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 HDR category, self-portrait category, children category, and so on.

about the ‘children’ category

Most of the photographs in the 'children' category are shots of our own kids, but there are one or two of their friends and other children too.

This is the third and final shot from our Halloween shoot yesterday afternoon, and as you'll see if you take a look at the original it's the most heavily processed of the three. I think it's probably also my favourite, but I'm pretty pleased with how all of them turned out.

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3.29pm on 31/10/13
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It's very rare that I blog two images in a day, but I thought this one was worth posting too.

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Happy Halloween :)

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9 September, 2013 // Harmony (Summer 13 #1)comments & reactions

I had great plans for posting loads of shots while we were in Bulgaria this summer but, what with one thing and another, it didn't happen. I'll catch up over the next week or so.

In the meanwhile, here's a shot of Harmony, taken while visiting friends.

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The third and final portrait of Rhowan from this first set of the summer, and my definite favourite from the ones I've posted so far.

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You'd be forgiven for thinking that we put some thought into this shot, but in reality it was just a quick snap, taken while we were waiting for the train to Veliko Turnovo. The train didn't arrive, but at least we got an interesting shot: the second of three portraits I'll be posting of Rhowan. Of the three I think my favourite is the one I'll be posting tomorrow, but let me know what you think of this one.

And in case you're wondering about the processing: most of it was done in RGB but I switched to Lab Color to tweak the colour. The way I did this was to work on the image in RGB while creating a separate Lab Color version. My reason for doing this was because if you switch to Lab you need to flatten your document, losing any adjustment layers. What I now do is copy the background into a new document, convert to Lab Color, tweak the colours with a curve, then paste the copy merged image at the top of the layer stack of the RBG image. I then switch the blend mode of that layer to colour. The best of both worlds :)

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It's been quite some time since I posted any shots of the kids so I thought I'd spend some time over the next few weeks shooting their portraits, and who better to start with than Rhowan :)

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For most of the shots I take I think it would be fair to say that I'm borderline OCD when it comes to noise, camera shake, and so on, but for images like this I really don't care: a shot of Tabby, Tiggy and Harmony, just as they were waking up one morning back in January.

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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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When you first looked at this image I would guess that quite a few of you attributed the 1970s like retro look to the processing. If you've taken a look at the original though, most of the effect is down to the lens: the Flare Factory 58, produced by the oddly named company, Dog Schidt Optiks.

I'll write more about this lens in a separate blog post at some point soon but, in the meanwhile, the Flare Factory 58 is a modified and re-engineered Helios 44-M 58mm f/2.0. The lenses are reconditioned, the coatings from the lens elements are removed, and a unique tint is added to one of the elements. For my lens this is a red/amber tint.

It's an odd and difficult lens to shoot with, but I have a feeling that I'm going to be able to produce some truly unique images once I get the hang of using it.

As always, let me know what you think.

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18 March, 2013 // Untitled #151comments & reactions

I still have a load of shot to post from both Venice and Dubai but, in the meanwhile, here's a portrait of Rhowan I shot yesterday afternoon.

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30 December, 2012 // Nadezhda #2comments & reactions

My penultimate post for the year, another shot of Maria and Todor's daughter Nedezhda.

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4.16pm on 19/12/12
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22 December, 2012 // Nadezhda and Tiggycomments & reactions

It's rare that I post more than one shot in a single entry but these go so well together that it didn't make any sense to post them one at a time: Nadezhda on the left, and Tiggy (our youngest) on the right.

All three shots were lit in the same way - a flash bounced off the ceiling then reflected up from the white table cloth and place mats - and all were converted to black and white using either the Channel Mixer or Black and White tool (biased towards the red channel). They were then adjusted using a number of masked curves to up the contrast and brighten them.

As always, let me know what you think.

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21 December, 2012 // Nadezhdacomments & reactions

Maria and Todor, our good friends from Bulgaria, were staying with us last week along with their daughter Nedezhda, and while I'm a bit out of practice at photographing babies I am pleased with how this one turned out. The lighting isn't perfect - I think I needed a bit more reflected light on the left side of her face - and the focus is slightly off, but she does look very cute :)

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A shot of Harmony, taken earlier today at our local park. She looks more like Libby every day.

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12.28pm on 24/11/12
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18 November, 2012 // untitled #145comments & reactions

A shot of Harmony playing around with Finley's binoculars at Beacon Fell this afternoon.

Let me know which animal she reminds you of ;)

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28 October, 2012 // untitled #144comments & reactions

I know I said that my previous image was the last one that I'd post before leaving for Dubai, but I thought I'd put this one up too: a slightly more light-hearted shot of Rhowan on Fleetwood beach :)

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3.48pm on 20/10/12
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27 October, 2012 // untitled #143comments & reactions

This is the last shot I'll be blogging from the UK for a while as I leave for Dubai on Monday morning and won't be back until the 11th of next month. It's going to be a fairly hectic trip: I'm spending two days shooting for Sony prior to launching the SLT-A99 at a press conference on the 6th, I have a one-to-one student for a couple of days, and I'll running three of my favourite workshops at GPP's Fotoweekend event (two of which have now sold out). So, lots to do, but I'm really looking forward to the trip.

As for this one, it's a shot of Rhowan, taken with the Sony SLT-A99 up at Fleetwood beach last weekend.

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21 October, 2012 // Tabby's shellscomments & reactions

This is the first of what I'm sure will be loads of images shot with the new Sony SLT-A99, Sony's new full-frame SLT camera. I'm helping to launch the A99 in Dubai next month, in conjunction with Sony Middle East.

I've only had the camera since I got back from Bulgaria, so it's early days in terms of making any concrete statements about its usability, IQ and so on, but I can say that I'm extremely impressed so far. I'll be posting a much more comprehensive review on our new blog at some point soon but, if you have any questions about it in the meanwhile, feel free to ask. I can't promise to be able to answer them - I'm still working my way through the manual - but I'd be happy to try.

As for this image: it's a shot of Tabby, taken on Fleetwood beach yesterday afternoon.

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17 September, 2012 // a very British summercomments & reactions

I took this back in August when I was in the UK running my Creating Dramatic Images workshops, and despite appearances to the contrary it was actually a very warm day: loads of people were swimming, kids were splashing along the water's edge, but this poor lad looked like he was about to freeze to death. As such I decided to process it to make the weather and sea look a lot colder: changing the scene to match his mood.

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CAMERAS
Canon 1Ds Mark II
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 5D
Panasonic Lumix GF-1
Ricoh GR Digital III

CAMERAS (previously owned/sold)
Canon 20D + BG-E2 battery grip
Canon PowerShot G9
Canon PowerShot G5
FujiFilm FinePix 40i

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EF 15mm f/2.8 fisheye
EF 35mm f/1.4L USM
EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
EF 100mm f/2.8 macro USM
EF 135mm f/2.8 soft focus
EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Lensbaby Composer

FILTERS
Lee Filter system
105mm Circular Polarizer
P105 Wide-Angle Lens Hood
Graduated ND Soft Filter Set
Graduated ND Hard Filter Set

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Speedlite 580EX II
Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2
TC-80N3 timer remote control
Gitzo GT3540LS tripod
Really Right Stuff BH-55 PCL-1 panning clamp
055XPROB tripod with 484RC2 head
Manfrotto 681B monopod
Manfrotto 322RC2 grip head
WhiBal™ G6 Balance Card

BAGS/CASES
Thinktank Airport International v2.0
Pelican 1510 hard case
Lowepro Apex 60 AW
Lowepro Mini Trekker AW
Lowepro Mini Mag AW

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BBEdit
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DxO Optics Pro + FilmPack
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