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conrad's Blog

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11/08/2008 - 6:53 PM

What (Not) To Take

Decisions, decisions... The last city trip Jacqueline and I took, I got really tired of lugging my photo bag all over the place. Barcelona is a big place. And since I didn't take as many photos as wonderful as I had imagined (and I always imagine myself taking stunning and staggeringly beautiful ...


When I joined ePHOTOzine on 28 July 2004, my goal was to learn. I enjoyed my photography, but I was very much aware of the fact that I was a pretty clueless snapper. From what I saw on the site, I concluded that this was a place where I could pick up some ideas and some extra photographic knowle...

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- Everything always works at home, everything always fails on location. - The lens that falls, is always the most expensive. - When you drop a lens cap, the inside part always lands face down in the mud. - Insects always want to land on the mirror during a lens swap. - No two meters agre...

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04/08/2008 - 9:38 PM

Just Too Tired

I wanted to go out and take some photos tonight. There were good skies all day, there was a good golden hour - but I didn't move a muscle when the time was there. I had to help out in the garden a bit, after an already tiring day, and after that I'd had it with all the activities for the day. ...

02/08/2008 - 6:48 PM

Wild Boar Watching Us

Yesterday I took a tour to a hide on the edge of a forest. Yes, a tour. It's the only way to get in, because it's private property, and only the gamekeeper and his paying guests are allowed on the property and in the hide. (Fortunately it wasn't very expensive, only six euros, and for that we go...

31/07/2008 - 9:15 PM

Right to Roam

Today I read a column written by a photographer in a Dutch outdoor magazine. He complains about the fact that in our country you can hardly go anywhere. There are fences, barbwire, signs and electric wires everywhere. And no right to roam - a right we sorely miss, over here. We used to be abl...

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30/07/2008 - 8:09 PM

Public & Police Paranoia

Stories in the press about photography and the British public & the police keep amazing me. A man who photographs a police car is a "a potential security threat" and his details will be kept on file for a year. Story here. Ridiculous. See my comment underneath the article. But th...

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28/07/2008 - 7:15 PM

Too Hot To Handle

I'd love to go and take some photos. But it's about thirty degrees Celsius, the humidity is 78. And the sky is just one big blanket of grey anyway. Don't you just hate it when that happens. Besides, even if I did see some good light to take photos in, where would I get the energy to pick up my...

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26/07/2008 - 3:24 PM


To be clear: This blog entry isn't about the album with this name by punk rock band Lagwagon. Nor is it about Dyschromatosis universalis hereditaria, a hereditary skin disorder, Toledo Suburban Airport's international code, Dungra Bhil's language code, or Deutsche Umwelthilfe, a German environmenta...

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25/07/2008 - 10:09 PM

Really Sexy!

Yes, I thought that might get your attention. Pity the views statistics don't show the sex of the readers - predominantly male audience with this title, right? ;-) I was looking for something on eBay and came across a camera I've owned myself in the past as well, a Zorki rangefinder. Quirky Leica...

24/07/2008 - 9:48 PM

No Signs Of Life

I prefer to always have a camera with me. Admitted, it isn't always practical, but I do try. Because when I'm out and about without a camera, there's always a reason to regret I didn't take one. Before I went digital, I had a Canon EOS IX (Canon's APS SLR, quite a nice camera!) in my photo bag. A...

23/07/2008 - 8:38 PM

Keep Your Shirt On!

Literally! Let me explain... My sister recently revived my interest in taking portraits. Although the photos I took of her for her web site were just quickies, taken during a short break on a busy workday, they did revive the interest I had in portraiture some time ago. Interesting is that it'...

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22/07/2008 - 2:10 PM

Photo Shoots on TV

I don't take a lot of people shots, and especially not a lot of portraits and stuff. But I would like to take more. So I look at portraits on EPZ, read about portraiture in magazines, and watch programs on TV where they show shoots with models. Of late that has meant watching Coleen's Real Wo...

21/07/2008 - 9:42 PM

Ever Checked Out The Glossary?

Did you even know ePHOTOzine had one? Just in case you can't find it, here's a link. The Glossary is a work in progress. Every time I look at it, I see texts that need correcting or updating, I find that terms discussed on the forum aren't there. But almost every time someone asks on the forum &q...

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20/07/2008 - 8:38 PM

On-board Flash Diffuser Tips

Everyone knows that flashlight can be very harsh. So we like to diffuse it. There all kinds of methods. We have softboxes for studio flash lights. There are plastic diffusers for flashguns, like the famous Stofen products. But on-board flash has always been a bit of a problem. Main problem with t...