Photography – Sometimes You Have To Work With What You Have

This post is one part anecdote -me desperately searching for sheep, cattle or horses- and one part me looking for usable frames, ending up doing a composite and a substantial crop in order to create the final image. You’ve all probably heard about ‘sky replacement’, this is about ‘sheep replacement’.

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ICM And Texture Layers – The Importance Of Pre-Visualization

One of the reasons that I’m so passionate about intentional camera movement is the fact that the most mundane, non-iconic location you can imagine can be transformed into a compelling piece of art. With addition of texture layers, the light doesn’t even have to be perfect. In fact, it can even be quite bad, lens flare and /or blown out skies, not a problem. Continue reading

Photography – Local Luminosity Adjustments In Photoshop

As I was processing the other day, trying to slightly darken an area that was just a tad too bright, I was reminded that the perceived luminosity is dependent on the luminosity values next to any given specific area. I have read about this in several books but never fully grasped the implications. Continue reading

Shooting Horses – An Anecdote

Yesterday I finally got around to make my way to the stables were our retired thoroughbred racehorse ‘Zorran’ been staying for seven years now. He is a 19 years old gelding that had a successful career until he had to retire when he was 4 years old due to an injury. We got him when he was 12 so no, we never made a fortune when he was active.

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Working With Textures – A Shortcut

As you may have noticed I have a newfound passion for using texture layers, I have already shared my process a couple of times. Not long ago I realized that in some specific cases, there’s no need for the typical time consuming process that I have previously described . This post is about those occasions, perhaps too obvious to mention as it’s far from a groundbreaking discovery on my part. Continue reading

The Importance Of Knowing Your Limitations And Skills

When it comes to photography it is crucial for the creative process to know you limitations and equally important, your skill set. It is said that our brain can not deal with technical issues and creativity simultaneously.

For this reason it’s vital that you truly know your camera inside out, at no point should you have to focus on technical aspects. This is nothing new, I have read about this in numerous books on the subject. When I first learned this I thought I understood, in reality I didn’t. Only as my experience grew did I truly understand, I now know from experience that it is true. When your camera becomes a part of you, your creativity will increase and with it the number of successful photographs. Continue reading

Working With Textures And Intentional Camera Movement – Another Approach

Since I wrote my original post on texture layers and ICM I have tried an alternate approach that I thought I’d share.20190513-_DSF2387-2700-800

It’s not exactly a revolutionary discovery, it’s more of a shortcut when processing and use of several texture layers with different blend modes. Normally when I process in Photoshop I do a lot of fine tuning, global and local adjustments before I start experimenting with textures.

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Intentional Camera Movement And Texture Layers

A FEW WORDS ABOUT MY “VISIONS” PORTFOLIO

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Do You Ever Get The Feeling That You Got Something For Free?

Even though I had spent hours on each photo and put a lot of thought into every processing decision, this was the feeling I got when I started experimenting with textures on my ‘old’ ICM images, what was to become my “Visions” project. This was of course an illusion, after all I – as always – had but a lot of thought and effort into the original processing. Nevertheless, it was a good feeling that gave me energy when I chose the perfect texture and blend mode for my favourite images that I thought had potential for new life with the help of further processing by adding one or several texture layers. Continue reading

Don’t Be Sidetracked By Poor Shooting Conditions

Impressions - Volume Forty ThreeSo….the day comes when you finally get your act together, you check your camera , filters and everything else you need and head out to do some long overdue shooting. You consult the weather forecast, it tells you things aren’t looking good but you go out anyway, sort of hoping for a miracle to happen while you are getting to your location.

At the location you quickly see that no miracle has happen, the light is indeed as dull and uninspiring as you feared to begin with. We are talking ’suicide grey skies’, light that renders the world two dimensional, almost without color. The light is so flat that you fear you have lost your depth perception.

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Can Your Eyesight Literally Affect Your Photography ?

A Study In Colours - Volume ElevenYou might find this question kind of odd and wonder how on earth I came up with it, I think it is a valid question though. Short answer to the question, yes to a much higher degree than most realize. Long answer…continue reading.

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Intentional Camera Movement – Shooting Technique

Impressions - Volume Twenty-SevenIn this post I want to share with you the shooting technique, and thoughts about this photograph, shot with my Fujifilm X100T.

Short version, you need a shutter speed of around 0.5 second or slower, my latest shots are between 0.5 – 1.5 seconds. You don’t need a tripod to use this technique.

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The Challenge Of An Unfamiliar Landscape

In this post I want to share with you how I approach the challenge of a new unfamiliar landscape, very different from what I am used to.

A Study In Colours - Volume ThirteenShort version, don’t get distracted by the new environment, take a deep breath, remind yourself that all the basics still apply, a weak composition is still a weak composition, clipped highlights are still clipped highlights.

Long version, keep on reading.

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Intentional Camera Movement- The Importance Of Experimenting

ApparitionsI want to share a secret with you. I did not plan this project. Honestly I didn’t.

It is a product of one part pure chance, one part willingness to experiment without expectation of coming away with the perfect shot. In this post I want to take you through the story behind it, why I think it works and why it is one of my favourite projects.

The first two photos were shot a cold and windy winter day last March, I was at the stables with my wife trying to do a long overdue new portrait of our retired thoroughbred race horse, Zorran. Incidentally, if you have ever done portraits of animals, you know that it is not easy, lets just say that they have no sense of the importance of standing still, posing in a way that makes them look their best.

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What Else It Is

I confess, I’m old fashioned and actually read books…preferably physical books. A good book gives you inspiration, ideas, general knowledge and it makes you think, all which helps you become a better photographer. Read books. Recently* I read “The Essence of Photography” (ISBN 1937538516) by Bruce Barnbaum, an inspiring book that gave me new ideas and reminded me of things that I had previously learned but forgot, or not fully understood.What Else It Is

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