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Still really surprised that people are favouriting my stuff. I'm flattered to have watchers too :) I will always try to acknowledge any comments if I can.
I am a relative newcomer to digital photography and strive to improve my work where I can. The support of watchers and commenters is a great encouragement.
I do wish people would comment more, especially when favouriting so I know what to shoot more or less of. I am often surprised what people like. It seems that half of the people that favourite my car images are female, although they often don't say whether it's the subject that interests them or the technique used.

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 ?


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-COD Ghosts-CODBOPS 2-Far Cry4
Favourite genre of music: Dance/Trance
Operating System: W7
Favourite cartoon character: Foghorn Leghorn
Favourite Quote: "The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese....."

Nikon D300s Stamp by CroWelsh

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

I just found out that a fellow Deviant Som of "SomsThinking" has died. His page is still up and is well worth a visit LINK . My regards to his family and friends.

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In the hope of gaining some more editing skills with Photoshop I'll soon be starting a course with LINK. The course is designed and run by fellow deviant Conzpiracy LINK and is well worth a look for those wanting to improve their Photoshop skills and will cater for all levels of skill and experience. As well as the paid for course there's loads of free tutorials on the SurrealPSD LINK website too so it's well worth a visit. Give it a look.

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jxsnyder Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the :+fav::D
Salemik Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015
You're welcome. It's a good shot.
NBrownPhotography Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Professional Photographer
you do AMAZING work! :D i believe Im following you now
Salemik Featured By Owner Edited Feb 20, 2015
Thank you. I really must make a new start on producing stuff as it's been an age since I last shot anything. Looking on here at all the exceptional work produced by others tends to stop me in my tracks.
NBrownPhotography Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Professional Photographer
I know the feeling
Distorted-Eye Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I just realised I wasn't following you :) Fixed now :)
Salemik Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
It won't be very taxing as I don't tend to produce much :)
Distorted-Eye Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Hey, I barely post stuff too :P
stefanpriscu Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
Hi, thanks alot for fav and your interesting comment there!

You can see all my gallery on fb and like it if you like it!  :)…
inObrAS Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
Thank You very much for the :+fav: and :+devwatch:! :hug:
Salemik Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
Your work is really well done and I find your country very interesting too. It's great to see someone getting out there and creating professional standard of work.
wkdlady Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
very interesting gallery , love your HDR work ...I have now got into HDR so I have a long way to go ..keep up your lovely work :D
Salemik Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Thanks. Glad you like it. Just remember that HDR work is almost universally despised, misunderstood at best. As an HDR photographer you will be forced to submit your work into  a separate "HDR" ghetto folder everywhere you go, whatever the subject matter with only B+W photographers for company Crying 
wkdlady Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Lol... There are quite a few HDR groups on here ...:happybounce:  I really like HDR it just give more definition to the end result , keep up your good work La la la la 
Lagroht Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
Your photos are magnificent. ;)
Salemik Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
Thank you. I'm still a beginner really and need to learn some new techniques to progress.
pinkygirls Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
Hi there,
:iconuknowus: is a awesome group to get your art noticed FAST! Join us and enlarge your audience, discover new artists and learn from other deviants!

MonotoneMinimal Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Welcome to :iconurbanlifephotography:
Just read the rules before submitting. If you have questions donīt hesitate to send a note.

Have a nice week.
SomsThinking Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks a lot for the watch
Salemik Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
Rest in peace Som.
Salemik Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
You're welcome. You have some very nice work.
agrestownik Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you c:
Salemik Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
friartuck40 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing work, love your gallery!
Salemik Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
Thank you :) I try to add to it when I can.
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