Thursday, October 15, 2015

Portraiture and the Joy of Communication

Photography, rather than writing, took over for the past year. I have finally become more relaxed about taking portraits of strangers on the street and am struggling to offer to take photos of people I actually know. The pleasure of making an image that the person in question will enjoy is what spurs me on most. I like when people look themselves and are not strained so the skills of communication needed must be thought through. Many people do not actually enjoy having their photo taken. How to encourage them is my new job in hand.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Back in Action

These men were very pleased to allow me to upload a photo of their Honda Goldwing motorbike to the Internet. Goldwing Men SOOC The sun is shining in Dublin, Ireland, this week and street photographers are to be seen at every turn. Yesterday I had my photo taken by an Italian visitor. It made a nice change from peering at the world through a lens.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Portraiture Again

I have decided to just label my street photos of people as "Portraiture".
This somehow takes the sting out of wondering about all the legislation now ruling the taking of photos in public places. Another blast of information has been posted in the Photography Forum in, decrying the death of candid urban photography.

I think I'll just make a simple Rogue's Gallery of the most pleasant moments shared while travelling.
No point in getting in a wax...

A Pensive Moment in Venice

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Photo Editors

There is so much to learn.

For some time I have been getting good use from Harry's Filters in Irfanview. The burn tool can be very strong, so it is worth looking into the Darken feature, using BW Limiter Pro. It enhances textures in bark and stone.

The dramatic toning in this Sunflower was made with the Canon software that came with my Digital Rebel. Learning to use levels and to gently tweak the colour lines in a photo can help pastiche makers a lot.


Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Greyscale photos can be flat and lack sparkle.

Post processing is the secret to improving dull images and Irfanview is quick and easy to

Rather than hit the greyscale button, better effects can be achieved by first using the "Color Corrections" function.
Choose settings that make the photo more vivid and using the contrast and gamma functions help to find a more balanced

Then hit the "Auto adjust colours" button followed by "convert to greyscale"

Here is and example of Before and After...

Verona Archaelogical Museum, SOOC

Verona Archaelogical Museum