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To recap my last blog post (Paxton's Tower), I had a shot of Paxton's Tower which I wasn't all that fussed about. It was a flat morning and I'd only gotten one usable exposure. I processed it in black and white and darkened the sky as much as I could get away with while trying to extract as much detail as I could. I then put the image up on my blog for posterity and to let people know what I've been up to. Below is the image alongside the original: Normally I'd put it down to experience and start planning the next shot but something about the image just made me want to tinker with it

Posted on January 20, 2018 by aledowenthomas in Landscape

At times I've been asked how I process my images and I've not know what to say. If the person asking isn't a photographer themselves how do you straddle the line between being too simplistic and too esoteric? I'm going to break down the process I go through to attempt to give an idea of what's involved. I've picked the last image that I worked on because it was convenient. By no means do I do the exact same thing with each image but this should give some indication of how I go about things. Just like the actual taking of the photos it has taken many years of failures and successes,

Posted on January 14, 2016 by aledowenthomas in Landscape

I thought that it might be a good idea to put up a post that explains - as succinctly as I can - how I go about getting one of my landscape images. Step 1: Planning You'd think, living as I do in the West of Ireland, that finding subjects to photograph would be easy. But a great view does not necessarily translate into a great image. Lots of elements need to come together in an image to make it work, and that's what I'm looking for in a scene if I'm going to photograph it. I've also got to take into consideration that the mind sees what it wants to see. Many times have I gone to shoot

Posted on November 19, 2013 by aledowenthomas in Landscape