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As most of you will now be aware, Libby, myself and the kids are now in Bulgaria. We have a house about 20km south-south-west of Veliko Tarnovo (the old cultural capital of the country) and will be spending at least the next six weeks here ... if not longer. I'll be writing more about life in Bulgaria in forthcoming posts, but for the time being you might want to read through Libby's latest blog post for a bit more information on what we've been up to.

As for this shot, it was taken yesterday evening about a mile up the road from us, close to the village spring, and is a shot of Tabby (our youngest) exploring her surroundings. As always, let me know what you think.

Our next training weekend
On a totally different matter: I'll definitely be back in the UK in June as we're running a training course in Blackpool on the weekend of 13/14th June. The cost for the course is £225.00 and we still have a few places left. If you'd like to receive some more information please email Libby for the details (libby AT chromasia DOT com).

25% off print offer
Also, most of you will probably have noticed that we are now selling prints of our images through FOTOMOTO. As a special introductory offer we are offering a 25% discount on the next 50 prints that are ordered. If you're interested, all you need to do is enter the following coupon code on the order form (after clicking the ‘purchase a print’ link beneath most images):


Critique required
And finally, If any of you have a moment to spare, please could you visit the link below and take a look at the images posted by the daughter of a friend of mine. The images are part of her final major project for her BTEC photography course and it was suggested to them that they seek opinions from other sources than college or home. Any comments would be gratefully received:


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comment by Deniss at 07:52 AM (GMT) on 15 May, 2009

That's a lot to explore. Lot's of bugs and stuff.

comment by Jennifer at 07:52 AM (GMT) on 15 May, 2009

Beautiful - gorgeous light and processing - sweet model too! Thank you :o)

comment by Sean at 08:09 AM (GMT) on 15 May, 2009

The 'Libby's Latest Blog Post' link didn't seem to work...

comment by Mirko Herzner at 08:16 AM (GMT) on 15 May, 2009

Well composed and with a very peaceful mood. I like the soft touch of this shot.

comment by Erik Drabløs at 08:19 AM (GMT) on 15 May, 2009

Nice composition and processing. I'm quite curious as to how a colour version would look though.

comment by djn1 at 08:31 AM (GMT) on 15 May, 2009

Sean: my mistake, I've fixed it now.

comment by Mirco at 08:38 AM (GMT) on 15 May, 2009

Lovely Picture

comment by Nicki at 09:30 AM (GMT) on 15 May, 2009

Good morning Dave, i was waiting so long for such a shoot! Oh i love it ... fantastic. Have a good time ... ^Nicki^

comment by Mo at 11:49 AM (GMT) on 15 May, 2009


comment by Thatch at 12:16 PM (GMT) on 15 May, 2009

Interesting image and composition, the negative space on the right works well to give an endless feel. Sounds a fantastic place you stopping at.

All the best.

comment by Carlos Garcia at 03:03 PM (GMT) on 15 May, 2009

Just priceless. You can see the peace in Tabby. In fact, the overall tone is peaceful. Perfect focusing. Loved reading Libby's blog... the house and surroundings are just beautiful.


comment by Claude at 03:41 PM (GMT) on 15 May, 2009

Just magical. The light, the texture, the posture of your child - That's one you want to frame

comment by Dan Kaufman at 10:24 PM (GMT) on 15 May, 2009

I love the calmness in the tonal range, and the depth-of-field "focusing bands". Very nicely presented.

comment by kate at 12:36 PM (GMT) on 16 May, 2009

there is something almost elastic in her pose- her neck...arms/hands, especially the left. and, that what she is intent upon is almost invisible, like a thread of pure spun gold...if you told me she was an ancient bulgarian soul posed as bulgarian baby, i'd believe it. add the technical beauty here-light, proportion, contrast, texture, composition...this photo transported me. one of my all-time faves of yours. :)

comment by djn1 at 09:10 AM (GMT) on 17 May, 2009

Thanks everyone :)

comment by lusyamcoga at 10:23 AM (GMT) on 17 May, 2009

une magnifique composition !

comment by BJ Vicks at 05:20 AM (GMT) on 18 May, 2009

Beautiful. There's a film called Green Dream being produced by filmmaker Maia Iotzova whose intro utilizes a shot of the auteur in very much the same circumstance in Bulgaria. It's uncanny:


comment by mooch at 08:21 PM (GMT) on 19 May, 2009

I love this shot. The child add to the image but my most favouritist bit is definitiely the texture of the grass. I have shot similar and only achieved such delicacy very early in the morning. Dreamlike.