mel and tim … [wedding sneak peek]

I know it’s hard to believe, but I’m blogging again! With apologies for the slowness of the last couple of months, I’m pleased to report that normal service has resumed … or is well on its way to resuming 😉

Here’s a sneak peek of Mel and Tim’s wedding from Saturday. Plenty more to come!

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6 April 2010 - 9.23pm

cecily - luuurve the two set at beach second from bottom!
and welcome back. i missed you. 🙂

the film experiment

Last year, I bought a film camera.

I can’t explain why. Maybe I wanted to prove to myself that I could take decent photos without needing to check my exposure after each shot. Or maybe I wanted to believe that film still has that somethin’ somethin’ that digital doesn’t have.

Eventually, I put a roll of film through my new (old) camera.

What do you think? Somethin’ somethin’?

Try to ignore the fact that I took all of these in a quick stroll around the Newcastle CBD 😉

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20 April 2010 - 10.11pm

Sam - I love film! So nice to get out the ol’ film cameras every now and then! Your photos are beautiful, and the memories of my darkroom days come flooding back… awesome!

13 March 2010 - 4.13pm

kerryn - Something Something for sure but I think the photographer has a LOT to do with it!

13 March 2010 - 6.04am

Bobby Earle - Ripping.

12 March 2010 - 10.01pm

Niraj Popat - Luke, these don’t even look like film! They just look fantastic. So I’m not sure if this is a positive thing for Digital, or a “Negative thing for film” (excuse the pun, lol). I think digital + some post processing techniques could produce similar styles. Great shot of the moped in the back-ally.

anonymous … [photo of the day]

He’s only anonymous because I don’t know what his name is.

He’s often sitting on this bench, a few metres away from my studio.

I’m glad I finally asked for his portrait. Next time I see him I’ll try to find out his name.

I want to take more photos like this.

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12 March 2010 - 11.51pm

Angela - Great shot! I love this.

12 March 2010 - 7.14pm

Siobhan - Sfeels like it could be in Europe. Good on you for asking. I always chicken out.

12 March 2010 - 6.30pm

Lindy Asimus - Great shot. What a character and nicely captured.

guilt … [photo of the day]

Sorry I haven’t been blogging much lately. As per last week’s hint that things have been “pretty rough”, we’ve been facing some challenges that I can’t really tell you about 🙁

This has further delayed delivery on some of the photos I had hoped to have out by the end of February, which has been difficult in its own right. I’m hopeful that we’re only a couple of weeks out from being all caught up, but until then the blog will continue to be quieter than normal. I have some great things to tell you about when normality returns, though 🙂

Meanwhile, I leave you with a photo of Radar that shouldn’t need any explanation 😉

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7 March 2010 - 4.02pm

Melissa Tuson - Hope things get easier for you Luke. As cute as Radar is, coming home to that may well be the last thing you want to see. Glad to see you could respond to it with a sense of humour. Will be praying for you. Remember, no matter what goes on, God has it completely under control and will never push you past what you can handle, only enough to make you rely more on him

6 March 2010 - 5.43pm

Alexander Gardner - He’s just bored. Home is mighty lonely when no one’s around.

We’ve got work, friends, hobbies and so on but they only have us.

5 March 2010 - 7.53am

cecily - Destination puppy school? 🙂

4 March 2010 - 10.01pm

Heidi - Awww how could you stay mad at that sweet lil fella? I’m sure he didn’t mean it…. 😉

before and after #2 … [workshop wednesday]

I’m sorry for being such a bad blogger lately. The last couple of weeks have been pretty rough, and blogging slipped below more important things on the priority list 🙁

Anyway, it’s now two weeks late, but here’s my long-awaited intro to black and white post production. And there’s a whole hour of Wednesday left as I start writing this, so it TOTALLY counts as a workshop wednesday 😉

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of different ways to convert a colour image to black and white. Just ask Google. Seriously. There’s a whole world of possibilities out there!

My approach, as always, is simple, Lightroom-based and not particularly earth-shattering. I hope it helps you figure out an approach that works for you 🙂

Here’s a colour image, straight out of camera, from Ainslie and Rohan’s wedding:

It looks OK in colour, but to my mind, the long shadows are begging for black and white treatment. This is the end result I was going for:

And here’s how I got there (just using Lightroom’s Develop module):

  1. White balance: avoiding proper colour correction by converting to black and white makes for crappy black and whites. Don’t be lazy! For this photo, I set my colour temperature to 7000 with a tint of +15.
  2. Grayscale treatment: I have Lightroom configured to apply an automatic grayscale mix as soon as I convert from colour to grayscale (Preferences > Presets). Usually it does a pretty good job (assuming my white balance is correct 😉 ), but occasionally I might darken the greens, lighten the reds or make other minor adjustments. In this case, I didn’t override Lightroom’s defaults.
  3. Tone: Again, I usually start by auto-toning my photos, and tweaking from there. For this photo, I made the following adjustments:

    * Exposure: 0
    * Recovery: 34
    * Fill Light: 14
    * Blacks: 10
    * Brightness: +109
    * Contrast: +100

  4. Vignette: Finally, I applied a vignette to further draw attention towards Ainslie and Rohan.

Voila! A pretty dramatic-looking black and white 🙂 I hope you found that useful … if so, please spread the word!

25 February 2010 - 10.37am

steph - great result – and good tip about getting the WB right before you remove the colour