Texture Layers Part Four

Time for a few more layered shots, this time a little less subtle than some of the previous ones.

First up, a fountain in a park – the dark layer added a sense of drama to an otherwise cold winter scene.00177107

Similarly here – this was shot on a truly dreadful day – cold, wet and frozen.

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Next one from the same day and the layer adds to the wet misty atmosphere.

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Finally one from the heath nearby – the layer adds an ‘aged’ look to an otherwise so-so image. Might be better in black and white…

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All shots for the book cover market – thanks for looking and hope you like them!
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Shooting Doors Part Eight

Time for few for the Legion.

First one on the modified Fuji F810 – an overgrown garden gate in a Dorset village.

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Next a church door – can’t remember where – just open wide enough to allow a bit of light in.

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Finally one on Ektar 100. The faded look seemed to suit the subject.

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All shots for the book cover market – thanks for looking and hope you like them!

Spooky Monuments Part 2

(Four Images). This is the second of a short series about very odd, some might say macabre, monuments which attract the ‘odd eye’ of a book cover photographer. The first part is here.

Poking around some old places usually yields some good results – the best shots are hardly taken in the most obvious locations or from the easiest viewpoints.

First one – taken with a Canon 60D and an ordinary kit zoom, toned in Photoshop. That eye is oddly mesmerising!

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Next a subject made for Rollei Blackbird film and a 17mm lens on an OM1N  – spooky, what more can I say?

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Next one of those gruesome 18th century monuments involving flying skulls – vignetted and converted to mono after shooting on a Canon G9.

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This final one seems to have been squeezed in by 1/2 cm – the laurel wreath is particularly odd. Extensively layered, taken on a 60D.

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All shots taken for the book market, hope you like them and thanks for looking.

Texture Layers Part Three

The last (for the time being) of the layer posts and this time it’s about even more subtle layering.

This was taken as a simple abstract but a light blue/brown helped it along nicely. Not too obvious, but then that’s the theme of the post…

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Next a Lensbaby shot which was taken on a stormy day by the coast. The post-processing added an extra boost to an otherwise so-so image.

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Finally one with a vignette, and the same image as number one layered to add something to an otherwise grey featureless sky. 00182158

Layering is a useful technique to add a bit of extra mystery and atmosphere to a shot which is graphically promising but lacks a certain ‘something’ – especially shots taken under flat skies. Give it a try using the hundreds of free layer/texture images on the web, or even better, shoot or create your own.

All shots taken for the book market, hope you like them and thanks for looking.

Texture Layers Part Two

Following on from part one of this layers series, this on is dedicated to a more subtle (but not too subtle!) use of texture layers in post processing.

This first layer is almost like one of those odd Hoya filters from the 1980’s with a strong colour bias to one side. Combined  with a Lensbaby Sweet 35 at max aperture it makes a nice combination!

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Next a shot of the same tower as the first post – but the rain and condensation in the inside of a car window added to the fogged effect. This was one of only a few shots from a wet and cold day which was worth the effort.

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And finally a narrow alley with a ‘daguerreotype’ layer added – that bricked up window makes the shot. Converging lines again….00178893

All shots taken for the book market, hope you like them and thanks for looking.’

Infrared Easter

(Three images). Not that Easter is traditionally infrared…. Hopefully we’ll be getting more green foliage soon – though it’s late coming this year in the UK – which means its infrared season again at last. Here’s a few from the Fuji F810 converted to IR.

This one is gently layered and vignetted for the classic IR look. The faded trees in the distance contrast nicely with the dark sharp railings in the foreground.

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Next is a lane nearby and a narrow lane curving away – the tree on the left is huge. This turned out better than anticipated as it wasn’t that bright.

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Last an open gate and some leaves – the colour channel and desaturation controls creating the final effect leaving just a bit of colour.

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All shots taken for the book cover market, hope you like them!

Abandoned/Found Things

(3 Images). Wandering around the countryside, you often come across bits and pieces which have been lost, then found by some passer-by and draped over a branch or fence – or just left there. There’s something very touching about them as they just sit there till they rot away, and as a photographic subject a bit of a favourite.

So – first one – a small Wellington boot which must have sat on the heath for years but somehow always looks untarnished (this bit of heath used to be a tip). The contrast between the natural autumn colours and the bright red was lovely.00151253

Next – the clouds cooperated here, and a small mitten wrapped around a metal fence.

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Finally a toy placed over a branch – before the leaves had grown.

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All shots taken for the book market, hope you like them. Have a good break over Easter!