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Fame ...AND fortune!

in Photography , Thursday, January 10, 2019

Welcome to 2019. I spent the last couple of weeks off the grid - no forums, no Twitter, no Brexit, no Trump. It was wonderful.  On my return I found quite a few surprises, for example the palace revolution at the veteran Luminous Landscape website - see Andrew Molitor’s take on that. Other than some very helpful experts populating the technical forums, the Luminous Landscape hasn’t been very relevant to me for quite some time, but in it’s heyday it was a big influence on me. I followed the site since the very early days, pre-digital boom, and I would be lying if I didn’t acknowledge Michael Reichmann as a major influence on both my photography and my approach.  Some may find that an uncool admission, but it could have been a lot worse.

But the next big surprise was an email from Olympus Europe, telling me that my already forgotten submission to their “snow” competition had actually won.  And netted me a €500 voucher to spend on Olympus gear. Well, I don’t really know what I’m going to do with the voucher, but the praise is very welcome!

I’m also feeling just a little vindicated, because the photograph in question - which I actually took way back in 2006, is reasonably typical of my general approach, and not a blatant attempt to win a competition with some 500px super saturated horror.  To be honest I had no expectation whatsoever of winning.  The technical quality is terrible and the photo was shot using a measly 10 Megapixel Olympus E-3 camera.  Here it is…

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I can only thank the judge, Lukasz Bozycki, for his astounding good taste 😊

Literally ten minutes after the email from Olympus Europe, I got a totally separate email from the publishers of the UK-based Olympus magazine asking to use a photo of mine in an upcoming special issue. Fame AND fortune! The day job must be starting to feel nervous.

Happy New Year.




Posted in Photography on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 07:46 PM • PermalinkComments (2)


Andrew Molitor January 13, 2019 - 12:31
Congratulations! That is a thoroughly charming photograph.


Leslie Ashe January 17, 2019 - 10:00
Hi David. Love the photograph and congratulations.
My subscription to LuLa runs to the end of this year and unless the content improves I will not be renewing. I owe a lot to Michael R from an introduction to the initial beta version of Lightroom which transformed my digital photography (to lazy to learn Photoshop), ETTR, Daniel Bergmann and Iceland and a host of other things.

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