Monthly Archives: March 2010

Busy putting together my website


Been busy learning HTML and CSS to put together my website, cheap bastard that I am.

So here is a cute image, hard to believe it was two years ago this month….time flies when you are having fun… I know one of these is Dodger and pretty sure one is Meagan.

Point and shoot and some work in CS4.

Recreating the bleach bypass effect


In the days of film we used to experiment with the chemical process to try and make our images different from others. One of those was the bleach bypass process in which you skipped the bleach stage leaving silver on the emulsion. This would give the impression of a black and white overlay on the final image.

This can be achieved or simulated in photoshop and this is just one example.

Step 1

Process normally so that you have the image colour corrected and the curves and levels are correct.

Step 2

Duplicate layer twice. We want to create a mono layer to overlay the image as in leaving silver on the emulsion. Now switch the blending layer on the top layer to screen.

Step 3

The image will lighten substantially. Now with the top layer selected press [Ctrl] + [E]. Now click on adjustment layers and black and white. Use the sliders to produce a high contrast image.

Step 4

We only want the mono effect to effect the present top layer. Hold down [alt] and hover the cursor between the adjustment layer and image layer and you will see the cursor change. Left click when you see this. Change this layer to soft light.

Step 5

Make another copy of the background layer and move it to the top. Click Filter.Other.High Pass and select a value where you get something that looks similar to an embossed print. Use the Layer Blending Mode to set it as Overlay.

You now have the basics to work with, fine tweaks such as contrast, colour saturation can now be made and you have your bleach bypass effect.

Does anyone else play like this?

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This is the original image for comparison

A week of sunshine and the tulips and daffodils are beginning to show, won’t be long now.


It won’t be long now before the camera goes to the garden again. Today it is just rolling the lawn and aerating it.

I apologise to those of you watching my blog for the delay in this post but it seems to have been hectic around here for the last few days. Tom is home, mother in law needed a desk delivered to Reigate, ‘her indoors’ wanted to have the house cleaned (her cleaners fired her the other day because she moaned too much about their work) and I went up to Birmingham to look around Focus 2010, didn’t spend much cash, and met up with a number of Net Model members. What a crowd they are too, mostly passionate about their photography and a lively bunch. It was so nice to finally put a few faces to those funny handles that you see in the forums.

I was also able to progress a business opportunity a little further, so watch this space I believe we might see national publication soon, fingers crossed.

Today’s image is an aquilegia taken in May last year from the garden. This species is unusual in that it has different coloured flower heads. Easy to grow and tolerate dry or moist soil. They seem to flower from early May until late July in our garden.

The image was taken in aperture priority at F5.6 to allow for the depth of field and get the right bokeh. This meant a shutter speed of 1/100th just enough to take the shot without a tripod. No reflector was used and it was taken late afternoon.

The image was the processed in Raw using my standard settings and colour corrected. In CS4 I added a layer and used the high pass filter, just showing the edges made it an overlay and merged. This added a little more definition the edges of the foreground white aquilegia as well as a little more detail into the petals. Finally used unsharp mask to standard. Cropped, copyrighted and here it is.

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Who misses the dark room and working with prints?


I thought I would miss the smell of chemicals, the constant skin irritations and the joy of working on getting a hard copy of your work onto that beautiful paper but I don’t.

As each day passes and I practice my photoshop skills it becomes more and more obvious that the tools you have on your computer are infinite to produce almost any effect that you want. It has saved me a fortune in film and chemicals and there is even some paper these days that have the wow factor for touch and feel.

As Tom, my youngest, is coming home for a week today I am sharing this image with you which was taken when he was 3, now 21. This image was made using 100 asa Kodak colour film, C41 I believe it was known as, pushed during development to 400 asa. Printed onto Agfa Portriga Rapid paper, chemically toned and then hand coloured with Marshall Oils. That print was then scanned to produce a digital image. I have turned down offers to buy the original, truly a one off.

Looking forward to seeing you son and to our shoot (photographic and clay)

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Summer in February?


I wish it was but unfortunately it is a photoshop dream. Yesterday was my day for practicing masking and making a composite. This is the result. I am not completely happy with it yet and so really shouldn’t post it but hey….it’s my blog so I will do what I want.

Here is the image first before I explain how it was shot and processed.

link to larger image on black in case you want a closer look.

The image was actually shot in the studio with the lovely Amie last Tuesday, the original shown at the end of this posting.

It was a two light set up.

The key light is my Sunlite 40 with a Supersoft 600 diffuser set at approximately 30 degrees and 3 feet from model on left. It is slighly above the model. The fill light is a reflector with honeycomb on right of model and at two stop below key. It is only there to give a little highlight on her hair.

The image was the processed and sharpened in my normal way. Then the fun begins.

The first job was to troll through my flower images that I shot last year and find something with a similar light so that the two images when combined don’t clash. So many composites sugest that care was not taken at this stage and become obviously composites because the light of the main image looks nothing like the background. The next task was to mask it in and try to blend the edges. This is where I still need to work on the image. I manage it beautifully on the right side but the left lower body, ribs and tummy need to be blended a little better.

So there it is. Take an ‘art nude’ image and turn it to glamour?

Comments as always are always welcome.

This was the original image of Amie before the composite process. Why do anything to it at all you may ask….because I can is what I answer.