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5 News

Pentax reveals new 'weather-resistant' lenses; Sigma launches high-end compact camera; Sony confirms launch of four new lenses

10 Review

The latest books, exhibitions and websites

12 Letters

AP readers speak out on the week's issues

13 Backchat

Camera fairs aren't just a place to seek out camera bargains, says AP reader Andy Rice

29 Competition cover story

We've £ 1,000 worth of llford black & white prints to be won in our online competition 98 The final frame

Gabriel Fuchs investigates the Rule of Four within photography


14 Photo insight

David Clapp on how he coped with fluctuating light conditions to get the perfect exposure of beech trees in a field of buttercups and daisies

16 Last resort

Richard Sibley explains how to add contrast and a touch of colour to your images

On test and technical

49 Testbench

Kata E-705 Elements cover and FreeLoader Pro Solar and Cam Caddy

50 Three scenes, three shots cover story AP's technical team tackle three different scenes, aiming to get one great image that stands out from the norm

56 10 landscape essentials cover story We list ten of our favourite accessories for landscape photography

60 Q&A

Our experts answer your questions

62 Graduated neutral density filters cover story

Angela Nicholson explains how to use ND grads in your landscape photography and puts six to Die test

Your pictures

21 APOY Round 5 cover story

We've prizes worth more than £2,000 in the H2O round of our APOY competition

31 Gallery

Another selection of superb reader images

40 Appraisal

Damien Demolder examines your images, offering words of wisdom and advice


24 Afterglow cover story

Andrew Sanderson reveals how he finds beauty in the most ordinary of landscapes and why he prefers to use a medium-format camera

36 Icons of photography cover story Joe Cornish's meticulously crafted images provide inspiration to countless other landscape photographers. David Clark reports

43 The perfect tone coverstory Master of the black & white landscape Paul Gallagher explains how to fine-tune contrast and bnng flat images back to life

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Best of British

We can all think of countries where we'd rather live, and those lottery-winning dreams rarely culminate in a house with rain lashing against the windows. In fantasies we look to year-round sunshine, but I am certain I'd miss the different seasons. Having lived for three years in idyllic holiday-type climates in my youth, there is something clinical and anti-cultural about that type of perfection.

When you are having a barbecue there is a definite difference between good and bad weather, but when you are taking pictures the conditions other people might consider less than ideal can look dramatic, moody and atmospheric through the lens. And that's one of the great things about living in Britain - weather that changes by the minute presenting us with myriad different pictures from one moment to the next. A cloudless blue sky all day is boring in comparison.

The landscape of Britain is amazingly varied for such a compact area, from the flat plains of East Anglia to the mountainous violence of the Scottish Highlands, not to mention the miles of a fractured coast that is always in striking distance. And with ever-changing heavens to entertain the top of your screen, there really is no need to go anywhere else.

Our question dDf the week

Do you agree that the winning I6P0TY picture on page 28 is the best of those shown?

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This week we ask... What do you prefer in the top of your landscape frame?

A A deep blue sky B An overcast sky C Dramatic clouds

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Andrew Sanderson finds beauty in ordinary landscapes


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