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 ;-)

Taken last November, on the ferry from Masirah island to mainland Oman.

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21 July, 2014 // atlas triptychcomments & reactions

Here's another triptych: a shot of an old Atlas bicycle that I came across in Dubai last November.

I recently got hold of the latest version of Nik's Analog Efex Pro 2 and was looking through the various effects. One that I came across, that inspired this image, is the Multi-Lens camera. This allows you to split an image (horizontally or vertically) creating a range of different effects. I couldn't quite get the filter to line everything up, so ended up creating the effect myself, but do like how it's turned out. I also have another four images that I'll post over the next few days that take a similar approach.

As always, let me know what you think.

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14 July, 2014 // untitled #175comments & reactions

A fairly recent shot, taken on a cold and windy day on Fleetwood beach.

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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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11 July, 2014 // untitled #173comments & reactions

I'm not quite sure I can tell you quite what this one is about beyond the fact that it's a composite of two images: a silhouette of my good friend Issa, shot in the desert near Dubai, overlaid with a broken window near to our office in Blackpool. It doesn't have a great deal of meaning, but it was fun to create :)

This is the Lake District Mountains sculpture on Morecambe's promenade, taken this afternoon during our family outing to see the annual kite show (the kite's weren't all that exciting).

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Despite having several dozen images I could post, most of which I like, I've rather neglected the blog of late as there's been rather a lot going on (and there still is). That said, I'm going to make a concerted effort over the next week or so to post the backlog, starting with this one. It was taken in the Nason Moretti glass factory and is a shot of one of the glass blowers taking a quick break before his next vase arrived.

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16 May, 2014 // untitled #172comments & reactions

Taken a couple of weeks ago while strolling along Fleetwood beach.

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I thought that I was done with the sugar skull portraits of Rhowan but thought I'd try something slightly different with this one, i.e. combining two separate RAW conversions: one for most of the image, the other for her eyes. The first has a clarity setting of -48, which is why this one is a lot softer than the other two I posted, while the second had the clarity set to around +20.

Let me know if you think this approach works better.

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This started out as an alternative to the shot I posted yesterday, and I had intended it would be in colour. The more I played with it though the less I liked it, so it ended up in black and white too.

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I posted some shots of Rhowan back in November when she first tried sugar skull makeup (here, here and here) but we thought we'd try it again today: a) because I think it makes for a good portrait, and b) because I wanted to shoot some more images using the 56mm lens on the XT-1. We shot a whole bunch of stuff and ended up with two that we both like: this one, and a colour version that I'll post tomorrow. We both prefer tomorrow's shot.

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29 April, 2014 // feel the bluecomments & reactions

The result of a) finding my Ricoh GRD III at the bottom of my camera bag, and b) having nothing better to do :)

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Another shot from our Venice Carnival Photo Tour back in February of this year.

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Another of the very interesting characters we met during our recent Venice Carnival Photo Tour. If you're interested, here's the schedule and details for 2015:

http://www.chromasia.com/training/events/venice_2_15.php

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19 April, 2014 // waves of hopecomments & reactions

The Dubai skyline, shot from the public beach at Jumeirah. Graffiti courtesy of Arcadia Blank.

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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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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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