Category Archives: Photography

The 500px Photo Sharing Website

I must admit that over the past several months I have become more than a little disenchanted with the Flickr photo sharing website.  The design of the site hasn’t moved on for the past few years; it still tells you how to say ‘Hello’ to someone in an irrelevant foreign language, and frankly the joke wore a little thin some time ago.  It is far too easy to stumble across pornographic images that I’d rather not have on my screen, and while there are some excellent photographers posting to Flickr, there is a sizeable majority of images on the site that are of dubious quality.

I was pleased, therefore, to learn about the 500px.com website.

Screenshot of 500px.com

On 500px, photographers may vote on other photographer’s images – liking or disliking them – ensuring that the cream rises to the top; the quality of the images contributed to the site are quite stunning.

The company behind 500px is small, and the recent meteoric rise of the site may provide a few organisational teething problems (the back-channel tends to suggest that this might be the case), but it should turn out to be a good home for those who take their photography seriously, and who want to be inspired.

Photographer Haunts Abandoned Places

Interesting article in Wired Magazine about Belgian pilot and photographer Henk van Rensbergen, who has been exploring abandoned places all his life—defunct factories, crumbling villas, shuttered hospitals.

Some really great images.

 

Yorkshire Sculpture Park


Today Linda and I visited the Yorkshire Sculpture Park; it is a pioneering place that aims to challenge, inspire, inform and delight, welcoming over 300,000 visitors, including 40,000 learning visits each year.  Although it was a quick visit for us to reconnoitre the park for wedding photography background, Lin and I broke off from our work and became enchanted by the sculptures.

We were awestruck by the work of the Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa, his first major exhibition in the UK.

Here are some images of his work.

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If you’re in the Barnsley / Wakefield area, it’s well worth a visit.

Also posted in News, Wedding Photography

Fulling Mill Cottage – Fittleworth

Yesterday I had some of my photographs of Fulling Mill Cottage in Fittleworth published in the Brighton Argus newspaper.

Fulling Mill Cottage lies in the picturesque village of Fittleworth, three miles West of Pulborough, in West Sussex. The cottage, along with it’s cats, was bequeathed to Cat Welfare Sussex by it’s last owner, Fred Saigeman upon his death in 2010. Fred had been a staunch supporter of Cat Welfare Sussex for many, many years. It was his greatest wish that the Charity could restore his family home, and after careful thought the trustees decided to restore Fulling Mill Cottage to her former Glory, creating a valuable asset for cat welfare in the future.  Read more about the project.

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Disclaimer: Over the years Linda and I have given a home to four cats from CWS: Sorrel, Tansy, Gypsy and Millie.  I look after the website, do a few IT related things, and take photographs whenever required.

If you’d like to help the charity with a donation, there’s a PayPal donations button on the website, or on your phone, text CATS33 then your donation (£1, £2, £5 or £10) to 70070 (eg CATS33 £5 to 70070). Thank you.

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Canon Masterclass on Lenses

The Canon Professional Network has created a Masterclass on lenses, explaining the best lenses to use for

  • Macro
  • Sports & Wildlife
  • Landscapes, and
  • Portraits

and some techniques to get the best out of them.

It’s worth a watch! You’ll find it here.