Saturday, 30 July 2011

Back to the future

I've been having some fun lately by going back to the old days of 'Holga' type photography and using software to produce the kind of images I used to get out of my old Kodak Instamatic when I was about 13. 

We spend a fortune on our kit and get the best that we can afford in order to produce high quality images....bigger sensors, more pixels, high noise control etc, etc and then we go and digitally trash them so they look blurry, grainy (noisy to you youngsters) and desaturated! Somewhat ironic, no?

Anyhoo, I have to say I quite like the look and will definitely be applying it to more of my work in the future.

Monday, 25 July 2011

The Market

For a long while I've questioned the point of using RAW for everyday shooting. I pretty much always thought that a carefully exposed JPEG produced a good enough image, certainly for the web which, lets face it, is where the bulk of our work ends up these days. I still believe that but I've kinda changed my mind of late not least because of this shot. 

It's a single RAW taken on my little Canon S90. I got the chance to play around with it in Adobe Camera Raw and found that, like it says in the magazines, RAW did give me more latitude in the processing and, if you take a good look here, I think you'll agree that the exposure is balanced out quite well, noise pretty well controlled and good contrast. Detail in the shadow and in the highlights. 

It took me about 10 minutes I suppose to get the exposure the way I wanted it which, is not too bad I suppose.

Will I convert to RAW exclusively? Not sure but the signs are good....

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Brighton Pier

Living a jet-set lifestyle, I also went to sunny Brighton! (Not on the same day). It was very sunny and blazing hot and there was a good old mist rolling in. In keeping with the tradition of duo toning my seaside pics I did this but also thought I'd keep a bit of colour in. I'm happy with it.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Hastings Sea-Front

I went to Hastings recently and fired off a gazillion photos and am slowly working my way through them. In the first shot above I thought it worked well in B&W but I often find that seaside photo's work well in sepia. I could have spent time with this making it look old and grainy but I just wanted to do a straight duo-tone shot.

Not sure which version I prefer to tell the truth...

Friday, 1 July 2011

The Thames Barrier

Thames Barrier

This is a three exposure HDR of the Thames Barrier in London.
The Thames Barrier is the world's second largest movable flood barrier (after the Oosterscheldekering in the Netherlands) and is located downstream of central London. Its purpose is to prevent London from being flooded by exceptionally high tides and storm surges moving up from the sea. It needs to be raised (closed) only during high tide; at ebb tide it can be lowered to release the water that backs up behind it. Hope we never have to use it in anger.

The three images were put through Photomatix 4 as RAW files and set to produce a more natural output. I did a bit of tweaking in Photoshop (of course) but not too much thankfully.

Oh yes, and I shot the scene with a Polarising filter. Haven't used one of these for years and had all but forgotten how useful they were. A polariser is the one filter that Photoshop can't quite get to grips with.