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20/09/2010 - 3:58 PM

Steve McCurry retrospective

The French novelist and essayist, Marcel Proust, once wrote that “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” Wise words indeed, not least because Proust, for all his accolades, never found renown as either a photographer or photojournalist. I rece...

16/07/2010 - 8:53 PM

Creative Camera

Despite believing that photography is all about the pictures we create rather than the tools we use, there is no escaping the fact that many photographers enjoy a relationship with their tools which is very different to that which a plumber or car mechanic enjoys with theirs. Those of you who hav...


After an extended and unplanned period of employment in areas removed from my chosen career path, and bouts of unemployment, I have finally made my way back to working within the IT industry. It has been a journey of seven years and, understandably, has not been without complications. On discussing ...


For well over a month now, I’ve been using the Ubuntu distribution of Linux. An installation of Windows Vista had rendered an otherwise functioning laptop to the scrap heap, and the installation of Ubuntu proved conclusively that the hardware was fine. After giving a new lease of life to the laptop,...


Once more, and the bleak mid winter sees Britain transformed from a green and pleasant land to a white Arctic landscape covered in snow, ice, and chaos. Many people struggle to cope with change in their life – such as a dramatic change in weather – so switching operating systems for many people will...


As another year has just slipped away, it's not unusual to look back and reflect on the last twelve months and, more popularly, to set new goals and ideals for the forthcoming year. It's time for those new year resolutions. One thing I've wanted to get around to doing is to give Linux a chance. M...

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As Sunday evenings go, it started off uneventfully just like any other. Children in bed, the little television of interest viewed and then, with a mug of coffee in hand I settled down in front of the PC editing images. The intended relaxation failed to materialise. Instead, the evening turned to Arm...

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04/12/2009 - 11:25 PM

Brief, and to the point...

In a few hours it will be December 5th, and with it my e2 membership will expire. I'm not in a position at the moment to renew, so this will be the last blog from me for the moment. With the loss of e2 certain features will disappear from my account, including the ability to blog. I don't know if...

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Mornings have that extra chill that catches your breath as you step outside. The dew that bit heavier as it lingers in the half light. The trees disrobe of their tapestry of colour, falling gently to the floor like a robe to reveal their stark splendour. The kingdom of darkness extends it sphere, as...

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14/10/2009 - 2:04 PM

The child and the dinosaur

“What’s that?” he asked, pointing to a roll of recently developed 35mm film hanging in the shower, where it had dried over night. To his six year old eyes, it was quite a sight. A grey celluloid strip of negative pictures suspended by a hook at one end and held straight by a weight on the other. ...

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The English language is thing of great beauty and versatility. Nowhere can this be illustrated more acutely than in the world of “professional cameras”. Amongst the gear heads and equipment tarts found lurking in the dark recesses of many camera clubs and internet chat rooms, the “professional camer...

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30/09/2009 - 4:11 PM


Have you ever used a 50mm lens? Have you ever used 35mm film? I guess the answer may depend on when you were bitten by the photography bug. Once, the almost prescribed method of starting photography was with a 35mm camera fitted with a 50mm lens. It’s a road I walked down, and 28 years later, I s...

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Photographers are an argumentative bunch! Before digital photographers argued about sensor size, the debate was equally lively regarding film sizes. Its best summarised by 35mm being the format for those who valued convenience, while those who valued quality above all would shoot using medium or lar...

20/09/2009 - 1:56 PM

Choosing a system

A day won’t go by on the forums without somebody posing a “What camera should I buy” question. People easily get caught up with different models when choosing a camera. By and large, cameras at similar price points have equally similar specifications, with little to differentiate them. So think a...

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Form and function. The form factor of many every day items is determined by their function. Because the end use rarely changes, often it is only when the components used in their construction evolve that we see any real paradigm shift in design. Some things never change, because the design has reach...