What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that is gone forever, impossible to reproduce
One of my hobbies is taking photos, so this page is just to show some of my favourite photos, and something totally unrelated to Excel or MS Office. Any photos that have had any post production applied to them using Photoshop I will add to the comments.
For those of you that are interested I use a Nikon D7000.
One of numerous sunsets viewed from the back of the catamaran we were on in the British Virgin Islands.
British Virgin Islands again…a bit of Photoshop here to make the clouds look a little more ominous. The original shot was just very grey and washed out so used a couple of Smart Objects – one of them massively under-exposed, then applied a mask and with a soft brush exposed the brighter areas.
Marina Cay in the British Virgin Islands. They have this old telephone box stuck on the end of a jetty. I should imagine this this is the most photographed red phone box in the world. A slight tweak here increasing saturation levels slightly to bring out all the amazing colours.
Another sunset in the BVIs. Other than increasing the contrast in the darker areas this one is pretty much as taken.
The family have a beach hut down on the South coast where the kids can enjoy a relaxing day, free to run around, go paddling…whatever takes their fancy. This is a shot of one of the beach hut neighbours resting after a swim. I’ve applied a bit of a “Hollywood” effect that you often see in posters to this one based on Scott Kelby’s 7 Point System.
A couple of kids at a school summer fair engrossed in their cupcakes. Image converted to black and white from RAW format and some extra contrast added in.
Believe it or not this picture was taken from the ground. A WWII Lancaster bomber taking part in the 2014 Shoreham Airshow as it circled above the beach hut. Other than a bit of sharpening and a slight reduction of shadows in Photoshop this is pretty much as taken using a 70-300mm zoom. Best to click on the image to see it full screen.
A quick portrait of daughter #2. The light that evening was just right. Used my Nikon 50mm f1.4 lens for this, set at f1.8 for a really shallow depth of field. Ran it through Photoshop to brighten the eyes a little bit and ran an action for a touch of skin smoothing. No cropping, no exposure adjustments.
Voted as Britain’s “national bird” in 2015, I captured this one at Nymans Gardens, which is a National Trust site a few miles down the road from me. What makes this picture special is the fact that I got this with a 50mm lens! I was able to crouch down and get within a couple of feet of him.
Down on the Algarve in Portugal. Taken on one of many long beaches. This one was on the Atlantic coast, favoured by the surfers and backed by spectacular high cliffs. A bit off the beaten track but well worth the visit.
A wet Sunday morning out picking strawberries. My wife’s nephew spending more time sampling the goods than picking them. Taken using 10-24mm lens. Some cropping and some minor adjustments to increase contrast and brightness in parts of the image and a light vignette added too.
Down in Rye Harbour, part of our summer holiday this year. An old boat apparently abandoned on the mud on the edge of the harbour. Converted to black and white with added contrast in Photoshop.
Another National Trust park near me. Sheffield Park Gardens are particularly known for their Autumn colours, but a great garden all year round. The lakes provide some great reflection shots. Taken using my 10-24mm zoom. For more information check out https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sheffield-park-and-garden
If there is one thing you can say about us Brits, it’s that we are forever optimistic about our summers. The slightest hint of sunshine and we’re out there – BBQs on the go, deckchairs out on the beaches…who cares if it’s only 18 degrees? This was Shanklin beach on the Isle of Wight (August 2017).