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This version of ‘The Escape’ was created for inclusion in my successful panel for a Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society.

The version is based on the original exhibition image of The Escape but it has been reworked to remove the layers which misaligned parts of the image to create a feeling of an earthquake, and new layers have been added to adjust and re-tone the image to fit in with the other images in the Fellowship Panel.

It was taken in Havana in 2011.

I really liked the way the boy had a slight amount of motion blur and I wanted to create a feeling of his escaping from the frame (see the original image below)

After cropping the image so that it was square, I used Photoshop Transform to correct the horizontals and verticals, followed by Nik Glamour Glow to give a slightly dreamy feel. The latter was removed from the stairs and the boy himself using a layer mask. I then used Nik Viveza filters to change the lighting to move the emphasis to the top left-hand corner of the image to create a feeling that he was escaping from the darkness into the light.

Further adjustments were carried out using a combination of Cloning, Viveza, Nik Darken/Lighten Centre, Glamour Glow, Hue/Saturation, Levels, Curves, Selective Colour, and a Bleach Bypass layer to give the image an ‘edginess’, removing the effect in places using a layer mask. Finally, it was sharpened using the High Pass Filter.

This image has been accepted for 157th Edinburgh International Exhibition of Photography 2019 and the 7th Cheltenham International Salon of Photography 2019.

Nikon D700, 28-300mm lens at 28mm, ISO 3200, f/11, 1/60sec

You can see the original exhibition image of The Escape at http://bit.ly/theescape1 and my successful FRPS Panel at http://bit.ly/DFCFRPS

 

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This was taken on a San Francisco Bay ferry just as we were arriving at the terminal. The man was one of the crew getting ready for the boat to be tied up to quay (See original image below). I thought it would make a good image and took several shots. I thought this one had the best composition.

Post Capture manipulation consisted of cropping to a square format followed by the NIK Midnight filter to give it a dark feel, with the effect being removed from the man using a layer mask. Darken / Lighten Centre was used to change the lighting and the Glamour Glow filter gave the image a slightly dreamy feel. The texture is a shot of water running down the outside of a glass dome and was taken at the San Francisco Aquarium. The NIK Paper Toner filter was used to change the image to monochrome, as before, the effect was removed from the man using a layer mask. A series of Viveza, Brightness/Contrast and Hue/Saturation filters were used to adjust the lighting to the way I wanted it and, finally, it was sharpened using the High Pass Filter.

This image has been accepted for the Cyprus International Digital Photo 2019 Competition.

Nikon D800, 85 mm Nikkor prime lens, ISO 125, f/1.8, 1/8000 sec

 

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This was shot in the lobby area of a hotel I was staying at. I noticed the two chairs by the entrance and that people often sat there to work. I took this shot of the two people who were engaged with their work one on the phone and the other on their computer (see original image below).

Post capture manipulation consisted firstly of cropping to a square format to get the composition I was looking for. The main work on the image was to clone out the plant in the top left of the image and the power socket on the wall, together with cloning to extend the wall to remove the light area on the right-hand side.

A texture layer of an old wall in a church I had photographed was added and a layer mask was used partially to remove the effect from the two people. A Hue/ Saturation layer was used to reduce the saturation and a series of Nik Viveza layers together with a Darken/ Lighten Centre layer were used to adjust the lighting to the way I wanted it. Finally the image was sharpened using a high/pass filter.

This image has been accepted at the TAFKLUB International Digital Salon 2017 (South Africa), 38th Northern Counties International Salon of Photography 2017 (England), 43rd Smethwick International Exhibition 2017 (England) and 7th Cheltenham International Salon of Photography 2019 (England)

Nikon D810, 85 mm Nikkor prime lens, ISO 1250, f/2.8, 1/250 sec.

 

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This image was taken on our trip to Seville in April 2016. There were a number of people sitting in the open upstairs windows of a tall building, either talking to each other or, in this case writing. I liked the boy’s concentration and the fact that he was using pen and paper rather than a mobile phone.

As you will see from the original (below), the window is much higher than in the final image and, after using the Transform tool to straighten it up, the major part of post-production was to lower the top of the window to make it square. This, I felt, made for a much more pleasing image. The transformation was done by selection an area at the top of the window, copying it into a new later and using the Photoshop Move tool to drag it down to where I wanted it. The clone and Healing Brush tools were used to tie it all up and to disguise the join. Further work consisted of Viveza, Darken /Lighten Centre and Levels to adjust the lighting and Paper Toner to convert the image to monochrome. Finally, the boy was sharpened selectively using the High Pass Filter.

This image has been accepted at 43rd Smethwick International Exhibition of Photography 2017 (England) and the 96th Scottish International Salon of Photography 2019 (Scotland)

Nikon D810, 50 mm Sigma Art prime lens, ISO 100, f/1.4, 1/2500 sec

 

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This shot was taken on the London Underground. We had just got off the train and I noticed this couple walking in one of the side tunnels. I liked the flow of the curves and took the several shots in a burst.  I chose this one as being the best composition but replaced the reflection in the mirror with that from a shot taken slightly later as it reflected the people and made for a better finished image.

I wanted to give the image a dreamy feel with a sense of motion of the people walking away from me.

The tiles on the tunnel were bright yellow and orange (see original image below) so, firstly, I desaturated the image. I then used NIK Glamour Glow to give the dreamy feel and then Viveza to remove the slight yellow tones which remained in the image. Motion blur was added to give the slight sense of motion. This was followed with bleach by-pass and film grain to give the texture I wanted. A clone layer was used to remove minor distractions and Viveza was used to make final adjustments to the lighting. Finally, the image was sharpened using the Photoshop High Pass filter.

This image has had 4 International acceptances including 65th Midland Salon of International Photography 2015 (England) and The Indian Golden Digital Circuit Digifocus 2013 (Barrackpore, India)

 

Nikon D800, 28mm Nikkor Prime lens, ISO 1400, f/2.8, 1/125 sec

 

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