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conrad's Blog

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21/11/2008 - 4:41 PM

Tilley Hat & Terns

Ever since I've lived in the UK, I've been a hat person. I was living in Glamorgan, Wales, when I first felt a need to put something on my head. Before that time, wearing coats that incorporated a hood had been sufficient for me to brave the weather, which is just as wet in the Netherlands as in...

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11/11/2008 - 8:46 PM

"Haste Ye Back"

When you leave certain parts of Scotland, you see a sign with the text "Haste Ye Back". I like that. Makes me feel welcome to return at any time - in fact, it positively encourages me to do so. I don't know how well it will work for me, though. Although I have absolutely fallen in love...

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02/11/2008 - 4:51 PM

Hard to Capture or Convey

So often when you hear people describe photography in higher-sounding terms than "taking snapshots", you come across almost poetic ideas like "catching time", "recording moments" or "creating memories". Technically speaking, of course, we're only recording ...

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31/10/2008 - 8:26 PM

Armed and Dangerous!

As of today, my wife is armed with an ultra wide angle lens. She can now capture just as much of the world in one shot as I. Just as well, because on our last holiday she took more Derwentwater shots with my Sigma 10-20 than I did, I think. Add to the thought that she now has an ultra wide and...

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20/10/2008 - 11:43 AM

"Time For The Leaving"

No, not me - I'm not leaving. (Do I detect disappointment? Sorry, no dramatic exits today!) This blog title is actually a song title - a song by Magna Carta, to be precise. Over the past years, I've become good friends with the present members of the band - a band that I initially thought did...

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17/10/2008 - 7:45 PM

Good, Better, Best

As I'm typing this, my wife is trying to decide what filter to buy with the lens she'll be purchasing tomorrow. Not an easy choice - there are so many options to choose from. Even after you make it past the choice of uv, skylight or polarising filter, or even just a bit of protective glass (whic...

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One thing that impressed me right from the start about the EPZ membership in general, was that the members had quite varied backgrounds - there were both pro photographers and amateurs at every level. I was even more impressed when I noticed that there were several pro photographers who graciousl...

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12/10/2008 - 9:02 PM

Just a Bungling Amateur

The more different kinds of photography I try, the more I'm convinced that I am just a bungling amateur. I have progressed since I became a member of EPZ, though. The first photos in my portfolio almost make me shiver now, and whenever I visit that first page, I can't wait to click another page ...

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07/10/2008 - 11:25 AM

Withdrawal Symptoms

It doesn't happen very often, but sometimes I just don't have time for ePHOTOzine. Take last weekend, for instance. No time whatsoever to even look at EPZ. I had opened it in a Firefox tab, but didn't get around to browsing the gallery or the forum at all. Yesterday I paid the price for all t...

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18/09/2008 - 5:55 PM

The First or The Last

Usually when I take a series of shots at one location, of one and the same subject, I find that either my first or my last shot is the best. The ones in between don't usually make my shortlist of the best images in the series. And the ones in between are often the first to be deleted. Since this ...

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11/09/2008 - 8:08 PM

Dog Model Down

My favourite model, the lovely Ashley, is down - in more than one sense of the word. Over time, we had noticed her developing a slight limp. Thinking it might be the first signs of arthritis, the vet prescribed medication. And then it suddenly got a lot worse. A specialist had her leg x-rayed an...

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05/09/2008 - 7:11 PM

EPZ Needs YOU!

I wanted to give this blog entry the title "Ask Not What EPZ Can Do For You, But What You Can Do For EPZ" - but it seemed a bit long... It's a quote from John F. Kennedy - a rallying call from a time when this president felt that Americans needed to come together and support their count...

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01/09/2008 - 5:47 PM

Beanbag Experience

For a recent trip to Stavanger, I decided not to make my luggage heavier than necessary. Until then, I'd always put my tripod in the biggest bag or suitcase, the one that is checked in at the airport. This time I decided not to take a tripod, but travel a bit lighter. Trouble was, a pocket-sized ...

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On ePHOTOzine we like to upload and discuss photos, have serious and not so serious conversations on the Forum, and publish articles, tips, techniques, etc., etc. Many members us don't seem afraid at all to write something, be it in the Gallery or on the Forum, or elsewhere on the site. So why th...

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24/08/2008 - 9:02 PM

"Fear of Failure"

"You must have a lot of patience" is something that wildlife photographer Steve Bloom hears a lot, he says. But he doesn't think he's that patient a man - although he does wait for the right shot for a long, long time, sometimes. Take this shot of a shark jumping out of the water to ca...

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