ABOUT

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  • Hi! I’m Adrian Lewis (aka The FATman), living in Bristol, UK.

  • I greatly value photography as a means of creativity and self-expression, and enjoy writing too.

  • My aim is to create beautiful and/or striking pictures, and to write about them and about photography in general. 

  • My images are spread through the genres, tending towards adventurous rather than staid, and I’m very interested in the visual composition of pictures.

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GENRES – WHAT DO I LIKE TO PHOTOGRAPH?

    • Anything that makes a good photograph, in monochrome, colour or a combination of the two,

    • especially wildlife, natural things – animals, birds, plants, abstracts, landscapes, skyscapes, weather, water, still life,

    • and also people, portraits, figure studies, some candids,

    • and urban – cityscapes, vehicles, buildings, architecture, especially where abstract.

    • But, so far, never sports, fashion, news, current issues or reportage –  and only occasionally food (though I do eat rather a lot of it, as well as being partial to good beer and cider)..

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WHAT SORTS OF PHOTOS WILL YOU FIND IN HERE?

    • I have Minimalist tendencies, so sometimes graphic shots (in the sense of using form, colour, texture, etc, often in abstract compositions).

    • Shots are often tightly cropped and closely adhering to both KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid!) and Robert Capa’s “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough”.

    • I don’t photograph the picturesque, or produce many series of pictures that tell stories, i.e. narrative photos – the great majority of my shots stand alone.  Similarly, my pictures are not intended to be symbolic – what you see is what you get, and there are seldom hidden meanings..

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LOOKING AT OTHER BLOGGERS’ IMAGES

  • Its always good to look at other photographers’ pictures.  It expands our experience of the visual world and, because this makes us more visually aware, it enables us to be better photographers.

  • For this reason, I both follow others’ blogs, and also take regular looks through WordPress’s FRESHLY PRESSED listings, where I can see the work of photographers that I don’t currently follow.

  • I believe in highlighting and showcasing other photographers’ work, and so every post that I Like on WordPress is listed in my blog’s sidebar, under the title “IMAGES I’VE LIKED RECENTLY”.  New posts coming onto this list displace the older posts already there.

  • IMAGES I’VE LIKED RECENTLY is added to every day or two,  and the date of the most recent update is given near the top of my blog’s sidebar, just above the “Subscribe to this blog” heading..

 

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I hope you’ll enjoy my images.

 

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102 Responses to ABOUT

  1. Adrian…great bio. Nice knowing who you are and what you are about. Thanks for sharing so candidly .

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  2. Justin McAfee says:

    I love the black and white photos you have here. They really show depth of color… if that makes sense. Did you adjust some of the color filters on your black and white photos? Maybe the Green filter or the blue filter?

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Well, on this particular page, if that’s what you’re referring too, the bottom image was made with film, and the others are digital. I can’t honestly remember too much about how I processed the film image, which started life as a colour slide – but for quite a few years now I have been capturing all of my images as full colour Raw files, and then converting them to black and white with Silver Efex Pro 2, which I am an truly enormous fan of. I don’t have any set method with SEP2, except to search for a preset that I like the look of, and then use that as a starting point for using SEP2’s manual controls. I very much enjoy using SEP2 – which thankfully has just been rescued from Google by Dx0 – and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Adrian

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      • Justin McAfee says:

        Wow, I’ll have to check it out. I am always on the lookout for new ways to look at the same thing. Kind of an “Alternatives” test for photographers if you will! 🙂

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        • Adrian Lewis says:

          There are many ways to create black and white, and SEP2 is just one. I must say I’m not very impressed by the way Lightroom does black and white, and very rarely use that – it just seems far less organic than SEP2, it feels like it gives a far more mass-produced result. A 🙂

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          • Justin McAfee says:

            Ah I understand what you mean. I feel the same way about a lot of photos on Instagram which don’t mesh well with the photographers.

            I feel they are stifling their own voice because they feel someone else’s voice will bring them more ‘likes’ or ‘follows’

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            • Adrian Lewis says:

              Yes – a very basic piece of advice that I would give any photographer is never to take photos to please others but, rather, to follow one’s heart and one’s gut feelings – and to treat the so-called “rules” as completely pliable and ignorable. With your pictures – and this is only my personal view – I like the closer in shots, and the Motown ones too, rather than the grand landscapes. A

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          • Justin McAfee says:

            Doesn’t mean they shouldn’t package the content differently, just means they need to learn how to show their voice in their packaging when posting to Instagram.

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  3. robert87004 says:

    I’m liking what I see so far and will be back. I seldom comment as I can’t think of much to say at any given moment except ‘great photo” or ‘lovely’ and that gets old at times. You certainly have a sense of style about your photos. Have a great day. 🙂

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  4. ronaldpoels says:

    You have a nice blog with interesting pictures. I will follow you. What is the name of your “theme” you are using? I’m still looking for another theme.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Ronald, thank you for your good words, and for following my blog; I hope you will like my pictures. My blog’s theme is Enterprise – its ancient now, I’ve been blogging for nearly 6 years, and I’ve used this theme throughout. I’d probably like a theme with a black background but this one does alright – and I really value the side panel (sidebar) as a means of having various items up alongside the images, rather than all down at the bottoms of the pages. Adrian

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      • ronaldpoels says:

        I have changed my “theme”now to the “Publish” theme. I will try this one for the coming period. I like also the sidebar to the left / right with interesting information. I hope you like theme?

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        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Yes, your theme is attractive – clean and crisp – and we agree on the desirability of a sidebar. But I find the image size on both of our blogs restrictive in some instances, and so I usually tell readers that they can click onto images to open them at larger size in a separate window – and for this reason, I usually have the longer side of my images at 1200 so that they enlarge, rather than the 800 I used to use. A

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          • ronaldpoels says:

            I will visit the coming days your blog, so I can see what you mean.

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            • Adrian Lewis says:

              Great, ok – I posted a landscape this morning, using a jpeg with a longer side of 1200 pixels – so that now viewers of the blog can click onto the image and see it enlarged in a separate window. Clicking onto it again, when it is open in the new window, produces yet more magnification. I always used to post images with their longer side at 800 pixels. but I think that posting them larger enables greater display size. A

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              • ronaldpoels says:

                I have seen great, It is not possible yet to choose your free “Enterprise”theme?

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                • Adrian Lewis says:

                  Ronald, I’ve had a look through the available free themes and I can’t find Enterprise either – I can only assume that, since its so old, that it is no longer offered. I don’t want to delve too deeply in case I disrupt my theme. My advice to you is to search the available themes, I think this may be possible automatically, for those that suit photography, and then for those with sidebars. Hope this is helpful. Adrian

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                  • ronaldpoels says:

                    Thanks for your help. I have seen another nice one, but with no sidebar, only footers. It is the “Wu Wei”theme. Please have a look if you want.

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                    • Adrian Lewis says:

                      I’m afraid I can’t see that theme on the list, Ronald – and, again, I don’t want to delve too deeply in case I disrupt what I have set up. Personally, I don’t like detail only in footers, but the choice is really your’s. Adrian

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