how I use categories on chromasia

All the entries on chromasia are placed into one of seven primary categories: six to reflect the aspect ratio of the image, and the seventh to indicate that an image isn’t available as a print. Additionally, each photograph may be assigned to one of more additional categories or subcategories, e.g. my travel category, children category, and so on.

about the ‘16x9’ category

All images in this category have an aspect ratio of 16x9.

16 November, 2014 // dress sensecomments & reactions

A quick snap taken during the opening ceremony of the TTL[HK] event I've been teaching at this weekend. This was also taken with the new Fujifilm 50-140mm f/2.8, which is fast turning into one of my favourite lenses - it's very sharp.

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13 October, 2014 // mind the crackscomments & reactions

It's been a while since I shot anything I truly liked, but I'm pleased with this one.

19 April, 2014 // waves of hopecomments & reactions

The Dubai skyline, shot from the public beach at Jumeirah. Graffiti courtesy of Arcadia Blank.

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6.47am on 11/3/13
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9 January, 2014 // the steel workshopcomments & reactions

To follow on from my previous two shots of the isolated restaurant, here's an equally lonely building we stumbled upon on our trip round Oman.

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30 December, 2013 // untitled #164comments & reactions

On the road, between Ibri and Nizwa in Oman.

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4.12pm on 17/11/13
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20 December, 2013 // Masirah Island #9comments & reactions

I still have a few more shots to post from Masirah Island (Oman) but this is the last of the sunsets.

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5.01pm on 19/11/12
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15 December, 2013 // Masirah Island #8comments & reactions

Here's another sunset shot from Masirah Island, Oman.

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5 December, 2013 // untitled #162comments & reactions

This was taken towards the end of my Landscape Photography workshop back in Dubai last month, during one of the best sunsets I've seen in the region.

And on a related note, Gulf Photo Plus have just announced the full line up for their 2014 training event (March 7th-14th). As you'll see if you follow the link, it's going to be a great event :-)

http://gulfphotoplus.com/gpp/2014

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28 November, 2013 // Masirah Island #2comments & reactions

Here's my second shot from Masirah Island: a shot of two of the dhows more on the beach for the night.

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5.15pm on 20/11/12
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17 October, 2013 // untitled #160comments & reactions

Another shot of one of my favourite piers.

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12.17pm on 24/4/13
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Since I launched this blog back in 2003 I've retained pretty much the same workflow: any images I'm currently working on sit in a folder called 'working files'. In the early days there were never more than a dozen or so images in there at any one time: I worked on them, got to the point that I was reasonably happy with how they'd turned out, and then blogged them. Today, there are 139 images: ones that I'm still working on but can't get right, and some of them have been there for at least two years. I should probably just give up on at least some of them, but in each case there's something about them that I like - I just can't get them right.

And my reason for mentioning that is that I've come up with a new way of dealing with them. Rather than just randomly opening one, working on it, then closing it again because I can't work out quite what I want it to say, I've been trying a different approach: deciding on a specific strategy then seeing which images it will work with. In this case, and for another three that I'll probably post next week, the strategy was 'high contrast black and white'. It didn't work with quite a few that I tried, but I think it works well with this one.

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If you asked me to describe Bulgaria this image comes close to summarising an aspect of many Bulgarian towns: an old concrete building, that probably dates back to Soviet times; adverts that might have been cool in the 1970s; an old, partially dismantled vehicle; and (less obviously) a stork's nest atop a disused industrial chimney.

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20 May, 2013 // Untitled #157comments & reactions

Another shot of St. Annes pier – one of my all time favourite structures – taken a few weeks ago while wandering around the Fylde coast with Simon Jenkins.

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12.53pm on 24/4/12
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18 May, 2013 // Jura #7comments & reactions

Here's another shot from our recent trip to Jura, taken from the Jetty near the Jura Hotel. As you'll see, rather than crop to 16x9 I extended this one, using Content Aware Scale to stretch the area of the image to the left of the boat. It's not a feature I use very often, but I think it worked well for this image, i.e. the 16x9 format increases the sense of scale.

As always, let me know what you think.

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4 May, 2013 // Jura sunrisecomments & reactions

I'm currently sat waiting for a train at Glasgow station, on my way home to Blackpool, but at 5.30 this morning I was on Jura photographing a very beautiful sunrise.

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3 May, 2013 // Jura #1comments & reactions

This is my first shot from my three day trip to the Isle of Jura, taken from the Jetty just across the way from the Jura Lodge. Today's my last day on the Island, and we have a fairly busy schedule, so I'll write more when I head back to Blackpool at the weekend.

In the meanwhile, I hope you enjoy this one.

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26 April, 2013 // untitled #155comments & reactions

There are quite a few wrecked and abandoned boats in the Wyre estuary near Fleetwood, and I've been photographing them since 2006. In fact, the first shot I blogged was also this boat, but it was in much better condition then. The last seven years have clearly taken their toll.

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I've spent most of this week talking about black and white photography, particularly in terms of the launch of our new assignments-based course. As I mentioned, we scheduled two occurrences of the course: May and June. May sold out a couple of days ago, and there are only a handful of places left in June, so we're really pleased with how well it's been received.

So, enough of black and white photography for a while: time for something a bit more colourful.

This one was taken at the same time as the one below, but I didn't post it at the time because they were both processed in much the same way.

Today though I thought I'd try something a bit different, so started by changing the white balance to fluorescent and took it from there.

As always, let me know what you think.

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I leave for Dubai today, for GPP 2013, so thought it was fitting that I posted another shot from my trip in November. I won't be shooting from this location during the coming trip, but I'm hoping to get some equally good shots. I'm also really looking forward to hooking up with old friends, meeting some new ones, and spending time in a warm climate - it's been a long, cold winter here in the UK :)

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8 December, 2012 // wish I was therecomments & reactions

I've been back from Dubai for almost a month now, but try as I might I can't say I'm enjoying the weather, it's wet, bone-chillingly windy, and right now I'd much rather be laying in the warm desert sand :-)

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CAMERAS (previously owned/sold)
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