Richard Osbourne Photography: Blog https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog en-us Richard Osbourne info@richardosbourne.com (Richard Osbourne Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:38:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:38:00 GMT https://www.richardosbourne.com/img/s/v-12/u30434756-o369069742-50.jpg Richard Osbourne Photography: Blog https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog 120 114 NEW! Super High Resolution Textures Image Collection Launched https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2019/10/new-super-high-resolution-textures-image-collection Announcing the launch of my new Super High Resolution Textures collection! Over 200 images of Rust, Brushed Metal, Wood Panels, Brick and Stone Walls, Slate, Concrete, Rock, Water Ripples and Forest Patterns, all suitable for large-format printing. See the gallery here.

You can download a brochure here (49MB).

Richard Osbourne Super High Resolution Texture Images CollectionRichard Osbourne Super High Resolution Texture Images Collection

V11BG55  Chinese RedV11BG55 Chinese Red V14T13  At Full Wall SizeV14T13 At Full Wall Size V14T86  Concrete SmoothV14T86 Concrete Smooth V7BG2  Macassar WoodV7BG2 Macassar Wood V14T43  Old Red Brick Wall 1V14T43 Old Red Brick Wall 1

V14T154  Forest PatternsV14T154 Forest Patterns V14T143  Water ReflectionsV14T143 Water Reflections

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info@richardosbourne.com (Richard Osbourne Photography) aluminium aluminum brick brushed concrete ebony flint forest macasser oak old panel rock rust sandstone slate SuperHighResolution teak textures wall walnut water wood zebrano https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2019/10/new-super-high-resolution-textures-image-collection Thu, 03 Oct 2019 18:35:01 GMT
We're Exhibitionists! https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2019/3/were-exhibitionists I'm delighted to be exhibiting my Super High Resolution Licensed Images at Sign and Digital Show 2019 for the first time, to the one industry that really needs BIG images! See us on stand E22. Only one week to go!

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info@richardosbourne.com (Richard Osbourne Photography) https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2019/3/were-exhibitionists Tue, 26 Mar 2019 16:10:36 GMT
Latest Installation - New Emergency Department at Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2019/1/latest-installation---new-emergency-department-at-wythenshawe-hospital-manchester We were commissioned to produce multiple artwork installations for the very large new Emergency Department at Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester. Emergency Departments are places of anxiety, high drama, pain, shock and, occasionally, major trauma. The artworks had to transmit a calming, healing quality to the environment, whilst being easy to deep clean, very durable, beautiful and with great longevity. A combination of my Manchester cityscapes and local nature images with PhotoGlassWorks Front Lit and PhotoWall products fitted the bill perfectly. The very large walls provided us with a chance to install some of our very wide panoramic installations - one of which is 8.1m wide in a 20+m corridor!  The full gallery can be viewed here.
New Emergency Department, Wythenshawe Hospital, ManchesterNew Emergency Department, Wythenshawe Hospital, ManchesterPeak District (Local Nature) Panoramic Image in Resus Corridor. PhotoGlassWorks Hexaptych 8.1 x 0.9m. New Emergency Department, Wythenshawe Hospital, ManchesterNew Emergency Department, Wythenshawe Hospital, ManchesterPeak District (Local Nature) Panoramic Image in Resus Corridor. PhotoGlassWorks Hexaptych 8.1 x 0.9m. New Emergency Department, Wythenshawe Hospital, ManchesterNew Emergency Department, Wythenshawe Hospital, ManchesterManchester Cityscapes Panoramic Images in main waiting area. PhotoGlassWorks Quadriptych 5.4 x 0.9m and 2.7 x 0.9m New Emergency Department, Wythenshawe Hospital, ManchesterNew Emergency Department, Wythenshawe Hospital, ManchesterManchester Cityscapes Panoramic Images in main waiting area. PhotoGlassWorks Quadriptych 5.4 x 0.9m and 2.7 x 0.9m New Emergency Department, Wythenshawe Hospital, ManchesterNew Emergency Department, Wythenshawe Hospital, ManchesterManchester Cityscapes Panoramic Images in main waiting area. PhotoGlassWorks Quadriptych 5.4 x 0.9m and 2.7 x 0.9m New Emergency Department, Wythenshawe Hospital, ManchesterNew Emergency Department, Wythenshawe Hospital, ManchesterLocal nature images for adult treatment areas. PhotoGlassWorks Front Lit 900 x 900mm. New Emergency Department, Wythenshawe Hospital, ManchesterNew Emergency Department, Wythenshawe Hospital, ManchesterLocal nature images for adult treatment areas. PhotoGlassWorks Front Lit 900 x 900mm. New Emergency Department, Wythenshawe Hospital, ManchesterNew Emergency Department, Wythenshawe Hospital, ManchesterLocal nature images for adult treatment areas. PhotoGlassWorks Front Lit 900 x 900mm. New Emergency Department, Wythenshawe Hospital, ManchesterNew Emergency Department, Wythenshawe Hospital, ManchesterLocal nature images for adult treatment areas. PhotoGlassWorks Front Lit 900 x 900mm. New Emergency Department, Wythenshawe Hospital, ManchesterNew Emergency Department, Wythenshawe Hospital, ManchesterLocal nature images for adult treatment areas. PhotoGlassWorks Front Lit 900 x 900mm.

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info@richardosbourne.com (Richard Osbourne Photography) https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2019/1/latest-installation---new-emergency-department-at-wythenshawe-hospital-manchester Wed, 30 Jan 2019 16:07:19 GMT
Latest Installation - BMI The Chiltern Hospital https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2018/11/latest-installation---bmi-the-chiltern-hospital A refurbished reception area required suitably impressive artworks at The Chiltern Hospital. These large pieces use a combination of my forest and local images on both PhotoGlassWorks and PhotoVinyl, that have received very positive responses from patients, staff and visitors alike. The nature images provide a calm and very welcoming feeling to the reception areas - great for steadying and reassuring nerves at an anxious time.

The super high resolution images produced by the Cambo technical camera and Phase One medium format back combination are outstanding at this size, giving a life-like sharpness and colour rendition not possible with other cameras. 

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info@richardosbourne.com (Richard Osbourne Photography) https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2018/11/latest-installation---bmi-the-chiltern-hospital Mon, 12 Nov 2018 14:56:04 GMT
Latest Installation - IET Savoy Place, London https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2018/11/latest-installation---iet-savoy-place-london The Institution of Engineering and Technology needed artworks in their Staff Offices and Hot Desking areas in Savoy Place, London. Our images on PhotoPanels worked well to provide a value solution for some fairly large walls. In particular, our super high res aerial images of London worked very well in the hot desking area - at 2.3m x 1m, these pieces give a kind of 'Super Google Earth' experience!


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info@richardosbourne.com (Richard Osbourne Photography) aerial art artwork corporate format high installation large london photography resolution super high res https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2018/11/latest-installation---iet-savoy-place-london Mon, 12 Nov 2018 14:06:25 GMT
NEW! Artworks for Healthcare Brochure https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2018/4/new-artworks-for-healthcare-brochure This brochure is a summary of 15 years of artwork installations in Healthcare environments all over the UK. We are passionate about bringing beautiful images into the sometimes intense environments of hospitals, clinics, hospices etc. and have received outstanding feedback from patients, staff and visitors alike from all our installations. Download PDF brochure here (16MB).

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info@richardosbourne.com (Richard Osbourne Photography) https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2018/4/new-artworks-for-healthcare-brochure Fri, 06 Apr 2018 15:44:52 GMT
New Architectural Photography Images https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2018/4/new-architectural-photography-images The last few years have seen a steady rise in our architectural and interior photography commissions. We're proud to work for some very talented architects and designers across a wide range of sectors: Healthcare, Education, Residential, Commercial and now, Aerial. A selection of recent work is below. A wider selection can be viewed here

Ancora House for Gilling Dod ArchitectsAncora House for Gilling Dod Architects Ancora House for Gilling Dod ArchitectsAncora House for Gilling Dod Architects Thursford Castle for LSI ArchitectsThursford Castle for LSI Architects Thursford Castle for LSI ArchitectsThursford Castle for LSI Architects The Wherry School, Norwich for Kier GroupThe Wherry School, Norwich for Kier Group UEA Blackdale Residences for LSI ArchitectsUEA Blackdale Residences for LSI Architects UEA Blackdale Residences for LSI ArchitectsUEA Blackdale Residences for LSI Architects UEA Blackdale Residences for LSI ArchitectsUEA Blackdale Residences for LSI Architects Institution of Engineering & Technology, Savoy Place, London for Snelling Business SystemsInstitution of Engineering & Technology, Savoy Place, London for Snelling Business Systems Institution of Engineering & Technology, Savoy Place, London for Snelling Business SystemsInstitution of Engineering & Technology, Savoy Place, London for Snelling Business Systems Dove House Green and The Ivy, Chelsea for Property DeveloperDove House Green and The Ivy, Chelsea for Property Developer Dove House Green and The Ivy, Chelsea for Property DeveloperDove House Green and The Ivy, Chelsea for Property Developer BMI Chaucer Hospital, Canterbury for LSI ArchitectsBMI Chaucer Hospital, Canterbury for LSI Architects BMI The Hampshire Clinic Endoscopy Suite for LSI ArchitectsBMI The Hampshire Clinic Endoscopy Suite for LSI Architects Earlham Hall Courtyard, UEA for LSI ArchitectsEarlham Hall Courtyard, UEA for LSI Architects UEA Bus Stop Canopy for LSIUEA Bus Stop Canopy for LSI

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info@richardosbourne.com (Richard Osbourne Photography) https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2018/4/new-architectural-photography-images Fri, 06 Apr 2018 15:26:40 GMT
Panoramas of London from a Helicopter with a 100Mpixel Phase One XF and 40-80 LS Lens https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2017/8/shooting-london-from-a-helicopter-with-a-100mpixel-phase-one-xf-and-40-80-ls-lens When Sky Sports commissioned me to photograph the backdrop to their Sunday Supplement TV programme, I presumed it would involve a similar process to the previous year: a lot of research, find a tall building with a view of the relevant stadium and city, create a super-high-res panorama using my existing Phase One IQ260 on a DF+ camera mounted on a tripod.

2016 Season Set Design - Sky Sports 'Sunday Supplement' with Leicester City FC and Leicester image as backdrop. Each season, the image used is from the winners of the previous season's football Premiership. 2016 was Leicester City FC, 2017 was Chelsea FC. After pounding the streets of Chelsea, poring over maps and many calls and emails to hotels, councils and other property owners, it became obvious that there are NO suitable buildings in Chelsea.

The client then suggested we could use the Sky News helicopter to get the shots. OK, well that's an interesting development! I'd been wanting to try open-door aerial shooting for a while but the opportunity hadn't arisen. I was also not convinced that the IQ260 and DF+ camera would be suitable for this work as fast shutter speeds and high ISO's were going to be necessary.

The size of the image on the set is 7m x 3.5m. That is a very large print and with 4K TV, the highest possible image quality would be needed. On a tripod, stitching multiple images, this would be no problem. I hadn't heard of many people stitching panoramas from helicopters, but single shots would not be sufficient, no matter which camera I used. 

So, big megapixels, at least 1000th/sec shutter speed, ISO400-800, wide-angle zoom lens.... only one possibility: the Phase One XF with the IQ3100 digital back and 40-80LS lens, though I had no idea if this was going to work. Using an entirely unfamiliar and untested camera for an entirely new shooting situation would normally be a recipe for disaster. The excellent guys at Teamwork and Phase One assured me that all would be well.

Picking up the XF/IQ3100 with the 40-80 zoom for the first time at Teamwork was a laugh-out-loud moment. It is huge! And heavy... at nearly 4Kg, it weighs more than a Canon 1DX with 300F2.8 lens. In the shop, it felt OTT, especially compared with the Sony A7R I use as a backup! However, this heft became a positive advantage in the air: hanging out of a helicopter, being buffeted by winds and downdraft, the camera shrank in the hand to a very manageable size and its weight greatly increased stability. It felt reassuringly solid.

V11C1  Aerial View of Houses of Parliament and The Thames, Westminster, London, UKV11C1 Aerial View of Houses of Parliament and The Thames, Westminster, London, UK Open door helicopter flights have some specific requirements. In the first instance we had to pay a hefty premium on our insurance for that one flight. We had to provide a full risk assessment and method statement. Then there was the weather. The level of unpredictability in forecasts has now reached a high level - it's increasingly difficult to plan with certainty. Then the news agenda went crazy. Multiple events requiring aerial coverage, day after day, meant the helicopter wasn't available and then had to go in for a service. Then I had to make sure every piece of gear - including me - can be tethered to the airframe of the aircraft. I used camera tethers for attaching to the camera neckstrap loops and tool lanyards with karabiners for attaching to the airframe, a 3-point body-harness for me, a head strap for my glasses, a bungee cord with karabiners for the camera case, and a beanie hat to keep the hair out of my eyes. Lens caps should also be removed and under no circumstances can there be any changing of lenses! So if you want a different view, keeping a second camera round your neck is essential.

I felt paranoid about items falling from the aircraft on to people below. I decided not to use the metal lens hood on the 40-80 lens after seeing an online video about them working loose and potentially falling. This was a mistake as a lot of shots were ruined by flare. Instead I could have just taped the lens hood on: one for future flights. 

In the tortuous drive out of London towards Redhill Aerodrome, the afternoon I had planned to get acquainted with the camera disappeared and I was left with 20 minutes before the flight to do LCC's, check the settings, and try to get a feel for it. It is testament to Phase One that it just worked - I set it to manual, 1/2000 sec/ISO 800/F11 and AF on and had zero problems - though many of the shots were a stop or more underexposed as clouds came across the Sun. The only things I changed were the orientation of the camera between portrait and landscape and the zoom.

 After a quick discussion with the pilot about flight plan, a safety briefing, attaching all the straps and safety checks, we finally had lift off! It's an easy 10 minute flight into central London - the envy of commuters - with the door closed. As we got to the location, I opened the door as I'd been shown in the safety briefing: wow, a 1250ft drop with no safety barrier! I was wearing both a harness that's secured to the airframe, and a seat belt so it actually felt really secure. Although we finally had perfect weather, we had to circle Stamford Bridge stadium for a few minutes to wait for my old frenemies the clouds to clear the sun.

Once we had the light, I asked the pilot to hover in the right spot so I could take a series of overlapping images for a stitched panorama. Hovering is not easy for helicopters: even a moderate wind moves them around so the panoramas were a bit all over the place. I had to compensate by taking more shots with more overlap than normal. Hence needing 1/2000 sec shutter speed. With such high resolution, even the slightest camera shake in one of the images could ruin a panorama.

I could probably have dropped to 1/1000sec and ISO400 - another lesson for next time - but even at ISO800, the files are strong and only show a bit of noise when pushed in the shadows. ISO400 - and even ISO200 at F8 - would work better as the colour and dynamic range (good at 800) would be both be improved. Just for comparison, the IQ260 isn't really useable above ISO140, so this is a remarkable performance for a medium format camera. 

I should say something about the 40-80 lens. This is equivalent to 25-50mm in 35mm format and seems just about perfect for aerial work. If you go much wider, the helicopter blades or skids start to appear at the edges of the frame. With 100MPixels, it's easy to crop to 70 or 100mm equivalent focal length and still have a high resolution shot. The claim for this lens is that it replaces prime lenses and I would have to agree with it: image quality across the frame is outstanding at all focal lengths. Low distortion, no falloff in image quality at the edges of the frame, no chromatic aberrations - these things really matter in architectural work, and especially when photographing entire cityscapes for large-scale reproduction. On the limiting side, the huge 105mm front element means that using filters is not easy - only 150mm filters will work. For aerial work this isn't an issue really - you don't want anything that might catch the wind or become detached so it's best to avoid them. A polariser might be OK for a very bright day and would improve the photos but it's one more thing to have to control - maybe in later shoots. In early research, I thought that optical image stabilisation on 35mm systems might be needed but it doesn't work above about 1/500 shutter speed so it was a non-issue.

For the Sky Sports panoramas, I took both vertical (11,219 pixels resolution vertically) and horizontal (8416 pixels) shots. This was to give the client multiple options for the framing of the stadium against the skyline and differing balance of sky and city. With a lower resolution back, the horizontal framing would not have been high enough resolution. 

We circled the stadium a few times until I was certain we had a good selection: we could have flown a bit lower - though I didn't realise this at the time - and the lower the shooting height, the less 'aerial' the images look. There are strict height restrictions for flying over London and I thought the pilot was keeping to the minimum. Another one for next time! I was then free to take some general London aerials as we had some flight time before flying back. 

V11C8  Aerial View of The City of London, UKV11C8 Aerial View of The City of London, UK We circled the heart of London and the City, which was jaw-dropping from above. An amazing moment came as we flew directly over the Gherkin and I just took my eye away from the camera for a moment and soaked in the view: OK, wow, that's spectacular!

V11C3  Aerial View of The City of London, UKV11C3 Aerial View of The City of London, UK The XF camera really came into its own at this point. I did not stop shooting until the card was full - the one and only time I have filled up a 64GB card, with 500 shots in 20 minutes! The XF didn't flinch, complain, lock-up or draw attention to itself - a big step forward from the DF+. It was also very comfortable in the hand, surprisingly even with the huge 40-80 lens.

V11C14  Aerial View of London, UKV11C14 Aerial View of London, UK The Results
The client chose a horizontal-shot panorama for their set. The high res file is 18287 x 8093 pixels.

Processing
As you can see, the level of detail and overall quality in the images is remarkable, especially considering the ISO800 setting. Bear in mind that when looking at 100% crops, this would give a full size image of 4.1m x 3.1m at 72dpi screen resolution! At any smaller sizes, the files are super-crisp. Capture One makes the best of the files - the highlights and shadows are very controllable and well-isolated so in some shots I've put both sliders at 100 without the image looking unnatural.

Most files needed some work to bring out the best: highlight and shadow recovery, 1 stop more exposure, +20 saturation, noise reduction, horizon straightening, a good slug of clarity and a little contrast to counteract the effects of haze. Virtually every file had the horizon at a slightly different angle.

Conclusions

PROS
- Aerial shooting from a helicopter is addictive. Definitely something I'll be doing more of, especially in cities.
- The XF/IQ3100/40-80LS combination is exceptional and more or less the perfect camera for aerial work.
- The super high resolution gives great detail in the files, with a lot of room for cropping, rotation, keystone correction and options for final output.
- 15 stop dynamic range, low noise and great colour of the IQ3100 back.
- XF camera is robust, intuitive and reliable.
- Aerial panoramas can be done but need careful planning and high shutter speeds.
 

CONS
- Aerial shooting is normally very expensive and requires a lot of preparation including bureaucracy.
- Editing over 650 images is a monster task (inc. A7R files) - especially so many huge 100Mpixel files.
- Weight of the XF/IQ3100/40-80LS is fine for an hour but represents serious weight training if used for longer!
- Can't use filters or polariser easily.
- Lens flare without hood.

Final selection of London aerial shots can be seen here.

Big thanks to Teamwork Digital Ltd. for supplying the Phase One gear and technical support, and to Arena Aviation.

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info@richardosbourne.com (Richard Osbourne Photography) 40-80ls a7r aerial capital city cityscape comparison helicopter iq3100 iso800 london panorama panoramic phase one sony xf https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2017/8/shooting-london-from-a-helicopter-with-a-100mpixel-phase-one-xf-and-40-80-ls-lens Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:18:11 GMT
Magical Nature Images from 10 Years of Photographing Norfolk Wildlife Trust Reserves https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2017/4/magical-nature-images-from-10-years-of-photographing-norfolk-wildlife-trust-reserves One of my great pleasures is to photograph the exceptional - and rare - places where Nature is still undisturbed. The 40 or so Norfolk Wildlife Trust reserves are all over the county and range from coast to Broads, woodland to heath. I've photographed most of them over the last 10 years, and all have provided me with magical experiences of just 'being in Nature' as well as sightings of beautiful and rare wildlife. My favourite images can be found here. The full collection can be viewed here. I hope they inspire you to visit your local nature reserve and do everything you can to preserve the natural world, which is under intense pressure from human activities and decisions.

We have found that these types of image are perfect for artworks - especially in healthcare, where the healing presence of the natural world can help heal patients up to 20% quicker than other types of art or if there is no art on the walls. These also work very well in offices and conference centres where a welcoming and calming atmosphere helps get the best productivity out of people and environments. Contact us for further information about how we can transform and uplift your working environments. 

V10W14  NWT Wayland Wood, Norfolk, UKV10W14 NWT Wayland Wood, Norfolk, UK

V10N1 NWT Ranworth Broad, Norfolk, UKV10N1 NWT Ranworth Broad, Norfolk, UK

V9N20  NWT New Buckenham Common, Norfolk, UKV9N20 NWT New Buckenham Common, Norfolk, UK

V10W18  NWT Wayland Wood, Norfolk, UKV10W18 NWT Wayland Wood, Norfolk, UK

V11F6  NWT Ringstead Downs, Norfolk, UKV11F6 NWT Ringstead Downs, Norfolk, UK

V11MF1  NWT Holt Lowes, Norfolk, UKV11MF1 NWT Holt Lowes, Norfolk, UK

P4L13  NWT Roydon Common, Norfolk, UKP4L13 NWT Roydon Common, Norfolk, UK

P2W2 Cley Marshes, NorfolkP2W2 Cley Marshes, NorfolkMidsummer Sunset

Dawn, NWT Wayland Wood, Norfolk, UKDawn, NWT Wayland Wood, Norfolk, UK

V4N11 Holme DunesV4N11 Holme Dunes

V9N19  NWT New Buckenham Common, Norfolk, UKV9N19 NWT New Buckenham Common, Norfolk, UKUltra Resolution
8811 x 6602 pixels
Phase One IQ260 / Cambo Wide RS / Rodenstock 28HR Lens

V4F7 Thursford Wood I, NorfolkV4F7 Thursford Wood I, Norfolk

V9W4  Primroses and Bluebells, NWT Wayland Wood, Norfolk, UKV9W4 Primroses and Bluebells, NWT Wayland Wood, Norfolk, UKUltra Resolution
8054 x 5904 pixels
Phase One IQ260 / Cambo Wide RS / Rodenstock 28HR Lens

V9F1  NWT Swangey Fen, Norfolk, UKV9F1 NWT Swangey Fen, Norfolk, UK

 

V6N55  NWT Foxley Wood, Norfolk, UKV6N55 NWT Foxley Wood, Norfolk, UK

V5F24  Upton Broad, Norfolk Broads, UKV5F24 Upton Broad, Norfolk Broads, UK V2L11 Bluebells, Foxley Wood, NorfolkV2L11 Bluebells, Foxley Wood, Norfolk V4N48 NWT Hickling Broad, Norfolk Broads, Norfolk, UKV4N48 NWT Hickling Broad, Norfolk Broads, Norfolk, UK V4W13 Greater Stitchwort, Lower Wood AshwellthorpeV4W13 Greater Stitchwort, Lower Wood Ashwellthorpe V10D11  NWT Ashwellthorpe Lower Wood, Norfolk, UKV10D11 NWT Ashwellthorpe Lower Wood, Norfolk, UK

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info@richardosbourne.com (Richard Osbourne Photography) art corporate healing healthcare landscape natural nature norfolk norfolk wildlife trust nwt office photography reserve world https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2017/4/magical-nature-images-from-10-years-of-photographing-norfolk-wildlife-trust-reserves Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:34:24 GMT
Latest Images - The Far North West of Scotland https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2017/4/latest-images---the-far-north-west-of-scotland Our latest collection was taken in Summer 2016 in one of the most beautiful and remote parts of Britain - the far North West of Scotland. As always, all images are very high resolution with many panoramics that give extraordinarily high quality results at full-wall size. Contact us if you'd like to put some of this loveliness on the walls of your latest project! See the full collection here. P4L20  Cul Mor, Coigach, Scotland, UKP4L20 Cul Mor, Coigach, Scotland, UK

P4S4  The Summer Isles, Coigach, Scotland, UKP4S4 The Summer Isles, Coigach, Scotland, UK

V10RS21  Cul Mor, Stac Pollaidh, Cul Beag, Ben More Coigach, Coigach, Scotland, UKV10RS21 Cul Mor, Stac Pollaidh, Cul Beag, Ben More Coigach, Coigach, Scotland, UK

P4W2  Lochan an Ais, Ben More Coigach and Cul Beag, Coigach, Scotland, UKP4W2 Lochan an Ais, Ben More Coigach and Cul Beag, Coigach, Scotland, UK V10RS13  Stac Pollaidh, Coigach, Scotland, UKV10RS13 Stac Pollaidh, Coigach, Scotland, UK

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info@richardosbourne.com (Richard Osbourne Photography) art assynt coigach hills mountains panorama photography summer summer isles sutherland https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2017/4/latest-images---the-far-north-west-of-scotland Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:02:14 GMT
Latest Images - Super High Resolution, Panoramic Marbles https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2017/4/latest-images---super-high-resolution-panoramic-marbles Our latest images are a collection of 67 super-high resolution panoramic marbles. These can be printed on glass, wallpaper, vinyl, fabric, canvas and make an excellent, low cost alternative to real marble. The greater functionality of some products actually makes them preferable to real marble and the panoramic format of our images means that full walls can be covered more easily without repeats. The full selection of our Backgrounds and Textures, including marble, stone, rock, tree barks and many others can be viewed here

The brochure can be downloaded here (24MB).

V10BG19  Statuary MarbleV10BG19 Statuary Marble

V10BG22  ShadowlandsV10BG22 Shadowlands

V10BG21  Daino Marble NaturalV10BG21 Daino Marble Natural

V10BG48  ShadowV10BG48 Shadow

V10BG67 Electric UniverseV10BG67 Electric Universe

V10BG83 Shivakashi Granite Moonlit NightV10BG83 Shivakashi Granite Moonlit Night

 

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info@richardosbourne.com (Richard Osbourne Photography) background coloured design full-wall high interior marble pattern resolution super https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2017/4/latest-images---super-high-resolution-panoramic-marbles Fri, 07 Apr 2017 12:25:01 GMT
New London Images and New Installations https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2016/4/new-london-images-and-new-installations Working on a large installation in London last year allowed me to significantly update my London images collections.

P4C39  Thames Evening - The Shard, City Hall, City of London and Tower of London, London, UKP4C39 Thames Evening - The Shard, City Hall, City of London and Tower of London, London, UK Click on the above image to see the latest London panoramics. Click on the image below to see latest regular format London images:

V9C60  Tower Bridge, London, UKV9C60 Tower Bridge, London, UK

Recent installations at UHSM Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester used a number of my images - especially Peak District panoramics and many wildflower images. You can read more about them by clicking the image below:

UHSM Wythenshawe Hospital Hybrid TheatresUHSM Wythenshawe Hospital Hybrid TheatresSurprise View, Peak District Panoramic - 7.5m x 2.5m Vinyl Prints

Another recent installation was at Salford Royal, this time in the Outpatients waiting areas and Theatre Corridor. See more by clicking the image below:

Salford Royal PhotoGlassWorks Front Lit

Our installation schedule has been such that most of last year's images haven't been processed yet! Watch this space for updates. 

You may have noticed that this website has had a bit of a Spring clean. It should make it easier to navigate around the images. I'm also now on lots of other social media platforms - Instagram, Flickr, Tumblr - with more coming. Click the links at the top right to connect with me there. And if you want to know what the large London installation was, click here.

 

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info@richardosbourne.com (Richard Osbourne Photography) https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2016/4/new-london-images-and-new-installations Thu, 07 Apr 2016 12:19:05 GMT
Announcing the Launch of Our Super High Resolution Art Images Brochure https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2015/11/announcing-the-launch-of-our-super-high-resolution-art-images-brochure Download our new Super High Resolution Art Images brochure by clicking the image below. 

(56MB, opens in new window. You can right click to download to a folder of your choice).

 
All images are available for licensing or artworks use. Email us or call on 01508 535840 for details.
 

This brochure contains selected images from a unique collection of super-high resolution images, one of the first available in the UK. Taken by British photographic artist Richard Osbourne over 12 years, it contains a wide range of photographs of Britain and other countries, plus many abstract images suitable for textures and pattern backgrounds. All images have been taken on the highest quality equipment, using meticulous technique and have an integrity and quality that is immediately obvious when printed at large sizes.

Richard’s panoramic images in particular are unique: ranging from 500MB to 2GB, these are much higher resolution and often much wider than the panoramic images available on most stock libraries. High resolution images give a very satisfying sense of ‘being at the scene’ that cannot be matched by low resolution files that have been blown up to large sizes. You won’t find pixellation, ‘jaggies’, blotches, poor colour in any of these images when used at larger sizes. The panoramic images range from 3:1 up to 10:1 aspect ratios: a 3m high wall could have an image up to 30m long with no repeats!

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info@richardosbourne.com (Richard Osbourne Photography) art Britain brochure collection high images panorama panoramic photo resolution super UK https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2015/11/announcing-the-launch-of-our-super-high-resolution-art-images-brochure Tue, 10 Nov 2015 09:47:45 GMT
Big Announcement and Some New Images https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2015/11/big-announcement-and-some-new-images I'm delighted to announce the launch of our collaboration with Southern Counties Glass and the opening of the 'Richard Osbourne Gallery' at their premises in Horsham, West Sussex. If you like the idea of a splashback for your kitchen, a shower wall with an image of your choice or even a full-height glass wall, head over to their website: http://www.southerncountiesglass.co.uk/digital.html

You can also download their brochure in full here.

Southern Counties Glass, Richard Osbourne Gallery

What else? Well, I've been shooting intensively in London for upcoming projects - examples below from Royal Victoria Docks - and I currently have over 50 shoots that need processing... for reasons that will become clear soon! Let's just say that all the super-wide, super-high resolution panoramas and super-high resolution images need to be more widely-known.

V9C29  Royal Victoria Dock, Docklands, London, UKV9C29 Royal Victoria Dock, Docklands, London, UKSuper High Resolution
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Phase One IQ260 / DF+ Camera / 75-150mm lens

 

 

P4C57  Royal Victoria Dock, Docklands, London, UKP4C57 Royal Victoria Dock, Docklands, London, UKUltra Resolution 79632 x 8695 pixels

 

 

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info@richardosbourne.com (Richard Osbourne Photography) London Royal Victoria Dock digital glass panorama photography printing richard osbourne gallery southern counties glass https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2015/11/big-announcement-and-some-new-images Fri, 06 Nov 2015 15:49:42 GMT
Latest Architectural Photographs, May 2015 https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2015/5/latest-architectural-photographs-may-2015 Thanks to our clients LSI Architects and Morgan Sindall who have been keeping us busy with several shoots recently. Browse recent public sector architectural photoshoots here.

This is the new Riverside Offices in Lowestoft for LSI Architects:

And this is the Simon Aspinall Centre at Norfolk Wildlife Trust's Cley Marshes, for LSI Architects:

Hadleigh Park for Morgan Sindall:

The new Colchester Park and Ride, also for Morgan Sindall:

And this right here... this is my bonkers new Gitzo tripod - able to get well above ground-based obstructions and give a different perspective on buildings!

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info@richardosbourne.com (Richard Osbourne Photography) https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2015/5/latest-architectural-photographs-may-2015 Tue, 26 May 2015 15:13:45 GMT
Spring... And Grand Designs Live https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2015/5/spring-and-grand-designs-live Lots of new Spring images now in the collections, such as these beauties from NWT Wayland Wood:

V9W4  Primroses and Bluebells, NWT Wayland Wood, Norfolk, UKV9W4 Primroses and Bluebells, NWT Wayland Wood, Norfolk, UK

V9F10  Dawn, NWT Wayland Wood, Norfolk, UKV9F10 Dawn, NWT Wayland Wood, Norfolk, UK

I've finally got round to photographing some of Kent. Here's the very special Hever Castle:

V9L14  Hever Castle, Kent, UKV9L14 Hever Castle, Kent, UKSuper High Resolution
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And finally, Southern Counties Glass had a stand at Grand Designs Live recently, and made excellent use of my images on their stand, especially the big London panorama at 4m x 0.9m (P3C37 - here):

Southern Counties Glass, Stand at Grand Designs Live, May 2015

 

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info@richardosbourne.com (Richard Osbourne Photography) NWT artwork bluebells castle counties exhibition glass hever london panorama printed shard southern spring wayland wood https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2015/5/spring-and-grand-designs-live Mon, 11 May 2015 16:15:44 GMT
Doctor's Surgery, Harley Street https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2015/4/doctors-surgery-harley-street This is a great use of our image V7F27 of Micheldever Woods in Hampshire and really shows the very high quality of our work. It's a doctor's surgery in Harley Street, London by iGlass. Glass wall, printed at 4m x 2.5m. The very high resolution of the image gave a satisfying result at such a large size.

Image V7F27 at 4m x 2.5m, Printed glass wall

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info@richardosbourne.com (Richard Osbourne Photography) art in hospitals artwork bluebells doctor's surgery glass harley street healthcare magical printed wall https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2015/4/doctors-surgery-harley-street Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:47:11 GMT
BMI Alexandra Hospital, Cheadle, Manchester https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2015/4/bmi-alexandra-hospital-cheadle-manchester Our latest installation is 4 pieces in the new restaurant at BMI Alexandra Hospital in Cheadle. This refurbishment by LSI Architects featured a bold centrepiece PhotoWall wallpaper (7.5m x 1.8m) and 3 further walls, 1 with a smaller piece of PhotoWall wallpaper and two with PhotoGlassWorks Front Lit. All the images are local scenes from the Peak District - just a few miles from the hospital and have received a great deal of positive feedback already.

BMI Alexandra Hospital RestaurantPhotoWall Wallpaper PhotoWall Wallpaper Texture, 7.5m x 1.8m, P3L45 Mam Tor Summit

BMI Alexandra Hospital, CheadlePhotoGlassworks Front Lit PhotoGlassWorks Front Lit, 1200 x 1200mm, Image: V8L21 Mam Tor Summit, Peak District

 

 

PhotoGlassWorks Front Lit, 1200 x 1200mm, V8L21 Dawn, Mam Tor Summit, Peak District

BMI Alexandra Hospital, CheadlePhotoGlassWorks Front Lit

PhotoGlassWorks Front Lit Diptych 2700 x 900mm. Image: P3L50 Surprise View, Peak District

BMI Alexandra Hospital, CheadlePhotoWall Wallpaper PhotoWall Textured 3m x 1.33m. Image: P3L62 Greenfield Reservoir, Greenfield, Peak District

And here, just for fun is a timelapse of the installation of the PhotoWall wallpaper!

PhotoGlassWorks Front Lit, 1200 x 1200mm, Image: V8L21 Mam Tor Summit, PPhotoGlassWorks Front Lit, 1200 x 1200mm, V8L21 Dawn, Mam Tor Summit, Peak District

 

PhotoGlassWorks Front Lit, 1200 x 1200mm, Image: V8L21 Mam Tor Summit, Peak DisPhotoGlassWorks Front Lit, 1200 x 1200mm, V8L21 Dawn, Mam Tor Summit, Peak District

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info@richardosbourne.com (Richard Osbourne Photography) https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2015/4/bmi-alexandra-hospital-cheadle-manchester Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:29:01 GMT
Salford Royal Hospital 2014 https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2015/4/salford-royal-hospital-2014 We did some exciting work in Salford Royal Hospital in the last year. You can see the full gallery of installation images here.  

Salford Royal Hospital NHS, 2014, PhotoGlassWorks Front LitSalford Royal Hospital NHS, 2014PhotoGlassWorks Front Lit

Fracture Clinic, PhotoGlassWorks Front Lit, Diptych, 1800 x 1350mm

Salford Royal Hospital NHS, 2014, PhotoGlassWorks Front LitSalford Royal Hospital NHS, 2014PhotoGlassWorks Front Lit

Fracture Clinic,PhotoGlassWorks Front Lit, Diptychs, 2700 x 900mm

Salford Royal Hospital NHS, 2014, PhotoGlassWorks Front LitSalford Royal Hospital NHS, 2014PhotoGlassWorks Front Lit

Fracture Clinic,PhotoGlassWorks Front Lit, Triptych, 4050 x 900mm

Salford Royal Hospital NHS, 2014, PhotoGlassWorks Front LitSalford Royal Hospital NHS, 2014PhotoGlassWorks Front Lit

Heart Clinic, PhotoGlassWorks Front Lit, 1350 x 900mm, with smaller pieces showing the image of the artwork inside the room - this is for dementia patients.

Salford Royal Hospital NHS, 2014, PhotoGlassWorks Front LitSalford Royal Hospital NHS, 2014PhotoGlassWorks Front Lit

Heart Clinic, PhotoGlassWorks Front Lit, 1350 x 900mm

Salford Royal Hospital NHS, 2014, PhotoGlassWorks Front LitSalford Royal Hospital NHS, 2014PhotoGlassWorks Front Lit

Irving Corridor, PhotoGlassWorks Front Lit, Hexaptych, 8100 x 900mm 

Salford Royal Hospital NHS, 2014, PhotoGlassWorks Front LitSalford Royal Hospital NHS, 2014PhotoGlassWorks Front Lit

Irving Corridor, PhotoGlassWorks Front Lit, Hexaptych, 8100 x 900mm 

Salford Royal Hospital NHS, 2014, PhotoGlassWorks Front LitSalford Royal Hospital NHS, 2014PhotoGlassWorks Front Lit

Irving Corridor, PhotoGlassWorks Front Lit, 1350 x 900mm

Salford Royal Hospital NHS, 2014, PhotoGlassWorks Front LitSalford Royal Hospital NHS, 2014PhotoGlassWorks Front Lit

Irving Corridor, PhotoGlassWorks Front Lit, Triptych, 4050 x 900mm

Salford Royal Hospital NHS, Brooke BuildingPhotoWall Textured Wallpaper, 5m x 2.5m

Brooke Building, PhotoWall Wallpaper Textured, 5m x 2.5m

Salford Royal Hospital NHS, Brooke BuildingPhotoWall Textured Wallpaper, 5m x 2.5m

Brooke Building, PhotoWall Wallpaper Textured, 5m x 2.5m

 

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info@richardosbourne.com (Richard Osbourne Photography) Manchester PhotoGlassWorks Salford art artwork beautiful bright calm environment healing healthcare hospitals in landscape photography uplifting https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2015/4/salford-royal-hospital-2014 Tue, 21 Apr 2015 17:08:25 GMT
The Heart of London - Latest Images March 2015 https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2015/3/the-heart-of-london---latest-images-march-2015 It's probably 4 years since I last photographed London seriously, and a lot of things have changed since then, both in the City and in my gear. I was interested to see what the Phase One IQ260 / Cambo / Rodenstock 28HR lens combination could do, as well as the Sony A7R. 

It was a crazy 20 hour day earlier in March. Fifteen miles of walking carrying 30kg of gear led to a visit to the osteopath later in the week. Here are the results: http://www.richardosbourne.com/london  and  http://www.richardosbourne.com/londonpanoramics

The City of London

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info@richardosbourne.com (Richard Osbourne Photography) https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2015/3/the-heart-of-london---latest-images-march-2015 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:31:51 GMT
New Architectural Images https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2015/2/new-architectural-images Got some great light for shooting two buildings for LSI Architects this week. This is Crome Court at UEA:

Crome Court, UEA Norwich for LSI ArchitectsCrome Court, UEA Norwich for LSI Architects

This is UTC Norfolk:

UTC Norfolk for LSI ArchitectsUTC Norfolk for LSI Architects

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info@richardosbourne.com (Richard Osbourne Photography) https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2015/2/new-architectural-images Wed, 04 Feb 2015 17:02:08 GMT
Latest Images January 2015 https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2015/1/latest-images-january-2015 Recent shoots have included: London, Perthshire in Scotland, many around Manchester and the Peak District, Thetford Forest and Waxham in Norfolk. 

Thetford Forest. Phase One IQ260, Cambo WR-S 1250, Rodenstock Digaron 28 Lens.

Thetford Forest. Phase One IQ260, Mamiya DF+ Camera, 55mm Lens.

Cheapside, London - testing out the Sony A7R on a walk through the City of London. Results? Pretty good I think. Certainly my shoulders thanked me for the light weight of the system!

Blackstone Edge Moor, Peak District - Zero degrees C and got this in between the snow showers! Phase One IQ260, Cambo WR-S 1250, Rodenstock Digaron 28 Lens, doubled ND grads. 
Birks of Aberfeldy, Perthshire, Scotland. Stunning place - and stunning weather! This dell, with the Moness Burn running through it, was as magical a place as any in Britain. Lord of the Rings territory! Sony A7R Panorama - 15 shots stitched (crop from full image).

Waxham, Norfolk - Beautiful end to a beautiful afternoon, just after Christmas 2014. Some of the seals from nearby Horsey were on the beach with us. Sony A7R. 

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info@richardosbourne.com (Richard Osbourne Photography) https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2015/1/latest-images-january-2015 Fri, 16 Jan 2015 13:54:52 GMT
At The Digital Coalface https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2014/11/at-the-digital-coalface Three months of processing and we have some interesting new aspects to the image collections. It's very satisfying to finally have images even from mid-2012 finally available such as these studio shots of fruit and veg:

Strawberries

And these studio shots of flowers:
V8FL12  Red GerberaV8FL12 Red Gerbera

I'd added many new panoramas of Blackpool, Lancashire, Pembrokeshire and Suffolk:
P3S32  South Pier, Blackpool, Lancashire, UKP3S32 South Pier, Blackpool, Lancashire, UK Lots of new Details of Nature
Moness Burn, Birks of Aberfeldy, Perthshire, Scotland

 

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info@richardosbourne.com (Richard Osbourne Photography) aberfeldy and birks blackpool food fruit gerbera of panorama scotland strawberries strawberry studio veg https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2014/11/at-the-digital-coalface Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:23:21 GMT
Quick Update September 2014 https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2014/11/quick-update-september-2014 Part of the reason I started a career in photography because I was spending too much time at a computer. Alas, I find myself in exactly the same position as I started - a single 24 hours of shooting can lead to about 2 weeks image processing. Here are some of the results from my recent tortuous ordeals at the digital coalface. Some of the shoots are recent (North West England, Crete, Wildflowers), some earlier in 2014 (Wales), and some from late last year (North West England again). Enjoy!

 

Click on this photo to view latest images:
 

V8L19  Dawn, Mam Tor Summit, Peak District, Derbyshire, UKV8L19 Dawn, Mam Tor Summit, Peak District, Derbyshire, UK

 

And click on this photo to view latest panoramics:

P3L50  Surprise View, Peak District, Derbyshire, UKP3L50 Surprise View, Peak District, Derbyshire, UK

 

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info@richardosbourne.com (Richard Osbourne Photography) dawn derbyshire district heather mam panorama panoramics peak sunset surprise tor view https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2014/11/quick-update-september-2014 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:22:57 GMT
About Time! https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2014/5/about-time OK, so, 10 months between blog posts is lax even by my shoddy standards, but I do have some excuses! First, we've been busier than we've ever been, installing record numbers of artworks, shooting a very large number of new images, upgrading and bedding in new camera equipment, and altogether taking things to another level.

A few new shoots first of all - these are the ones uploaded so far: Wayland Wood, Alderfen Broad, Bretts Wood, all for Norfolk Wildlife Trust.
 

V8W9  Bluebells, NWT Wayland Wood, Norfolk, UKV8W9 Bluebells, NWT Wayland Wood, Norfolk, UK

And what of the installations? Well, here's the one that has taken most of our time: 300 artworks installed in UHSM Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester. As part of making wards more accessible and navigable for the increasing numbers of dementia patients, UHSM commissioned us to put artworks in all 28 wards of one of the North West's largest hospitals. Many new local city and nature images were required - something of a challenge in Winter, with just 1 month to plan and shoot! Many spontaneous visits to Manchester and environs were necessary, no small matter when it's a 250 mile drive each way.

Each ward has a selection of nature images, local nature images and local city images. A month was spent photographing and processing images from around Manchester. Then another month selecting images and artworking so they can be made into our PhotoPanel, PhotoWall, PhotoWindow and PhotoGlassWorks products. Finally, we spent another month - the whole of March - on site installing all 300 pieces - which included driving 700 miles per week and a lot of nights in hotels.

The responses to the work were overwhelmingly positive. The words 'calm' and 'bright' were used a lot - very much what I'm aiming for with all our installations. Patients, nurses, doctors, cleaners, porters, visitors - all appreciated the improvement in the quality of their environment. It's my sincere wish that the artworks make what is an intense and sometimes frightening place to be into somewhere a little softer and more friendly.

UHSM Wythenshawe Hospital - Panoramic Triptych PhotoPanel, 4050 x 900mmUHSM Wythenshawe Hospital - Panoramic Triptych PhotoPanel, 4050 x 900mm

UHSM Wythenshawe Hospital - PhotoWall Laminated Wallpaper, 5m x 2.2mUHSM Wythenshawe Hospital - PhotoWall Laminated Wallpaper, 5m x 2.2m

Of course, that wasn't the only installation we've worked on over the last 10 months. Salford Royal, also in Manchester, have kept us busy. One our widest panoramic glass artworks went into the refurbished Irving Corridor - a mammoth 9 to1, 8.1m x 0.9m PhotoGlassWork!

Salford Royal, Irving Corridor - PhotoGlassWorks Front Lit Hexaptych 8100 x 900mmSalford Royal, Irving Corridor - PhotoGlassWorks Front Lit Hexaptych 8100 x 900mm

And Trinity Hospice in Blackpool got some interesting PhotoWall laminated wallpapers and PhotoGlassWorks as part of their refurbishment programme:

PhotoWall Laminated Wallpaper 9.5 x 2.4mPhotoWall Laminated Wallpaper 9.5 x 2.4m

I should mention the amazing new camera(s) that arrived in January. Based on a Phase One IQ260 60Mpixel medium format digital back, I'm now using a beautiful Cambo WRS 1250 technical camera and a Mamiya 645DF+ and the results are startlingly good. It's a real pleasure to be using such high quality equipment, knowing that every shot is as good as it can be - apart from when the clown behind the camera gets it wrong of course!

It's always a bit of an ordeal getting new gear. There's the hardware side, getting to know how to use it in the field but then there's also the software side - tweaking Capture One to give the best results is a process of trial and error. Every digital back and camera is different and moving from the P45+ (which I still think is very special indeed) to the IQ260 was quite a jump as the IQ260 is more neutral out of camera. More MPixels also means all the existing lenses come under scrutiny - which takes time and can be a bit disheartening. So far though, the investment has been more than worth it, so, onward!

Cambo WRS 1250 Technical Camera, Rodenstock 28 T/S lens, Phase One IQ260 Medium Format Digital Back.Cambo WRS 1250 Technical Camera, Rodenstock 28 T/S lens, Phase One IQ260 Medium Format Digital Back.User comments On Newgale Beach, Pembrokeshire with the Mamiya 645 and Phase One IQ260.On Newgale Beach, Pembrokeshire with the Mamiya 645 and Phase One IQ260.

Finally, I should mention that there are a spectacular number of new images to be processed and uploaded soon - shoots in Lancashire, Manchester, Cheshire, Pembrokeshire, Norfolk, even fruit and veg shoots in the studio. Watch this space!

 

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info@richardosbourne.com (Richard Osbourne Photography) hospice hospital irving norfolk nwt photoglassworks photowall royal salford trinity trust uhsm wayland wildlife wood wythenshawe https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2014/5/about-time Tue, 13 May 2014 21:47:12 GMT
Processing 8,000 images? Seriously? And a showroom in London? https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2013/7/processing-8-000-images-seriously-and-what-about-this-showroom-in-london

Yes, I've just spent the last 2 months processing 8,000 images... Last year was a crazy year and there was a huge backlog of images to process and get on the website - Iceland, Italy, Scottish cities, snow, London, Autumn trees… even wildflowers from last May. Most of these were taken with the Phase One P45+ medium format digital back which has been giving incredible results. You can see a selection of recent images here. In addition, there are now many other recent shoots on the site: bluebell woods, Birmingham, Salford, wildflowers, and the North Norfolk coast.

And I'm glad you asked about the showroom...I'm very pleased to announce that we have indeed just opened our first showroom in Woodford, London. You can see it here. My images are now available on glass as shower screens, wall cladding, wet rooms, kitchen splash backs and glass artworks. Contact us for more information.

Maternity Corridor, Salford Royal

We've recently installed more wonderful artworks at Salford Royal which now has one of the best collections of my work in the country. Big 5m+ panoramas are very cool indeed and really transform environments.

Lastly, architectural and interior photography has also been keeping me very busy with projects all over Britain. You can see the latest images here.

 

 

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info@richardosbourne.com (Richard Osbourne Photography) autumn birmingham blubells cladding domestic glass iceland images interior italy launch london norfolk north on salford scotland screens shower showroom snow trees wall wildflowers https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2013/7/processing-8-000-images-seriously-and-what-about-this-showroom-in-london Mon, 08 Jul 2013 17:29:00 GMT
Quick Update March 2013 https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2013/3/quick-update-march-2013 I didn't expect it to be quite so many months between news items but that's a sign of how intensely busy we've been in the latter half of 2012 and early 2013. I'm pleased to say that it doesn't look like we'll be any less busy soon - there are some really exciting new possibilities for 2013 and beyond.

July 2012 saw us in Firenze to photograph an extraordinary ballet. Not my usual subject matter but it was a really special opportunity to see cutting edge artistic work - the art of my spiritual teacher Adi Da Samraj, combined with the ballet performance of the Florence Dance Company, the music of renowned Florentine composer Andrea Portera, and the music of Adi Da's daughter Naamleela Free Jones being performed by her. If that sounds extraordinary, I can tell you it definitely was! You can see a few of the images here: http://www.richardosbourne.com/ntip2012

We'll be heading back to Florence (via some interesting places) this month for another performance of Not-Two Is Peace. More info here.

 

September 2012 was a remarkable month. We spent a week in Iceland and managed to drive around the entire ring road in that time. It would have been better to take a month but nonetheless, I managed to capture a few of the jaw-dropping landscapes. An quick selection of images here - full processing is still awaiting my attention! http://www.richardosbourne.com/p858046894
 

 

On returning from Iceland, I found out that 13 of my images had received 'Honourable Mentions' in the 2012 International Photography Awards - which was pretty amazing. Images here. 

P2F3 Thursford Wood, Norfolk
October, November and December 2012, and January, February and now March 2013 have kept us hard at it producing a lot of PhotoGlassWorks for clients all over the UK, in particular Salford Royal NHS Hospital and Withybush Hospital in West Wales, backlit PhotoGlassWorks for Q Hotels, and a lot of interior photography for various clients. Installations can be seen here.

In amongst the demands of new installations, I've managed to get some pretty decent shoots in areas such as West Wales, Thetford Forest in the Autumn, and many others awaiting processing.

If you want to keep up to date with my latest images and activities, my Facebook page is the best way. 'Like' here.



 

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info@richardosbourne.com (Richard Osbourne Photography) 2012 adi art awards da honourable hospital hotels iceland international ipa mention nhs photoglassworks photography q royal salford withybush https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2013/3/quick-update-march-2013 Fri, 01 Mar 2013 16:31:31 GMT
A New Camera! The Odyssey from 35mm Digital to Medium Format Digital Photography https://www.richardosbourne.com/blog/2012/6/a-new-camera After 10 years of working with Canon digital cameras professionally (not counting the early days of Pentax 67 and Fotoman 617 film), I decided that it was time to make the move to a new system. Over the years, I worked with all the 1Ds series cameras and a 5DMarkII and they have proved remarkable, high quality workhorses. But the stitching and post-processing to get the images up to artwork size and quality was getting too much. I knew the quality could go up and, altogether, I had the feeling that I wasn't able to reproduce exactly what I was seeing. The camera was somehow in the way. The cameras were adding something to the images - often something interesting - but they weren't seeing exactly what I was seeing. I was curious whether medium format digital, with its outrageous pricing and clunky, 90's cameras had something to offer.

So, in March, just before a major trip to Scotland and Ireland, I decided I couldn't face 4 weeks processing after 2 weeks shooting and took the plunge: I bought a used Phase One P45+ back with a Hartblei HCam B1 from Chris Ireland at Direct Digital Imaging in Leeds, who kindly drove 500 miles to (patiently) demonstrate various systems to me. The Hartblei would allow me to use my excellent Canon 24TS-E II lens with a medium format digital back - an odd 'frankencam', a stepping stone between two worlds, but with potentially a lot of strong points: useable shift on a very wide-angle lens; lens tilt; polarising filter; no lens flare issues; no weird colour cast issues, electronic shutter control.

Two-week photographic shoots are fairly major undertakings with a lot of potentially tricky issues: being far away from help if anything breaks being the main one. This is quite apart from the normal demands of fickle weather, exploring new landscapes, vehicle reliability, harmonious relations with spouse (or not) etc. So taking two completely unfamiliar pieces of equipment away with me was bordering on foolhardy. And so it proved. Sort of!

I decided to take a laptop and a calibrated 20" monitor so that I could see exactly what was going on with the files. Although this meant setting up and breaking down a whole system (including a tablet and 2 backup drives) in each of the 2 cottages we stayed in, and working on the computer each evening (not exactly a break from my usual days) it actually was the right decision as there were a few issues that I wouldn't have spotted on the laptop screen alone, such as tilt and focus accuracy, vignetting, and the chance to see the files at a decent size and with correct colours.

On the first day, my wife Alison looked over my shoulder at the files I had shot: she said, 'I don't know why those pictures look different but they do. It was worth it.'  I was amazed. I'd spent months bothering her about which gear to buy, whether to lease a load of new - and astonishingly expensive - equipment, and here she was telling me it had all been worth it!

LJ-48
The Phase back was definitely the right choice and produced some remarkable images but it had an issue with it's ability to recognise CF cards: I realised that the previous owner had used it exclusively tethered so the CF card contacts had oxidised. With a bit of use, this issue more or less went away, but not before I spent a  couple of hours running around Balleyboffey in the Republic of Ireland trying to find some new CF cards. Not an afternoon I would like to repeat.

To cut a long story short, the Hartblei wasn't the ideal field camera - it was a bit too heavy, a bit delicate and hard to handle for the kinds of wild places (and weathers) I was working in. It also had some reliability issues, which were sorted out by Stefan at Hartblei.

By that time however, I'd decided that I maybe needed to look at a more traditional technical camera and when one came up for sale on ebay - a very rare occurrence - I bought a Cambo Wide DS with Schneider 24 and 35XL lenses. The seller was an eminent landscape photographer called Tony Howell, who had got very good use out of this specialist camera. With the P45+ the 24mm lens is equivalent to a 16 or 17mm field of view on the Canons. The 35mm lens is equivalent to a 24mm lens.

 

 

 

 

 

And so began yet another round of extensive testing, struggle, eyes-popping-out-of-my-head-at-the-quality and the occasional disappointment at the inevitable limitations.

Here are my conclusions:

1. There is a stunning and stark quality difference between 35mm digital and medium format digital. It is particularly noticeable in the much more realistic range of colours reproduced by the P45+ compared to my Canons. Slightly less obvious, but still a major contributor to the overall image quality, is the dynamic range, the range of dark and light tones the back can reproduce, which is above 35mm digital. The as yet untested Nikon D800 may of course have2.5m HIGH PRINTOUTS - PIXEL COUNTS ARE THE VERTICAL SIZE something to say about this. The Phase One back blows out highlights more completely than the Canons however: skies are impossible to rescue if flashing highlights are showing and there's a nasty cyan drop off if you try to bring the highlights back in Capture One. Contrary to what I've read, I've found the shadows easier to bring out than the highlights on the Phase than the Canons. In addition, the extra 'space' of medium format digital means that cropping is far easier, far more natural. I would have no problem cropping a 39MP landscape Phase One file to a 22MP portrait shot - and the 4:3 aspect ratio is so much more appealing and less pinched than 3:2.

The Phase back is eminently useable. It has a pleasingly simple interface that is very reliable and stable. It's exceptionally well-built and really gives a feeling of solidity, robustness and durability, even out in the wilds.

2. The quality difference is massively enhanced by using a technical camera with its astounding lenses: the edge-to-edge Screen shot of 100% from above Poppies image - this is from the bottom, just left of centre100% CROP FROM POPPIES IMAGE. This is in the bottom of the image, just to the left of centre. sharpness of the two Schneider lenses actually has to be seen to be believed. As a rough guide, from what I've seen, it requires a 100Mpixel stitched shot on the Canons to even get close to the 39Mpixel Phase One back and Cambo with Schneider lenses. That anti-alias filter on the Canon has a lot to answer for. I did one test that reflects a lot of our clients' requirements: I enlarged a panoramic image taken with the Canon 5DII and 45 TS-E to 2.5m tall, an average for wallpaper. The stitched Canon image was 9,200 pixels high. The Cambo/Phase image just 5,000 pixels high. When printed out at full size, the Cambo was significantly sharper. The forest greens were also more realistic, and there was a more accurate rendering of highlights and shadows. The whole thing had DEPTH and looked like the real thing, the Canon an approximation of the real thing.

And it isn't just about sharpness, the ability to render straight lines AS straight lines is a quantum leap better than even the Canon 24 TS-EII, which is no slouch. There's just so little distortion to these images, that going back and looking at Canon images is a bit of a shock - especially the edges.

3. Depth of Field. The Cambo lenses render a significantly deeper depth of field than either the Canons or 645 type cameras at the equivalent F-stop. I've no idea why, but it's the solution to a problem I've struggled with for a while: my images are often produced as wallpaper or very large artworks, and large out of focus areas can be really intrusive. Even using lens tilt or hyperfocal / infinity focusing on the Canons didn't come anywhere near to producing this kind of depth of field. For further away subjects, either infinity or one notch back is perfect. For close-up subjects, the Cambo isn't easy to focus and I usually take many attempts at different focal points. When focus is nailed though, wow! The depth of field is shallower when focused close-up, but even the out-of-focus areas are pleasant and not intrusive. I'll need lens tilt in the future for close-up work, but for the moment, I'm sold, despite the challenges.

4. Capture One. This is a bit of a revelation in terms of raw processing. I've been using Adobe Raw in Photoshop for a while but Capture One offers far more power, control and sheer quality to the images. Better colours, sharper images, and, best of all, using LCC calibration shots, you can get rid of vignetting and DUST on all images! Yes, massively reduced dusting! (Not gone away completely but very, very close - a huge relief).

5. Myths

Technical cameras are slow. I'm finding that setting up the Cambo is actually quicker than the Canons - just because it's a far less complicated machine. A mechanical lens and shutter is actually a pleasingly direct and simple thing to use. Knowing I'm shooting with such a high quality device is very exciting - it's brought the thrill back to getting out there.

Not being able to see through the lens - or even having a viewfinder - seemed to me a potentially impossible problem to overcome. I'd been spoilt by years of SLR use and, in particular, live view. But, the fact that you can see the results on the digital back instantly makes this far less of a problem than I expected. For hand-held nature close-ups and long shots, of course, the Canons are still needed. Filter placement - which I generally do handholding anyway - just requires a test shot and a small adjustment. Some kind of hood for the screen is going to be necessary: seeing the screen on bright days is nearly impossible, as it is with most digital cameras in the sun.

Cocking the Shutter by hand. Taking more considered shots means taking less shots - so fewer shutter releases, making it not really a problem.

Needing a £300 Kapture Group cable release. This is occasionally a pain if you depress the shutter button a little and trigger the 5 second countdown. But there's a decisiveness and speed about using this kit that means it rarely causes problems. It's only required on older backs, not the recent IQ series.

Centre-Filters. Each of these lenses has a centre filter which adds 2 stops to the required exposure time. Tricky in windy conditions. But, they do their job well and if you wait for a moment when the wind dies down, the sharpness of the lenses makes slight movement less obvious. They do make exposure times much longer. Coupled with only really being able to use up to ISO200 on the back and in some situations, this could be a problem. I'm keeping the Canons for when I need to shoot at ISO800 in failing light.

Polariser. I have used a polariser in many of my photographs for years - just trying to squeeze out every drop of colour and punch in the image that I can. With the Cambo/Phase I'm realising that I was doing that because the Canon just wasn't showing the scene as it really was. I was trying to make up for it. So, not using a polariser is taking off the 2 stops from my exposure times that the centre filters have added on! Some shots, of course, I still need polarisers for but far less than before.

Exposure. I take a light meter with me but am finding I rarely use it. I just make sure the highlights aren't blown on the image replay and that the histogram looks good. In general, exposure is somewhere between 1/125 sec and 2 seconds but it's easy to guess. A little more accuracy won't hurt but even without metering, the results are excellent. Exposure times are at 1 stop intervals, so the aperture has to change (in 1/3 stop intervals) for intermediate values.

The Screen on the Phase One Back. The P45+ is apparently a big improvement over the previous generation of backs. It's similar to using a larger version of the Canon 1DsII screen which wasn't terrible. It's not quite as good as a 1DsIII and a long way from the 5DII. And of course, there's no live view. However, get this: the 5DII screen flatters your shots - they never look that good on the computer. With the Phase, it's the other way round. On the screen: meh. On the computer: OMG, look at that! Wow! Etc. etc.

Without a ball head, I improvised a low shot on the panorama head.

6. Other Cambo Good Points

A tripod mount on the handle on the left hand side means I can fix a quick release plate to it. Which means I can quickly rotate the entire camera for portrait shots and not have to remove the back to rotate it. An unexpected bonus.

Talking of the handle, it doesn't half make the Cambo easy to get level on a tripod - even on the Gitzo levelling tripod I use (which is normally a little tricky to get perfectly level), the big handle combined with the excellent, accurate spirit levels, perfect balance and light weight of the Cambo make levelling a breeze. Oddly, it is actually more difficult to use on the Manfrotto geared head I normally use for architectural work. I don't quite understand this but I'm happy I can make do with just the one tripod.

4 x 5 Film Mount. In the very unlikely scenario that solar flares knock out all electronics in 2012, the Cambo can use a 4 x 5 film mount on the back, so I'll still be able to document the disasters as they happen on lovely old film. I might do this anyway - for fun - as it's a lot cheaper than an IQ180.

Tilt Lens Panels. As and when my finances recover, being able to swap the lenses onto tilting lens panels will give the system that bit more flexibility. *** Newsflash: Charles from Cambo UK phoned me to tell me that neither of these two lenses is available on a tilt panel. It seems to be mainly Rodenstocks and longer focal length Schneiders.


7. Problems

Calibration Shots and LCC. I'm not sure of the reason exactly but technical camera lenses produce magenta/green casts on images. The casts can be corrected in software but to do this a Lens Cast Calibration shot has to be taken at the beginning of each shoot using a piece of white acrylic. I tried to be a smart-arse and bought a piece off ebay for £1.75. Unfortunately, it's only 3mm thick - the real thing is 5mm - and I found colours in the scene were interfering with the cast correction. Duh! Once you use the real thing (which came with the camera), it basically works well at removing colour-casts but the process isn't infallible. Some images just have weird colour casts from lights at odd angles and they are very difficult to remove. Certainly this is going to take a bit of experience to work with and work around. A new LCC shot has to be taken whenever shift is used too as the cast changes. It's not such a big deal - especially as the LCC shots are used for dust deletion. Direct Digital Imaging sell LCC kits - a worthwhile investment.

Lens Flare. Possibly the biggest problem with these lenses. Like thoroughbred race horses, they are highly strung! At the first sign of direct light on the lens, they flare badly, so I find I have to make a lot of effort to shade the lens with my hands or a flare buster. When the sun is in the frame however, the only way is to take two shots one with hand in the frame one without and combine them later. It helps but doesn't get rid of the problem completely. Sometimes, the flares are in odd places and from odd sources: light that has diffracted through trees seems to cause blue ghosting all around the source of light - very tricky to remove, and particularly frustrating as trees are one of my favourite subjects. Schneider really need the new nano-technology coating that Canon have on their 24 TS-E II which has astonishing flare resistance. I think the choice of camera has an impact on the flare issue too - apparently some technical cameras are better than others.

Night Shots. Before getting carried away with the 1 hour capability of the P45+, I realised that each exposure requires a dark slide shot of the same duration. So, a 30 second night shot on the Canon (typical for night time in cities at F11), will require 2 minutes with the centre filters... then another 2 minutes dark slide. A four minute exposure? Fine if you're taking one-off shots. Not so fine if shooting a 13-shot panorama! Back to the Canons.

Focusing. I'm not sure that the focusing scales on the Cambo lens panels are very accurate. When set to infinity focus, closer subjects are better focused than those far away. It's the other way around when focused at 5m (the next mark from infinity) on the 35XL. Bit odd. And a bit difficult considering there's no other way to check focus except on the screen. For close up subjects, rotating the focusing ring on the 24 is an ordeal - it's tight and without much grip. You'd certainly struggle with gloves in Winter. One mitigating factor: because of the sharpness of the lenses and the incredible depth of field, even when focus isn't perfect, it's still so damned sharp - about the same as regular lenses when focused - that you can get away with it.

6. Mamiya 645D

I bought an old Mamiya 645D with a 55 and 80mm macro lenses. Just to see if this could replace the Canons. Uh, no is the answer! The back works OK with this camera except there's no mirror lockup - that's only available on the MkII version onwards. With such a huge mirror there is very big camera shake even on a tripod. I've found one great use for it though and that's flowers and details of nature: the colours from the P45+ are so stunning that it's a pleasure to use for this one purpose alone. The 80mm macro is a sharp, smooth lens. If I'm travelling light though, this kit will get left behind I'm sure, as it's a dinosaur that uses 6 AA batteries! Bizarre.

*** CORRECTION ***

Thanks to some very helpful forum posts, I've discovered that the mirror lockup DOES word on the AFD Mark I, but only in manual mode. Here's the relevant info (thanks Ray):

If you lock up the mirror, the metering and AF systems receive no further light, so they can't function. You'll get a blinking "-no- AE" error message on the top LCD of the AFD, if you try to release the shutter while using one of the P/Av/Tv modes. 

So if the camera is setting the exposure and/or focus for you, you must lock them in (press the AE lock button) beforeturning the M-Up lever. I bet that will solve your problem?

If you're using one of the M/X modes, setting the exposure manually, there should be no problem - it should fire with the M-Up set. Mine does.

Among the things I like about the original AFD is that once set, the AE lock and M-Up last as long as you please, and the M-Up lever, being mechanical, does not drain battery power in long exposures. This is sadly not the case with the later bodies (which also dumped the T setting, a no-battery-drain long exposure mode for film backs).

Ray


7. Panoramics

Having lugged around a heavy, brutish panorama head on my tripod for years, the prospect of not having to is appealing. By keeping the Cambo and 35XL lens in landscape orientation, it's the equivalent of using a 35mm lens in portrait orientation on 35mm format - my standard lens for panoramas. The quality of the Schneider lens means that there's so little distortion this actually works well (though in the past, with such a wide angle lens, I've had significant problems). Bracketing is tricky though and I haven't really cracked it yet: having to manually adjust the exposure time for each bracketed shot in a panorama isn't ideal. I suspect it'll be a case of using the dynamic range of the sensor more carefully along with judicious use of grad filters.

8. Research

I'm slightly appalled at the amount of time I spent researching this investment. It must have taken up most of my free time over the last 3 months and a great deal of my free time in the last 3 years. It's COMPLICATED stuff but if I could have given myself one piece of advice a year ago it would have been this: jump in, buy the best thing you can afford and get used to it. But perhaps do it one step at a time - start with Capture One as it takes quite a bit of learning, then test as much equipment as you can get hold of - Phase One and Hasselblad are aware of how serious an investment they are asking you to make and are willing to visit you with the gear in your chosen setting, as are dealers such as Chris at Direct Digital Imaging, who will bring several different types of camera, something the manufacturers can't do. This makes assessing it much easier - especially when you can directly compare the same scene shot with your existing gear. It doesn't tell you everything of course but it's certainly a lot easier than just reading about it on the net.

9. Workflow

Digital workflows are the less fun, but crucial, aspect of digital photography. Changing them is not a small matter. Like all growth, it's uncomfortable: working with unfamiliar tools is awkward and, if there are problems on mission-critical work, potentially disastrous. I'm slowly working out how to integrate Capture One with the Media Pro / Photoshop workflow I already had. I think eventually I'll use C1 more, especially once I get into layers and masks.

 

 

 

 

 

10. Other Systems

Just in case you are getting the idea that I only tried one or two systems before committing...

David Summerfield from Hasselblad also visited me with a full system and I spent a day testing out the H4D40 with different lens combinations. I also tried a V-series camera with a CFV 50. All pretty good - I thought the image quality from the Hasselblad backs was excellent - but I wasn't so sold on the H camera - which has some very tiny and oddly placed buttons - and lenses which, though excellent, are very heavy. The Tilt-shift adapter is ok but degrades image quality somewhat.

Previous to that, Phase One loaned me an IQ180 / DF system. This produced remarkable images. But the weight of the lenses, the age of the basic 645 design (which really isn't much different from my 645D) and the massive price tag counted against it. And in the focal length I used most - 28mm (on the IQ180 equivalent to 17mm on 35mm), the lens flare was so bad shooting into the sun it made the lens less unusable to me, despite its sharpness. And yes, I get the irony of ending up with the flare-prone Schneiders!

Previous to that, I'd spent many, many hours reading blogs, forum posts, downloading samples, going to shows and retailers and testing out many of the possible camera/lens combinations... nothing satisfied. Now we have the Nikon D800E and I'm tempted as a replacement for the 1DsIII and 5DII. Canon appear to have abandoned the high megapixel market and these days seem to take forever between announcements and delivery. Just look at the 1DX.

Is my search for the perfect camera over and done with? Yeah, right! If money was no object, I'd consider three, perhaps 4 other systems:
- Arca Swiss RM3Di
- Linhof Techno
- Sinar Artec
- Alpa

A Cambo Wide RS with a sliding back and tilt lenses would do it too - if they made a sliding back. Love the nice new wooden handles.

All with an IQ180 back, of course.

I hope the above helps you make a decision if you're contemplating medium format digital. Is it worth it? Without any doubt whatsoever. It's all about the image quality...

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We've spent a lot of time in Salford putting artworks in the new hospital in the last 6 months. Hopefully uplifting both patients and staff alike. You can see the results here: http://www.richardosbourne.com/p892988570

This is a new blogging service that will be updated a little more often than the previous (complicated) system.

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