First Schwarzwald hike

First Schwarzwald hike

We finally made it into the Schwarzwald (Black Forest) yesterday. We walked around 17km, from the bottom of Allerheiligen falls to the top of Schliffkopf, the highest mountain (1055m) in the northern part of the Black Forest, which was a climb of about 600m. The walk was aided, of course, by some of the local specialities:

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Learn how to use an SLR camera – a neat simulator

Learn how to use an SLR camera – a neat simulator

I first learnt to take pictures on my Grandpa’s Ricoh XR-1s (which he then gave me, and still occasionally use). It’s totally manual, it doesn’t even have aperture or shutter priority. It was a really good way to learn about exposure. At first, all I knew was that I had to change the aperture and shutter speed until the two indicators lined up. It took […]

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Fully functional camera costume

I want a Halloween costume like this: Fully Functional Camera Costume from Tyler Card on Vimeo.

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Guarding image integrity – photo manipulation?

The Guardian has a piece about their photo guidelines, and it’s almost word for word my own ‘ethos’ about digital manipulation: Our rule about the use of Photoshop and other picture-manipulating software is that cropping and toning – basically anything that might have been done in a darkroom – is OK, but the moving of pixels or “cutting and pasting” is forbidden. I guess the […]

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Some photos from my performances in Nuremberg

Photos by Jutta Missbach and Ludwig Olah.

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Vienna (with slideshow)

We had a great time last week in Vienna. I was there for a big competition, though didn’t make it past the first round – though to be one of the 160 who qualified out of the 3000 who applied & auditioned is nothing to sneeze at. On the plus side, it meant that the rest of the week was a holiday for us. We […]

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Living Photos

I’m not quite sure why they’re called living photos, but they are pretty nifty. You can change the focus within the image with one click:  

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Aldeburgh slideshow

My flickr slideshow of shots I took in Aldeburgh & Snape Maltings:

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Aldeburgh beach

 

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Some fascinating shots of the Titanic

Having recently read a book about the musicians on board the Titanic, I was very interested in these pictures: I’m told (if I recall correctly – and a family member can correct me if I’m wrong) that my great-great-grandfather – who was a baker around Sadlers Wells when Gilbert and Sullivan were in their hey-day – had a ticket for the Titanic, but was persuaded […]

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Lee Friedlander shoots aspiring opera singers

The celebrated photographer Lee Friedlander has done a somewhat bizarre series: portraits of the finalists of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the biggest singing competition in the US. Click to see more. (btw, I sang a charity concert in NYC with the guy on the right) The New York Times also carries a wonderful documentary piece on the competition. It’s not often that I […]

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Issor slideshow

A slideshow from our trip to Issor in the south of france a few weekends ago:  

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