St George’s Church .. Iraq

Thursday, March 22, 2012


Springfield by Steve_Gregory
Springfield, a photo by Steve_Gregory on Flickr.

Here is a landscape shot I made using my 24mm prime lens (from a film camera). Now, for some reason beyond my understanding, it will work on a digital SLR but only at f2.8

Hardly ideal for landscape photography but, being a prime lens, meant the quality is super cool. My zoom lens at f2.8 would never have looked this good!

After a little dodging and burning in Apple Aperture and I ended up with rather a nice picture from the top of Helsby Hill, in Cheshire, England.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


twilight by Steve_Gregory
twilight, a photo by Steve_Gregory on Flickr.

I was never really that impressed with the metering used in this shot. I kinda felt like I'd bummed this one...

So, I went to play in Apple Aperture 3 and Photoshop. With a little layering / masking I was able to improve upon this somewhat.

I hope you agree?
Best viewing on black. So, in flickr, press that L key :-)

Saturday, March 17, 2012


cozy by Steve_Gregory
cozy, a photo by Steve_Gregory on Flickr.

Trying my hands at a little macro photography today as I "found" my magnifier lenses after months of searching!

It's a simple pack that I bought of ebay from a good friend of mine. Inside it has 4 lenses: x1, x2, x4 and a might x10

I don't know the technology behind all this but you cannot use wide apertures when you start to macro in on your subject. The depth of field becomes massive compared to usual and very foggy too..

So my pics where taken today using f5.6 - f8. If somebody wants to explain why then I'd love to know!

Ok, this pic wasn't cropped, it's basically sooc except for an increase in brightness and I added one click of contrast too.

Pretty cool, even if I say so myself! :-)

nippy walks

nippy walks by Steve_Gregory
nippy walks, a photo by Steve_Gregory on Flickr.

My latest image on Flickr.

Taken on a cold & foggy day… messed with a few basic settings to achieve a rather vintage feel in the mist of rural England.

Hope you like? Comments welcome!

Saturday, March 10, 2012


ladybird by Steve_Gregory
ladybird, a photo by Steve_Gregory on Flickr.

We spied this little critter during our walk in Helsby Woods. I got as close as I possibly could due to the nettles and a drop of about 20ft....

Ironic really, as my lens could have easily managed a closer shot but my legs where spread too much already for my liking!! ;o)

All processing done in Apple Aperture with a little contrast and a hefty crop. Added a frame and nothing more....

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Steve_Gregory's flickr photostream

open doorsanother worldrocky roadfellrush hourbay•watch
Llyn IdwalLlyn Idwalklimmennew trailsstarlightlost
prettyblack beautylook closerwhittingtonidentityworship

I'm still working my way through some oldies here and today I've compiled together half a dozen pictures that I made a while back.

Various images - I hope you like!

Saturday, March 3, 2012


snowdonia by Steve_Gregory
snowdonia, a photo by Steve_Gregory on Flickr.

Here's another lovely pic of the Snowdonia National Park in Wales, UK. Shot around the Llyn Idwal area just as the low clouds where nicely moving along the hillsides.

I cropped slightly for that wider landscape touch and dumped the highlights in the sky. Increased the black spot a little and added a nice frame.

That's about it really :-)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Llyn Idwal

Llyn Idwal by Steve_Gregory
Llyn Idwal, a photo by Steve_Gregory on Flickr.

Here's a textured landscape delight for you!

Basic processing done in Apple Aperture, as usual : a little white balance amendment, a slight increase to exposure and black spot and then imported into photoshop for a little texturing....

The textured layer was applied as a multiple style at around 70% and I'm embarrassed to say that i'm struggling to remember which texture I actually used. I think it was this one by Anna. She produces the most amazing textures.

Saved it back into my Aperture library to apply a nice frame using the usual Borderfx plugin. I hope you like it?

btw - there's a none-textured version also at my flickr page.