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.

Back in 2012, during our first Venice Carnival Photo Tour, John Cavacas took a shot that I promised myself I'd go see for myself: a shot of the Grand Canal from the Ponte dell’Accademia, shot during the late afternoon. What with one thing and another I didn't make it down there in 2013, or last year, so I was determined to find the time during this year's trip.

As you'll see if you take a look at the original, the light was less than ideal, but the sun did poke through the clouds on a couple of occasions, but not when there was any interesting traffic on the canal. As such I ended up combining two different shots, taken a couple of minutes apart: one shot for the detail in the canal, particularly the boat in the foreground, and the other to capture the directional light on the buildings.

As for the processing: Venice is a romantic city, imbued with a visual and emotional magic that deserves something a bit more elaborate than a literal shot :-)

Oh, and if you're interested, we've just started promoting our 2016 trip. We only have 12 places, and two have already been booked, so sign up soon if you think you'd be interested in coming along.

http://www.chromasia.com/training/events/venice_2_16.php

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Here's the first of my images from our 2014 Venice Carnival Photo Tour, taken during our natural light workshop with Martina, one of our truly wonderful models. We've just about finished this year's tour - it's the last day tomorrow - but if you'd be interested in joining us next year you can find out more about the trip here:

http://www.chromasia.com/training/events/venice_2_16.php

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After snivelling around the house for the last couple of weeks with man-flu I thought it was about time I posted something, and as I'm heading off to the Venice Carnival again next month I thought this was a good choice.

1 January, 2015 // shenzhen #4comments & reactions

When I first started photoblogging, way back in 2004, I posted pretty much every image that I was reasonably pleased with. In recent years I've been more selective, to the point where I have at least 150 images sitting on my hard drive that I can't decide whether to post. They aren't any worse than my previous images, so it's not a quality issue, I just can't decide whether they're worth posting. I don't think they're any worse than any of my previous images, so it's not a quality issue: more a case of not being sure what they say. Which, in turn, reflects a lack of direction in my photography that I think I probably need to address. In the meanwhile, I'll post some of the backlog, starting with the shot of this guy taken recently in Shenzen, China.

Here's another (pseudo) 'little planet' from Dubai, shot from the rooftop bar of the Four Points by Sheraton on Sheik Zayed Road.

If you'll pardon the pun, here's a slightly different spin on the 'little planet' idea: one constructed from a mirrored copy of an image shot in the Business Bay area of Dubai.

Little Planets are normally constructed from 360 degree panoramas but I thought I'd have a go at producing some from single images. This is the first, produced from a shot taken from the Park Regis hotel in Dubai.

As always, let me know what you think.

8 December, 2014 // shenzhen #3comments & reactions

This is another shot from my recent trip to Shenzhen in China, but unlike the previous images this was taken with an IR converted X-E2.

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Another shot of the 2014 Hong Kong Protests. I almost posted a different version of this one last week, a high contrast black and white, with little or no detail in the sky, but spent some time reworking it this morning as I wanted to create a slightly more surreal version. I'm not sure it's 100% successful, but I'm reasonably happy with how it turned out.

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30 November, 2014 // shenzhen #2comments & reactions

Although I think this would work much better as a print than a low res' web graphic - it's all about the detail - I do think this one's worth sharing.

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29 November, 2014 // HK #4comments & reactions

As you'll see if you take a look at the original the editing for this one was quite extensive, and while I"m not convinced that the effort was entirely worth it I did enjoy producing it.

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28 November, 2014 // good morning dubaicomments & reactions

I've posted quite a few shots from this location, shot at much the same time of day, but I thought this one was worth sharing too.

It's also one of the locations we'll be shooting from during my Shoot the City workshop at next years GPP event (further details here).

And finally, if you haven't seen it on Facebook or you don't subscribe to our newsletter, you may have missed our Black Friday deal on The Art of Black and White Photography, i.e. you can sign up for $19 rather than the usual price of $99. If you're interested, take a look at the link below:

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27 November, 2014 // HK #3comments & reactions

I'd be hard-pressed to tell you why, but this is one of my favourite shots from my recent trip to Hong Kong.

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26 November, 2014 // HK #2comments & reactions

Another shot from downtown Hong Kong. Apparently, or so I'm told, bamboo scaffolding is both stronger and safer than steel, but it certainly looks a whole lot flimsier :)

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In recent years I've steered away from taking photographs like this one - images of other people's art/creativity - but given the fairly unique circumstances that underpin its origins I decided it was worth the effort. So this, and the next few shots I'll be posting, document some of the many protest posters/art we found while wandering around Hong Kong in November 2014.

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This is the first of quite a few shots I took of the recent protests in Hong Kong (referred to as Occupy Central, the Umbrella Movement, or Umbrella Revolution). Things have quietened down considerably since the initial disturbances in September, but quite a few areas of central Hong Kong are still occupied by the protesters.

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23 November, 2014 // Shenzhen #1comments & reactions

After spending a couple of days in Hong Kong we headed over to Shenzhen in mainland china. This shot was taken towards the end of the second day.

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22 November, 2014 // HK #1comments & reactions

Here's another shot from my recent trip to Hong Kong, taken somewhere near Lyndhurst Terrace in the southern Central district of the city.

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14 October, 2014 // Koln cathedralcomments & reactions

I've hesitated to post this one, despite the fact that it's one of my favourite shots from my recent trip to Koln, because it doesn't scale well - there's just too much detail to reduce to a web image. That said, I do like, so here it is, but if you'd like to take a look at the original version I've linked it below. If nothing else, it does a great job of demonstrating just the sharpness of the Fujifilm 10-24mm :)

http://chromasia.com/images/koln_cathedral_hr.jpg

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A shot of Tiggy, taken during our recent trip to Bulgaria.

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