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Caribbean Cruise - Ponta Delgada

January 16th, 2019

Caribbean Cruise - Ponta Delgada

On the 25th day after leaving Southampton we make our final stop on the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores, one of two Autonomous Regions of Portugal, along with Madeira, where we made our first stop. It consists of nine volcanic islands in the North Atlantic Ocean about 850 miles west of continental Portugal, and about 1,196 miles southeast of Newfoundland, Canada.

Our port of call was Ponta Delgada an old town of characteristic narrow roads, and winding cobbled streets. The buildings are whitewashed with wooden balconies, the streets and squares are paved with mosaics and ornate churches decorate almost every street.

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Caribbean Cruise - St Maarten

January 14th, 2019

Caribbean Cruise - St Maarten

So we come to the last Caribbean island of our cruise, Saint Martin, if you on the French half, or Sint Maarten on the Dutch half. We landed at Philipsburg, the capital of the Dutch half and the largest town in the island, with a population of around 40,000. There we 6 cruise ships in port the day we were there, putting the population up by about 50%!!

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Caribbean Cruise - Tortola

January 13th, 2019

Caribbean Cruise - Tortola

Our penultimate stop on our Caribbean Cruise was Road Town, the capital of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. With five very full days behind us, we decided to make this a day of rest! We travelled out to Cane Garden Bay, on the north shore of Tortola, about 5 miles west of Road Town, where we spent most of our day in a deck chair on the beach, with the occasional dip in the warm waters of the Caribbean.

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Caribbean Cruise - Antigua

January 10th, 2019

Caribbean Cruise - Antigua

Here we are on our fifth Caribbean island, Antigua, with just two more to go!

My favourite part of our visit was when we went up to Shirley Heights, which offers the best view on the island, and arguably in the Caribbean.

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Caribbean Cruise St Kitts and Nevis

January 7th, 2019

Caribbean Cruise  St Kitts and Nevis

The fourth island we visited on our cruise was St. Kitts, the classic Caribbean island with a mixture of deserted beaches, sleepy villages, lush rainforests and sugarcane fields and a mini mountain range with a dormant volcano in its midst.

Along with the island of Nevis, it is also known as the Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis. It is a country located in the Leeward Islands chain of the Lesser Antilles, and is the smallest sovereign state in the Western Hemisphere, in both area and population, and is a member of the British Commonwealth.

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Caribbean Cruise Martinique

January 6th, 2019

Caribbean Cruise  Martinique

Following our day in St Lucia our next destination was the French Island of Martinique, and its administrive capital of Fort de France.

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Caribbean Cruise - St Lucia

January 2nd, 2019

Caribbean Cruise - St Lucia

Continuing my Caribbean Cruise, we now arrive at St Lucia.

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Caribbean Cruise - Barbados

December 19th, 2018

Caribbean Cruise - Barbados

Following on from my last post, detailing the first stop on the cruise, at Funchal, Madeira, we then spent 6 rather windy days crossing the Atlantic, before landing at a cloudy Bridgetown, Barbados, on 22nd November.

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Caribbean Cruise - Madeira

December 19th, 2018

Caribbean Cruise - Madeira

The first leg of my 28 day Caribbean Cruise.

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Tips for Photographing Autumn Colors

October 31st, 2018

Tips for Photographing Autumn Colors

At this time of year, we should be looking at capturing the colours of Autumn and this article from Terry Girard for our friends over at Picture Correct gives you a host of tips and information on getting the best out of your Autumn photos.

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Beauty of Birmingham

October 22nd, 2018

Beauty of Birmingham

Even though Birmingham is known as being at the heart of the Industrial Revolution and the City of 1000 Trades, many people who have never visited there are surprised at how green the city is, even close to the City Centre.

The city has more miles of canal than Venice, more trees than Paris and more parkland than any other European City. All of the images below were taken within a couple of miles of the City Centre.

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Cruising the Adriatic

October 16th, 2018

Cruising the Adriatic

I was fortunate to go on two cruises last year, the first around the Norwegian Fjords and the second around the southern Mediterranean and Adriatic.

Back in June, 2017 we set sail from Southampton, heading for Norway. Our first port of call was Stavanger, Norway's third largest cruise port. Old Stavanger, is a collection of old wooden homes nestled along meandering cobblestone streets, and is in fact the largest surviving wooden house settlement in northern Europe.

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Cruising Around Europe

October 16th, 2018

Cruising Around Europe

I was fortunate to go on two cruises last year, the first around the Norwegian Fjords and the second around the southern Mediterranean and Adriatic.

Back in June, 2017 we set sail from Southampton, heading for Norway. Our first port of call was Stavanger, Norway's third largest cruise port. Old Stavanger, is a collection of old wooden homes nestled along meandering cobblestone streets, and is in fact the largest surviving wooden house settlement in northern Europe.

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Images of England and Wales

September 30th, 2018

Images of England and Wales

Looking through my photos taken over the last year or so, reminds what a great and varied place the UK is for the photographer. I have photographed a wide range of subjects stretching from South West Wales, across to Essex and East Anglia, England, and up to Northumberland in the North East of England. I am pleased to detail a selection of my favourites below.

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10 Macro Photography Subject Ideas

August 27th, 2018

10 Macro Photography Subject Ideas

In our article today, Julie Waterhouse gives ten subject ideas for your macro photography. Julie writes for Ultimate Photo Tips, which provides friendly education and encouragement for photo enthusiasts around the world, presented in a way that’s clear, organized, and easy to understand.

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Repetition and Patterns in Photography

August 22nd, 2018

Repetition and Patterns in Photography

Todays article is from Picture Correct and is written by award winning writer/photographer Tedric Garrison who has 30 years experience in photography.

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Women Behind The Lens 2018

August 5th, 2018

Picfair, the fair photography platform, has launched its second annual Women Behind the Lens competition, seeking a new generation of female photographers to share their perspectives of the world.

2017’s inaugural competition saw over 4,000 entries from 350 photographers in 40 countries, with the shortlisted entrants exhibited at The Guardian newspaper’s in-house gallery in London. The exhibition will return to The Guardian this year, with the competition open for entries from 1st August 2018 to 1st October 2018.

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Picfair a new platform for photographers.

July 18th, 2018

I recently came across a new site for photographers to sell their images. It is called Picfair and they claim to be the World's first fair photography marketplace, with a rapidly-growing community of photographers across the globe. Over 35,000 photographers in 130 countries have already uploaded over 6 million images to the platform.

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Capturing Birds in Flight

March 6th, 2018

Capturing Birds in Flight

Todays article is from Picture Correct and is writen by Andy Long, who gives some excellent advise on the difficult topic of Capturing Birds in Flight. Andy is an award-winning photographer/writer who devotes his photography work to the beauty of the world around us. As a leader of workshops (http://www.firstlighttours.com) since 1994, Andy likes to help people explore new areas and to go home with a memorable experience as well as great images.

A shot of a bird in flight has always been a challenge to photographers. Seeing a perfect print image only serves to make them eager to create the same result. Photographing a bird in flight presents one problem, but capturing that one special bird-in-flight shot that’s in focus and has good composition plus good light can represent a whole set of problems. Everyone has their share of good flight shots where the bird may be just a tiny bit soft. Those are easy. But, how do you get a great flight shot?

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Fill Your Frame Photo Composition

January 31st, 2018

Fill Your Frame Photo Composition

A couple of days ago, I gave my thoughts on the Rules of Composition and I would like to follow that up with this article from Picture Correct, talking about the importance of "Filling Your Frame" in your photos. It was written by Etienne Bossot, who runs Pics of Asia, offering photo tours to South East Asia and who for the past four years has been teaching thousands of people at all photographic levels. She is also a commercial and wedding photographer in Southeast Asia. Just click here to view the full post.

Rules of Composition

January 29th, 2018

Rules of Composition

With the advent of the mobile phone and tablet, everyone seems to be taking photographs, and for many people all they want is a record of a holiday or family event or a special moment in their lives which they are happy to share with their friends and perhaps to look at some years later when it will bring back a fond memory of times past.

Some of us however want to take their photography one step further and turn it into a hobby which we can develop and improve. So we dispense with our point and shoot camera and stop using our phones and invest in a reasonably decent camera. Personally, although I had been taking pictures for almost 50 years, I only took it up as a serious hobby in 2010 when I purchased a Panasonic DMC-FZ38 prior to visiting Kenya on my first Safari.

To begin with, I looked at the 128 page manual, hardly understood a word, so set the camera to auto and went off on safari. I took some great photos but it was only after I joined a local camera club and started to learn about the art of composition that I began to actually look through the lens and think about what I was doing, instead of simply pointing the camera at an object and pressing the shutter.

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Taking and Processing Fog and Mist Photos

January 18th, 2018

Taking and Processing Fog and Mist Photos

Todays article gives some very extensive tips on the best way to take and process photos in the mist. It is written by Max Therry‘, whose passion for photography developed during his time in art school, where he would borrow his friends’ cameras and take photos of everything unusual around him. When this passion gained almost obsession-like traits, he bought his own Sony system and vowed to take as many photos as he could. After about a decade of filling up multiple hard drives, he says it’s time to share his experiences with whoever’s interested.

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Aperture Priority Shutter Priority and Manual Mode

January 7th, 2018

Aperture Priority Shutter Priority and Manual Mode

Mastering aperture prioroty and shutter priority is the starting place for photographers who wish to move on from using the automatic setting on their digital cameras and todays article, by Andrew Goodall, explains in an easy to understand way what these functions are, and how to use them. Andrew writes for Natures Image Photography and is a nature photographer based in Australia. He manages a gallery in Montville full of landscape photography from throughout Australia.

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New Years Resolutions for New Photographers

January 2nd, 2018

We start the New Year with an article especially for those of you lucky enough to have been bought a new camera for Christmas.

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Christmas Light Photography Tips

January 2nd, 2018

Christmas Light Photography Tips

Today we have a topical and excellent article from our friends at Picture Correct, giving you all the advice you need to help you take images of Christmas Lights, both in the home and outdoors. It was written by Chuck DeLaney who has been a professional photographer for over 30 years.

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How to Photograph Birds in Flight

December 7th, 2017

How to Photograph Birds in Flight

Today we have a great article from Picture Correct, written by Clive Anderson, which gives some valuable tips on how to learn to photograph birds in flight. For those of you who have tried this, you will know that it can be quite difficult to obtain a sharp, well positioned image. If you follow thesed basic tips you will soon be taking photos that you are pleased with!

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Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

December 4th, 2017

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

When the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards announced a contest for the funniest animal photo, they received entries from all over the world. Now authors and the original Award founders Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam showcase the best of the best - as well as some never before seen - to present the most joyful photographs of wildlife ever printed. A pelican losing its lunch; a three-headed giraffe; a meerkat having a rough day... this is the must-have book that is perfect for animal lovers of all stripes!

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A New Photographers Guide to Composition

December 4th, 2017

A New Photographers Guide to Composition

I took photography up as a serious hobby, quite late in life, only about 7 years ago, but had been taking photos of holidays, family events etc., for about 50 years before then! It was only after I had joined a local camera club and started to learn about the art of composition that I began to actually look through the lens and think about what I was doing, instead of simply pointing the camera at an object and pressing the shutter.

This excellent article from Picture Corect, written by Alphonso Sanchez, founder of www.IrisMasters.com, shows others how to open their eyes to the breathtaking photo opportunities all around them.

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How to Photograph Christmas Lights

November 30th, 2017

How to Photograph Christmas Lights

We have a seasonal tip today courtesy of Keith Jones, writing on Picture Correct, who gives some very useful hints on the best way to photograph Christmas Lights.

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That time I ignored my exposure indicator

November 27th, 2017

We have just been sent this cautionary tale from our friends Rob & Lauren over at Photography Concentrate. To ensure that you don't make the same mistake, I recommend that you read the article and then take advantage of their fantastic Black Friday Offer of 50% 0ff their Essential Camera Skills tutorial

Street Photography Tips at Night

November 22nd, 2017

Street Photography Tips at Night

Today's article from Picture Correct gives some valuable tips on taking street photographs at night, and is written by Juan Jose Reyes, a street photographer based in Miami, Florida.

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Rain Photography Tips

October 31st, 2017

Rain Photography Tips

Todays article is from our friends over at PictureCorrect and is written by Kalyan Kumar, from New York’s legendary camera store 42photo.com,

Do you love the sound and sight of rain? If you do, then you can consider this as a great opportunity to take beautiful photos.

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Bad Weather - Good Light for Photographers

October 31st, 2017

Bad Weather - Good Light for Photographers

In today's article, courtesy of Picture Correct, Mark Eden shows how to make the best of bad weather in your photography. Mark is a freelance travel photographer and writer, and the founder and director of Expanse Photography..

We’ve all sat, staring out of our window and cursing at the rain poring down or the flat, grey sky that just happened to cloud over on few hours we’ve managed to set aside in our busy schedule to head out and shoot some photos. But all is not lost for the opportunistic and well prepared photographer.

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Cesar Manrique

April 22nd, 2017

Cesar Manrique

I recently visited Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, the home of the artist Cesar Manrique.

He was born in Arrecife, Lanzarote and fought in the Spanish Civil War as a volunteer in the artillery unit on Franco's side. He attended the University of La Laguna to study architecture, but after two years he quit his studies. He moved to Madrid in 1945 and received a scholarship for the Art School of San Fernando, where he graduated as a teacher of art and painting. Between 1964 and 1966 he lived in New York City, where a grant from Nelson Rockefeller allowed him to rent his own studio, where he painted many of his works.

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Liverpool and The Wirral

February 5th, 2017

Liverpool and The Wirral

I recently spent a weekend on The Wirral and visited Liverpool.

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Edgbaston Reservoir

January 11th, 2017

Edgbaston Reservoir

On a sunny morning in January, I went for a walk around Edgbaston Reservoir in Birmingham, England.

The reservoir, originally known as Rotton Park Reservoir and referred to in some early maps as Rock Pool Reservoir, is a canal feeder reservoir and it is supplied by small streams and was formed by damming a small stream. The dam is a 330 metre long earth embankment with a height of 10 metres near the centre.

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The Five Ps of Better Wildlife Photography

January 5th, 2017

 The Five Ps of Better Wildlife Photography

Today's article from Picture Correct, creates a new slogan particularly for photographing wildlife and is written by Mario Fazekas, a wildlife photographer from South Africa, whose website is Kruger to Kalahari.

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Why Photography Is Such A Great Hobby

November 29th, 2016

Why Photography Is Such A Great Hobby

Todays article from our friends over at Picture Correct is written by David Tong, who is a freelance photographer, blogger, and writer providing quality and free photography-related tutorials, camera reviews, and Adobe Photoshop tips through his blog and workshops. The article provides an interesting insite into David's photography and has several interesting comments from readers of the article, explaining why the writer enjoys photography.

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Blackpool

November 8th, 2016

Blackpool

Blackpool is a popular seaside resort in Lancashire, on the Irish Sea coast of England. It is best known for Blackpool Pleasure Beach, an old-school amusement park with vintage wooden roller coasters as well as the UKs tallest roller coaster, the Big One. The landmark Blackpool Tower was built in 1894 and visitors can go to a glass viewing platform and then up the metal staircases for a magnificent views of the town and surrounding countryside.In the autumn thousands of visitors go to see the famous Blackpool Illuminations. It also boast three piers, North, Central and South.

I visited there a couple of weeks ago towards the end of the Illuminations, but the following set of images shows more natural illuminations.

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Wild Bird Photo Tips

November 4th, 2016

Wild Bird Photo Tips

Todays tips about how to capture photos of wild birds come from Picture Correct and are provided by Matt Brading who writes for GlobalEye Images, a site that lists wild bird pictures and stock bird photos. They represent some exceptional bird photographer specialists in their field. In addition to giving some excellent advice, there are also some stunning images included in the article.


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101 Lightroom Portrait Presets

October 30th, 2016

101 Lightroom Portrait Presets

Do you find yourself spending hours tweaking your portraits in Lightroom? Or are you so intimidated by all the bells and whistles that you just dont even bother? Our friends over at Digital Photography School have launched a new Adobe Lightroom Presets pack, "101 Lightroom Portrait Presets", created by Rachel Devine.


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How to Use White Balance in Photography

October 27th, 2016

How to Use White Balance in Photography

Today's article comes from Picture Correct and is written by Keith Jones, who writes for http://easybasicphotography.com. A site geared towards beginners through serious amateurs who want to learn a little more about basic digital photography.

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Tips for Photographing Autumn Colors

October 20th, 2016

Tips for Photographing Autumn Colors

Today we have an article from Picture Correct which gives an in-depth look at photographing the colours of autumn, written by Terry Girard who formerly moderated ultimate-photography-tips.com.

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What Photography Gadgets Make Your Traveling Terrific

October 4th, 2016

What Photography Gadgets Make Your Traveling Terrific

Today, guest blogger Kyle Ward gives his thoughts on what photography gadgets you need to make your travelling terrific.

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Oxford Colleges

September 14th, 2016

Oxford Colleges

Visited Oxford on Sunday where all the Oxford Colleges were offering free admission to visitors. Here are some photos of a few of the principle colleges.

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Britain from A to Z - T

September 12th, 2016

Britain from A to Z - T

Our main photos today depicting places beginning with the letter T, are the Thames River and the Tower of London. We do however start with a Tithe Barn!

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Britain from A to Z - S

September 6th, 2016

Britain from A to Z - S

For the letter S in our photographic tour round the UK, we have a host of Saints, churches and a cathedral.

We begin in the north of England in the city of York, with a view of the ruined St Marys Abbey.

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Featured Artist Nancy Ingersoll

September 5th, 2016

Featured Artist Nancy Ingersoll

This weeks featured artist is photographer and artist Nancy Ingersoll.

Nancy Ingersoll is a full-service creative resource. Nancy is a teaching artist, which means she practices what she preaches. With one hand in the creative side, she stays up to date on the current trends and techniques, while the other hand is teaching young artists which keeps her immersed in a creative environment. It is this creative energy that she thrives on. She teaches a high school Advanced Placement Studio Art for Photography class where 100% of her students earned college credit for the portfolios that they created under her guidance and submitted to The College Board, an organization that prepares and administers standardized tests that are used in college admission and placement.

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Centenary Square

September 2nd, 2016

Centenary Square

I spent a little time with my camera in Centenary Square, Birmingham earlier in the week, on a glorious sunny afternoon.

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5 Ways to Keep Your Photography Talent Sharp

August 24th, 2016

5 Ways to Keep Your Photography Talent Sharp

Todays photography tip from our friends over at Picture Correct is provided by Lorna Kirkby, a baby and newborn photographer based in Melbourne, Australia (lornakirkbyphotography.com.au). She serves as a coach and mentor to both newbie photographers and old pros who need refreshment. Lorna writes:-

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Featured Artist Hugh Smith

August 24th, 2016

Featured Artist Hugh Smith

This weeks featured artist is photographer Hugh Smith.

This is what Hugh told us about himself:

A Philadelphia native, I have lived in Baja California for the past 3 years.

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Britain from A to Z - Q

August 23rd, 2016

Britain from A to Z - Q

I have written very little on the blog for a few months now due to personal circumstances, but now I am in a position to start posting on a regular basis.

I am re-starting today with the latest in my A to Z of Britain series, which, unfortunately for me, is the letter Q, not the most common letter!.

I shall start in Oxfordshire at Blenheim Palace, with a couple of images of Queens Pool.

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Britain from A to Z - P

July 26th, 2016

Britain from A to Z - P

We continue our A to Z tour of Britain with the letter P, where we start in London, with the Palace of Westminster, travel along the south coast to Portsmouth, up to Pinkneys Green in Maidenhead and then take a look at Punts in Oxford and Cambridge.

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Featured Artist Juergen Roth

July 25th, 2016

Featured Artist Juergen Roth

This weeks featured artist is photographer Juergen Roth.

Juergen Roth was born and raised near Cologne, Germany. In 1988, he moved to West Berlin and following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 he enjoyed exploring the reunited city and the lost natural environment surrounding it. Since 2001 he has been living in Brookline, Massachusetts with his wife Helen and daughter Nina.

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Britain from A to Z - O

July 13th, 2016

Britain from A to Z - O

In today's tour of Britain, we are at the letter O and travel from Oxford Street, London, at Christmas, up to a medieval Cathedral in Ely, and then across to Oxfordshire with a visit to Otmoor Nature Reserve.

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Britain from A to Z - N

June 25th, 2016

Britain from A to Z - N

Today we are in Oxfordshire taking a look at Narrowboats and a winding country lane in Nettlebed, before moving to the south coast to see a New Forest pony and her foal.

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Featured Artist Pedro Cardona

June 22nd, 2016

Featured Artist Pedro Cardona

This weeks featured artist is photographer Pedro Cardona, from Minorca, Spain and this is what he had to say to us:

"I started late in the photography world, when, aged 30, I re-discover the interest of showing the world my personal view of all around. I am self-taught, acquiring skills through a constant stream of trial and error, improving day after day and experimenting with new techniques in photo processing.

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NEW Round Beach Towels

June 14th, 2016

NEW  Round Beach Towels

Introducing the hottest summer accessory of 2016...

It's a towel... it's round... and it's incredible.

Our round beach towels are 60" in diameter and made from ultra-soft plush microfiber with a 100% cotton back. They're perfect for a day at the beach, a picnic, an outdoor music festival, or just general home decor.

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Britain from A to Z - M

June 13th, 2016

Britain from A to Z - M

We start the second half of our A to Z tour of the UK in the very north of Scotland with an image from Mainland, the largest island in the Orkneys, then visit Oxford with two images relating to the city's university heritage and finish with a view across the River Thames in Marlow, Bucks.

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Featured Artist Barbie Corbett-Newmin

June 12th, 2016

Featured Artist Barbie Corbett-Newmin

This weeks featured artist is artist and photographer, Barbie Corbett-Newmin.

Barbie Corbett-Newmin has been an artist for decades and has sold creative works as an oil painter, water colorist, ceramic artist, copper enameler, and photographer.

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Britain from A to Z - L

June 6th, 2016

Britain from A to Z - L

For the letter L in our alphabetical journey through the UK, we are looking at three historic buildings in England.

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Featured Artist Mary Armstrong

June 5th, 2016

Featured Artist Mary Armstrong

This weeks featured artist is Mary Armstrong and this is what she had to say when we spoke to her.

I am so pleased to share some art and hope it brings joy to others.

Equine art is my specialty. I have loved the movement and beauty of horses since I was a young child. Thus you see horses were among the first subjects I loved to draw.

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Britain from A to Z - K

May 31st, 2016

Britain from A to Z - K

Our A to Z of Britain continues with the letter K and we travel from Orkney, through Scotland to Falkirk and finish in Oxfordshire.

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Featured Artist Nadalyn Larsen

May 29th, 2016

Featured Artist Nadalyn Larsen

This weeks featured artist is photographer Nadalyn Karsen and she had this to say to us.

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Starlings Feeding

May 25th, 2016

Starlings Feeding

I posted at the beginning of April that my wife was terminally ill, unfortunately since then she suffered a third brain bleed just over five weeks ago and she is now bedridden and very weak but is in no pain and is eating well. It does mean however that I am now her full time carer as she can not be left alone and have therefore been unable to venture out with my camera.

However we have been having a few warm sunny days recently so I was able to get in the garden and practice my bird photography, with these images of a starling feeding and a juvenile being fed.

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Britain from A to Z - J

May 24th, 2016

Britain from A to Z - J

Today we come to the letter J in our alphabetical tour of Britain and travel from the far north of Scotland right down to the south of England, going via London.

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Featured Artist Philip Steury

May 22nd, 2016

Featured Artist Philip Steury

This weeks featured artist is photographer Philip Steury, and this is his story.

I grew up Amish near the small historic town of Grabill, Indiana. As a young boy I spent hours wandering around the woods and fields studying the details of God's creation.

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Britain from A to Z - I

May 18th, 2016

Britain from A to Z - I

I must admit that I am a little stuck for images with the letter I so today we have two photos of the Isis River in Oxford and two of my favourite insect photos!

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Featured Artist Karen Rosenblatt

May 16th, 2016

Featured Artist Karen Rosenblatt

This weeks featured artist is artist and photographer Karen Rosenblatt

Karen Rosenblatt, a former pianist and teacher, transitioned to Art after a strained finger forced her from the concert stage. Her Dad was a commercial artist/illustrator who had passed on and left her his supplies. She took his signature (Zuk) a shortened version of the family name (Zukoff) and began her journey.

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Britain from A to Z - H

May 11th, 2016

Britain from A to Z - H

We continue our alphabetic journey through Britain, starting in the Orkney Isles to the north of Scotland, down to the seat of British democracy, the Houses of Parliament and finish with a couple of nature images from the beautiful New Forest in Hampshire.

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Featured Artist Lindley Johnson

May 9th, 2016

Featured Artist Lindley Johnson

This weeks featured artist is photographer Lindley Johnson who had this to say to us:

I am a photographer living in the Chicago, Illinois, area, specializing in travel and nature photography. When photographing, I look for magical light, beautiful color, and interesting form and details to capture and share.

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The Maasai Urgent Request For Help

May 8th, 2016

The Maasai Urgent Request For Help

The iconic Maasai of Kenya and Tanzania have been fighting for decades to survive and defend their environment.

Lately, they're losing the battle: besieged by shady poachers, billionaires who want to buy up their traditional lands for safari lodges, and sketchy government officials.

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Britain from A to Z - G

May 5th, 2016

Britain from A to Z - G

Today we take at look at places beginning with the letter G and we have two waterfalls in Scotland, a Cambridge College and an iconic image of a Dorset village.

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Featured Artist Earl Eells

May 1st, 2016

Featured Artist Earl Eells

This weeks featured artist is photographer Earl Eells who had this to say to us:

I've been on Fine Art America now since August of 2014. I hope that I have learned along the way as I have studied what others are doing and the beautiful pictures that they are posting.

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Britain from A to Z - F

April 29th, 2016

Britain from A to Z - F

This week we move on to the letter F where we are looking at images from Scotland, Oxford and the county of Dorset.

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Featured Artist Ami Poindexter

April 25th, 2016

Featured Artist Ami Poindexter

This weeks featured artist is photographer Ami Poindexter who had this to say to us:

Hi, My name is Ami Poindexter and I am a Fine Art Photographer currently residing in West Jordan, Utah. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for nearly 19 years and we are raising two wonderful boys together.

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Britain from A to Z - E

April 22nd, 2016

Britain from A to Z - E

For the letter E in our A to Z of Britain, we travel from the north of Scotland, through East Anglia and end up in London.

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How I Learnt To Use The Main Features Of A DSLR Camera

April 19th, 2016

Today we have another article from Graham Wadden, this time outlining how he learnt to use the main features of his DSLR Camera.

If you're looking to get the most out of your new DSLR camera, you're going to want to get out of the automatic "Programme" mode (which is fully automatic) and begin learning how to take photos either in "Shutter Priority" mode, "Aperture Priority" mode or, ultimately, full "Manual" mode.

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Featured Artist Terry DeLuco

April 18th, 2016

Featured Artist Terry DeLuco

This weeks featured artist is photographer Terry DeLuco, who told us this:

Im an artist and photographer from the (New) Jersey Shore who specializes in photographing landscapes and seascapes. I have been drawn to the outdoors for as long as I can remember, seeing art in nature everywhere from tiny leaves that have fallen to the ground to majestic vistas.

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Britain from A to Z - D

April 15th, 2016

Britain from A to Z - D

For the letter D in our A to Z of Britain, we travel from the north of Scotland, through the Midlands ending up on the Dorset coast with images of landscapes, flowers and churches.


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Featured Artist Roberta Byram

April 15th, 2016

Featured Artist Roberta Byram

This weeks featured artist is painter and photographer Roberta Byram, and this is what she told us about herself:

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Taking Photos With Vs Without Flash

April 11th, 2016

Taking Photos With Vs Without Flash

Today's article is from Graham Wadden who created and maintains the Creative Commons photography website, WaddenCCPhotography.com, specializing in creating Royalty Free Stock Photography primarily for home educators and those in education. I have included a selection of my images where I have not used flash in poor light and I have given the settings of ISO, Exposure and Shutter Speed.

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Britain from A to Z - C

April 10th, 2016

Britain from A to Z - C

Today, for the letter C, we start at Charing Cross Station in London, travel out to Caen Hill in Dorset and end up with a view of one of Cambridge's oldest Colleges.


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Personal Update.

April 9th, 2016

Personal Update.

It has been two months since my last post and as some of you know, my wife was diagnosed with lung cancer a year ago and while things were going quite well and she was in remission, she had a major setback in January and, without going into detail, it is now terminal.

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Featured Artist Shelby Young

February 9th, 2016

Featured Artist Shelby Young

This weeks featured artist is photographer Shelby Young, and this is what she told us about herself:

I am a 17 year old photographer based in Birmingham, Alabama who spends my spare time photographing the beautiful world around me. I do fine art photography as well as portraiture.

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Britain from A to Z - B

February 7th, 2016

Britain from A to Z - B

Today we look at the letter B with a mixture of old and new, country and city, England and Scotland.

To begin with we take a look at The Bridge of Sighs, no, not the one in Venice, but The Bridge of Sighs in Oxford.

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Friday Photography Quotes

February 5th, 2016

Friday Photography Quotes

This weeks Friday Photography Quote is from Fay Godwin

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Featured Artist Susan Savad

February 2nd, 2016

Featured Artist Susan Savad

This weeks featured artist is photographer and artist Susan Savad.

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Britain from A to Z - A

January 31st, 2016

Britain from A to Z - A

After my popular A to Z of Africa series, I have decided to follow it up with an A to Z of Britain showing its diverse landscape, history and culture through photographs I have taken. I hope you all enjoy the images I select.


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Friday Photography Quotes

January 29th, 2016

Friday Photography Quotes

This weeks Friday Photography Quote is from Ernst Haas.

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Featured Artist Mike Nellums

January 26th, 2016

Featured Artist Mike Nellums

This weeks featured artist is photographer Mike Nellums, and this is what Mike had to tell us when we spoke to him recently.

Hello, my name is Mike Nellums. I can't tell you what a thrill and an honor it is for me to share my love of photography with you. I am a self-taught photographer born and raised in the USA in southern Mississippi.

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Africa From A to Z - Z

January 26th, 2016

Africa From A to Z - Z

We finally come to the last letter in our A to Z of Africa. We have three images of Zebra in Kenya and Tanzania and our final image is one of my favourite photos of a Zanzibar Red Colobus monkey.

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Friday Photography Quotes

January 22nd, 2016

Friday Photography Quotes

For this week's Friday Photography Quote, we go back to Ansel Adams.

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Yahoo stop your deadly ivory trade

January 20th, 2016

I received the following email from Avaaz.org who are a campaigning organisation with a track record of getting results. If you have any concern at all about preservation of the worlds wildlife, please read it and at the very least, sign the petition. Many thanks.


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Featured Artist Nicholas Blackwell

January 19th, 2016

Featured Artist Nicholas Blackwell

This weeks featured artist is photographer Nicholas Blackwell.

My name is Nicholas Blackwell and I am a photographer based in Sydney, Australia. I have a passion for landscape photography and love nothing better than heading bush with my camera and tripod to capture the beauty of Australian landscapes and seascapes.

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Africa From A to Z - Y

January 16th, 2016

Africa From A to Z - Y

Our regular readers will notice that I have missed out the letter X and I only have two examples of images beginning with Y.

Both of these were seen in Kenya and are a Yellow-throated Longclaw and a Yellow Billed Stork.

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Featured Artist Bruce J Schmalfuss

January 11th, 2016

Featured Artist Bruce J Schmalfuss

This weeks featured artist is Bruce Schmalfuss

The inspiration for Bruces work comes from a passion and love of Rock n Roll, specifically, Led Zeppelin. Its been an obsession since 1973.

His work first came out back in the late 80s using wood as a medium, in many instances making three dimensional paintings using a router and other carving tools to add depth.

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Africa From A to Z - W

January 10th, 2016

Africa From A to Z - W

For the letter W, we start in the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, with photos of a Warthog and a Wildebeest, before moving south to see a Waterbuck in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe and finishing off with Water Lilies on the River Chobe in Botswana.

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Friday Photography Quotes

January 8th, 2016

Friday Photography Quotes

This weeks Friday photography quote comes from Elliott Erwitt.

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New Photography Equipment at CES 2016

January 8th, 2016

New Photography Equipment at CES 2016

A host of new products have been launched by the major manufacturers at CES 2016, including Canon, Panasonic, Olympus and Nikon, and they are all available for pre-order at B&H.

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Featured Artist Debi Bond

January 4th, 2016

Featured Artist Debi Bond

For today's feature, we spoke to artist Debi Bond who had this to say about herself and her art:-

My goal as an artist is to offer a place of tranquility to stop, rest and sometimes smile. Those places in my mind often show up in painting a day full of sunlit color, a good fog, and often animals and plants. The colors, emotions, and light they offer are a magical wonder, calming your nerves and soothing your very soul. Whatever the subject, I love to zero in, catching the very essence of the moment: feeling hidden and looking up or out into the world.

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Friday Photography Quotes

January 1st, 2016

Friday Photography Quotes

This weeks Friday photography quote comes from David Hurn.

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Africa From A to Z - V

December 20th, 2015

Africa From A to Z - V

This week we come on to the letter V with a monkey, a bird and a waterfall, travelling from Kenya, south to Tanzania and ending up in Zimbabwe.

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10 Common Composition Mistakes in Photography

December 19th, 2015

10 Common Composition Mistakes in Photography

Our tutorial today comes from Jose Aires, and is a guide to a better composition when taking pictures. In it, Jose lists the 10 common mistakes photographers make.


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Friday Photography Quotes

December 18th, 2015

Friday Photography Quotes

This weeks Friday photography quote comes from Brigitte Bardot.

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6 Tips for Capturing Dramatic Skies in your Landscape Photography

December 17th, 2015

6 Tips for Capturing Dramatic Skies in your Landscape Photography

Todays article is from our friends at Digital Photography School and is written by Hillary Grigonis who enjoys sharing her love of photography by writing how-to posts for CreativeLive, a resource for free online photography classes from world class instructors. When she's not writing (or writing about photography), she's snapping photos for her lifestyle photography business.

Hillary gives six very useful tips for getting that great shot of the sky.:

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Featured Artist Caroline Coles

December 14th, 2015

Featured Artist Caroline Coles

For today's feature, we spoke to artist and illustrator Caroline Coles and this is what she told us:

As a lover of all fauna and flora, my work is a celebration of Natures beauty and all that she offers. I am an award-winning artist and illustrator who works in three specific genres abstracts, fantasy and realism.

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Birmingham Centenary Square

December 13th, 2015

Birmingham Centenary Square

I visited Birmingham at the weekend and though it wasn't a photography trip, and though the weather was wet and miserable, I did take a few photos.

These were taken in Centenary Square and show the new Birmingham Library, and the Birmingham Wheel.

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Africa From A to Z - U

December 13th, 2015

Africa From A to Z - U

This week's letter is U and as I have no images of animals beginning with U, I am posting images taken on Unguja (also referred to as Zanzibar Island or simply Zanzibar) which is the largest and most populated island of the Zanzibar archipelago, in Tanzania, Africa.

I have previously posted images of animals on the island, (colobus monkeys and cattle egrets) and of its mangrove swamps, so today our images are all from the island's capital, Stone Town.

We begin with the Stone Town Market, followed by a close up of a stall in the fish market.

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Friday Photography Quotes

December 13th, 2015

Friday Photography Quotes

This weeks Friday photography quote (a couple of days late) comes from Edward Weston:


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Brent Mail Photography

December 9th, 2015

Brent Mail Photography

I recently came across Brent Mail, not as you may think, a Daily Newspaper, but an award winning Australian Photographer who is an Associate of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography.


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Featured Artist Richard Reeve

December 8th, 2015

Featured Artist Richard Reeve

Today's featured artist is photographer Richard Reeve.

Richard is a British-born artist now resident in beautiful Pennsylvania. Primarily a photographer, he also produce digital artwork based on his photographic images as well as the occasional digital design from a blank canvas.

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Africa From A to Z - T

December 6th, 2015

Africa From A to Z - T

This week we move on to the letter T with a variety of wildlife from Kenya, Tanzania and Mauritius.
Starting in Kenya, we have a Thompson's Gazelle and a Topi Antelope.

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Friday Photography Quotes

December 4th, 2015

Friday Photography Quotes

This weeks photography quote comes from Diane Arbus.

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Featured Artist Susan Sadoury

November 30th, 2015

Featured Artist Susan Sadoury

Susan Sadoury (1948, Spokane, United States) makes paintings and drawings. By choosing mainly formal solutions, Sadoury formalizes the coincidental and emphasizes the conscious process of composition that is behind the seemingly random works. The thought processes, which are supposedly private, highly subjective and unfiltered in their references to dream worlds, are frequently revealed as assemblages.

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Wildlife in Botswana

November 30th, 2015

Wildlife in Botswana

Having visited Botswana earlier this year, I have put together a YouTube presentation showing a variety of the wildlife we saw there.

We start off with images of the African or Cape Buffalo, followed by elephants crossing the River Chobe, water lilies on the river and then the head of a hippopotamus sticking out of the water, followed by a crocodile on the bank. We then see antelopes, giraffes, a leopard and some lions, ending with images of some of the beautiful birds to be found in the country.

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Africa From A to Z - S

November 29th, 2015

Africa From A to Z - S

For the letter S, we start off with a couple of landscape photos taken from a hot air balloon over the Serengeti, Tanzania and follow up with a Steenbok Antelope also on the Serengeti, before moving up to the Ngorongoro Crater for a Secretary Bird and then up to Kenya for a Superb Starling.

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Friday Photography Quotes

November 27th, 2015

Friday Photography Quotes

This weeks photography quote comes from Joe McNally.

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Black Friday Photography Sale

November 25th, 2015

Black Friday Photography Sale

If you are thinking about upgrading you camera, buying that new lens you always wanted or getting more accessories, now is the time to buy, while the Black Friday sales are still on. The easiest way to do it is online so you don't get stuck in miles of traffic queues or hoards of shoppers!

B & H Photo have some cracking offer available as you can see below. They also run a deal of the day, so it is worth subscribing to their email list to get regular notifications of special offers.

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Featured Artist Patricia Lintner

November 24th, 2015

Featured Artist Patricia Lintner

Patricia Lintner is a self-taught artist born and raised in southern California, who has been living in Minnesota for the past 22 years. She has spent many years developing her art through oil, mixed media, and acrylic paint. She was mainly producing art in oil, but has recently been creating her art in acrylics and mixed media. She focuses on abstract, dog art, collage work, pastel art, and even jewelry.

She has produced art for local area businesses such as the Staples MN Car Show billboard and custom shirts, and local custom art for tattoo artists that have taken first place in tattoo conventions in Minnesota and is also a published illustrator for the book 'Two Boys and the Rustlers' by Carol Elek


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Africa From A to Z - R

November 22nd, 2015

Africa From A to Z - R

Moving on to the letter R we have a red colobus monkey in the Gambia, a rhino and a giraffe in Kenya and finish up with a weaver bird in Tanzania.

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Friday Photography Quotes

November 20th, 2015

Friday Photography Quotes

This weeks photography quote comes from Eudora Welty:

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Black Friday Specials

November 17th, 2015

Black Friday Specials

Our friends Rob and Lauren at Photography Concentrate, are holding another great Black Friday sale during which all photography tutorials will be 50% off, which on its own is great news, but in addition they will be slowly releasing a new photography course for free. It's called How To Photograph Life: 14 Days to Better Photos of your Family, Travels, + Everyday Adventures. This is a free limited time course that they will be releasing from November 20 to December 4th on their website.

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Featured Artist David Birchall

November 17th, 2015

Featured Artist David Birchall

Today's featured photographer is David Birchall.

When we spoke to David, this is what he told us:

My love of photography began many years ago when I was about to become a father for the first time, and realised I would need a camera to take some pictures of the new arrival!

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Africa From A to Z - Q

November 15th, 2015

Africa From A to Z - Q

Today we come onto the letter Q, and I must admit that I am going to have to cheat a little!

I have no images beginning with Q so I have used a couple of images of Victoria Falls, which were of course named after Queen Victoria, and an even more obtuse connection is a photo of the birthplace of Freddie Mercury, who was the lead singer of Queen!

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Friday Photography Quotes

November 13th, 2015

Friday Photography Quotes

This weeks photography quote comes from Karl Lagerfeld:

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Inspiration for Photographers

November 11th, 2015

Inspiration for Photographers

Our regular readers will know that we have been publishing quotes from famous photographers every Friday, which are proving very popular. I am delighted to say that they are now available to purchase as posters or framed prints making an ideal addition to a photographers studio or shop, or as a gift for an amateur photographer.

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Featured Artist Debbie Oppermann

November 10th, 2015

Featured Artist Debbie Oppermann

Today's featured photographer is Debbie Oppermann.

For this weeks feature we spoke to Debbie Oppermann and she told us:

I am from Ontario Canada and am primarily a nature and wildlife photographer but will also venture into other areas.

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Africa From A to Z - P

November 8th, 2015

Africa From A to Z - P

Today the letter P brings us three birds, a Purple Starling in Gambia, a Pied Kingfisher in Kenya and a Palm Nut Vulture in Tanzania

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Top Flickr Images

November 8th, 2015

Top Flickr Images

The top dozen of my images on Flickr as favourited by Flickr members.

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Friday Photography Quotes

November 6th, 2015

Friday Photography Quotes

This weeks photography quote comes from Edward Weston:

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7 Tips to Improve Your Skyline Photos

November 5th, 2015

7 Tips to Improve Your Skyline Photos

Our tip today comes from Digital Photography School and is written by Kav Dadfar, a travel and landscape photographer based in London, England. He spent his formative years working as an art director in the world of advertising. His images are represented by 4Corners Images, Getty, Axiom Photographic and Alamy.

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Diagonal Lines in Landscape Photography

November 4th, 2015

Diagonal Lines in Landscape Photography

Todays photography tip from our friends over at Picture Corect is provided by Dan Eitreim, who writes for ontargetphototraining.com. He has been a professional photographer in Southern California for over 20 years. His philosophy is that learning photography is easy if you know a few tried and true strategies.

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Featured Artist Phyllis Mandot Beiser.

November 3rd, 2015

Featured Artist Phyllis Mandot Beiser.

Today's featured artist is Phyllis Mandot Beiser.

Phyllis is an artist of humble beginnings. Growing up the daughter of a trapper in the South Louisiana swamps and marshes provided a vast and unique world from which to draw, both personally and creatively.

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Africa From A to Z - O

November 1st, 2015

Africa From A to Z - O

Today we move on to the letter O and look at a couple of Ostriches, one in Zimbabwe and the other in the Serengeti. Staying in Tanzania we then take a look at the Olduvai Gorge.

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Friday Photography Quotes

October 30th, 2015

Friday Photography Quotes

This weeks photography quote comes from Henri Cartier-Bresson:

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Budapest Great Market Hall

October 29th, 2015

Budapest Great Market Hall

Visited the beautiful city of Budapest, Hungary, last year where, amongst many other attractions, they have a wonderful indoor market.

The Great Market Hall or Central Market Hall is the largest and oldest indoor market in Budapest. It is located at the end of the famous pedestrian shopping street Vci utca and on the Pest side of the Liberty bridge at Fővm square.

The building was designed and built by Samu Pecz around 1897 and it offers a huge variety of stalls on three floors. It has a distinctive architectural feature is the roof which was restored to have colorful Zsolnay tiling from Pcs.

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Street Photography Tips at Night

October 28th, 2015

Street Photography Tips at Night

Today's article from our friends at Picture Correct is written by Juan Jose Reyes, a street photographer based in Miami, Florida, and gives useful advice on taking street photography at night.

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Featured Photographer Terry Mair.

October 27th, 2015

Featured Photographer Terry Mair.

Today's featured artist is photographer Terry Mair.
Hello my name is Terry Mair and I live in Midway, Utah.

I started photography back in 1985 as a portrait photographer, a style that reflects itself in my landscape, and wildlife photography.

However fine art photography is where I find the most enjoyment, and rewards. I love finding things throughout this vast world that we live in, from landscapes to wildlife, architecture to still life, the world offers so much for us to visually enjoy and gives us one small chance to become part of this immense creation.

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Africa From A to Z - N

October 25th, 2015

Africa From A to Z - N

The letter N in our A to Z of Africa, takes us to the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania followed by a Nile Crocodile in Zimbabwe.

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Light Trail Photography Tutorial

October 24th, 2015

Light Trail Photography Tutorial

Our tutorial today is from our friends at Picture Correct, written by Ty Sharp, and gives some very useful pointers to Light Trail Photography.


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The Photo Retouching Master Class

October 23rd, 2015

The Photo Retouching Master Class

New Video Tutorial - Retouching Master Class
This course covers everything from mastering the black & white workflow, getting the best results with your raw files before making them into panoramas, adding drama to photos, correctly exposing highlights and recovering drama without too much of the HDR look, stylizing photos, bringing life to dull photos, shooting dramatic foggy photos, shooting straight into a sunset, selective clarity enhancements, how to get the best out of your night photos, recovering boring skies and much, much more.

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Friday Photography Quotes

October 23rd, 2015

Friday Photography Quotes

This weeks photography quote comes from Abraham Lincoln.

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New From Leica the SL Typ 601 Mirrorless Digital Camera

October 22nd, 2015

New From Leica the SL Typ 601 Mirrorless Digital Camera

Just ahead of PhotoPlus Expo 2015, Leica has released the Leica SL (Typ 601) Mirrorless Digital Camera, an outstanding full-frame model that is offering professionals the "new Leica experience." This generation of Leica is aimed to take the top spot of modern imaging technology and by the implementation of an outstanding 24MP CMOS sensor and Leica's Maestro II processor, it will deliver among the best in image quality with sensitivities ranging from ISO 50-50000. The sensor also forgoes the use of a low-pass filter in order to maximize possible detail, especially with the use of Leica's outstanding lens lineups. And, to make the camera a true professional's tool, Leica has incorporated internal DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) video recording at 24 fps in a Super35 mode, along with the V-Log L gamma for maximum dynamic range.

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Featured Photographer Joshua House

October 20th, 2015

Featured Photographer Joshua House

Joshua House has been described as a photographer, a conservationist, a historian, and an adventurer.
Having traveled and worked extensively across the country he is currently concentrating his photographic work in Eastern Texas, centered on Houston.

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Africa From A to Z - M

October 18th, 2015

Africa From A to Z - M

Today's letter in our A to Z of Africa is M and we start with two images of Mangrove forests, one in Gambia in West Africa and the other in the island of Zanzibar, over 4,000 miles away off the coast of Tanzania.

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Mastering Composition A Photographers Guide to Seeing

October 18th, 2015

Mastering Composition  A Photographers Guide to Seeing

We are pleased to bring you details of this new ebook by Andrew S Gibson. Mastering Composition: A Photographers Guide to Seeing is written for everybody who wants to learn to see and create better composed photos.

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Friday Photography Quotes

October 16th, 2015

Friday Photography Quotes

This weeks photography quote comes from Lewis Hine.

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Sigma Adds Full-Frame 20mm f 1point4 Lens to Art Series

October 16th, 2015

Sigma Adds Full-Frame 20mm f 1point4 Lens to Art Series

Sigma has announced the launch of the 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art. This is the first 20mm f/1.4 lens designed for full-frame cameras and joins the already impressive Art prime line consisting of 24mm, 35mm, and 50mm f/1.4 options. These lenses are known for their ability to realize the potential of modern high-resolution image sensors and advanced optical designs, so for those looking to get ultra-wide, this should be a much appreciated option.

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Featured Photographer Sebastian Musial

October 13th, 2015

Featured Photographer Sebastian Musial

Today's featured artist is photographer Sebastian Musial.

Sebastian Musial was born and raised in Wroclaw (Poland), a city founded some 1000 years ago. Surrounded by medieval churches and modern buildings, Sebastian learned to find the extraordinary in the everyday world. When he was about to enter high school, he got his very own camera. A used Russian Zenit may not have been state of the art, but it allowed Sebastian to pursue his fascination with photography and share what he saw with others.

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Canon Announces Two New Premium PowerShot Cameras

October 13th, 2015

Canon Announces Two New Premium PowerShot Cameras

Canon have announced the launch of two more PowerShot Cameras, the G5 X and the G9 X.Both cameras use the same 1-inch type back-illuminated 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and have a DIGIC 6 processor to do the heavy lifting. Their ISO sensitivity ranges of ISO 125-12800 are also identical. However each camera differs more significantly when it comes to looks, performance and lens capability.

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Backup or Die

October 12th, 2015

Do you regularly back up your images? Or are you like me, thinking "oh, I will do it sometime" but often can't be bothered with the hassle and put it off, thinking "I will do it later?"

A couple of months ago my hard drive failed, and while I had most of my photos backed up in various places, they had not been organised particularly well and it took me some time to recover them and even then, a few of them are still missing!

Since then, I have discovered this tutorial, Back up or Die, from Picture Correct.

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Africa From A to Z - L

October 11th, 2015

Africa From A to Z - L

Today's letter in our A to Z of Africa is L and we have two big cats and two little birds!

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8 Tips for Fall Landscape Photography

October 9th, 2015

8 Tips for Fall Landscape Photography

Autumn (fall to our US readers) is now upon us and provides a great opportunity for photographers, whether it is taking colourful landscapes, or macro shots of single leaves. In today's article from Digital Photography School, Dusty Doddridge a landscape photographer based near the Cumberland Plateau in Middle Tennessee, gives eight tips to help get the best out of your photography at this time of year.

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Friday Photography Quotes

October 9th, 2015

Friday Photography Quotes

This weeks photography quote comes from Dorothea Lange.

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Featured Photographer Roberto Ferrero

October 6th, 2015

Featured Photographer Roberto Ferrero

Today's featured artist is photographer Roberto Ferrero.

My name is Roberto Ferrero and I have been a photographer since 1988, attending photography school Italian Fashion Genoa. In 2000 I won the first prize Pentax - Photo Italy. My photographs have been published in several magazines in Italy and abroad and used on album covers nationally and internationally.


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Africa From A to Z - K

October 4th, 2015

Africa From A to Z - K

Today's letter in our A to Z of Africa is K, which gives us two birds in Tanzania and an antelope in Botswana.


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Ftiday Photography Quotes

October 2nd, 2015

Ftiday Photography Quotes

This weeks photography quote comes from Imogen Cunningham.

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Christmas Gifts - Home Decor

September 30th, 2015

Christmas Gifts - Home Decor

Over the last couple of weeks I have posted that, with Christmas coming soon, now is the time to start thinking about those special presents and gave details of the variety of wall art available to buy and details of the iPhone and Galaxy cases available, any of which could make the perfect gift for friends or family.

Today, we take a look at the items of home decor that would make special Christmas gifts:

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Featured Photographer Fraida Gutovich.

September 29th, 2015

Featured Photographer Fraida Gutovich.

Today's featured artist is photographer Fraida Gutovich.

I am Fraida Gutovich, a Los Angeles based photographer who has a passion for birds and wildlife. Recently, my travels took me to Lake Clark National Park in Alaska. There I had the opportunity to photograph Grizzly bears in their natural environment.

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Africa From A to Z - J

September 27th, 2015

Africa From A to Z - J

The only image I have of an animal beginning with the letter J is of Jackals (see below) so I have included photos that I took in the Jozani Chwaka Bay Nature Reserve in Zanzibar, Tanzania.

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Friday Photography Quotes

September 25th, 2015

Friday Photography Quotes

This weeks photography quote comes from Ted Grant.

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A Beginners Guide to Choosing Shooting Mode

September 23rd, 2015

A Beginners Guide to Choosing Shooting Mode

Today's article, which is from Digital Photography School, is written by Bruce Wunderlich and provides an easy to follow beginners guide to the various modes available on today's digital cameras. Bruce is from Marietta, Ohio, and he became interested in photography as a teenager in the 1970s, and has been a passionate student of the art ever since. Bruce recently won Photographers Choice award at the 2014 Shoot the Hills Photography Competition in the Hocking Hills near Logan, Ohio.

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Christmas Gifts - Phone Cases

September 23rd, 2015

Christmas Gifts - Phone Cases

Last week I posted that, with Christmas coming soon, now is the time to start thinking about those special presents and gave details of the variety of wall art available to buy.

Today I have details of the iPhone and Galaxy cases available, which could make the perfect gift for friends or family.

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Featured Photographer Mike Savad

September 21st, 2015

Featured Photographer Mike Savad

Today's featured artist is photographer Mike Savad.

Mike Savad is an accomplished artist. His HDR photography looks a lot like a painting and its designed to look like one. Influenced by Norman Rockwell, along with artists of the renaissance, he creates a new kind of art style. Something that is both unique and quite stunning.

Mike also specializes in colorizing black and whites. Using a brand new technique he developed himself, he hand shades images digitally, remastering them. The newly colored image has the appearance of a color photo or a painting. You will never believe they were ever black and white.

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Africa From A to Z - I

September 20th, 2015

Africa From A to Z - I

This week we are up to the letter I where we have images of an Impala in Kenya, an Ibis in Tanzania and more elephants at the Ivory Safari Lodge in Hwange, Zimbabwe.

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Definitive Guide to Night Photography.

September 19th, 2015

Definitive Guide to Night Photography.

The night sky may be the most awe-inspiring spectacle that any of us will ever see. It can, however, be difficult to capture in a photograph, as it requires specialized techniques that are rarely used when shooting images during the day.

If it is an ambition of yours to take stunning night photography shots, then this guide is for you!

Renowned photographer and author Grant Collier sheds light on how to capture these otherworldly images by sharing secrets he has learned over the past 12 years.

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Friday Photography Quotes

September 18th, 2015

Friday Photography Quotes

Today's photography quote comes from Robert Frank.

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5 Tips to Take Your Landscape Photography from Good to Great

September 17th, 2015

5 Tips to Take Your Landscape Photography from Good to Great

In this article from Digital Photography School, Barry Brady, gives us five of his tips to help improve our landscape photography. Barry J Brady is a Fine Art Landscape and commercial photographer based in Vancouver, BC. He is also an addicted traveller and loves travelling to far off places and capturing their essence. Barry loves nothing more than being behind his camera or showing other photographers how to get the most out of their camera.

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Christmas Gifts

September 16th, 2015

As autumn is fast approaching, can Christmas be far away?

Now is the time to start thinking of those special presents for friends and relations. Maybe you don't want to buy the same boring things that you buy every year, so how about buying them somerthing special, something that no one else will think of, something that will show them that you have put a little extra thought into that special gift?

So why not consider buying something made with one of my many images?

As you may see from my galleries, there are nearly 800 images to chose from, covering wildlife, landscapes and cityscapes, from around the UK, Europe and Africa, allowing you to chose whatever fits in best with the home decor, and they are available to purchase in a variety of formats:-

Wall Art
iPhone and Galaxy cases
Home Decor
Clothing
Each week, over the next month I shall be giving further information regarding each group and today we have details of the various types of wall art that you may purchase.

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Featured Photographer Lynn Bauer

September 14th, 2015

Featured Photographer Lynn Bauer

My name is Lynn Bauer. I was born and raised in Southern California where my father was a lighting director for the studios. So, when I picked up a camera and showed some interest, my dad jumped right in and took an interest in helping me develop my skills. I majored in Photography during my high school years, where Dad and I came up with some pretty creative projects that were primarily devoted to creative lighting, as that was his speciality. From there, I was accepted into a sought after photography school. But, as sometimes happensI fell in love, got married, and spent the next number of years raising my kids.

Once they left the nest, my husband gifted me with something I have come to treasuremy first digital cameraand, life seemed to begin again!!

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Africa From A to Z - H

September 13th, 2015

Africa From A to Z - H

Today we have a couple of images of Africa's most dangerous land animal, the hippopotamus, together with three very different birds. We begin in East Africa in Kenya and then travel south to Tanzania and finally across the continent to the Gambia.

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London Eye

September 13th, 2015

London Eye

Recently spent a couple of days in London where I went on the London Eye for the first time. Here are three of the photos I took from there.

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Friday Photography Quotes

September 12th, 2015

Friday Photography Quotes

Today's photography quote comes from Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

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Featured Photographer Helen Haytch

September 8th, 2015

Featured Photographer Helen Haytch

Today's featured artist is photographer Helen Haytch, aka HH Photography of Florida.

Helen is a self-taught photographer living in the beautiful state of Florida, USA.

Being a Florida native, living on the Gulf coast affords her limitless opportunities to capture the tropical flora and fauna of the wonderful Sunshine State.

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Landscape Photography and the Human Element

September 5th, 2015

Landscape Photography and the Human Element

Today's article is from Digital Photography School and is written by Jeremie Schatz, a freelance photographer, photojournalist, journalist, copyeditor and videographer for a variety of clients and companies in the United States and Thailand. Find his portfolio of colorful images and more of his writing at Exposed World Photography and on Facebook.

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Friday Photography Quotes

September 4th, 2015

Friday Photography Quotes

This is the first in a series of quotations from well known photographers, which will be posted every Friday.

This is from Ansel Adams one of the leading landscape photographers from the US. Adams is particularly well known for his black-and-white landscape photographs of the American West, especially Yosemite National Park.

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Great Migration calendar 12 months 12 ways

August 28th, 2015

Great Migration calendar 12 months 12 ways

If you are planning to take a safari to East Africa, or if you have already booked and want to know what you can see, and where, this article from Wanderlust should prove invaluable.

Not many people realise that the Great Migration is a year-round spectacle not just a one-time annual occurrence. Here's how to time your trip for the best wildlife viewing...

There are five main stages to the migration: The calving season in the short-grass plains of the southern Serengeti (late-Jan to mid-March); the trek north across the central and western Serengeti during the long rains in April and May; the crossings of the Grumeti and Mara rivers; the arrival of the herds in the Masai Mara (usually by early August); and, finally, the journey south back into the Serengeti at the onset of Novembers short rains..........

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How to Photograph Flowers

August 24th, 2015

How to Photograph Flowers

One of the advantages of photographing flowers is that you can do it in your own garden or a local park and this article from Picture Correct will help you get the best from your flower photography.

When you first discover how to take photos of flowers it can give you many days of wonderful enjoyment. Flower photography is a favourite type of photography that many people love. Its not difficult to take photos of flowers if you get all the key elements right. If you dont have any close to you, or you do not have a garden of your own, then try a nursery or a park. Youre bound to find many varieties of flowers there.

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Africa From A to Z - E

August 24th, 2015

Africa From A to Z - E

It is the letter E today and we start off with Elephants, with a very wide selection for me to chose from! I have selected two images, the first of a single elephant of the Presidential Herd in Zimbabwe, and secondly a group crossing the River Chobe in Botswana. They are followed by a couple of images of some of the beautiful birds to be seen on the continent, a European Roller and an Eastern Chanting Goshawk.

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7 Essential Things Every Photographer Needs to Learn

August 19th, 2015

7 Essential Things Every Photographer Needs to Learn

Our friends Rob and Lauren over at Photography Concentrate have put together a great article entitled 7 Essential Things Every Photographer Needs to Learn.

They kick things off with a question: Whats the difference between a great photo and a great photographer?

And the answer they give is consistency. Weve all fluked a great shot. Youre not totally sure how you managed it, but everything just magically fell into place and you snagged an image that makes you feel like youre a total all-star.

To give an example of that, let me share my award winning photo of a three headed giraffe. I had only just started taking up photography as a hobby, I was using a new camera which I had permanently set on auto, and I was fortunate enough to turn around at the right time and was lucky enough to get this shot:

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Weekly Photography Challenge Black and White Techniques

August 15th, 2015

Weekly Photography Challenge  Black and White Techniques

This week over at dPS its all about black and white photography. They are featuring a series of tips and articles around that topic. Some of the topics are shown below and more will be added daily over the next few days.
5 Simple Ways to Create Expressive Photos in Black and White
Tips for Black and White Wildlife Photography
7 Tips for Black and White Portrait Photography
28 Images with Strong Black and White Compositions
Once you have read the tips you can try out different black and white techniques and then enter your own images into their weekly photography challenge. Why not try any or all of the following:
Shoot in b/w mode
High contrast lighting
Convert to b/w in Lightroom
Convert to b/w using Photoshop
Try out a black and white plugin
Try out some sepia tone or split toning
Do a b/w portrait, landscape, macro, night shots, street photography, or flowers
Try a b/w silhouette

I have submitted the image below, so if you want to improve your black and white techniques, and perhaps submit one of your own images, click to get over to dPS.

Featured Photographer - Allen Beatty.

August 13th, 2015

Today's featured artist is photographer Allen Beatty.

Allen Beatty has been taking photographs for over 51 years having started originally because he discovered very quickly he had no talent for painting. Yet he needed an outlet for his creative urges so he decided to paint with a camera and hasent looked back since.

His photography has won numerous awards starting with the Grand Prize winner in a contest sponsored by the St. Thomas Chamber of Commerce taken while on honeymoon. Since then, he has won the Top Award seven times and the Slide of the Month and Print of the Month four times by a regional camera club. He has been published twice in the Newark Star-Ledger for their Our Towns contest and most recently won a $1,000 award and had 5 photos published in the Great Destinations: NJ book.

His philosophy is that images are much more than a simple record. Photography speaks to the best and most generous part of our human nature--the desire to share what we find beautiful and interesting with others. Photography allows us to express ourselves through an art form. We notice a beautiful landscape or a sunset and we want to capture it. Each of us will have a different reason to do so but, essentially, we want to create something that speaks to our spirit. A well executed photograph grabs our attention and speaks directly to our emotions. Photography at it's best, is a powerful language which evokes emotion. It allows us to tell our story and show others our framing of the world around us. And for the photographer who trips the shutter, it feels good.

Here are a few representative images of Allen's work. To see his entire portfolio please visit his website http://allen-beatty.artistwebsites.com/

Tonys Photos

August 11th, 2015

Tonys Photos

To read the latest posts on my blog,just click here.. You will find examples of my photos as well as photographic tips and advice .

Africa from A to Z

August 11th, 2015

Africa from A to Z

Many photographers undertake a 365 Challenge, whereby they take one photo every day for a year. While I would love to do that, I am aware that I do not have that kind of commitment but thought instead that I could manage an A to Z Challenge over 26 weeks (I hope!).

I have chosen Africa as my theme as I have visited Central and Southern Africa on several occasions, travelling to Gambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mauritius over the last five or six years and what I will endeavour to do over the coming weeks is to post at least one image a week, with its title following the appropriate letter of the alphabet. Some weeks I may only post one image, but on others I may post up to three or four where I feel have good enough images using that letter.

I will not use the same image under different letters (ie African Buffalo, Buffalo or Cape Buffalo), but may well use different images of buffalo under the three letters! The images will be mainly of animals and birds, with some flora and landscapes thrown in. I do have an idea of what I will use for most letters, but at present I am struggling to think of something for Q and X - but am sure I will come up with something by the time I get to those letters!

So lets stop chattering and make a start with images beginning with A.

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