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_MG_6817The digital age of photography means that there is a proliferation of frames taken suggests that its easy to forget what you have done and not take the picture to it’s rightful conclusion.

In my case taken to conclusion might mean that a picture ends up here on my blog, on my website, as an A3 sized print or an A2 sized print if the picture is exceptional.

To help me bring order to the editing process I use various smart collections in the Lightroom Library. A smart collection automatically brings together in one place all the pictures that are tagged in a particular way. Each photographer will require different criteria for output. The example below is just what I use for me.

The process is based on logic unfortunately as are all things to do with computers!!

Firstly you will need to create a Collection Set – this is just a container to hold a series of smart collections.

Once you have a collection set then you can add individual smart collections to it. The idea here is to edit or refine the numbers of pictures. I have 41,488 pictures in my Library as of today’s date. So as I create smart collections hopefully I am only working with the images that might go somewhere.

By using combinations of flags, stars and colour labels a very wide range of criteria can be selected. When you add in all the options in the Smart collection drop down menus then the world is your lobster!

This post is not intended to be a click by click guide how to create custom collections – see the link to the Adobe video below.

In my collection set I have:

Smart Collection No 1 only looks for any picture that is Flagged.

Smart Collection No 2 only looks for any picture that is Flagged and has a one star rating – it’s colour processing is finished.

Smart Collection No  3 only looks for any picture that is Flagged and has a two star rating – it’s B&W processing processing is finished.

Smart Collection No 4 only looks for any picture that is Flagged and has a three star rating – it’s Lith processing is finished.

Smart Collection No 5 only looks for any picture that is Flagged and has a four star rating – it’s Infra-red processing is finished.

Smart Collection No 6 only looks for any picture that is Flagged and has a red label – it’s been used on my blog .

Smart Collection No 7 only looks for any picture that is Flagged and has a Yellow label – it’s been used on my website.

Smart Collection No 8 only looks for any picture that is Flagged and has a Green label – it’s been printed for a talk.

Smart Collection No 9 only looks for any picture that is Flagged and has a Blue label – it’s been used in an article.

See this video by Julieanne Kost from Adobe that explains things in her usual straight forward way.

http://tv.adobe.com/watch/adobe-evangelists-julieanne-kost/lightroom-5-creating-custom-collections-of-images/

Once you get the principal you can use the same logic to refine pictures say for a distinctions application.

It also follows that I can find any combination of criteria so if I want to find what files have been processed as say Lith and then printed – all I need to search for is a flagged 3 star picture with a Green Label. It’s so simple even I understand it.

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

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2014

http://www.andybeelfrps.co.uk

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_MG_0303Remember when DSlr’s were very slow to boot up and focus? This shot was taken in 2004 with my then new Canon 20D. The first digital camera I had that worked semi-like it was supposed to.

So who are Anna and Jack in the picture on the right, are they a real couple, are they still together, why are their names carved in to the stone paving in Millennium Square in Bristol?

In the ten years since I have had that camera body converted to only see Infra-red light.

This IR shot below frame number 9999 was taken yesterday morning in around 25 c heat about a mile from Millennium Square down at the Ashton Flyover built in the late 60’s.

_MG_9999So of the 10,000 pictures I have taken just with that camera body, how did I decide which ones to print and put in talks and demonstrations, put on the web etc.

How we edit our pictures is a critical skill to learn. I try to use just 1% from a major shoot. An old adage was one per roll of film that’s about 3%.

Perhaps its the subject of another post.

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

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2014  http://www.andybeelfrps.co.uk

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_MG_6918Photographic composition or designing a picture, is really as simple as deciding what to leave out of the frame preferably at the taking stage.

I will say it again “use it or lose it, when composing a picture”.

So here I choose to leave out the house roof tops in the background by not including them in the picture as it was taken.

In the processing I have chosen a letterbox aspect ratio for the picture of 6×17 to further remove elements that do not add to the message of the picture.

One of the many features of photographic composition is the use of “leading lines”. This shot was taken with the path leading from the right hand lower corner. Pictures flow easier from left to right, because most of us read from left to right, therefore the picture was flipped horizontally.

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

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2014

http://www.andybeelfrps.co.uk

 

 

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_MG_6812In the past week I have had cause to talk about infra-red photography three times. So feeling inspired after re-reading a book called “Infra-red Photography – a complete workshop guide” by my good friend Hugh Milsom MFIAP I thought I would have a go. The book is about film based IR photography but with lots of tips and great portfolios of pictures.

As there was strong directional lighting yesterday evening I took my IR converted camera body to an area of Bristol docks I do not normally use on my ABC of CameraWork courses (see my website for details). IR photography is usually light foliage and dark skies, I wanted a different look. Hence why I chose Architecture.

I would normally use a 10-22mm lens on a converted 20D body but I have lent this lens to friend, so I used a 24-105mm lens at 24mm (38mm equivalent on full frame) which turned out to be semi telephoto for my purposes. When I do this location again I will either use the 10-22mm (16-35mm equivalent) or may be a 12-24mm (19-38mm equivalent).

A quote I came across today may be useful to you “A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” – Ayn Rand.

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

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2014

http://www.andybeelfrps.co.uk

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Blackpool Sept 2011I am off tomorrow to hopefully finalize the venue and shoot locations for the Digital Lith Workshop based in Bridgnorth, Shropshire.

The date for the workshop is the 14-16th Feb 2014.

Would you like to master the secret of making wonderful elusive Digital Lith images from an acknowledged leader in the field?

The Workshop will give you the confidence to make your own digital Lith pictures in any photographic genre.

On the weekend Digital Lith Workshop I will share with you the powerful Lith skills and experience I have built up over the last eight years. The example above mimics a darkroom print made with Agfa Record Rapid paper toned with Selenium.

The outline workshop programme:

Friday evening – arrive late afternoon and have a relaxing dinner.

Saturday – Breakfast,  Photo shoot, lunch, Shoot, break, Tutorial & Demo, Dinner, Print Forum / Critique

Sunday – Breakfast, Photo shoot, lunch, Shoot, Tutorial & Demo. Review of the workshop

I will be putting the full details on my website hopefully by early next week before I go to Spain to do the recci for the FOTO Alpujarras Workshop planned for the 3rd week of April.

“Andy is one of the leading digital monochrome practitioners, and in particular, his pioneering work in developing a digital Lith workflow puts him at the forefront in reproducing the look and feel of this beautiful darkroom process”. Chris Mowthorpe ARPS

If you would like to add your name to the growing list of potential participants for the Digital Lith Workshop please email me now at info@andybeelfrps.co.uk to reserve a place.

The picture above was taken with IR capture and then processed in Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro 2.

Blackpool Sept 2011 originalLeft is the unprocessed original shot straight out of the IR converted camera. I only show this as a typical example of a low contrast IR original.

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

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2013

http://www.andybeelfrps.co.uk

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Gt Yarmouth Boating LakeIf you’re an existing Nik Software customer you can now get the whole Nik Collection for free just by providing your existing Product Key as evidence of purchase. This offer was introduced by Nik’s new owners Google.

To purchase the whole collection at current rates would cost $149 approximately £100 pounds. When I purchased Silver Efex Pro 2 it was around £150 on its own, so this is an extremely good offer.

The Nik Collection consists of

Color Efex Pro 4, Silver Efex Pro 2, Viveza 2, Sharpener Pro 3, Dfine 2, and HDR Efex Pro.

If you have lost or mislaid your original product key it can be found in the Nik browser in the top right hand corner by clicking on the Nik logo.

You will need to contact Nik through the Contact Page on their website.

I will be demonstrating how to use all tools in Silver Efex Pro 2 in Seminars for Calumet Photographic in September and November 2013. See the Calumet Seminars website for dates in Bristol and Birmingham.

http://www.calumetseminars.co.uk/

The picture above – North Road Boating Lake in Great Yarmouth was taken while I was working with a client on a one to one training session. I offer one to one tuition with photographers who want to learn, grow and flourish. See my website (address below) for the details of my one to one tuition.

This picture above was created with Silver Efex Pro 2 from an original infrared capture. This small JPEG file doesn’t really give the sense of depth to the picture I created by adding Structure, Clarity and Sharpening the foreground and removing it in the sky and background. So if you can make this picture large as possible get the full effect.

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

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2013

http://www.andybeelfrps.co.uk

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Outpost - IcelandI am pleased to announce “The simple secret of becoming a first-class photographer” course. This one-day course will be held at Calumet Photographic in Bristol on Saturday 22nd June 2013 commencing at 10.30

Half of the places have been booked already before I could advertise it on my blog so book your place now to avoid disappointment. For full details of the course please look at my website on the workshops and seminars page at www.andybeelfrps.co.uk/Workshops%20-%20Seminars

The picture above is called “Outpost” taken in Iceland on Infrared capture.
A big hello to all the new followers of my little blog this week.
(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2013

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Bexhill ExplorerPlease look at the picture fullsize against a grey background.

I have just bought Dragon 12 voice recogition software which is actually working brilliantly.

I installed it this evening and as you can see I am dictating to you by a microphone headset. So if you are dyslexic like me and have great difficulty with typing, you might find Dragon 12 really helpful.

Hopefully the days of unrecognised missing words and mixed up sentences are gone forever. Alleluia.
A big hello to all the new followers of my little blog this week.

(C) Andy Beel 2013

www.andybeelfrps.couk

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Lunch Stop MyvatnPlease look at the picture full size against a grey background.

I have been thinking about how the ideas for a potential photography project are formed in the mind.

The following is a jumbled list of how the creative process works in my mind. It may not be correct or complete but it’s where I am at with my understanding of the creative process.

Probably the first thing to say is – photography is not about photography, it is about life in all its wonderful diversity. So look to engage with the world.

And secondly to quote John Barry (Composer) – the worst thing you can do is, fall in love with the first idea you have.

Notice the word “process”, ideas do not spring to life in a creative vacuum. You need to allow time and effort if you want to achieve your highest potential. Who or what inspires you to make photographs?

I could start thinking about my project at the beginning, middle or the end. Lots of people start in the middle of the process and end up at the beginning in a very circuitous route. I try to start at the end of the project and plan the stages in small manageable chunks. This means you may want to think about and write down your objectives. This is where most projects of any kind go a miss because the objectives where not fully detailed, described and understood.

So I would start by deciding when the project has been completed – what needs to have happened. It may be that you plan to take a set of photographs that are exhibited in a certain exhibition, or the end may less tangible like the project raised your self-esteem and self-confidence and allowed you to diversify in other creative directions. You need to decide what success looks like for you.

Now you can think about potential ideas for your project the who, what why, when etc. May be start a scrapbook of ideas for those things that interest you, that you find significant and have something to say photographically about. At this stage it will just be a jumble of unconnected fragments of ideas. After say a months of collecting scraps of ideas, start to think about the relationships between the things that fill your scrapbook.What combination of ideas found in your scrapbook has the greatest potential to meet your objectives? At this stage it still may just be a fog with no strong crux of an idea leaping out at you, that’s fine and normal.

The next stage in the creative process is to do nothing for a while – let the subconscious mind take over it will provide a solution at some point in the future when you are least expecting it.

The next step in the process is to think about the idea that your subconscious mind created and fine tune it again to relate back to your objectives.

The last stage is to test your idea in a safe environment with friends who will tell constructively if you have the answer or not.

With thanks to James Webb Young and others.

In the picture above this strange arrangement of buildings were in the middle of no where as most places are in Iceland. Surprisingly there was an open empty cafe there which sold hot chocolate I seem to remember. This supply of vitals was just what was required as it was extremely cold outside.

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

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2012

www.andybeelfrps.co.uk

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I was thinking the other day about favourite lens apertures I use.

My perception was that I use the following apertures: the lens wide open a lot, somewhere in the middle around f8/11 occasionally and f22 rarely.

With new technology meta-data is saved about each picture. I used the Library Module in Lightroom to filter for all apertures used on the 21,000 pictures I have on an external hard drive. The results were interesting.

f1.2 – f2.8 1500 pictures, f4.0 2000, f5.6 2100, f8 3600, f11 4100, f16 1150, f22 1600.

The truth is that I used small aperture over a four-year much more than large ones.

My perception and reality were different. I like the look of wide apertures because it concentrates and focus the viewer’s attention to the dominant feature of the picture.

Take the picture above of dying flowers in graveyard in South Wales. It was taken with a 35mm f2 lens on a smaller sensor body in infra-red. The effective focal length was 55mm (35mm x 1.6 sensor crop factor= 56mm). The aperture used was f4.0 which nicely separates the foreground and background. Also the curving arrangement of the out focus grave stones in the back ground are appealing to me.

The split toning is gold highlights and sepia shadows. In the days of the darkroom gold toner produced a beautiful duck egg blue. This effect was produced in Lightroom.

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

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2012

www.andybeelfrps.co.uk

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One the great strengths of Infra-red photography is a situation like this in north Wales where you have grasses that reflect IR  very well in a landscape with other features that do not reflect IR light as well as the grasses.

The infra-red effect can easily be overdone on a sunny day in a woodland. This picture was taken on a rainy day in April this year.

A big hello to all the new followers of my little blog this week.
(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2012

www.andybeelfrps.co.uk

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As a sometime landscape photographer I really struggled to see a picture in the Ogwen Valley. Heresy I know but it happens.

Of the genres of photography I find landscape really difficult.

I am rereading a book by Alain Briot called “Mastering Landscape Photography” The Luminous Landscape Essays.

See www.luminous-landscape.com/index.shtml

In the introduction to the book he makes a very good point that we have all heard many times before but I fail to practice in the field.

In your mind’s eye imagine a framed exhibition quality print before you raise the camera to your eye.

The seeing process is a complex subject which he and I agree on

- you see something

- you see a photo opportunity. (At this point I quite often ask myself will I print it? if the answer is no ….)

- see a photograph that you have made (and not just taken) as a framed exhibition print. The pre-visualisation is the connection between taking and the making of a photograph. It is the planning ahead of the Post-processing stage for successful communication.

Depending on the subject matter, there may not be the time to ponder these types of question in the field.

As a sods law tale – I can remember seeing the picture – a Postman carrying a sack of mail off the of boat in a moody background of Lundy Island. By the time I had switched my pre-historic Dslr on and it was ready, the picture had gone. Aah the one that got away.

Another top tip – leave your camera switched on – it will reboot its self from a sleep mode much quicker than turning it on.

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

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2012

http://www.andybeelfrps.co.uk

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Slate Quarry Barracks – Wales.

You might dislike your place of work but it can not compare to the living and working conditions of the men who worked in absolutely dire and dangerous conditions of the 19th Century.

Be grateful to the men and women who campaigned and fought for better working conditions.

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2012

www.andybeelfrps.co.uk

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I was doing my usual trawl through various posts looking for examples of good B&W photography to comment on and I came across a picture of a flag and was instantly reminded of this IR shot taken about six months ago.

See Marks picture of the Aussie flag at http://markelliottphotographer.com/2012/07/03/sydney-2/

This picture is named after a very old Ry Cooder song called “Rally round the flag boys”. Being an IR capture I think the colour of the flag must have been red – hence no detail. The picture went through Silver Efex Pro 2 for the grain and Lr3 for the split toning.

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

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2012

www.andybeelfrps.co.uk

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I am reliably informed the scene in the background is Harlech Point in North Wales.

The pictures were taken from Port Meirion.

This pair of shots are unusual for me as they are reasonably similar but the second one below was taken in Infrared.

I think the main differences are the tonality of the hills and clouds in the background. I think on balance I prefer the IR shot because the lighter background hills attract the eye and therefore add depth.

Note when using a wide-angle lens there is a strong feature in the foreground.

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

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2012

www.andybeelfrps.co.uk

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I was chatting with a friend about Lr4 and the myth that halos had been eradicated.

So I thought other people might like to be aware of all the controls that can provide an unwanted halos at an edge with greatly differing tonal values. This is largely a problem for black & white users of Lr. Colour photographers generally do not require the same high contrast as the senior service.

The over enthusiastic use of the following controls can give halos

  • Clarity
  • Colour mix
  • Over sharpening
  • Adjustment Brush Auto mask
  • Plugins – Silver Efex Pro 2
  • A combination of all of theme

So these are the places to look and retrace your steps.

The picture above “Deserted Farm Wales” IR capture, Gold and Sepia split toning.

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

(C) Andy Beel FRPS

www.andybeelfrps.co.uk

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An early evening stroll in Biarritz, south-west France.

Infrared Capture with usual wide-angle lens.

I did do a crop with the guy on the left, left out (below) but in the end felt that he needed to be there for balance and tension.

As I have said before for me, pictures work best when there are elements of dominance, balance and tension.

Tension can be provided when the eye is forced to look at or return to areas of brightness.

It’s funny that I had planned this post to be essentially about Negative Space ie the lack of highlights in the second picture on the left hand side.

On reflection these are two completely different pictures telling different stories, the second one being far more abstract and surreal.

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

(c) Andy Beel FRPS

www.andybeelfrps.co.uk

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Just another example of my style of split toning Sepia in the Shadows and Gold  in the Highlights.

Sepia is giving the Chocolate shadows and the Gold (Gold toner in the dark room gave a fugitive duck egg blue) in the Highlights. Note the lack of deep saturation for both tones, the shadow tones is about 25% of the density of the highlights.

This picture started out life as an IR capture a few years ago in Stourhead Gardens Wiltshire.

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

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2012

www.andybeelfrps.co.uk

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It’s said if you are embarking on a long-term or difficult project (especially where photographic distinctions are involved) it is wise to choose a subject that is not on another continent, is easily and cheaply available to re-photograph as the work develops.

I have lived in my current house since 1985, an unknown neighbour of mine has a Pigeon Loft. He exercises the birds everyday at around 5.10pm in the summer. I must have seen a dozen Pigeons flying around in ever greater circles but have not really taken any notice for years.

I noticed them again last week lit by a low evening sun against a very dark thunderous sky and I thought that’s a photo opportunity if ever I saw one.

I decided I wanted to do the birds with the longest possible shutter speed in Infrared. So used my 70-200mm lens on a converted 20D body. The shutter speed at 100 ISO and f32 was around a quarter of a second against a blue sky.

For me the interest is not birds but the shapes, patterns and shadows they randomly create as the they move and the camera is panned. The IR especially against a blue sky will help to simplify the picture, because blue being an opposite colour to red will automatically be darkened in the picture making process.

As you can imagine Pigeons never fly exactly the same circuit twice at a rapid rate of Knots and hence this is a very hit and miss affair. I am glad the nice man at Kodak invented digital photography in 1975 as this would be a very expensive pursuit with film.

So to return to my opening gambit my next long-term project is not on another continent as it has been in the past but just through my darkroom door to the garden.

Wether or not I will be able to keep it up longer than John Blakemore who photographed Tulips for nine years I don’t know.

Does anybody know of a personal project longer than Mr Blakemore’s Tulips?

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

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2012

www.andybeelfrps.co.uk

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Pont Y Pandy Slate Mill is somewhere that I had been wanting to photograph but I had no idea where it was apart from in Snowdonia. I had seen pictures of in the National Trust Magazine taken from a similar angle to mine.

I have had the idea of doing a talk on digital Infrared photography for a while but thought that I did not have enough pictures. So I have been using my infrared converted body more recently.

I love the other worldly nature and look of IR photography. This picture uses another of my favourite techniques – a wide-angle lens from a low viewpoint. Why are the vast majority of pictures taken from 5′ 6″ from the ground? In this case I used a 10-22mm Canon EF-s Lens, which in the real world of 35mm terms is 16-35mm.

When will camera manufactures stop trying to confuse us with focal lengths of lenses that require a conversion factor due to size of the sensor? There would no confusion if all focal lengths were described in 35mm terms. And will I am on my hobby-horse, why can’t the size of sensors be described in millimetres and not parts of an inch? Who can work that one out?

Black and white photography is all about contrast. IR is good for putting contrast in to cloudy skies and green foliage or any thing else that reflects Infrared light. It’s a challenge to get good contrast in slate slag that does not reflect infrared light.

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

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2012

http://www.andybeelfrps.co.uk

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Click on the picture and see it full size to get the full impact and point.
“Photography is still a very new medium and everything must be tried and dared”.
Bill Brandt
Whatever your particular preference is in photography there are new ways of seeing and doing.
“Man can not discover new oceans unless he has the courage to leave sight of the shore”.
Andre Gide
Why not try something new today?
What is this picture “Brandt homage 3″ about to you?
Superficially to me it’s about shapes rather than textures as the key ingredient of the picture.
On a more meaningful level it could be alternatively titled “Workshop No 4 – Closed”
This picture was taken in Saltaire – Yorkshire 100 yds from Brandt’s very famous picture of the wet cobbled ramp. I can’t put a copy of the picture on my blog as I don’t have a copyright reproduction licence. Just Google Bill Brandt for around 500,000 web pages.
Technical stuff – Infrared capture, 16 mm Wide-angle lens on a very dull Tuesday lunch time whilst running a black and white photography masterclass.
A big hello to all the new followers of my little blog.
(c) Andy Beel FRPS

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The best place to take pictures is where you are, the best camera to use is the one you have with you.

That might sound a little fatuous but the grass or the light won’t necessarily be greener 1000 miles away, you get my drift? It’s so easy to think great pictures are only made with ultra-expensive equipment on the other side of the world. I am just as guilty of familiarity breeding contempt as anyone.

A few wise words

The more one looks,
the more one sees.
And the more one sees,
the better one knows where to look.
Tielhard de Chardin

It has been queried why a person with few observational and abstraction skills to make a significant visual design will suddenly gain them after travelling a long way from home, if they did not already have them before they left home.

This picture “Wooscoombe Wood Lane” is a 15 minute bicycle ride from home. It combines Infrared capture with Selenium and Gold Toning on a foggy day.

Being a photographer is about understanding the light and conditions and how to use them to your advantage.

A big hello to all the new followers of my little blog, be brave and leave a comment or two. It won’t hurt I promise, you might even enjoy it.

(C) Andy Beel FRPS

www.andybeelfrps.co.uk

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I have a book that contains a section on digital Lith printing. Over a three page spread the author happily tells the reader with great joy that digital Lith printing is easy – seven times!. No names, no pack drill this author is well-known, I know him and we do meet occasionally.

I found the assurance that everything is easy, very annoying and frustrating. I have been trying get digital Lith right for a round four years so to be told at the start it is all easy was irritating to say the least. Hopefully I am getting there now?

In the book there is an example of a Selenium and Gold toned darkroom Lith print that gives beautifully soft duck egg blue highlights and gritty dark brown shadows. A good reason to do this effect digitally with water based pigmented inks is Selenium Toner is toxic and Gold Toner is very expensive.

This picture of an apple orchard somewhere near Montacute in Somerset (England) started out life as an f185 pinhole capture on my Infrared body at 3200 ISO. I was using a tripod so why did I use 3200 ISO?

I went through the usually Lith process in Photoshop and SFX Pro2 but toned the picture as stated rather than the more usual warm highlights and cool gritty shadows.

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

(C) Andy Beel FRPS

www.andybeelfrps.co.uk

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Just to keep my Blog topical and up to date here is a snap taken last week in Worthing called Shelter Man – Worthing. This is IR capture processed in Silver Efex Pro 2 via Lightroom and Photoshop. The 1600 ASA Film grain and Gold toning was done in SXPro 2. Its called gold toning because darkroom gold toner turned prints a fugitive blue.

I unfortunately reformatted the CF card before importing this folder of pictures in to Lightroom which was not wise. The pictures were recovered as JPG’s not raw files with free software called Photo Recovery.

See www.snapfiles.com/get/mjmphotorecovery.html

It’s a very slow process, the software will find about 6 nr 8mp files per hour, so I left it to do its stuff over night.

Tuesday 10th Jan I will be judging my first camera club Black & White Print and DPI competition at Devizes Camera Club. I have been selecting national exhibitions for a while but I have not offered to judge club competitions before.  So wish me luck.

(c) Andy Beel FRPS

www.andybeelfrps.co.uk

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A Sunday morning picture taken at around 10.30am.

Yesterday I had the choice of going to a photography meeting and getting bored or going and taking a few snaps in the freezing cold. You should be able to guess which choice I made!

This is a straight infrared capture with a 35mm lens cropped square and Lith processed in Lightroom 3.

Those of you who have been following my blog for a while now will know that I am constantly saying why should your interpretation of a scene mimic reality?

You are a creative individual – use your creativity.

(c) Andy Beel FRPS

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