Wednesday, 5 August 2015

My Photo Books

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Monday, 9 February 2015

Impressive Compacts

Some time back I tried the Canon G series compact cameras the G7 and G11, both quite impressive, but for various reasons I sold them and decided to stick to DSLR’s. Last year I saw a used Lumix TZ5 for sale for $40, I bought it on impulse, mainly to try it out, and I like the idea of having a pocket camera, its not always practical to carry your DSLR about with you all the time, also these compacts can reach places a larger camera cannot, I was so impressed with the TZ5, I bought a Lumix LX3, mainly for the extra control over exposure.  

It’s an impressive little camera, produces lovely images. Some people don’t like the detachable lens covers, it comes attached to the camera via a piece of string, but I don’t like it dangling about, so I took it off, I don’t bother using the lens cover, I take the camera out in a little pouch, which I can attach to my belt, its unobtrusive and easily accessible if I see anything I want to grab a shot of. When the lens is retracted, its has a lip around it, the actual lens is recessed a bit, enough to protect it in the carry pouch, so aslong as your careful I don’t think you need bother with the lens cap. I was impressed with the raw files on the LX3, with the Canon G cameras I just didn’t think it was worth while processing the raw files from a small sensor compact, compared to the jpegs the camera knocks out. However, the raw files from the LX3 in my opinion are well worth using.

Raw shot from the Lumix LX3, processed in Lightroom and tweaked in photoshop 

Another thing worth pointing out is the in camera bw option, especially the dynamic bw, is very usable, more so then in camera bw options on DSLR’s iv used, but normally I would use Nik Silver efex for bw. I was considering the LX7, but after some research I don’t think the additions are worth it, the sensor on the LX3 is actually larger then the one on the LX7, both are 10mp, I wouldn’t want a compact with any more then 10mp, cramming to many pixels into a tiny sensor is pointless in my opinion, not all pixels are born equal. The LX3 is a CCD sensor and the LX7 is a CMOS, I have no idea how this impacts, I know nothing about CCD v CMOS.  I’m sure the LX7 produces lovely images too, but I compared some real world images from both cameras and I honestly couldn’t see any difference, also peoples personal processing techniques/skills will play a big part in any results. I am now having serious thoughts about getting a Lumix LX100, it has a much larger sensor then both the LX3 and the LX7, its bigger all round, more substantial, it looks like an old 35mm rangefinder, very retro style with an aperture ring on the lens barrel and a shutter speed dial, and they all have excellent Leica optics. Perfect for street photography.

Another shot from the LX3, raw shot, processed in Lightroom tweaked in photoshop, bw using Nik Silver efex. (Click on images to see larger)

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Recent image

A Comment from a fb friend...

“I appreciate how realistic your photo's always are, great work.” – Hope Luna

Me: Thanks Hope, iv never been big on digital manipulation, though I recognise and appreciate that can be an artform in itself, but I believe there are many real visions of art to be had in the real world, to me that is real photography, not spending hours making up stuff on your computer.

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Saturday, 7 December 2013

Another shoot, on Hull Pier, 4 Dec, 2013.

Click here to see as a slideshow presentation on Utube

This was shot on and around Hull Pier, on the east coast of Yorkshire, U.K. (The U.K. City of Culture) Despite the blue sky and sunshine it was very very cold, the model Kerrie Rymer, not a pro, but dealt with it like one. The light was very harsh, which wasnt very good for her, and caused a lot of harsh shadows on her face, but made for some interesting shadows elsewhere. We both enjoyed it and still got some decent stuff, despite the cold etc. Go to my website or fb page to see more. Thanks.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Photoshoot on the old Fish Dock, Hull, U.K.

Just wanted to share the results from a recent shoot I did with a lovely young girl, not a pro model but I think she could be. I wanted to do it on the old desolate and derelict Fish Dock in Hull, I thought it would make an interesting backdrop, more can be seen on my fb page or my personal website.

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And click here to see a slideshow of it on Utube

Monday, 15 July 2013

'Fire in the Sky'

Its not often I manipulate my images, I like to keep it real, creativity starts the moment you look through the viewfinder, hand, eye, heart. However I sometimes like to play about in photoshop, the above image I put together from two other images, the background/sky is a sunrise I took last Summer from my bedroom window. The building in the foreground is from another image I took of an old derelict building on the river Hull, Bankside, U.K. I simply selected the building, copy and pasted it onto the other, and cropped it where needed. Simple, but I quite like the result.

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Town & Country

Im working on a new Exhibition, which I hope to get in some good venues/gallerys. Because I enjoy street/urban photography aswell as traditional landscapes, I decided to combine the two, titled 'Town & Country' I have included a good mixture, both b/w and colour images, often I can never decide which I prefer, but I like both. I dont like to over contextualize my work, rather I prefer to allow the viewers own interpretation. Also I believe any piece of art should be able to stand alone on its own merits without having to read endless blurb in order to "get it". Click on the the link below, to see the images on a slide show I put together on Youtube.

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