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Issue 58 arrives just in time to distract you from mourning the passing of Flickr and Tumblr (both victims to Yahoo's business development services). Well OK they're not dead yet but the way people are talking it's not going to be long. Well I suppose we can console ourselves with the fact that people can now upload up to 1,000 Gigabytes of photographs - "How great!", I thought, I was only complaining the other day about how few images you get to see online.
The editorial policymakers at On Landscape sometimes get accused of being a bit "film friendly" and "large format lovers" but we usually get on the defensive stating that we cover much more digital and that it's the photography that matters anyway. Not this issue though! We've got a bit of a film special. It all started with Plustek sending us a review copy of a brand new film scanner and at the same time we got an email from Dave Parry who had just received the first of a batch of new large format cameras from Chamonix, a chinese manufacturer with a reputation of quality at a decent price. We topped it off with a full length feature on inverting colour negative scans and a review of Salgado's platinum print exhibition and we have enough material to keep the moaners happy for another few months.
Elsewhere we asked respected large format practitioner Dav Thomas to discuss his tree photography as a warm up to a big feature on him and his new book project in a future issue. Finishing it all off with a much requested post processing screencast by Joe Cornish, a feature on finding quiet spots in the urban landscape, the dark forces of Al Brydon as featured photographer and a review of Ian Plant's and George Stocking's book on composition "Visual Flow".
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When I started out in landscape photography I read about "the rules" and tried to practice them like a good boy: something in the foreground, path through the photo etc etc, but it didn't take me long to come to the conclusion that rule following wasn't for me. Why should there be something in the foreground, be on thirds, or be taken at the seaside during magic hour? I have a love of design - be it print, product, architecture more
In the world of scanning there are three categories: the flatbed, the dedicted film scanner and the drum scanner. In recent years the only ‘pro’ scanner that you could buy new at a reasonable cost was the Epson V750: a flatbed that is capable of handling 35mm to 10x8 film. However it has always been the dedicated film scanner that has been the master at scanning medium format and more
We've had a few requests for more post processing videos and the last time we had Joe Cornish in the office we asked him to talk through one of his recent images from a workshop that he ran alongside David Ward & Eddie Ephraums in Assynt. As usual you can download for offline reading. more
Intro For many years a couple of Ebony models ruled the roost when it came to the top level of luxury in 5x4 field cameras. The two Ebony models bearing the magic designation of "U", the 45SU and SV45U, were unique in that they offered asymmetric tilt and swing on the rear standard, something that was otherwise only found on some models of the bulky Sinar studio monorails. It seems that asymmetric movements were originally devised to make life easier and more
A lot of Salgado's images rely on the impact of high density prints, and whilst credit must go to 31 Studio for producing outstanding platinum work more
Cities offer photographers a myriad of photographic opportunities but capturing wild untamed landscape isn't generally one of them. This raises the question: where do urban dwelling landscape photographers go to practice their craft? The obvious answer is out of town, but that isn't always practical, let alone environmentally sound. If the criteria is somewhere that's accessible via a city's public transport the challenge is a tough one. With no rock more
"Striving to come up with a solution to the never ending, constantly changing visual puzzle that is our universe" - George Stocking There are literally hundreds of books about composition out there and I think I’ve browsed or own most of them (my wife would probably say all of them) and there is one thing that is fairly consistent across them all and that is a surfeit of superficial platitudes. more
Al has been intriguing us with his crepuscular concoctions for a while and we wanted to ask him some of the usual questions and get an update on this and his 'two photographers' Holga experiments. more
A while back I wrote a small tutorial on how to invert colour negatives using photoshop. At the time I promised a video but was still working on the technique. Since then the process has been refined a little and I’m finally happy to show to give a comprehensive guide. Now most of the scans I make are on a drum scanner but I’ve tested the process on an Epson V750 and although it doesn’t work quite as well, more