theA34 Mini

•January 11, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Midway through December in the UK, the snow fell, and it fell a lot. Being British, we didn’t deal with it very well, least of all the transport system. As a result, our journey north for Christmas was delayed slightly. I say slightly, we spent almost 17 hours stuck on one road, just south of Oxford; the A34.

So what else was there to do but… take pics!

theA34 Mini (click to enlarge)

theA34 Mini (click to enlarge)

With this image I had a play with some HDR, but ended up using it layered over the top of the original so that I could remove the sky from the HDR layer, as it simply made it LUMINOUS ORANGE, and looked totally out of place. I had to work quite hard to get the final colours in this pic, as the original was very orange due to the minimal lighting that was present.

I brought colours out using Lab Colour mode & Curves, and then changed back to RGB to tweak the Red down slightly, and the Blue & Greens up a touch. The final result I’m really quite pleased with, although it take quite a lot of playing. I also used Noiseware Community Edition for the first time in a long while, which gave it a really nice finish.

If you’ve never checked out Noiseware, have a look here

EDIT: This got featured by the awesome dudes over at Abduzeedo in their Daily Inspiration posts, which means I’ve been in two on the trot! Rawr, thanks very much guys! *\o/*

Snow, Panorama’s and HDR

•January 9, 2011 • Leave a Comment

It was sunny today, for the first time since…. well, 2010. I’d been out and about in with the camera to various locations over Christmas, but the light had just been crap and I hadn’t managed to get anything that I really wanted to take any further, until today!

I’m still loving panorama’s, so I’ve been working on a few to try and get better at them. One tip that was given to me by Ash our events photographer was try doing the individual shots as portrait, rather than landscape. Even though this seems counter intuitive as your moving on the X axis, it actually makes perfect sense as you are moving along that axis anyway, and what you actually get is a shot with a much greater depth to it.

My first proper attempt at this was to catch the Multiplay Offices in the snow:

Snow @ the Multiplay Office (click to enlarge)

Snow @ the Multiplay Office (click to enlarge)

I was really pleased with how this came out, especially as I managed to capture the light quite well. The detail in the snow also looks awesome, and the aspect of the scenery really works for me.

Next up it was time to try some more panorama’s out in the New Forest;

The New Forest in the sun (click to enlarge)

The New Forest in the sun (click to enlarge)

Again, loving the aspect that these shots give you, it really works even though it should kinda mess up your eyes. Loving the blues and greens in this shot.

With this next one I decided I was going to try and get a good shot down the straight road. There are a few roads that head east into the forest from the villages by the estuary, and they are dead straight. I wanted to get a shot from the middle, so I waited till there was a gap and got Josephine to keep an eye out incase someone pulled out and mowed me over from behind. When I took the shot I didn’t think that I would work it up as a HDR shot, but I gave it a go anyway as it’s been quite a while since I’ve done any proper HDR work. The result was awesome!

I really love how this has come out in HDR, and renewed my love for the technique. Lesson learned; try any old shot in HDR, cus you never know!

road through the forest (click to enlarge)

road through the forest (click to enlarge)

Update: This got featured on Abduzeedo’s Daily Inspiration! YEY! Check out the post here: http://abduzeedo.com/daily-inspiration-715

What’s this? A post? Surely not…

•October 31, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Holy crap.

I’m making a post? Jesus. Don’t make any sudden moves incase you scare it away…

I’ve had some time this weekend, so I’ve started putting away some photo’s that I can process when I get a spare half hour. This is hopefully gonna work as a better way to get through my photo’s as usually that’s the bit that takes the time, rather than the actual processing of them. I’ve also put some hours in to learn more about Lightroom. The more I use it, the more I love it, and it’s really helping to cut down on the amount of time it takes to get photo’s done and out the door :D

First up we have a pic of me at Surrey Climbing Centre after leading a 5a route. It wasn’t so much technically challenging as it was hot, high and slightly overhanging, so it took it outa me a bit. Josephine took this as I came to sit back down.

She kinda took me by surprise, I didn’t realise she had the camera until I looked down, which is probably the reason why I like it so much. I don’t often like pics of me, but this one just seems to be these days; knackered after climbing routes! I need to get fitter…

For the post processing I’m still playing around with monotone HDR, which I really love. The noise that you get out of it really adds to the picture, and especially for portraits I think it adds a real air of atmosphere that you just don’t get in colour.

Knackered (Click to enlarge)

Knackered (Click to enlarge)

There is a bunch more photo’s from that trip which are in the Surrey Uni Climbing set, so check them out.

I also had a look through the photo’s I took from Goodwood earlier in the year, and marked a couple to have a play with. Here is the first; Ferrari:

Ferrari (Click to enlarge)

Ferrari (Click to enlarge)

I know the post processing on this one is a tad weird, but hey you’ve gotta experiment! I like the colour of the car in the end, but not so sure about the border. May change this at some point.

I also put together a panorama today of the view South from Portland, a really cool place for outdoor climbing off the south coast that we went to a month or so back. It was awesome, and we had amazing views. You can check out the set of photo’s here.

Here is the panorama, the view was pretty impressive:

Portland Panorama (Click to enlarge)

Portland Panorama (Click to enlarge)

More to come!

Goodwood Photo’s – the start

•July 14, 2010 • 1 Comment
Aurelia (click to enlarge)

Aurelia (click to enlarge)

Last weekend was the GoodWood Festival of Speed in the South of the UK, which shows off an INSANE amount of cars on the GoodWood estate over the course of a weekend. It attracts loads of top drivers and cars from around the world, which you can get as close as you like to. It’s pretty neat.

It’s also heavy on the CF cards, as you can’t help but snap away at every shiney machine you can lay your eyes on! I have loads to process from the weekend, but we’re gonna start here with Aurelia. I have no information about her, but I love the colour and its worked out very nicely in HDR.

Click to enlarge on the new Lightbox feature on Flickr, it’s way cooler when viewed large. The new features on Flickr are awesome too btw; Multiple “add to group” selections! THERE IS A GOD!

More to come!

SLAN in Monochrome

•May 16, 2010 • Leave a Comment

So I’ve been playing with a new style of photography this week, which is essentially monochrome HDR with some high pass overlay to bring out the detail and give it a kind of grungy look. I really like the result, and so have made a collection from the event which you can find on my Flickr. Below are some of the best from the bunch:

Elye & Will (click to enlarge)

Elye & Will (click to enlarge)

Craig (click to enlarge)

Craig (click to enlarge)

Bonkers (click to enlarge)

Bonkers (click to enlarge)

dude (click to enlarge)

dude (click to enlarge)

Save the Queen (click to enlarge)

Save the Queen (click to enlarge)

StratLAN in Monochrome

•May 4, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Apollo (click to enlarge)

So I finally have my camera back! Thank-god. I was starting to get the shakes. I also now have the motivation to get back into taking regular shots. My new job was crazy to start with, and still is, but im making myself find the time to upload shots more regularly and keep it going. Im starting with some shots I took at the StratLAN gaming event we ran last weekend, and in particular Apollo; the worlds worst TF2 sniping whorebag.

I seem to be coming back to things in a monochromatic way. All of the shots that im working on atm I’m really liking in monochrome, and im putting together a bigger poster of all the shots into a montage, which im hoping will be really cool. I also know that I havent put that tutorial up from the sunset shot, but I will try and get that done this week!

Anyway, im glad to be back. More to come :)

the setting colours

•January 12, 2010 • 1 Comment
the setting colours (click to enlarge)

the setting colours (click to enlarge)

This shot was taken last August, in the skies over Birmingham in the UK. Id forgotten all about this sunset, which I managed to capture a day or two before we moved house. I came across them by accident this evening, and spent a rather relaxing hour or so sifting through them. I just love the colours, its just how I remember it.

One thing I think im going to do with this shot is work up a tutorial on how I got from the original to this. I was quite shocked when I looked at the original RAW file once I was done, and I’d only done some very basic stuff in Camera RAW and PS, so I’m gonna put together some steps on how to get much more colour and detail out of RAW shots.

I also had a play around this week with some textures from a guy called Skeletal Mess, who does some truly awesome work. Essentially at the moment there are two directories in my textures resource; “Skeletal Mess” and “Everyone else”. You can find his stuff here and all of his texture sets here. As always, if you use any of his stuff make sure you credit him :)

silhouette (click to enlarge)

silhouette (click to enlarge)

path (click to enlarge)

path (click to enlarge)