May 03, 2004
Photoblogging (1): questions

I share the high opinion that people seem to have of these photographs.

Thanks to Adam Tinworth for the link.

I particularly like this one. By this I mean, this is the kind of picture I myself like to take, and wish I could get looking as pin sharp as this, where pin sharpness is wanted, and as artistically blurred as this where that is the objective.

PhotoblogRestDetail.jpgLet me now try to do one of those thumbnail procedures, in which I link from a small detail of the picture here to the real thing separately, but uploaded to my own … thing.

Back soon.

Well, that seems to be working. My Graphics Guru is coming round later today, and I wanted to be able to show him some homework I'd done.

So, about these Chromasia photos. They are extraordinarily good photos, from the technical point of view. They are, in particular, perfectly focussed. Plus, they look magnificent even on my little Brand-X computer screen.

So Question: how does he/she/they do that? Is the secret a better camera than my Canon A70? Or is it that he/she/etc. know how to take better pictures than I know how to take? Is it a matter of pushing the right buttons on a cheap camera rather than having a more expensive camera? Or to put it another way: Should my next step be a better camera, or some lessons in how to use my existing camera? If the latter, can anyone recommend a good course in London for someone like me, where I could learn a decent amount cheaply and quickly? Any suggestions welcome.

Further question: I notice that the Chromasia guy(s) do the large version of their pictures at 700 times 526 size. Is this a good choice? I am hoping to set up a photo-archive myself, to enable those who like my photos to see more without the rest of your being bored to death. What is the best size for this? Have Chromasia get it right? Or is larger a bonus?

My originals are much bigger than 700 by 500. Would people like to be able to see the mega-huge original? Should there be a three tier arrangement? Thumbnails, then single screen friendly versions, and finally, behind that, the mega-huge original? That might make sense. Bear in my mind that I have no plans ever to try to make any money with my pictures, and don't mind even if someone else makes quite a lot and me nothing. I just enjoy them and hope others do too.

BenGrosvenor2detail.jpgHere is my latest photo that I like. It's of this extraordinary boy, playing the Ravel piano concerto on the TV last night in the final of the Young Musician of the Year tournament. He didn't win although he did play excellently, and I think many would have tipped him.

This is a classic click-and-pick job. I took about a hundred photos while he was playing, and I think this is the best, because it captures what I think it must be like (a) to be a real musician, and (b) to have a a real orchestra playing along with you. As with the previous picture of this boy, it was of a TV picture in transition from one shot to another. TV in Photoshop mode, you might say.

In future, I will make all little pictures on the right the same width, within each post I mean, but don't have time to do this now. Live and learn.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 02:13 PM
Category: Classical musicPhotography