ND500 (10 stop) filter love during a recent family weekend. Very happy with this photo, though I forgot my step down filter ring. This meant I had to handhold the filter over the lens for what felt like forever on a surprisingly chilly March evening.
Processing this image, was like a return to being in the darkroom at Westminster college, six years ago. By which I mean I was happy with the shot straight out the camera, and there are lots of toning variations that I feel would work quite well with this image – black and white, sepias, cold blue tones, split ones etc. etc. I’ve already done a few of these on Lightroom, may post some in the future to share. Meanwhile, any CC on this image would be welcome as ever. In other news – busy busy work busy and having a plumbing nightmare at home this week with the toilet that refuses not to leak!
Learning retouching has been taking a big step forwards in the past few weeks, particularly since I hauled out the wacom tablet from storage. I originally bought my tablet a couple of years ago, but in all honesty it hadn’t seen much use (mostly laziness on my part). I must say, it really is essential kit if your going to get serious about retouching portraits, using techniques such as healing on skin. I’ve suffered RSI in the past and the pen is really so much less painful to use than a mouse. Anyway – I’ve also been out in the parkland a bit with my partner shooting some personal portraits of us both, which has been fun. Spring is in the air! Finally – I spent last weekend on the Kent coast and caught the ‘supermoon’ last Saturday – though I wasn’t on the beach to shoot the moon, I had something else entirely in mind! more on that to come soon.
The morning after I arrived in New York, I couldn’t sleep past 4am due to my UK bodyclock. I was prepared for this and was able to put my pre-fabricated plans into action! I grabbed my camera and tripod before heading out to Time Square to capture the dawn and I hoped, some of those mysterious people types that wander our cities at all hours of the night. I love this time of day – you always find yourself wondering what people are up to – taxi’s full of wide eyed kids heading home from the clubs, crazies in suits waking early to get ahead in the ratrace, street sweepers, newspaper delivery guys and the usual glut of glum looking cab drivers.
I’m learning retouching at the moment, my efforts still use pretty basic technique. I picked up a couple of books to help which look promising, as well as Martin Evening’s guide to photoshop which remains a bible
Another shot from my recent day at Murder Mile Studios, this time in their ‘doctors surgery’ set.
Model: Marina, MM#1733720
MUA: Sue Ellen MM#1215901
Strobalism: Ringflash turned down as low as we could, Pocket WIzards.
PP: quick and dirty, homebrewed texture
Location: Murder Mile Studios, London