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 August, 2014 // beach artcomments & reactions

If you've already taken a look at the original you'll know that I took a few liberties with this one, mostly in terms of blurring the clouds, but also in terms of tidying up the foreground and horizon.

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Another portrait of Tabby, chilling out with one of her workbooks we brought over for the summer.

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Our trip to Bulgaria certainly seems to be agreeing with Tabby :)

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It's difficult to describe the experience of being and living in Bulgaria, but this shot captures some of its flavour: taken during a recent trip to a local waterfall for a barbecue. Libby's in the foreground, and our good friends Andy, Petsi and their young son Mario are in the background (along with Finley, our eight year old).

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As a counterpoint to yesterday's portrait of Finn - which didn't really show him off at his best - here's one I took about a minute earlier.

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You'd be forgiven for thinking that Finley (our nine year old son) was in a terrible mood when this was taken, but in reality he was just a bit miffed that I asked him to look up. Clearly, playing on the iPod is a lot more important than having your portrait taken ;)

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This is the first of what I hope will be many shots from our trip to Bulgaria this year nd was taken opposite our friend's apartment in Gabrovo. I'm fairly happy with how it turned out, but may go back again and take my tripod: 1/17s @ ISOb 800 wasn't ideal.

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I think I could probably sit and watch the sea for a very long time.

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Another shot from yesterday afternoon.

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I've had the X100S for quite a few weeks now but today was the first chance I've had to really put it through its paces. I'm impressed so far :)

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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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