#258 – Blog Recommendations

They’re nearly all listed in my blogroll, but here’s an overview of some blogs that I subscribe to: Münchow’s Creative Photo Blog some really interesting posts on here on photography related creativity, a difficult topic to write about as I’ve found out! alanclogwyn.wordpress.com Quarryscapes – Alan Clogwyn / Richard Alan Jones photoblog of the North Wales…

#241 – A (slight) change of direction?

Photography is a fairly solitary pursuit, so a recent photo charter I attended brought me into contact with a load of other photographers. I was intrigued to see the variety of equipment people were using. As well as a few high end pro level DSLR’s such as Nikon D700’s and Canon 5d Mk2’s, the majority were using (for lack…

#194 – The Myth Of Manual Mode

A recent discussion on Talk Photography got me thinking about camera technique, something I don’t tend to give much thought to. Someone had asked why they should use manual mode, and the consensus seemed to be, quite refreshingly, use it when you need to, but don’t use it slavishly. Great advice, although some people still…

#193 – Moo Cards: a portfolio in your pocket!

Not being a professional photographer, I’ve had no real need for business cards – the only ones in my wallet are for my real job, and that’s got nowt to do with taking pictures. However, when I heard about Moo and their double-sided cards that you could put anything on, my attention was grabbed. They’re…

#191 – Published (again) in Amateur Photographer Magazine

May has been a good month, and the third bit of good news was today when I picked up Amateur Photographer (Saturday 4th June Edition) to see my pictures had been printed in Reader Spotlight, and had been chosen for ‘Editors Choice’! I don’t always buy the magazine, but if I’m out and about I’ll pick…

#127 – A close shave!!!!!

A nice afternoon out in Liverpool, or so we thought……. Half way through the tour, we were going over the large speed bump in Duke Street, when BANG, we’re thrown all over the DUKW as it jolts side to side, and the driver brings it to a halt. Thankfully, no-one was thrown from the vehicle…

#106 – The Coolest Car In The World

Not something I’d normally post, but I saw this, the ‘Milles Pattes’ (Millipede)  in the Michelin Museum in Clermont Ferrand, and realised that it was the coolest car ever built. Citroen DS’s are ace, but by ingeniously making one 50% wider, giving it two engines, ELEVEN wheels (there’s a truck wheel in the centre of the…

#105 – Off to France – back soon!

As well as mooching round old buildings, running my blog and websit,e and taking pictures of trains, I also have a day job which has nothing to do with photography but does involve visiting factories. I’m about to embark on a visit to a supplier in central France for a week to watch some heat…

#94 – V for V-Bomber

Sometimes, you don’t need to see the whole of the subject in an image. I deliberately composed this picture like this as I felt it showed the most interesting bits of the aircraft (a Handley Page Victor at the Yorkshire Air Museum – I can highly recommend a visit!), and not show anything that distracted…

#45 – re-visiting old images

I took this photo back in 2005 at Ramsbottom station on the East Lancs Railway. I loved the photo, especially the station master emerging from the steam on the right. Unfortunately, as I was shooting straight into the light, I got some ugly lens flare on the front of the engine, and try as I…

#42 – The Life Formula For Visual Variety In The Photo Essay

I can’t remember where I got this from. For a typical assignment at the old Life magazine, the editors expected the photographer on location to shoot at least eight basic types of photos to ensure complete coverage of the situation and to guarantee enough good pictures for a layout. 1] Introductory or overall – usually…

#13 – Kodak Ektar 100

I bought three rolls of this new film a few months back, and I started using my first roll at Parys Copper Mine, and then didn’t pick up my film camera again for 3 months to finish the roll! So, as I was keen to see how good it was, I cast good sense aside…