Holiday pics from Burma

Here are some photos from a couple of years back when I went to visit my friends Luke and Khum in Thailand.
We hopped over the border to Burma and were lucky enough to meet Aung San Suu Kyi, who was giving political talks to students.
Also had a terrifying taxi journey which involved crashing down a large step of a monastery.

North Wales Photographer – Access All Eirias

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Photographed the Access All Eirias event at Eirias Park, Colwyn Bay for Conwy Council. Beautiful sunshine, great entertainment, happy crowds………it’s a hard life ๐Ÿ˜€

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The lovely Sophie Evans……:)

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Rhydian, the Welsh Baritone, belted them out.

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Google 360 panoramic tours of your business

The same Street View technology used in streets around the world – for your business. Get a high-quality, interactive, 360-degree experience.

This virtual tour is integrated with Google Street View, appears in Google searches, on your Google page, and can be incorporated into your website.

As well as creating a virtual tour of your business, Golau Media provide a series of ‘point of interest’ photographs of your business, and these could be product shots, architectural, business details…any number of things.

Businesses benefit through its appeal to customers, customers’ ability to interact with and see your business, and visibility on Google, both in terms of content layout and your search rankings.

Photographing your business takes 2-3 hours, depending on size and complexity.

You can contact Tom Simone of Golau Media on 07890 329 870 or tomsimone99@yahoo.co.uk for pricing and further info.

Please also see the Google Business Page for more info, and examples below of work carried out by Golau Media.

 

How changing the weather with photoshop saved my North Wales Housing assignment – with before and after photos

Bangor Main Arts University Building

After two weeks of sunshine the brief sounded like it couldn’t be simpler – photos of a few specific views and landmarks in Bangor for North Wales Housing.

But the weather had other ideas and landscape shots in white mist and rain aren’t quite the same.

I took this photo from near the top of the University Chemistry building – thanks to the ladies there for letting me lean out their window.

I started by clone-stamping the crane out of the shot and then found a replacement sky from another photo.

I used the ‘darken’ blend mode on the sky layer, then layer masked to tidy it up a bit.

I used a color look-up adjustment layer to warm the image and match the components slightly better.

The final thing was to sharpen the image using high-pass filters.

Long story short, my ability to use photoshop allowed me to deliver what my client was after, on time.

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Food photography at the Beach Hut Cafe, Llanfairfechan

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My brother runs the amazing Beach Hut Cafe in Llanfairfechan and he wanted some shots of the food he serves.

This photo is really simple, with window light being the main light source.

Looks like I may have made the light less blue in photoshop.

I took another pic looking straight down, but I prefer this one with narrow depth of field.

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There’s quite a lot of stuff in the cafe, so I simplified the look of this shot by shooting down, thus turning the black table into the background.

Photographing Mentar Busnes event @ Ysgol Llanfefni

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Menter a Busnes helped me become self-employed back inย  2009 and I’m grateful that they still send work my way.

This event, similar to many others I’ve been to, gave pupils the opportunity to hear from people in business.

It is unusual for there to be something as photogenic as this Eagle Owl that came with Pen y Bryn Falconry .

I’ve put this photo of Gwenno up because a)it’s funny and b)can’t put pics of pupils online without necessary paperwork (sorry Gwenno!)

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This shot of a motivational speaker is more typical for this type of job, and is much harder to get.

The lighting is very poor, being in a school hall, and it’s a challenge to balance the exposure of the screen with the rest of the image.

Here, I noticed the speaker had some back lighting from a window and so I used my umbrella, flash, and cto gel combo to light him from the front.

I think the difference in the light colour from behind and the front work well

The umbrella had to be balanced on some chairs to get the right angle.

I was close to exposing the screen correctly as well, but I used photoshop to make the text a little clearer.

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The third speaker at Ysgol Llangefni was from Tlws Jewellery.

I took these to my studio in Menai Bridge, so these product shots were a bonus for my clients.

Photographing these type of products is very challenging because you have to work out were you want the direct reflections to be.

It’s no good relying on diffuse lighting because they end up looking flat and boring.

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Photo of MD of Plastecowood, Bodelwyddan, for Cyngor Gwynedd Council

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Plastecowood are a really interesting company.

The take the waste plastic that councils, such as Gwynedd, are unable to recycle and covert it into a plastic material that can be used instead of wood.

However, it has lots of key benefits, one of which is that it doesn’t rot!

Plastecowood supply fencing to the trainlines, and other large organistations, but you can also get fencing, benches etc for your own garden.

Worth checking out, it’s pretty cool.

This photo was one of several I took on this assignment on behalf of Gwynedd Council and their newspaper.

I knew straight away I wanted to photograph the MD with the plastic in the background, because this illustrates the story.

There was bright sunshine, which was great, apart from my first couple of shots had unwanted shadows and the MD was squinting because he was looking into the sun.

I solved this by turning the MD so his back was to the sun and lit him using a flash gelled with CTO (so it doesn’t look artifically white) and bounced this into an umbrella.

What you’ll see here…

This website is new of Jan 2013, but Golau Media has been going for three years.

This blog will have content from assignments, some behind-the-scenes info on how we approach certain jobs and feedback from clients.

Maybe some other stuff too. Early days yet.

~Tom