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Most photographers hate having their pictures taken (good excuse to hide behind the camera), and true to form very few pictures this month featured actual recognisable faces.

Picture of the month this month was telling the story with objects – Sally-Anne tells us quite a bit about herself with a few choice objects – note how some are lovingly worn. It’s a portrait rather than a landscape, so low f number, watch the white balance and try to get it lined up without looking too obvious.

I’ve cropped it in for more drama (hopefully) without losing the essential information.

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From the tiny to the huge, the slow to the fast, we had a great range of subjects this month, although heavy on the bees and traffic!

Picture of the Month – to our mind Dave’s shot gets both the reality of busy travel and the opposite relaxed pose of the subject. He has judged the shutter speed dead right, not an easy thing to do as the train slows down and speeds up in the station.

Shooting pretty wide here (27mm equiv) Dave used an aperture of f4.5, to give a blurry background and portrait-y focus on the subject, as you would do normally.  He’s then played with the shutter speed and ISO to give the effect he wants – in this case 1/13th of a second and a fairly low 320 ISO.  Obviously this shutter speed is on the long side (about twice the recommended length), so we need to be very careful to hold the camera as still as possible – possibly leaning up against a post or wall – to prevent a blurry subject.  So the balance has to be found between movement, and blur caused by camera shake if you don’t have a tripod or camera rest.

We think it’s really important in pics like this that the still stuff is really sharp – it helps no end with making the movement more exciting and contrasty.  Great stuff Dave!

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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