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conrad's Blog

conrad > conrad's Blog

I've been carrying around my camera for weeks now, convinced that with the conditions of the season I would be able to shoot some nice pictures. But no - no pictures! Well, not with my regular camera, that is. I did take a few quickies with my iPhone, but nothing like what I had in mind. I have ...

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08/11/2013 - 2:33 PM

Rather Large

I hate the weather in autumn, but we do see some wonderful-looking things around us, don't we. I know it all turns into a dirty mess in the end, but all those coloured leaves are great - for a while. And don't you just love all the mushrooms everywhere?! Shooting those mushrooms with a camera mi...

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04/10/2013 - 4:24 PM

McSkyscape

What do you do when you see a really nice sky just before sunset, but you're en route to an appointment, you've only stopped to fill up with fuel, and there's something in the way that you wouldn't normally consider suitable for a nice skyscape? You take out your smartphone and just take the shot...

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So many times I've gone to a nice photo location, only to have my photo outing ruined by horrible or dull weather, or a total lack of good light. I do always try to make something of it, of course, but it can be very disappointing, going to a nice location and not getting the circumstances you were ...

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I spotted a hitherto unnoticed usable shot in the archive with my iPhone Film Roll photos, and thought I'd do something with it. So, from a quick Mumbles visit on a Wales trip, processed with the Snapseed app, here it is:

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29/08/2013 - 3:38 PM

Jurassic Park

I don't often see things in real life that remind me of the Jurassic Park films, but last weekend I did. I had no idea what this was at first, had to read the sign to shed some light on the matter, but 'Jurassic Park' really was the first thing I thought when I saw it. As it turned out, it was a ...

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28/08/2013 - 9:02 AM

Selfie

The Oxford Dictionary adds about a thousand new words a year, and today a list of new additions to the online dictionaries was announced. Among them one term that not only holds interest for me as a linguist, but also as an amateur photographer: 'selfie', which means 'self-portrait'. Did we need ...

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27/08/2013 - 4:45 PM

Photography Quote

This quote by my favourite author, P.G. Wodehouse, made me smile: 'There are no [portrait] photographs nowadays. Only "camera portraits" and "lens impressions." The full face has been abolished. The ideal of the photographer is to eliminate the sitter as far as possible and co...

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It happens to me so often I couldn't possibly count how many times: you're driving along some road, and you see a wonderful photo location. But there's nowhere to park the car, or even to stop (legally). So the photo location disappears into your rearview mirror and eventually it disappears altogeth...

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16/08/2013 - 6:27 PM

Open to Suggestions

I just had a look at my first upload ever on ePhotozine: Jousting Knights of Powderham. (Unbelievable, that was nine whole years ago, on the 6th of August 2004 - how time flies!) And I noticed something I'd forgotten about, but which was very helpful: one member very kindly gave a vote, but two othe...

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09/08/2013 - 10:24 AM

Ugly Bugger

On holiday I visited a place that was a bit of a cross between a museum and a zoo - if I had to choose which of the two it was, I really couldn't tell you - they had exhibits that had nothing to do with animals, films, and there were also different kinds of animals, fish and other creatures of the s...

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23/07/2013 - 8:30 PM

I Still Can"t Get Used To It

Over the decades, and now that we're already in the 21st century I suppose you could even say 'through the ages', travel photography has seen many changes - especially in the size of the cameras. Initially, of course, you needed transportation for what used to be huge contraptions with which to take...

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19/07/2013 - 11:52 AM

Traveling Light

For my holiday this year, I decided to travel light, and not to take the photography too seriously. I knew I'd be seeing a lot in a limited period of time, so I wouldn't have time to hang about, wait for light, wait for sunsets, etc. No problem - it was all about having a nice, relaxed time, anyway,...

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17/06/2013 - 12:19 PM

Nostalgic Moment

I got excited about photography at a relatively early age. I was only six when I showed such an interest that my father decided to let me use a family heirloom, an Agfa folding camera. That was hard to use for such a young boy, but I did get some usable photos with it. Much easier to use, was th...

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15/06/2013 - 11:40 AM

The Other Side Of The Camera

Since my youth, taking photos has almost always meant being behind the camera. I started taking photos because I wanted to have memories of outings, holidays and family gatherings, and it was me who captured pictures of the other family members, and of the sights we saw. Apart from the odd holiday s...

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