Future Photography Trends

The other day I read a piece on DigitalRev by a photographer called Ben Davis on what he saw as the future of photography: http://www.digitalrev.com/article/5-predictions-for-the-future-of-photography

Whilst some of his views I agree with, there are others where I don’t but that said the article did was to provoke quite a number of thoughts on the topic of photography, where it is today and where it may go into the future, it is almost a repeat of the early days of photography and fine art painting but artists still exist today though at the time it might have seemed extinction was a possibility. Continue Reading →

An Unexpected Crossroads

Without a doubt, the most startling new camera that has been launched this year is the Sony a9 mirror-less camera which is aimed squarely at the professional photographer’s market. Technically it is a startlingly fast stills camera that can shoot at an amazing 20 frames per second, focuses brilliantly and does not suffer from the ‘mirror black out’ which is the curse of all mirror-less cameras when it comes to action photography.

So it should be game, set and match for the ‘old’ technology of the DSLR of Canon and Nikon or perhaps not ? It could be that this tour de force illustrates some limitations which are a lot more than purely technical. Continue Reading →

Destroying a Brand

Born at the end of 1945, I do not come from a computer literate generation and therefore took some 3-4 years out of my working life in my 40s to learn about Information Technology. In this sense I was eager to learn and took every opportunity to attend lectures and talks that would broaden my knowledge even though sometimes I barely understood the topic properly. In time it did all come together and led me to a new career in IT.

There was one talk I attended that had this opening statement: “There are only two kinds of people in this world, those who have lost data and those who are going to !” Continue Reading →

The Irrelevance of the EU and Globalisation

Perhaps the most interesting thing concerning Brexit, votes in the Commons on the Brexit timetable and the case at the Supreme Court is just how totally irrelevant it all is to our immediate future as too is ‘globalisation’. Although all the “middle class and better educated” cling onto the idea that somehow the EU and Globalisation are essential benefits to their ways of life in truth they are being total Luddites in their thinking.

Or if you prefer, they are suffering from the same lack of imagination that saw all the guns at Singapore pointing out to sea when the Japanese, being rather unsporting, attacked from the land side which it being the ‘Panto Season’, is definitely a case of “Look behind you white liberal idiots !” Continue Reading →

A Need for Common Sense

The British media, ever ready for any drama has a track record of photographers taking pictures of politicians carrying documents to and from meetings that can be clearly read when the images are enlarged. The obvious question arises is “Just how dumb are our politicians and their staff that this keeps happening ?”

This latest instance involves some assistant carrying hand written notes that ‘may’ indicate the UK Government’s desired objectives with regard to EU negotiations or ‘may well not’ but either way, their exposure should not have happened, folders are available and should be used. However this post is not so much about that specifically but more about what happens when people and ‘systems’ meet. Continue Reading →

Unrealistic Expectations

As a keen amateur photographer I am interested in new kit and the current/recent bi annual exhibition in Germany called Photokina is where the camera manufacturers display their current products. There are also several on line photographic sites I read and a particular favourite is Digitalrev. One of their journalists, Steve Law summarizing the current exhibition wrote an interesting article which is worth reading, if you are interested in such things:

http://www.digitalrev.com/article/photokina-2016-is-this-as-good-as-it-gets

However, it sets all kinds of thoughts in motion for me and I thought that I might share them for what this is worth… Continue Reading →

Liam Fox Makes a Gaff

Because I’m on a trip to the States, I am behind in posting new stuff however, a couple of issues did attracted my attention before leaving the UK and one of them concerns something Liam Fox said at a private meeting which inevitably was leaked to the Press.

There are many, business people and politicians who will say that in Liam Fox stating that business people today lack the drive and vision of their predecessors in earlier generations, he has made a “Serious Gaff”. I noticed a Labour politician saying that it was proof that he and the ‘Leavers’ never had a plan and were just lining up business people to blame if Brexit goes wrong. Continue Reading →

Ready For Change ?

There was a very good article in the Telegraph by William Hague in which he points to the promises that Theresa May has said with regard to her Government being one for “everybody and not just the privileged few”, He then raises the key question about whether she is ready for the huge economic changes that are about to engulf us.

Whilst I may not agree with everything he wrote or his motives for writing it, I do find it heartening to see an “establishment” figure finally pointing to the real problem that confronts the whole of our world. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/25/a-new-industrial-revolution-is-coming-is-theresa-may-ready-for-t/ Continue Reading →

More Than Lazy Journalism

I have below a ‘classic’ of the current genre but I will start with my basic proposition which concerns the turmoil in the global markets following the Brexit vote. At one level there are those on the “Remain” side who are saying “I told you so” but they are clearly wrong because something far more significant is happening. The Brexit vote has become more of a lightning conductor and a symbol for something far more radical which is that the whole idea of “globalisation” has probably run its course and together, the World needs to plot a totally new economic course for the future.

In this context and once the headless chickens stop panicking, Brexit may well have done the world and world peace a really big favour. Continue Reading →

It Is About Pictures

The interesting thing about most hobbies or past times is the passion of those that follow them, that can be generated over the smallest things that most often are not essential to the particular pursuit and this seems even more amplified by the attitudes developed by social media use. It doesn’t really matter what the particular pursuit is, most seem to require the purchase and use of ‘kit’ of one kind or another and inevitably with that comes what “is in or out of fashion” as far as such ‘kit’ is concerned.

This piece ‘focuses’ (forgive the pun), on my passion for photography but it applies to many other “hobbies” too. Continue Reading →