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Thanks to all those who follow what I post and give support. It's great when someone favs a shot but even better when they leave a comment saying what they like about it. I will always try to reply to any comments if I can.

HDR and B+W

In an attempt to bring a bit of variety and impact to my gallery I like to use B+W and HDR processing on some of my images. The HDR in particular, has received a mixed response as some people hate it. Both B+W and HDR seem to be treated in many groups as something unclean and fit only to be segregated into seperate ghettos, well away from their colour counterparts. Why is this ?

Favourites Folder

I thoroughly recommend a look through my folder of favourites of works by other Deviants. There are many really exceptional works in their own right and often the work is a bookmark to a favourite gallery belonging to a really great artist.

Current Residence: LaLa Land
Playing: Portal-Rage-Assassins Creed IV-Sleeping Dogs-Ark Survival Evolved-Mad Max-Far Cry4-Battlefield Hardline
Favourite genre of music: Dance/Trance
Operating System: W10
Favourite cartoon character: Foghorn Leghorn
Favourite Quote: "The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese....."

Nikon D80 Stamp by CroWelsh Nikon D90 Stamp by CroWelsh Nikon D200 Stamp by CroWelsh Nikon D300s Stamp by CroWelsh
Since getting a DD last weekend my profile has been inundated by ghostly "watchers" Death with entirely empty profiles, some new, some months old. No avatar, no work of their own, no favourites, nothing. There are more than 30 ( now over a hundred) of them and they didn't even fav the image in question or visit my page.

What is going on?  Sherlock Holmes 

I'm always pleased to have visitors especially ones that communicate in some way but these didn't even say BOOOOO!

Are there in fact only a few dozen real Deviants on DA and the rest made up by the staff   :-? (Confused) 

I'm baffled...


Well I've sussed it out. DA have decided in their wisdom to add a "Watch" button to every image and new users are herded toward the DD page. The Facebook generation see this as a "Like" button and are pressing it like an orgasm button. Hundreds of new "Watchers" without a single page view or comment. Well done DA  Clap 
  • Mood: Nervous
  • Listening to: "There's a Ghost in my house"
  • Reading: True ghost stories
  • Watching: Ghost busters
  • Playing: COD Ghosts
  • Eating: Ghost food
  • Drinking: Spirits
 I decided to have a look at IR photography despite not really having a proper grasp of visible light photography which is pretty typical of me.

Ghosts of the past... by Salemik

 I had a D80 with a damaged IR filter over the sensor so thought I might try to convert it to 720nm but whilst waiting for the parts to arrive spotted a D90 already converted to 665nm going for less than the price of conversion so went for it.
Shiny tree... by Salemik

If anyone has any easy to follow advice regarding this process I'm all ears as so far it has proved even harder than I had previously imagined.

The work here on DA is of course of a spectacularly good standard but I'm going to try not to be discouraged by my lack of finesse. Maybe one day I can produce something like this one below.
Infrared - A walk to remember by CristianaApostol

or this one
Infrared Pink SillyString Tree by La-Vita-a-Bella
  • Mood: Nervous
  • Listening to: "Jailhouse rock"
  • Reading: A Jailhouse Lawyer's Manual
  • Watching: Scum
  • Playing: Breakout
  • Eating: Prison food
  • Drinking: Hooch

Like most people I see myself as a law abiding person but I've recently become aware that things are not quite so simple and I may be leaving myself open to a lawsuit by offering my images for sale on DA :( (Sad) 

Why? Because I am offering for sale, images that I thought were mine to sell but it turns out they are not. Like most photographers on DA I'm an amateur and take pictures for fun hoping to improve enough to one day sell a couple of pictures and maybe recover at least some of the ridiculous amount of money I've spent on gear. So far my equipment has cost me triple what my car is worth! That's not counting a computer and software of course. OMG MOAR POEMS! 

After being contacted by photo agencies that want to "License" some of my images my initial excitement has been dampened somewhat by their demands for "property release" forms. I was aware of the existence of "model release" forms but being a misanthrope I avoid pointing my camera at people to the point where I have been known to hang around for an hour waiting for the "Muggles" to move along before taking a shot and as a result I only have two images of people in my gallery. The nice old guy on the bench feeding pigeons,  animal magnetism who I asked first before taking his picture (but not in writing) and the Skater girl. Can't use the old guy, no "model release" form. The skater girl? Well no "model release" form either but she's not exactly identifiable and that's not the problem. The problem is that the shot was taken in a "Royal park", Hyde park, London so taking the shot is ok but selling it is illegal because "commercial use" is against the law. Her Madge needs the money more than I do apparently. Police 

The bulk of the rest of my gallery is stuff shot at events like car shows, steam rally's, museums, airfields and the grounds of country houses. Some free, most paid for. All of these where the location can be identified need a "property release" obtained BEFORE you take the shot. Often I've grassed myself up by including the location in the description. The picture of a Marcos taken with the owners permission at a paid for event , unusable "property release" form for the house behind, even though the owner was the one holding the event. Chopped orange can't be used as although my feet were still in the road (public highway), my body was reclined on a private car park. Stupid Me! 

The real biggie is Green steam, I've had quite a bit of interest in this one've guessed it no "property release" form Crying .  To make things even worse as the train came by I leant over the fence (a tiny post and wire effort) and might have placed a foot over it Ashamed , which means I was "trespassing on the railway" which carries a jail term. So no point in even trying to get the required permissions as like I said earlier, you have to get a permit BEFORE taking the shot.

The only way around this is to either only shoot at home, never let your feet (or body) leave the public highway, pay a fortune up front for "permits" to take pictures that in all probability (see amateur) won't be up to much, only use bland non descript backgrounds like plain brickwork or drop everything out of focus except the non human subject.

So those of you still with me so far remember that next time you venture out beyond your own (not rented) front door that you need "model release" forms in your left hand, "property release" forms in your right and a third un named appendage with which to hold your camera. If you forget a pen, you're f****d!

Constructive comments welcome.


  • Mood: Nervous
  • Listening to: "Jailhouse rock"
  • Reading: A Jailhouse Lawyer's Manual
  • Watching: Scum
  • Playing: Breakout
  • Eating: Prison food
  • Drinking: Hooch


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RikuKitsune Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks for the llama!Llama Evolution 
Salemik Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015
:) Llamas are great
RikuKitsune Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Llama Emoji-10 (Shy) [V1] 
vw1956 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
The missing text: "Be careful with the Clarity as it can cause quite bad noise in the sky." :lol:
Salemik Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015
I will try to follow your tutorial next time I have a shot to edit. IR is much more difficult than I was expecting.
vw1956 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
It is, indeed - I took my first IR shots in 2005 and I am still learning... You never can be sure about the results coming from Your camera :lol:
vw1956 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank You so much for Your hint :highfive:
silber-englein Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015   Photographer
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Salemik Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015
Thanks. Looks like a great group. I just need to get out and shoot some stuff :)
silber-englein Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015   Photographer
PaulWeber Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the favorite.
Salemik Featured By Owner May 8, 2015
You're welcome. You have some interesting stuff there.
Argolith Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Welcome to the r72 infrared photography group.
Salemik Featured By Owner Edited Apr 25, 2015
Thanks. I have not made an actual start as yet as I am dithering about how to proceed as far as camera conversion is concerned. I have a low shutter cound D80 (10MP) which i could convert to IR but not sure which filter (665nm or 720nm) to go for. I am also looking at an already converted D90 (12.3MP) on EBay @665nm. In the meantime I'm having a go at editing some IR shots I downloaded. I'm looking forward to making a start :)
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