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 ‘reflections’ category

Images with a primary focus on reflections.

13 July, 2014 // untitled #174comments & reactions

I thought I'd edited all the shots from my trip to Oman last November but came across this one: another shot of my good friend Issa.

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During our Venice Carnival Photo Tour we spend most of our time concentrating on the Carnival itself - the models, the costumes, St. Marks Square, and so on - but we also spend a couple of half days photographing some of the other wonderful places in and around Venice. One of those is Burano, 'the colourful island' - and I'll post some shots from there soon - while the other is the island of Murano, famous for it's glass.

We're extremely fortunate to have access to the Nason Moretti factory and while we're there we split into two groups: one photographs the glass blowing, the other the showroom, and then we rotate.

I can't say I'm 100% happy with this one - the reflection on the glass shelf could have been cleaner - but as I only had twenty minutes or so to find a shot, set it up, and shoot it I'm reasonably pleased with how it turned out.

As always, let me know what you think.

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22 March, 2013 // M3comments & reactions

I shot this one back in December of last year, and in case you're wondering about the subject: it's an M3 Submersible Tractor Unit.

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This is a shot of the Jumeirah Beach Residences shot from the Palm in Dubai during my Shoot the City workshop for the Gulf Photo Plus Fotoweekend event.

If you're interested I've just published an article on our new blog that explains how this one was shot and processed in addition to going through most of the techniques I use when shooting at night. Head on over, take a look, and let me know what you think.

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This was taken at the DIFC during my Shoot the City workshop at this year's GPP Fotoweekend event, and even though I blogged a similar shot back in 2009 I thought this one was worth sharing too as a) it's taken from a slightly different vantage point (the original shot is now impossible as the window is hidden behind a recent extension to the building), and b) features one of my students.

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9 March, 2012 // GPP 2012 #3comments & reactions

It was the first day of my Landscape Photography workshop yesterday – and I'll probably have one or two images to post at some point soon – but in the meanwhile I thought I'd post this one, taken down on the beach last night. The postproduction, as you'll see, was fairly straightforward – just a bit of a contrast and saturation boost and a crop.

As always, let me know what you think.

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8 March, 2012 // GPP 2012 #2comments & reactions

We're now half way through Gulf Photo Plus 2012 – I've done my Shoot the City workshops and a Creating Dramatic Images postproduction workshop – and, as always, it's turned out to be a fantastic event. The students are great, I've met up with a lot of old friends, and have had the opportunity to hang out with some great photographers.

This afternoon I'm heading out to the desert for the first day of my Landscape workshop, but thought I'd post this one today. It was taken at the third and final location for my Shoot the City workshop, the Four Points Sheraton hotel roof bar on Sheik Zayed Road. Unfortunately, or, more accurately, unexpectedly, it was freezing cold and windy when we got there. As we were all just wearing t-shirts this made it quite uncomfortable, so we didn't stay long, but the upside was that the bar was closed to the public. Normally there are quite a lot of people milling about so this shot wouldn't have been possible. Well, it would, but there would have been lots of blurry people and tables in the shot. As it was it was just us and the howling Siberian wind ;)

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16 January, 2012 // JBR reflectionscomments & reactions

This is a shot of the Jumeirah Beach Residences taken from the lowest frond of the Palm in Dubai while I was running my Shoot The City, Day & Night workshop that I ran at the GPP Fotoweekend training event in November. It's also the image that GPP are using to advertise the next occurrence of this workshop at GPP 2012. If you think you might be interested in attending, take a look at all the workshops that will be running this year. It's always a great event, but this year's line-up is truly fantastic.

In other news, if you haven't had a chance yet, head on over and take a look at my new photography and post-production blog. There's only one post so far, detailing what I'm going to be including, but I've also asked for some feedback from you, particularly in terms of what you'd like me to include. So have a look at my first post and let me know what you think.

And finally, I have a few one-to-one training dates coming up – February 24th, May 17th and May 21st–24th. If you're interested, take a look at our events page and one-to-one training page for further details.

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27 December, 2011 // pause to reflectcomments & reactions

Not exactly a festive shot, but it was taken on Christmas Eve :)

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19 December, 2011 // the bhosphoruscomments & reactions

This was taken during the third day of our recent Faces and Places Photo Tour to Istanbul during a boat tour up the Bosphorus. I took quite a few shots during the trip, but this ended up being my favourite.

I've also added this shot as this week's Mini-PSD.

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This is a shot of the coastguard station at Rossal Point near Fleetwood, a building I've blogged twice before, once in 2006 and then again in 2007. For some reason that I can never quite work out I find it difficult to photograph, possibly because it forces me to shoot along the coast or back towards the shore – when my natural inclination is to point my camera out towards the sea – but whatever the reason, I'm happy with how this one turned out.

As you'll see if you've taken a look at the original, the post-processing wasn't especially extensive, it was just a question of focussing the light onto the building and shore, balancing the contrast between the sky and the reflection, converting the image to black and white and then toning it using a curve.

On a different matter ...

This is the fifth entry I've posted using the Disqus commenting system and I think I've ironed out most of the initial kinks. If you do come across any problems though, in terms of functionality, usability, and so on, just let me know.

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4 October, 2011 // clouding over10 comments

This is another image taken during the Creating Dramatic Images workshop I ran in Blackpool recently and one that I may well reference during my Dramatic Post-Production workshop that I'll be giving for Creative Live this weekend (Fri 7th - Sun 9th). If you haven't had a chance to check it out yet, it's a three day workshop, that's FREE to watch online. Let me know if you're going to be tuning in :)

And if you're interested, Creative Live have just published a blog post about my workshop here:

http://www.creativelive.com/blog/david-nightingale-how-did-he-create-image

Oh, and I've also added this shot as this week's Mini-PSD as there were a couple of interesting transformations: one to the lower section of the image (it was scaled upwards), and another to repair the mask around the railings.

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25 October, 2010 // the evening dreams6 comments

I still have quite a few shots from my recent trip to the UK, that I'll blog over the coming weeks, but I think that this one may turn out to be my favourite from the trip.

I'll also be posting some more from last week, taken while wandering around Bulgaria with Craig, but in the meanwhile here's one of his:

http://www.id7.co.uk/portfolio/archives/1010241900_clean.php

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9.48am on 10/10/10
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5 August, 2010 // are you foto?17 comments

The Lumix GF-1 is a great camera for taking out when you don't want to lug the rest of your gear around, but one of the things I keep forgetting to think about is the 4x3 aspect ratio. The reason I mention this is that I often compose the shot using the LCD then subsequently decide that the image would look much better cropped to 3x2. Often, this isn't an issue - I just need to crop off the top or bottom of the image - but this wouldn't have worked for this shot as I would have needed to lose some of the T-shirt. So, instead, I stretched the right-hand edge of the image.

In other news: I published our latest Critique Slot Screencast a few days ago. If you're interested, take a look at the following link.

.../tutorials/online/critique_slot_screencasts.php

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2 January, 2010 // ringing in the new year15 comments

Here's my first shot for 2010, taken back in November when I was in Dubai – a shot of an old bicycle down at the Souk. In this instance the post-processing was reasonably straightforward other than that I combined two similar shots of the same subject to construct the final image: one for the main detail, and another to lighten and add texture to the background. If you're interested, both shots are here:

.../archives/ringing_in_the_new_year.php

And beyond that I don't have too much else to say today other than Happy New Year :)

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27 March, 2009 // DIFC 2009 #121 comments

If you were a visitor at around this time last year you will probably remember that I posted quite a few shots of the Dubai International Financial Centre (The Gate #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7). When I shot it last year I was working on a project for a local gallery, and thoroughly enjoyed the shoot, but I certainly didn't expect to be shooting it again this year.

A couple of months ago though the DIFC got in touch as they'd found my 2008 images and wanted to licence them. They also asked me to spend another three days shooting the building and the Gate Village (comprised of shops, restaurants and galleries). So I've spent the last fews days shooting, and have a couple of thousand images to work through over the coming weeks. I probably won't post quite as many as I did last year, as I'm hoping to shoot some personal material while I'm here too, but I did think that this one was worth sharing.

As with a lot of my recent stuff, it's a seven-shot HDR, but in this instance it was processed with FDRTools rather than Photomatix Pro.

As always, let me know what you think, even if it is to tell me that you're totally fed up with me posting HDR images :)

27 April, 2008 // dubai self portrait14 comments

Over the next week or so I'll be posting at least five more shots of the DIFC, but most of those concentrate on the building itself. While I was there though I thought I'd shoot a few HDR self-portraits, of which this is the only one that worked out.

Interestingly, it was constructed using FDR Tools rather than Photomatix Pro. I've only had a quick chance to play with it, but it seems to produce more naturalistic results than Photomatix while being more flexible than Phtoshop's Merge to HDR facility. When I've had a chance to use it a bit more I'll let you know what I think.

I haven't posted the EXIF data, but the seven shot sequence was shot at 70mm, f/8.0, with a 1 EV spacing.

21 February, 2008 // the fleetwood tardis15 comments

I went out for a while this afternoon, but the weather was terrible and I hardly got any shots that I like. In fact, I only got this one – the rest are just grey cold shots of a grey cold landscape.

This one though, I like and, in case you're wondering, it is a straight photograph (with a bit of tweaking here and there).

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21 September, 2007 // urban dream16 comments

It's been a while since I posted any urban shots, and I have to say that I'm really pleased with this one. And as someone is bound to ask, here's the original:

.../archives/urban_dream.php

As you can see the final image is a bit of a transformation ;-)

On a partially related matter: the second of our online Photoshop tutorials went live today – Black and white: part one. If you're interested, there's more information on our tutorials page.

And finally, I was out with Craig Judd last weekend, who was up in Blackpool for some Photoshop training, and I'm pleased to say that he's started posting to his blog again. I'm sure that some of you will have seen his work - I'm pretty sure I've linked to him before - but if not, his site is here:

http://www.id7.co.uk/

You may find that his shot for today is a familiar sight :-)

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21 December, 2006 // the littoral zone48 comments

Here's one of John taken on our recent trip to Fleetwood.

Update: my apologies for not posting for a few days, but the run up to Christmas has been rather hectic and I haven't had time to get my camera out of its bag, let alone take any photographs. Anyway, all being well I'll be back to the image-a-day thing fairly shortly, but in the meanwhile I hope you have a great time over Christmas and the New Year :-)

Update #2: it's ages since I posted anything, and I don't have anything to post now (having been struck down by a festive cold/cough of epic proportions), but I just wanted to wish you all a happy New Year. Have a good one :-)

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