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This was taken in 2013 on one of our trips to Northumberland. I was struck by the fact that the woman was sitting reading her book with the beam of light from the window falling directly onto her (see the original image below). I took as several shots and I liked this one because of the triangle formed by the three people which, I thought, made the best composition.

Post capture manipulation consisted, firstly, of cropping the image to a square format. There was still an extra person on the extreme right hand side of the frame. I added a layer of another shot I had taken which did not have anyone in that area and I used a layer mask to remove him.

Further treatment used Glamour Glow to give the image a slightly dreamy feel, Viveza to adjust the lighting, Vibrance to adjust the Vibrance and Saturation and Clone layers to remove minor distractions. I also used use a Paper Toner layer with a layer mask to get the colour the way I wanted it. The textures are images I had taken of cracked soil and of a wall in Rome. A layer mask was used to remove the texture from the three people in the image. Finally, it was sharpened using the High Pass Filter.

This image has had 6 international acceptances including the 123rd Toronto International Salon of Photography 2016 (Canada)

Nikon D800, 50 mm Nikkor prime lens, ISO 200, f/1.4, 1/250 sec.

 

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This was taken in Rome on our holiday there in July 2012. I noticed the group of people in a small Gelateria just off the main road and I thought it would make a good image.

You will see, from the original image (below), that the arm, foot and part of the head of a third person who, apart from that, is hidden from view, is apparent on the right hand side of the image. I used the clone tool to remove these.

Other post capture manipulation consisted of cropping to a square format, followed by Glamour Glow to give the image a slightly dreamy effect, Viveza and Darken / Lighten Centre to adjust the lighting, Vibrance to adjust the saturation, and further Clone layers to remove minor distractions. I also used the Nik Paper Toner filter to convert the image to monochrome and I reduced the opacity of the layer to bring back some of the colour. Finally, the woman at the table was sharpened using the High Pass filter and a layer mask was used to remove the sharpening from the rest of the image.

It has had 6 international Salon acceptances including 66th Midland Salon of International 2016 (England), Sydney Harbour International 2015 (Australia), 10th International Exhibition of Photography Ecological Truth 2015 – Zajecar (Serbia) and 42nd Smethwick International Exhibition (2016) (England).

Nikon D810, Nikkor 50mm prime lens, ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/1250 sec

 

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This image is from my trip to Barcelona in November 2015. It was taken in a small restaurant and I was drawn to the interaction between two members of the staff, one shown here and another out of frame in this image. I took several shots and chose this one as having the most interesting expression on the woman’s face. (See the original image below).

Post capture manipulation consisted of cropping to a square format followed by Hue/Saturation to desaturate the image somewhat. This was followed by Glamour Glow to give the image a slightly dreamy effect, with a layer mask to remove the effect from the woman. Brightness/Contrast was then used to darken the image, again with a layer mask to remove the effect from the woman. The Analogue Nik Filter gave the effect I wanted and Paper Toner was used to convert the image to monochrome. A series of Viveza and Levels layers, together with Darken/Lighten Centre, were used to adjust the lighting. A number of Clone layers were used also to remove minor distractions.

This image has had international acceptances at the 3rd Africa Photographic Awards 2017, 7th Cheltenham International Salon of Photography 2019 (England), Cyprus International Digital Photo Competition 2019 (Cyprus) and it won a bronze medal at the 2nd Swedish International Small Print Exhibition 2016.

Nikon D810, Nikkor 50mm prime lens, ISO 3200, f/2.8, 1/160 sec.

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Emotions

 

This shot was captured at the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona in November 2015. I was attracted by the different expressions on people’s faces as they looked at the building (See the original image below).

Post capture manipulation consisted of cropping to a square format to isolate the group of four people I found the most interesting. A Gaussian Blur filter, together with a layer mask to bring back the details of the faces and isolate them from the background, was then used. This was followed by the Nik Film Grain filter to add texture to the image and Hue and Saturation reduce the saturation of the colours. A series of Viveza and Clone layers to adjust the lighting and remove minor distractions was used before sharpening it with the High Pass filter.

This image has had 4 international acceptances including the 105th London Salon of Photography Exhibition (2016) and a silver medal at the 2nd Swedish International Small Print Exhibition (2016).

Nikon D810, 50 mm Nikkor prime lens, ISO 1400, f/1.4, 1/250 sec

 

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The Royal Photographic Society Distinctions are recognised as the most prestigious in the photographic world and the Fellowship is the highest level of The Society’s distinctions. Images must be of an outstanding photographic and creative standard and an obvious personal style is expected. In addition to the images, a hanging plan and a Statement of Intent is required. See the RPS Distinctions Page  for more details.

The hanging plan, Statement of Intent and images in my Fellowship in Visual Art, which was awarded in May 2015, are displayed below.

All the images in the panel have been accepted in international salons and exhibitions and several of them have won awards. Many of them, together with notes on how they were made, are also in the Selected International Exhibition Images section of this website. If they are, you can click the link at the bottom of the image to take you to the appropriate page.

 

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Fellowship Statement of Intent for Blog V2

 

01 Dublin D700 _006281 March 2009 V4 FLATTENED   The Gallery Attendant

 

02 Japan_09240_D700_Spring_2010 V7 FLATTENEDA Woman and a Man

 

03 Rome_17117_D700 July 2012 V6 FLATTENED

Lifestyles

 

04 RHS Cardiff_24558_D800_April_2014 V15 FLATTENED

 

 

05 Japan_09239_D700_Spring_2010 V3 FLATTENED

A Man and a Tree

 

06 London_18148_D800_Nov_2012 V7 FLATTENED

Turning the Corner

 

07 Tanzania_24123_D800_March_2014 V18 FLATTENED

Silence Please

 

08 Rome_17221_D700 July 2012 V8 FLATTENED

 

 

09 Edinburgh_12785_D700_April_2011 V7 FLATTENED

The Man in the Passageway

The above link shows the exhibition image which has been retoned for the FRPS panel

 

10 San Francisco_21268_D800_2013 V9 FLATTENED

The Couple

 

11 Cuba_13598_D700_Spring_2011 V18 FLATTENED

The Escape

The above link shows the exhibition image which has been reworked and retoned for the FRPS panel

 

12 Barcelona_15970_D700_April_2012 V11 FLATTENED

Keeping in Touch

The above link shows the exhibition image which has been modified and retoned for the FRPS panel

 

13 Florence_22408_D800_Dec_2013 V7 FLATTENED

The Encounter

 

14 2014071215274228 V15 FLATTENED

 

 

15 New York_18643_D800_Dec_2012 V3 FLATTENED

 The Lady in White

The above link shows the exhibition image which has been retoned for the FRPS panel

 

16 Northumberland_20040_D800_June_2013 V15 FLATTENED

 

 

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The Man on the Bus

 

The-Bartender

The Bartender

 

19 San Francisco_21550_D800_2013 V1 FLATTENED

Grumpy

 

20 San Francisco_21215_D800_2013 V5 FLATTENED

The Baker

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  • Eileen Wilkinson - May 31, 2015 - 8:35 am

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