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Lost

 

This shot was taken on a visit to Durham. The boy was siting motionless for some time staring into the distance and ignoring all those around him. He may well have been concentrating on something he was drawing but I thought that his expression was one of being lost in his own world (see the original image below).

Post capture manipulation consisted of cropping to a square format followed by the Nik Darken / Lighten Centre filter to change the lighting and the Glamour Glow filter on the boy himself to make him look more ethereal. Bleach Bypass was then used to give the whole image an edgy feel. A series of Viveza, curves, levels, and hue was saturation filters were then used to get the image looking the way I wanted it. The Clone tool was used to remove minor distractions.

Originally, this image was a desaturated colour one but I decided that I wanted it to be monochrome so I used the Nik Paper Toner filter to produce the final image I wanted. It was sharpened using the High Pass filter.

It is one of my first ventures into entering monochrome images for international exhibitions and it has had 5 international acceptances including the 48th Sydney International Exhibition of Photography 2014 (Australia) and the 121st Toronto International Salon of Photography 2014 (Canada).

Nikon D800, 50 mm Nikkor prime lens, ISO 1400, f/1.4, 1/200 sec

 

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Selling_after_Dark

 

This was taken in San Pedro in Belize. We were walking down the road after sunset when I spotted this couple still out selling their goods. I felt it would make a good shot, so I took several shots of them to try to make sure that one of them showed them in an interesting pose.

Post capture manipulation consisted of lens correction followed by cropping to a square format. The Photoshop Vibrance filter was then used to desaturate the image followed by Nik Darken / Lighten Centre to change the lighting to emphasise the couple. A series of filters was then used including Viveza, Glamour Glow, Hue / Saturation and Bleach Bypass to give the image the edginess I wanted. Clone and paint layers were also used to remove or reduce the impact of minor distractions. When I was happy with the way it looked, I sharpened it using the High Pass Filter.

Nikon D800, 85mm Nikkor lens, ISO 1100, f/1.8, 1/200 sec

This image has been accepted at 2nd South Devon Salon of International Photography 2013 (England) and the 8th International Photo Salon Kumanovo 2013 (Macedonia).

 

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The-Baker

 

‘The Baker’ was taken in San Francisco, looking through the window of the Boundin Bakery on Fisherman’s Wharf (see the original image). I took several shots of him working and thought that this one had the best overall composition for the square format I wanted to use.

Post capture treatment used Nik Darken / Lighten centre, Glamour Glow and Photoshop Hue and Saturation to start to get the feeling I wanted. Nik Paper Toner, Detail Extractor and Viveza were then used followed by a texture layer of part of a rendered wall I took at a flower show. Various clone and Viveza layers were then used to remove minor distractions and to adjust the lighting until it all looked the way I wanted it to. In many cases, layer masks were used so that the effect only showed on part of the image. Finally, it was sharpened using high pass filter.

It has had 8 international acceptances including the 121st Toronto International Salon of Photography 2014 (Canada), 5th Luxembourg Digital Contest 2014, the 24th Tallaght International Salon of Photographic Art 2014 (Ireland), the Alan Porrett Judge’s Award at the 35th Northern Counties International Salon of Photography 2014 (England) and a FIAP Ribbon at the 10th Swansea International Salon 2014 (Wales).

Nikon D800, 28 mm Nikkor prime lens, ISO 200, f/1.8, 1/1600 sec.

 

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Silence-Please

 

This was taken on our visit to Tanzania in March 2014 at the secondary school my wife attended. We were given a tour of the school and were allowed to take photographs.

As we were walking down one of the main corridors, I was struck by this scene of the students doing their examinations both in the class room and the corridor and of the teacher keeping an eye on them all.

Post capture manipulation, using Photoshop and Nik filters, consisted of cropping the image to a square format, followed by Transform to straighten it all up, Hue / Saturation and White Neutraliser to reduce the impact of the colours in the original image (see below), Glamour Glow to give it a slightly ethereal look, Darken/Lighten Centre and Viveza to adjust the lighting, and the Clone tool to remove minor distractions.

An image of a wall in an old fort in Bagamoyo on the east coast of Tanzania was used as a texture and a series of Darken / Lighten Centre, Viveza, Clone and Brightness / Contrast and Levels layers, many using a layer mask to produce the effect only on the parts of the image, were used to make further adjustments until the image looked the way I wanted it to. Finally, it was sharpened using a High Pass filter.

This image has had 7 international acceptances including the Royal Photographic Society International Images for Screen Exhibition 2014 (UK) and a Photographic Society of America bronze medal at the 35th Northern Counties International Salon of Photography 2014 (UK)

Nikon D800, 28 mm Nikkor prime lens, ISO 3200, f/11, 1/125 sec.

 

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Grumpy

 

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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