Completing the theme….

I think I’ve taken this as far as I can.   However if you compare this to the last image I think it is far to say it has come along a long way.

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Continuing a theme…

Perhaps if I had visited the Rembrandt exhibition as I planned I might be able to say this is influenced by him.   Actually I can say that because, well, who isn’t influenced by one of the greats?   Still a long way to go finish this particular painting but so far so good.

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The winner is…

Two versions made under two different circumstances…interesting

 

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Edinburgh

So here we go again…being bathed in a whole new swath of photographic tech from major companies such as Canon and Apple.   We are told that this is the greatest yet or whatever hyperbole that Apple came up with last night to try and hide the fact that there wasn’t anything really new and cutting edge (please don’t mention the Bokeh) in the  latest iPhone range.   It is the same with the so called mirrorless wars raging at the moment amongst the major camera manufacturers.   Missing in all this nonsense, and Apple does get a bit of pass here as their camera is also attached to a phone, is the fact that these are just tools – nothing more.  They are a means to an end rather than an end in themselves.   Yes I’m sure it is very reassuring to have  two SD Card slots (this is an internet thing at the moment and I can see some of the advantages but really?) or IBIS or or or.   This is not what photography is all about.   It is about creating images that mean something to you and possibly other people.   Tech can help at times but mostly it doesn’t really as much as the camera companies would like you to think.   In fact it can just get in the way (Again I’m trying not to think about the Apple Bokeh experience) of making an image.

Of course one of the reasons I’m in this comugenly mood about the latest developments is because I have started to watch the video output on YouTube of vloggers taking about photography.   They need to have something to say and spend an awful lot of time doing so.   As with everything there is a range of good, many bad and indifferent vlogs (Yes I do understand the irony that I am moaning about a blog in a blog).   They can be entertaining if you don’t take them too seriously and certainly don’t start to read the comments below – there really is the road to damnation.   But the one thing that does drive them all forward is the need to have and keep an audience – hence the need to talk about the latest piece of kit.   Some of them are so important to a companies marketing strategy that they are flown thousands of miles to try the companies new products.   Very nice but again misses the point.   They are looking at the latest shovel rather than the ditch it helped dig…very interesting but.

So there we have it – a bit of a rant from me about the obsession of the new tech in photography (his is hardly new I know and in the past I have suffered from this condition).   It is very nice and enjoyable at the time but if you don’t have the eye then it is next to useless.   Now I have no idea whether I have the eye but I do make photographic images that I find pleasing and this was made using tech that was so last year – in fact the main camera I took with me to Edinburgh was so 2012!   How did I survive?

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You gotta do what you should…

 

If ever there were two images that show all the things that are wrong with modern art these are they.   This has nothing to do with the with the paintings them self as they some of the most powerful and beautiful works of art that have been produced by one of the greats of modern British art Jenny Saville.   No instead it is to do with the way that how art is now exploited by the mega galleries.  I have nothing wrong with talented people making a lot of money but there reaches a point where a limited edition digital print of the art works is being sold for £999.00 a pop.   Now I really admire Saville’s work but I really don’t think her signature is really worth that price.   Both of these images were made for far less and have as much artristic value as the digital prints of Saville’s work.   But then again I’m not represented by one of the largest galleries in the world.

Here ends the moan.

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Going around and around…

There was a time, in the dim and distant past (2013/14) when Brexit and Trump weren’t things I used to swear by an excellent photo app called KitCam.   Unfortunately, this app is no longer available for the iPhone and I’ve moved on with my photographic practice.   However, as a result of trying to sort out my archive (see recent posts) I have come across the images once again and they have inspired me to seek out another photo app to help me make images on my iPhone.   After much searching (not really true at all but now a days what is truth – ask Rudi) I have decided to use to adopt the path of least resistance – I’m going to use the Adobe Lightroom app and see where that takes me.   So, drum roll please,  ladies and gentlemen I give to you the first image produced by this new combination of iPhone and Lightroom app:

 

I know exciting isn’t it!

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There be dragons….

After spending an excellent day in north London we found ourselves in trees of the Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire.   This may well mean nothing to an awful lot of people – it didn’t to me until today.   However, many millions of people around the world have walked through these woods – although they would never have known this.   Perhaps if I mention that  two of the most famous film studios in the world are within 20 miles of the woodland:  Pinewood – (home of just about every blockbuster over the last 50 years) and Leavesden – (home of Harry Potter and many more) you will realise you too probably have seen these woodlands   Anyway according the Wiki these woods have been used in many many movies over the years – including Harry Potter and the Goblets of Fire where I’m sure they were used for Harry’s introduction to the Dragons by Hagrid.   The only reason I mention it is because there was a series of production caravans in one of the enclosures – so oneday we might see the woodlands once more.

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