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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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A Pause for Review

A Pause for Review

This was taken in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona (MACBA). The gallery has clean whites lines and its design creates some lovely interplay of shades of ‘white’. Unlike in a lot of galleries, photography is allowed as long as you don’t use flash. I wanted to create an image which showed people in the gallery in the context of the whites of the building. This couple caught my eye.

The original image has a slight colour cast and, despite the use of a 300 mm lens, they were relatively small in the frame (see original below).

Post capture treatment was as follows: Transform was first used to straighten up the lines of the building and the image was then cropped to a square format. Then, Viveza was used to change the lighting and remove the colour cast by selective desaturation of parts of the image.

The rest of the processing used a combination of Viveza and curves together with Glamour Glow (on the walls). In addition some of the white ‘blocks ’ were selected and put on a new layer before  using brightness/ contrast to change the shade of white / grey until the overall feel was as I wanted it. Cloning was used to remove small distractions and, finally, parts of the image were selectively sharpened using high pass filter.

This image has had a total of 5 international acceptances in Croatia, Hungary, Serbia and Spain.

Nikon D700, 28-300mm Nikkor lens at 300 mm, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/500 sec


A Pause for Review Original

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Private Thoughts



This shot was taken outside the Colosseum in Rome, in the summer of 2012. The couple were resting but didn’t seem to be communicating and I wanted to capture that feeling in my image.

The image went through several versions as I developed it but, although it was a long process as I struggled to get the look I wanted, the basic method was to crop the original to a square format and to add two textures to the image: an image of a shattered toughened glass window and one of a leafless vine climbing up a wall in Paris. The filters used were Nik Midnight, Glamour Glow, White Neutraliser, Viveza and Darken/ Lighten Centre. Photoshop filters were Clone, Paint and Curves.  The final sharpening was made using the Photoshop High Pass filter

Although it may seem complicated, this was more to do with the tortuous route I took in getting from the start to the finished image. If I did it again, I suspect that the process would be much simpler. I learned a lot on the way, though, which is always a great bonus.

This image was accepted for the Royal Photographic Society International Images for Screen Exhibition 2013.

Nikon D700, 28-300mm Nikkor lens at 125mm, ISO 720, f/11, 1/250 sec



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