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News from Bill Allsopp Photography

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Shooting Infrared
16th September 2016 - 0 comments
The infrared camera conversion (see previous post) is producing some fabulous images. I know it can't last but at the moment every time I go out yet another fine image falls onto my sensor. Judging the results that will be obtained is initially a challenge and requires some careful thought and each new day produces different conditions and locations so there is always something to learn.

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Here are some results from the last week, they are all for sale through which is my new monochrome site, sales through this site will resume as soon as we have moved into our new home. The move has been delayed by the abysmal service, or rather lack of it, from Severn Trent Water (STWA) who never ring back when they say they will and on Wednesday failed to turn up to connect the water AND gave no notice, explanation or apology. The company is a disgrace.

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Infrared conversion
31st August 2016 - 0 comments
I have just had a Fuji X camera converted to IR. The conversion was superbly handled by Advanced Camera Services in Norfolk.

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A wet day in the city
20th August 2016 - 1 comment
I spent yesterday in Leicester with my wife and elder daughter; lunch at Pizza Express then the Apple shop and Jessops. It's a tough life.

I seem to be doing more and more urban photography - don't you just love the reflections off wet city streets?

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Hyperfocal distance
05th August 2016 - 2 comments
A source of confusion and annoyance to many, Hyperfocal distance can still be a very useful tool and is easy enough to master. I use it nearly every day in my landscape photography and it works for me so it can work for you.

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Amateur or professional?
27th July 2016 - 1 comment
I have had cause to reconsider if I should be described as an amateur or professional landscape photographer. I have mused on the subject before and never been able to express clearly how I should be described; so let me start from the beginning - whatever that is.
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26th July 2016 - 0 comments
20th July 2016 I parked in the town of Wells-next-the-Sea under a dark sky hoping for a few sunset shots. As I got out of the van about 7:15 p.m. I checked the sky and wondered if it was going to rain. “I’ll probably be alright.....

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waited ...... and waited ....... and got cold and wet .......
12th July 2016 - 0 comments
1st July I arrived at St. Mary's to be greeted by the sight of wonderful light on the lighthouse and a dark rain squall behind. The light was gone before I could get the van parked and the camera out. Undeterred I got the camera set up on the tripod and stood and waited ...... and waited ....... and got cold and wet ....... and went back to the van for soup.

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Great light on stormy days or the Fuji 100-400 lens.
04th July 2016 - 0 comments
Last week I had a few days away in the North East of England, not always great weather but often great light. Two days before I left I took delivery of the Fuji 100-400mm lens. I have been dithering over this lens for months. Twice I have ordered it before cancelling.

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This is Leicestershire
10th May 2016 - 0 comments
I have moaned on many occasions about the Leicestershire landscape; it is riddled with electricity transmission towers and cables, liberally spattered with motorways and their intrusive furniture, huge warehouse sheds and if all that were not bad enough many of the fields are small, and bordered by tall scruffy hedges which block the view.

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Donington Historic Festival
02nd May 2016 - 0 comments
I had a great morning at this meeting; it is years since I followed classic and vintage car events. I used to go to so many I got jaded, but I am ready to go again but, Oh Man, do I need some practice at panning wth the action; not nearly enough keepers. I wonder if I can get a trackside pass agin like I used too all those years ago?

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"Jack Frost's Feathers"
29th April 2016 - 0 comments
Most of the winter it has been cold and damp, now it's spring we get frosts. Typically perverse British weather.

Yesterday however I got up early to go out and take some landscape photos and only made it as far as the van. The windscreen was covered in beautifully patterned frost and I set about getting some pictures before the sun got on it.

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Contract with Robert Harding Picture Library
19th April 2016 - 0 comments
I am delighted to have received the contract today to shoot images for Robert Harding Picture Library. They have a collection of high quality imagery and video covering a diverse range of subjects such as destinations, travel & tourism, people, cultures, wildlife, nature, landscapes, archaeology, architecture and the environment. Robert Harding are one of the top libraries for this type of imagery.
Lee Filters - 100mm or Seven5 on the Fuji X
10th April 2016 - 0 comments
I am currently running Fuji X cameras alongside a Canon 5D Mk3 although I suspect this will not last for long, I feel so much more comfortable with the X-T1 and X-Pro2 and the lesser weight of the Fuji X system suits me too.

With the Canon I needed the 100mm Lee Filter System but I experimented with the Seven5 on the Fuji X cameras.
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Sunshine to warm the soul.
02nd April 2016 - 0 comments
After a grim, grey wet morning the sun came out so we went off to our favourite field at the edge of the National Forest.......

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The Photography Show 2016
22nd March 2016 - 0 comments
Just back from a fantastic day at the Photography Show at the NEC. After a very quick wander round a few stands I went to the Toute Suite for Carlie Waite’s talk which was very interesting and then onto the Fuji X Stand where Ben Cherry was assisting, I tried out both the X-Pro 2 and the new 100-400 lens. Impressive? Yes just awesome.
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Wandering in the Mist
12th March 2016 - 0 comments
Yesterday saw a fine morning mist and, as almost always, it called me to go out and see who else was there and what was happening. Often there are giants or fairies at play - safe in the knowledge that humans will not see them and there are ghosts that invade the mind and make all seem magical. So it was I set out with hope to meet new friends and old, see new vistas and shapes both friendly and foreboding.

As usual the Fuji X-T1 performed flawlessly.

"Stand and Point."

"Island of the mind."
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05th February 2016 - 0 comments
One very happy customer has just received a large acrylic of "Isolation." Must say it looked Fab, first time I have seen it printed as an acrylic.

Shooting for stock
04th February 2016 - 0 comments
Had a fab' day In Derbyshire yesterday with the Fuji X-T1 shooting stock images around Hathersage and Mam Tor. The little Fuji is so easy to carry yet so good to use. Weather was great too, not the endless grey we seem to have been palgued with but a steady flow of changeable conditions making for great light and atmosphere. Images all captioned and keyworded ready to upload this morning; now I can't wait to get out again!

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Endless grey days
19th January 2016 - 0 comments
The recent dire weather has put me off a bit so today I borrowed the flowers I bought yesterday for SWMBO. "Black Tulips" Except they were purple. In camera jpeg with a bit of pp tweaking.

Talk to Stratford Photographic Group
10th December 2015 - 0 comments
On Tuesday I visited Stratford Photographic Group to give my talk "British Landscapes in Colour and Mono." I found them to be a very friendly club with some excellent photographers in their number. It's always a slightly daunting thing to give a talk when a club has such a good reputation and the thoughts that run through my mind include; "Will they enjoy my images," "Am I helping to pass on the knowledge I have gained over my years of photography"

Well it seems on this occasion I need not have worried as the next day I received this email.

Hello Bill,

As I drove home last, I thought I must send you a note of thanks.........
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