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This was taken when my good friend Craig was over in Bulgaria last October, in the same abandoned factory as this shot. I did try and produce a colour version, but, for one reason or another, couldn't come up with something I was happy with. In the end then I switched to black and white and concentrated on bringing out the detail. I'm fairly happy with how it turned out, but do let me know what you think.

And if you read my previous entry, just skip over this next bit as I'm repeating myself. If not, read on ...

In other news: if you'd be interested in some one-to-one training (either at our Blackpool office or at your own location in the UK) – on photography, post-production, or both – I now have some confirmed dates when I'll be back in the UK to provide training:

Thursday 10th February
Friday 11th February
Saturday 12th February
Sunday 13th February

Thursday 24th March
Friday 25th March
Saturday 26th March
Sunday 27th March

If you think you might be interested please email me [djn1 AT chromasia DOT com] or Libby [Libby AT chromasia DOT com] for further details.

And finally, don't forget that our 25% discount offer on our Photoshop tutorials ends at midnight on the 7th (i.e. tomorrow). Further info here:


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comment by Carlos Garcia at 12:19 PM (GMT) on 6 January, 2011

So cool. 2011 already has a lot of artistic diversity. Love it!

comment by Rodney Maraist at 01:02 PM (GMT) on 6 January, 2011

I love the black and white. Great idea.

comment by djib at 01:41 PM (GMT) on 6 January, 2011

I like the simplicity of this shot. B&W conversion is perfect with incredible level of details in the skin of that leaf.

comment by Dan Kaufman at 03:54 PM (GMT) on 6 January, 2011

Exquisite B&W processing and detail. Love too the off-center framing, tagged for the magazine editor as "copy space". :)

comment by Vendavo at 09:14 PM (GMT) on 6 January, 2011

This picture is a perfect example, why I love your gallery^^

comment by Russ at 10:57 PM (GMT) on 6 January, 2011

Very cool black and white macro shot. the water drops on the leaf is a nice touch as well.

comment by Chris at 12:44 AM (GMT) on 7 January, 2011

I like the style you gave this leaf image, the Black and white works really well. I don't think it is fair to label it as a Macro.

comment by David Leland Hyde at 05:09 AM (GMT) on 7 January, 2011

That is an incredible image, and the detail...holy cow. This photograph is a perfect example of why I was thinking of your work recently. Its funny, I'm somewhat of a Photoshop novice, though I have the best Photoshop people helping me work with my father's images. Tomorrow I will post my favorite photos of my own of 2010 and I was wishing I had more processing skill. As I was working a few of the images in minor ways, I was thinking of you and your blog and how much more could probably be done with my photographs some day when I have more time to develop. My main focus now is promoting my father and writing, but I have much more of the photography bug than ever before. Thank you for the inspiration.

comment by Jessica Sweeney at 09:03 AM (GMT) on 7 January, 2011

Great B&W conversion, definitely. But the color is beautiful! I kind of miss that red. Tough call. Great composition, though.

comment by Laurens Kuipers at 11:48 PM (GMT) on 7 January, 2011

Great details!

comment by Kieran at 06:03 AM (GMT) on 8 January, 2011

One of the few (if only) times I prefer the original.

comment by Andrey Samolinov at 08:56 AM (GMT) on 17 January, 2011

A delightful picture - great light and sharpness
Postprocessing super