• #507. Canola capers

#507. Canola capers

  Behind the scenes at DearSusan, the work goes on tirelessly. The e-mails buzz back and forth, occasionally delivering a co-operative effort worthy of publication. This is one such. It sped across the Interwebs between myself in Cape Town, Bob Harrison in Glasgow, Pascal in Provence and Philippe, who I

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#464. DS HotSpot: 4 tips to photograph the Grand Canyon (duh!)

#464. DS HotSpot: 4 tips to photograph the Grand Canyon (duh!)

Photograph the Grand Canyon! Some tip, right? Thousands of readers will be amazed to hear that DearSusan recommends the Grand Canyon as a photographic HotSpot, no doubt … Bear with me, though, as it’s recently become obvious to me there’s quite a bit more to the Grand Canyon, for photographers,

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# 368. The Skye bit

# 368. The Skye bit

  Lunch was sublime, Cape Town’s best; fresh tuna carpaccio followed by spaghetti vongole for Mrs P and swordfish pasta for me. Washed down with a couple of glasses of more than acceptable local rosé and then, a quick trip to the airport.     Lunch? I’d promised Mrs P

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#362. A brutal end to the summer, and a new lens!

#362. A brutal end to the summer, and a new lens!

This week-end was hot in Provence. Hotter than is usual for spring, even in June. Everywhere around my house, echoed the sound of kids splashing in pool. That’s when we could hear them over the noise made by my daughter’s own party of 12. 12 teens in a pool, the

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#337. The day clouds eclipsed the moon eclipsing the sun

#337. The day clouds eclipsed the moon eclipsing the sun

Here’s wishing the weather is great in the North Atlantic! While not statistically likely at this time of year, there’s still hope that dwellers of the wild land of Spitsbergen and the Faroe Islands have enjoyed enough breaks in the cloud to witness the passing of the moon in fron

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#329. Every Story Tells a Picture : Cloudy Orion (OTUS-style)

#329. Every Story Tells a Picture : Cloudy Orion (OTUS-style)

While I recently proclaimed my love of clouds in photographs, astronomers see things very differently. Clouds are bad for business, not just for ice-cream vans. They mask tiny details and wash away faint light sources. For us photographers, it’s a different story. And clouds can actually add something interesting to

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#328. An OTUS 85 on cloud 9

#328. An OTUS 85 on cloud 9

I’ve been known to ramble on about my dislike of photo lab rats quite a bit in the past (and there’s plenty more to come, rest assured, ahem). But this doesn’t mean lenses shouldn’t be thoroughly tested before purchase, when at all possible. It simply implies that other means of

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#297. First footing with the Fuji – discovering the X100T

#297. First footing with the Fuji – discovering the X100T

You’re a photographer, right? And you already know that packing for a trip is the easy bit. It’s the camera, the lenses and the bag to put it all in where the wheels usually come off – low mass or it’s the hassle with the check-in desk?   My much

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#284. Autumn Colours in the Sky

#284. Autumn Colours in the Sky

Every region has it’s own way of celebrating the arrival of autumn (fall, for readers on the other side of the pond). Canada has its incredible forests, Paris has the Salon de l’Automobile, Japan has Kouyou, Scotland and Wales look amazing (when don’t they), vineyards become multicoloured gems, … Provence

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#249. Packing for Perth(shire)

#249. Packing for Perth(shire)

Holiday time looms. We’ll also be attending two weddings while we’re there, so a couple of weeks before leaving for Europe, it’s time to start my usual agonising game about what camera kit to pack. The Nikon option is usually a D800 and 14-24, 24-70 and 80-200 zooms, with either

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