Category:Photo of the Day

Photo of the Day: A Blue Home

After being holed up in bed for two days with fever, I only had a day to walk around the beautiful lakeside resort town of Puerto Varas in Chile. The centre of town looks a little more polished, ready for the regular influx of visitors during the summer break, but it doesn’t take long to venture out and find some of the traditional wooden homes looking a little worse for wear. Photographers like to call it ‘character’, but this rundown home in […]

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Guard dog

Photo of the Day: Alpha Dog

Sony A7RII : f4.5@250th : ISO 320 : EV 0.0 : FE 55mm f/1.8 If I was a dog, this is how I would want to look. Nothing flashy, just fit, alert and ready to do the deed, when necessary. He took one look at me, decided I wasn’t going to be a problem and carried on checking out the surroundings. And there was none of that barking business, waste of effort when your stare is as hard as that. I’m pretty […]

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Bench portrait

Photo of the Day: Man on a Bench

Sony A7RII : f2.8@400th : ISO 200 : EV +0.7 : FE 55mm f/1.8 I was wandering around one of the parks in Mendoza, Argentina, and saw this gentleman sitting on a bench watching the world go by. I approached politely and he had no problem me taking his portrait. A lovely guy, from Chile originally but he had left there just over 40 years ago. We didn’t talk politics, so I don’t know why, but my maths is good enough to work […]

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Wash basin

Photo of the Day: An Ordinary Day

Sony A7RII : f/5.6@250th : ISO 2000 : EV +1.0 : FE 55mm f/1.8 I appreciate a beautiful landscape, or a good portrait, but capturing an ordinary day in a moment is special too. There’s something that comes from concentrating a little slice of life into a single frame. I love the balance of all the elements, the colours from the domestic items, the curve of the tap, the blue light on the curtain against the warm wall behind… I […]

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Photo of the Day: Border guard

Sony A7RII : f/3.5@320th : ISO 100 : EV -0.3 : FE 55mm f/1.8 How about this for a portrait of a quintessential border guard. I saw him striding over when there was a queue of us waiting to cross into Chile from Argentina, somewhere between Bariloche and Puerto Varas. He said it was okay for me to take his portrait, but there was no way that expression was ever going to change. I asked him to move over to […]

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Photo of the Day: Existential Angst

Sony A7RII : f11@800th : ISO 640 : EV +0.7 : FE 55mm f/1.8 I took this photo on the day of my 50th Birthday. I suppose I could have gone for a more joyous shot to celebrate the big day, but I felt that this conveyed rather well the existential angst that surrounds reaching a new decade. My way of dealing with the beyond-midlife crisis was to take a 60 day sabbatical, one day for each year, plus 10 extra […]

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Photo of the Day: Boat Stop

Sony A7RII : f6.3@250th : ISO 125 : EV 0.0 : FE 55mm f/1.8 When you’re waiting for a bus, it’s called a bus stop. When you’re waiting for a boat, it must be called a boat stop, no? This was taken halfway between Bariloche in Argentina and Puerto Varas in Chile. It is a rather impressive journey, with tall mountains on either side. You can do a similar route by bus, but I thought I’d spoil myself a little […]

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Photo of the Day: Bus Stop in Bariloche

Sony A7RII : f11@250th : ISO 800 : EV -1.7 : FE 35mm f/1.4 In Bariloche, the local buses are a great way to get around. The concrete bus stops may not look like much but they keep the sun off you, are usually filled with interesting graffiti and these little arrow slits allow you to keep an eye on any approaching bus. Apart from the wonderfully vibrant splash of colour and the graphic tear across the image, I chose this picture of […]

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Photo of the Day: Hostel in El Chaltén

Sony A7RII : f6.3@640th : ISO 100 : EV 0.0 : FE 55mm f/1.8 As a photo, I like the abstract graphic lines here. I exposed to not burn out the highlights in the cloud and used the shadow slider in Capture One to bring the exposure back up on the corrugated roof. All very easy. One of these days, I’ll have to get out the mini Wacom tablet I brought with me and really work on an image, just […]

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Dinner at La Zaina

Photo of the Day: A Unicorn

Sony A7RII : f2.8@125th : ISO 1250 : EV 0.0 : FE 55mm f/1.8 There I was in El Calafate, Patagonia, tired but happy after a day shooting video with the Sony A7SII at the Perito Moreno glacier, one of the truly great natural spectacles of this world. I’d walked away from a couple of the restaurants that’d been recommended to me because they were doing great business and had no need for a man travelling alone to take up […]

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