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For healthy hair, 2014 Redux


While looking for a picture I shot back in 2010 I spotted this. Being not fully satisfied with my original attempt I decided to give it a new lease of life and reprocessed it in black and white.

From a derelict manor house, now under renovation.

Processed in Topaz B&W Effects 2 and Lightroom 5.4.

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Dirt Bike

Dirt bike

Tucked away in a cold, dark, damp room, locked behind an iron gate somewhere under the streets of Hastings sits this old bike (and a couple of others). Well hidden, most people wouldn’t even notice its existence, save for the keen eye of an exploring photographer. 😉

I wasn’t expecting to find anything like this so I wasn’t set up for working in really dark conditions…No tripod. There was, however, just enough light to shoot handheld with the ISO pushed to 800. Noise is obviously evident and this would, undoubtedly, annoy some people but taking clean crisp images is not what my work is all about. To me, atmosphere and emotion far outweigh a camera’s image quality capability. Not that there’s anything wrong with that either, there are certainly times when I want clean/sharp images too. Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of your gear and applying that knowledge to the subject matter can help to add/change an images look and feel. It all depends on what really matters to you.

Like all art, photography is very subjective and one person’s idea of what photography should be will differ from another’s.

Your photography, your art, do it your way.

Processed in Topaz B&W Effects 2 and Lightroom 5.3

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Mono Monday-Hidden Minor

Title-Hidden Minor

It’s amazing the things you find just wandering around, like this beat up old morris Minor traveller. Walking up one of the side streets on the outskirts of my town I stumbled across a makeshift car parking area, initially all I saw were a few cars of the local residents, however on closer inspection I noticed an old Jag and a couple of Morris Minors. The one you see here was almost totally obscured by the weeds and bushes that surrounded it. I loved the way you can just see the grill and plate with the rest being totally covered. Making this shot mono adds a sense of forlornness.

Sometimes you don’t need  to go far to find hidden treasures.

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Mono Monday-Time to reflect

Title-‘Time to reflect’

This is a shot that I’ve been sitting on for quite a while not really knowing what to do with. I originally took two shots, one with me as you see by the window, and another with me leaning against the wall in the corridor. The intention was to combine the two as a multiplicity picture, however, after a few attempts I found that it wasn’t quite working the way I had envisioned so I gave up and put the idea to one side. Approaching it a few months later with a fresh head I decided that using just one of the shots in black and white would suit the scene better. Perhaps having all this technology at our fingertips can sometimes cloud our judgement. Taking a more straight forward approach every now and then could possibly result at a better solution.