. I am a Bokeh Slut, with BS in capitals, as in … you know what…  Better photographers are critical of that. My friend Boris leans the other way (all sharp), and I didn’t start that way, so, why is that? The first reason is: because I can.

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#594. The Monday Post (15 May 2017) – Photography and Social Media

#594. The Monday Post (15 May 2017) – Photography and Social Media

Jonathan Crossfield recently published an interesting article titled Is it time to abolish social media ? In it, he makes the point that using the term social media to name what is really a huge variety of interactive venues (online media / blogs and comments, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, and

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