Show your stripes!
I have two assertions to make regarding N-Photo issue 72. First, concerning the business of wellknown locations as referenced in your Road Trip feature. While I agree that there is often space for all who arrive for sunrise/sunset, on many occasions you can set up early with a tripod only for ‘Johnny-come-lately’ to arrive and stand right in front of you. You can ask him/her to move, but what will ensue is a lecture about how I don’t own the land and he/she can stand wherever they like. The situation is, in my opinion, getting worse.
Secondly, the article on replicating motion blur in shots by postprocessing in Photoshop; what is the point? Just take the shot correctly in the first place! I feel your example is poor, as it just looks like an out-offocus/ camera moved photo. I have been taking such shots for years and enjoy the process and results, although I’m well aware that many don’t. I took this one in a bluebell wood recently, for example. Duncan Steward,via Facebook of the most important, especially when shooting at a well-known location. We’ve found that people are usually just unaware that they are in the way, and they will politely move when asked.
In regards to the motion blur processing technique; getting the shot right in-camera is, of course, a valuable step to becoming a better photographer, but learning new post-processing techniques is never a bad thing either. Learning a new skill – whether in photography or Photoshop – usually pays dividends further down the road. Sorry to hear that you’ve encountered such problems, Duncan. Etiquette is one of the less-talked-about aspects of photography, but it’s probably one