A blog containing photographs, ideas, discussion and image manipulation tutorials from incurable hippie, a disabled photographer in the north of England. All this, plus inspiration from others' photographic work, and technical aspects of photography.

24 December 2008

Tutorial: Bring out Shadows and Highlights in Photoshop

This tutorial is for Photoshop but probably works in a similar way in other programmes.



  1. Open the photograph you want to improve in Photoshop
  2. Duplicate the background layer
  3. Filter > Other > High Pass
  4. Set the radius to 8 pixels
  5. Click OK
  6. Set the Layer Mode to Hard Light
  7. Right click on the top layer and choose 'Merge Down'
  8. Save as... and you're done.





23 December 2008


Wordle.net's analysis of the words used on this blog.

18 December 2008

Season's Greetings!


I'm rather pleased with this image I created this afternoon. It started off as a photo of a wall display in a garden centre, then I cloned out the poster, price tag and marks on the wall, increased the contrast using levels and curves, then created a red fill layer and played around with the blending mode and opacity. Finally, I created an outline, using a colour from the red branches.

So, I hope this time of year isn't too stressful and is instead filled with cute red robins and nice lovey world peace stuff.

30 November 2008


S U c- C E IMG_9759 S Caution!

I can't believe I've done it! I have completed NaBloPoMo 2008 and posted daily on this photography blog and my other blog throughout November.

The Success! letters above come thanks to the fabulous Spell with Flickr! site.

You can see all November's photography blog posts and all November's incurable hippie's musings and rants blog posts.


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NaBloPoMo 2008

29 November 2008

Rainbow Swirl

Stunning Rainbow Swirl

In my post, Popular Funk, I showed how I had made a funky abstract rainbow image out of a shot of a bag.

Using the same starting image I also created a fun, dizzying swirl. I like how you can still see the texture of the bag on the outside edges of the image.


24 November 2008

In Demand (2)

Pills Made Of Pills

NowPublic.com wanted to use these photos for their article, Expired Medications Leech Ground Water.

Keep Taking the Tablets

Cocktail of Drugs


This time for Should Detox Clinics Have to be Smoke Free, along with this aforementioned smoking one.


for Study Shows Smokers Try to Quit But Can't



Smoking A Roll-Up

Get Lost Magazine, an indie travel publication in Australia, also wanted to use Smoking A Roll-Up for a feature on tobacco smoking being banned in public places in the Netherlands when cannabis smoking will still be allowed!

23 November 2008

In Demand (1 - more tomorrow)


This photo of my hand holding a cigarette was used by Bill A. in this image of his own, and I also recognise my fags in this one!

Miscellaneous Playing Cards

Dr Goulu used this photo for a post in French about algorithms, who'd have thought it?!

Female Cow in Mud

NowPublic.com requested the use of these two cow photos in Wind of Change on Farms as Cows Help to Save the Earth.

Cow in a Field


NowPublic.com also wanted the photo above for their article, Asthma Inhalers May Up Heart Death Risk.


NowPublic.com also wanted these church photos for their article Church Attendance Boosts Students GPAs.



22 November 2008

Photo Friday: Food


I haven't done Photo Friday for ages, but decided to look it up again. This week's challenge is food.


Chicken Tikka


21 November 2008

The World's Picture

Sign of Abundance

I got invited to put my work on The World's Picture, and I have done! I used my pixels for my Sign of Abundance photo, as above.

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