Croydon, London in 2005

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Tilt-shift of Wellesley Road, Croydon, from the Jurys Inn hotel

This is one of my oldest photographs. I took it while at a World of Warcraft guild meetup with friends (Gabi) in London on the last weekend of July 2005. I just put this up now because I wanted to see what a non-Instagram thumbnail looked like. By the time a photograph gets from my phone to the blog it has been compressed a few times:

  1. On the phone when it is taken.
  2. When it cropped and uploaded to Instagram.
  3. When it is shrunk for thumbnail upload.

All those images are soft and grainy at this size, because of compression and crappy iPhone lens.

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Micro-mini-tiny contest winner:

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Earlier this week, I ran a very small contest on the photography forum to process two of my photographs, one of Galway’s Williamsgate Street and the second of Galway’s St. Nicholas’ church. I had some great responses on the thread in question, but the outright winner was Brian Healy, who won the voting by a clear margin.

To hear from the man himself about his method of and choices for processing:

I processed these in Adobe Photoshop CS4. I used the Silver Efex plugin from Nik Software to do the main conversion and then used curves adjustment layers with masking. I also did some dodging and burning on the church photo.

Silver efex is a specialist black and white conversion plugin, it allows for targeted adjustments of individual areas without the need for selections. You can also use different colour filters, toning etc. For these shots, I also used the ‘burn edges’ feature, which gives a vignette style effect, but you can use it on each edge of the photo individually. In the photo of the street corner, I used this on the left and right to draw attention to the centre of the photo. I used it on all sides of the church photo but more subtly.

The curves adjustment layers was just basic S-curves, and masked out in places where I thought it looked over contrasty.

I did some dodging and burning on the church, on a separate layer. I used a soft brush, about 5% opacity and adjusted down the opacity of the whole layer afterwards.

Finally, I sharpened the photos using Nik’s output sharpener. Again, this allows for selective sharpening without the need for complex selections.

To view some examples of my own photography, go to:

I have a range of prints for sale, and am also available for weddings, portraits, commercial photography etc.

I am currently based in Tipperary but am available nationwide.

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That new year's shine

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Well hi there, readers. It falls to me to harken the arrival of 2010 on January 3rd. 2009, for all its darkness, ended on an upbeat and optimistic note that continues to resonate in the first few days of 2010. I’ve taken on a project for 2010: 365 days of photos, of which I am onto day #3. The photos have so been posted to my personal site, but beginning tonight or tomorrow I will begin to migrate those posts back to

Thank you to everyone who visited in 2009 and to all who may come in 2010. :)

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