#559. Are ballet dancers better photographers?

#559. Are ballet dancers better photographers?

For many weeks, my condition prevented me from any interaction with the outside world. During that dark time, Pascal sent me almost every day a “picture of the day”, complete with questions/reflections/musings on what is photography. Beyond the extraordinary friendship and generosity that this shows (what else is new, for

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#558. The Monday Post (13 Feb 2017) – The anti-anti-Sony rant

#558. The Monday Post (13 Feb 2017) – The anti-anti-Sony rant

My pet rant over recent years has been against Sony.   Sony got me into the mirrorless world with the wonderful NEX-5n. That and tiny Zeiss and Voigtlander lenses reinvented the way I traveled with cameras. Right up to the point where, in the middle of a remote West Australian

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#557. pano(D)rama

#557. pano(D)rama

This is a first reaction to our #555. Force for Positive Change call for reader engagement. Is it a guest post by Oliver, describing his trials and tribulations in creating wide-angle shots and panoramas. It is important for 2 reasons :   (1) Stitching is a greatly underrated technique that

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#556. The Monday Post (6 Feb 2017) – Droning On Scales

#556. The Monday Post (6 Feb 2017) – Droning On Scales

Over the past few days, we’ve been experiencing weather that lesser men would call … entertaining.     Not me, though. Instead of fretting, I’ve been thinking. All that talk about the GFX, you know … It got me itching to spend all that money I don’t have. And then

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#555. A Force for Positive Change

#555. A Force for Positive Change

This is one of those posts where we look back at what a long and crazy road it’s been since post #1 and pat ourselves on the back reliving memories of millions of views, distant trips, exotic reviews and great comments. Or is it ? #555. We tried to find

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#554. The Monday Post (30 Jan 2017) – GFX Porn ? Whatever …

#554. The Monday Post (30 Jan 2017) – GFX Porn ? Whatever …

So, Paul’s been rather quiet about gear lately. Serenely content with his XPro-2 and lovely sprinkling of fabulous lenses. While I’m huffing and puffing my anger at over complexification, quality issues and creativity downers, he’s playing it cool.   Then, suddenly, when my blood flow has returned to normal levels,

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#553. Straight Outta the Darkroom

#553. Straight Outta the Darkroom

This is a very interesting guest post by Brian Patterson on how and why to adapt enlarger lenses to outfit modern day cameras. Refreshing … Be sure to click on the clematis shot, it is full size and shows the lovely image quality of the lens. Brian, thanks a lot

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#552. Is simplicity dead ?

#552. Is simplicity dead ?

Simplicity is underrated. Or, maybe because it’s so hard to do well, it’s brushed under the carpet and replaced by a more marketable appearance of technicality.     Henry Ford largely contributed to the emergence of a middle class by simplifying the way cars were designed and built. His fortune

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#551. The Monday Post (23 Jan 2017)

#551. The Monday Post (23 Jan 2017)

In a recent e-mail from a friend, he revealed that he has a Tesla on order. It’s a year or so off yet, as the company hadn’t planned such a runaway success; orders (and cash deposits) streaming in from every point of the compass and in response, finished cars oozing

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#550. More on Smartphones as cameras – and the OnePlus 3

#550. More on Smartphones as cameras – and the OnePlus 3

4 ! Google “OnePlus 3” and the first answer you get is 4. Beyond the hilarious search engine quirk, I’d like to share a few photographs made using this Chinese phone to illustrate the continuing progress made by the Smartphone industry in the photo arena. These were made by Theo

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