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This is the photography blog for photographer and writer David Moore. He's based in Santa Fe, New Mexico but speaks with a funny accent.


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    January 27th, 2008

    Does Canon support shooting whales?

    Shoot-whales-with-a-CANON.jpgMy friend Dave Walsh is currently on the Greenpeace ship Esperanza, having spent the last two months chasing Japanese ‘scientific’ whaling shapes around the Southern Ocean.

    He’s a great photographer, and when it dawned on him that the ship contained a bunch of Canon gear he wondered what Canon’s stance on whaling is – especially given its commitment to other conservation efforts.

    Here’s the upshot:

    Here at Greenpeace, we support shooting whales… with cameras. But we’re surprised to learn that Canon, the world’s number one digital camera producer, isn’t willing to condemn using harpoons — despite their high-profile advertising and sponsorship programmes dedicated to wildlife and endangered species.

    We wrote to Canon headquarters in Japan asking their CEO to speak out against Japan’s whaling programme. But Canon declined to take a stand against the killing of thousands of whales.

    As a Canon user I’m not very happy about this, so I dashed off a quick letter to the CEO. Maybe you should think about doing the same. There’s more information here.

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    January 18th, 2008

    100 strangers – challenge yourself

    I’m a shy person in many ways, and the prospect of stopping strangers in the street and asking to take their pictures fills me with dread.

    But I can see that it would be a great way to extend my photographic range, and get some great images.

    So the Flickr Group 100 Strangers might be just the place for me:

    This is a contact photo group to inspire you to practice taking portraits of people you don’t know. The ultimate challenge for the members is to take 100 portraits of 100 strangers. Candids are not allowed. Little by little, learning by doing you’ll get better results. You might even find that taking contact with strangers isn’t as scary as you thought it would be.

    Here’s how it goes: Stop people by the street, talk with them, ask if you can take a portrait. Post the picture to Flickr and 100 strangers pool. Try to get an idea who they are. Write a caption that tells something about the person in portrait. Describe how you got the photo.

    Don’t post archive photos. Get out on the streets to take new ones.


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    January 15th, 2008

    MacBook Air for the photographer?

    product-air.jpgApple’s announcement of the new tiny MacBook Air gives Mac users a new alternative if they’re looking for a subnotebook. But does it stack up for digital photography use?

    Display – passable

    The LED display is only 13″ but has a pretty good resolution: 1280 x 800 – slightly less than a 15″ MacBook Pro but the same as a regular MacBook. The video card is the same as the MacBook too, which means it shares some of the main memory.

    Together, this means that on its own, it’s only OK for graphics intensive activities. The good news is that it can power an external monitor up to 1920 x 1200 pixels (an Apple 23-inch Cinema Display, for example).


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    January 12th, 2008

    Death and life in Photography Education

    Darius Himes (from Radius Books and elsewhere) has a good article in this week’s Santa Fe Reporter looking at the issues facing photography education – and by extension, photography in general.

    The questions currently being debated in academia are just as important for serious amateurs to be aware of:

    In short, what constitutes the bedrock of an education in photography has been called into question; it begs to be redefined and reconfirmed. What students should learn in a Photo 101 class is precisely what is up for grabs. Should they learn how to process film or how to parse pixels? Should they learn how light objects or how to emulate that effect in Photoshop? And when should students learn how to think and talk about the conceptual underpinnings of the medium?


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    January 12th, 2008

    Submit your travel photos and stories to ‘Everywhere’

    everywhere_bigcover.gifThe folks who brought you the very successful website/magazine combo JPG have a new venture.

    Everywhere‘ is a website where you submit your travel photos and stories, creating a huge online travel guide. The extra twist is that the best articles and images on a number of topics are selected and published in a beautiful print magazine (and you get paid).

    I”ve just received a trial version of issue 1 – I’m a contributor to the sister website JPG (and had an article published in issue 13) – and it’s a lovely object.

    So if you have some good travel photographs and like the collaborative nature of the website, this is a good one to check out. ‘Everywhere‘ is here, you might say.

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    January 9th, 2008

    Why you should buy a prime lens

    Lock timeIf, like me, you graduated to digital SLR photography from digital point and shoots, you’re very familiar with zoom lenses: they’re flexible, easy to understand and mean you get tightly-framed shots (or expansively wide landscapes) without swapping lenses or having to walk back and forth to compose your shot.

    This sounds good, but for SLRs this flexibility comes at a very high cost in image quality, low-light ability, creative control, price and stealth capabilities.

    The truth is, unless you’re completely loaded, most of the time you’d be better off shooting with lenses that don’t zoom – prime lenses.

    Let’s look at the benefits:


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