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A not so nice day at the seaside!

A not so nice day at the seaside!

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The weather here at the moment is bloody aweful. Rain, rain and yet more rain. Oh, and grey skies!! While getting out and about isn’t a huge amount of fun at the moment, it does offer some interesting opportunities for photography, especially if you’re into street / documentary as I am. Normally I seek out umbrellas as I just love the images this prop creates but this photo is quite typical of others I search out. Here, i’ve gone for what is called SOOC (straight out of camera), a technique I have been leaning towards more and more recently as I’m a big Fujifilm camera fan. I’m also a big fan of analogue film so getting “non digital looking” shots is a pastime of mine. This puts me at odds with many of my Sony, Canon and Nikon friends who all seek pixel perfect shots of everything from daffodils through to mountains but even so, it’s a technique and a style I enjoy.  My most recent digital stuff also looks remarkably like the photos I have from the 60’s, 70’s and later so a big plus there.

This shot, taken with the Fuji x-t1 with Viltrox 23mm f1.4, is typical of the jpeg’s you can get SOOC with the Fuji. The recipe I’m using is based on ProNeg Hi with modifications to shadows, highlights, WB, noise reduction, sharpness and dynamic range (through manipulating ISO). Top end Fuji’s have even more options to play with such as more film stocks eg Classic Negative (Superior 100) and grain which adds to the analogue realism that can be achieved. Although this photo has not been processed in any way,  I might sometimes lift the shadows a little as well as add a little film grain but here I haven’t bothered as I just like the simplicity of the image. It’s quite nice not to spend hours on editing.

Latest Update

Latest Update

I’m going to be honest here guys and say that, like many, I am spread way too thin across way too many social media platforms to have any hope of building any sort of presence. At last count, I had two Instagram accounts, four facebook pages I own, two more that I manage, five websites that I own, two more I have created for other people, one twitter account and God knows what else. Probably a few forum accounts too, oh and 2 Flickr accounts. Almost forgot about them!! This is a roundabout way of saying that recent updates to this site, which I doubt are being read by many, are few and far between. Something has to give but what to do!! The obvious answer is to slim down my portfolio or learn how to post in one place which is then shared everywhere. Does that exist? It should do!! Anyway, clearly I’ve managed to orchestrate a mess of giant proportions which I somehow need to resolve.

Ideally of course i’d just have one website, linked to one instagram, one facebook and one twitter account. Wow, that would be perfect. Normally, I tend to work in Joomla but I built this website because I wanted to explore WordPress. Boy, that was a mistake!! I’ve really struggled to get this far, nothing works the same as Joomla and while WordPress is just a kit of bits, it’s designed so differently that I have struggled. This is my first venture back in about 7 months and I’m starting to knock it into shape so that’s a positive.

This all being said, I’ve decided that this website,The Creative Camera (what a great name) will become my primary blogging platform alongside Pixtures.co.uk which will remain my ecommerce site. I’m sure that I could combine the two, maybe I will, but at the moment, that’s the way I’m going to go. The only facebook group I will maintain will be the companion to this site, that is www.facebook.com/groups/thecreativecamera/ as I already have a nice little group going there.