• Saddleworth Brass Band Contest

    I don’t think of myself as a street photographer, but when the opportunity arises, anything goes as far as photography is concerned. Inspired by my friend Kerstin Arnemann, whose monochrome work is wonderful and who is currently doing a street photography project, I decided to try a little monochrome street photography myself. Last evening’s Saddleworth Band Contest gave me the excuse to get out with my camera and see what I could capture. Unfortunately, the rain came heavy and constant after our first few minutes in the high street, requiring John to dash off to the rescue to buy a plastic shopping bag to cover my camera (note to self not to forget…

  • Southport Open Exhibition of Photography

    Southport Exhibition of Photography 2015 This year, Southport Photographic Society are celebrating their 68th Annual Open Exhibition of Photography, run under the auspices of the BPE (British Photographic Exhibitions). I feel that I have had a great affinity for Southport Photographic Society for many years and I hope that I am seen as a friend of the club by their members. Southport was one of the first clubs where I judged a regular photographic competition and one of the first where I delivered a lecture, back in what now seems to be the mist of time and it was the first BPE Exhibition of Photography that I entered, the first…

  • Raiding the Back Catalogue

    Working with a candidate for the PAGB Awards, as a mentor, I was impressed when he pulled out some good images from his back catalogue of some years; pictures that we hadn’t so far considered. I guess we all have pictures that we take and never do anything with? So, in an idle moment, I had a look through a shoot I did two or three years ago with Mike Lawrence at Haslingden Hall in Cheshire. Haslingden Hall is a Tudor Mansion which is now used as a Hotel. We had access to the hotel for a day in February, working mainly in a freezing marquee in the grounds. The…

  • Playing with monochrome

    This photograph was taken in France a few years ago and I came across it whilst looking for something that would make a monochrome conversion. I really enjoy creating monochrome pictures, though it isn’t what I do most, so probably doesn’t come as naturally as montage… but it is very refreshing to create something where it’s the tones and lines that are the most important feature and not where the story is most important…it’s also quicker 🙂 and the next shot on the same day… I just love the cloud patterns in the next image – makes the whole thing a bit confusing so it takes a while to decipher.…

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    Building an Image – Monochrome conversion

    This is an image of Mike that I processed last month for Impact Group. The first shot is the un-manipulated RAW file from which I decided to make a monochrome image. I wanted to make a strong monochrome image from it. For the first stage, I tone-mapped in Lightroom using the Lightroom develop module, then vignette, and local adjustments with the adjustment brush. I then imported into Photoshop, applied a transform to reduce the convergence and then slightly enlarged his eyes using the Liquefy tool and lightened the eyes on a mask. I think it’s looking more “powerful” but the beard is brighter than the face, so further burning and…

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