#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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#590. The AF divide: A conversation of two convictions

#590. The AF divide: A conversation of two convictions

I recently overheard a conversation in a pub between two photographers which went like this:* #1 … It doesn’t matter! Imagine that on the upcoming model of the camera with vastly improved AF! Faster, more focus points, 98% coverage, always on-point … #2 But 6 months ago you said, the

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#573. Of chess, judo and beginner’s luck in Provence…

#573. Of chess, judo and beginner’s luck in Provence…

After having poked fun at Pascal in my Monday Un-post, it was my turn to be on the receiving end. I went down to Provence for a couple of days with the man I’d so copiously derided. We worked, but we still managed to fit a couple of shooting sessions

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#566. The Monday Post (6 March 2017)

#566. The Monday Post (6 March 2017)

Celebrity photographers are probably a bit less visible than they were a year or so back. Then, it was hard to trawl the Web, open a newspaper, or read a book without being confronted by some kind of publicity for some snapper, or other.   They’re still around and my

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#545. The Rule of Thirds, Revisited

#545. The Rule of Thirds, Revisited

Composition makes 80% of a photograph, in my very biased book. So does lighting. Because the two are so intimately related, that only adds to 100%. Leaving very little room for gear and other useless stuff. So, here goes the usual argument promoting the Rule of Thirds to the masses:

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#543. The Monday Post (2 January 2017)

#543. The Monday Post (2 January 2017)

  Pascal’s last Monday Post might have been an easy to skip piece for many of you. After all, the Interwebs delivers incredible stuff – right to your desktop.   Indeed it does. It also does some bad things, too.           Here’s one; it’s my story,

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#538. Berlin – On the Streets. Bilder ohne Worte.

#538. Berlin – On the Streets. Bilder ohne Worte.

As the title reads, here are just a bunch of photographs from Berlin, with little else in the way of discussion : My short week-end there saw a mixed bag of weather conditions that gave us all sorts of lighting conditions, which is great for photography. Mostly, though, is was

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#535. Lightroom vs Capture One in B&W

#535. Lightroom vs Capture One in B&W

Continuing my comparison of Adobe Lightroom and Phase One Capture One photo editors, here is a sequence on B&W conversions. So it’s fitting to start with a colour image, right? Just to set the scene of the first conversion. This conversion used one of the built-in presets. The one below

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#533. Japan – on the streets

#533. Japan – on the streets

A final Japan post to bring together a collection of black and white images – OOC JPGs using Fuji’s Acros emulation – shot on the streets of Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka. Mainly shot with the X-Pro2 and either 23mm f1.4 or 35mm f1.4.            

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#532. The Monday Post (28 November 2017)

#532. The Monday Post (28 November 2017)

The first of a (planned to be) regular Monday post, detailing the recent weekend’s photographic activities of one, or all of us. As it was my idea, I get to go first, so this is a solo effort and briefly discusses a couple of the new photo editors.   We’d

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