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Fleetwood from Knott End

Fleetwood was once one of the largest fishing town of the UK. This position has sadly declined over the years. The fishing heritage however still remains in the hearts of many families still living within the area.

The wind here blows in directly off the Irish Sea. On days like these few people would consider travelling the ten miles up the coast and spending an afternoon in Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

The photograph was shot in RAW using the Normal settings on a Canon EOS 400d (Kiss X); F/14; 1/500 Sec; ISO 400; Pattern Metering Mode; 18 mm Focal Length; -0.67 (-2/3 of a stop) Exposure Compensation; Flash Compulsory Suppression; Sigma 18 - 200mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS SLD Lens. This picture was put together with Adobe photoshop CS3.

Out of season in Fleetwood

The beaches of the North West produce some amazingly dramatic scenes; and often produce some strange artifacts. Here, a discarded deck chair faces the sands of the Irish Sea.

The photograph was shot using the Manual settings on a Canon EOS 400d (Kiss X); F/11; 1/400 Sec; ISO 400; Pattern Metering Mode; 18 mm Focal Length; -0.7 (-2/3 of a stop) Exposure Compensation; Sigma 18 - 200mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS SLD Lens. This picture was put together using Adobe photoshop CS3.

Fly Past

A Hurricane, a Lancaster Bomber, and a Spitfire in a flypast over Burton on Trent. They then made their way over to The National Memorial Arboretum.

The photograph was shot using the Manual settings on a Canon EOS 400d (Kiss X); F/6.3; 1/125 Sec; ISO 400; Pattern Metering Mode; 18 mm Focal Length; -0.7 (-2/3 of a stop) Exposure Compensation; Sigma 18 - 200mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS SLD Lens. This picture was put together using Adobe photoshop CS3

The Golden Gate Bridge

Wow was the first thought that went through my head when I saw the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time. It flashed into sight in the far off distance; you can see it from across downtown San Francisco. This was shot near to Fort Point. If you follow the signs for Presidio, and then Fort point you will come to this spot. Just in front of me was the spot Kim Novak dropped herself into the water in the film Vertigo. I ticked off another item from my 'big things to do in my life' list.

The photograph was shot using the Normal settings on a Canon EOS 400d (Kiss X); F/20; 1/640 Sec; ISO 400; Average Metering Mode; 28 mm Focal Length; -0.7 (-2/3 of a stop) Exposure Compensation; Sigma DC 18-200 F3.5-6.3 Lens. This picture was put together using Adobe photoshop CS3.

Alcatraz!

Having seen Alcatraz in the flesh, there is no way anyone could manage to escape from Alcatraz. However, Point Blank is still a favourite film of mine and if Walker (Lee Marvin) swam across the bay, after having been shot several times at point blank range, then I believe it. Not so much verisimilitude, but a great film. LOL.

The photograph was shot using the Normal settings on a Canon EOS 400d (Kiss X); F/13; 1/500 Sec; ISO 400; Pattern Metering Mode; 144 mm Focal Length; -0.7 (-2/3 of a stop) Exposure Compensation; Sigma DC 18-200 F3.5-6.3 Lens. This picture was put together using Adobe photoshop CS3.

Rice Fields, Chaing Rai, Thailand

This is a shot taken a year or so ago of some rice fields taken in Northern Thailand. The Greens of a fresh Paddy Field are deep and very rich in colour. This contrasts greatly with post harvest time, which gives deep yellows and browns. The temperature here though is still around 34 degrees.

The photograph was shot on a Canon G6 with a Digitex 0.5x Wide Angle Lens; F/4.0; 1/320th Sec; ISO 50; Pattern Metering Mode; 7.2mm Focal Length; -0.7 (-2/3 of a stop) Exposure Compensation. It was put together with Adobe photoshop CS3.

View from my bedroom window

Jet lag can really be a pain in the neck, you sleep when you don't want to and can't sleep when you want to. Fortunately there are things to do if you can't sleep at 5am. This is the view from the bedroom window in the Mark Hopkins Hotel, San Francisco. The F/1.4 Sigma really is a great lens for letting in as much light as possible.

The photograph was shot as a JPEG (I normally don't like to shoot JPEGs as they afford little control after the picture has been taken, RAW is so much better, but while travelling, when you know you will be taking upwards of 1500 shots I just don't have the storage available to shoot in RAW. I suppose I could carry a laptop and extra hard drive, but this was a pleasure trip not a business one.) using the Manual settings on a Canon EOS 400d (Kiss X); F/1.4; 1/100 Sec; ISO 1600; Pattern Metering Mode; 30 mm Focal Length; -0.7 (-2/3 of a stop) Exposure Compensation; Sigma DC 30mm F1.4 HSM SLD Lens. This picture was put together using Adobe photoshop CS3.

Cottage Market Liquors

For a visitor, any new town provides many photographic opportunities. San Francisco is certainly no exception and provides many such opportunities. This shop is just next to the Mark Hopkins Hotel.

The photograph was shot as a JPEG using the normal settings on a Canon EOS 400d (Kiss X); F/3.5; 1/200 Sec; ISO 400; Pattern Metering Mode; 30 mm Focal Length; -0.7 (-2/3 of a stop) Exposure Compensation; Sigma DC 30mm F1.4 HSM SLD Lens. This picture was put together using Adobe photoshop CS3.

Night Time San Francisco

This is the view from the 'Top of the Mark' roof top bar of the Mark Hopkins Hotel. (A hotel I stayed in recently, chosen partly because it featured in the film Bullitt..."That's Ross....Johnny Ross.")

The photograph was shot as a JPEG using the manual settings on a Canon EOS 400d (Kiss X); F/1.6; 0.4 Sec; ISO 400; Pattern Metering Mode; 30 mm Focal Length; -0.7 (-2/3 of a stop) Exposure Compensation; Sigma DC 30mm F1.4 HSM SLD Lens. This picture was put together using Adobe photoshop CS3.

"...let's go Frank!"

Reeds on the Meekong at sunset.

This photograph was shot in RAW on a Canon G6 with a Digitex 0.5x Wide Angle Lens; F/4.0; 1/500th Sec; ISO 50; Center Weighted Metering Mode; 17.6mm Focal Length; -0.7 (-2/3 of a stop) Exposure Compensation; The Flash was suppressed.This picture was created with Adobe photoshop CS3.

Christmas Morning, UK

At just gone six am on Christmas morning I was out taking some pictures of the sunrise; damn it was cold, but worth while. The Location is Burton On Trent, England.

The photograph was shot in RAW using the Shutter Priority settings on a Canon EOS 400d (Kiss X); F/5.6; 1/60 Sec; ISO 400; Pattern Metering Mode; 55 mm Focal Length; -0.7 (-2/3 of a stop) Exposure Compensation; Flash Compuslory Supression; EF-S18-55 F3.5-5.6 USM Lens. This picture was created with Adobe photoshop CS2.

Venice

This photograph of Venice was taken with a Pentax ME Super during a tour of Europe when I was eighteen.

It has been scanned, digitised, resized, then cleaned up a little bit in photoshop CS2; but mainly this is how it was shot.

I no longer have my notes for this shot, but as I was rolling my own film then, it would have more than likely been shot on TMAX 400 ASA (The dredded TMAX) I never got along with TMAX, it always used to underdevelop, event though the developing times were followed to the letter.

Solitude

This was originally shot in the early 1980's (I think I was about 16 years old) with a Pentax ME Super.

The location was a closed down school campus in Burton On Trent, England.

I printed this originally as a 12" x 8" print and remember struggling with the small size of the developing trays.

It has been scanned and digitised then cleaned up a little bit in photoshop CS2; but mainly this is how it was shot.

San Seeb Khlong at night, Bangkok

By day the San Seeb Khlong bustles with activity, shuttling Bangkokians through the heart of the city, by night the khlong is sedate and peaceful.

The photograph was shot in RAW using the Shutter Priority settings on a Canon EOS 400d (Kiss X); F/22; 20 Sec; ISO 1600; Partial Metering Mode; 18 mm Focal Length; -0.7 (-2/3 of a stop) Exposure Compensation; EF-S18-55 F3.5-5.6 USM Lens. This picture was created with Adobe photoshop CS3.

Rape Seed Field

This was originally shot in the early 1980's (I think I was about 13 years old) with a Pentax ME Super.

The location is Burton On Trent, England.

I printed this originally as a 12" x 8" print.It has been scanned and digitised then cleaned up a little bit in photoshop CS3; but mainly this is how it was shot.

Fishing Nets, Bangkok

This photograph was shot in RAW then converted to TIFF format when edited. F/4.0; 1/200 sec; 7.2mm Focal Length; -2/3 Exposure Compensation; Center Weighted Metering;The camera used for this shot was a Canon Powershot G6 and was put together using Photoshop CS2

The Location is Eastern Bangkok.

Valetta Harbour Entrance, Malta

The harbour at Valetta played a vital role for the allied forces during WWII; as did the entire Island of Malta.

The photograph was shot on a Canon G6 with a Digitex 0.5x Wide Angle Lens; F/4.0; 1/160th Sec; ISO 100; Pattern Metering Mode; 17.6mm Focal Length; -0.7 (-2/3 of a stop) Exposure Compensation. It was put together with Adobe photoshop CS3.

Rama 8 Bridge, Bangkok

The Location is Bangkok. This is the longest single span suspension bridge in the world...so it is said.

This photograph was shot as a Jpeg then converted to TIFF format when edited. F/5.0; 1/1250 sec; 7.2mm Focal Length; -2/3 Exposure Compensation; Pattern Metering;The camera used for this shot was a Canon Powershot G6 and was put together using Photoshop CS2

Paris

This photograph of Paris was taken with a Pentax ME Super during a tour of Europe when I was eighteen.

It has been scanned, digitised, resized, then cleaned up a little bit in photoshop CS2; but mainly this is how it was shot.

Backstreet in Paris

This photograph of Paris was taken with a Pentax ME Super during a tour of Europe when I was eighteen.

It has been scanned, digitised, resized, then cleaned up a little bit in photoshop CS2; but mainly this is how it was shot.

Clouds over the Mekong, Laos

The Location is Southern Laos, near to a small village called Ban Taseng.
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This photograph was shot as a JPEG then converted to TIFF format when edited in Photoshop CS2.It was originally shot in colour then converted to black and white. F7.1; 1/250 sec; 7.2mm Focal Length; -2/3 Exposure Compensation; Pattern Metering; Fill in Flash;The camera used for this shot was a Canon Powershot G6 using a Digitex 0.5x Wide Angle Lens.

Coffee Fields, Laos

This photograph was shot as a Jpeg then converted to TIFF format when edited. F4; 1/200 sec; 7.2mm Focal Length; -2/3 Exposure Compensation; Pattern Metering; Fill in Flash; The camera used for this shot was a Canon Powershot G6 and was put together using Photoshop CS2

The Location is Central Laos, on the Bolavan Plateau.

Children in a fishing boat


The Meekong is filled with life; children and adults fill the waters with industry: fishing.

This was originally shot as a JPEG then converted to TIFF format when edited in Adobe Photoshop CS2.F8; 1/125 sec; 8mm Focal Length; -2/3 Exposure Compensation; Pattern Metering; Fill in Flash; The camera used for this shot was a Canon Powershot G6 and was put together using Photoshop CS2; Digitex 0.5x Wide Angle Lens.

The Location is Southern Laos, Champasak Province.

Laotian Mountains


The mountain is a sacred place; here a 'shiva' phalus used to sit on the 'nipple' of the mountain below the clouds. It was said that the water from clouds would be caught here and from there make its way down the mountain into a temple.

This photograph was shot as a Jpeg then converted to TIFF format when edited. F4; 1/400 sec; 14.4mm Focal Length; -2/3 Exposure Compensation; Spot Metering; Flash; The camera used for this shot was a Canon Powershot G6 and was put together using Photoshop CS2

The Location is Southern Laos, Champasak Province.

Dog and Boat

This photograph was shot in RAW format at F/8.0; 1/25 sec; -0.7 Exposure Compensation; Pattern Metering; Digitex 0.5x Wide Angle Lens; The camera used for this shot was a Canon G6 and was used on a tripod.The picture was put together using Photoshop CS2

The location is the town of Ao Nang, Krabbi Province, in southern Thailand.

Mekong Sunset

This photograph was shot as a JPEG then converted to TIFF format when edited in Photoshop CS2. F4.0; 1/160 sec; -2/3 Exposure Compensation; Pattern Metering;The camera used for this shot was a Canon Powershot G6 using a Digitex 0.5x Wide Angle Lens.

The Location is in the town of Paxe, in Central Laos.