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Successfully Revisiting an Old Shot

Back in 2005 we went on a family holiday to France (20 miles west of Carcassonne). One evening the kids took a walk through the wheat fields on the farm where we were staying; the farmer encouraged them to pick stray wheat stems at the edges of the field which they thought very exciting. With my little Nikon I grabbed a shot of my daughter (8 at the time).
I always liked this image, the excitement clearly evident in her eyes. So it occurred to me that it might be worth having another go at improving the image in Photoshop, given I have a little more skill and experience. And I have to say the results were good, though it took quite a bit of work.

Picking​ stray wheat from the edge of the field

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Currently this is now sitting as  the highest liked image in Instagram.

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Pic of the week

Looking at the very excellent Black and White Photography Magazine (link) I was inspired to try a darker looking still life image. Taking a fairly ordinary looking shot of a pineapple lying on it side (using a ring flash) it turning round, converted to mono, tinted it, whacked up the contrast, added a little Orton effect (I can explain later, or just Google it) and boom, one of my favourite images.

I like it when you have an idea and comes out exactly as you imaged it would:


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The Instagram Compulsion

Today I reached 100 followers on Instagram (that shortly afterwards dropped back to 98, such as things go when followed by follow-whores), so quite pleased with myself. I’ve been steadily adding my images from Flickr, some perhaps a little old (any marked as #nikon as taken by my Coolpix 500 prior to 2008).

What’s interesting is the images that I personally think are better often aren’t the ones that get loads of likes. It’s difficult to analyse though since the choice of has tag can really influence things. For example, I posted an photo of a fishing trailer (off the coast of Skye) and within 30 mins it had over 35 likes. Looking at who the likers were revealed a large number of anglers and other fishing types.

The top 5 chart of liked images is as follows (as of today at least):

1. Fishing trawler (45)

2. Gasometer (44)

=3. Maryhill flats (38)

=3. Campsie Hill (38)

=3. MNAC Interior (38)

Monochromes seem to score best, and film is popular.

Now that I’ve pretty much exhausted the old stock I’m not forced to keep producing new photos to feed the beast – so I great driver for productivity.


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MONO ONE out now – but only 30 will be sold

The first selection of my black and white photography, mono one, is now available to buy from Blurb.com. Click on the link below to see a full preview.

It’s limited to just 30 and then it gets taken off line, so you’d better be quick if you want to get hold of this limited edition.

Info: 38 pages, size 12 x 12 inches (30 x 30 cm)

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Artist’s Model – Wood versus Photoshop

Afternoon activity: dig out the unused wooden artist’s model from the cupboard and do some macro photography. Then go crazy in Photoshop. The collection in the 2017 Flickr album.

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Potatoes ain’t what they used to be

A day in Fife. Leaving Glasgow at 7am in the rain and darkness it was little wonder that I didn’t think to throw the camera into the boot of the car. By the time I’d reached the Kincardine bridge the sun was out and I was regretting me forgetfulness. It got worse as we walked up Tentsmuir beach and all I had in my pocket was my Nexus 5x phone.

A quick history lesson. My first digital camera was a Nikon Coolpix which had a mighty 5 Mp; this was replaced by a Sony alpha 200 with 10.2 Mp. A some point during this time I also had various mobile phones with cameras ranging from 1 to 3 Mp. And yes, they took horrible, forgettable photos (and were thus dubbed a potato).

Times appeared to have changed, my Nexus has a 12.3 Mp camera and it takes annoyingly satisfactory images (at least, until the battery ran out).

The lens is not going to be great but the software does a lot to make the end result impressive. The odd thing is that it takes images at about 27mm focal length and yet there’s no barrelling effect that you’d see from a normal, grown up lens. Not sure if this is physics or corrective software, but the horizon in the photo below is dead straight. How’s that then?

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