An Englishman In New York
Shutterbug's Shutterbugs, Exploring Reader's Websites - by Joe Farace
Shutterbug reader Chris Lord is another transplant, this time from the UK, and calls the Big Apple his home. In this site Lord has created a fairy-tale land of HDR photography and collected arresting images in six galleries. Heck, even his portrait in Meet the Artist is HDR, and one of the best portraits of a photographer I've seen in a long, long while. (we make terrible subjects for other shooters.) The first two galleries include images from both his original and adopted home, but I started with the United Kingdom, which has three sub collections, including The Brighton Experience. Lord's approach to HDR mixes well with his nostalgic approach to image making and the subject matter at hand. His lush and whimsical image of the Brighton Royal Pavilion summons up impressions of Douglas Fairbanks in 1924's The Thief of Bagdad. While his precisely composed image of people on the beach with a pier in the background recalls postcards of the 1940s but is still very much of today. The same time-travel whimsey is on hand with Exploring Manhattan, part of the six collection Glimpses Of Gotham. His beautifully crafted Vintage Flatiron recalls both Edward Steichen's The Flatiron and Spider-Man, no mean accomplishment for a single photograph. If I'm sounding a bit rhapsodic it's because Chris Lord's images are spectacular in execution with a real feeling that the photographer is having lots of fun creating them. Be sure to explore the other galleries, too, because if you think that HDR is passe, think again. Shutterbug Magazine, July 2014
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MUSEUM-QUALITY PRINTS: All of the images on my website can be purchased as museum-quality prints. If you just want a simple print that's rolled in a tube, that's great! If you want it framed, we'll do that to! We currently offer 230 frames and 100 mats which can be used to create museum-quality masterpieces from any image on my site! All framed prints are assembled, packaged, and shipped by the expert framing staff and arrive "ready to hang" with pre-attached hanging wire, mounting hooks, and nails.
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ACRYLIC PRINTS: The image will pop out with the stylish lines and added depth of an acrylic print. The photograph gets printed directly onto the back of a 1/4" thick sheet of clear acrylic! The high gloss of the acrylic sheet complements the rich colors of any image to produce stunning results. The image is the art - it doesn't get any cleaner than that!
METAL PRINTS: An image takes on new life with the stylish lines and added depth of a metal print. The selected image gets printed directly onto a sheet of 1/16" thick aluminum! The aluminum sheet is offset from the wall by a 3/4" thick wooden frame which is attached to the back. Metal prints are extremely durable. They're lightweight. They won't bend, and they're water resistant making them great for outdoor walls or bathrooms. The high gloss of the aluminum sheet complements the rich colors of any image to produce stunning results.
GREETING CARDS: Our 5" x 7" greeting cards are produced on digital offset printers using 110 lb. paper stock. Each card is coated with a UV protectant on the outside surface which produces a semi-gloss appearance. The inside of each card has a matte white finish and can be customized with a personal text message up to 500 characters in length. The message is centered on the inside of the card and printed in black 18pt Arial font. The artist's name and the name of the image are printed on the back of each card. Cards may be ordered in a horizontal or vertical configuration. Cards may be ordered with a white background or black background. All greeting card orders ship within 48 hours, and shipping is available to any destination in the world!
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A Bit More About Me
All my images are produced in Lightroom and Photoshop CC. Depending on the image I may also have used some combination of Nik's software, onOne's Perfect Suite and/or the Topaz plug-ins. I use these mostly in "manual" mode but sometimes use the built-in presets before tweaking them for the effect I'm after. Often a preset is a good place to start but must be tweaked and reduced in opacity and added to other presets also tweaked and reduced in level. Kind of like cooking a recipes, a little of this and a little of that! I use a powerful computer with dual quad core Xeon processors that I built myself, to my own specifications. A calibrated 30 inch monitor and a 24" Wacom Cintiq tablet/monitor. My mantra has always been "Reality is a somewhat overrated thing" as I prefer to create the image, to the best of my ability, that I see in my mind's eye!
I most often keep my camera in AV mode and frequently bracket exposures so that I have a choice of dark to light or the possibility of a "High Dynamic Range" image which I, these days, create in Photoshop, tone mapping in Camera Raw, thereby keeping the file in 32 bits until saved back to Lightroom.
I also frequently add layers of texture files and color overlays to my images. Sometimes up to three or four texture files at various opacity and blending modes. I keep folders of clouds, skies and other bits and pieces that I might add to images when I feel the need.
I probably should have been a painter but never had the time or space to learn how. But I have spent many years learning how to create photographic art with the tools available in software. I hated my darkroom full of smelly chemicals and timers but embraced the mix of computers and photography in 1986. I started using an Amiga computer back then and digitizing my slides through a black and white closed circuit TV camera and a color-wheel. After making three monotone files through the red, blue and green color gels I used software to combine them and re-create the color image on the computer. Although things were rather primitive compared to todays software I thought that the ability to do this was incredible and that the clunky pixelized images were pure magic. I have never looked back.