Opinion
#828. Loving the smartphone more and more.

#828. Loving the smartphone more and more.

The digitalisation benefits of smartphones have been covered often enough in my posts not to warrant going deep into them again. Always-with-you pocket convenience is great. Superb performance in appropriate conditions, also. But knowing your pics are being backed-up and organised as you shoot may be the most satisfying of

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#823. We’re going nowhere

#823. We’re going nowhere

The two seem to go hand in hand; a hobby (or profession) and reading about it on the Web. For me, steam trains and the many railway preservation blogs are a significant part of my daily/weekly read. I don’t live near a preservation railway and the regular posts are a

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#817 Monday Post (04 Feb. 2019) Are you Picasso, or Da Vinci?

#817 Monday Post (04 Feb. 2019) Are you Picasso, or Da Vinci?

These days I have been getting shots from Pascal, comparing the output from his “Bigger is Better” Hasselblad X1-D with the formidable Zeiss Otus 85mm to that from Hassy glass on the same camera body. Also comparing shots from Dallas’ Nikon bodies and 4 lenses to my Sony-with-just-one-lens on our

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#810. Is film only for hipster kids?

#810. Is film only for hipster kids?

To digital photographers, film often feels like that esoterical backwater only frequented by people in search of a raison d’être. What if film photography was teeming with life, potential and creativity?

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#804. 2019 resolution: make Art? I think not … ;)

#804. 2019 resolution: make Art? I think not … ;)

  First of all, forget resolutions. 97% of diets fail. Those that don’t are largely medically assisted. Resolutions don’t work because they fight our nature and willpower is a limited resource. Once you’ve depleted yours, it’s gone. So those new year resolutions actually act as parasites for other important aspects

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#802. Monday Post (24 Dec 2018) – Master and masterpiece, piece of gear and peace of gear…

#802. Monday Post (24 Dec 2018) – Master and masterpiece, piece of gear and peace of gear…

I often discuss photo topics with Pascal, and when he says “great subject for a post, but I don’t know that I could write it. You, on the other hand…”, I know I should proceed with great care. But vanity and pride being what they are, I usually disregard his

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#799. What’s in my bag? Part 1

#799. What’s in my bag? Part 1

I doubt I can put a figure to it, but there have been any number of times I’ve left the house, kitted-up for an early morning, or evening shoot only to be en route to my chosen location and discover my most important item of all has been left behind.

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#796. A personal wishlist for the next Sony A7r4 (A9r ?)

#796. A personal wishlist for the next Sony A7r4 (A9r ?)

It’s been 3 years! Who’d have known? 3 years since my replacement of the groundbreaking and unbelievably irritating A7r with the even better and *far* more pleasant A7r2, in my bag. While the A7r3 brought with it the promise of even more fixed glitches and the unbelievably cool on paper

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#791. Open Letter to Canon

#791. Open Letter to Canon

There are two improvements I’d like to see from camera makers, and as a long-time Canon user I’ll ask them to take up the challenge. The first is minor, and probably more specific to my way of shooting. The second is a major move that I see as a no-brainer.

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#789. More Smartphone Fun

#789. More Smartphone Fun

Pascal’s post #755, “In defence of smartphone photography, again” and more recently Adrian’s  post #786 Am I going Crazy? (Using an inexpensive smartphone), speak of “smartphone fun” and I thought I’d add my two penn’orth. As some of you will know, I belong to a U3A camera group, (University of the

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