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This photo has been knocking around in my collection for a while now but always draws me back to it to enjoy it.

Sea Read – Matt Preston

Some of my best work has come when my mind has suddenly latched on to a composition. When i saw this man reading in a up-turned converted boat, the way he was sat, the symmetry of it all, I was so glad I had my camera that day!

The subject matter and bold lines work so much better in black and white. Colour would never do this photo justice.

As ever your thoughts and comments are welcome.


I saw these guys during a Busking Festival, a very simple image that offers so much in the way of narrative and comedy.

Will dance for food
Will Dance For Food – Matt Preston

I think this photo speaks for itself in terms of artist merit yet asks so much in terms of subject matter!

As ever your thoughts and comments are welcome.

It would be rude of me not to mention it’s my wife and I’s 2nd wedding anniversary today. May 10th.

2 years certainly have flown by since our wedding day in Hawaii. Worth noting we chose to get married on a west facing beach during sunset so that the photos would be amazing! They certainly were too.

Wedding anniversary

Wedding day Hawaii

Wedding day hawaii

Looking forward to many more anniversaries! it’s been 2 great years. I highly recommend marriage!

This photograph was created for a local photography group I am a part of. Setting ourselves a monthly theme to help broaden our skills and challenge our minds.

I wanted to depict my journey to work, before i’ve left the house. From waking up (very slowly) to being late for work!

Self portrait before 9am
Self Portrait Before 9am – Matt Preston

Welcome to my lounge before 9am. On a week day at least!

The technique used to create this photo montage is called “Cloning” not to be confused with the Clone tool you often find in photo editing software. The Cloning I did involves using photoshop to create 4 layers, one for each image. The first image is used for all of the background you see (me on the far right to be exact)

I then roughly cut round each other Me, using the erasor tool with a feathered edge on it to remove unwanted background that may have a differing exposure to the main background. Sound a bit confusing? It’s not as hard as think. I’ll post a full tutorial one day!

As ever, any thoughts, comments or questions always welcome.

This is still one of my favourite photos. Partly the composition and partly the subject matter.

Forgotten door
Forgotten Door – Matt Preston

I rarely walk past this door as it’s very hidden out of the way in an uninviting area of town. In fact hardly anyone would go there.  The door would lead underneath roads and buildings so what it’s actually for I don’t know. Nor do I ever want to know. It’s the non-descript nature of this door that draws me to it.

Rusting, unmaintained, unloved, does anyone still use it? Where does it go? Maybe it hasn’t been used for a hundred years (its possible). Why is it painted bright red!?

The darkening of the edges of the image help spotlight the door, making it all the more magical. Funny how such a flat, 2 dimensional object can create so many questions.

As ever your thoughts and comments are welcome.

This was taken a few months ago. It’s still surprisingly compelling to look at. So simple to create too. When viewing a shadow in 3D some of it’s appeal is lost. But transfer it to a 2 dimensional media and it takes on a whole new life.

Daddy long legs
Daddy Long Legs – Matt Preston

Everyone should have a go at this. Just wait untill sunset, stand still and take a photo. High contrasting images like this often work better in black and white or sepia. Your camera maybe able to do these effects but if you know how to it’s always better to add these effects later with a photo editing programme like iPhoto, Lightroom or Photoshop.

As ever your thoughts and comments are always welcome.

This is one of those great moments-in-time shots. I turned round and notied a Seagull sat on a CCTV camera. They both appeared to be looking down at us.

Birds Eye View
Birds Eye View – Matt Preston

From the angle both the Seagull and camera seem quite powerful. I think most would agree the Seagull wins when it comes to who has the greatest view.

I added a cross-processing effect to increase the gritty urban theme and a very heavy vignetting effect around the edges to make it feel as though we too were watching them. An almost telescope like appeal to it.

As ever your thoughts and comments are welcome. Have your say.

You know you’re on to something special when your little camera comes with it’s own roll of masking tape and a “how-to” style instruction manual to beat the glaring design flaws. Welcome to the world of lomography!

Drunk problem

Out Post - Lomography - Holga

Hide and seek

If anything the lomography cameras remind us that quality isn’t everything. That often it’s the imperfections that give us so much. You don’t need to spend thousands to achieve something eye catching and beautiful.

Check out this fantastic array of lomo cameras. Well worth adding to your camera bag.

If you’ve taken any shots with lomo cameras post a link to them here. I’d love to see them.

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I was walking along the promenade overlooking the public basketball court when i noticed the long shadows. They were mesmerising. Darting from one place to the next, forming new shapes as they cross each other.

Shadow Play
Shadow Play – Matt Preston

I’m not really into Basketball, I have nothing against it. But my indifference to the sport led me to those shadows. It’s a rather unusual composition for me. The original had much more of the players in it but i cropped it to bring the emphasis on the shadows. They really draw your eyes in to them.

You thoughts and comments are always welcome.

I love this pic. So simple but just goes to prove that anything from the right angle can be eye catching.

The go-faster flames and cross-processing effect help a lot! But sometimes just getting down to the level of what you want to shoot rather than standing and pointing your camera at the subject, can make all the difference.

The Mighty Robin!
The Mighty Reliant – Matt Preston

The thin depth of field works really well adding a slightly surreal quality to the subject. I used a 50mm lens with an aperture of F3.2. The prime is great for perfect picture quality. Sometimes you really do notice the difference.

Critics and comments welcome. Let me know what you think.