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James Tyrrell


James had hardly touched a camera when he came to Londolozi, but his writing skills that complemented his Honours degree in Zoology meant that he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the ...

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Peter Pyburn

Hi James, the landie photo is mine…shot with a Minolta SRT 101 and a 0to400 Soligor lens (for those who may remember). I have a digital camera now, but I can assure you the ability to work the camera – fstop, appeture, shutter etc – manually led to a far greater understanding of how these things affected your shot. To understand these led to way better pics. Now i can shoot plenty frames, but to change these settings requires a pilots licence! and then to “cheat” in photo shop later….nooooo! And I loaded and developed the film and negatives when back home on leave. Photography was a real art then. That Minolta survived 2 years in the navy then the bush. I wonder if my digital would do that? Only wish I could use all the lenses I have with the new camera.


Nice blog James. I am a senior and I can totally relate to how much photography has changed over the years. Now you don’t need a camera, you can use your smart phone, ipad or iphone. Amazing, but when you wish to get copies of old slides or pictures – that is yet another story. Very interesting indeed.


And every time I put my camera down, telling myself I’m actually getting greedy, something will change slightly in the scene, invariably resulting in me picking the camera up again and taking more pictures – At least i’m not alone !!! makes me feel better !!! Thank you for a great article !!

Vittorianna Manzari

Nothing comparable to the magic of expectation. And then, the surprise of a photo magnificent, well-managed. The memory of the magic moment. Today is all without poetry. Too easy. Too fast. And in the end, too many pictures. Who says more is better? Who knows?

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