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Welcome to my Portfolio, as you can see, I like capturing a broad range of subjects .......ENJOY!
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  • Fence and Marron Grass

    A perfect mono study......beautifully processed.

    • 31 May 2018 4:31PM
  • Life is not always a bed of roses.........

    Sawsengee, Sawsengee ......

    .....You have done it again......producing a portrait that oozes the character and presence of your subject.......a superb result once again.

    • 31 May 2018 7:09AM
  • Street Portrait

    I too live on the edge some days bobrob......it just happens that sometimes Iím caught out.....

    I never-ever go out to annoy my potential subjects, if I am spotted a nod of thanks, a smile and even a chat...but I have never received outright aggression.

    My tiny SONY X 100 MKIII hardly makes an impression especially set to silent shutter....it is different when out with my PANASONIC GX 8 ..... I mostly shoot wide then get in very close..

    You take care now....

    • 31 May 2018 5:03AM
  • The Good Life

    He needs to go to SPECSAVERS ?

    ( Great shot )

    • 30 May 2018 8:11AM
  • Tapestry

    WOW ! Sawsengee .......those eyes ?

    An incredibly beautiful portrait of the Universal wise-woman to be found in almost any community, a huge source of knowledge and wisdom.....With wrinkles reflecting a busy, hard life.....a survivor and fighter against all odds.

    • 28 May 2018 7:25AM
  • Man in the Hat

    My kind of Street Portraiture.....an excellent mono.

    • 28 May 2018 6:48AM
  • pear and apples

    Love this series Alex.....my thought about this one are that your ceramics and brass tray are too decorative as a foil to that beautifully lit fruit.

    • 28 May 2018 6:47AM
  • Roll On The End of The Shift

    I could say that she looks....Seven sheets to the wind......on a roll........or.........wipe that smile off your face....

    • 27 May 2018 8:10PM
  • Protest

    She has a bee or three in her bonnet......doesn’t she ?

    • 26 May 2018 1:10PM
  • Why and How.


    What an amazing response to my original Street Photograph, much to absorb and to comment upon.....I really appreciate this kind of feedback, because it spreads the word on just how fascinating the hobby of photography is.....especially Street Photography in my case.

    First off.....my camera settings on the day.....Iím not of course expecting to scan a moving motorbike....but at 80 yrs, it is good for me to test my reactions to things unseen, but heard approaching. So if I hear a bike I have a go at panning.

    My camera is set daily according to conditions and ambient light.....not specifically for panning....if I was at an event featuring speeding bikes I would set accordingly....

    Your advice re panning is sound, so will do my best to remember it.

    Your explanation of speed, shadows, spokes and beard fascinated me, great to delve into such detail.....sadly Iím not a numbers/logical person ...discacluia is a bind at times, but my over-active creative mind compensates well.

    I love your processing, Iím not usually a fan of selective colour, but it works here, even if to clearly demonstrate/explain your processing.

    I alawys shoot in RAW so all of my keepers go through exactly the same, process of....Contrast Grading....as learned via mono expert/tutor Martin Henson ( look him up) ....

    I have adapted his layers and soft brush technique to, selectively adjust tonal values, colour, saturation and textures to best suit the subject.....a final targeted sharpening using the...Unsharp mask is usually the final touch. I rarely deviate from my chosen methods, because they work, as seen if you browse my growing portfolio.

    Richard.....a HUGE thank you for your interest and input.....I must go to check out your portfolio again now.

    • 26 May 2018 7:25AM

    Quote:Yes, very creepy and more so with that face in the undergrowth top centre

    I see it ! I see it ! Scary or what ?

    Thanks JBG.

    • 26 May 2018 7:05AM
  • Spiders Bring Good Luck If Left Alone.

    You are right Rogi......long-long ago, my Irish Step-Gran and her Sister always said...and I quote...

    " If you want to live and thrive....Let a spider, run alive "

    Explaining that spiders kill disease ridden flies...

    • 26 May 2018 5:04AM
  • London Tube

    My kind of mono shot.......Lots of interest.....great tonal range.....good composition...

    • 25 May 2018 1:05PM
  • Man of peaceful existence........

    He is giving you and your camera a very meaningful look, not threatening but soft and welcoming.......we all have so much to learn from each other...

    • 23 May 2018 7:10AM

    Thank you all for your observations and comments...

    I gave discovered that many tattoo, covered folk are quite keen to be noticed and donít mind requests for portraits......

    Iím sure that if they didnít want to attract attention, they wouldnít get tattooed ?

    • 22 May 2018 8:11AM
  • ***

    A great mono portrait.....my kind of photography...

    • 22 May 2018 7:54AM
  • this is hard work!!!!!

    A great action shot....

    .....At least he has soft mud to land in....

    • 21 May 2018 2:16PM
  • Pilgrim in Haridwar Har-ki-Pauri

    Completely bowled over once again Sawsengee......Iím sure that you possess, then, sprinkle a little....Magic-Dust....to ensure wonderful light, pose and presentation, every time.

    • 21 May 2018 11:06AM

    Thank you every one.....comments and observations much appreciated.

    • 21 May 2018 7:05AM
  • Lone tree

    There must be millions and millions of tripod holes surrounding that particular tree by now ?

    • 21 May 2018 5:18AM
  • melon and vegetables

    A superb example of how to light and photograph a ......Still-Life Study....of vegetables and fruit...

    .You must take great care in the setting up of this series ?

    You must have a beautifully lit corner of a room or studio....or....a great set of lights to bring out the very best in colours, tones and textures ?

    • 21 May 2018 5:15AM
  • Peter, I need a caption

    Workshop Hints........... and......


    • 20 May 2018 5:23PM
  • just fruit.

    A masterful study in Still Life..

    • 20 May 2018 12:20PM
  • Girl in a Hat

    A good one Johnny......Love it.

    • 20 May 2018 9:05AM
  • Once upon a time in Haridwar.........

    Sawsengee.....I have run out of words to describe how your portraits affect me.......you have a knack of spotting amazing character from whatever community or region your are visiting at the time.

    Then you work some kind of magic by persuading them to move into the most amazing light, whilst maintaining a totally....none-posed appearance..

    A winning formulae that works every time, on your finished studies.

    .....Followed by the teasing out of the original file, using fairly basic software to display them at their very best....you are an Artist with the camera.

    You have influenced both my portrait photography and my approaches to portrait painting......Thank You !

    If it hasnít happened yet ....you really do deserve some kind of National or even International recognition, as a Photographer of National Character....I really hope that your work is exhibited and published one day.....I would buy your book.


    One of your biggest fans...
    • 18 May 2018 8:07AM

    Quote:a fine capture
    did you use the High Contrast Mono setting on your RX100 for this shot, i wonder

    Hi, Leo,

    Thank you for your query...

    No, I always shoot my pics in colour using the highest RAW setting....I convert to mono using a combination of Photoshop CS6 and Nik Silver Efex.....

    This means that I have full control of all of my processing whether in colour, or mono....Iím not big a fan of....in-camera settings.

    I always use a method I learned called....Contrast Grading ....using a soft brush in Curves on layers in selected areas and at various opacities....I finish by using targeted sharpening....

    • 17 May 2018 12:14PM
  • The Heart Collectors.

    Lovely light on this....

    • 17 May 2018 6:05AM
  • Milky Way

    Must be summer....Leo is back in the shrubbery 🤓

    Another beautifully rendered mono study....love the tiny white flowers...

    • 17 May 2018 6:03AM
  • We're Going Over There

    An example of perfect Street Photography....the juxtaposition of elements coming together to create a whole...

    • 15 May 2018 8:53AM
  • Rook

    This B.I.F. is one of the best Iíve seen in a long time.....why ?

    Because it is of a bird we donít usually get close to.....a bird that usually lives in a flock ....and you have produced a pin-sharp result....

    Some, may say a little blurring if the wings might aid the illusion of flight rather than, the frozen in mid-air look....but that can be done in photoshop if required.....I prefer it, as taken.

    Wish I had taken it.

    • 15 May 2018 8:51AM