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My 52 – Mechanical

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This weeks 52, and much thinking ensued. The theme was mechanical and all I’ve been able to think of all week is car engine. No no and thrice no. I refuse to photograph my car engine. It’s old, its dirty and the weather is crap. Maybe there is an image under the bonnet but I didn’t fancy going and finding it.

The perfect photo for the week has already been taken, I may edit this post and put it up. I went to the railway museum in York a few weeks back and got a few shots of the innards of one of the old steam trains. Absolutely perfect for the week, but not within the remit.

And then I had a brainwave. Sat on my desk, my powerball. It’s all about mechanical energy, it’s a hand powered gyroscope, and it lights up rather pleasingly. The question was how to capture it. After lots of attempts I came up with these three.

This one is my current favourite primarily due to the reflection


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February 28, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Selective Colour

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This evening I’ve been playing about with a new technique: selective colour. The image below is a proof of concept, I wanted to get one online and see what it looks like before I embark on proper composition. Have a looksee below.

I really like it, it’s an easy effect to overdo but I think in this form it’s subtle enough to work. The technique is as follows.

Open the image in photoshop and right away copy the background layer twice. Go to the topmost layer and use the channels dialogue to convert to black and white.
Next, add a layer mask to the black and white layer, select the paint tool, zoom right into the image and “paint” black on the areas of the image that you want to see through. The black never appears, instead you reveal the image on the layer below which is still in colour. I zoomed in to 500% and used a soft brush on the edges.

Once the coin is revealed you can play about further with levels, curves and exposure settings, or simply flatten the image and save.

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January 4, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Shooting for fun

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I had an idea for a concept tonight while consuming far too much chocolate. The new years resolution diet. Full of goodness and full of vitamins, probably.

There might be a good shot in here, but I took it simply for pleasure.

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January 3, 2010 at 11:15 pm