24 October 2014


A Tale of Three Photos

1. All taken with the new (to me) Nikon D810, a camera I am still getting used to. 
2. All downsampled from huge 38mp jpegs (72mp RAW files). 
3. All a bit orange? I'm working on it. 

Why did I take them? Well, in order of execution: 

The Castle

(a) Because I wanted to test the sharpness of the Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art lens on the new camera - I've a feeling it isn't as sharp as it could be / as it is on the D700s. It's great, but I'm thinking some fine tuning is needed. 
(b) Because it is there. 
(c) Because of the autumn colours and the cloud in the blue sky.
(d) Because I wanted to find out some more about the D810's resolution.

The result? A bit over-saturated, a bit John Hinde (one day, they'll be collector's items, those cards, one day, but perhaps not yet).

The result? A bit dull. Too saturated.

The Autumn Wind Detritus

(a) Because it, the ground with the leaves and twig and stones on, reminded me of an illustration for a children's book, perhaps a French one. I don't know, I just loved it. It also reminded me of Paul Smith's clothes. And, of course, of Nature. Always a good thing.

One I might keep.

The Alarming Selfie

(a) To improve my off-camera flash technique. 
(b) To use a small shoot-through umbrella for the first time. 
(c) To improve my familiarity with the Nikon SB600.
(d) To continue improving my familiarity with the Nikon D810.

Nurse! The screens! 

All photos were taken within the context of my ongoing love-affair with photography, of course. Would I put any of them in my favourites? No. Does one stand out? Oh yes, clearly - the Autumn Wind Detritus. Why that one? Because I haven't got another picture like it. Did I learn any lessons? Yes, eyebrows - they need trimming more often than you think. Also, for some reason, I've become more heavy-handed with saturation - perhaps it is a response to the onset of colder weather and longer nights? 

20 October 2014

The Politics of Art

 The most political decision you make is where you direct people’s eyes. In other words, what you show people, day in and day out, is political... And the most politically indoctrinating thing you can do to a human being is to show him, every day, that there can be no change. 

Wim Wenders


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"Mrs Lemon's Visit to Japan" takes its name from a poster seen in Cornwall advertising a talk at the local Women's Institute - I thought it had a ring to it :) Before I saw this (there is a picture of it somewhere on here taken many moons ago), the bolg (I mean "blog" of course, but today bolg sounds like a better description somehow), the bolg was known as Ten Years of Pictures, my target being when I set out to take a picture a day for 10 years; probably luckily for everyone concerned, I failed in this and instead I give you the melange that is Mrs Lemon's; I hope there is something here you like.

NB If you go back in time far enough on here some of the photos start to disappear - I think this has to do with a strange policy Google has of only keeping one copy of a photo and sharing it between Picassa (where I want to store nothing) and here; I'm not sure but I think any pictures on here have to be on Picassa which I'm not wild about but there you go - a free service so, for the time being, I'm not complaining. Not too much anyway.



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