Beachcombing

Pebbles – Cross Processed

A very hot week ended and all I could think of was the coast. I left a stifling London behind, returned to sunny Hampshire and we loaded up the car and headed for a very warm Wittering in Sussex for the evening. The temperature there was much the same but the air was a lot nicer, we could breath. Since I took a bundle of lenses including my macro, I crawled around on the pebbles looking for nice graphical images.

I have done a little bit of a triptych here by producing an image from the original RAW file 3 times using different processing methods. The first image is the original as the beautiful warm light cast it’s rays across the subject. The second was produced using the cross processing presets in Lightrom 3 and the last was created with an orange filtered black and white preset. I also cropped to produce a square format that suits the triptych concept nicely. In fact I love square format images and may carry on doing this in the future.

You may as ever buy any of these images as prints. Why not buy all 3 to make up a fantastic triptych?

Contract extension and playing with new technology

I was very pleased last week to learn that my contract will be
extended for a further 3 months at Transport for London
(http://www.tfl.gov.uk) which will take it to a 6 month total. I have
a feeling it may roll beyond that but let’s not be presumptious.

Contracting in the world of IT is very much about opportunity and
these days you really have to keep your ears to the ground. If
something comes up that offers the prospects of learning new skills
plus perhaps working for a very well known name and not to forget the
money is good. Go for it! 🙂

I am staying where I am for now, as the job is good and there sounds
like a lot of interesting things coming up.

Am I learning new stuff though?

Yes I am and it is important to do so, especially as a contractor. If
you stop learning move on. I personally like to set goals for myself
and to keep these very much in mind. It is all too easy to let them
slip by and lose sight of your ambitions.

What am I learning at the moment?

I am beginning to pick up on newer .NET technology which I was unable
to touch previously. Google technology and XML feeds play an important
role in what I have been doing. I like the idea of being able to add
GSA to my CV. I’ve also been put in charge of learning more about some
great new mapping technology that I can’t really tell you too much
about just yet. Mapping and location tools are all very much on the
web landscape at the moment and it’s an area I am very passionate
about.

A retrospective of my work: Concerts

Imelda May performs at Guilfest, Stoke Park, Guildford 2009

I am currently going through my previous work in preparation (and hoping) to join the new Alamy Archival/Reportage service. I am already a contributor for their main library but am very interested in supplying reportage in order to open up some new opportunities for my freelance photography work. Anyway I’ve filled out the form, so fingers crossed I will make it through.

The above shot is of Imelda May taken last year at Guilfest in Surrey. This image isn’t actually filed with anyone and for some time I have pondered over submitting such shots to Alamy. Traditionally they haven’t been the best choice in this field due to the fact images have to be upsized and that their target business has been aimed elsewhere. Now they are making moves into the world of reportage, I am bursting with excitement and also plan to move many of my images from Getty across to Alamy.

New Theme and new structure

I thought this dry stone wall image was very appropriate 🙂

Every now and again I like to mess around with my site but in this case I feel that I needed to, especially as I am now diversifying a lot more in the work that I do. I feel that the navigation offered by this theme works a lot better and helps people discover other parts of the site far in an easier way. There may be a few snags though in the process, so please let me know if you see any.