Category Archives: Lightroom

Currach on Inisheer


This is more than what it seems. The romantically inclined may see this as a dog awaiting the return of her master. She is resting on the sand by the currach because she is tired-out after romping in the surf with a doggy buddy. Why so tired? She only has the use of three legs, the left forepaw having been somehow mangled and still bloody. These are working dogs, perhaps not always getting the care they need in this isolated location.

2 May, 2014. Inisheer, Aran Islands, Ireland.

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Fading into Fascination

Antiques and junque.

I love visiting an antique store, and the more disorganized and mixed the collection is the better. Looking for odd juxtapositions and the patina of age is a feast for the photographer.

Recently I visited the Rocky Mountain Antique Mall here in Edmonton, and they permitted me to walk around freely with my little camera, the Olympus E-PM1 Micro 4/3. I’ll share some of the photos from that day, and from other collections I will be working through this winter.


This first was tagged with “Folk art doll. Real hair” This photo demanded extra attention, so I removed the tag in Lightroom and then added some antique effects, with some additional contrast and vignetting to add a sinister touch.


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The Ring that Binds

Another for the ‘Little Ideas’ project, this time a large set of cast-iron keys, purchased by my daughter while in Spain.





Photographing objects directly on a black background can be a real challenge, and will almost always require software adjustments and clean-up.

(29 November, 2014. Canon 5D Mk II (now evolved into the 5D Mk III) with the 24-105mm f4 L IS USM lens and a Vello battery grip. ISO 200, 3.2 sec. @ f16. One spotlight, 2 reflectors. Processed in Lightroom)

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Time with a shell

Watch and shell

Watch and shell

(27 November, 2014. Canon 5D Mk II (now evolved into the 5D Mk III) with  the 24-105mm f4 L IS USM lens and a Vello battery grip. ISO 200, 1 sec. @ f22. Light tent, one lamp, one spotlight, reflector and one flag)

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Cottage Perks



One of the perks of staying in a well tricked-out cottage during your summer holidays is that you can often find interesting subjects indoors for an impromptu still life. This crackle-glazed bowl really woke up when some lovely green apples were placed inside. Lit by natural window light and one reflector.

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Key Cottage in St. Mullins, County Carlow

Key Cottage, St Mullins

Key Cottage, St Mullins, beside the River Barrow in County Carlow, Ireland

While much of this former mill-worker’s home has been modernised, Key Cottage still has a corner that maintains some old world charm. This is the seat where I would read every morning before the others woke up. I added my canvas photo backpack and an old pair of  ‘veldtskoene’, to further the feeling of pseudo-nostalgia. The area is fascinating, and there is much walking and exploring to do in the vicinity, so the props are realistic. I’ll do a more extensive review of our Éire trip someday, but this photo does bring back warm memories!

Click on the Ireland category below to see more of the photos from our family holiday.

(11 May, 2014. Canon 5D Mk II with 24-105mm f4 L IS USM lens at 24mm. ISO 160 @ f22. 3 images in a HDR stack, processed with Nik software and Adobe Lightroom)

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