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So far Alister has created 32 blog entries.

Kharta Valley Trek – Mt. Everest East

By | 2017-07-06T12:21:07+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Blog|

I am so comfortable and warm wrapped in my down cocoon, I’ve slept well, despite the high  altitude, but I shrug aside any thoughts of lying there any longer. The very slightest hint of pre dawn light has started to permeate the tent and I know what I must do. At 5000m the brain [...]

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Desert Epiphany – First Journey in 2017

By | 2017-07-07T08:35:51+00:00 October 15th, 2017|Blog|

In the fading light of a bleak winter’s evening I stare from the plane window as we begin our decent into Ürümqi. Bogda Peak rises nearly 18000 feet up to meet us in the cold air and layers of lesser hills dusted in snow add captivating textures. This is my first sight of Xinjiang [...]

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Nisi Reverse Nano IR GND Filter Review

By | 2017-08-08T06:03:02+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Learn, Reviews|

Until NISI sent them to me, I’d never used a reverse grad before, and I have to say they have proven to be a very cool addition to my everyday bag. For those of you unfamiliar with the concept let me explain. Traditional Graduated Neutral Density Filters (GND) - A standard grad is [...]

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The Perfection Paradigm

By | 2017-08-02T14:04:24+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|Learn, Philosophy & Development|

I’m certain I’d be forgiven for thinking that after so many years of personal development and dedication to making photographs that I’ve got it down? Surely I should have it right by now? “I used to be immodest, now I’m perfect!” - Alister Benn aged 14 I hasten to add I am joking! But seriously, I’d [...]

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Flight Fit

By | 2017-08-03T12:43:34+00:00 July 29th, 2017|Blog|

First and foremost I need to start this with a disclaimer: I am not a doctor and nothing in this article can be taken as specific medical advice. Certain foods and chemicals can interact with some medications and these can have very serious effects. As with any changes in lifestyle, diet, supplementation or exercise, [...]

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Lightroom Case Study – Global Adjustment

By | 2017-07-28T15:27:12+00:00 July 28th, 2017|Learn, Lightroom & Photoshop|

Lightroom Case Study Video - A series of case studies to demonstrate how to use global adjustment to change the mood and style of final look of the image. Adobe Lightroom is a tool - as are all the global and local adjustment sliders, brushes and gradients. They are no more capable of [...]

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The Chi of Seeing – Artist Development 2017 Q1

By | 2017-08-02T13:52:26+00:00 July 6th, 2017|Learn, Philosophy & Development|

I’ve been making photographs since I was a teenager, with growing aptitude and confidence. At the end of each year I reflect on the past 12 months and usually conclude that I like my most recent work the most. Why should this be? It is not always the case that I have been to [...]

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Building the Future

By | 2017-07-06T13:52:44+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Learn, Philosophy & Development|

I’m a big fan of resolutions, and always set off into a New Year with passion, commitment and drive. There is something uplifting about the concept of new beginnings, wiping the slate clean and shedding some dead wood; be it emotional, technical or behavioural. What I want to discuss this month is that concept [...]

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Focusing at Night

By | 2017-07-28T15:49:06+00:00 July 2nd, 2017|Articles & Tutorials, Learn, Night Photography|

The Problems It’s dark! - Even cameras with an AF assist beam can rarely function at night. On a very moonlit night with a nice reflective subject with clear edges, the AF system may work, but its best not to bother. I have read many Night Photography books stating that manual focus is the way to go, either [...]

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Composing at Night

By | 2017-07-28T15:46:50+00:00 June 18th, 2017|Articles & Tutorials, Learn, Night Photography|

Why do you take Photographs? I’ve asked this question many times to colleagues, friends, on forums, online communities and polls on my website. The answers are as varied as the people who took the time to answer, but the majority said it was artistic expression - in other words, to communicate a feeling, a meaning, an [...]

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PX3 Awards Winner

By | 2017-07-29T16:21:59+00:00 June 5th, 2017|Blog|

I am delighted to announce that I have been awarded twice in the 2017 PX3 Juried Competition. My 5 images series The Endless Caress won Silver in the Professional Fine Art Landscape category, while The Crystal Embrace was awarded Gold in Professional Nature, Seasons category. https://px3.fr/winners/zoom2.php?eid=1-67836-16 http://www.px3.fr/winners/zoom2.php?eid=1-68613-16 Full list of 2017 winner - http://www.px3.fr/winners/winners.php?compName=PX3+2017 Alister [...]

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Preparing to Win

By | 2017-06-03T10:33:15+00:00 June 3rd, 2017|Learn, Philosophy & Development|

“Nobody is born brilliant - they all have to work at it.”   One thing is constant in all the articles I read about people I admire; musicians, artists, athletes, ambassadors of industry - their greatness has required huge effort, failures and sacrifices. When I set my personal bar for achievement, I set it [...]

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The Enemy Within

By | 2017-06-03T10:18:46+00:00 June 3rd, 2017|Learn, Philosophy & Development|

“Only those who play win. Only those who risk win. History favours risk-takers. Forgets the timid. Everything else is commentary.” -Iveta Cherneva I’m a big fan of quotes, especially motivational or profound ones that inspire me to grow, experience life and engage with my existence. Why? Because life can be scarily ordinary if we don’t [...]

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