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 ‘travel’ category

Photographs in this category were taken in various locations around the world.

It's not often I post any of my iPhone shots on the blog but I thought this one was worth including. It was shot with ProCamera (which can output TIFF files), and then processed with Photoshop.

Another early morning shot from our Venice Carnival Photo Tour.

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While my last shot of death was intentionally spooky (and maybe not 100% successful as a result) this one's spookiness is almost entirely accidental - never shoot at 0.8s if you want a sharp shot :)

When I first edited this image I produced something that looked very similar to the original, as I have another shot of this guy that tells a much better story so this one would have made a good comparison, but the more I looked at it the less I liked it: it was drab, the light was dull and flat, and the mood was wrong. It's just a guy, in a costume, against a fairly bland background.

The final version is an attempt to tell a more sympathetic story. That said, I'm out of my comfort zone with this one so would be interested to hear whether you think this works.

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Pretty much everyone who heads down to St. Mark's Square has taken this shot but it's a classic view, well worth photographing.

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Another early morning shot from our recent Venice Carnival Photo Tour.

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Back in 2012, during our first Venice Carnival Photo Tour, John Cavacas got a great shot of the Grand Canal from the Ponte dell’Accademia bridge. In 2015 I took a similar shot, and this year we went down to the bridge to shoot a variety of images (this includes the black and white I posted a couple of days ago).

As you'll see, if you take a look at the original, the light wasn't great, but I did manage to create an image that captures some of the flavour of this iconic location.

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Something a bit different today: an infrared shot with my converted X-E2, taken on the way back from our trip to Murano island.

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I'm now back in the UK after a great week running our 2016 Venice Carnival Photo Tour. It was a 14 hour trip to get home, so I won't write much now, but I do want to say that this is definitely one of my favourite shots from the whole tour: taken at Ponte dell'Accademia a couple of days ago.

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Many thanks to Saadia for suggesting I process this one, as despite appearances to the contrary this one turned out quite well.

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Here's another shot from our 2016 Venice Carnival Photo Tour, taken early yesterday morning down at St. Mark's Square.

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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.

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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I'm not entirely sure what this is but we found it on one of the beaches on Masirah Island.

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