Caithness Holiday Day 4: when a forest is not a wood

Sometimes I have to tell it like it is. Dunnet Forest is one of the least pleasant collections of trees I’ve ever had the displeasure of walking through. From start to finish, a total misuse of the land. Within 50yd of the carpark are multiple signs warning owners to pick up after their dogs and […]

when a landscape location goes sour

I don’t know how to tag some of these photos: on the one hand, a place that’s been a good walk in the trees for over a decade, but on the other, one that’s now showing the tarnish of human influence. Landscape photographer’s idyll or sad anger? The Falls of Bruar present several well-known scenes. […]

How Many Megapixels?

There are several cliches in the field of megapixel-count and resolution required for acceptable photographic prints. In no particular order: 300dpi is “fine art” you don’t need as many dpi for larger prints because typically they’re viewed further away my printer claims to do 360dpi or 1440dpi or … 24 megapixels is more than enough […]

Morvern 3/4: In Search of Purity

Time to explain the motivation for this excursion to the Morvern peninsula. A few months ago, I was exploring what Google Earth had to show for the West coast of Scotland. A lot of photographers gravitate toward the north-west, around Sutherland, and rightly so – the geography up there is impressive. However, coming a little […]

Pentax K-1: an open-source photo-processing workflow

There is a trope that photography involves taking a single RAW image, hunching over the desktop poking sliders in Lightroom, and publishing one JPEG; if you want less noise you buy noise-reduction software; if you want larger images, you buy upscaling software. It’s not the way I work. I prefer to make the most of […]

eBay + PayPal: Considered Harmful

I forget exactly when I made my first purchase from eBay, but given how my PayPal account was registered in 2005, my usage of both sites certainly dates back over 10 years. Most of my transactions were simple purchases – old-fashioned (M42-fit) lenses for various cameras, although there were a few sales (again, mostly old […]

Olympus Pen-F: analysis and hands-on

There’s only one camera shop left in Perth and yesterday I was their first customer to buy the Olympus Pen-F. It’s not released on Amazon until Monday… So it’s been the talk of the web. It’s undeniably a beautiful camera, with a rangefinder design reminiscent of its film camera predecessor of the same name. I’ve […]

Ordinary Landscape

The other day, we had a proponent of “creative landscape photography” presenting at the photographic society. His results were outstanding. I even approved of some of his philosophy, which is saying something. But … some of his decisions in the execution of that philosophy seemed off. It’s great to hear someone ignoring the maxim “get […]