Inside this issue
Every now and again there is a furor about some legislation or other and the government says "Calm down! calm down!" and the internet goes "End of the world!". The truth is usually somewhere in the middle but finding that middle isn't the easiest thing. This particular time the legislation is about 'Orphan Works' and we had a dig into the facts and wrote a small article about it. Whatever the eventual truth it's a definite that it needs your support to help make it more photographer friendly so have a look at the article and, if you can, sign the petition.
Our editor (me) has also just come back from helping to judge the Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards at the Natural History Museum. Having been struck by the quality of the wildlife and landscape images (more the former) it has also raised a few questions about the pursuit of 'hero' images and the way that these are perceived in the press and by the 'common man' (or woman, etc). We'll be writing an article about the competition and such images in a future issue.
In the meantime, it's entry time for the Landscape Photographer of the Year competition (by the 4th July) and although I've been a vocal critic of the competition in the past, there are a few changes this year including two landscape photographers in the first round (myself and Pete Bridgwood) as well as Trevor Parr. The second round is judged by Antony Spencer, Charlie Waite and Robin Bernard (director of the printing company Bayeux) and the final round will include Charlie Waite and Colin Prior and hopefully another landscape photographer or two. I'll also be in charge of technical adjudication. We hope these changes can only improve the competition's reputation amongst the landscape photographer community and we all look forward to the results.
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Our 4x4 portfolio is open to anyone to enter, all you need to do is choose four photographs, preferably related in some way. If you would like to submit your own 4x4 portfolio please visit this page for submission information. Robin Hudson David Mantripp Andrew Smith Vanda Ralevska more
There is a prevailing sense that Iceland has been 'over-exposed' in recent months and I may well have been guilty of jumping on that particular bandwagon when I booked a workshop there at the end of February (led by David Ward and local Icelandic photographer, Daniel Bergmann). But I'm not going to apologise! It was my first visit to Iceland and after the first three days of depressingly incessant drizzle and grey mist (at around 6 degrees it was unseasonably more
The spring has somehow been avoiding us this year. The gloomy weather has been haunting us for a few months now. So I have made the most out of those few days of sunshine that we have had so far and tried to capture the essence of the spring before it is all over... more
These four photos, taken at different times, and different, but similar, places in Svalbard, Iceland and Antarctica bring to me the idea of a departure to an unknown, unseen destination. I also find in them the idea of a temporary haven, a brief respite from the storm. They're also all taken in areas of quite spectacular landscape, but which I've turned my back to, at least for a while. And of course they share a common format. There was more
I often find myself when I'm reviewing images saying things like "you know, that looks a bit like ...." I'm sure that I'm not unique in this and, in my case, it probably betrays a life-long frustration at my inability to paint anything other than a skirting board. However, these four images (amongst many others) struck me as being reminiscent of the work of some of the artists near to my heart, in this case Bonnard, Monet, Klimt and Kandisnky. I would more
We've done a fair bit of camera comparing in On Landscape and one of the things that causes a lot of confusion is how to work out equivalent focal lengths, depth of field, apertures and exposure is the part that sensor size plays in the equation. We've talked about them a little bit in previous articles but thought it would be good to cover things in little more detail. This should also help any of you that use crop more
Sheepfolds occur in all areas of upland Britain. They are known locally by different names and vary in construction from region to region. The type that have inspired me, known as stells, are common in the Border and Southern Upland areas of Scotland and are mostly circular, though I have come across square, and more unusually five- six- and even seven sided examples. The only other regions where I have seen circular folds are Perthshire, Sutherland and what appears more
Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be but I find myself (in full grumpy old man mode) wishing that some things in the brave new world of digital photography were more like they once were. An image I recently saw of a crowd shooting autumnal dawn over Maroon Bells in the Colorado Rockies (courtesy of Dale Keller) started me thinking about how photography has almost become a competitive sport at some locations. more
With the rise in camera megapixels we inevitably begin to see the effects of diffraction as our prints get bigger and bigger. Many photographers have started to use techniques such as focus stacking to get the sorts of depth of field required while using sharper apertures such as f/5.6-f/11 but many photographers are also moving to perspective control or tilt shift lenses that allow the photographer to choose where to place the plane of focus, quite often setting the more
Joe Cornish’s Questions "I've noted that you use the 645DF+ in the very inspiring films made for Phase One. I was kind of expecting to see more of the Linhof . After you moved to digital have you changed your shooting style to use less view camera movements in your picture-making than you did when using the 4x5" - Anders Torgers Absolutely not! The Techno is still my main camera. Phase One, of more
The government in its infinite wisdom have recently applied for and receive royal assent for the "Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act" which amongst other things has a couple of items that have a significant impact for photographers. The first is related to large rights collecting organisations e.g. the copyright equivalent to the PRS society. These may have an impact but for this article we'll be skipping past them. The more
Can you tell me a little about your education, childhood passions, early exposure to photography and vocation? I have always enjoyed photography especially at a young age on holiday using my compact camera to take photos of anything that inspired me. It never occurred to me that I could have it as a career until much later on. I have always been passionate about art, mostly drawing and painting and more