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22/12/2013 - 2:04 PM

TOO sharp!

I keep putting it in comments. So often that I feel the need to vent my spleen in the blog section! Far too many members upload pictures that have been sharpened unnaturally. For my taste, anyway. It reminds me of using the pencil sharpener on the teacherís desk at primary school. If you weren...

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I fell to temptation at the weekend. A new camera. It could be worse. It might be the overpriced Alpha 99. It might be the too-big-for-my-hands D800. Fortunately, it isnít. Itís a camera I first came across ten years back, and liked. However, it was expensive (then), and didnít give me anythin...

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28/09/2013 - 2:17 PM


What follows is a slightly-edited version of an email I sent to a friend today, after he asked me about upgrading his consumer Canon. He is a great upgrader: a delight to most marketing departments, perhaps. I have tried to deter him a little... Hi, Simon Ė I thought it might be useful if...

06/05/2013 - 7:47 PM

The fine art of patronising

It happens from time to time, anywhere on the web. Itís just happened to me here on EPZ, so Iím going to blog about it. Can you tell itís got under my skin? Part of the problem is that it can be caused by people trying hard to be helpful. Itís just that they havenít got the turn of phrase, or els...

27/03/2013 - 10:50 PM

Reliving my youth...

Iíve been watching the pictures and blog entries that a young lady doing her ďAĒ levels is putting on EPZ. alice170596 is a conscientious blogger, and writes every few days. There is, I confess, a risk of creepiness about a 59-year-old man who largely shoots nudes following a teenaged womanís blo...

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12/07/2012 - 1:26 PM

Tell me more, tell me moreÖ

Weíre all here to learn, I hope. That means that we browse the galleries and pick up ideas. Techniques, names of models, locations and so on. Well: usually. But there are some togs who seem to post minimal info. There is no reason not to (for instance) give the location of a spectacular vie...

20/05/2012 - 5:37 PM

Fair exchangeÖ

Now, this isnít getting at anyone. Itís just noting something that happens. But it could be seen as a request to individuals, whatever Ephotozine does in response to the request to them! I post my pictures with the option for others to download them, work on the images, and upload modificati...

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26/04/2012 - 10:34 AM

Why the logos, chaps?

I have a lot of pet hates. There. Got that out of the way, and you know this is going to be an opinionated piece. A rant, if you likeÖ Once Upon A Time, it was really difficult to put lettering onto a picture. You had to use Letraset, or have a really deft touch with a fountain pen. No long...

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20/04/2012 - 8:07 AM

The Ashness Bridge Problem

As my friend Ron Tear posts the results of his trip to the States, I have photographed a little bridge on Rhodes that makes me think about going to the classic places to take pictures. So the first thing, Ron, is that this is not in any way about you, and your last couple of posts have tended to dis...


It seems such a simple thing, and I find Iím the exception in allowing it. But it makes massive sense, in so many ways. If you share your pictures on a site like EPZ, where much of the community is about experimenting and learning, why not, as a matter of course, allow others to post modified versi...

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21/08/2011 - 7:33 AM

Get a gripÖ

I am confused by the add-on grips that are available for most cameras, and are a built-in feature of ďproĒ cameras. Just Ė why? I can see it, certainly, for action work. Youíre shooting hand-held, and having the ability to go for a solid grip whatever the orientation of the camera makes sense...

18/08/2011 - 8:36 AM

Boyz Ďnín the Hoodz

Spening a holiday in Cornwall, and deprived by the photographic fates of my digital camera, Iím beck as I was 20 years ago, with a Tenba bag full of Contaxes on my shoulder. And being a little more selective in my shooting than is sometimes the case: what I shoot, I have to developÖ Iím therefore...

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14/08/2011 - 8:17 PM

I still use filmÖ

The more so over the next few weeks. My digital camera died this afternoon, and Iím guessing it will take a while to get it sorted. I have no complaints about it. Itís somewhere around 60 or 70k frames into its life, and thatís a good proportion of even a professional cameraís design life. I just...

24/07/2011 - 8:14 AM

A good week!

Well Ė any week that involves taking pictures of both Joceline and Clover has to be rather fineÖ Joceline and I spent a couple of hours in Berkshire, taking pictures on the stairs and in the bath of a rather idiosyncratic house: all by natural light (though with a little help from one ceiling light...

11/07/2011 - 3:26 PM

Time flies...

I've realised it's nearly a month since I started trying to blog. Time flies: the dayjob engrosses: and there's family stuff (like a wedding last Saturday) to fit in as well. I was lucky with the wedding: just my camera in use - the groom, a nephew, had asked my son to actually take the pictures. Th...