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This was taken in San Francisco at the MH de Young Memorial Museum. There is a small outside café between two walls of windows. I noticed that people coming in and out of the building were reflected clearly in the window, giving an interesting effect (see the original image below). I took many shots but I really liked this one as he had ‘Grumpy’ on the back of his shirt and looked the part.

Post capture manipulation, using Photoshop and Nik filters, consisted of Lens Correction and Transform to straighten everything up and cropping to give a square image. This was followed by a series of clone layers to remove minor distractions and some of the reflections which I didn’t want in the image. The Nik Dark Contrasts filter was used to give edginess and to increase the feeling of grumpiness in the man. This was followed by Glamour Glow and Darken / Lighten Centre.  Finally, the image was sharpened using High Pass Filter.

This image has had 4 international acceptances including the RPS International Images for Screen Exhibition 2014, the Solway Small Print Salon 2014 and the 65th Midland Salon of International Photography 2014.

Nikon D800, 28 mm Nikkor prime lens, ISO 200, f/1.8, 1/1000 sec.



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Still Waiting



This was taken on our trip to Tanzania in March 2014. We stopped at a Maasai market and I spotted these two guides waiting for the tourists to return. I liked the low angle created because they were at the top of a bank, and the way they were waiting at opposite ends of the van and looking in different directions (see the original image below).

I decided that I wanted to create an image where the main subject was low in the frame so I cropped it to achieve this, using a square format.

Further processing consisted of lens correction, transform to straighten it all up and clone to rebuild the sky at the top of the frame, which had been left blank by the cropping process. A brightness / contrast layer was used to increase the brightness of the figures, with a layer mask so that it only affected the areas I wanted it to. The Nik Detail Extractor filter was used to increase the detail on the van and the figures and a further sky layer, using a sky shot taken in India, was added to increase the drama in the sky. A series of Viveza, Darken / Lighten Centre, clone and levels layers were used to adjust the colours and lighting to the way I wanted them, and to remove minor distractions. Finally, a high pass filter with a layer mask was used to sharpen the van and the men.

This image has had 3 international acceptances including the RPS International Images for Screen Exhibition 2014, and a Photographic Society of America (PSA) Ribbon at the 65th Midland Salon of International Photography 2014

Nikon D800, 85mm Nikkor prime lens, ISO 360, f/8, 1/2000 sec.



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Keeping in Touch



This was taken in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona. I saw the man using his mobile phone from one of the upper floors and I liked the patterns created by the light shining through the windows.

There was a white wall in the top right hand corner the image so I selected part of the floor in front of him and I copied this to a separate layer and moved it to remove the wall (see the original image below). Selection of parts of other areas of the floor and copying them onto other layers and adjusting the brightness of them was also used to adjust the lighting. The rest of the processing consisted of using the Viveza filter to adjust the lighting further and clone layers to remove minor distractions.

Glamour Glow was used to give it a slightly ethereal feeling. Finally, it was sharpened using the high pass filter.

This image has had 3 international acceptances including the Welsh International Salon 2012.

Nikon D700, 28 – 300 mm Nikkor lens at 150 mm, ISO 320, f/5.6, 1/250 sec.




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The Gallery Attendant



This was shot in an art gallery in Dublin. As I walked around a corner in the gallery, I saw the gallery attendant reflected in one of the works of art on the wall. It was a large square piece of bronze coloured hammered metal, which caused the reflection to be distorted. I couldn’t resist taking the shot and I thought it would be good if I could process it to make the attendant look as though he was part of the art itself.

After squaring everything up, I cropped it square to get the composition I wanted. Then I used Nik White Neutraliser and Remove Colour Cast filters to remove the bronze colouration on the reflection. This was followed by Glamour Glow to give the image a slightly ethereal feel and to lighten it up. Viveza was used to adjust the lighting in various parts of the image and a clone layer was used to remove small distractions.

The texture, which is a photograph of a wall in an old church in Bristol, was added in a new layer. Final adjustments were made using curves and a further Viveza layer. Then, the image was sharpened using the High Pass Filter.

This image has had 3 international acceptances including a Diploma at the 47e Challenge du Photo-Club Esch Salon Mondial, Luxembourg (2011)

Nikon D700, 70 – 300 mm Nikkor lens at 122 mm, ISO 1800, f/5.6, 1/160 sec




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In New York



This is another shot from my New York trip for Christmas 2012. I saw the woman on the opposite side of the road just outside Central Park. I was fascinated by the headscarf which obscured her face from view and took the shot as I was walking across the Zebra crossing towards her.

When I got back home, I started work on the image and I realised very quickly that, for me, it was all about the scarf, the cigarette and the mobile phone so I set about trying to obscure all the extraneous material in the image so that it didn’t detract from the elements I wanted to emphasise (see the original image below).

First, I applied Photoshop lens correction and transform filters to straighten it all up then I cropped it to a square format. The Nik midnight filter was applied to create the look I wanted and a layer mask was used to bring back the scarf, hands, cigarette and phone. Then several Viveza and Curves layers were used to bring some of the detail in the background, and the clone tool was used to remove minor distractions. Finally, the image was sharpened using the high pass filter.

I wanted to leave as much of the interpretation of the image as I could to the imagination of the viewer so I called it ‘In New York’. I leave you to decide the exact meaning of the title too.

This image has had 2 international acceptances including the Tallaght International Salon of Photographic Art 2013.

Nikon D800, 28mm Nikkor Prime lens, ISO 100, f/1.8, 1/400 sec.



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