Posts Tagged ‘photography’

30 Photographic Goals for 2010

January 7, 2010

2010 Photography Goals

I thought this list on the Digital Photography School site was excellent. See

I don’t know that I’ll try all of them and some I do already but Christina Dickson’s list is thought-provoking nonetheless.

This is Britain?

November 11, 2009

Digital Camera Photographer of the YearI found this gallery of shortlisted photos for the “Digital Camera Photographer of the Year 2009: This is Britain” competition on the Daily Telegraph web site.

The first picture, Fuel Girls, a booze-up (as we used to call it) puts me off going to Britain for my holidays. Maybe it’s technically good and very “street” but it’s also gross!

#2 – Just a Shower is wonderfully humourous, but there are rain spots on the lens. Surely that’s a no-no? Or does that make it “authentic” in the eyes of the judges?

#5 – Food Lovers – a mosaic of people eating is gross too. But that was probably the photographer’s intent.

#9 – Pier caught my eye but I don’t like the way the lamp hides one of the divers’ feet.

#16 – Cool Britannia looks over-sharpened – or the man has a skin disease.

#21 – Wayne is good black and white “street” albeit not candid. I wonder if it was shot with a Leica.

#26 – Frozen Intensity is excellent “street”. The police officer’s fixed, almost robotic, expression is scary. I would not have dared get that close in to a demonstration.

#27 – Rain. I cannot believe this is a shortlisted picture. There must be a million rain splattered pictures of a grey London from the London Eye on Flickr alone. What is special about this one?

#32 – A Day at the Beach must be posed or the rain was added in Photoshop, surely? It’s a cliche anyway.

#33 – A Kiss in Time is boring street. Not enough contrast and more focus on the station departure board than the lovers.

Overall I thought they were a bit depressing. I bet entries from the USA would be a lot more positive.

The winners will be announced in early December 2009 and they’ll be exhibited at The Mall Galleries, London from the 9th to the 13th of December. I think I’ll skip it.

The Bangkok Frugal Photographer

October 16, 2009

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Definition of frugal from

  1. Economical in use or expenditure; prudently saving or sparing; not wasteful: a frugal manager.
  2. Entailing little expense; requiring few resources; meager; scanty: a frugal meal.


thrifty, chary, provident, careful, economical.

Maybe I should rename this blog “The Frugal Photographer”. Unfortunately the domains and have been taken already.

Everybody I know is getting the latest cameras and accessories like the Canon EOS-7D. I am on a budget and I’m going to control myself. It is great to read about the latest equipment. I am sure I would love to be able to purchase anything and everything that takes my fancy. But I want to be responsible and frugal.

(Of course with the 7D I can easily say that – it isn’t available in Thailand yet.)

I am reading all the first impressions (for example Michael Willems’s ongoing summaries) and reviews and every time I see something even mildly critical I saw “Oh well then, it isn’t worth it!”.

I console myself with the fact that a good photographer can take exceptional pictures with common equipment. My 2004 Canon EOS-300D Digital Rebel still takes great pictures if I am careful and patient (it’s slow!).

My 2006 Canon EOS-30D is much, much faster and takes fine photos. OK it does not have video or Live View and it doesn’t scrub its sensor every morning and evening but I still love it.

I have a modest selection of Canon lenses but nothing from the L series. My Canon MP610 printer / scanner is nearing its second birthday.

My laptop is a modest Compaq Presario CQ40 with no additional screens or other fripperies. I do have tons of disk space and up-to-date versions of the key software I use daily.

I take some pride in the fact that I have zero recurring software expenses. I have free accounts with Yahoo Mail, Gmail, Flickr, PicasaWeb, EveryTrail, Mozy Home and so on. And of course this blog is free courtesy of WordPress.

I’ve written extensively about my Nikon Coolpix P6000. That’s my only photographic extravagance this year. It’s getting a bit worn now but I have finally worked out how to work around its sloth and I enjoy it a lot. 80% of the time I do not take either DSLR out with me. The P6000 does fine.

Of course the P7000 will be out soon and I’ll have camera-envy all over again. But there have been no new rumours since August, so I’ll have bragging rights about one of my cameras for a little while.

frugal. Unabridged. Random House, Inc. (accessed: October 15, 2009).