Hope you’re all having a super weekend?
Just to let you all know, I will be bringing out a DVD with a series of video tutorials for the conversion of colour images to black and white.
The videos will cover conversion to monochrome with, or without, tools such as Silver Efex Pro 2.
There will be instruction on dealing with conversion of portions of the image using accurate pro level masking.
At least half the instruction will deal with the production of exhibition quality black and white.
Initially, focus will be on working with Photoshop. Shortly after I will release videos for achieving these results in Lightroom.
Example conversion styles below…
There may be some teaser videos during October, but stay tuned.
This short series are the results from a walk around London last week. I thought it would be fun to concentrate on the lives of suits, but they are literally on their way somewhere or stood drinking outside Pubs.
Of course, not all suits work in Finance. This chap had huge ‘diamond’ studs in each ear.
Even now I find it incredibly difficult to photograph people on trains. You really can’t do this with an SLR.
Spitalfields again. Very near Liverpool Street Station if you didn’t know.
Really, what else would you put in the open areas of the financial district?!
And, of course, the ever present homeless and hungry. Click through on this one to see the woman’s face of pure disdain.
As with all cities, there is the glamorous, the real and normal lives of others and those who try to profit from any and all. As a street photographer, I look for the out of place and Venice is no exception.
So here’s a few from Venice’s streets, from glam to sham.
And, in front of the luxury bag shop too!
Yesterday I had to run an errand in London so, as is usual, I check my camera. Format card, press the [INFO] button to see the battery life, check my spare battery and card are in my bag.
Slightly digressing, but do you have a going out routine so you don’t forget your gear? And remember, spare cards are for corruption, not just for spare space ;-)
Then I check the weather. Rain. Oh.
Historically, I have been a little meek with camera gear in rainy conditions. Definitely not a comfort zone for me, especially knowing my Monochrom sucks dust like a vacuum cleaner. Hardly weather sealed!
I have since learned…
- Umbrellas don’t mix with shooting. At least not my small ‘executive’ brolly. I wonder if a storm chaser big one is better?
- Wet is a new shooting workflow with new reflective conditions and exposure highlight niggles
- Walking with your lens pointed to the ground is all very well until an exuberant splashy child is on scene! Arggh!
- Find a dry spot with a great back drop. Wait for the composition. Patience!
But I love it. I’m a convert.
The day dried quite quickly and the density of tourists went up a factor.
HTML is a bit tricky. I hope I got the syntax correct for, ‘I had an ice cream on the way into and out of Kew Gardens’.
* Edit, looks like html tags, even for ice cream, are not valid in WordPress titles. Have some BB code instead.
I think a great deal of the flowers aren’t in bloom right now, but there was plenty to see.
This is a personal take on my visit.
If you do go, it’s a lot of time out in the sun. Take and drink lots of water!
I needed a couple of shots of Angel for a London article for Travel & Spa and what a perfect excuse to wander round London’s streets!
Trying to frame accurately with a rangefinder is, well, it took a few shots to get this shot of the N1 Centre.
And a slightly alternative view of Tower Bridge.
I walked past this construction worker, apparently on his break, as I headed over to Soho Square. Through no sound logic I walked past him again 30 minutes later and he was in precisely the same position.
Have a super weekend all