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News from Bill Allsopp Photography

This part of the web-site features both news and tips and techniques for other photographers, select which you want to see from the categories below - right.


Digital Monochrome Photography
08th September 2017 - 0 comments
After a year producing almost no monochrome images except for Infrared I have finally returned to the fold. Inspired by shape, design and tonality, the keystones of good mono I felt compelled to start editing my colour images. I'm so glad I did and hope you enjoy them.

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Indifferent weather can produce outstanding photographs
07th September 2017 - 0 comments
It is 12 months since we moved house and I have been busy knocking a blank canvas of a garden into shape - and enjoying it so much. Despite short trips away to Norfolk, Cornwall, Norfolk and Suffolk and Wales it felt as if my enthusiasm for photography was waning, then I got that feeling that I had to go out with my camera.

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MonoVisions 2017
20th August 2017 - 1 comment
I a delighted to have gained an honourable mention in the Landscapes category of this prestigious international competition with a series of Infrared images taken with my Fuji camera in Charnwood Forest, Leicestershire.

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Infrared Conversion of Fuji X-Pro 2
10th August 2017 - 0 comments
Finally got the Fuji X-Pro2 back from its conversion to infrared. It has been away a long while due to the fact that ACS had not done one previously but expected the filter would be the same size as the X-Pro1. It was not and they had to get a special batch made.

The conversion was to 830nm, which is the same as I had previously on the X-E1 and I went out to the river Soar to check all was well. I made a few exposures on the outskirts of Loughborough and went on to Ratcliffe on Trent where I made a few more. It was immediately obvious that the depth of field scale at the bottom of the frame is no longer accurate and I will check with ACS as to why this is so and why they don’t advise customers of this. As it happens that is of no relevance to me as I am now well aware of what to expect with different lens and aperture settings.

What is relevant is that the rendering is, as expected, superb and I am very happy with the files being produced.

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Why do I keep a notebook about my photography?
04th July 2017 - 0 comments
Firstly, and to explain, what is my notebook? It started out as a simple record of locations - nothing more. When I got back I wanted to be certain as to where a picture was taken so I had accurate information to submit to a picture library.....
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Suffolk and Norfolk tour.
24th June 2017 - 0 comments
I recently returned to the Suffolk coast, an area I have not visited for six years. I had a few very enjoyable days around Aldeburgh and Southwold and came home along the coast visiting my old haunts along the North Norfolk coast.

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26th April 2017 - 0 comments
This is one of those pictures that tells me we need to look carefully as there are pictures all around us which could easily go un-noticed.

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Photo club quarterly competition.
25th April 2017 - 0 comments
Last night was the fourth quarterly of Coalville and District Photographic Society. The theme was blue and the judge Ian Pinn. I normally enter the PDI section only and that was the case tonight - I just end up with too many prints lying around at home afterwards.

The outcome left me feeling thoroughly awkward and looking for a rock to crawl under as I got first, second, third and fourth.

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No plan survives contact with the enemy
11th April 2017 - 0 comments
"The best-laid plans of mice and men go oft awry" or “No plan survives contact with the enemy.”

For weeks I had been planning a 16 day photo tour of South-West England and D day arrived on on 22nd March. First destination was Burnham on Sea and I made a few images of the low light then pressed on to Watchet. Up at 4:30 the next morning and into Dunster where I managed a few shots despite the grey skies that were to persist for almost two whole days. The next day was wall to wall blue skies, still less than ideal but it started well with some cracking images of Wheal Coates at dawn and ended with a decent sunset at Levant and a sore throat.

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Fosse Co-Operative Camera Club
19th February 2017 - 0 comments
I went along to Fosse Co-Operative Camera Club's presentation night for the Inter-cities competition as our club competition secretary suggested I did. I was puzzled as to why as I had nothing entered but since I expected it to be a good show and our club had some entries I went with Georgina.

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Dark Sky Pictures.
24th November 2016 - 0 comments
Living in the Midlands I don’t get many opportunities for dark sky shots but when I was planning a trip to the Norfolk Broads I thought I could make an opportunity for myself so I stopped off at Happisburgh to make a dark sky shot of the lighthouse.

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How much processing is enough?
05th November 2016 - 1 comment
When giving talks to photographic societies I often advise those present to process a picture until they are happy with and to then leave it for a few days, or longer.

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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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