Wednesday, 29 June 2011

No Parking required

These last few shots have all been taken with my trusty Canon S90. I love the images that this produces and, for a compact with a relatively small sensor, it doesn't do too bad a job at all.

As someone once said, the best camera is the one you have with you at the time. Agreed (apart from some of these ropey camera phones!).

Monday, 27 June 2011

The Red Door

It's funny how you walk past a place so many times but never really notice...Since I started the 'Shadow work' project I now see things I wandered past before. I have 'new eyes' on!

This door IS a vibrant red but the use of the shadows highlight it well I think.

Saturday, 25 June 2011

New Tutorial is Up

I've just posted up a new tutorial to show you how I made the image below.

The tutorial makes use of a number of techniques involving layers , cloning etc and will hopefully help a few of you with your work. 

The Advice Bureau

I've been inspired lately by the use of light and shadows via the use of layers in Photoshop. Much of this inspiration has come about because of a photographer I've got to know through NAPP, Steve Somen.

Steve produces some incredible, 'natural' HDR work with some incredible shadow work, of his hometown in Chicago. I could never understand how he managed to capture the light in the way that he did. And it piqued my curiosity. We had begun to email each other occasionally and Steve was kind enough to share his workflow and techniques with me and for that, I'm extremely grateful.

As a result of this, I set out to look for photographs that had a bit of texture to them but had a 'flat', even light in order that I could drop in some shadow work. I'll post a few more of them up over the next few days and write a tutorial.

Steve's website can be found here. Go take a look. You won't regret it.

Monday, 20 June 2011

Far from the madding crowd

Whilst I was at The Dickens Festival, I went walkabout in the cathedral to get a bit of peace and quiet. I'm not a big fan of crowds at the best of times and I guess this chap isn't either. 

From a photographer, nothing's sacred....

Friday, 17 June 2011

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Photoshop Tutorials

Because you've asked for it, I've now created a page for tutorials so, if you want to find out how I do what I do, take a looky. I'll try and update it as often as possible so check back regularly.

The first tutorial will show you how I made this image.

Monday, 6 June 2011

Rochester Dickens Festival

I recently attended the Dickens Festival in Rochester, Kent. Held annually, this festival is a celebration of the life and works of the writer Charles Dickens. Hundreds of people dress as characters from Dickens novels and other dress accordingly for the 
time period. It's a good opportunity to get a glimpse back in time. 

Shamefully, my Dickens knowledge is not what it should be. My father read all of his books time and time again and instilled in me his skill as a storyteller and, whilst I read some, I don't remember them too well. What I will say though is 'A Christmas Carol' is the best, hands down, bar none, story ever written. That one I remember.

I'm not sure what this lady was supposed to be depicting here but she frightened the granny out of a few little kids!

Good ol' Jacob Marley


I want to say 'Chuzzlewit' but I don't know why....

This fellah below was, I think, a bit of a chancer who just liked dressing up!

And finally....the man 'imself.

Friday, 3 June 2011

Danson Park

This was a shot I took at Danson Park in Bexleyheath about a year or so ago and at that time I was going through a phase of experimenting with textures. I kinda like it; particularly they way it's halo'd around the big tree. I did sharpen it up a bit too so that would have affected it.