British Gent

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  1. Those missed photo opportunities

    Alas, I am prey to this anxiety also! Being in full-time work means I regularly find myself gazing wistfully out of the window as the light becomes really interesting and wondering how good some of my favourite locations must be looking....
  2. Fine Art photography

    Every now and then I dip into the winners' galleries that pop up online for prestigious competitions like the Taylor-Wessing portrait prize. Some of the photos are lovely to look at in fairness, while others look like better exposed examples of a B&Q employee of the month mug shot. I've reconciled myself to the fact that I simply don't get it.
  3. Those missed photo opportunities

    It does worry me a little that cameras are increasingly becoming computers. Ten years ago my D700 was state of the art (or so it seemed to me) whereas now it looks like a mechanical brick compared to the mirrorless wonders Sony are designing. But the D700 is ready to go the instant I turn it on. I've never questioned it. One bad experience like Alan's would worry me deeply.
  4. Fine Art photography

    I risk killing this thread stone dead, but would someone care to define 'Fine Art Photography'? I recently saw an Instagram post of a dreadfully dull silhouette of some trees that had been converted to black and white. This, according to the photographer's comment, made it 'fine art'. An extreme example, but one thing is for sure - calling something fine art doesn't make it fine art, which implies there are criteria even if it's debatable at the margins.
  5. Those missed photo opportunities

    Each morning as I approach work I pass a view of Llandaff Cathedral across school playing fields. It often looks pleasant in the morning sun, but one particular morning about eighteen months ago it looked so astonishing I nearly drove into the car in front of me. The sky was a deep storm grey behind it, but a brilliant orange light from the sun broke through clouds on the horizon and lit it up. It looked the same colour as The Grand Canyon. Since that day I've often taken my camera to work if there's even a slim chance of a repeat, but nothing has ever come close. I'm trying to keep the faith, but what are the chances...
  6. Favourite images uploaded - Feb 2018

    It's very early early in the month to be talking about favourites, but I took my camera to work on Monday and spent a very pleasant lunch hour walking around Llandaff Cathedral which is only five minutes' walk away. I've pointed my camera at it so often it's easy to retake the same shots so this time I deliberately set out to find new angles. Got about fifteen uploads out of it. Spring is not far away and there are a couple of spectacular magnolia trees in the grounds. Plenty more opportunity there.
  7. Favourite images uploaded - Jan 2018

    Set out to get the cathedral on the other side of the road, but the light wouldn't play nice so I pointed the camera down Llandaff Fields to ward off the despondency. Maybe one day it will be just what some client is after. No. 1 favourite this month so far is my faithful hound and Alamy subject Ruby.
  8. Share your oversaturated subjects sales

    This is by far my most lucrative single sale. The only reason I can think it would work so successfully for that client, given the vast options available, is the dark, empty space around the pup which I would guess is handy for text.
  9. Why didn't I take that picture...doh

    Or when you get to my age you stand there watching them disappear into the crowd, wracking your brains and trying to work out where you know them from... Hay is something of an annual family pilgrimage. I don't actively seek out well-known people, but if you're not careful you trip over them. One year I gave up my seat to an old boy who looked like he needed somewhere to eat his sandwich. As I looked back I realised it was Tony Benn. Anyone seeking notoriety could have a field day...
  10. Why didn't I take that picture...doh

    Not sure I'd have uploaded it, but a few years ago I was sitting in a deck chair, camera in hand, at the Hay Festival when Dave Gilmour walked past me. He clocked the camera and I think he expected me to jump up and ask to take a photo, but I was honestly completely starstruck and remaining rooted in that damn chair. Regret it to this day. The Hay Festival is a happy hunting ground for me. I've shot an ex-Archbishop of Canterbury, a truly obnoxious rock 'legend' who shall remain nameless, a former England rugby player and now commentator with a reputation for being blunt and rude, but who couldn't have been nicer and, of course, any number of writers. I've had two sales this autumn of a shot of Kazuo Ishiguro (prompted no doubt by his Nobel prize), but that missed opportunity burns - oh how it burns!
  11. Favourite pics uploaded Dec 2017

    We finally settled on a bonio at 7.00am this morning, after a gruelling night around the negotiating table.
  12. Favourite pics uploaded Dec 2017

    I've been uploading pics of my golden retriever Ruby since she was a pup. She has no idea.
  13. May 2017 Challenge - Transport

    Suzhou, China.
  14. Favourite images you have uploaded in April 2017

    Coincidentally (considering news photo I posted earlier for this "Favorite April Images" thread) I saw film skin being applied to car during the Press Party at New York International Auto Show afternoon of 4/12/2017. I took a few photos of the application - perhaps I should upload one... Ann I think you should! Pics of the process would undoubtedly have a broader appeal than a single detail. Just don't tell me if you get a sale and I don't....
  15. Favourite images you have uploaded in April 2017

    Car wrapping? At least that's what it's called here. Chrome wrap. wim Much obliged, Wim!
  16. Favourite images you have uploaded in April 2017

    Never seen this before - a Mercedes completely coated in a chrome finish. Apparently it's a film 'skin' applied to the regular paint job with heat. Should probably get the technical terms sorted out and add them to the key words...
  17. Favourite images you have uploaded in April 2017

    The Museum of Welsh Life, St Fagans. Seven minutes drive from home and free entry. I can't get enough of it.
  18. In the cemetery of Llandaff Cathedral.
  19. October 2016 Challenge - River

    Um, just realised we are to submit three images, not just the one. (Quite how I missed that I have no idea.) So... Ross-on-Wye And the cable cars over the Thames.
  20. October 2016 Challenge - River

    An interesting post, thanks. And thanks for the greenie!
  21. October 2016 Challenge - River

    The phrase 'Done to death' was invented for Pulteney Bridge in Bath, but hey, it was a pilgrimage. I photographed it back in 1974 and going back last Sunday for the first time in decades, I had to do it again. The bridge hasn't changed a bit, but the tech in my hands definitely had...
  22. Your favorite blurry image

    As usual, it rained at the Hay festival that year.
  23. How to make big sales?

    I hadn't had a single sale all year until two weeks ago, when suddenly there was a sale of $384. The image was the simplest thing you could imagine, taken in my own back garden. You upload and you wait. There is absolutely no control other than appropriate keywording that I know of.
  24. Welsh springer spaniel pup who came to stay with us for a few days at the end of September.