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British Gent

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  1. It's quite reassuring (some would call it confirmation bias) that several successful photographers on here have chipped in with their own horror stories about their local club. I wouldn't want to be too harsh - it clearly works for lots of people and probably provides a valuable social function - just not for me. Reading through the various posts has dredged up a few forgotten gems, so at risk of drifting into bitchiness I'll add one other favourite: On one occasion I recall a visiting judge waxing lyrical about an 'action' shot of a white-water rafter. You'll know the kind of thing - swirling
  2. Oh my goodness, does this dog watch TV! I have any number of shots of him standing with his nose up to the screen when a nature program is on. He's even looked behind the TV to see where the creature he's been watching has gone. Not sure if this makes him extremely bright for a dog or very dim, but he is a character for sure.
  3. Two of the snowy weekend just gone, and one from last year when we looked after a very handsome Welsh Springer for a friend.
  4. Bit cheeky to be commenting on this thread without actually contributing (yet), but it's an eye-opener for someone who has struggled with developing the 'stock mindset', if you know what I mean. It took me the best part of nine years to submit 467 images here, but filled with a New Year resolve to widen my scope, I've got to nearly 700 in little over two months. Now I realise I can increase my submission total in my underpants. (As long as I avoid reflective surfaces.) Very illuminating!
  5. I have to confess that I gave up making the weekly trip to a local camera club some years ago, mainly because of (what I perceived to be) the poor quality of the judging. Yes, judging. Like a lot of the camera clubs that thrive in South Wales, photography is seen as something of a competitive sport. Definitely not an aspect that holds any interest for me. So the judging... hmm... seemed to be largely about having something to say or demonstrating some sort of knowledge. E.g. Judge: "See how the lines draw your eye into the picture." Me (silently): "But I'd rather my eyes weren't drawn into tha
  6. A 'metric' that would be of great interest to me is how many hours a week the elite contributors put in. I do believe I can be more effective with what time I have, but suspect I won't be able to ramp up to the submission volumes these guys have achieved until retirement...
  7. A grab shot as I left a building site last week. Straight into the sun. Amazing what even a ten year old sensor has lurking in the shadows once you start delving.
  8. 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....
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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,
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. We finally settled on a bonio at 7.00am this morning, after a gruelling night around the negotiating table.
  17. I've been uploading pics of my golden retriever Ruby since she was a pup. She has no idea.
  18. 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....
  19. Car wrapping? At least that's what it's called here. Chrome wrap. wim Much obliged, Wim!
  20. 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...
  21. The Museum of Welsh Life, St Fagans. Seven minutes drive from home and free entry. I can't get enough of it.
  22. 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.
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