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conrad's Blog

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28/08/2013 - 9:02 AM

Selfie

The Oxford Dictionary adds about a thousand new words a year, and today a list of new additions to the online dictionaries was announced. Among them one term that not only holds interest for me as a linguist, but also as an amateur photographer: 'selfie', which means 'self-portrait'. Did we need ...

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27/08/2013 - 4:45 PM

Photography Quote

This quote by my favourite author, P.G. Wodehouse, made me smile: 'There are no [portrait] photographs nowadays. Only "camera portraits" and "lens impressions." The full face has been abolished. The ideal of the photographer is to eliminate the sitter as far as possible and co...

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It happens to me so often I couldn't possibly count how many times: you're driving along some road, and you see a wonderful photo location. But there's nowhere to park the car, or even to stop (legally). So the photo location disappears into your rearview mirror and eventually it disappears altogeth...

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16/08/2013 - 6:27 PM

Open to Suggestions

I just had a look at my first upload ever on ePhotozine: Jousting Knights of Powderham. (Unbelievable, that was nine whole years ago, on the 6th of August 2004 - how time flies!) And I noticed something I'd forgotten about, but which was very helpful: one member very kindly gave a vote, but two othe...

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09/08/2013 - 10:24 AM

Ugly Bugger

On holiday I visited a place that was a bit of a cross between a museum and a zoo - if I had to choose which of the two it was, I really couldn't tell you - they had exhibits that had nothing to do with animals, films, and there were also different kinds of animals, fish and other creatures of the s...

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23/07/2013 - 8:30 PM

I Still Can"t Get Used To It

Over the decades, and now that we're already in the 21st century I suppose you could even say 'through the ages', travel photography has seen many changes - especially in the size of the cameras. Initially, of course, you needed transportation for what used to be huge contraptions with which to take...

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19/07/2013 - 11:52 AM

Traveling Light

For my holiday this year, I decided to travel light, and not to take the photography too seriously. I knew I'd be seeing a lot in a limited period of time, so I wouldn't have time to hang about, wait for light, wait for sunsets, etc. No problem - it was all about having a nice, relaxed time, anyway,...

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17/06/2013 - 12:19 PM

Nostalgic Moment

I got excited about photography at a relatively early age. I was only six when I showed such an interest that my father decided to let me use a family heirloom, an Agfa folding camera. That was hard to use for such a young boy, but I did get some usable photos with it. Much easier to use, was th...

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15/06/2013 - 11:40 AM

The Other Side Of The Camera

Since my youth, taking photos has almost always meant being behind the camera. I started taking photos because I wanted to have memories of outings, holidays and family gatherings, and it was me who captured pictures of the other family members, and of the sights we saw. Apart from the odd holiday s...

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Just paraphrasing Dutch football star Johan Cruijff here, he once said "Every advantage has a disadvantage" - but I suspect that, like a mathematical equation, you can turn that around as well. For several years now, I've had to work my [...censored...] off after having been bled compl...

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04/06/2013 - 11:24 AM

Made Me Laugh

You see all kinds of things on the road. Unusual vehicles, strange people, funny texts. Especially campervans seem to be a favourite kind of transport to put texts on. An acquaintance of mine, with a religious background, used to own a campervan with the name 'Exobus' written on it. But a cam...

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29/05/2013 - 4:54 PM

Sunshine

The weather looked so promising this morning, and then everything turned grey. Pity. In such circumstances it's nice to look at photos taken in sunnier situations. These are just some dandelions, but I think the image looks quite cheerful.

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27/05/2013 - 10:40 AM

Breda

I used to go to the historic Dutch city of Breda often, but things have changed and I seldom have to go there anymore. Recently a work assignment brought me to the area, though, and when I went into the city centre to find a bite to eat, I was struck again by the beauty of this church. I only ha...

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24/05/2013 - 11:47 AM

Handy

As I was writing the title to this blog post, I suddenly realised it has a double meaning. Unintentional, but nice. :-) I've had quite a few different cameras over the years, and sometimes more than one at a time. Before I went digital, the last three cameras I had were an unusual analogue S...

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22/05/2013 - 11:03 AM

Art Deco

Some years ago, I took photos in and around an old, abandoned art deco building in the Netherlands - Radio Kootwijk. It used to be a radio station for international phone communications, but of course at some point it was redundant, and vacated. It stands in an area that reminds me a lot of some...

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