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About ambientimages

Paul Cowan is a former journalist turned full-time photographer.

Scan size and quality surprise (Epson V500)


I’VE ALWAYS ASSUMED that the quality you get from making a large scan and then downsizing it is going to be much the same as just making a small scan to start with. I now know that it isn’t. As … Continue reading

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“f/8, and be there!”


This, supposedly, was the mantra of the Press photographer. f/8 would cover a multitude of sins and as long as you were there you probably got something that would be good enough for the paper. Those who remember the newspapers … Continue reading

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Souq Waqif, Doha


It’s taken a long time but I guess this image says I’m finally getting up to speed with the large format camera. Souq Waqif in Qatar, shot on Feb 13, 2013. Graflex Crown Graphic 4×5 camera, Rodenstock APO-Symmar 150 lens … Continue reading

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Primes, zooms, landscapes and panos


THE question cropped up in a forum discussion of whether primes are better than zooms. This is a fairly common question amd my response is that the best modern zooms are very nearly as good as any prime. My 70-200 … Continue reading

Posted in Black and White film, Canon 70-200 f2.8L, Colour film, Crete, Film, Greece, Islands, Leica R4s Mod P, Leitz Summicron 90, Lenses, Mamiya TLR, Sekor 180/4.5 super | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Will digital do this?


I recently finished processing this shot, taken with my Leica R4s ModP and the Summicron 90mm lens, and it struck me as a fine example of the sort of quality in the tones that film can deliver and but digital … Continue reading

Posted in Cameras, Colour film, Crete, Equipment, Film, film camera, Film cameras, Greece, Islands, Leica R4s Mod P, Leitz Summicron 90, Natural, Photography | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Slaving over a hot camera


I’ve been busy this month, slaving over a hot stove while I try to crank up some action on my food blog, http://www.gourmetlens.com. Unfortunately there just don’t seem to be enough hours in the day to do everything I would … Continue reading

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Unlucky ’13!


WHAT a start to the year! I decided to take a set of photos of my old cameras, all shot in black and white with medium format film. I thought they might have a chance of selling as wall art. … Continue reading

Posted in Developing film, film camera, Film cameras, Foma Developers, Ilford FP4, Lenses, Mamiya Sekor 105 TLR, Mamiya TLR, Photography, Problems, Scanning | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Stitching up wide-angle


EVER wanted a perfect, distortion free, 10mm lens with a camera that delivers 70MP images? Well, if you’ve got a half-decent DSLR and a reasonable standard or short telephoto lens, then you have all you need to replicate the results … Continue reading

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Ringing the changes


IT CAME as a shock when these giant bells suddenly launched into a deafening clangour while I was photographing from the tower in St Mark’s Square, Venice, but it immediately struck me that this was a rare opportunity to represent … Continue reading

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The Best of 2012


IT’S hard to say which of this year’s crop of photos are my best, particularly as I am usually most excited by what I have done most recently – and if my work is steadily improving, that is as it … Continue reading

Posted in Greece, Large Format, Leica R4s Mod P, Medium Format, Qatar, Temple of Aphaia | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment