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#757. It’s not the camera, it’s the lenses, stupid! Or is it?

#757. It’s not the camera, it’s the lenses, stupid! Or is it?

Long a once upon ago, film was the great equalizer. Your colour fidelity – or deliberate lack of -, your grain, your sensitivity to photonic vibes, your monochrome coolness … all of it came from film. It was a simpler time when larger was unequivocally better. Real men did it

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#755. In defense of smartphone photography, again ;)

#755. In defense of smartphone photography, again ;)

Not that it needs me, mind you. The crushing statistics would suggest traditional photography is the one in dire need of support. But I’d like to put in a few words in favour of photography done with a smartphone, rather than smartphone photography. A couple of days ago, Paul mentioned

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#754. The Monday Post – refusing to let go

#754. The Monday Post – refusing to let go

There was a mild flutter in the DS hen coop last week. Seems film director’s Wim Wenders’ opinion that phone photography had sucked the life out of “real” photography, leaving it for dead, yet here he was seeking new nomenclature to describe this art.   That said, he did admit

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#746. The older I get, the less I know

#746. The older I get, the less I know

<Pascal>This is a quick guest post by Chris Stump, the second of many more, I hope, given the strength and brilliance of his associated photographs. Chris, thanks a lot. Take it away!</Pascal>     The photo of artist Alberto Giacometti above was apparently taken by Henri Cartier-Bresson. I say ‘apparently’

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#736. Where is the Seiko of the photo world ?

#736. Where is the Seiko of the photo world ?

To me, Seiko might just be the best watch brand on the planet. But don’t leave just yet. Let me explain.     Here are a few criteria that make a watch desirable to enthusiasts : The movement. Either because of great precision or because of an innovative solution to

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#713. Does serious photography have to be obnoxious ?

#713. Does serious photography have to be obnoxious ?

So, dog years are nothing. It turns out 7 days in Scotland is worth 100 photographic years in most other places of the world. If you want to live long and prosper as a tog, may I suggest a trip up North for a bewildering variety of themes and locations

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#706. Taking French leave…

#706. Taking French leave…

    There are times in life when something happens, and you know that it is a sign. Weeks ago, I drafted (but never published) a post relating how my photography had ended up down a dead-end from the points of view of creation and self-expression.     Then, during

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#702 When there is “a picture within a picture”

#702 When there is “a picture within a picture”

Taking great pics is what we’re all about, isn’t it? Well, not quite, ’cause in this world of digital photography, a picture isn’t necessarily a great picture before it is taken to the cleaners. Meaning undergoing a sequence of post-processing….:-) So post-processing skills are part and parcel of what is

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#692. Maxwell’s equations of watching others watching art ?

#692. Maxwell’s equations of watching others watching art ?

If I asked you “what is art?” you’d be right to close this window immediately. The eternal question has elicited numerous replies from pundits, none of which can satisfy everyone. While auction houses and collectors seem to agree on what constitutes valuable art, I’ve come to the conclusion that a

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#687. Bokeh is the new sharp. Of un-selfies and game reserves…

#687. Bokeh is the new sharp. Of un-selfies and game reserves…

  Bokeh is sharp? You readers must think I’ve over-indulged myself over the year-end celebrations. Not so…. alas!     Why is bokeh the new sharp? for a number of reasons. Let me rattle them off     Because we can. I already made that argument in my post “why

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