My First DD
My First DD on here! many thanks to ILTBY
for suggesting it, and many thanks to all who have made comments, all very much appreciated. To answer a few questions, the angle of the shot is easy to get, its actually on one of the public walkways around the Cathedral. I wanted the image to have a gothic feal to it, hence the toned mono and vignette. It was important to have the Eiffel tower on the horizon so the gargoyle looks like the guardian over the city. Or depending on your view, the scourge of the city
Again many thanks to all!
My Features<img src="th02.deviantart.com/fs44/300W/…
" style="float:left;" alt="The Platform" width="290" height="200" hspace="10" vspace="10" align="left" />Eiffel Tower Paris-Feb 09
Canon:5D, 24-105mmL @ 25mm
Exp: 1/2500 sec @ f/4
An Iconic Monument, I really wanted to get a shot that was different. Whilst wandering around avoiding the street sellers with their crappy plastic illuminated statues (I bought one for my son) I noticed seagulls flying overhead. So, alot of patience and shot paid off with the feathered fiend captured in just the right spot to balance with the tower. The image was shot in Raw and then processed in Lightroom with one of my own presets. Two copies were exported (one with correct exposure, another with vignette and dark tomes enhanced) and blended to keep the subtle tones. I prefer to blend two copies (using masks as in the tutorial) because it gives more control and allows me to emphasise the atmosphere as I saw it on the day.<img src="fc77.deviantart.com/fs34/f/200…
" style="float:left;" alt="The Platform" width="290" height="200" hspace="10" vspace="10" align="left" />An Alien Platform?-21 Oct 08
Canon:5D, 17-40mmL @ 17mm
Exp: 60 sec @ f/18
B+W ND110 Filter
Lytham St Anne, nr Blackpool on the West Coast www.multimap.com/s/yEuLDUh1
. I was passing so hoped to get some long ex shots of the sea, but found the tide was out. I mean OUT! I guessed about a mile, I could barely see it! So after a while I found this bizzare platform, used by boats to moore out at sea, it must be 1/4 mile out. It was a strange experience, standing so far out on a huge sand bank, bareley being able to see the sea, with such an odd almost alien structure, and the wind howling around me with such power. the wind created a sand storm that only extended inches above the ground. If you look closely at the sand near the horizon its blurred...thats the sand rushing as fast as the clouds! It made me dizzy..if you ever stand in the sea when its rushing out, and feel disoriented...it was the same. Altogether a surreal day, a great exilerating experience, and I felt so alive. Hope the images capture the magnificence of the scene.<img src="th23.deviantart.com/fs36/300W/…
" style="float:left;" alt="The Rooftop" width="290" height="290" hspace="10" vspace="10" align="left" />The Rocks, Hornsea-Shot 12 Oct 08
Canon:5D, 24-105L @ 24mm
Exp: 40 sec @ f/16
Another shot using the B+W ND filter. I went to the coast not far from where I live, to a place called Hornsea, and managed to get a few shots, this being my fav because I like the simplicity of the scene. Again it wasnt easy, having to carry heavy kit down lots of rocks, setting up, deciding correct exposure, multiplying it to account for a 10 stop filter and polariser, setting to bulb, manual focus..and all the while running from the sea! My tripod was 12" under water. Eventually I gave up and just stood there getting wet. Imagine the strange looks I got from people on the beach. It was worth it though. Still a few errors on this image, ISO 200 is too high, so hopefully on Sunday I will be back at the coast and will try some other shots.<img src="th99.deviantart.com/fs36/300W/…
" style="float:left;" alt="The Rooftop" width="290" height="290" hspace="10" vspace="10" align="left" />The Rooftop-Shot 9 Oct 08
Canon:5D, 24-105L @ 90mm
Exp: 120 sec @ f/8
Shot yesterday, I wanted to try out my shiny new B+W ND 110 filter, 10 stops, yes 10! I didnt have time to go out, so I set up in my back garden. I metered without the filter, multiplying it by 1000, and was getting exposures of 600 seconds! Hmmm...iso was low and aperture was f16. So I figured after watching the clouds I wanted an exposure of about 60 secs....so ISO 200 and f/8 gave me just that! Then my shots all came out black! So after much puzzlement, annoyance and messing around, guess what? I set the camera onto bulb, set the remote release....and forgot to check the manual aperture which was still on f/20. Doh....so then I got what I think is a great atmospheric shot <img src="fc98.deviantart.com/fs36/f/200…
" style="float:left;" alt="Lone Walker Portugal" width="290" height="200" hspace="10" vspace="10" align="left" />Lone Walker-Portugal
Canon:5D, 24-105L @ 105mm
Exp: 1/1000 sec @ f/4
Portugal, late July 08. Sometimes its difficult carrying gear around on vacation, especially when its busy. I'd been using my G9 most of the time but really wanted to get some shots with the 5D, os one morning I got up early and headed off to the beach, the sun was low casting that early morning glow, and I was rewarded with one solitary figure walking along the beach. The polariser helped keep detail in the sky, and I stopped highlights blowing out by under-exposing 2/3's. Contrast was added back in with CS3 curves. And yes the water was freezing!
We decided to go to Paris for 4 nights because we deserve it, so whilst there I got some shots. Most were typical tourist shots I needed for the stock library Im working with now, but I managed to get a few shots I really wanted for myself, the Tower as has to be done, and a few of the Gargoyles looking over the city from Norte Dam. Ok its a shot that has been taken 1000 times, but I just had to try my own take on it, with a vignette (I so love) and muted tones. Worked quite well I hope!Hospital
</u>-24 Nov 08
Well, I've not been online much for a week again. Last Sunday at 6am I had a slight pain in my abdomen, nothing serious. I was up at 9, and by 9.30 was on the floor in agony! Later at the hospital, and being dosed up to the eyes in Morphine, I was told I had a Kidney Stone! The pain was unreal and I won't describe what I went thru. But to alleviate the boredom I managed to get my laptop smuggled in and produced some more PS Tutorials. Appologies for any errors, but hey, I was stoned on Morphine. I still have the stone, but no pain. Next week Im back to have it sonic blasted to history. I hope!.Appology!
</u>-15 Nov 08
Its been a whole month since I updated my journal! A month! Sheesh! Well Ive been busy so not had much chance, so to al those who have fav'd my images, my sincere thanks and appology for not sending a reply of thanks. I do reply to comments, but just dont have time to reply to all the favs! But THANK YOU! As reddog said in his last journal, come on DA! Lets have a button so we can reply easier!Stupid People
</u>-15 Oct 08
There's a funny story behind this series of images shot yesterday. Whilst driving past Birmingham on the M6 I saw this gas tower. I wanted to get a few shots so went on the hunt. It was in a very industrial area, and luckily I found a car park that gave me a great vantage point. Now I knew the car park was private, but thought hey, what harm is there. So imagine, a guy dressed in suit, and FOUR guys behind him come marching up to me very threateningly muttering "private...what you doin?" (I was holding my 5D with a huge white 100-400mm..duh!). I explained and showed him, he muttered "err....oh.....private!", "yes but its just a picture and its not even your gas tower, do you really mind?"...."err..." (scratches thick skull) "no....but its private!" Jeez...but I carried on and got my shots 100 Favs
</u>-11 Oct 08
Im really happy that image now has over 100 favs. Ok, its not as many favs as some people get, but hey Im new here! For me its a milestone and gratifying that so many like my work, so to celebrate I've added a couple of other shots from the same location.
If you want to see more just go to my Coastal Gallery
on my website and select "More Images>North Wales. Thanks to everyone who has faved me! You Can, Can Canon?
</u>-1 Oct 08
Its here, after almost a year waiting! The new 5d11, and its looking awesome but what about the specs? www.dpreview.com/previews/cano…
So far there are lots of moans and groans about it being an evolutionary upgrade, not revolutionary, and dubious comments about the addition of HD Video. Granted I may play with it, and then forget it, but it may be a nice feature. The upgrade in MP from12 to 21 some are saying is an attempt to win the MP war, but what about the ability to crop more? Most people moaning about it were looking for a 1DS111, but thats not going to happen. As it is, with 21MP, live view, anti dust, extra sealing, highlight tone priority, ISO 100-6400, Digic 4, new custom modes on the dial and the 3.0" 920,000 dot LCD monitor to name but a few its already an awesome update. I cant wait because a better monitor, better sealing and anti dust would have been enough for me. The 5D is a great camera, with a stunning sensor and a build that just inspires confidence.
..I will wait for tests that put the sensor through its paces. The existing 5D sensor has a renowned and respected ability to handle dynamic range and noise at high ISO, so this must be improved or at very least maintained. If it is then Canon will still the march again from Nikon, who of late have been wiping the floor with Canon. But they still dont have L glass no matter what they do
If the sensor is not as good, I will stay with my 5D, its not the equipment, its what you do with it!
New WebsiteSept. 08
I finally completed my website, after alot of hard work and almost a year in the making. There are several galleries, in different genres, such as Landscape, Still-Life, Seascape, Mono, too many to mention, and hundreds of images.
I've added new features, you can now view:Themed Collections,
such as "Windows On The World"Most Recent ImagesPopular PrintsNews & UpdatesDownload Free Wallpapers
Please take a moment to visit and leave a message in my My Guestbook.
Also check the link in the bottom right corner "go black" and see what happens...its a surprise
Thanks for looking, I appreciate it!
Featured Artist & Their Favs
A revealing insight into the artists I admire and the images they favour of their own work. Please see the quotes from the photographers to find out why.
"this is a perfect example of portraiture that i like to achieve; unposed, natural, emotive and beautiful. the romance of the traditional film process coupled with digital lith recipe, for me, fulfills all my objectives".Image 2
"this image is like part of my soul. it has everything;blur, great shape, atmosphere, femininity..and I'm pleased with my PP here, I achieved exactly the shot that I pre-visualised".Image 3
"I love the emotion of this image! My model generated such feeling and passion for the shoot topic and we work well together, which shows. Shot on my Blad, using tran film was a rewarding experience helping to capture the true essence of beauty."
"I selected these pictures because i love the mood, the smoothness and the calmness in them. The flying skies give the pictures many dynamics, and tell a lyrical story. I felt in love with long exposes, starting with the Verticals Series and now im addicted."Chidog
"In all my years I've made mistakes, but my biggest mistake was loosing a very dear girlfriend not long ago. She's now moved to New Zealand, and I'm certain I will not see her again. Looking at the photos I took of her give me moments of sad reflection and they hold a very special place in my heart."
"It isn't often that a piece turns out exactly as envisioned from start to finish without under going several changes, but for me this is one of those moments".Image 2
"this piece will always remind me of the raw emotions I was having after a passing of a life long friend."Image 3
"....because of the capture of two very rare events, the dense fog in the middle of the day and the lack of people in which is normally a very busy park at all times."
AimelleImage 1 & 2
"these best show the style photography I enjoy the most. They are challenging for me; working with patience to get a traditional art painterly feel (yet impressionistic effect) straight from the camera is getting me closest to art and my soul. I think they also reflect more of who I am deeply. They are all about softness, sensuality and feelings..."Image 3
"we all need those lucky shots, don't we ?
This is one, the very first one I find so unique, which is for me, a goal to achieve. The DOF, texture and color(pure photography)... could make me even prouder, but that was luck and I can't take the credit, I just feel very happy about it and share it"
"is a perfect example of my style - black and white, with high contrast between color saturation & between its elements - the old black wall against the flower hanging on spiderweb."Image 2
"This is like my mind, maybe my soul, it contains two halves - the lighter with the dragonfly, the darker, with dark clouds in dark water...this is similar to lots of my photos, two dark and light areas."Image 3
"another good example of my work, because of its minimalistic content but strong message; shows hidden feelings, contrasting the sharp leaf & blurry underwater...."
"I went to the beach on the day that I found my father had kidney cancer, and when a got there it was this beautiful light in the sunset; I felt it was a sign of everything is going to be alright.."Image 2
"I hadsome bad news, my good friend died in Thailand. Again the sky was great and a good light, very dramatic.."Image 3
"This one I had some good news, I found out that my wife was pregnat on this day, and once again went to take some photos.."
"One of my earlier square crop b/w waterscapes. Shot on a very special evening with amazing light. To me, the composition here is probably perfection. The curves, the lines throughout the image just works wonderfully together. The way the clouds and the reflection of them on the water forms arrows leading you deeper into the frame. I like to use "invisible" lines in my photography to form connections between items in the frame. I think this is one of the most important things in photography. Compositional lines..."Image 2
"Definately not one of my most popular shots, but nevertheless, a shot that means much to me personally. Shot in Lofoten (northern Norway) on a rainy late August morning. The light that got through the thick layer of clouds illuminated the scene in such a great way. Especially on the mountainside in the distance. The feeling of being so close to the elements, so far north in the world was just spectacular. Again, you'll see lines (I hope) connecting the beach, the rocks, the clouds (rain) and the mountains. Strong diagonal lines is always something I try to find and use. Also, this is probably one of the more decent shots I got out of Summer 2008."Image 3
"Another square crop. This time in color. A great shot I think and it portrays the magic of natural lighting. This is what you get when you keep visiting the same location over and over again. In the end, you get what you've dreamed about. Marvellous light coupled with the drama of the fast-moving clouds, the ice breaking up. Spring. One of the two great times of year (together with fall). Clear, cold air is almost always the best to shoot under. Optimal conditions."
"One of my first long exposures... I appreciate particularly the composition, the luminance and contrast, the opposition of the graphics of the scene, and softness of water and clouds. A moody end of day zen quality."Image 2
"Moodfy early morning scene, a difficult place to photograph. I had to return several times, to get the delicate light, the right tide level, the clouds, and person that walks on the pontoon while moving. This photo illustrates for me the patience of the photographer with long exposures."Image 3
"A lucky photo of a place that I love, where I often meditate or dream. The picture of the perfect mirror, and of an ideal light. I like the depth created by the perspective, an effect that I research still in these square compositions."
"Two trees together in this naked landscape. There's something romantic about the whole scenery. I'm really happy with the way this shot turned out. I like the way the clouds creates lines towards the two trees in the middle. This picture represents a form of minemalistic expression that I very much enjoy."Image 2
"A picture of the place where I grew up. I moved away 4 years ago to start studying at the univeristy, but I will return to this beautiful place. This is home."Image 3
"A true friend. Porbably the best buddy you could ever imagine."
"Last November I picked up a camera after a 30 year absence. I choose these three images for their simplicity and range of subject. My favorite place to shoot is around water but a beautiful image is simply that, "a beautiful image". My inspiration comes from all the incredible artists on DA. I am very proud to be a welcomed participant. Thank you."
"One of my favorite photos, a long exposure against the sun in one of the most spectacular places in Portugal to take photos!"Image 2
"After a rain moment an excellent sunset in a calm place! Another long expusure on river and fast clouds!"Image 3
"A normal shot on sunrise and fog day in a trip to long weekend holidays. This is another photo that transmits very calm and the infinite!"
"One of my first street portraits, and my first dd.
was really satisfied with the outcome of this photo.
came right up to him and took a quick snapshot didn't ask for permission coz i didn't want to disturb the scene.."Image 2
"My second attempt on nude photography, went well.
it was for a photo exhibit here in our city. i just love this photo and i love the model also.. hehe."Image 3
"Me and my girlfriend were cleaning up my room when she asked me to take a photo of her, i found an old magnifying glass and played with it. the photo went out well and she ended up loving it."
"I adore the geometry on this one. I love the way the calmness of nature and a human's construction are combined."Image 2
"The simplicity of nature always fascinates me."Image 3
"That photo brings me thousands of memories to mind.A wonderful period of my life with no worries. And the boy resembles extremely the way I used to look in his age."
Katta80Image 1 and 2
I've selected the first two images because i love long exposures but is quite hard to include in them a living element. I think that the two seagull give to the images something different, something alive."Image 3
"The third image is my very first attempt in long exposures. I was inspired by many, artists seen here on DA, who use this technique and i love it. I feel suspended in time and reality when i look at these kind of works."
"I like the altantic coast!"
"The trees were casting a perfect reflection in the water the afternoon this photo was taken. I like how u can't tell where
the tree ends and the water starts."Image 2
"I really like the colours in this sunset and the smooth whispy clouds. The pelican silhouettes create a peaceful feel to the shot.This is my fave of a Pelican series I shot over a period of time."Image 3
"When I was taking this shot, I was standing with my tripod in the water and all around me the water was perfectly still and the beautiful clouds and the bright blue sky reflections like a mirror in in the water."
"I have always had a love for people and trying to capture emotions of people as they go about life seems to - more often than not - hold up a mirror to me and where I am in life. I love the melancholy nature in this image."Image 2
"Again, the stillness and quietness of this image seems to reflect another time in my life, where I was finally coming out of a long period of heartbreak. For me, the long exposure seems to slow things down and take the viewer into another dimension."Image 3
"Although it is a landscape, I feel that I have managed to capture an atmosphere which reflected my feelings of inner peace. On a technical level, I love the sidelighting and the lens flare!!"
"This one is one of my all time favorites. My husband drove me to the North sea to see the old german bunkers, but the weather was bad and it rained all the time. We never saw the sun, and just minutes before the rain I saw this boat, and made him stop the car. I ran out and managed to get this shot just before the rain began again. I have done minimal edit to it, so I think it's one of the shots that truly shows my skills behind a camera
"A recent shot of mine, but it's perfect in my eye.
The rocks looks as if they where just dropped there. My cable release started to act up, and I got so mad that I nearly missed this shot, but I am so happy I got it. Personally I absolutely love the long exposure b/w shots, and this one is no exception."Image 3
"This is my baby. I took this picture while she was sleeping. I called her name, and she looked up - CLICK! And I got it the first time. She was not pleased because I scared her, but I think the shot shows why I love her so much."
"Industrialism deserves admiration as they provide many kinds of feeling (neglect, isolation, vulnerability and tenacity at the same time), a true artist get inspired promptly in such places. This image riminds me of an exceptional adventure to an abandoned gasworks. If only ruins could talk but they tell their stories anyway, you just have to listen.."Image 2
"I want to bring attention to ART.. it is after all what you make of it. Yes, bins, lamp-posts, road signs and all paraphernalias of the street can be very photogenic.. its all about composition and themes have no limits."Image 3
"This is an example of how mere colours and shapes can make a photo enjoyable.. urban abstract is the genre that stands close to me and I enjoy presenting things that are lying around us unnoticed."
"This is a favorite because of all that is going on. It also , to me, invites inquiry as to what is what. Perhaps some folks get overwhelmed by TMI---but I like puzzles...so every time i look at this --I explore...Of course i know what everything is--so its easy."Image 2
"My favorite use of my camera is capturing humans as honest beings.
I tend not to take pictures of friends and family --unless I can get them without their awareness. To me--this image says so much...body language ..."Image 3
"This is NY...I aimed to create a vibe suggesting time..and everytime I look at this, I feel as if i am in 1957."
I First became interested in photography at Uni, using a manual Olympus and Mono film. After that I didnt shoot anymore, not until two years ago. I wanted to do something personal and inspiring, as a break from interior design, so got myself a shiny new Canon 350D. Inspirations
The coast inspires me hugely. Ive always had a love for the coast, since growing up there. Its the drama and the tranquility that captures me, especially on a dark winter day. I look for three main things; composition, drama, and atmosphere. I have an ambition to one day travel the whole UK coast and capture it all. Light and Shadow, and the spaces around a scene are also an inspiration. Sometimes its the shadows that create the atmosphere, or an abstract shape that can be powerful and evocative.
Im a huge fan of Black and White photography. The lack of colour creates drama and allows the light, shadow and composition to speak for itself. I'm thinking of starting another site dedicated to just mono.
I'm starting to create Galleries based on Themes, the latest being "Gone For A Walk". This is an image collection of bicycles that have been left by the owners. Who are they and where have they gone?
Still Life also inspires me. A simple object like a fire hydrant and take on a life of its own. The colours and textures, composition, light, shadow and atmosphere make a simple scene into something most people totally miss....they just need their eyes opening
I dont consider myself just a Landscape photographer , theres so much more.Post Processing
I use Photoshop and Lightroom for post-processing. Id never used Photoshop, being a Corel user, but I decided to take the plunge. I only manipulate an image to create a mood, to show what I see. I dont add things that are not there and try to remain faithful to the scene, although sometimes unwanted debris will be removed. I use curves and levels a lot to add drama and impact, and I love vignettes for the way it can be used to draw the eye into a composition. I explore creative effects to create atmosphere, usually having a good idea of what I want to achieve. A good image should be emotive and tell a story. I will often use a Vignette to darken the edges of an image and hold the attention within the frame. I know, vignettes are bad! But says who??
I process in Lightroom first with my own Presets that Ive built over time, Mono Grunge, Desaturated Punch, Velvia, Lomo, and then finish of in CS3. I think about the image and how it impacted me at the time, and it seems to flow from there.Ambitions
Travel the whole UK coast and shoot it all.
Travel the world more, building my travel gallery.
Produce a coffee table book of my stuff, just for myself
Do more candid portraits!
Be a big part of the Da community!My Gear
All my gear is Canon. I tend to stick with my 5D and 17-40L, 24-105L and a 70-300 which goes onto the 400D. I love wide angles for the way it can create impact with foregrounds.
Body, Full Frame sensor.
Body, Crop sensor.
Both with Grips for the extra batteries.
Canon G9 Compact
For a bit of fun when the DSLR is too big.
EFS Lenses: 60mm Macro, 17-55mm f2.8IS, 10-22mm, 75-300IS
L Lenses: 17-40mm, 24-105mm, 100-400mm