I've not been well..... Pulmonary Bacterial infection and Thyroid embollism...chuck in a core body temperature of 42.4 C and I was a Gnats doodah away from being measured up for a wooden overcoat....still a bit loppy...high body temp may have frayed a few brain cells, they had me packed in Physio Ice packs one night, like a 'Catch of the Day' ....cracking way to spend your birthday, one I'll never forget...anyhow, back in the saddle next week, new gear to try out, trip back to England, more folk staying on the farm, all the wild flower beds we've planted are in full bloom so expect some of those as well. Landscape and Seascape may feature strongly for the rest of the year and I need to feed the online library monsters with 'local scenes of rural France'. Wilko Skipper, mission understood, smoke me a kipper I'll be back for tea.
Easing back in to it with a wander around the garden. Bit of that Breton rain that dosn't quite get to ground level followed by sunshine. If the butterflies hung about instead of using the place as a cut through then maybe they'd have been captured in all their flappy glory, waiting for the Buddleias to flower, that might tempt them. I'll post some of the wildflower beds we've put in tomorrow but until then....
..... I have a rummage around and see if there is another yet untickled batch of files lurking in a forgotten nest of folders...well there always is...when there really is nothing to do I'll set about applying some logic to this shermozzle of slipshod cataloguing. Well here is one from a soggy thursdays Lightroom tickling....and then shoved into Photoshop for a meaty spank. This was as flat and as grey as my current hair regime.
Cold grey flat wet day on the North East coast of England... one of those days when you think that nothing will be usable well if you go on my youtube channel you'll find an old tutorial that shows you how to dredge up all manner of stuff from the flatest of files here's a link Flat landscape ...eh will sit down and record a pile more soon...not much more work to go on the farmhouse now with July being my deadline to get back out and get snapping...properly.
As you, dear reader , will know, the Bugle Blog often stands proud, one hand on hip, the other holding a crystal cut glass of Chablis, resplendant in it's Burgundy quilted smoking jacket with gold brocade, Turkish slippers embracing it's feet and fedora with matching swan feather .......depositing nuggets of marmite flavoured images to those brave enough to look. These often cause the viewer to cock one eyebrow, sometimes have both corners of their mouth turned downwards or shake their heads and move on to those really funny Cat videos available on all good social media sites. There is a Yang to all this Ying, bare knuckles versus Marquis of Queensbury, Batman v Superman...although that looks a bit rubbish from the trailers.... yes it's a place where the images are unfaffed, realistic, representative and totally unbothered by that marmite coated image jiggery pokery stuff...it's work for Image Libraries. Cold shivers upon the mention of keywords, gasping and sobbing at the endless hours spent cleaning up dust, correcting vertcals wafting away chromatic abberations and the lonely hours spent uploading...the green percentage bar lighting the sweat stained sobbing creature rocking back and forth in the corner of the office crying 'Enough....enough....this is the highest resolution image you fiend...'
Anyway peel them back because this is what one gets up to when the rain here in Brittany has a breather...4 feet here on the Mont d'Arree..I didn't see that in the brochure. (All images available from your favourite online retailers...no agents will call)
People email me and say 'David , where....' sorry it's usually 'Oi ,old man, where do you get these marmite based image tomfoolery ideas from' well to be honest there is no thumbing through the great works of art and photography, it's usually a moment when I'm trying to eradicate another infernal internal earworm into silence or on another long trek through France on the off chance of nabbing some stock library images before it rains again. Now it was on one of these trips yesterday to one of my default shooting locations when that little spark, that zizzle of a thought turned up and poked me in the cerebellum
'How about if you locked on a point and rotated the camera whilst shooting multi-in camera images...how about that eh' Well I was trying to dismiss the Wurzles I've got a brand new Combined Harvester down the earworm exit chute so it gave me a chance to focus my few remaining active grey cells into some kind of plan of action...well....here they are. Oh , and to the gentleman from the Far East who keeps sending me emails asking me to 'fess up and say it's all done in Photoshop....well it's actually all done in-camera and Lightroom CC now...Lightroom CC I'll come back to that at some later point. So without the aid of Photoshop but under the influence of random tune based thought patterns, here are the latest in the production based marmitey tasting imagery process...thingy.
(eds note....I am in a study group looking into earworms and the control of tinnutis from Goldsmiths College, London)
So these are all 6 shot in camera multi images given a waft in Lightroom CC...lens correction bit of clarity and highlight recovery...dialed in one and a bit stops of EV underexposure when shooting iso 400 at F 10 and let the shutter speed take care of itself all on the dear old D700 20mm combo.. May tweak in Photoshop before they get their own Gallery on the Web pages.
Okay you may not want or have a multiple exposure option in your camera menu system...no problem as I'll show you how to take a set of shots whilst changing your viewpoint gradually and then putting them together. So I've taken six shots of this old galleon in St Malo harbor and moved the camera slightly for each shot. I've auto synced them in Lightroom by clicking on the first image then holding the shift key and clicking on the sixth frame. Any changes I make to the first image will be synced across all 6, I find lens correction of the Nikon 20mm is a must but I'm also looking for a histogram that has no clipping...okay finished faffing??? Now it's a trip across to Photoshop so as the images are still highlighted I right click on one of them and a contextual menu pops up and down the bottom will be one that says 'Open as layers in Photoshop' click it and Lightroom will load these files as a layer stack in Photoshop....the only tricksy bit now is to select the top layer and hold the shift key whilst clicking the layer above the bottom layer in the stack ...they should all be selected bar the bottom layer...go to the Blend mode drop down box and choose either Overlay or Soft Light...and kerching all done.... like this.
You might want to have a play in Photoshop or just flatten the layers and use the Save option which should load the image from Photoshop straight back into Lightroom where you can apply any changes you want there so here is one below that was all done in camera...6 shots multiple in Camera with a touch of EV to slightly underexpose and a lens correction in Lightroom with the merest whiff of faffery...give it a Go!!
Stopped off at St Malo, okay the light was anything but ideal but took some stock images and a few for here. So a variety of techniques and if you are the regular reader...well no need to explain any of them. I'll go back but probably early Autumn/late summer.
There is, apparently, nothing new under the sun., and these next few images are probably just an extension of something I and others have done before. It might be something you want to give a go because it's all 'in camera'. No software tomfoolery involved just a swish into mono in Lightroom and the job is done. So as per usual it is a 4 shot in camera multiple image, you'll have to rummage around in the camera menu system but most cameras will have it,....somewhere. I have my multi image shooting set up in the 'My Menu' section so a quick button click and I'm ready to go. So 4 shots and for each shot I de-focus a tiddly bit.....if you were shooting film you'd have to be prepared to bin a few rolls but with digital well just shoot and experiment. Now, if you want an image file that is probably usable straight off your card I suggest you use a bit of EV tweaking, you might be a jpeg shooter..so I'd take it down one maybe two stops of exposure, it's too early and I'm not caffeinated enough for me to waffle on about EV so here is something someone prepared earlier.. EV compensation
So three from the Valle des Saints 105mm micro,Iso 200, f6.3, 1/800 sec 4 shot in camera multi exposure slight defocus and movement between each one mono in Lightroom...job done...have fun with it.
Not everything I photograph ever gets to see the light of day, they end up tucked away in the crevices of hard-drives... I have latent images on many a roll of 120 film, XP2, NPS and the like...they are in there just not tangible, so, time to dust off the printer and create, in my office, one enormous mood board because, dear reader, the little grey cells need a reminder of the possibilities of capturing light with a photographic device and as my age in cat years is now elevelty twevlty, a static reminder of things created will hopefully get those synapses riffing and I can create some free form visual Jazz... If you have been taking note of any of this old guff I alluded to the fact that 120 roll film is knocking about in undeveloped quantities. For a long time I shot with a Bronica S2a..waist level finder, standard lens a mighty thwack as the shutter curtain did it's stuff..all pretty simple stuff so seeing square is part of my visual heritage..why don't major camera body manufacturers have a 1:1 crop mode??...4:3, 3:2 and 5:4 are out there ...so why not 1:1. So you're left with cropping in software, as seen on yesterdays posting. So as a way of me getting those cranky old photographic muscles stretched , here are some 1:1 crop, hand held ICM black and white shots at Salford Quays in Manchester. 20mm, f16, 100 iso, 8 second exposure, ND110 filter, Mono and crop in Lightroom 5.7. I also mentioned before capturing the light which is a big step away from recording the scene, I'll let you ponder that one and stick these images on
I know...the question on your lips....where the f#ck have you been... what the f#ck have you been up to.... did that night together mean nothing?? Well the 'Ongoing project' that is the refurbishment and tittivation of 'Ty Lauren' the sprawling and once unkempt farm here in rural Brittany is fast approaching the final pages of the final chapter, the bit where all is revealed and you can say..'Well I didn't see that coming...' The last major jobs are being done...no more diggers, cement mixers, men with fingers like stiff bannanas...no roll up sessions or the need to get in truckloads of sugar for those all important hot beverages...still it has been a lesson in learning to live in Chaos and now of course it will be a lesson in how to live... and that means cranking up the Photography engine..it'll be a bit wheezy to start with but I have been thinking...and all this thinking has probably, in some instances, been too much thinking, time for action...all these places I've driven through thinking' Hmmm that'll be a good shot, must make a note and come back at sun up...' well I must get back there at sun up. It will be done
So ...there will be projects..iphonography will be done...landscape and seascape....street work and a good dose of monkeying around with the norm, either in camera or software technique... and I have a dilema over new kit...do I add to the Nikon gear..do I jump ship and go for a rangefinder system..do I get the latest smartphone and go snapseed/hipstamatic/instagramish...???? do I stop putting in all these full stops ..............!!! Enough of the chit chat, some images. I've had the Nik software suite for what seems an age so I've had a play, so from Lightroom to Analog FX pro...it's a path I may be treading frequently and onto the net..here are some I did earlier today.
The area where I live in France has some spectacular scenery, the coastlines on the North, West and South all have a different character, the woodlands, rivers and villages ooze photo opportunities and then we get to the hills...I live 4 miles from the Monts d'Arree..a ridge that runs through the Central part of Brittany, an area that not only offers some spectacular views but also testing walks..(sorry to sound like a travelogue but it is that good around here) So first walk along the ridge that runs close to La Fueillee..highest village in Brittany. Anyhow had a bit of a lung burster up there, in true Breton weather it was lashing with rain until midday and then the sun burst through...so here are a few 'sketch' snaps..I now have an idea of what to look for up here but this is a start, looking for some time-lapse/video sites and this is pencilled in. Well TFI Friday to y'all
I'm lucky. I''l say it again...I'm lucky..the trek to work takes me out of bed, down stairs past the kitchen through the lounge and into my office...there may be coffee and croissants on the way, a glimpse out of the window at the flocks of greenfinches, a quick check to see if we have anymore mole hills (3 big ones have emerged) a shrug of the shoulders if it is chucking it down still, lots of rain here but a flick of a switch a speedy handshake and how d'ye do and the internet pours into my workspace and as I'm the Boss, Chief Cook and Bottle Washer what I do is really up to me...and so we arrive at 2015. The latter quarter of 2014 was taken up pumping up my content on Getty images which has been successful, mainly sensible imagery that won't scare the horses or put off the corporate buyer. I have targets and one of them is to keep this going...it's a pain as they seem to have turned the wick down on their FTP and although I'm allowed 100 uploads a week they generally get to waft their all knowing eyes over only about 50...so there is a blockage at the moment and I will slowly withdraw, walking backwards out of the spotlight, bowing and doffing my forelock as I do so, waiting for the plunger to be applied and the torrent of imagery to spew forth onto their site....still waiting... So what else to fill the time...well the book cover work has been parked on the shelf (!) whilst the farmhouse has been getting a feather duster in all of it's crevices so after the ho hum nature of Image Library stuff its back to some barking mash ups for another of my clients...here's one that went this week
Always nice to see what happens to images once they leave the nest and flap about in the real world. Just licenced for Germany at the moment but with the added bonus of also being the Audio book cover as well so if it gets on some best seller list I may get more licences if it gets reprinted in different languages...I...as ever...live in hope, I've also been out wandering around the countryside logging and storing sites that may be useful for the stuff I want to get my teeth into starting this summer, just back from a trek along the Mont d'Arree edge that runs through this part of Brittany....breath taking...anyhow here are some book cover images about to be hoicked off to a holding pen, waiting to be prodded and poked and sent off to the highest bidder, some will succeed but some will remain, cast into a dark corner, digital oblivion, the Billy-no-mates of the image world...
...to one of my online retail places.. last year some of you may remember that I had some work taken down on a site that 'infringed' some copyright of a leading car manufacturer and then in late autumn I was told that another image had been taken down because it infringed image rights...it was grafitti in a park in Manchester of the Oasis boys...the Gallaghers... pretty rubbish representation and only recognisable by the tags I had put on it...then this morning I got this email
Redbubble Content Team (Redbubble)
Jan 06 15:06
Recently concerns have been raised in relation to works published in your Redbubble portfolio, so we just wanted to send you a reminder of our guidelines for uploading content to Redbubble.
Redbubble exists as a place for artists to share their own original artwork. The Redbubble User Agreement requires that you own the intellectual property rights to any material you publish on the site, or otherwise have permission to display, reproduce and sell it.
We would like to ask that you please review the works across all of your Redbubble account/s and ensure that all works uploaded are in line with our User Agreement andIP/Publicity Rights Policy, specifically that it is your own original artwork or that you have clear permission to publish it. If you do have works that fall outside these guidelines, please remove them immediately.
Should we receive any valid reports of works that fall outside of our guidelines on content in the future, your account may be restricted or closed for Deliberate Misuse.
Many thanks for your understanding and cooperation.
Redbubble Content Team
Many thanks indeed.. I could wade through the thousands of images, make sure I wasn't shooting from any private ground, deleting any spurious logos, cloning out faces...never ever getting to sleep ever again .....the constant worry of it all or I could just stick 2 fingers in the air like I just don't care, put my hand on my hip, let my backbone slip and pull the plug on the lot.....which I have done.... Before I left I did a search for Oasis, The Gallaghers and Jaguar cars...loads of them on the site...multi tasking now as I tut and shake my head....consistency is not apparent ! 2015 is the year of not messing about.
to those folk that bobbed in and tested the site to see if 'right click and save ' had been disabled...it appears in some browsers you can nab things off the home page but everything else is a bit more secure. I was getting a lot of traffic from baidu and one site using my own domain as a referring site?? This is a good programme if you think someone is hoicking image files off you for nothing tineye.com which lets you do a reverse image search. Once had an image on my old flickr site that rumbled up to half a million hits so I used tineye and it was everywhere, to be fair on mostly legit sites but it found it pretty quickly. So be safe out there, use watermarks, disable downloading, have a look at who is popping in for a look around and just be vigilant. As I've been uploading lots of files onto Getty as items for sale I've got to be sure that they don't get used for nothing.....
I can tell it straight...3 months of uploading and keywording has left Jack a rather Dull boy...okay..it's work, well work in as much as it devours hours of my time and the keywording algorhythm that Getty use has become easier to use the more I've used it. So if you are the one avid reader of this fluff you will already know that one of my missions this year (last year) is to get online the bucketloads of images that sit quivering and sobbing in the deep recesses of my hard drives, aching for their moment in the luminous glow of a computer moniter.
Time for a breather and time to take stock...I have 2 accounts with Getty and have surpassed my self imposed targets of having images online and for sale, I have an acceptance rate of 70% which is improving now that I just don't bother uploading anything that has a trademark, lacks a property release and even model releases...I research their own database of images to see if mine match up and if they don't...well they just get locked away again....so that has taken up 3 months of time and I've had to ignore lots of other things in the process...this site for instance...looks a bit tired..too many galleries got a bit unwieldy because of that...so in a few moments the hatchet will be out and things will be hacked back....
So ..... the camera has been dusted off, no more iphone jaunts back to FX sized imagery, I have in my head a list of imagery I want to produce and also a significant upgrade to my shooting gear during the summer with a shift towards time-lapse and video, so lots of slithering up the learning curve there then. The countryside and beaches around where I now live in France are pretty spectacular and , once I have researched a shooting list , will be given the once over by me. At the moment I'm out and about just seeing what is possible, creating more sketches than finished articles but here are a bunch from yesterdays and the day befores jaunt along the Mont D'Arree...from -6 to 13c in the space of a day... so hatchet sharpened I'm away to hack back the site..leaving it ready for the green shoots of spring growth to appear. I've finally got around to adding an image download disable code into the site..this may stop the huge volumes of.....hmmmm...slightly iffy site visits I've been getting...it might...
What's all this then????
An unyeilding torrent of Photo babbel full of unconfirmed facts and manufactured photo drivel.. take from it what you like, it won't change the world but may leave you feeling nauseous...