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 ‘3x2’ category

Images in this category have an aspect ratio of 3x2.

Something a bit different today: an infrared shot with my converted X-E2, taken on the way back from our trip to Murano island.

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I'm now back in the UK after a great week running our 2016 Venice Carnival Photo Tour. It was a 14 hour trip to get home, so I won't write much now, but I do want to say that this is definitely one of my favourite shots from the whole tour: taken at Ponte dell'Accademia a couple of days ago.

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Here's another shot from our 2016 Venice Carnival Photo Tour, taken early yesterday morning down at St. Mark's Square.

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My first shot from our 2016 Venice Carnival Photo Tour, taken early this morning down at St. Mark's Square.

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7.04am on 2/2/16
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26 January, 2016 // DxO One #2comments & reactions

Here's my second shot from the DxO One. Not my most original - I've shot similar shots before - but I am pleased with how this turned out: the RAW files give you quite a bit of leeway during post-production.

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25 January, 2016 // DxO One #1comments & reactions

This is the first of what I'm sure will be a bunch of shots taken with a review copy of the new DxO One, the 20MP camera you can attach to an iPhone. I didn't have much of a chance to use it today - I forget to charge my phone last night, and it went flat about 10 minutes after I got to the seafront - but it all seems good so far. I'll post another shot tomorrow, but probably won't have time to test it more seriously until I get to Venice next week. Once there I'll give it a good work out.

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20 November, 2015 // Loweswater #4comments & reactions

This was taken back in June when Libby and I spent a weekend in the Lakes: shot with my infrared converted Fujifilm X-E2.

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19 November, 2015 // untitled #180comments & reactions

When I took this shot of Libby I was drawn by the contrasting colours and the way her clothes and boots matched the autumn landscape, but when I processed it it was the shape and form that held my attention - the colours became distracting.

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1 November, 2015 // Dionnecomments & reactions

This is definitely one of my favourite portraits in recent months: a shot of our good friend Dionne, shot with an IR converted X-E2 and the new 90mm f/2.

If you're a Fuji shooter you'll already know that all their lenses are good, but the 90mm is truly excellent, even wide open. I'd definitely recommend you try it out if you haven't done so.

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15 October, 2015 // The Joker (Take 1)comments & reactions

The preparations for Halloween have begun - a shot of Rhowan's boyfriend / The Joker. Shots of Rhowan as Harley Quinn will no doubt appear at some point soon :)

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9.54pm on 14/10/15
Fujifilm X-T1
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Me: Tiggy, stop being silly!
Tiggy: I'm not being silly!
Me: You're pulling silly faces!
Tiggy: No I'm not!
Me: ... OK.

On a more technical note: this was shot with the new Fujifilm 90mm f/2 (the focal length equivalent of 135mm on a full-frame camera). It's a stunning lens, even wide open as with this shot. Watch this space for more of the same over the coming weeks.

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10 October, 2015 // time againcomments & reactions

For one reason and another it's been an age since I posted anything, so here's a new image I took this afternoon. Libby and I went to the park with Tabby and Tiggy - to shoot some stuff for her degree - so I snapped a few images while we were there. Of the three that are worth posting, this is my favourite: a shot of Tabby rubbing an errant piece of leaf from her eye.

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5 July, 2015 // Untitled #179comments & reactions

Libby and I took the kids over to Preston yesterday afternoon, to visit our good friend Neil Simpson and his wonderful family. While we were there I took quite a few shots of the kids in the park, but I think my favourite from the trip is this one: a shot of Rhowan taken in Neil's back garden.

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1 July, 2015 // Untitled #178comments & reactions

Libby and I took the kids down to the beach yesterday evening - it was the hottest day of the year so far - and while I didn't get any great shots of them, I did find this jellyfish. I suspect it was dead, but the tide was coming in and would have covered it about ten minutes later, so I'd like to think it survived.

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Although this looks like a fairly standard image it's another infrared shot taken with my converted X-E2. As with the previous image I posted I used the Channel Mixer to swap the blue and red channels which, in this instance, has created an image that's fairly close to the original scene. That said, I am glad I shot this with the X-E2 as the quality of light is quite different, particularly the amount of light in the darker areas of the image.

I don't have any more IR images to post at the moment, but as soon as the sun comes out I'll head down to the beach and shoot some more.

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16 June, 2015 // Loweswater #3comments & reactions

This is the third infrared shot I've posted from our recent trip to the Lakes, and it's probably the most surreal of the bunch, mostly because I used a technique that allows you to mimic a blue sky. If you take a look at the original you'll see that the image as a whole has a red/brown tint, typical of an infrared image white-balanced for foliage. By switching the red and blue channels you can return the sky to something like a fairly normal colour, and by adding a mask to this layer you can confine the effect to just the sky. In other words, the ground and foliage are very similar to the straight shot, while the colour of the sky has been switched. I suspect the novelty of this approach will wear off at some point, but for the moment it's an effect I really like.

As always, let me know what you think.

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14 June, 2015 // Loweswater #2comments & reactions

Here's the second of the IR images I mentioned. This was also taken just above Loweswater in the Lake District, but was processed slightly differently to the last image. In this case, rather than convert the image to a straight black and white - which really does suit this type of image - I allowed some of the original colour to show through then added a curve to add a mild sepia-like tone.

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13 June, 2015 // Loweswater #1comments & reactions

Despite getting my X-E2 converted to infrared towards the end of last year I haven't really had much chance to shoot with it, so when Libby and I headed up to the Lakes for a couple of days at the end of last week I decided to make a concerted effort to use it. I have three, maybe four shots to post, and this is probably the most conventional, i.e. a straight black and white conversion from the original IR image.

As always, let me know what you think.

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9 May, 2015 // baby sittingcomments & reactions

When Tiggy (5) and Tabby (8) asked Rhowan to look after their "babies" I suspect they hoped she'd take the job a bit more seriously :-)

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I'm not entirely sure what this is but we found it on one of the beaches on Masirah Island.

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