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Close to grass

Take a deep breath and picture yourself on a grassy slope in Mongolia, taking photographs, what else. It is late June in the Altai Mountains. You lie on your stomach trying to get both flowers and sum…

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Winter is coming

It is morning in early September. The chill in the air foretells a close winter, and there is a thin ice layer building up on the water. The ice is going to disappear later in the day, but not for lon…

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Going wild

This is the first newsletter whose topic was suggested by a subscriber, and I am quite excited about the fact! The topic – how to photograph wildlife – is not necessarily what I practise a lot, but …

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On location

Game of Thrones is quite an event, without a doubt. Even if you don't follow its story firsthand, you must have heard of it, somewhere, somehow — the show has enough fans, and sports an average scor…

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Outnumbered

We live by numbers. We make decisions based on them. We study ratings, statistics, and trends. We compare prices, count stars, and draw charts — first, then conclusions. Everything we do in the end …

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Photoshopping

With almost 30 years of market presence under its belt, Photoshop is one of the most popular and powerful image editing software packages. From the beginning, it has become the tool of choice for many…

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Driving by numbers

Europe is a rather small place. You are bound to cross borders often when moving around.

I commute between two federal states of Germany day in, day out. One can't miss the line with all its bells and whistles, signposts and banners.

Borders are made to be observed, after all.

The border between Ireland and Northern Ireland is invisible, literally. There is none. You notice the change by the scale on road signs. Speed limits and distances drop or raise suddenly depending on your travel direction, without any reason.

Kilometres? Miles? Imperial? Metric? The numbers make the difference, the only one. Now you are abroad, and now you are back again.

I wonder if this will stay that way for long, with the Kingdom leaving the EU.

The EU membership referendum of 2016 asked the British a single question: Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union? On the whole, 52% voted to leave, while 48% chose to remain.

This is just the big picture, though.

In tiny Gibraltar, not more than a cliff at the southern tip of Spain, 96% were to remain. All voting areas of Scotland decided to remain, with the total score of 62% to 38%. Greater London voted 60% to 40% to stay. A firm majority of 56% in Northern Ireland were in favour of remaining, too.

The vote left enough numbers to analyze and raise questions. For me, the most telling are these two:

Google Trends for \

The graph shows the dynamics of Google searches for "eu" within the UK during the referendum week—the bulk of them was carried out the day after the referendum.

And this, vote results by age:

AgeVoted to leaveVoted to remain
18 - 2429%71%
25 - 4946%54%
50 - 6460%40%
65+64%36%
Data by YouGov, based on the post-referendum poll of 5,242 voters

It seems that those to live with the result the longest were against it.

PS Numbers and statistics, and Northern Ireland and Game of Thrones are topics of the next two newsletter issues. Subscribe at top of the page, or on the dedicated one.

Ride on a star

This is just to announce the last series of my images, which are online now!

The northern way

May 17 is Constitution Day, the national day in Norway. The date recalls the events of 1814, when the country was forced out of one personal union (with Denmark) into another (with Sweden). It isn't a...

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A duck for a dog

If you got your own place on the Internet, helping your visitors find what they are looking for is a great way to engage them and keep them staying a bit longer. A custom site search can achieve just ...

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Back to the past

When you are young, you can't wait to get older. You make plans and look into the future. You want to start doing things you couldn't do before, and you want to do these things without asking anyone's...

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Perfectly legal

Going on a trip and bringing a camera along? — Great! However, be sure to know what you can photograph at your destination without breaking the law. The short answer to what is legal, is: it very much…

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Brand new

When preparing this issue, it struck me that our language affects not only how we think, but also how we behave. In German, there is no exact equivalent for saying you like something. Sure, a verb wit…

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Edge out

It took me more time to come up with a title for this announcement than you will need to read it...

Drum roll, please! There's news for all fine art photography collectors out there. All but canvas prints are now available for order with an optional white border around the image.

As I see it, this comes especially useful for framed editions.

The border is offered in six sizes, from 1 cm (.4") to 12 cm (4.8"). I am yet unsure about all widths being worth it, nor about how to present the option visually on the order page, but a possibility should come online within a week.

You will be able to order this feature with your next request.

Autumn

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  1. Close to grass

    Nov 17, 17 04:29 AM

    Take a deep breath and picture yourself on a grassy slope in Mongolia, taking photographs, what else. It is late June in the Altai Mountains. You lie on your stomach trying to get both flowers and sum…

    Read on

  2. Winter is coming

    Nov 12, 17 09:24 AM

    It is morning in early September. The chill in the air foretells a close winter, and there is a thin ice layer building up on the water. The ice is going to disappear later in the day, but not for lon…

    Read on

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