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News from Bill Allsopp Photography

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Light is Everything - Post processing can only help.
05th March 2018 - 0 comments
As a landscape photographer I believe what I do depends on the quality of the light I am working with; that is why I am prepared to keep going back to a location as well as taking time while there. Landscape photography is not something to be rushed.
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BBC Countryfile Magazine
26th February 2018 - 0 comments
I was invited to do a shoot for the magazine in December 2017 and this month the article showing how the editor, Fergus Collins make a greenwood stool has been published. See the March issue.

The day of the shoot was quite cold, better for those getting exercise shaping the timber, than me just hanging around taking pictures, but still most enjoyable.

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Photography Basics talk to U3A
26th January 2018 - 0 comments
Earlier this week II gave a talk to a U3A group, the first such group I have have given such a talk to and the first time I had given my "Basics" talk that I constructed for the purpose. Glad to say both I and the attendees enjoyed it, they were a great bunch and I have received great feedback
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Talks to photography clubs
09th January 2018 - 0 comments
The sudden rush of bookings has quite taken me by surprise; since the new year started there has been a flurry of requests and I now have 10 bookings between November 2018 and February 2019 six of which are in the February. Some of the bookings are for old favourites like British Landscapes while others for newer talks suck as urban Photography. Quite looking forward to it all myself. Still not to get ahead of myself, still quite a few to do before my season ends in March 2018.
New Year's Day Sunrise 1st January 2018
01st January 2018 - 0 comments
I watched the sun come up at Bradgate Park this morning with my elder daughter Claire. I elected to visit a part of Bradgate Park in Leicestershire that I had not previously photographed...

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Incy Wincy Spider
22nd December 2017 - 0 comments
I took our dog for a walk today around our village and at the end of a jitty (footpath) saw a wonderful cobweb bejewelled with droplets from the fog that has been with us all day.

After the walk I was straight back out with the camera and my trusted 90mm f 2.0 lens on the Fuji X-T2. Needless to say I was very pleased with the result which, given the time of year, may well be my last proper photograph of 2017.

Thank you Incy Wincy and a Merry Christmas to you as well as to all friends and customers.

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Lightroom Colour Range / Luminance Range adjustments using range mask.
16th December 2017 - 0 comments
I have just upgraded to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC 7.1 which has incorporated two major improvements.

First there is the “Auto” edit function. This has been massively improved over the old version; Adobe say they have incorporated Adobe Sensei technology which analyses an image and then compares it to one of thousands of professionally edited images in its database and then uses that information to create a better adjustment for the image being edited. Well whatever they have done it works. The basic adjustment with “Auto” is much better than the old function. If like me you are determined to get the very best from an image you will still need to do some more work but at least the starting point is better......

To me much more valuable is the Colour/Luminance range adjustment.

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A re-enactment of the Jacobite rising of 1745 in support of Bonnie Prince Charlie.
03rd December 2017 - 0 comments
I had a photographic experience out of the ordinary yesterday at a re-enactment of the Jacobite rising of 1745 in support of Bonnie Prince Charlie. There were numerous participants of the Scottish and English clash at Swarkestone, near Derby...

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Three Bridges, four points.
25th November 2017 - 0 comments
I was a bit late going out this afternoon and at the first location I went to the sun dipped behind a hill and trees almost as soon as I arrived. I hopped back in my van and went off down the lanes around the "Stones"

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Talk on Infrared Monochrome Photography
21st November 2017 - 0 comments
Work on preparing this talk is well under way and I have much of the material and many of the slides and points of discussion mapped out. There are still some areas I need to flesh out and work on that will continue for at least six months but at the moment it looks as though the talk will be ready well before the 2019 deadline I have set.

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Eunice McGhie-Belgrave
18th November 2017 - 0 comments
A few weeks ago I saw a news item about Mrs. Eunice McGhie-Belgrave who is nothing short of extraordinary. With a spirit and energy which are immediately apparent, she has helped countless people, and in so doing has received an MBE, a Pride of Britain Award, a Queen’s Jubilee Award, and many others.....


The crop is local children
and though she’s 83
she grows them sweet and bright and strong
and weans them off TV.
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Feedback after giving a talk to a club
15th November 2017 - 0 comments
Always good to receive feedback after giving a talk to a club. Especially nice feedback from yesterday.

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Dry Bones standing in the watery sun.
11th November 2017 - 0 comments
We will remember them.

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Picture Library Sales
10th November 2017 - 0 comments
Two years ago I took a trip in my camper van to Salford Quays and Liverpool and a brief excursion into North Wales. Since then I have sold numerous images from this trip but one image alone, of Perch Rock Lighthouse at sunset, has now been sold into two calendars and paid for the fuel on its own. Thank you Alamy.

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First talk of the 2017/18 season
09th November 2017 - 0 comments
Last night I gave my first talk of the season to Studley Camera Club. My 'season' for giving talks runs from November to February so I can protect the months of longer days and hopefully better light for shooting.

The talk was "British Landscapes in colour and mono" and seemed to be very well received. They have threatened to have me back which will be a pleasure.
Infrared at Burrough on the Hill
09th November 2017 - 0 comments
On Monday I set out for the day in search on Infrared images around Leicestershire. I had a list of places I planned to visit and never made it to any of them! I started off in Beacon Hill woods at Woodhouse Eaves, and moved on to Burrough Hill where the light was wonderful and I made, what I think is my best infrared in a long while, the panorama of the earth bank of the iron age fort. Finally I found myself in the lanes around Whissendine and Waltham on the Wolds. After a few weeks when I have not felt motivated to get out it felt great to be back.

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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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