Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Hasselblad H3DII 31

Geraldine photographed above the River Tweed in Peebles with the Hasselblad H3DII 31. Using the standard 80mm lens and fill-in flash from the camera's own unit. 
After loading the 3FR (Hasselblad Raw files) into Phocus they were exported as tifs into Photoshop each file comes up as 90mb, not many of those to a CD.
This photo is virtually unretouched straight from camera and not sharpened.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Amateur Photographer

This week's frontcover, excellent tips on using flash outdoors for fill-in which I have done for two decades.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

cranes 1

cranes 1
Originally uploaded by Zedboss
Shot created by Zain Kapasi (zedboss) and posted on yesterday


From the Financial Mail on Sunday at the link below is the following short on Jessops:

Jessops 'beating bank's targets'

Jessops executive chairman David Adams said last week he was 'confident' that he could secure the support of banks in his attempt to keep the camera retailer out of administration.

He said the company was beating costcutting and sales targets set by its main bank, HSBC

'It's all under way and its progressing well,' he said. 'It's not guaranteed, but I am confident.' Jessops has been the focus of persistent speculation after profits plummeted and it breached banking covenants.

HSBC is understood to be considering, among other options, writing off debt in return for an equity stake in the listed company.

It is expected to make a decision in the next two months.

Sources said it was reluctant to foreclose because it stood to lose £20m. But it might cut its losses.

Jessops has no assets as its suppliers own the stock and its stores are leasehold, so closing the business would yield little.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Mr Fox by Swintex

The latest film by Max Swinton (aka swintex, this is going to be really big one day!


Saturday, April 18, 2009

Interesting Article: Former policeman snaps up student photography award

Hi Photography

I read an article entitled Former policeman snaps up student photography award at and I thought it may interest you.

Mark Davey

Highland Journey - In the Spirit of Edwin Muir

One of my customers will publish his latest book next month and is having a launch evening at Stills Gallery in Edinburgh.

Highland Journey - In the Spirit of Edwin Muir
Robin Gillanders

ISBN: 9781841587820
Binding: P

A book launch, organised jointly between Beyond Words and Stills Gallery, will be held at Stills (23 Cockburn Street) Edinburgh on Thursday 28 May from 6.30 pm

Publisher's Description
Over a period of 90 days, Robin Gillanders journeyed throughout the Highlands of Scotland and Orkney in the spirit of Edwin Muir’s Scottish Journey of 1934, photographing whoever and whatever he encountered.

The journey was made in a campervan with the shower converted into a darkroom, so that film processing could take place ‘on the road’. In the manner of itinerant photographers of the 19th and 20th centuries, he used a traditional large format camera and black and white film; the photographs, each with accompanying text, describe the journey and relate to specific issues facing the highlands today and draw comparison with Edwin Muir’s highlands of 75 years ago.

Edwin Muir became particularly interested in the nature of Scottish ‘identity’ during his journey and his descriptions have become an important historical resource for the economic, political and social condition of Scotland between the world wars. As with Muir in 1934, it was not Gillanders’ intention to present an image of the ‘tourist’ Highlands, but rather to present an honest, and subjective account of what he encountered.

This is a fascinating and beautifully illustrated account of contemporary life in the Scottish Highlands and is set to become as important a record as Edwin Muir’s venerated work.

Robin Gillanders was brought up in Edinburgh and educated at the Royal High School and Edinburgh University, where he read History. He went on to become a history teacher at the Royal High, Edinburgh until 1983 before taking up his current position as Reader in Photography at Napier University, where he has taught for 25 years.

Publisher: Birlinn

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Nikon D5000

Nikon's latest DSLR

Nikon's latest 12.3 Megapixel DSLR features a vari-angle rear lcd plus scene modes one of which is beach/snow.
As anyone who has taken one of my courses knows I'm keen to help students understand the problems which bright backgrounds cause for metering and automatic modes so here is a simple solution built into the camera.
Pre-order your D5000 (£798.99) complete with 18-55MM lens, bag and 4GB memory card at Calumet

Crib Goch

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

White Wedding

I was photographing a wedding at Traquair House, Innerleithen, Scottish Borders, last week on April 2nd and took my clients to Cupid's Garden only to find that the sign above has vanished! So might this picture of Jason and Aria Kilpatrick now be unique?