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.

28 March, 2015 // GPP 2015 #8comments & reactions

A slightly unusual view of Dubai creek today, shot through the viewfinder of Craig Marshall's Hasselblad 500 during my Gulf Photo Plus Shoot the Street workshop.

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27 March, 2015 // GPP 2015 #7comments & reactions

I've been down to the mosque at Abu Dhabi quite a few times in the last few years but have never come away with any shots that I felt like sharing until this trip. Of the few I'll be posting I think this is probably my favourite, a shot of the internal courtyard at sunset, constructed from 5 stitched images.

25 March, 2015 // GPP 2015 #6comments & reactions

A shot of my good friend Craig Marshall, taken during my Shoot the Street workshop at this year's GPP event.

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A slightly silly shot today (of Isaa), but one that captures the flavour of our recent trip round Masirah Island in Oman.

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I can't remember exactly where this was taken, but we were about an hour from Masirah on our way back to Dubai when we spotted these elegantly arranged trees not far from the side of the road.

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21 March, 2015 // Dubai Marinacomments & reactions

It's my last day in Dubai - I fly back to the UK at 3am tomorrow morning - and it's been a great trip. GPP, as always, was a huge amount of fun, as was hanging around with Issa and Catalin in Oman, then back in Dubai for a few days with Issa. I'm sad to leave, but am also looking forward to seeing Libby and the kids.

As for this shot: it was taken this morning from Bernard's balcony, overlooking the Dubai Marina.

On an unrelated note, Issa shot for the Art Dubai photography competition yesterday and Arabian Eye are now accepting votes on their Facebook page. It's a great shot, so please head on over and give it your support.

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20 March, 2015 // GPP 2015 #5comments & reactions

I had a great day today, photographing Art Dubai with Issa and did take a couple of shots I'll probably post at some point, but in the meanwhile here's one of the images I took during my Landscape Photography workshop at GPP 2015.

And in case you're wondering about the deckchair: I always ask my students to bring along a prop - a pair of sandals, or bottle of water, or anything congruent with a trip to the desert - but didn't expect anyone to bring anything quite as large as a deckchair :-)

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My apologies for the lack of recent posts but at the end of GPP Issa and I headed down to Masirah Island where we met up with Catalin Marin for a few days shooting. There was an internet connection in the hotel, but it was much too slow to post anything.

Anyway, to get back to the point, we had a great few days shooting - landscapes, portraits, and another project that I'll probably post at some point - but of all the shots I took I think this may be my favourite.

As always, let me know what you think.

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7 March, 2015 // GPP 2015 #4comments & reactions

Here's the first of the shots I'll be posting from my Shoot the City workshop I ran today at #GPP2015. I'm not convinced I 100% nailed it, but I'm fairly pleased with how it turned out.

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6 March, 2015 // GPP 2015 #3comments & reactions

Although I have to be up again in around four hours, for the first section of my Shoot the City workshop, I couldn't resist posting this one: a shot of my good friend Issa taken earlier this evening during a desert barbecue. And I would write more, but I really need to get some sleep :)

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5 March, 2015 // GPP 2015 #2comments & reactions

This is the location for the dawn shoot of my #GPP2015 Shoot the City workshop that starts on Saturday. We scouted it this morning, and although the light wasn't ideal I am pleased with how this one turned out.

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2 March, 2015 // GPP 2015comments & reactions

This time tomorrow I'll be sitting on an Emirates flight, winging my way towards Dubai for GPP 2015. The event runs from the 6th-13th and I'll be running four of my favourite workshops.

After GPP I'll be heading to Oman for a few days with Issa AlKindy then back to Dubai for a few more days. Watch this space :)

Something a bit different today, taken during our recent Venice Carnival Photo Tour, and processed using a variety of textures and borders.

On a related note, we've just started accepting bookings for 2016 and four of the twelve places are already booked. If you think you might be interested in joining us please take a look at the following link.

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

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Here's another shot from our Venice Carnival Photo Tour, taken from the Rialto Bridge.

If you're interested, you can find out more about next year's trip here:

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

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This is a shot of one of the participants from our Venice Carnival Photo Tour, shot during our natural light workshop.

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18 February, 2015 // VCPT (alt #1)comments & reactions

This was shot during our trip to Burano during our Venice Carnival Photo Tour. It says nothing about the Carnival, or Venice, but I like how it turned out. It's also a great testament to Fuji's new lens, the XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR. Even wide open this is a very sharp lens.

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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: 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 2015 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.

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