_1110775-EditPhotography is essentially drawing with light.

Every type of light – hard, soft, damp, wet – has a suitable photographic subject and situation.

The point is – is the light you have appropriate for the picture you are making?

When thinking about making a picture I consider the time and place to get the light that I need for the picture I am making.

Pictures are made – (thought about and planned), not just taken.

The picture above – Bath Abbey Courtyard 16th Feb 2014 – late afternoon.

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2104


_MG_6640I am getting the hang of colour photography now, the inoculations really helped!

I was asked by Fat Man if my mono photography has gone?

Below is my reply to his question.

Mono hasn’t gone its just that I have found ways to explore colour. I’ve had Color Efex Pro for years and never opened it, when I did, I found it worked completely differently to Silver Efex. So I left it. Then I watched a not very good Color Efex tutorial on YouTube recently and thought this isn’t so scary after all. At the same time I found a Lensbaby Zone plate adapter that I had forgotten about that gives soft glow in the highlights.

So I combined the softness and glow with film grain. This combination reminded me of a book called “By the sea” by Robert Farber done in the 80’s with Agfa 1000 ASA film.

There is no such thing as a new idea in photography only combining and adapting old ideas.

Then I did some proof prints to replicate the size of the Agfa 1000 film grain. So its a work in progress at the moment. The idea was to take a couple of thousand pictures and may produce up to 20 A2 prints as part of talks and training courses.

The point is that these pictures are interpretations – I have taken over 500 pictures in three different locations hand held with shutter speed of around  1/2 sec – sharpness is very over-rated. But sharpness can be controlled if you have the vision and craft to make your own pictures and not take what the camera gives you.

If you want to learn how to take control of your camera before you press the button see the ABC of CameraWork course on my website.

A big hello to all the new followers of my blog this week.

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2014


_MG_3602-Edit-2-2Bournemouth sea shore early evening. Post processing in Lightroom 5 and Color Efex Pro 4.

The original idea was a warm tone picture with heavy film grain. However I feel the cool tone works well with this picture. You will probably need to make the picture bigger to see the grain by holding down the control key and scrolling the mouse wheel.

Taken with a cheap 50mm f1.8 lens at f1.8 in fading light. As with all digital photography expose for the highlights and process for the shadows.

A big hello to all the new followers to my blog this week.

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2014




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Wild flower meadow

_MG_5993Finally the idea, timing and equipment came together.

I had driven past this wild flower meadow three times thinking there are picture there. Yesterday afternoon I was on my way home from seeing a client with the right equipment, time and desire to stop and take pictures.

I took 90 pictures in just ten minutes according to the metadata.

The results are not a typical Andy Beel picture but perhaps an antidote to what’s going on around me at the moment.

A big hello to all the new followers of my blog.

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2014






_MG_9011-EditI have been playing around with Color Efex Pro 4 to mimic Agfa 1000 film grain – those were the days. On a print of the correct size this looks quite reasonable for grain.


Rower Bristol Docks

_MG_4527-EditCan you see the film grain?

Hold down the control key and scroll your mouse wheel – is the picture getting bigger?

Don’t tell anyone – this is a colour picture in a black and white blog! Will I have to start a new blog for colour pictures?

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2014


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