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conrad's Blog

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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...

19/07/2008 - 10:23 PM

Close Encounters

Of the Third Kind, no less! Not with aliens, though. With horses. Wild horses. Well, semi-wild, officially. (Is that Wildlife category, or Pets/Captive Animals? Will have to decide before I upload. Hmmm. Animals in a reserve. Wild or not???) Anyway, I took my dog on a photo outing tonight. The...

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18/07/2008 - 8:16 PM

Scaring People Off?

Today someone wrote: "There are many here on this site though, that I feel have become rather nervous of making any statement about an upload for fear of being torn apart in the forums. A great shame." (I hope the person who wrote this doesn't mind me quoting it.) Now, I've seen some wh...

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17/07/2008 - 6:46 PM

"Nice" - A Word as an Outcast

After the word "nice" has had a lot of use in the Gallery already, you can see it turning up on the Forum quite a lot nowadays too. Unfortunately, this word is not intended to be seen as positive there. On the contrary. It's being treated more and more like an outcast, like something t...

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16/07/2008 - 9:13 PM

I Love ePHOTOzine because...

... it offers every photography enthusiast something - from beginner to professional, and everyone in between. ... I still learn from other people's photos, comments and modifications. ... it's chock-full of useful information. ... the optimistic users still outnumber the pessimistic ones. ...

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For the umpteenth time, the Victor Meldrews among our members are using a thread about landscape photography to complain about certain locations, which in their view are over-photographed. Ranging from Black Rock Cottage and the Buachaille Etive Mor to Southwold Pier and the famous tree at Rannoc...

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I was surprised to see that the views statistics of my previous blog entry had gone through the roof - well, comparatively speaking, that is. I'd never got so close to a 100 views before. At first I wondered why it was that so many EPZ members were suddenly interested in my digital scribblings. ...

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