Friday, July 27, 2007

Sunset on Marmot Island, Gulf of Alaska

Here is another photograph that was taken while I was doing fieldwork in the Gulf of Alaska in the winter of 1996. The image was scanned at 4000 ppi. The original image was very dark so I used the shadows and highlights tool to balance the tones a little better, although it is still not perfect.

I find this image very calming and like the contrast between the rather monochrome foreground and the setting sun in the background.


Wednesday, July 25, 2007


Messing around in the garden this evening.

I will continue to read here, guys, but I'm not going to be contributing much until September. Less than three weeks to our wedding - but at least the honeymoon is booked. Rhodes, Santorini and Athens - I'm hoping to strike photo paydirt while we're away!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Halifax Pride Parade

On Saturday Halifax had its annual Pride Parade so Sue and I went along in the rain to have a look. I took my camera and shot images that jumped at me. So, to keep the blog alive I thought I would post some of what I took. I was using my 100-300mm which is great for working with people. Damian

Sue walking in the rain. The contrast between the bright colours of her clothes and the black umbrella and her partially hidden face, appealed to me...
This is a copper on a horse. The bright colours of the Pride flag and the dark horse provided a good contrast which caught my eye. I also like the boot of the rider poking out beyond the flag...
Here there was a match between the white/red of the fire truck and the white/red of the dress which struck me. But there was also this mis-match too between the straight lines of the truck and the circles of the dress. Then the contrast with the black top. And finally the subtle Pride colours.
While everyone was watching the Parade I was also looking at the people. I really like this shot. There are some nice reflected colours on the wet road.
The flying flags and this guy in very Pride clothing was too good to miss.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

What is it that we want

What is it that we want?

Do the contributors to this blog have any thoughts on what they would like this blog to provide. Or are they quite content with ocassionally posting a blog and reviewing those posted. I sense a feeling of the blog being 'lost' or almost bored with the repetitive reveiwing of one image after another. I very much enjoy in on to see what has been posted and to post daring images for your critical comments. But I do feel that perhaps there is something more that we could develop here. No idea what but then I haven't given it much thought. Perhaps we need more blogging on photo tips and techniques or something...

I think it would be a good idea if we could spend a few minutes thinking about what we would like the blog to give us, if anything at all...


Monday, July 09, 2007

Two herons

I took this photo when I was working in Florida in 1995. It was taken with my Canon EOS 100. The reflection was perfect and there was very little colour since it was quite late in the day.

In photoshop I adjusted Levels and Curves and Shadows and then converted it into black and white. I then sharpened the image and cropped some from the bottom and a little from the top. I then added a border around the image.


Wicken Fen

Something I did a while ago; blended image, one exposed for sunset, one for foreground. Tried to achieve a natural feel, although it was a good deal darker than this. I like the square format, and the foreground detail of the part-cut grasses, leading in the eye to the windmill.



Taken from the top of the Campanile tower in St Mark's Square, Venice, before all the hordes arrived. I love the simplicity of the pattern, with people adding scale and interest in places. It was in shade, so hence the high ISO and noise. Also, pre-350D days, so noise much worse than would be now. I added in an extra row of tables, at the bottom, to complete the pattern. Looks more powerful that way, I think.

Still, an interesting image.



Friday, July 06, 2007

I love the smell of napalm in the morning

Was whisked away on a surprise stag day on Wednesday - chauffeured jag to Cambridge airport, chopper to a restaurant in Hertfordshire, nice food and got absolutely pissed, then the jag back to Cambridge.

In the close confines of a helicopter cockpit, the Sigma 10-20mm comes into its own...

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Cliff with snow and trees - Marmot Is., Alaska

This image was taken in the winter of 1995 on an island in the western Gulf of Alaska called Marmot Island. It was during the early days of my photography. It is quite obvious what caught my attention.

At the time I had a Canon EOS 100 and I always shot with slide Fuji ISO50-200; ocassionally ISO400. No idea what the camera settings were for this shot. I scanned this slide in at 4000 dpi and cleaned it up using the spot tool in Photoshop. I made slight adjustments to Levels and Curves and added a little sharpening. Comments welcome. Damian