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 ‘show the original’ category

All the images in the 'show the original' category include a 'show the original' link beneath the main image (on the right hand side). If you hover your mouse over this link you will be able to see how the image looked prior to its post-production. Oh, and my apologies to anyone trying to view the original images with IE7 or IE6 - it doesn't work. IE8's OK though, as is every other browser on the planet ;-)

17 July, 2015 // Burano puppetscomments & reactions

If you've taken a look at the original you will have noticed that this isn't a straight shot. The reason for this is that the original scene was a shop in Burano (Venice), with two interesting windows either side of a rather boring door. The straight shot didn't work - the door really wasn't all that interesting - but I really liked the way the puppets in both windows appeared to be looking at one another. So, long story short, I combined two shots, one of the window on the left, the other of the window on the right.

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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Here's another shot from my trip to Masirah Island (Oman). It's not quite as striking as some of the other shots of these fishing boats, but it does capture something of the peace and tranquility of the trip. I wish I was there now :)

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I was trawling through some of my processed images today and came across this one, shot in Dubai in 2014. I have no idea why I didn't post it at the time, so thought I'd share it now.

As always, let me know what you think.

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18 June, 2015 // Drigg pillboxcomments & reactions

This is probably the last of the shots I'll be posting from our recent trip to the Lake District: a shot of an old barn - the black building on the left - and a pillbox perched on a small sand dune on the beach at Drigg. If you're not familiar with pillboxes: in England 28,000 of these were built during the early years of World War II, to defend the coast and tidal estuaries. Several thousand still exist, but most, like this one, have seen better days.

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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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Here's another shot from Masirah Island (Oman), taken on a kite surfing beach towards the south of the island.

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Here's another shot from my recent trip to Masirah Island, an abandoned structure on one of its many quiet beaches.

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I still have a few shots from Dubai and Oman to post but thought I'd put this one up first. It's an old image, shot in 2009, and features Tabby, our youngest but one daughter. It was taken when we were still living in Bulgaria, just after she discovered the ash pile from our wood stove. This wasn't the last time she decided to play in it, but it was one of the better photographs of the resulting mess. I have no idea why I haven't posted it before - there must have been something I didn't like about it - but I couldn't come up with any good reason not to post it now.

23 April, 2015 // GPP 2015 #18comments & reactions

This is a follow-up to the shot I posted yesterday, and while I like the abstract quality of that one I much prefer the almost surreal feel to this one.

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22 April, 2015 // GPP 2015 #17comments & reactions

This is the first of two related images that were taken during my Shoot the Street workshop at this years GPP event. Both were shot at the same spot - the plastic curtains that divide the fish market from the meat section - and of the two I prefer the one I'll be posting tomorrow: it's less abstract, but has a surreal quality that I like.

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21 April, 2015 // GPP 2015 #16comments & reactions

This is a follow-up to a shot I posted last month, taken during my Landscape Photography at this year's GPP event.

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20 April, 2015 // GPP 2015 #15comments & reactions

Here's another shot of the Grand Mosque at Abu Dhabi (the previous one is here). And in case you're wondering, shooting at ISO 1600 was intentional as I wanted the water to be sharp and the movement of the woman to be relatively frozen.

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19 April, 2015 // GPP 2015 #14comments & reactions

One of the things I like most about photographing at the fish market in Dubai is also one of the things that makes it most difficult - the vast majority of people there want to be photographed. For example, every time I've been there in recent years I've run into the guy on the right, and every time I've photographed him with much the same serious expression. As best I can tell, he's a humorous guy, who laughs and smiles while talking to you, but he has a serious face for the camera :-)

On this occasion he complicated things by grabbing the guy on the left. They may know each other, but the impression I got at the time was that he was just standing there minding his own business - hence the rather puzzled expression.

So, not exactly a candid shot, nor much of an environmental portrait, but I like it nonetheless.

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