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17/10/2008 - 7:45 PM

Good, Better, Best

As I'm typing this, my wife is trying to decide what filter to buy with the lens she'll be purchasing tomorrow. Not an easy choice - there are so many options to choose from. Even after you make it past the choice of uv, skylight or polarising filter, or even just a bit of protective glass (whic...


One thing that impressed me right from the start about the EPZ membership in general, was that the members had quite varied backgrounds - there were both pro photographers and amateurs at every level. I was even more impressed when I noticed that there were several pro photographers who graciousl...

12/10/2008 - 9:02 PM

Just a Bungling Amateur

The more different kinds of photography I try, the more I'm convinced that I am just a bungling amateur. I have progressed since I became a member of EPZ, though. The first photos in my portfolio almost make me shiver now, and whenever I visit that first page, I can't wait to click another page ...

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07/10/2008 - 11:25 AM

Withdrawal Symptoms

It doesn't happen very often, but sometimes I just don't have time for ePHOTOzine. Take last weekend, for instance. No time whatsoever to even look at EPZ. I had opened it in a Firefox tab, but didn't get around to browsing the gallery or the forum at all. Yesterday I paid the price for all t...

18/09/2008 - 5:55 PM

The First or The Last

Usually when I take a series of shots at one location, of one and the same subject, I find that either my first or my last shot is the best. The ones in between don't usually make my shortlist of the best images in the series. And the ones in between are often the first to be deleted. Since this ...

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11/09/2008 - 8:08 PM

Dog Model Down

My favourite model, the lovely Ashley, is down - in more than one sense of the word. Over time, we had noticed her developing a slight limp. Thinking it might be the first signs of arthritis, the vet prescribed medication. And then it suddenly got a lot worse. A specialist had her leg x-rayed an...

05/09/2008 - 7:11 PM

EPZ Needs YOU!

I wanted to give this blog entry the title "Ask Not What EPZ Can Do For You, But What You Can Do For EPZ" - but it seemed a bit long... It's a quote from John F. Kennedy - a rallying call from a time when this president felt that Americans needed to come together and support their count...

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01/09/2008 - 5:47 PM

Beanbag Experience

For a recent trip to Stavanger, I decided not to make my luggage heavier than necessary. Until then, I'd always put my tripod in the biggest bag or suitcase, the one that is checked in at the airport. This time I decided not to take a tripod, but travel a bit lighter. Trouble was, a pocket-sized ...

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On ePHOTOzine we like to upload and discuss photos, have serious and not so serious conversations on the Forum, and publish articles, tips, techniques, etc., etc. Many members us don't seem afraid at all to write something, be it in the Gallery or on the Forum, or elsewhere on the site. So why th...

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24/08/2008 - 9:02 PM

"Fear of Failure"

"You must have a lot of patience" is something that wildlife photographer Steve Bloom hears a lot, he says. But he doesn't think he's that patient a man - although he does wait for the right shot for a long, long time, sometimes. Take this shot of a shark jumping out of the water to ca...

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Not my words, as you'll understand from the quotation marks, but those of a professional photographer: Steve Bloom. I'm the latest convert to his work. All thanks to an outdoor exhibition of huge prints of his work in a park in Stavanger. They were also showing a film with excerpts from an interv...

20/08/2008 - 10:57 AM

Sunny Stavanger

I'm back! (So be warned...) ;-) Our trip to Stavanger was great! Not only is it an attractive city, but the immediate surroundings are wonderful, especially the Lysefjord. Although the city of Stavanger doesn't seem to be too strict with their planning, especially regarding the combination ...

14/08/2008 - 3:06 PM

Well, We're Off For A Few Days

Off to Stavanger, Norway, to be exact. Isn't it great when you can do that and have someone else pay for it? I love it, even if it's just the idea of having a pleasure trip that's all been paid for already by sponsors! It looks like the weather is going to be as changeable over there as here, but...

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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