Colourblind Photo

Luxembourg - Despite its size Luxembourg is one of the most picturesque countries in Europe and steeped in a rich history, a photographers dream.

Luxembourg -
Despite its size Luxembourg is one of the most picturesque countries in Europe and steeped in a rich history, a photographers dream.

Tring - It’s always nice to get out into the English countryside!

Tring -
It’s always nice to get out into the English countryside!

Aurora Borealis  - 
The Northern Lights aren’t typically subject to the black and white treatment, but that’s how I saw them at Kiruna, Sweden, earlier this year, and that’s basically what this blog is about!  
A few people have asked if they looked as impressive in real life as they do in pictures, the single image captured by a camera is actually far more striking than the moment in real life as pictures are typically long exposures, so in this case what you are seeing is actually 20 seconds combined.  That being said, even at 10mm, the photos don’t even begin to capture the scale of the display, they literally spanned the entire sky and were constantly changing.  It was a mesmerising display that was enough to make us forget it was about -12oC for the 45 minutes or so we were watching them.  
Getting back inside my camera was immediately covered in condensation that promptly froze. It was a little disconcerting seeing ice on the front element of my lens, but it all thawed out OK in the end.

Aurora Borealis -

The Northern Lights aren’t typically subject to the black and white treatment, but that’s how I saw them at Kiruna, Sweden, earlier this year, and that’s basically what this blog is about! 

A few people have asked if they looked as impressive in real life as they do in pictures, the single image captured by a camera is actually far more striking than the moment in real life as pictures are typically long exposures, so in this case what you are seeing is actually 20 seconds combined.  That being said, even at 10mm, the photos don’t even begin to capture the scale of the display, they literally spanned the entire sky and were constantly changing.  It was a mesmerising display that was enough to make us forget it was about -12oC for the 45 minutes or so we were watching them.  

Getting back inside my camera was immediately covered in condensation that promptly froze. It was a little disconcerting seeing ice on the front element of my lens, but it all thawed out OK in the end.

In to the eyes  - 
Back in November I spent a day at the UK Wolf Conservation site, near Reading.  Wolves are remarkable animals, they are beautiful and powerful, and it was great to be so close and able to get pictures like the one above, staring straight into the eyes of such an amazing and sadly rare beast.

In to the eyes  -

Back in November I spent a day at the UK Wolf Conservation site, near Reading.  Wolves are remarkable animals, they are beautiful and powerful, and it was great to be so close and able to get pictures like the one above, staring straight into the eyes of such an amazing and sadly rare beast.


Reflections  - 
Villa Adriana (Hadrian’s Villa) is a great place to spend an afternoon in Italy, with ancient ruins, and beautiful grounds not far outside Rome.  The best bit was that it wasn’t swarming with tourists.  The tranquillity proving a nice contrast to Rome’s hustle and bustle.   Also there were turtles in this lake … turtles are cool!

Reflections -

Villa Adriana (Hadrian’s Villa) is a great place to spend an afternoon in Italy, with ancient ruins, and beautiful grounds not far outside Rome.  The best bit was that it wasn’t swarming with tourists.  The tranquillity proving a nice contrast to Rome’s hustle and bustle.   Also there were turtles in this lake … turtles are cool!

London - 
Today marks the 1st birthday of ColourBlindPhoto! So to celebrate I thought I’d post a picture that was close to home, so here is London! This picture was taken from The Shard a couple of weeks ago where I was taken as a birthday present by my sister and brother-in-law.

London -

Today marks the 1st birthday of ColourBlindPhoto! So to celebrate I thought I’d post a picture that was close to home, so here is London! This picture was taken from The Shard a couple of weeks ago where I was taken as a birthday present by my sister and brother-in-law.


Piazza Navona - 
Just one of Rome’s beautiful Piazza’s, a lovely place to stop for a coffee or an ice cream … if you can afford it!

Piazza Navona -

Just one of Rome’s beautiful Piazza’s, a lovely place to stop for a coffee or an ice cream … if you can afford it!


Hagia Sophia  - 
In the heart of Istanbul the Hagia Sophia dates back to the sixth century, it was built as a Church and was later turned into a Mosque and is now a museum.  This picture was taken from a seafood restaurant where we were eating, the view were stunning the whole way round especially with the constantly changing light.  When it looked just right (and I’d finished my meal) I popped out on to the balcony with my trusty gorilla pod and snapped a fair few pictures.

Hagia Sophia -

In the heart of Istanbul the Hagia Sophia dates back to the sixth century, it was built as a Church and was later turned into a Mosque and is now a museum.  This picture was taken from a seafood restaurant where we were eating, the view were stunning the whole way round especially with the constantly changing light.  When it looked just right (and I’d finished my meal) I popped out on to the balcony with my trusty gorilla pod and snapped a fair few pictures.


Blue Mosque  - 
In Istanbul the Blue Mosque (or Sultan Ahmed Mosque) is a breathtaking building, from inside and out.  No picture really does it’s architecture justice, and even as wide a 10mm I couldn’t capture the real sense of scale, but hopefully it will give you a feel for it.

Blue Mosque -

In Istanbul the Blue Mosque (or Sultan Ahmed Mosque) is a breathtaking building, from inside and out.  No picture really does it’s architecture justice, and even as wide a 10mm I couldn’t capture the real sense of scale, but hopefully it will give you a feel for it.


Fontana di Trevi  - 
The Fontana di Trevi (or fountain of Trevor as we called it) in the heart of Rome is a popular sight, and not without reason, it is more than your run-of-the-mill water feature, at over 26 metres high and almost 50 wide it’s pretty impressive. Only trick is fitting it all in.
This photo is actually merged from four different shots, three were bracketed (One normal, one two stops over exposed and one two stops under) these were then merged into a 32-bit tiff in Photoshop and processed in Lightroom.  The fourth shot was deliberately overexposed to try and get as slow a shutter speed as I could to blur the water a little.  I then reduced the exposure in Lightroom and made a composite with the water from the long exposure photo and the rest from the HDR shot.

Fontana di Trevi -

The Fontana di Trevi (or fountain of Trevor as we called it) in the heart of Rome is a popular sight, and not without reason, it is more than your run-of-the-mill water feature, at over 26 metres high and almost 50 wide it’s pretty impressive. Only trick is fitting it all in.

This photo is actually merged from four different shots, three were bracketed (One normal, one two stops over exposed and one two stops under) these were then merged into a 32-bit tiff in Photoshop and processed in Lightroom.  The fourth shot was deliberately overexposed to try and get as slow a shutter speed as I could to blur the water a little.  I then reduced the exposure in Lightroom and made a composite with the water from the long exposure photo and the rest from the HDR shot.