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Daily Archives: September 15, 2011

Shortlist unveiled for Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011

“For the first time ever,” five photographers have been shortlisted for the £12,000 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. The photographers are Jasper Clarke, David Knight, Dona Schwartz, Jooney Woodward and Jill Wooster. In a statement, Sandy Nairne, director of the National Portrait Gallery, says: “Five great portraits emerged from closely argued discussion amongst the judges, and from another outstanding international submission for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.” From The BJP Author: Olivier Laurent

7 Guidelines for Better Flower Photography

The people over at Lightstalking say “One of the most consistently popular subject choices among photographers are flowers. In fact flower photography is also the subject of the most popular thread in our own forum. So we thought it was time to share some best practices for getting great photographs of this wonderful subject.” and this is my experience also, in any class that we teach if people can sneak in pictures of flowers they do. As a subject flowers offer a great deal to the photographer; colour of course, shape and form, texture, emotional resonance and they don’t speak back, act up and you can buy a fantastic bloom at your local florists and take it home for hours of fun.

This tutorial is useful and easy to follow

Once you have digested it’s tips you might like to have a go at the IGPOTY competition that I wrote about last week, here is the link to that post

Guinness World Records 2012 – in pictures from The Guardian

Some of the entrants in this year’s chronicle of the fastest, the tallest, the hairiest and the downright weirdest.

I’m not sure of the photographic value of these but these two images at least caught my eye, if you want more go to the Guardian web site here

Chanel Tapper from California, USA, is revealed to have the longest tongue, measuring 3.8 inches (9.75 cm) from tip to top lip, Photograph: Ryan Schude/Guinness World Records
This reminds me of an exhibition we had at the original Photographers Workshop in St Mary’s Road, Oxford by Paddy Summerfield. He exhibited about 50 20 x 16 images just of tongues, stuck out just for his camera, fascinating and revolting in equal measure
The most dogs skipping on a rope is 13, achieved by Uchida Geinousha’s Super Wan Wan circus in Japan, Photograph: Shinsuke Kamioka/Guinness World Records