Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Durban 2

Similar shot, but this one picking up some nice reflections off the buildings. Increased the lighting in the foreground to pick up some detail there.

Sunday, September 18, 2011


One from a recent trip to Durban, making use of a setting sun and the shadows it cast. Took two exposures from the RAW file, and used one to lighten the foreground.

Friday, April 8, 2011

High Contrast

A bit of a tweak thanks to a magazine I picked up, turning a pretty ordinary portrait (taken by my 8 year old neice) into something with a bit more character.

Probably did a bit too much, but it's something to play with later.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


One thing I've been wanting to do more of is really long exposures, particularly of water. I took the camera, tripod and dog up to Harlaw reservoir at the weekend, and took a few pics of the sunset. Despite stacking two ND8 filters and a graduated ND filter, and winding the F stop as high as it would go, I still couldn't get above 6 seconds. With hindsight, the polarising filter would probably have helped, but I didn't have that with me.

I'm still quite happy with this - it's benefitted from a bit of tweaking in Photoshop, particularly getting the horizon straight! Next time I'll get there a bit earlier, and take some with the sun behind me maybe.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Forth Rail Bridge

Went to South Queensferry, intending to see people jump in  the river on the 1st. However the crowds and a tired dog made me turn back. I did manage to get this, which was the first proper outing with a graduated filter. The sun was quite low, which is why the bridge is lit the way it is. A train may have added to the picture, but as it was a bank holiday there weren't many to be seen.