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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.

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A year Ė and a bit

25 Mar 2021 8:31AM   Views : 469 Unique : 312


I donít really do anniversaries: itís a minor miracle that I remember my own wedding anniversary, really, after 41 years practising. So itís unsurprising that I failed to mark the one-year point of regular blogs posted here, despite checking when it was a few days ago. 23 March 2020 was the first of the series, and itís a moot point whether I should have celebrated on 22 (a full year blogging) or 23 (the start of repeating myself). Really, itís much easier to look back and reflect, today.


Iíve had help: Phil Taylor has contributed several long pieces based on his experience, and loads of pictures Ė thereís another one waiting in the wings, about photographing the unacceptable for news stories. (Iíve also got the results from a telephone conversation with someone who used to shoot for a top shelf menís magazine pending a final edit Ė both will be hard to illustrateÖ)


There have been suggestions from several people, and others have sparked off ideas unintentionally, or by asking general questions with their posts here at EPZ. Thanks to everyone, because youíve broadened my knowledge of photography, and often forced me to expand my own understanding. They call it research.


Iíve shot different genres, learned to greet the local tree stumps as friends, and yesterday ordered a geared tripod head for greater accuracy in aligning still life pictures (thereíll be a blog in that when it arrives from the Far East, I reckon). Iíve bought online courses, in one case leading to further expenditure on new software (which Iím using a lot) and a book (which has inspired a blog or two). Iíve evolved, and am evolving.


The lead image is an evolution from yesterdayís gallery post, which used a favourite in-camera digital filter: I liked the geometry of the background, and wanted to use it again, combining digital scales and old weights with a feather. I love the idea that occurs in religious myth that an angel weighs each heart against a feather Ė and that the feather can be heavier. (That, by the way, is an insight into the creative process Ė free association and emotion rather than hard logic. Make what you will of itÖ)


Other shots from playing with my compact Olympus, and what have become regular walks on the local canal bank Ė and they remind me Ėvaguely Ė of Mile Janicís regular early morning walks in the city (if you donít know his portfolio, go and have a look today! They are far, far better than my daily walk pictures.) And I plan to continue blogging after lockdown, though the frequency will drop as normal life resumesÖ Plus a screenshot from playing with mono conversions in Elements, so there's a shot of Stephanie Dubois here as well.


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25 Mar 2021 8:31AM
And suggestions for future blogs remain welcome...
PaulCox Avatar
25 Mar 2021 10:48AM
I have Elements on my Mac, used to use Full Photoshop on my Windows 10 machine, but it was so expensive to put on the Mac, and I find that Elements once you get to know it works as well, as the Full Photoshop. The last towpath photo is great. Paul.
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20 2.1k 2048 England
25 Mar 2021 12:57PM
I used Elements for ages, and only changed because I was buying a new version every time I bought a new camera... I'm honestly not sure how much more full PS offers photographers, as opposed to designers. Now I'm too lazy to change back, so long as the pension holds out - it is exceptionally annoying that they don't work as much the same way as possible!
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25 Mar 2021 4:42PM

Quote:I'm honestly not sure how much more full PS offers photographers, as opposed to designers

I have a friend who joint-owns a photo retouching and design business. She is also a very competant photographer. Their main tool is PS, and she says the average amateur/hobby/enthusiast photographer will never use more than maximum 10% of what it offers and can do. The vast majority can well live with Elements...
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12 36 7 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2021 5:39PM
Smashing shots

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