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 [Venice, Italy]’ category

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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Another shot from our Venice Carnival Photo Tour back in February of this year.

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Another of the very interesting characters we met during our recent Venice Carnival Photo Tour. If you're interested, here's the schedule and details for 2015:

http://www.chromasia.com/training/events/venice_2_15.php

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Taken during our recent Venice Carnival Photo Tour in a small shop on the Island of Burano.

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I still have quite a few more XT-1 shots to post, along with a load from Dubai and Oman, but in the meanwhile I thought I'd post a few more from our Venice Carnival Photo Tour.

As always, let me know what you think.

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I'd be hard pressed to tell you why, but this is one of my favourite shots from our recent Venice Carnival Photo tour, taken during our trip to Burano - the 'colourful island'.

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This was taken during our Venice Carnival Photo tour during our natural light workshop and is a shot of the undeniably easy to photograph Lorraine Langon who attended the workshop with her husband.

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During our Venice Carnival Photo Tour we spend most of our time concentrating on the Carnival itself - the models, the costumes, St. Marks Square, and so on - but we also spend a couple of half days photographing some of the other wonderful places in and around Venice. One of those is Burano, 'the colourful island' - and I'll post some shots from there soon - while the other is the island of Murano, famous for it's glass.

We're extremely fortunate to have access to the Nason Moretti factory and while we're there we split into two groups: one photographs the glass blowing, the other the showroom, and then we rotate.

I can't say I'm 100% happy with this one - the reflection on the glass shelf could have been cleaner - but as I only had twenty minutes or so to find a shot, set it up, and shoot it I'm reasonably pleased with how it turned out.

As always, let me know what you think.

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This is a portrait of Emy Danciu Vivan, one of two models we hired during our recent Venice Carnival Photo Tour, and I wanted to try something a bit different with this one. The temptation was to produce a much more natural image - she's a beautiful woman, wearing a fabulous costume - but I decided to go for something a bit more edgy: a stern expression, desaturated colours, and so on.

Let me know if you think it works.

Compositionally speaking: as you can see, I fell into a rather obvious trap ;)

Oh, and we've just started promoting our 2015 trip, so if you think you might be interested please click the following link for further details:

http://www.chromasia.com/training/events/venice_2_15.php

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Another Venice shot today, taken last February as we cruised around the canals in a gondola.

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It's only six weeks until Libby and I head off to run our 2014 Venice Carnival Photo Tour so I thought I better make an effort to post the rest of the one's I shot in 2013. There aren't many left, and I probably won't post all of them, but I do think that at least some of them are worth sharing.

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Since February of this year I must have processed this shot at least a dozen times - some in colour, some in black and white - but I just couldn't get it right. This time though I'm a lot happier with it :)

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Since I launched this blog back in 2003 I've retained pretty much the same workflow: any images I'm currently working on sit in a folder called 'working files'. In the early days there were never more than a dozen or so images in there at any one time: I worked on them, got to the point that I was reasonably happy with how they'd turned out, and then blogged them. Today, there are 139 images: ones that I'm still working on but can't get right, and some of them have been there for at least two years. I should probably just give up on at least some of them, but in each case there's something about them that I like - I just can't get them right.

And my reason for mentioning that is that I've come up with a new way of dealing with them. Rather than just randomly opening one, working on it, then closing it again because I can't work out quite what I want it to say, I've been trying a different approach: deciding on a specific strategy then seeing which images it will work with. In this case, and for another three that I'll probably post next week, the strategy was 'high contrast black and white'. It didn't work with quite a few that I tried, but I think it works well with this one.

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10 October, 2013 // opulencecomments & reactions

As those of you who follow ;Libby on Facebook know, she's gone back to college this year, to study for a BA in Photography. One of her first assignments is on Opulence and Austerity, so we've had lots of discussions recently on how both terms can be defined. Austerity is relatively straightforward, but opulence seems a bit harder to pin down. For example, where does opulence end and decadence begin? What's the difference between an opulent display and an ostentatious one? Does the term opulence still have any cultural relevance or is it simply a description of a particular period of western history?

Anyway, in and among these various discussions I remembered a shot I'd taken during our Venice Carnival Photo Tour back in 2012: a shop window, that to me at least, seems to portray opulence to a tee.

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I posted a colour version of this shot on Facebook back in March of this year, but totally forgot to post it here. It was shot early one morning during our 2013 Venice Carnival Photo Tour, and is definitely one of the more dramatic shots I took during the trip.

On which note, our initial photo tour for 2014 booked out in a couple of weeks so we scheduled a second trip. If you think you might be interested, take a look at the following link for all the details:

http://www.chromasia.com/training/events/venice_2_14b.php

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Here's another shot from our trip to the Venice Carnival back in February, and while I've already posted two shots of this guy (here and here), I thought this one was worth posting too.

And as I mentioned in my last post, we're now going to be running two trips to the Carnival in 2014. The first one we advertised sold out in just a few days so we've scheduled another for the 19th-24th of February. If you think you might be interested in coming along please take a look at the following page for all the details:

chromasia.com/training/events/venice_2_14b.php

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It's been a while since I blogged anything so thought I'd post another shot from our trip to the Venice Carnival back in February of this year (one of around ten that I haven't got around to blogging yet). This one was taken down at St. Marks Square and is a shot of two of the huge number of people who turn up each year to parade around Venice in their costumes.

Oh, and if you're interested, we're now going to be running two trips to the Carnival in 2014. The first one we advertised sold out in just a few days so we've scheduled another for the 19th-24th of February. If you think you might be interested in coming along please take a look at the following page for all the details:

chromasia.com/training/events/venice_2_14b.php

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It's not often that I post two shots side-by-side but in this case I couldn't decide between the two and didn't think it was worth posting them as separate images. Both were taken during our photo tour to the Venice Carnival earlier this year.

In other news ...

I'm really pleased to announce that we're launching a new course today: The Art of Black and White Photography: ASSIGNMENTS, designed to follow on from The Art of Black and White Photography on Udemy.

It's a four week, online, assignment-based course, and if you think you might be interested, just click the link below.

The Art of Black and White Photography: ASSIGNMENTS

We've scheduled two occurrences so far – May and June – and while there are quite a few places available for June there are only for (from 25) left for May: so sign up soon if you want to take part! Oh, and if you haven't signed up for the Udemy course yet (which you'll need to do before you can work through the new course), we're offering it at half-price for anyone who signs up for The Art of Black and White Photography: ASSIGNMENTS.

And if you're interested, Antony Northcutt has posted a great article on his blog about why he's going to be taking the course in May. Thanks Antony :-)

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7 April, 2013 // untitled #154comments & reactions

I spotted this 'clock' during our recent trip to Venice, in the glass blowing factory we visited on Murano, and while I messed up the exposure – it's almost two stops underexposed – I am pleased with the final result.

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On the basis that my last couple of shots were rather unattractive – an abandoned microwave oven and a pile of goat's legs – I thought I'd post something a bit prettier today: one of the fabulous models we worked with during our 2013 Venice Carnival Photo Tour.

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