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23 responses

  1. JoAnne

    Hello! I came across your site via cvillepedia and your photos of UVA. Your photos are gorgeous and you have an amazing talent! My parents live in Bristol, TN and I was hoping you were close to them, but it doesn’t look like you are. If you are ever in that area, please let me know because I would love to talk to you about doing some portraits and family shots.

    Thank you!

    August 17, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    • Hi JoAnne! Thank you for your interest! Unfortunately I am about 5+ hours west of Bristol. I love the area though (I went to school at East Tennessee State in Johnson City). I always try to visit in the fall as East Tennessee has some of the best scenery in the US.
      I will certainly let you know if I make it there anytime soon.


      August 17, 2010 at 1:44 pm

  2. Janet

    Hi, I am friends with Jennifer Maxson “Thorton. I am wondering if you take family photos. If so, what is the cost. It will be my family (5ppl) and my sister in law(4 ppl). Would want individuals of each family and then a big family together. Xmas card pictures is the idea of this and the one with all of us would be for my mother in law for Xmas present. If you could email me back that would be great. Janet Demonbreun

    August 25, 2010 at 12:01 pm

  3. Maurizio

    Hello Malcolm,
    are Mauritius and live in Italy.
    Congratulations for your tutorials are fantastic, I have a question about the tutorial How I Did It …. Part 1
    How would you convert the image into black and white (final step), because to me always comes out too dark.
    Thanks for your reply and sorry for my English.

    August 26, 2010 at 6:45 am

    • Good question Mauritius, and thanks for checking in all the way from Italy!
      There are many ways to convert to black and white. I actually have a pretty long process for it that’s in an action I wrote. Maybe I can put that up in another tutorial for another day. BUT, if it’s coming out too dark for you, try reducing the opacity of the black and white layer. This should reduce the darkness for you. Also keep in mind that I don’t do that step for every shot, only ones that I want to appear very dark and dramatic.
      Hope this helps!


      August 26, 2010 at 6:56 am

      • Maurizio

        Thanks for the reply Malcolm,
        I had already made the move to reduce the opacity until you get the most satisfactory result for me.
        My curiosity was only to verify the method you used to get a black and white best.
        I await the tutorial you mentioned with interest.
        Thanks again for your time.
        Hello from


        August 26, 2010 at 10:55 am

      • Here it is, a black and white tutorial:
        CLICK HERE

        August 26, 2010 at 8:46 pm

  4. Doug J

    Did you use Nik software in your processing of the Austin photo’s. If so which one did you apply.
    Thank You for the site.

    September 17, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    • Hmmmmm, not sure exactly which ones you are referring to. I have a few shots from near Dallas, Texas, are those the ones you saw?

      Either way, doesn’t matter – No, I do not use Nik Software. I don’t own the program. I downloaded the trial version before but didn’t get much use out of it so I didn’t buy it. Usually, all I use is Photomatix and/or Photoshop CS2

      September 17, 2010 at 6:17 pm

  5. Doug J

    That is awesome. The reason I say that is because you have that migical glow about your pictures. I know that some of the HDR buffs use the glamour glow preset on the nik color effect pro to get that glow. I just never bought it because I don’t want to spend $200 for the software.
    I know there are certain tricks and secrets that many photogrpghers keep to themselves, but would it be possible to indulge on how you get that glow?
    The picture I was talking about in the above post was the picture of the hotel you stayed in during your business trip to Austin.
    Thanks’ a million

    September 18, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    • No secrets here Doug! I’ll work up a tutorial on that image and post it on this blog – keep checking back! I hope to have it up by the end of this week.

      September 20, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    • Here it is my friends! – Ask questions if you have them!


      September 22, 2010 at 10:03 pm

  6. Maurizio

    I look forward to the tutorial in question, because your results are remarkable.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:19 am

  7. Doug J

    Is it possible to get a quick run down on how you processed the All Saints Chapel or your one maping settings.
    Thanks again.

    October 27, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    • Which one Doug? The baptismal fountain, the main alter, looking up at the round stained glass, or the black and white?

      October 27, 2010 at 9:10 pm

      • Doug

        The images that look up at the stained glass.

        October 28, 2010 at 7:56 pm

      • I was afraid of that! That one is fairly involved! If it’s only the photomatix settings you are interested in, you can find them HERE (as you can on any photo that I have on flickr)

        I’ll work on getting the rest of the post processing worked into a tutorial.

        October 28, 2010 at 8:09 pm

      • OK Doug, it’s up – check it out and let me know what you think

        October 28, 2010 at 10:03 pm

  8. Doug J

    Thanks’ Malcom, it is very in depth.
    It’s the type of info that other experts ( won’t mention any names) charge for the advice.

    October 31, 2010 at 6:13 pm

  9. Doug J

    That is a great shot of the boy and dogs.
    What lens did you use

    November 3, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    • Thanks Doug, for all those I used the 70-200 2.8L canon lens. I almost always use it at f2.8. Also, the longer the focal length (closer to 200mm) the better the out of focus area and shallower the depth of focus.

      November 3, 2010 at 7:33 pm

  10. Doug J

    When you have time would it be possible to put together a tutorial on how you textured the bird in the latest post.

    February 21, 2011 at 8:06 pm

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