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 ;-)

18 April, 2014 // tilt #2comments & reactions

Here's the second shot taken with my new Kipon M42 Tilt and Shift adapter along with an Asahi Pentax Super Takumar 50mm f/1.4. Like yesterday's it's largely experimental, but I think it has a bit more creative merit than the last one.

Let me know what you think.

17 April, 2014 // tilt #1comments & reactions

Here's the first of what I hope will be many shots taken with my new Kipon M42 Tilt and Shift adapter along with a Asahi Pentax Super Takumar 50mm f/1.4 that I picked up on eBay recently.

If you're not familiar with tilt shift lenses take a look at this link. It explains the basics of camera movements and how these affect the appearance of your images.

For those of you who are more familiar: this shot was taken with 8 degrees of horizontal tilt at an aperture of f/4. Having taken a closer look at it - i.e. on a decent screen rather than the back of the camera - I think I probably overdid it a touch: there's just too much blur on the right, and the outer edges of both of Rhowan's arms are a bit soft. Next time, if I'm shooting a similar shot, I think I'll try somewhere around 5 degrees instead.

As always, let me know what you think.

Taken during our recent Venice Carnival Photo Tour in a small shop on the Island of Burano.

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10.53am on 26/2/14
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14 April, 2014 // GPP 2014 #9comments & reactions

I already posted a smaller version of this image as part of my XT-1 review but I thought I'd add it here too: a shot of my good friend Issa, reflected in the window of one of the metro stations on Sheik Zayed road in Dubai.

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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9.48am on 11/3/13
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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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5.30pm on 11/3/13
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I still have quite a few more XT-1 shots to post, along with a load from Dubai and Oman, but in the meanwhile I thought I'd post a few more from our Venice Carnival Photo Tour.

As always, let me know what you think.

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11.27am on 1/3/14
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9 April, 2014 // GPP 2014 #7comments & reactions

This was taken on my two day Landscape Photography workshop to the east coast of the UAE, during the recent Gulf Photo Plus training event, and features Gerald Donovan's collection of components that could loosely be called a camera :)

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5.49pm on 12/3/14
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8 April, 2014 // Fujifilm XT-1 #9comments & reactions

Another XT-1 + 14mm image, taken from the roof of the Shangri La hotel in Dubai, a location that I hadn't shot from before.

And if you missed the various announcements I posted yesterday, here's my initial review of the XT-1. As you'll see, it's very positive.

http://www.chromasia.com/blog/archive/1404071828.php

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1.10pm on 11/3/13
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7 April, 2014 // Fujifilm XT-1 #8comments & reactions

I know I've posted quite a few shots from this location, and I still have a few more to post that were shot with my Sony, but here's another XT-1 image taken with the 14mm. As you'll see if you take a look at the original, this one is more heavily processed than the rest, but I thought it would be interesting to see how far I could push one of the XT-1 files. I'm happy to report that I didn't run into any problems, i.e. no visible noise or other artefacts.

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5.55am on 11/3/13
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6 April, 2014 // Fujifilm XT-1 #7comments & reactions

Here's another XT-1 image, and while I don't think there's any doubt about what this is, it might give you pause for thought.

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10.22am on 13/3/13
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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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2.12pm on 4/4/13
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4 April, 2014 // Fujifilm XT-1 #5comments & reactions

This is quite some way from being one of the best portraits I've ever shot - the focus is off, and he's not exactly 100% engaged - but I've posted it because I really like his skin tone. For the last few years I've been shooting quite a lot of portraits when I travel to Dubai, with both Canon and Sony gear, and have ended up converting a lot of them to black and white simply because the skin tones were off. Not by a huge amount, but by enough to be problematic. The XT-1, in comparison, does a much better job, to the point where I've only had to colour correct a few rather than most of them. So, not the best justification for posting an image, but it will do for today.

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9.42am on 9/3/13
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3 April, 2014 // Fujifilm XT-1 #4comments & reactions

Here's another image shot with the XT-1 and 14mm f/2.8. It was taken down at the Jumeirah public beach and was stitched in Photoshop from six landscape format images. With the benefit of hindsight I'm now wishing I'd shot in portrait format instead - this version ended up a bit thinner that I would have liked - but I'm fairly pleased with how it turned out.

If you're interested in taking a look at a higher res' version (3000px x 750px) I've uploaded one here:

http://chromasia.com/images/xt-1_4_3000_wm.jpg

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6.43am on 11/3/13
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2 April, 2014 // Fujifilm XT-1 #3comments & reactions

Here's another XT-1 image, shot in one of Dubai's metro stations with the 14mm f/2.8 lens. As you'll see if you take a look at the original it's a combination of two shots: one that had very few people by the doors (i.e. one where it was relatively easy to clone them out) and one for the local guy on the escalator.

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9.22am on 11/3/13
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1 April, 2014 // Fujifilm XT-1 #2comments & reactions

This was taken in the fish market in Dubai with the XT-1 and 56mm f/1.2, and there are two things I really like about it. First, the skin tones are accurate, and noticeably better than I would have got with either my Sony A99 or Canon gear if I'd still been using it. I've shot portraits in Dubai since 2007, and often had to correct skin tones (or give up and convert to black and white) but the XT-1 seems to produce OOC images that are a lot closer to reality.

The second thing I like is the sharpness, which is easily comparable to my Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 on the Sony.

All in all then, a good result.

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10.20am on 8/3/13
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31 March, 2014 // Fujifilm XT-1 #1comments & reactions

Towards the end of this week I'll be publishing a new blog post on my very positive experience of shooting with Fujifilm's latest camera, the XT-1. In the meanwhile, I'll post some of the shots I've taken with it so far: shot with the 14mm f/2.8, 18-55 kit lens, and the 56mm f/1.2.

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10.40am on 11/3/13
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30 March, 2014 // untitled #171comments & reactions

There are days when I think that this kind of job would suit me: shot on the ferry between Masirah island and the mainland of Oman.

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3.40pm on 19/11/13
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I'd be hard pressed to tell you why, but this is one of my favourite shots from our recent Venice Carnival Photo tour, taken during our trip to Burano - the 'colourful island'.

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10.34am on 26/2/14
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This was taken during our Venice Carnival Photo tour during our natural light workshop and is a shot of the undeniably easy to photograph Lorraine Langon who attended the workshop with her husband.

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4.35pm on 26/2/14
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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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8.51am on 22/11/13
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