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 ‘2x1’ category

Images in this category have an aspect ratio of 2x1.

I think I could probably sit and watch the sea for a very long time.

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Taken last November, on the ferry from Masirah island to mainland Oman.

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14 July, 2014 // untitled #175comments & reactions

A fairly recent shot, taken on a cold and windy day on Fleetwood beach.

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12 April, 2014 // GPP 2014 #8comments & reactions

This is a shot of the JBR skyline in Dubai, taken from the west frond of the Palm, and was shot with the XT-1 and 14mm using a handheld (and panned) 1/2s exposure.

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5 April, 2014 // Fujifilm XT-1 #6comments & reactions

I finally found the time to take a trip up to Fleetwood with the XT-1 and kit lens and came away with two shots that I'm pleased with. Of the two this is probably my favourite, but I'll post the other tomorrow and you can decide between them.

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26 March, 2014 // untitled #170comments & reactions

A great reminder that it's better to shoot kids before they get bored, not after: shot during my recent trip to Oman with Issa.

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16 March, 2014 // GPP 2014 #1comments & reactions

Here's the first of my shots from GPP 2014, taken during my Shoot the City workshop. And for those of you who are interested here's the Google map reference.

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6 January, 2014 // Omani cloudscomments & reactions

Some clouds are decidedly more interesting than others.

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30 November, 2013 // masirah Island #4comments & reactions

This is one of my less remarkable shots from our trip to Masirah Island (Oman) but I thought I'd post it anyway, more as a reminder for myself than for its intrinsic merit (or lack thereof). That said, there are a lot of things I like about it :)

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24 November, 2013 // travelling oncomments & reactions

This is the first of a whole bunch of shots I'll be posting from my trip to Oman with Issa Alkindy, shot on the road between Duqm and Muscat.

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Since shooting this back in March I must have opened the file at least a dozen times, but up until this version I haven't been happy with any of the results. Part of the problem is that this is a scene I've shot quite a few times - it's one of the locations for my Gulf Photo Plus Shoot The City workshop - so I didn't want produce yet another skyline shot, impressive though it is. A second problem, and I only realised this yesterday, is that all my previous attempts were trying to correct the image rather than work with it, particularly in terms of the slightly hazy light, but also with respect to the dusty clouds on the horizon. Once I gave up trying to correct the latter (hence the warm, brown tone) I ended up with something I like a lot better.

As always, let me know what you think.

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29 September, 2013 // untitled #159comments & reactions

This is a shot of Craig Marshall, shot back in March when he came over to Blackpool for the day. And, if it looks familiar, that's because I posted a version on Facebook not long after his visit. Since then I've reworked it a bit - it's more dramatic now, and I pulled out more detail in the camera - so I thought I'd post it here too.

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Blackpool's North Pier, taken during the evening shoot of my Creating Dramatic Images workshop on Saturday.

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The building on the right of this shot is the North Euston Hotel at Fleetwood, a building that looks very isolated when shot from this section of the beach.

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I think the title for this one probably speaks for itself: another british summer.

And in case you're wondering about the post-production: I didn't do much to this one other than drop in a different sky. There was some detail in the original, but it was very flat and drab and didn't suit the lighting on the building.

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28 May, 2013 // Jura #8comments & reactions

Another night shot from my recent trip to Jura. It was a very beautiful place.

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15 May, 2013 // Jura #6comments & reactions

This is one of those shots that I suspect may appeal more to me than it does to you, but there's something about the simplicity, and the contrast between the narrow strip of blue sky and the slate grey tones of the rest of the image that I really like.

If you're interested, it was shot during the five minute ferry crossing from Islay to Jura.

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14 May, 2013 // Untitled #156comments & reactions

I'm just putting the finishing touches to my initial review of the Sony RX1, within which I stress the quality of the images this camera can produce – it's a truly awesome camera. It's not quite so great for this type of shot though.

Typically, when I'm shooting on the beach I shoot from as close to the ground as possible, especially when I'm shooting reflections. When the sand is dry, that's OK, but if it's wet it's not so much fun with the RX1. It's fine with my A99, which has a flip-out screen, but with the RX1 you either need to commit yourself to getting soaking wet, or guess. In this case I guessed.

And if you've taken a look at the original you'll see that I didn't quite get it right on this occasion :)

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8 May, 2013 // Sidney #1comments & reactions

As you know, I was recently on Jura, running a two day photography workshop for the winners of a competition I judged last year. On the first day we were out and about, but on the second day it was cold, wet and rainy so we stayed at the Jura Lodge and shot a range of portraits: some with strobes, some with natural light. This shot is probably my favourite, a portrait of Todd Winter's father. Todd was one of the competition winners, and Sidney came along to accompany him on his trip.

He was a great sport - we posed him mercilessly for most of the day - and I'm sure we all got a range of great shots.

And it's also a fitting image to post today as I've spent pretty much all of it critiquing the first assignment images for my new course The Art of Black and White Photography: Assignments. And while it was a long day – critiquing 42 images takes time – it was an enjoyable one: they've produced some great work so far.

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I've already posted three images from this shoot (1, 2 and 3) but held off posting this one because I couldn't work out how to process it. It was taken just as the sun had breached the horizon, and the light was quite flat, but there was something about it that kept drawing me back. I tried black and white, which didn't work, and a whole variety of other styles, but none of them suited the image: they either looked too brash, or too forced, or both.

In the end though I think this slightly cross-processed look works a lot better, mostly because it splits the dawn light from the colder light that preceded it. It probably won't be to everyone's taste, but I'm pleased with how it turned out.

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