Wednesday, 25 May 2011


On my way to Dungeness, I stopped at at the village of Eynsford in Kent where I took this little beastie. Again, an HDR shot, 3 frames. I'm happy.

Friday, 20 May 2011


I went to Dungeness in Kent a little while ago. It was one of those places I meant to go to for ages but never got around to it.

A strange place. Bleak. Must be murder in the winter. 

There really isn't much there to see but a few old abandoned fishing huts and boats. I'm told it's got a bit of a 'cult' status. Hmmmm.....

Sunday, 15 May 2011

NAPP Image Of The Week

Well, I'm a happy little bunny! I joined NAPP (The National Association of Photoshop Professionals) about two weeks ago and uploaded a few images to the portfolio section. Within a few days of this image being posted I started to get some comments congratulating me on 'IOTW'. I had absolutely no idea what it meant so navigated my way to NAPP's home page and saw my picture being advertised at the top as the 'Image Of The Week'.

I was a bit taken aback by this I must admit. Certainly wasn't expecting it at all so felt very flattered. But wait!! That's not all!! A couple of days after that, Photoshop User Magazine contacted me to ask if they could publish it. Of course they can!!! America. Biiiiiig audience. 

There's no guarantee that they will publish it but it's nice to be considered and it's certainly nice to be 'IOTW'. I'm going to make a badge....

Meanwhile, whilst I'm bigging it up guy, here's a few things that people have been kind enough to say.....You might get bored reading them but I'm lovin' my five minutes!!!

May 12, 2011 | Shari Whittaker  
As I said before - great capture - I think this should be on display somewhere locally, although I don't know where that is!

May 15, 2011 | ANTON GABY  
un magnifique travail

May 13, 2011 | gerd jaunich  
really super one and congrats

May 14, 2011 | peterj  
Outstanding! Congratulations.

May 7, 2011 | John Tefertiller 
Excellent capture of a real-life moment. Great processing as well.

May 12, 2011 | Allen Auvil  
A wonderful moment in time. Congratulations on IOTW.

May 15, 2011 | Bob Armstrong  
Steve ....Hearty congratulations on receiving IMG. Being a Londoner I know Woolwich quite well too. Lets hope with all the development that another part of London doesn't loose it's character!! I never ever thought Southend Pier could look so good!! Great portfolio Steve....Well Done....Bob

May 14, 2011 | Dennis Zito  
Congratulations on image of the week, Steve! Beautiful image! I love the tones and textures and the rain! Beautifully composed and processed! - Dennis

May 12, 2011 | Carolina sanchezMonge  
Congratulations, Very well deserved. Beautiful image!!

May 7, 2011 | sailaboat  
Love the grey tonal values and lighting in the rain scene.. Well done, Steve.

May 7, 2011 | Shari Whittaker  
Great capture. Can feel the wet!

May 7, 2011 | svenoftibet  
Very nicely done Steve

May 8, 2011 | Robin Browne  
This one shines.

May 14, 2011 | Kerri Weiss  
Congratulations - Well done! wonderful!

May 12, 2011 | Larry Becker  
Congratulations! This is NAPP's Image of the Week 5.12.11 - Larry Becker

May 12, 2011 | Steve Somen  
Congratulations on getting Image of the Week Steve, well deserved award.

May 12, 2011 | Logan Miller  
Many congratulations Steve! Great story and great image. Well done!

May 12, 2011 | sailaboat  
Congratulations and well deserved too. I am so happy for your E.C. win, Steve!! Love the story it tells.

May 12, 2011 | Barbara K.  
Congratulations, Steve! Well done! Great story and captivating shot!

May 12, 2011 | Gene Lowinger  
Great shot! Love to see b/w work receive the image of the week award.

May 12, 2011 | Gene Lowinger  
Great shot! Love to see b/w work receive the image of the week award.

May 13, 2011 | Wray Dillard  
A very worthy winner. Congratulations Steve. And thanks for the background info, makes all the more interesting.

May 13, 2011 | Sharon Brownlow  
I loved everything about this image the moment I saw it. Congratulations on a really great shot and Image of the Week!

May 14, 2011 | Shane Garris  
Congrats! Excellent job.

Monday, 9 May 2011


Yep! This is an HDR shot made from three exposures but this time around, I also 'blended' the shots together in CS3. What do I mean? Well, I ran the three shots through Photomatix Pro which gave me my tonemapped image but Photomatix doesn't always do a good job in leaving you with a pleasing image. Sometime the darks are still dark and the highlights blown or, sometimes it just doesn't 'feel' right. This was the case here.

It looked OK but I wanted a bit more from it, so, in CS3 I loaded up the three HDR exposures PLUS the tonemapped image that had been created in Photomatix and set about creating a different look. 

I liked the tonemapped image and, having looked at the original three images, decided to use the 0 EV and the tonemapped images.

In a nutshell this is what I did. I dragged the Tonemapped image on top of the 0 EV image. This gave me two layers, one on top of the other. I then got my eraser tool in CS3, dialled down the opacity to about 30% and then set about selectively erasing parts of the top layer to reveal those parts of  the underneath layer that I wanted to poke through.

I know it sounds a bit mysterious but, when I get a bit more time, I'll put together a full tutorial.

Saturday, 7 May 2011

This was also taken in Kings Wood. I like to keep my eyes open for the sharp interplay of light and dark and the woods seem to be the place where you often see this type of lighting. Next time you're out in the woods, keep your eyes open for the shafts of light that break through the tops of the trees.

You never know what they will land upon...

Wednesday, 4 May 2011


I think I've already told you before. If not, I love old buildings. They pose questions....

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Teddy Bears Picnic

This scene bothered us a bit....

As we walked further into the woods we saw the little group of teddy bears propped up against some trees. No idea why they were there. I wondered if it was a shrine (as you do) but there was no evidence to support this cards, letters etc. 

We wondered if someone had 'forgotten' them but there was five (I cropped) and, with the the best will in the world you don't forget five teddy bears do you? They looked pretty new.

Then I wondered if some little girl had had a tea-party with her 'friend's but why did she leave them behind? I can only conclude that they were left for a reason. I wonder why?