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conrad's Blog

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05/11/2012 - 1:05 PM

Head to Head

I'm not used to hearing sounds like explosions in my shower. But yesterday I did. The shower head - supposedly a good product, by a manufacturer whose name usually inspires confidence in me - made a strange rumbling sound when I turned it on, and then after it had been on for a few moments, it su...

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02/11/2012 - 4:32 PM

Missing My Model

Now that my favourite model, my dear departed Ashley, is gone, I find myself looking around to see what others there are to photograph. On a boat trip during my summer holiday, there were several dogs on board. Couldn't get a clear shot of most of them (pity, there were some really good-looking cock...

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27/10/2012 - 10:22 PM

Action Shot

I don't usually post photos in this blog that weren't taken by myself, but in this case I'll make an exception. Because it was taken by an interpreter colleague of mine, with my iPhone, and of me - in action. Since I don't have a lot of shots of myself in action in a conference interpreter's booth, ...

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24/10/2012 - 1:55 PM

"Real Men Wear Purple"

I've heard several women complain that too many men mostly go for 'safe' colours in their choice of clothes. Their wardrobes, so they say, contain too many blacks, greys and browns. And although I can see good reasons for wearing those colours (especially the darker ones do make one look thinner,...

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23/10/2012 - 4:09 PM

Perspective

I always like shots that give a feeling of depth and perspective. Any old lines will do, as long as they lead away from the lens, and give you the feeling they go on forever. Well, this row of cabins on a ferry doesn't go on forever, but it almost does look like it, doesn't it.

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19/10/2012 - 12:11 PM

Slow Shutter App for iPhone

I'm still experimenting with the Slow Shutter app for iPhone. It's handy to have an app that allows longer exposures, but I'm finding it hard to find the right use for this app, and the right settings to get a decent picture. This is as close as I've come to getting something usable - still not a...

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19/10/2012 - 11:19 AM

Cloud

There are several things I find irresistible, photographically speaking, and one of them is a 'good' cloud. When I see an interesting one, I try to find a nice view to go beneath it, and I just have to take a picture. Going through my portfolio, you can find several examples that I found worthy e...

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16/10/2012 - 5:46 PM

Family History Connection

A few months ago I visited the smallest 'city' in the Netherlands: Bronckhorst, in the province of Gelderland. It's only a few streets with a handful of houses, but it has city rights, and is therefore officially a city. (Ironically, although in houses and population it's the smallest city of the co...

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16/10/2012 - 1:09 PM

Emotional Value

I think of my dear, departed Ashley every day. She was such a special dog, and such a special friend. Fortunately, there are so many photos of her to help me remember everything we did together. Funny thing is that I took quite a few photos of her that were appreciated by many EPZ members, and...

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The trouble with getting a large group of people to all use the same thing, is that there will be so many different personalities and opinions in the group that you will find it impossible to keep everyone happy, and certainly not all the time. Whatever you do, whatever ideas you come up with, there...

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01/10/2012 - 2:32 PM

PhotoForge

Until I get some time to really go through my Olympus photos, I'm spending time that would otherwise be lost on playing around with the photo apps on my iPhone. I always have it with me, after all, so I never have to get bored, I can always get the phone out and play with images in my digital film r...

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25/09/2012 - 4:50 PM

Comparison Experiment

I decided on a little experiment. To be honest, I did have quite a good idea how it would turn out, but I decided to make it an experiment nevertheless. I posted similarly processed iPhone shots in the Gallery and in a blog post, both with a title that indicated it was taken with a camera phone a...

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24/09/2012 - 11:07 AM

Out and about with my iPhone

On holiday I went out on an overcast and rainy day. I didn't think I would be very much inclined to take a lot of photos, so I didn't take my camera. But of course, as will always happen with a photography enthusiast, there will come a moment that you regret not taking your camera. And that mome...

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19/09/2012 - 6:08 PM

Centre Focus

An iPhone shot on an overcast day - in picturesque surroundings, but not with the light or the sky that you would wish for. So, what to do? A play with the image in a few apps - Snapseed, among others, and the Tilt Shift app. And this is the result:

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17/09/2012 - 12:11 PM

Airport

Sometimes it's the simple things that can be the most striking to look at. At an airport I was looking around, wondering if there was anything nice to photograph - perhaps people greeting each other, possibly a glimpse of a good-looking aircraft - anything really. After a while I put my camera a...

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