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Last chance to win
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Its amazing over the last week or so, I’ve been keeping an eye on my stats for this blog and I’ve noticed a big increase in numbers due to my competition :) Its just so few people to to want to leave a comment, or is it people are scared to share their opinion? If that’s the case then don’t be, its just your opinion, some of the work of the ‘photography greats’ in my opinion is……. well….. a bit naff – but that’s just my opinion, I’m sure you have one too.

There are no right or wrong answers to this comp and really I’m not such a scary guy to talk to, I’m quite friendly actually, honestly I am. Just ask my mum.

To those how have entered many thanks I was thinking I’d have to toss a coin to choose the winner but now its looking a little more complex.

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    Win a World press photo book
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    Today I am offering one lucky reader the chance to win my own personal copy of the 2009 World press photo book.

    If you don’t know about World press photo, its simply the biggest and most prestigious photography competition for working photojournalists in the world. This year there were nearly 100 000 photographers who entered from 124 different countries and there were 62 prize winners for various categories. One of the photographers that entered was none other than me, now I was not one of the lucky (if that’s the right word) 62 but just for entering the kind folk at World press photo supply a free copy of the year book to every entrant, that contains all the winning images from that year. Believe me this book will make you say ‘wow..’ many many times, some of the images in here are so moving and powerful that really make you wander about the lives we are leading.

    So if you want to see the best photojournalism from 2009, this is the book.

    If you want to see my entry this is the link Cyclone Nargis gallery. The images were shot just days after the horrific cyclone that hit Southern Burma in May 2008 killing over 130 000 people.

    So how do I win ?

    Simple. Just look through the galleries on my site (TomBourdon.co.uk) pick your favorite image and leave a comment to this post telling me which is your favorite image and why. I will randomly (using some extremely advanced mathematics) select a winner and post you this great book ABSOLUTELY FREE !!

    Closing date is 30 June 2009 winner to be announced soon after (depending on how long the advanced mathematics formula takes ;))

    Good luck.

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      Filter your world
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      I have a carefully selected list of blogs that I like to check a few times a week. Selected because they normally provide me with something to think about and as well as keep me in touch with the world of photography.

      One of these is Gavin Gough’s, a few days ago he wrote a post titled Creativity: Learn to filter your world. Basically you choose a colour or shape then just wander and shoot only that colour or shape (Gavin explains it in more details so you really should follow the link). Its not a new concept to me but its something I haven’t really done in years. So this morning, following his instructions, I got up and headed to the street, I chose just one lens (20mm-35mm) and just wandered to the city centre.

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      Now I may not live in Bangkok but I think I did pretty wellesp_110409_038

      Its was a really interesting experience, The colour blue just appeared everywhere, not only did I shoot things I normally wouldn’t think about shooting but it also forced me tho think about composition with every shot, ‘how can I make this everyday item look interesting?‘ I kept asking myself.

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      One my way back home I tried to shoot only the red things, I was surprise the I kept being distracted by the blue things I felt like a kid who couldn’t concentrate in class, anyway I managed to get a few shots.esp_110409_061

      I think Im going to be doing this on a regular basis, at least everytime I get a block and can’t think what to shoot. Its a great way to focus and be inspired.

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        Online critique
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        My blog has returned to the peaceful place it once was after the splurge of posts last week.

        In a few weeks time I am scheduled to upload one image for critique at the Vision Collective, an online community of amateur and pro photographers, organized and run by a photographer who I really admire David duChemin (check out his portfolio here, and I’m sure you’ll see why).

        He’s one of those guys who’s just too talented. From what I know about him he’s an ex comedian, ex rock climber, juggler, unicyclist, does loads of work for charity and that’s not even mentioning his amazing images or the fact he’s just written a new book ( download a free sample chapter) or the fact that he’s actually a really really nice guy. I’ve had the honor of talking to him on several occasions and he has helped me move my photography to a new level.

        So back to the online critique. When I received the confirmation I panicked a little, what images should I choose??? Ive got tens of thousands to pick from and the critiques are pretty tough they’ll pick holes in the greatest of images. Its not one of those critiques where your mum says ‘Ohh I really do like that picture of our cat.’ You don’t submit an images just to boost your ego or to hear what you want to hear, you put them up to hear what you don’t want to hear, the faults, flaws and mistakes. I’m sure someone will say some thing nice though (there not that tough).

        So do I pick one of my favorites? one that has sold the most often? one of my award winning images? a recent image? Arhhh!

        Anyway I think I’ve made up my mind and am going to submit the image below.

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        Its not won me any awards, its not that recent (taken about years ago) and its never sold. But I love it, I think its a really strong image. Its an everyday scene all over India, but I think everything comes together in this image, particularly the light and facial expressions. However I’m expecting to get lots of criticisms. I’ll let you know how I get on, the date it will go online is May 18 I’ll give you a link when its up .

        In the meantime check out the Vision Collective and the work of David duChemin.

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          World press photo deadline
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          Today is the deadline for the World Press Photo competition, its been running for over 50 years and seeks out the best in photo journalism from the past year. My of entry, a series of images shot after cyclone Nargis, was sent off earlier this week – but I’m not expecting great things as the standard of work here is amazing.

          If you’re not familiar with it, the winning images are taken on a tour and displayed at many major cities around the world, it’s well worth a visit.

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            Check this out – Wow
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            I couldn’t let the week pass without sharing with you this powerful and moving video from James Nachtwey. As you may know he is one of the greatest war photographers ever. Last week he released this video and…. Im going to shut up now and let you enjoy the images. Count how many times you say ‘Wow’
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            Moving stuff I expect there are some award winners in there.

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