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.

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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Here's another shot from Masirah Island (Oman), taken on a kite surfing beach towards the south of the island.

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Here's another shot from my recent trip to Masirah Island, an abandoned structure on one of its many quiet beaches.

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23 April, 2015 // GPP 2015 #18comments & reactions

This is a follow-up to the shot I posted yesterday, and while I like the abstract quality of that one I much prefer the almost surreal feel to this one.

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22 April, 2015 // GPP 2015 #17comments & reactions

This is the first of two related images that were taken during my Shoot the Street workshop at this years GPP event. Both were shot at the same spot - the plastic curtains that divide the fish market from the meat section - and of the two I prefer the one I'll be posting tomorrow: it's less abstract, but has a surreal quality that I like.

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21 April, 2015 // GPP 2015 #16comments & reactions

This is a follow-up to a shot I posted last month, taken during my Landscape Photography at this year's GPP event.

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20 April, 2015 // GPP 2015 #15comments & reactions

Here's another shot of the Grand Mosque at Abu Dhabi (the previous one is here). And in case you're wondering, shooting at ISO 1600 was intentional as I wanted the water to be sharp and the movement of the woman to be relatively frozen.

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19 April, 2015 // GPP 2015 #14comments & reactions

One of the things I like most about photographing at the fish market in Dubai is also one of the things that makes it most difficult - the vast majority of people there want to be photographed. For example, every time I've been there in recent years I've run into the guy on the right, and every time I've photographed him with much the same serious expression. As best I can tell, he's a humorous guy, who laughs and smiles while talking to you, but he has a serious face for the camera :-)

On this occasion he complicated things by grabbing the guy on the left. They may know each other, but the impression I got at the time was that he was just standing there minding his own business - hence the rather puzzled expression.

So, not exactly a candid shot, nor much of an environmental portrait, but I like it nonetheless.

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Here's my second and final shot from Art Dubai 2015. If you're interested you can see a less confusing view of this piece here.

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17 April, 2015 // Dubai Marina #2comments & reactions

While this is quite similar to one I posted a few weeks ago, though taken a bit later during the day, I thought it was worth sharing too.

But my main reason for posting this one today is that PhotoWhoa have just launched a promotion on my black and white processing course, The Art of Black and White Photography, and this image is being used as part of the course description.

I know that a lot of you have already signed up for the course, but if not, head on over to PhotoWhoa and check out the deal.

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Towards the end of my visit to Dubai I spent a couple of days at Art Dubai 2015 assisting Issa while he was shooting for their 2015 Authentic Expressions Award. He won, but I can't really take any of the credit as I was just wandering around shooting fairly abstract shots of some of the art. I didn't get a great deal of images I liked - just one more after this one - but I liked how this turned out. If you're interested you can see both pieces on this page: they're both included in the first image in the 'Photo Gallery from Art Dubai 2015' section a short way down the page.

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15 April, 2015 // GPP 2015 #13comments & reactions

One of the things I like most about the Middle East is that the people, for the most part, are genuinely friendly and open to being photographed: stick a camera in their face, even when they're busy or distracted, and they'll smile. Some of the time I think this is down to the inherent politeness of the region, but most of the time they're interested and open because you're interested in them.

As for this shot: it was taken during my Shoot the Street workshop at the recent Gulf Photo Plus.​ training event in March.

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14 April, 2015 // GPP 2015 #12comments & reactions

I still have a dozen or so shots to post from my recent trip to Oman but I thought I'd post some more shots from Dubai first. This one was taken during my Landscape Photography workshop during GPP2105 at the DIFC (Dubai International Financial Centre): a reflection in the revolving doors of one of the entrances.

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My final vehicle related shot from Masirah Island, though what I especially like about this one - the way the car and wires shimmer in the heat - doesn't really come across all that well at this resolution.

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