This happened today at 1pm, organised by sister-in-law Diane, and we walked around Pennington Flash as a tribute to Sue’s late brother Mark. There was quite a group gathered, and I made a group shot to commemorate the event.
After the walk, the magnetic attraction of an ice cream van overcame most of us.
Until there was but one buyer left.
Also at Pennington Flash was the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.
It was good to see such a great turnout and a great opportunity to share thoughts and memories.
Kirklinto Hall is near Carlisle and another place worth a photographic visit. It is under a slow restoration, so return visits every now and again may see some progression. Our visit was way back in 2018, so here are some pictures from then. Hopefully soon we will be back for an update!
I came across a lovely description of the MR Jamess voice while reading a lesson in church as being delightful: he lend you his understanding of the text. Even 100 years ago, this was quite an achievement for most listeners with a lesson from the King James Bible.
This is something that we should aspire to achieving without photographs, showing people not only what was in front of us, but sharing more of the background, more of the facts about the situation. The question is, though, how we can achieve it.
Unless youre very lucky indeed this is going to require a lot of thought. You will need to consider what a viewpoint gives you a birds eye view of your subject, so that a landscape resembles a map, and you can trace routes through the geography and relate one part of the scene to another in a way which reflects reality. This isnt as easy as it seems perhaps there is a curve in a path as it passes through a dip, or a gate which is at right angles to the film plane so that it isnt visible.
If you are photographing a workshop the image needs to show what is done there and the tools used to do it in a way that reduces or eliminates the need for a written explanation. How do you make it clear that the pieces of wood on the bench will be assembled into a camera? Or how would you convey the idea that the round thing in the vice is the alternator from a car under repair?
Trying to find a good example in my own portfolio proved somewhere between difficult and impossible. Well have to make do with a view of Symi from the room we stayed in in 2015, which at least shows the complexity of this town. (Id planned to use a view of Lindos but Symi is an easier place to explain, visually ) And it makes me want to go back for another holiday on Rhodes: sadly, it would be this year.
The ePHOTOzine team are sad to say that we will be waving goodbye to our Technical Editor Joshua Waller who is leaving for pastures new.
We thank Josh for his support and for being part of our great team here at ePHOTOzine over the past 10 years. It was a pleasure working with him and we all wish him great success in the next chapter of his career and hope he reaches his future aspirations.
Our strong and dedicated team of photography experts will continue to bring our amazing photography community all the latest daily news, equipment reviews, photography techniques, competitions, photo galleries and much more.
It’s a long held belief that using software to enhance an image is the devil’s own work. I’m not talking about creating misleading, fake or fraudulent imagery but using simple basic adjustments that many images benefit from.
The idea for this blog came from reading a description of post-capture processing on an image uploaded for critique. It’s welcome to see someone detail their processing steps, so that we know what has been done to the image. It must be noted that these were bread and butter adjustments such as contrast, levels, and so on. It’s a pity the original unprocessed image wasn’t included so that a comparison and assessment of the changes could be made. Were the steps taken enough or did they go too far? That’s what’s needed in order to provide the most useful feedback. While different people will have different ideas, further small adjustments did improve matters.
Straight from the camera
That last sentence is the caveat. Ten different photographers will produce ten different results from the same image. I don’t mean because they use different gear (hough that could be the case), but give them a RAW file to work on and the same software to use you won’t get ten identical results. True, some will be quite close to one another, but some won’t. Indeed, a single photographer can easily create several versions all of which they like.
While it’s hard, if not impossible, to dial out personal choice and style, and I don’t advise anyone to go that route (unless they’re) there are good practices to observe. We all want our images to look as good as we want. It can be that we’re too close to our own work. Coming back a day later and evaluating what’s been done can be helpful. Sometimes a small comment is enough to make us see what needs to be changed. For example, on one of my images, quite a number of years ago now, reference was made to a slight magenta cast. It was there, and using the white balance picker on the white background made the image so much more viewable.
I’m talking about basic adjustments required in order to bring out the best in an image. Good colour, contrast, shadow and highlight detail retrieval, a crop maybe, and so forth. Nothing that creates a fraudulent result (for example removing or adding people from a street scene for political ends or creating artificial looking skin in a portrait, though those types of manipulation have ben done decades before digital appeared).
Straight from the camera
Years ago, photographers would choose a particular film for its characteristics. Velvia to a boost insipid tons in a drab northern European winter landscape, Astia for more natural skin tones. Filters would be used to control colour, polarisers to boost saturation. Not to mention the renditions of different black and white films together with contrast enhancing filters and control over the print using different contrast grades of paper. All of which are choices you have using the basic adjustments of which I described above. You’re just replicating what has always been done, albeit with a greater degree of control.
Levels and Curves adjustments and further Curves adjustment on the sky
The allegation of ‘cheating’ is misplaced and comes from a lack of understanding, mainly from non photographers who don’t understand either analogue or digital methods and would have had negative film processed at a low cost (that must mean good value and thus a good job) minilab and accepting the results as given. Even some dyed in the wool photographers at the start of digital photography regarded the greater control with scepticism, and I think, apart from the fact it was a change, considered it cheating because they didn’t understand computers and software not realising the potential and freedom to actually produce the style of images they always wished for. Yes there would be a steep learning curve, and that doesn’t suit everyone. There is also the fact that so much more responsibility was put on the photographer to come up with the goods. No more blaming it on the local photo processing lab.
There are still purists who don’t like post capture processing, preferring to accept the jpegs straight out of camera (or other device), not necessarily realising that a whole lot of processing has already been done defined by algorithms with no creative appreciation. That’s their choice of course. In the end they’re missing out on getting the best from their efforts.
So, for the rest of us, let’s continue with our adjustments.
Im not sure how many blogs I have written since the start of the pandemic, but I suspect at around 400. And looking for signs that normality might be returning, Im particularly pleased that I shall be writing full-size articles for EPZ again. You can see the first one HERE.
So my output of blogs will be reducing, though as Ive promised a few people, I will be continuing to write them from time to time. As Ive said more or less from the start, I welcome ideas that people would like explored in this format. After my initial run through of the photographic alphabet, its often been a struggle to find something to write about. But a morning walk has often inspired me.
Thats all for today, but there will be more blogs to come!
The latest winners of our popular daily photography competition which takes place in our forums have been chosen and congratulations go to BydoR9 (Day 20 –‘Repetitive Patterns‘) who wins a Samsung 32GB Micro SD card courtesy of Samsung. This class 10 UHS 1 Grade U1 card offers read speeds 95MB/s and write speeds of 20MB/s. There’s a 10-year warranty included, and the card comes with Samsung’s 4-proof technology: water, X-ray, Magnet and temperature. The included SD adapter allows you to use the card across multiple devices.
Daily Competition Runners-Up
If you didn’t win this time, keep uploading your images to the daily competition forum for another chance to win! If you’re new to the Daily Competition, you can find out more about it in the Daily Competition Q&A. Please note that due to the current situation, there will be a delay in sending prizes out.
Well done to our latest runners-up, too, whose images you can take a look at below.
You’ll find the Daily Competitions, along with other great photo competitions, over in our Forum where you can win great prizes and see the latest daily photo contests. Open to all levels of photographer, you’re sure to find a photography competition that you can enter. Why not share details of competitions with our community? POTW winners also receive a Samsung memory card but this memory card is an EVO Plus 64GB MicroSDXC card with SD Adapter. To be in with a chance of winning, simply upload an image to our Gallery.
The ePHOTOzine team is very pleased to announce that we have over 50 active members who regularly use the site, most days in fact, who have now supported us for 20-years!
Back in 2001, before we really knew what the word ‘Facebook’ would mean to us and certainly before a virus brought the world to a halt, ePHOTOzine was beginning to grow and expand into the website it is today. Of course, we wouldn’t be where we are without the support of our loyal members and site visitors so ‘thank you’ to you all but we’d like to send an extended and special ‘thanks’ to the 53 ePHOTOzine members who signed up way back in 2001 and are still here, supporting the site in 2021.
We know we get hundreds of thousands of visitors to ePHOTOzine’s news, reviews, and features but you core members, who signed up all of those years ago and make the effort to be involved in the forums and more today, make ePz one of the friendliest photography sites to be a part of.
There are also many celebrating 5, 10 and 15-year memberships with us who we are also very grateful for your continued support!
Here are the 53 ePHOTOzine members who are celebrating 20-years with ePHOTOzine in 2021:
Once again, the team would like to thank you for staying with us for two decades and we hope you stay part of the ePHOTOzine family for another two decades (and more)!
And actually in Honfleur as well. Street photography, wherever it is, can be great fun to do. Gathering interesting and/or quirky pictures of people is great, and by and large the subjects tend to be quite happy about it. There are plenty of books on the subject of Street (Reportage, Photojournalism) but in the end, getting out there and having a go is the way forward.
I confess that at first it was a bit daunting. How would people react? My theory is that two things are necessary – confidence and efficiency. Looking like we know how to operate our camera kit slickly is a good start, doing it confidently rather than being shy and consequently a bit shifty and of course the secret weapon – a smile. A confident, friendly smile goes a long way towards reassuring the subjects.
So, some street images from my early attempts, shot in Liverpool, St Nazaire and Honfleur. Camera was the Pentax *istDS and the lens nthe SMC Pentax-DA 16-45mm f/4.
If you want to test your photography skills while having a bit of fun, then ePHOTOzine’s weekly photo challenges over in the forum will be right up your street.
Those who visit/read the forums regularly may have seen the weekly challenge threads popping up but if you only read our reviews or peruse the gallery, it could be a whole lot of fun you’re missing out on.
Each week, there are two friendly challenge threads; Sunday is the ‘Macro’ photography challenge while Wednesday is ‘Black and White’ themed. There are no prizes, as much, but the winner does get the opportunity to set and judge the following week’s challenges.
To take part, all you have to do is get an entry in by the closing time of 8 pm on the day the challenge is taking place. Results are published around 8-10 pm on the same day so you’ll need to be available at that time to judge or check if you’ve won the honour of setting the next challenge (this goes live the following day but a great degree of allowance is included for international participants.)
It’s all good-humoured and entertaining and these challenges are a great way to make you capture images outside of your usual favourite style/genre. They’re also a great way to interact and meet fellow photography fans as you can chat in the forums.
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