Yeh, like hell!! How rich do you think I am? :)
Ok so as a (broke) Canon shooter I probably don’t need to get too excited about Nikon’s latest release but since both of the ‘big two’ have now shown their next generation of professional offerings, it seems appropriate to speculate about their relative performance.
In the recent past Nikon was clearly ahead in the area of noise control with the D3/D3s having the advantage of the much lower resolution than Canon equivalents. It seemed Canon seriously needed to get a move on and dish out a full frame model aimed at sports and wildlife shooters- the APS-H sensors of the EOS 1D 3 and 4 wasn’t quite enough to enable similar performances at high ISO’s, even with the high quality Digic processors. Now however, the D4 and EOS 1DX are much closer in pixel count and both use the full frame sensor format. Therefore it appears logical that any differences in low-light performance will be less influenced by physical pixel size and more about proc ...
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Quite excited- Lumiere is back! For those who don't know what Lumiere is (and I suspect most of the world won't- I'm not sure if it's done anywhere else but Britain!) it's basically a light show; hence the name. Artists get together to display their work, which consits of interesting ways of using light, in an atmospheric setting- and it's Durham's turn. Lights are hidden all over the city and at night buildings, bridges and streets are illuminated with all sorts of projected patterns and colours. In addition to that light sculpures are put on display, some on rooftops and some at ground level, in alleys and in the town square. It's really quite emotive and obviously provides countless opportunities for taking photos.
First done in Durham in 2009, some 75,000 people showed up to see it as the city (which already has tonnes of character) lends itself to being a tourist attraction. The biggest spectacle last time was the display projected onto the cathedral, meaning this will probably ...
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I was pleasantly surprised to receive an e-mail this week informing me that some of my images have been used for the 'Reader Spotlight' section in the next issue of AP Magazine. What is meant by 'some' I do not yet know (I won't get this issue until Wednesday) but having tried several times over the last few years to have them publish my shots I feel an element of satisfaction that I've got some through! I've seen my photos in the 'Appraisal' column on a couple of occasions but it's been the Gallery I've wanted to get too. As I've said before I don't think I'm an amazing photographer, but It's nice to get some recognition from the experts. When I know what shots have been used I'll post one or two of them here so non-AP readers can take a look (if so inclined!)
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A few months back I heard about this (relatively) new photo-sharing site called 500px and apparently it was supposed to be like Flickr but with a much more 'pro' audience. I was instantly interested. I'm not a pro. I'd love to be one day but for now I'm making do with my 'amateur occasionally doing semi-pro work' status. However what I would really like is to display my images in a community of experienced photographers in the hope that I might get some constructive feedback with an aim to improving my photography. And from what I've heard 500px is the place to go- so here I am! I love flickr, although I haven't had an account that long, but from browsing the thousands of photostreams and accompanying comments It isn't difficult to see that many (NOT ALL) but many people are not interested in providing constructive feedback- they only want you to reciprocate with a comment of your own and maybe a fav or two. Therefore I plan to use both sites side-by-side and see what differences I can ...
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