Last year Tina & I went to India at the beginning of March 2017.
I will say this, it is a wonderful place to visit and has absolutely fascinating things and areas to photograph not to mention the people.
I however, came away with mixed feelings about my time there.
I won't say what here as it is too personal and it is only referencing a few points I experienced.
Whilst there Tina and I visited the usual tourist attraction.
The Taj Mahal a Wildlife reserve and also took a hot air balloon ride despite my having extreme food poisoning. (Just to show how bad this was I was still suffering 10 days later when we arrived back home and for another 8 days after that).
One restaurant served me a meatless mutton bone dish and it was listed as Lamb Curry!
And this was in one of their top 5 star hotels.
Although we came across a few dodgy sellers for the most part every person we met was extremely nice.
Our cab driver was assigned to us for the whole duration and he kept trying to take us to shopping malls where he would get a kick back so watch out for this.
We did manage to see a wild tiger and I have got a few photos of 'it' from some distance away. Thank goodness for zoom lenses.
The Taj Mahal has to be seen to be believed it truly is an awesome building. I just hope you skills at Photoshopping are good as you are likely to see it with scaffolding for the next few years around some parts as they are trying to keep it clean and this now seems to be a semi permanent feature, the scaffold I mean.
If you go really early you will still queue but if you have a guide they will get to the front of the ticket queue even though you have priority ones there is still a queue. We waited about an hour.
Also hope you have enough skill to miss out from your shots the Chinese tourist groups with their matching bright orange hats.
If your guide offers to take a photo of you so as you won't have that selfie look to your picture, make sure you as them to take quite a few and also check what they have taken as you are likely to find some very slanted ones there. Hopefully they are at least in focus and have enough space around to straighten and crop.
One suggestion would be to take a photo of where you plan to sit with plenty of space around and then if said slanted photo is at least in focus you'll be about the right distance for perspective and can cut and paste yourselves back in.
If you're lucky enough to have set your camera to have back button focus and have one that copes quite well with high iso then you can always pre set you focus to infinity and say f/8 then when you see all the Chinese tourists having their phones snatched away and the photo they have just taken deleted and then asked to leave the inside of the Temple you can take that opportunity to aim you camera without looking through the view finder and take a few shots. They do come out quite well I must say ;-)
There are quite a few places that you aren't allowed to take photos...
I have posted below some images i took during our holiday. One is from inside the Taj Mahal and I have not straightened it so as to give you an idea of what can be achieved shooting from the hip so to speak.
22.1.17 Today Simon and I spent the afternoon taking photographs for fun at Netley Abbey, Victoria Country Park and Titchfield Haven. Simon has been encouraging me to take up photography for years and finally my interest has been piqued. Being an incurable romantic I was rather pleased with this one I took of a young couple sat on a bench!!!!
If the couple concerned would like a copy emailed to you please contact Simon via this website.
Today I had the pleasure of photographing Spirit a Great Dane puppy of 11 months, yes I said puppy!
Sharron, Spirits owner has a lovely dog which having a beautiful temperament has decided to register Spirit with dog agencies as a model.
I wish Spirit and Sharron every success with Spirits modelling career.
Today I went to Action Stations based in the Historic Dock Yard of Portsmouth.
Here you will find many activities for you're children and today they had their Sci-Fi event with many stall holders and people dressed as various characters and heroes.
If you see yourself in one of the photos you can go here to download a free full res-file.
I have just completed a commission to adjust this photo where the client had his arm waving to the opposite balloon as were the other passengers whilst a photo was taken. Just to be clear I was not the photographer. The ladies face behind the clients waving arm is his daughter's and they wanted it to be fully visible.
I scanned the 8" x 10" photo and used PhotoShop to produce the end result.
Should you be interested in having a similar project completed please contact us to discuss further your requirements, thank you, Simon.
In the above photo the man in the white cap has his arm partly covering his daughter's face.
In the same photo below are the alterations of the mans arm being moved and his daughter's face now visible.
Tonight I went along with Hampshire Social Snappers to Lordington Farm, which has a Lavender field amongst other areas. There is also a small shop and a cafe serving tea and cake. Although the HSS group had booked the field after hours and so no tea or cake! Oh well it was nice to meet with some like minded people.
There are many of these fields around the country, this one is near Havant Hampshire. A small charge is asked but you are let free to click away for hours if you wish up until 8 pm.
Tonight was completely overcast but I feel some nice photos were taken from what I have seen by some of the others there.
31 of the groups over 400 members made the trip from as far as Haslemere and Southampton.
The only drawback was that the field had already been partly harvested, meaning not such wide photos were available with the Lavender.
Anyway here are a few of my efforts, just to mention I used a Tilt & Shift lens for all these photos. For some of you who are not familiar with this type of lens it is used by architectural photographers to correct the merging parallel lines found when looking upward to tall buildings and such distorted images due to perspective viewing. ( Converging Lines).
However, for some time now many photographers use these lenses for more artistic purposes. Hence you will see blurred areas of the photos which have been created with the lens on the camera and not via any Photoshop use. Aside from some cropping no other processing or alteration has been applied.
Click any image to see full full size.
The Festival of Speed this weekend featured some of our printing in large format. (Above)
We did not take the photos themselves but through one of our associates we personally printed the above images with regards the Mini and BMW stands.
And by personally we do mean Simon actually used the large format Scitex printers.
Of course whilst there the opportunity was taken to enjoy the event and take other photos.
Converted 163 colour negative slides into positive photo files for a client.
I still use my trusty Epson Perfection 3200 Photo Scanner.
Although over ten years old now it is still to be bettered in my opinion.
Some new scanners have slightly better resolution but considering the 3200 photo's 3,200 x 6,400 dpi versus that of 6,400 x 9,600 dpi I don't know who in their right mind would scan at that scale.
Optical Density (DMAX) is still the same for newer models at 3.4 and this is the important area of shadow detail being captured. (Which multi purpose all in one units simply cannot match.)
Consider that the slides I recently worked with were 32mm x 23mm scanned at 2400 dpi.
This translates to a 18.6 mb photo but at 32mm x 23mm.
An average digital camera say 16mb will give a photo of 300dpi at 414mm x 276mm.
This therefore allows the slides to be converted to 300 dpi photos giving 254mm x 184mm. (10"x7").
Had I scanned at the full 3200 x 6400 dpi then these could have been twice the size again.
Remember the original slide is very small, scanning a full 10" x 8" photo at these resolutions makes for insane file sizes and photos become in sizes of feet not inches.
The Optical Density though is the most important function of a scanner when working with slides or negatives either colour or black and white. Colour and tone can be somewhat rescued via Photoshop but if the detail is not there to begin with then you can't hope to produce a decent end result.