Posts tagged with Photography

Grange Crags #2016top3 3/3 – Grange Crags

The third of my #2016top3 favourite images, a birch and bracken on Grange Crags, has in fact already been on the blog. The photo was taken in mid January, and what I like so much is that the scene was completely different when I first noticed its potential but developed exactly how I imagined it. …read more

#2016top3 1/3 Rainbows

In the last few days there’s been a Twitter hashtag going round, #2016top3, for your favourite 3 landscapes of the year, and as I had joined in I thought it was a good excuse to get myself back into posting to this blog. I like to get up to Borrowdale early each November. It can …read more

Norway in 5 minutes

For one reason or another, something always crops up whenever I’ve planned to visit Norway. Long ago, a Norwegian girlfriend moved on before our summer trip, a business conference was cancelled at the last minute, and more recently a tour company had booked me to lead a tour to the fjords but seemed to go …read more

Faces in the crowd

Yesterday I met up with a friend at the Harp, an excellent recent discovery, before we went along to the big David Bailey show at the National Portrait Gallery. The show runs until early June, so if you find yourself in central London there’s plenty of time to nip in and see it. Just be prepared …read more

Re-enacting photography

Mark Elson is an LA-based photographer who was doing a series on American Civil War re-enactors and decided to use the contemporary wet plate collodion photography: I learned the process, had equipment built, and found period lenses. I fell in love with this demanding and beautiful process, with its rich tones, great detail and timeless …read more

The Crummock Water problem

When something gets in the way of what I’m trying to photograph, I’m no Mother Teresa. For instance only last week my tripod was set up below Stockley Bridge, a stone bridge above Seathwaite at the top of Borrowdale. Most walkers only pause briefly on the bridge as it’s where the popular path to Great …read more

Five go taking pictures

Picture Power: Portraits of Five Leading Press Photographers is a series of BBC Radio 4 programmes featuring famous press photographers and how they recorded one day. Largely recorded in real time…. in the first programme James Hill of the New York Times gives up the chance to go to Libya in order to shoot the …read more

Landscape Photographer of the Year

It’s that time of the year again when British photographers have a good moan about the winners in the “Take a View” Landscape Photographer of the Year. The biggest selection of the winners seems to be here on Sky, but there I really liked last year’s winner, didn’t think the previous year’s was really “landscape”, …read more

Oxford Street

I suspect these guys were as bored with their Sunday as I was by my third visit (only) this year to Speakers Corner. I didn’t stay long and wandered off to nearby Oxford Street.

Do black and white workers need to deny colour?

In a fascinating piece Why Would a Digital Camera Have a B&W-Only Sensor, Mike Johnson makes a case for such a camera. As he acknowledges, analogies often end up in arguments about the analogy, but I think the core is here: Taking a color picture and converting it to B&W is trivial. What’s not trivial …read more

Stephen Crowley

I hadn’t heard of Stephen Crowley before noticing this NY Times report on the East Coast earthquake and his accompanying series of pictures of the Washington Monument. According to this showcase page also on the NYT: Stephen Crowley has spent most of his career masquerading as a newspaper photographer while producing idiosyncratic projects that push …read more

Photo Professional

August’s Photo Professional carries the third of my four-part series on aspects of workflow. This time I’m looking at raw processing but not from the usual angle of how to squeeze out the best image quality. Instead I discuss how to respond to the problems caused by having large numbers of raw files to process. …read more

War photographers talk

See The shot that nearly killed me, a Guardian special report where war photographers talk about their profession (not sure that’s the word). There are some horrific pictures and lots of comments like “I’d just finished a master’s in photojournalism and thought I’d go to Pakistan to cover the elections.” or “This is the last …read more

Christian Tagliavini

A striking image jumped off the front of the latest Cam magazine yesterday. At first I thought it might be a restored painting, as Cam usually contains articles on historical and academic subjects, but as soon as I realised it was a photograph I lost no time in tracking down its creator. That was Christian …read more

Still feeling

Andrew Burton has some interesting thoughts Regarding Parachute Journalism: Accusers of parachute journalists say, “they fly into hotspots around the globe, enter cultures they have no understanding of, work in places where they don’t speak the language, tell surface level stories of what has occurred and leave before the story has truly been completed.” Accusers …read more

Max Lebanon

Just been listening to Max Milligan on Excess Baggage talking with Beirut hostage John McCarthy about his Lebanon project and discussing the artistic rather than a photo-journalistic motives behind his pictures. When you make pictures such as this, I’m wondering if there’s any conflict at all between the two. Also see Robert Fisk’s article. “Max …read more

Your man in Yemen

From the opening paragraphs of Don Whitebread’s fascinating Yemen: A Leap Back in Time, and a Creative Transition it’s obvious it wouldn’t be the usual type of landscape photography porn  : I love a good adventure, but that usually involves the Great American West, not some place with tribal kidnappings and Al Qaeda training camps. …read more

A quicky before lunch?

You’d think I was Chinese if you knew how often I seem to be killing time before a dim sum, but a damp Sunday morning is also good for getting to an exhibition so yesterday I nipped into the National Portrait Gallery for the Taylor Wessing photographic portrait prize (I saw Jason Bell‘s An Englishman …read more

SnakE Oil and image metadata

Take a look at two excellent articles by David Riecks – The Top 12 Myths about Embedded Photo Metadata and Why Embedded Photo Metadata Won’t Help Your SEO (at least without some help) : There have been several recent articles, such as “The Definitive Guide to SEO for Images: 6 Steps to Image-Ranking Success” by …read more

An innocent crop?

This is probably going to be the memorable image of Wednesday’s student demo in central London, but as Ciara Leeming writes, almost all picture desks have used the same, rather misleading crop: It might just be me but the wider view poses some interesting questions about the media’s role in events like this demo. Without …read more