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TOPAZ Light Competition!

As a self confessed bumbling amateur I often see a competition here and there, and always usually just ignore as I look at winning images and wonder why anyone other than a genius at photography bothers? This one by Topaz by way of the digital darkroom got my interest.

The winning ones are always without fail amazing! I thought ‘oh heck what the hell, i’m sure I have taken some images that feature ‘light.’

These then at 1000 pixels max are my three entries. First up is the Somerset Levels UK in the early morning rising sun. The second I call Madam.’ And the final sunrise one I call the ‘bird.’

Mozzy Jones Flood-plains


Mozzy Jones 'Madam.'


Mozzy Jones 'The bird.'



With no camera I’m checking through the deleted items to see if I can keep the ol blog ticking over. I’ll be doing an in depth review of the Canon 6D which should be arriving tomorrow 14th January.

For now then it is a case of digging out whatever seems to look reasonable. Not 100% certain this one does but hey-ho with a bit of processing, not a lot it is one I captured later last year. Don’t forget it will go large if you click on the actual image. Which incidentally will reveal a large amount of posterization; particularly on the upper left area. I’ve been finding lately than when using the Gaussian blur in selected areas, it is leaving large amounts of the posterization. One quick way round it is to use a gradient tool. Reduce the opacity to around 10-12% and use the eye dropper tool to select the colour from the area you need to work. I’m just off to see if I can improve the image.

With the flick of an eye I just have had a wee play to see if I could improve the posterization effect. To use the gradient tool first make a selection and keep the edges soft as you’ll need to do a small amount of cloning or healing afterwards. See second image.

Hover Fly 13.1.14_edited-1

Hover Fly 13.1.14gradient tool

Hawkridge Reservoir II

I’ve been asked; did I take any portrait images while I was at the Hawkridge Reservoir. Well yes I did but thought the landscape versions worked better. So I’ve looked at the couple of portrait versions I had and have included the best one of several that I kept; In my opinion that is … ‘Best!’

Before I do, I wanted to say that we can all be very guilty in assuming just because this is a photography blog, everyone looking is an enthusiast of one type or another. Wrong! I have had a couple of messages just recently… apologising for asking me what might be an obvious answer. Well firstly, the only stupid question is the one that you never ask! So for anyone new to photography and perhaps maybe you have had a nice camera for Christmas I will endeavour to give very brief explanations on ‘terminology’ that I might use.

Today then I mentioned Portrait & Landscape. Literally this is holding the camera horizontal to the eye is termed ‘Landscape,’ or put another way, how you view pretty much everything you see with eyes centred and front. Portrait on the other hand is tilting your camera over ninety degrees which then is termed ‘Portrait, or think of most model, posed shots in a studio. Each has a benefit but that will only come with experimentation as to what works and what does not. And don’t for get if you are shooting ‘LARGE’ then a crop down to portrait is also possible in post editing software.

First then the Original image taken in RAW and just converted to JPEG for here. The second image is the cropped and fully processed version.

Hawkridge Portrait B4 Hawkridgefor blog

Hawkridge Reservoir Somerset UK.

I don’t know about you, but I see many inland water images that look quite nice if something is going on. Here I had nothing other than a nice selection of trees and grass. Seeing the water’s edge certainly made a point of interest.

I’ve included the original out of the camera with nothing other than RAW to JPEG. Don’t forget click on the image to take it larger.

Hawkridge Reservoir Somerset

Northings: 136246 metres.

Eastings: 320651 metres.

NGR: ST 20651 36246

Original Image 

Hawkridge Original RAW

Here with light processing in DPP for colours, then PSE9 for the crop, shadows n highlights; several layers working on different aspects.

Hawkridge for Blog

Looks a Long Way Down to Me!

Two baby Starlings that took virtually no notice of me. Have no idea what the neck thing was about but it did at least come over as an amusing if not candid shot.

Taken with the EF-S 55-250mm lens on 250mm. A hugely underrated and modestly priced lens. If I go full frame I will be sad to see it go. For good blur in the BG it is a corker for still life of say plants etc. Yes a very good lens which I believe has been updated and improved further. Processing was mostly done in DPP although I struggle without the ability to create a mask when sharpening. Finished off in PSE9.

Final Starlings09.50 4:1:13

Welcome in 2014!

This fella sits in the bedroom at approximately one metre tall when he stands. Clearly he only stands and walks about when we are asleep 🙂

So for my first offering of 2014 …. I give you …(drum roll)


Canon 500D armed with the 24-105L series lens at f8 1/60 tripod mount. Off camera flash and slave with diffused lights left right and overhead with just a hint of light to the rear of shot.

Processed in DPP initially, and entirely completed in PSE9. Converted from RAW to JPEG and reduced in size. Several layers with dodge and burn mostly to any reflective areas to lessen any degree of blown highlights. Works on the Histogram and seems to work to the eye on my iMac. Please do click on the image here to go large.

Completed JQ-RED 09.31


“ARRRR; Tis The Pot Of Gold!”

And wouldn’t that have been nice if we could have walked on just a tad further? trouble was there was a river just in front so I’d have needed a boat!

This was on the way home from photographing the flood plains; I just pulled in and snapped a few off. Minimal processing, just a nice S curve with the rainbow masked, and a subtle play with the lighting to try to replicate how it looked in camera.

I’ve actually returned to this one as several folks have asked if they could also see the original image. So straight from camera into PSE RAW out as a JPEG with nothing done other than the change from RAW to JPEG.

Rainbow before

Tis a Rainbow RED 271213_edited-1