#497. Around the house

#497. Around the house

  July is the time we get together with old friends for a week of fishing and hedonistic self-indulgence in Scotland. These friendships date back to the ‘70s in Johannesburg and since our many happy times together there, everyone has made their homes elsewhere, most back here in the UK.

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#310. Thorny issues with Flora

#310. Thorny issues with Flora

  Overnight, the temperature has plunged from a mid-afternoon high 30-something Celsius to what I guess is now around 12C – it feels chilly as I shake my clothes and shoes out – a frog sharing your footwear is an unpleasant surprise, something a little more venomous can really spoil

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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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  • #266. Watery. On purpose.

#266. Watery. On purpose.

Full of them, the Internet is. Watery pictures. Soft, silky and even plastic looking. Golden brown falls, tannin-rich, ethereal. Even the ocean seems to respond well to a careful photographer. Yeah, I know it’s all pretty straightforward, but several years shooting the ocean and local streams has given me a

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#261. Menu envy. Not.

#261. Menu envy. Not.

Many pundits flesh out their reviews with (usually) lengthy and often caustic gripes about interfaces – the way the camera communicates with you and how easy it is to set, or change a specific function. Read any Web review. There’s always a section on the menus and how hard (usually)

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#252. Perceptual depth of field tricks – 1

#252. Perceptual depth of field tricks – 1

Most of us salivate at the thought of owning a Notcilux for its shallow depth of field, subject isolation and creamy bokeh. Well, maybe not you, but certainly me ! But there are perceptual depth of field tricks all of us can play to simulate these results in cheaper and

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#196. Familiarity ≠ contempt?

#196. Familiarity ≠ contempt?

At this time of year, it starts to get light here (Rooi Els, around 70km east of Cape Town) before 5 a.m. Most mornings the light show outside the window is blue skies, a few clouds, the warm, rosy tinges of the rising sun and if I am fortunate, the

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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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#178. The Karoo: a new project finally gets started

#178. The Karoo: a new project finally gets started

Road trip. What images the words conjure. Places seen, things spotted and mental notes made for next time. Photo opportunities. This one had a simple genesis; a wedding in Johannesburg. And, rather than fly up and back from Cape Town, we opted to treat ourselves a bit; drive a very

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