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I don’t mind ad­mit­ting it, but I’ve been into pho­tog­ra­phy for a very long time. But af­ter some 30 years, I still don’t get bored with see­ing great pic­tures. I have just come back from a weekend break in Madrid, where I was able to see Se­bastião Sal­gado’s stun­ning Gen­e­sis ex­hi­bi­tion – and to see an in­spir­ing collection of Robert Capa’s best war pic­tures. But it’s not just fa­mous pho­tog­ra­phers that get me ex­cited. Last year, I had the plea­sure of run­ning into a young Amer­i­can pho­tog­ra­pher called Dan Bal­lard, who was giv­ing a talk at Pho­toLive (see be­low for de­tails of this year’s event, which will tour around four dif­fer­ent UK cities this sum­mer).

Dan has an evan­gel­i­cal way of talk­ing about land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy, and the amount of ef­fort you have to put in to get great pic­tures rather than medi­ocre ones. I was so im­pressed with his pic­tures and his pho­to­graphic mantra, that I asked him to write this month’s spe­cial fea­ture (see page 26), which pro­vides a ten-step guide to shoot­ing scen­ics the Dan Bal­lard way. I hope it will in­spire you to

head for the hills in all weath­ers, like he does, in search of that elu­sive per­fect light­ing.

My own per­sonal pho­to­graphic jour­ney takes a new di­rec­tion next month as I move across the cor­ri­dor to take over the ed­i­tor­ship of Dig­i­tal

Cam­era World (or Dig­i­tal Cam­era as it is called in the UK). I will still hope­fully be con­tribut­ing to N-Photo for years to come’ So I am sure our paths will cross again. But for now I’d like to thank the many, many read­ers I have con­versed with for all the sup­port and ad­vice I have had since we launched this very spe­cial Nikon-cen­tric mag­a­zine.

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