Month: May 2012

May 24, 2012 / / Blog

On the way back from my sight test today, I called into a park and grabbed a few floral shots – thought I’d give it a bash, they’re not really my thing to be honest but you never know who may need them…. The park’s usually full of all kinds and colours of flowers, but today, I was greeted mainly with soil and dandilions… so here’s a bunch of shots… all done in Lightroom V4…. see if you like them, I’ll pop them up for sale if anyone fancies a…

May 13, 2012 / / Automobiles

Photographing Cars in the Park Prints of some of the cars can be bought here – email info@mcfade.co.uk if yours is missing and you want a print. http://www.photoboxgallery.com/mcfadeAuto/collection?album_id=1270798377 The rain was happily absent at Newby Hall, near Ripon, today, so the Cars In The Park show was a great success. A mix of sports cars from all eras converged on the greens in front of the hall – we were there taking photos and chatting with their owners along with Matt Netherwood of http://www.further-reflections.co.uk/ and Jackie Braddock of Forever Living Products (http://www.jaxflp.co.uk/).…

May 9, 2012 / / Blog

As part of the Lightroom 4 exploration, we’ve been editing our student’s shots for fun – using just Lightroom 4, no plugins or photoshop. Here’s one from the Lyric of Sam chilling on the stair with his sax… Original Shot Lift shadows with Tone sliders slight toning with duotone sliders vignette to add atmosphere selective brushwork on Sam’s Face and slight darkening around him on the walls etc.

May 9, 2012 / / Lightroom

As part of the Lightroom 4 exploration, we’ve been editing our student’s shots for fun – using just Lightroom 4, no plugins or photoshop. Here’s one from the Lyric of Chris with his trombone on the stairs. Original Shot This shot seemed to suit mono, so started off with a black and white pre-set – went through a few till I got one which looked nice. Selective brush work to bring out detail and add light to interesting areas of the shot Added vignette to see whether it worked… down to personal…

May 9, 2012 / / Lightroom

As part of the Lightroom 4 exploration, we’ve been editing our student’s shots for fun – using just Lightroom 4, no plugins or photoshop. Here’s one from the Lyric of Chris playing his trombone. The gallery feature isn’t in the right order, but each shot has a number after it;s name “brass-band-119-3” – that number is sequential :- Original Bleach bypass preset Crop, rotate a bit and some vignette Selective darken with brush tool Alternative crop to 4

May 9, 2012 / / Blog

Here’s a shot by Dave Goodman, who came on our Brass Workshop in the Lyric. It’s a shot of Chris playing Trombone on the stairs up to the projector room. For me, the main thing here was the shadow and brick textures, so all the emphasis was dragged in that direction, leaving chris himself very shadowy. Original Image Tone and clarity added – used a GRAD effect to alter the texture on the left side of the shot Subtle change of contrast/clarity on LHS brickwork Cooled the dark tones to…

May 9, 2012 / / Blog

As part of the Lightroom 4 exploration, we offered to edit some of our students workshop photos to show what can be done just in light room. So this shot is from a McFade Taster shoot where we had Sam and Chris, the brass section from Sweet Soul Blues Brothers and many other bands. Here are the basic steps in Lightroom – click on the photo to scroll through each step:- Original Shot Tone edits Presence Curves (very little difference here actually) Crop and slight Vignette added Selective changes with…

May 8, 2012 / / Blog

On Ilkley Moor Bah Tat A bright mid-morning trip up to the Cow and Calf is a lovely way to start a bank holiday Monday. Light breeze, nice patterned clouds and nice shadows were what we were greeted with. The ND Grad Problem Thing is, using ND Grad filters to keep detail in the sky would blacken the top of the rocks. So to get both nice, bright rocks, and the sky, I took 3 shots of each scene (dark, normal and light) and then used Photomatix V 4.2 to blend them…

May 8, 2012 / / Blog

Cake for Charity! One of our good friends from Bingley, Chrisse Carlton, runs a fantastic annual event to raise money for the MS Society. There was a real buzz at the venue, “Foundry Hill Bar”, with people bringing and buying an amazing array of cakes and other treats. We’ve not heard how much money was raised yet, but what a great, fun way to help out such an amazing charity. Here’s a few shots of the lovely cakes from the day – the one with Saltaire Brewery beer in was…

May 3, 2012 / / Blog

Gordale Scar…. Can you do it justice? Going around “that corner” for the first time and seeing inside Gordale Scar is breathtaking. It’s as near as we get to Yosemite Valley in Yorkshire! The pleasant, flat walk along side the burbling stream doesn’t really prepare you for cavernous geological marvel that awaits you. It’s a huge gouge in the landscape, some think it’s a collapsed cave, though that theory has been generally abandoned in favour of the land being carved open by millennia of water erosion. So as a photographer, you walk around the…