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Lindsay & Shaun Get Married

After 9 years together my sister married her sweetheart at the weekend. I had been tasked with taking some photographs of her and the bridesmaids getting ready but I ended up doing the lot!

I’ve done a few weddings before but as far as I can recall this is the first where the Groom is actually a photographer! This, coupled¬†with the fact it was my sister added to the pressure of making sure the shots were spot on. Fortunately, both the Bride and Groom were very laid back and took it all in their stride. I hope they like the photographs – I’m quite pleased with them!!

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Some of my favorite photographs

Beach sunset, Australia

Beach sunset, Australia

Queens View, Scotland

Queens View, Scotland

Falls of Bruar, Scotland

Falls of Bruar, Scotland

The Hermitage, Scotland

The Hermitage, Scotland

Railway Children!

Railway Children!

Wedding shoes

Wedding shoes

The Bean, Chicago

The Bean, Chicago

North Yorkshire Moors Railway, England

North Yorkshire Moors Railway, England

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

River Lochy, Scotland

River Lochy, Scotland

Caledonia Canal, Scotland

Caledonia Canal, Scotland

Frozen grass

Frozen grass

Brooklyn sunset, NYC

Brooklyn sunset, NYC

Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia

Australia

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo skyline, Japan

Tokyo skyline, Japan


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Never ending options

As I move forward with my photography I am always looking at better ways to manage my image workflow. Currently I am using Aperture for organizing and processing my Canon RAW files. Whilst Aperture is extremely powerful, and with an apparent endless array of external plugins, I am always on the lookout for other software that will allow me to showcase my work. Since buying the iPad I have been using a program called Snapseed which is produced by Nik Software. What this piece of software gave me was the ability to upload photos to my iPad and then process them whilst on the go. I was impressed by the different filters and styles that could be applied to an image, however, the only downside was that I was constantly having to synchronize my photos to my main image library. This afternoon, after much reading on the ‘tinternet, I decided to get Snapseed for my iMac. The desktop version works pretty much in the same way the mobile versions do yet I feel that you get a little extra in the way certain portions of the image can be manipulated. One of the benefits of having snapseed on the desktop is that I can send images from Aperture for external editing and then have the changes update automatically back into the Aperture library – HEY PRESTO! no more manual syncing of images!!

I am sure there are many great reviews of Snapseed available on the web so I will only leave you with two images. One manipulated with Snapseed and the other with no modifications (aka straight out of the camera) so that you can see the kind of results you can get with a little jiggery pokery!

Trying out Snapseed on the iMac

Straight out of the camera


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A stroll in the evening sun

Currently, Louise and I are enjoying a few kid free days as they are having a holiday at their Grandparents in Lincolnshire. You would think that as this doesn’t happen very often we would be making the most of it and going out most evenings? Unfortunately this hasn’t been the case as Lou is currently in the middle of a course that has 2 exams (all done by Friday though, YIPPEEE) and there is just far too much good sport on TV to necessitate leaving the house. However, this evening it was beautiful with lovely warm sun and a lush blue sky – perfect weather for a stroll and take pictures. The area around New Brighton on the Wirral has recently undergone a huge development with the building of a new leisure complex (cinema, casino etc) and a number of bars, restaurants and coffee shops. I have to say that it is a massive improvement on what was there before, and given the number of people who were taking advantage of the facilities, I would say lots of other people think the same way.