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dudler's Blog


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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  • Jena

    Geography time! Jena is where Carl Zeiss established his optical works in 1846: and you’ll probably have seen the name on some lenses. It’s almost as close to Prague as it is to Berlin – and if your European geography is as poor as mine, you’ll hav...0


    1 Apr 2020 11:32AM  |  Read


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  • Infinity

    My maths teacher, Mr Witcomb, said that plus and minus infinity met up round the back of the blackboard… Infinity is a difficult concept sometimes, and we need to play tricks with our minds to get to grips with it. Lenses with a focussing scale hav...0


    31 Mar 2020 10:10AM  |  Read


    Views : 285

  • Highlights

    H for highlights – you can’t live with ‘em, but you can’t live without ‘em. Always one of the biggest technical challenges, and something that most of us get wrong from time to time… For a picture to look REALLY good, you need highlights that are b...0


    30 Mar 2020 10:03AM  |  Read


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  • Gremlins

    Gremlins are behind the ‘Oops!’ moment illustrated by Tinkerbella, above. Writing this on Silly Sunday, gremlins seem an appropriate sort of subject. Not, I hasten to say, the ones in the films, however amusing. The more traditional sort who have l...0


    29 Mar 2020 10:03AM  |  Read


    Views : 428

  • Flash

    By which I mean STUDIO flash – the units that plug into a wall socket and have built-in modelling lamps. A lot of people shy away from them, but they are really a wonderful tool. They give consistent, predictable and very bright light, with short rec...0


    28 Mar 2020 10:27AM  |  Read


    Views : 446

  • Erotica?

    I started this alphabet with a few things to do with lenses – fruitful ground for techies and nerds to argue, but not involving too many matters of opinion. Different today. My photographic specialism is portraits and nudes, and these cover a very w...0


    27 Mar 2020 12:47PM  |  Read


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  • Dodgson

    You know those logic problems where you are given a series of factual but not obviously connected statements, like ‘John uses a Sony camera, and mostly photographs people’? You have to use logic to work out that Emma uses a Leica and shoots still lif...0

    26 Mar 2020 10:22AM  |  Read


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  • Chromatic Aberration

    OK, physics time. C is for chromatic aberration... You know that classic Pink Floyd album cover, with the prism splitting light into a rainbow? Well, you can think of a lens as being a series of prisms, and so they bend the light, and (here’s the t...0


    25 Mar 2020 8:30AM  |  Read


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  • Bokeh

    Really, this had to be the second entry, didn’t it? But my Ilford Manual of Photography, 5th Edition, was absolutely no help: it just wasn’t a thing in 1968, and there’s not even a mention of differential focus in the index. What is it? It’s the qu...0


    24 Mar 2020 9:53AM  |  Read


    Views : 325

  • Astigmatism

    I'm probably going to be in the house a lot more than usual for a while, and I’m looking round for stuff to do. Yes, clean the camera bag, and maybe even the house. But maybe, also, a blog, in the hope of – like the BBC – informing and entertaining...0

    23 Mar 2020 4:31PM  |  Read


    Views : 574

  • Don't throw it away!

    I've been posting pictures shot with an elderly Canon lens and an Alpha 7 body for a little while, and they seem to go down well with both models nad viewers. I reckon casual viewers think I'm a whizz with PS, but I'm not: the look in the pictures is...0


    12 Nov 2016 12:29PM  |  Read


    Views : 442

  • Exposure... And the Critique Gallery

    Exposure keeps cropping up in the Critique Gallery as a problem – sometimes people ask about it, though usually they have got it wrong and want to know why their pictures don’t look like the cover of Vogue, or a landscape competition winner. Sometime...0

    19 Sep 2016 2:18PM  |  Read


    Views : 288

  • 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 ...0

    22 Dec 2013 2:04PM  |  Read


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  • Putting the (focus) cart in front of the (camhorse

    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 isn’t. It’s a camera I first came across ten years back, and liked. However, i...0

    25 Oct 2013 1:00AM  |  Read


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  • Upgrades

    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... ...0

    28 Sep 2013 2:17PM  |  Read


    Views : 479