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dudler

Time for an update: I still use film, though. Not vast quantities, but I have a darkroom, and I'm not afraid to use it.

I enjoy every image I take: I hope you'll enjoy looking at them.
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  • Stop just short of infinity

    Iíve built a good few of these blogs around what you might call Ďinteresting camerasí Ė the sort of thing that you may have seen once in a large secondhand window, or perhaps an eccentric friend had one once. (I am that eccentric friend: and it was ...0

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  • Tweet the sonnet

    I like summaries. But sometimes, they just donít workÖ Imagine your favourite piece of music reduced to a single chorus or passage, or Line of Duty as a single episode. Thereís a book that sets out the plot of all Shakespeareís plays in two or three...0

    7 May 2021 10:09AM  |  Read

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  • We shall not see their like again

    Itís a phrase we sometimes hear when somebody wants us to share a nostalgia they feel, and which they realise that we may not be particularly interested in. When I talked to my wife about the subject in my lead picture (and my gallery post today), s...0

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    6 May 2021 7:52AM  |  Read

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  • Always on her mobile Ė but does she want to be on

    Keith (Dark_Lord to those who donít know him) posed a question about mobiles and models, and how the latter react to being photographed with the former. As it goes, Iíd asked a few about this, very specifically, after EPZ published my article on usi...0

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    5 May 2021 3:15AM  |  Read

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  • Early adopters, Beta testing, and pound-power

    One of the running battles in photography at the moment is between the die-hard DSLR users and those of us who have found new possibilities in mirrorless cameras Ė but this is just one skirmish in the war between change and the status quo. There are...0

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    4 May 2021 6:52AM  |  Read

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  • Pretentious? Moi?

    If you read magazines that talk about photography as an art, it wonít be too long before you come across the name Roland Barthes. You may feel bound to find out more: clearly, a writer of great influence. Now, Iíve recently fallen to the temptation,...0

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    3 May 2021 10:55AM  |  Read

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  • Learning all over again

    Iíve had my new reading glasses Ė my first pair ever Ė for a few days, and I am finding them interesting, as they say in China. As in Ďmay you live in interesting times!í Iíve realised that while I know my way around the keyboard on my computer, I ...0

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    2 May 2021 11:41AM  |  Read

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  • Best picture this year

    It isn't by anyone you've heard of. Nor the work of some new star in the photographic firmament. And itís not even one of mine. Itís not gracing this blog, because of lots of things Ė I donít have permission to use it, itís a very personal shotÖ But ...0

    1 May 2021 9:58AM  |  Read

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  • ObsolescenceÖ

    There are sometimes very difficult decisions to make about cameras. Generally, I avoid them by keeping old kit when I upgrade, but occasionally there are problemsÖ Around 2013-14, I was using a Sony Alpha 900 for much of my photography, and itís a c...0

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    30 Apr 2021 7:47AM  |  Read

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  • Dead stop

    Let me introduce you to a little device you donít see a lot these days: itís called a focus infinity lock. Iíve met it on Leica lenses dating back to the Thirties, and on Fifties/Sixties Canon rangefinder lenses. Itís very much a rangefinder thing. ...0

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    29 Apr 2021 8:18AM  |  Read

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  • Sometimes I see the light

    Hereís one of the ideas that came from a short blog the other day. Itís about seeing the light, by which I mean recognising beautiful light, and then working out how to use it. For me, in my normal photographic mode, that means seeing when the studi...0

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    28 Apr 2021 6:45AM  |  Read

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  • The long and the short of it?

    Bless Ďem all! Bless Ďem all! The long and the short and the tall. FormatÖ Itís what you do to your memory cards after clearing images to your hard drive. Itís the size and shape of your sensor. And itís the orientation and ratio of the sides of yo...0

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    27 Apr 2021 2:05PM  |  Read

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  • 9000 reasons

    Some people always want to be the first with everything. Everybody knows about the Minolta 7000, the first interchangeable lens AF camera Ė and about the EOS 650, Canonís response, a couple of years later. Without taking anything away from these hig...0

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    26 Apr 2021 5:22AM  |  Read

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  • A short blog but long on ideas

    Itís short because I was busy yesterday, and so Iím writing this at 7-20 in the morning, and I have things to do this morning. Thatís different from much of the last year, for me! And the model returned some kit I lent her around Christmas 2019Ö Ye...0

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    25 Apr 2021 7:36AM  |  Read

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  • Conflict of interests

    I know that itís a clichť, and it was a bit of a speciality for me when I was still working: Iíd be happy to explain it to Matt Hancock and David Cameron, as they both seem to be in doubt (among many, many politicians). But here, Iím using the term ...0

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    24 Apr 2021 9:32AM  |  Read

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