This took a little bit more processing than I usually carry out due to the extreme contrast that was present in what was, a grab shot. I'm happy with the way it turned out although it wouldn't stand being printed at a respectable size.
I spotted this single boat moored up on the Thames not far from where I live and I knew that it had the potential to be an 'oldie' so, back home, a quick application of a Lomo preset in LR3 followed by the application of a texture (you really do need to get yourself some textures - either download 'em or go shoot 'em) and a vignetting of the corners and I had my suitably aged sailboat.
When you're next out taking shots, look for contrasts. I don't necessarily mean colours. Here, I've used young and old, fake and real to highlight contrast and it makes the picture that little more appealing.
I know there are quite a few people 'lurking' around out there (my stats tell me you're out there!) so I would like to get your feedback on something before I commit to it properly.
I'm looking to start up a new site that will be part blog part video tutorial site. I think this will be much more beneficial to you my readers but I wanted to know how you feel about it. So, waddya think? Should I do it?
I spotted this scene whilst on walkabout in London one day whilst the missus was getting her hair cut. I immediately knew it had potential but when I started to process it, I got bored with it. I felt it would be better served if I made it look a tad older and so I dragged in a texture layer and then played around with just the blend modes until....voila'.
I love the seaside! I love the fact that you can see all kinds of people going about there business and it provides so many photographic opportunities for us that I heartily recommend that you grab your camera and set off in search of some interesting characters.
On this day, it was a bit fresh and there wasn't as many people around as I would have liked but, this lady was made of sterner stuff and sat herself down outside a local cafe. I managed to grab this as I sauntered past...
New York sometimes gives of a peculiar light caused by reflections off of all the tinted glass on the surrounding buildings. This isn't it but, I was stopped in my tracks by a really strange light cast across the street and I have to say, hand on heart, that I have never, never seen such a light.
I didn't know where to start photographing. Turns out, I didn't. My sodding battery packed up on me!
I always, always carry a spare but this time, my spare was as dead as a dodo. Turns out I picked up the uncharged one (I have to get a system) and strolled out blissfully unaware.
I found this when I was out and about in Central London one day. I half expected to be approached by a security guard asking me what I was doing but, no. I wandered around for hours on end, right through the heart of London's financial district and didn't get bothered once.
Most security guards seem to be getting the hang of what they can and can't do these days. Message seems to be getting through.
Years ago when I was a kid I would often see signs stuck on a wall that said ' Bill Stickers Not Allowed'. I always found that a bit amusing because obviously, someone had stuck up a Bill (poster) telling you that you couldn't put up a poster!!
And, in my strange mind, it amused me to wonder if there was someone called Bill Stickers and how he must have felt. I wondered if this guy was the Bill Stickers in my ramblings....
In days gone by these old wharves were extremely busy places along the banks of the Thames and now, sadly, virtually all of them have been converted into luxury apartments selling for squillions of pounds. Huge inside though!!
Again, another shot that allegedly breaks the rules of composition...Never place your subject in the middle of the frame. I have to ask you. Why not?
Does this composition work for you? Would it have worked if they were over to the left....or right. Higher or lower? Probably. Obviously would have looked completely different but what's wrong with any of it? Sod the rules....
This was taken with my Nikon D5000 and 35mm lens open at full aperture ISO 1600.
One of the few nights it stopped raining and it gave me a chance to go walkabout without getting soaked!!
I know that the D5000 is classed as an 'entry level' but, to be honest, I find that quite insulting. I know a few photographers who perhaps have an 'entry level eye' but in terms of technology most entry level cameras sport a shed load of quality in terms of image processing and features.
I know it's a marketing ploy by all the companies but it's a shame that the newbies to the game fall for it and part up with more cash than they need to in the belief they will automatically take better pictures.
This young lady was spotted from the top of a tour bus in NY (on a day it didn't rain!) and sparked a few outpourings when I posted it on to my NAPP portfolio. It seemed to invoke a few emotional responses based around the subject of an individual giving up and facing a bleak future because of that inability to motivate oneself.
The woman here looks to be fairly clean and not suffering from any form of physical disability. Are these facts any less relevant to her situation? I don't know what her circumstances are and I cannot really comment but I do know that despair is a terrible thing and I look at her thinking 'There but for the Grace of God go I'
When Hurricane Irene hit New York I knew I had to go walkabout with my Canon S90. Luckily, although it was a hurricane, it was a hurricane with no wind! Well, a breeze....
But there was rain. God there was rain. However, labouring under the premise that there is no such thing as bad weather only inappropriate clothing I wandered off in my jeans, showerproof coat and training shoes - how inappropriate was that? I took a brolly with me (as I said, no hurricane) and promptly got saturated. Loved it!
As I said before, I find myself becoming more and more reliant on my S90 as it is so easy to use, tiny and discreet and handles low light exceedingly well. My only wish (and manufactures are beginning to listen) would be for the inclusion of a good quality viewfinder. I still can't take to using LCD screens and holding the camera at arms length. It just isn't right!!
I'm finding that the Canon s90 is doing more and more work for me these days, particularly for the 'grab' shots. It handles the light so well particularly when I shoot in RAW. Now, one or two of you may remember that I wasn't a big fan of RAW and couldn't see that it had much real advantage of JPEG. That was then....
I'm totally on board with RAW now as I can see the benefits of the latitude it affords when it comes to post-processing.
Obviously with the a compact camera there are going to be 'noise' issues at the higher ISO's but I haven't yet gone beyond 400 ISO. It does produce what, for me, is noise but I've adapted my workflow in Photoshop by using Topaz DeNoise. I process the image to how I want it to be then I run DeNoise to 'smooth' out the noise then finish off with a light sharpen. Seems to work well enough for me and certainly good enough for the web.
As photographers, we have a tendency to push ourselves a little bit further than most and will happily brave the elements to get some good shots. I myself have stood in the middle of a thunderstorm to get that shot of a lightning bolt.
However, had this happened to me, I'd have gone home and called it a day!