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Tony’s a Smashing Photographer

Photographers are known for wanting to get close to the action in their quest for a great shot.

But the Shepton Mallet Journal’s Tony Bolton got a little closer than he would have liked at a recent hockey match.

Tony was capturing the action and when the ball was hit, his timing was bang on.

That perfectly timed image had Tony’s name on it. Unfortunately, so did the ball!

It headed straight toward its unlikely target and hit the bull’s-eye, putting the snapper’s long focus lens out of action, permanently.

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Source: Shepton Mallet Journal

By |May 13th, 2015|0 Comments

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May the Fourth be with you

STARWARS

Chris (right) in his edited clip from Star Wars

I’ve just finished wishing three of my friends a happy birthday in the same manner that I do each and every year on “Star Wars Day”.

As a photographer, I’m not averse to a bit of photoshoppery but this bit of expert editing by a film fan is by far the best thing I’ve seen since rag week students re-arranged the letters on a sign above an Odeon Cinema to read ARSE WARTS !

Vermont based cinematographer Chris Seerveld has created for himself the ultimate fan boy experience by actually editing himself into a clip from the Star Wars film A New Hope, and the result is this epic YouTube video showing him in conversation with Luke Skywalker and taking a trip in a X-wing.

Tabloid deception

waterstory5Sure, drinking water is good for you. But this is just tabloid crap.

The “before” picture has been taken with a single light placed above the lady’s head. Note the shadow under the nose and the lack of catchlights in the eyes.

This type of lighting will emphasise bags under the eyes and skin blemishes.

The “after” picture has been taken using two frontal diffused lights. You can clearly see the catchlights (reflections of the light source) in the eyes. One, a round light, probably using an umbrella reflector was to the left of the camera slightly above head height and the other, a large rectangular ‘soft box’ was placed at eye level very close the the camera axis.

waterstory2These produce practically shadowless lighting which will minimise or even eliminate the shadows cast by eye bags etc and give a smoother texture to the skin.

I’m not saying they were, but it would have easily been possible to have taken both these photographs on the same day.

The lady in question has said she undertook the month-long experiment after speaking to a neurologist and nutritionist because she was suffering headaches and poor digestion. So why would she take herself off to a photographic studio to have a “before” picture taken?

waterstory3And then, we are expected to believe, she went back a month later wearing the same blouse and the same earrings and her hair in the same style and with the intervening month’s growth cut off to have the “miraculous” transformation recorded for posterity?

Do the Daily Mirror think we are all thick or something?

Worse still they have done a sloppy job of the deception. Both pictures have exactly the same perspective and image size. ie: Same camera to subject distance and same focal length lens.

It looks every bit as if the camera was set on a tripod, the first picture taken and the photographer changed the lighting whilst the lady combed her hair and had some concealer and foundation applied before sitting back in the same position.

My guess is, the “after” picture have also been retouched because the lady’s water intake has even caused some extra eyelashes to grow!

Basically, it’s a load of old tosh designed to make gullible people buy their tabloid rag.

It reinforces my belief that the only thing you can believe in the tabloids is the date – and they even get that wrong sometimes!waterstory4

See the original story here: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/real-life-stories/woman-who-started-drinking-three-4791113

By |December 12th, 2014|0 Comments

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Paul Weller Flashback Friday

It’s Flashback Friday today on Paul Weller’s Twitter Page.

He, or more likely his minions, have obviously been trawling the web and come across this picture I took back in November 1979 of my then 13 year old son Neil getting Paul’s autograph after the gig  I’d been covering for the press.

Neil recalls the gig on his website, Link2Wales.co.uk

By |November 7th, 2014|0 Comments

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How to organise wedding groups

By |September 25th, 2014|0 Comments

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