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Thanks for looking at my portfolio. I hope you find some images you like.
I read all your comments and look through the gallery, but because of time I may only vote rather than comment.
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  • Covert Sortie

    My recent upload to the ephotozine Gallery started out as a rather bland record from the Royal International Air Tattoo in 2019. I knew there was something more in it, I just needed to work out how to process it. There was quite a bit of interest in ...0


    1 Oct 2020 2:45PM  |  Read


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  • Freshers Week

    It's that time of year when students arrive at university. Especially as the Covid-19 pandemic has been a curved ball this year I'd recommend people make a historical record. I doubt many people recorded any, or much, of their initial time at univer...0


    21 Sep 2020 7:42PM  |  Read


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  • A Kodak Instamatic and Kodachrome 64

    Transparency film is very critical to exposure so how could I get on with it as a novice using a very simple camera in the 1970s? Surprisingly well as it turned out. My first camera was a Kodak 126 Instamatic I was given as a present for Christmas 1...0


    14 Sep 2020 10:21PM  |  Read


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  • Bygone Photographic Shops

    Photographic shops come and go. Many are memorable for various reasons. Here are some from my earlier years. Dixons was where I obtained my first proper camera, a Praktica Super TL3 which was a Christmas present in 1979. The model was unique to that...0


    7 Sep 2020 5:11PM  |  Read


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  • Powis Castle (Going Down and Going Up)

    Powis Castle is a National Trust property in Wales. I'm revisiting a folder of images I took four years ago. The lockdown caused by the Coronavirus curtailed many activities but has given the opportunity to look again at images taken over the last f...0


    26 Aug 2020 2:59PM  |  Read


    Views : 259

  • Toning (Part III)

    Last time I went through my techniques for toning an image with a single tone. But you can add a second tone for even more options. Split toning, which has its origins in the chemical darkroom, allows you to apply different colour toning to the shad...0


    21 Jul 2020 2:48PM  |  Read


    Views : 242

  • Toning (Part II)

    Last time I discussed toning for creative processing of monochrome images. Here I'll talk about some of my workflow choices. Toning these days is purely a creative decision. Not every image benefits from toning, though many can. I'm not suggesting a...0


    13 Jul 2020 9:43PM  |  Read


    Views : 230

  • Toning (Part I)

    Sepia toning is the most well known treatment of images but there are other hues available. Toning of black and white prints began in Victorian times with the idea of making the silver compounds that make up the image more stable. Gold and selenium ...0


    2 Jul 2020 12:30PM  |  Read


    Views : 367

  • Bad Effects from Film to Photoshop

    Altering images and getting them looking seriously bad (you read that correctly) isn't just a recent phenomenon. Photographers of a certain age will remember French photographer Jean Coquin. Jean Coquin was responsible for the invention of the Coki...0


    12 Jun 2020 9:03PM  |  Read


    Views : 321

  • My Unconventional Macro Setup

    Proper macro lenses give a reproduction ratio of 1:1 which is fine for many subjects but sometimes I want to get closer and this is my approach. First, I'll expand on what I mean by proper macro lenses. Some of you will know this, so I apologise for...0


    24 May 2020 10:27PM  |  Read


    Views : 510

  • Gloster Meteor

    My monochrome image of this aircraft, taken nearly 30 years ago, started as a colour original which, while it was a fair record, wasn't eyecatching so I felt it needed something extra. I often try mono versions of colour images, some work and some d...0


    19 May 2020 5:48PM  |  Read


    Views : 315

  • Winter Photography (Part III)

    The final part of photography in winter time, well this side of autumn at least. Something to look forward to when we can hopefully get out and about more easily. What about people in winter? Even with social distancing human activity continues. Peo...0


    10 May 2020 8:21PM  |  Read


    Views : 317

  • Winter Photography (Part II)

    I'm discussing more aspects of photography in winter time. It certainly isn't a time to avoid. This should have appeared at the end of January/beginning of February. I had this written but other things took priority I'm afraid. I'd rather add it now...0


    30 Apr 2020 9:33PM  |  Read


    Views : 228

  • Winter Photography (Part I)

    The first thing many think about when this subject is mentioned is snow, but there's much more to winter than the white stuff. Snow is synonymous with the winter months but take a step back (watch the ice!) and consider how much snow most of us re...0


    16 Jan 2020 3:27PM  |  Read


    Views : 638

  • Black and White Photography (Part IV)

    In this final part I'll look at producing a black and white image from a colour original. You've identified a subject that will look effective in black and white. You've carefully composed the image and considered line, from, pattern and so on. But ...0


    31 Dec 2019 9:57PM  |  Read


    Views : 694