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conrad's Blog

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1. Why do I see stunning skies and lovely light when I don't have my camera with me? 2. Can I trick fate (life, Murphy, the universe or God) into thinking I don't have my camera with me, when in reality I do? 3. Is there such a thing as a photography conspiracy theory? 4. If "with Cano...

06/12/2008 - 7:20 PM

Perfect Present

In the Netherlands people give presents on what's supposed to be the birthday of St. Nicholas, on the 5th of December, instead of giving gifts on Christmas Day. Santa Claus is a foreign derivative of St. Nicholas, so only those who are heavily influenced by secondhand foreign TV series and films cel...

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01/12/2008 - 4:16 PM

No EC* Material

I attended an EOS Discovery Day last Saturday. Interesting event. I went to workshops/presentations about white balance, photographing moving subjects, portraiture. And of course there were presentations of the latest camera models, counters where you could test and try them, etc., etc. I tried a...

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28/11/2008 - 8:52 PM

Close to Home

"How do you take a great landscape photo?" I've read and heard many different answers to this question, but there are a few common denominators among the many different suggestions. One that really makes sense, is that it helps to have good light at a location that you want to shoo...

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25/11/2008 - 9:17 PM

Shoot Before It's Too Late!

... Or at least before the landscape changes drastically! What got me thinking about this, was a combination of a thread on the forum and a newsletter article from the makers of Outdoor Photographer (not Outdoor Photography, the UK publication, but Outdoor Photographer, the US publication). N...

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24/11/2008 - 6:56 PM

Fleeting Moments

Moments are fleeting by definition, of course. But when you're trying to capture snow in my country, the word "fleeting" takes on a new meaning - it adds a whole new dimension to the meaning of the word! Last year when there was a bit of snow and I hastily went out to shoot some snowy s...

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...

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...


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...

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...