Wednesday, 20 October 2010

The Water Bowser

Whilst on a classic car and tractor shoot, after finishing photographing the cars I decided to have a wander around the farm and tucked away in a field at the back of one of the barns was this water bowser, I just loved the way the light had caught it bringing out it's colour and texture.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Attempt No 2

Another attempt at my version of a Steven Le Provost pic, I think I've still got a long way to go. Didn't Steven say at the seminar each of his pictures would have upwards of 20 layers! I'm struggling with 7

I call this one Zante 97

I wanted a sharper image of Paula but more texture in the surrounding areas, Pip suggested a square crop like Stevens, But I think I like this crop as Paula has somewhere to look into? I have also used a curves layer to increase the contrast whilst keeping the scene more pastel and light.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

MCPF Seminar & Steven Le Prevost

Had an excellent day at the MCPF seminar held at our Burton Photographic Society Club headquarters in the Priory Centre in Burton.

There were four speakers of excellent reputation and quality, amongst them was Steven Le Provost a creative photographer and digital artist.... wow what great pictures, I say pictures rather that photographs as most of his work is heavily Photoshopped, items dragged from here and there and inserted into various backgrounds, foregrounds and anywhere else he feels would creatively enhance his work. One of the areas that interested me was his use of blurring, texturing and introducing noise to his pictures to create soft atmospheric scenes, as soon as I say them it was like a lightbulb switching on to that photograph that I have from years back when I first got a digital camera... this picture had been waiting patiently for years ready to show it self when the time was right.

Well as soon as I got home I dung it out and set to to bring out my creative side in the style of Steven's.... here it is:

I call it summer days.....

What have I done to it, a bit of dodging, some Gaussian blur, noise and a layer of clouds with the opacity  reduced.... what do you think?