This was really nothing more than experimentation with a new masking technique I was trying out. Although I’m reasonably pleased with the image, I feel it still needs a little work in some areas – or rather, I need a little more practice with the technique. That said, not bad for a first attempt.
It was thanks to Gavin that I got the shot of the rescue cabin at the causeway leading to Holy Island. He had spotted the potential of the shot on the way in and everything else was really a prelude to getting that shot. Consequently, I wanted to make an image of him while he was photographing the rescue cabin. A straight single exposure, it was converted to monochrome and then toned in Lightroom, with some finishing work added in PhotoShop.
In the course of my afternoon making candid street portraits, I came upon this couple. They were sitting on a marble bench in Buchanan Street eating fish and chips. They were entirely engrossed in the food – so much so, that even when I knelt down just a few feet in front of them, they didn’t notice me at all.
Converting the image to monochrome, I then toned it, before finally adding a textured layer.
I remember the morning I made this image. Two of my friends and I had driven up to Loch Ard long before dawn to try to capture the first light of the day.
It was a chilly but very calm morning and we were pleased to find a layer of mist caressing the surface of the loch. We had to work quickly, however, as the first rays of the sun were slowly creeping across the sky and we knew the mist would soon vanish. I made this image before that happened. But a few minutes later, the mist had gone forever.
I made this portrait of my father on the occasion of his eightieth birthday. Surprisingly, he quite liked the image and a large framed version of it now hangs in the living room.