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This month’s theme was particularly loose, and gave people lots of opportunities, which we’d intended. March can be a miserable month, and it’s hard to get out at the best of times!

Dave’s picture we think has a nice bit of foreground interest. Foreground interest was all the rage about 20 years ago, when no landscape photo was complete without a duck in the front. These days it’s not stressed so much, but often helps in giving the picture a narrative impulsion. The view here is less than stunning, but the framing makes us look at it.
There’s also some implied romance from the two benches, which never hurt anyone!

We also had quite a few pictures this month that were totally off topic – eclipse shots, snow pictures etc. We’re really happy with this – if you have a photography problem with your camera or pictures let us know and we’ll try to help. That’s why we’re here!

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A very varied selection of pictures from this month’s theme. Lots of traffic including this rather good first shot from Dave, which follows all the rules for getting a good headlight/traffic shot:

 

Firstly and most importantly it’s a long shutter speed – here, it’s 15 seconds. You will not be able to hold it still for this, but you may not need a tripod – you may get by resting on a handrail or a dog poo bin. Use the timer so you don’t poke the camera and wobble it.

Secondly, you’ll need to find an aperture and ISO to suit the shutter speed (so, usually a higher f stop and lower ISO – here it’s f22 and 100ISO.

Thirdly, you need a good bit of road. Sleek and understandable, with traffic diverting smoothly. (Bumps in the road look awful).  It’s crucial that the still stuff is really sharp – so a stationary car looks good too.  Somehow if everything is moving we can’t pick out the movement of the subject from the wobbling of the lens, so it doesn’t work.  We need to be holding the camera really still for these – use every trick in the book and you’ll be glad you did.

We did have a young chap on a course in Henley who was unbelievably good at holding the camera still – up to a second or more an perfect clarity – weird.  Turned out in his day job he is a Royal Marine sniper – fair enough!  For most of us the old rule of being able to hold the camera for the length of the zoom applies (so a 200mm lens can be held for 1/200th on a full frame camera, or 1/300th on a Nikon/Sony or 1/3200 on a Canon crop sensor camera.  Much longer than this and you have to take precautions – and don’t believe the hype about image stabilisation either!!

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With a theme like “Ablaze” I thought we would see a lot of fire pictures, surprisingly there weren’t that many – just as many pictures of illuminated retail outlets as fire, shows how much we know! This striking picture was taken by Toby at the 2012 Olympics – he has cunningly increased his ISO to [...]

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A slightly muted response this month with the usual great range of subjects, and locations from the Malvern Hills to the Vercours. This picture warrants a little exploration – this was taken by Maureen, and I have included the mentoring I sent: Settings were Canon 650D, 74mm equiv, 1/8th, f4.5, 3200 ISO Here’s what I [...]

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Some of the best stuff we’ve ever had on the mentoring service this month – obviously this theme struck a bit of a chord.  Some great ideas and technical skills on show here. As always, a real mix of experience and cameras, from compacts to a mighty Nikon D3, and people with years of experience [...]

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This month we have an even wider range of subjects and concepts than usual. I’ve picked out 20 of the best pictures – there are also a fair few on our Facebook page. I really am constantly amazed by the ingenuity and creativity that people show in taking these pictures. Don’t forget that most of [...]


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