#30 in the Judging a Photograph Series I have come to realise that portrait photography is outside of my comfort zone. As I’ve said before, I don’t find building a rapport with the subject a very easy thing to do and this one third of the battle. The next part of the battle is knowing what makes a good pose for the subject. If you search Pinterest for portrait posing advice you will find a baffling array of diagrams. I can’t commit them to memory so that’s a poor start. The last part of the battle in getting a great…

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#29 in the Judging a Photograph Series I’m frustrated when I can’t zoom in for a photo sometimes. We took the Staten Island Ferry when we were in New York. It’s free, and a good way to see the Statue of Liberty. It’s a great experience but I found it hard to photograph with a phone. I was using the iPhone7+ which has a great camera but no optical zoom at all. Phones are too flat and thin to contain the amount of glass needed for true optical zoom. Think of an ordinary camera and the circular lens that sticks…

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We had two aims on our family trip to the USA and planned everything around them. The first aim (and the whole point, really) was to see my brother and family in New York state, a 5 hour drive north of New York. The second aim was to see the total eclipse on Monday 21st August and we had a choice of locations for that. We had been saving KLM/Delta frequent flyer points for the last ten years to do this trip, so our travel was always going to be dictated by the airline route map. We flew into New…

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#28 in the Judging a Photograph Series .One of my favourite things about our self-drive trips to France has been the chance to stay in a few different places on one holiday. One time, after a week near Guerande in the Loire Atlantique region, we had a second week in western Brittany. On the drive between the two we stopped to see the Carnac Megaliths. These ancient avenues of stones are as old as Stonehenge but are smaller, irregular shapes. Around 3000 standing stones stretch in eleven lines for over one and a half kilometres. Roadtrain Tour We decided to…

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There’s more than just thundering water and breathtaking views on a visit to Niagara Falls. Plenty of other attractions, rides and experiences have sprung up in the area to make a visit into an all-round resort experience. On the Canadian side is Clifton Hill, the vibrant resort centre and the heart of the fun. Getting to Clifton Hill The views of the Falls themselves are better from the Canadian side, but don’t let that put you off if you have already booked your USA hotel. Making a day visit to Canada is easy. Of course there are border formalities and…

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