Photos In The Sun

Recently, I’ve neglected my interest in photography, concentrating instead on writing and other interests.   At the weekend, though, I got to walk a dog – a big Spaniel, of all things –  and I had a go at taking photos in Cherry Tree Wood, North London.  The sunlight, along with the intense humidity, didn’t help really, but I managed to find about three or four suitable images and I worked on these in the photo editing software, GIMP. 

As usual, I’ve included a black and white image.  I have a keen interest in black and white photography and use a method that involves working on the original image in grayscale and adjusting the Levels, Contrast and Brightness.

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Spring Weather And Muggy Heat

After a long winter, spring finally came a few weeks ago, but now the skies have turned mostly grey again and the weather has become humid.  I haven’t had much time to concentrate on my photos, but yesterday I caught several images in Highgate Wood, North London, while walking a friend’s dog.  For a long time, I’ve taken an interest in black and white photography. I worked on yesterday’s images in GIMP (Levels, Color Balance, Saturation and Hue), then turned one of the originals into greyscale and concentrated on the contrast.  Heady stuff.

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Nice And Hot, Spring Weather

The warm weather continues with plenty of sunshine and daylight.  Again, I took some photos on my way to work yesterday and edited them in GIMP later on in the evening.  As usual, I selected one of the images to go into my black and white photography album, as I have a keen interest in black and white photography. 

(Near Totteridge and Whetstone Tube Station, North London):

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The Joys Of Spring

After months of cold and grey skies, the weather has taken a dramatic turn for the better with warm temperatures and lots of sunshine. 

Below are some image shots I took on the way to work ( location, Totteridge Village, North London):


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Like always, I couldn’t resist attempts at building up my black and white photography collection, and I edited several of the originals in GIMP, working in greyscale, then going on to use Levels and Contrast/Brightness.




Snow Melting, Rain On The Way

The snow has finally melted here in the UK and rain and wind are on the way.

Below are some more images from my black and white photography album.  Usually, I edit the shots in GIMP, paying particular attention to levels and contrast. 




In the meantime, I’m working on a third novel, Silent, a psychological thriller, and my other two novels (Secrets by Lawrence Estrey and EggHead) are available on Amazon in paperback and e-book.

Bombarded With Snow, Fog And Cold

Atrocious weather conditions have settled upon much of the UK and pavements are slippery.    Here are a couple of shots of the mist I took on Thursday on my way to work.  I edited them in GIMP, then added them to my black and white photography collection:


In the meantime, my debut novel – Secrets by Lawrence Estrey –  attracted the attention of a local Readers Group who read it and gave me positive feedback.  My second novel EggHead, Young Adult fiction, continues to sell and I’m currently on a third, a psychological thriller.

New Year: Mist And Rain



The weather has taken a dramatic dip in the UK and forecasters have warned of impending snow.   Either, it’s freezing, grey and dreary. 

On Thursday, I took these photos on the way to work.  Notice the mist hovering over parts of Totteridge Village.   I edited the images in GIMP, both in colour and black and white.   The above two are the latest in my black and white photography project. 


Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

Wishing everyone a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

Both of my novels are selling on Amazon now and a local reader’s group are reading my debut thriller, Secrets by Lawrence Estrey. 

In the meantime, I thought I’d post a few black and write photos to keep up the spirit of Christmas.  As I indicated in an earlier post, I’ve developed a keen interest in black and white photography over the past eighteen months but didn’t really understand the various uses of light and contrast until recently.   Also, working on a third novel most days meant I didn’t have much time to develop this interest.



The Parkland Walk, Black And White

I took some more photographs on Monday afternoon and used a few for my online black and white photography collection.  The process was relatively easy once I’d chosen the most suitable shots – convert to grayscale in GIMP, work with Levels and adjust Contrast/Brightness to get the best results.  I think there’s a special Fill stage for printing, but I haven’t got the hang of that yet. 

Old Railway Line Parkland Walk, North London (a great place for walking a dog):

More Attempts At Black And White Photography

I’ve developed a keen interest in black and white photography over the years, but up till recently I tended to edit original images taking into consideration tonal range, color balance and saturation before converting the images to black and white, then fiddling with the channel mixer and/or applying an unsharpen mask.  Naively, I assumed that the editing work would contribute to the final result, even though the conversion to black and white would mean the loss of all color information – hence, counterproductive. 

Then, I read about a different approach, and I’ve been working on the original images in grayscale, making the necessary changes for light and contrast.  For whatever reason, I’ve found the photo editing software GIMP more effective than Photoshop when using this method.