The Black and White Treatment.

Life is very busy at the moment – lots of distractions – and I am having difficulty keeping focus on progressing my photography. Often at times like this I go over my older stuff with the intent of giving the old stuff a make over – edit them in a different way to produce something new; I quite like messing around in Photoshop and Lightroom so this quite suits me, although some might say that I should just get out and take some different photographs but somehow with everything else (life) going on it is not always that simple. I am off to Normandy in a few weeks and I have great plans for that trip so watch this space. In the meantime I have been going over my old (2011) Northumberland photos and thought that I would share with you some that I have converted to Monochrome (mostly black and white but I do like the toned effect too) within the Photoshop plug-in Nik Silver Efex pro. I really like these – I wouldn’t be showing you otherwise – and they have had lots of positive feedback when I have posted them on 500px, Pinterest, Facebook, Fine Art America and Photo4Me, so I hope that you like them too.

Lobster pots stacked on the quayside.

Lobster pots stacked on the quayside.

Abstract river flow - water taking on a milky form through long exposure.

Abstract river flow – water taking on a milky form through long exposure.

Statue of Field Marshall Viscount Hugh Gough, K.P., GCB, GCSI, PC, who fought many campaigns oversees, now situated at Chillingham Castle, Northumberland.

Statue of Field Marshall Viscount Hugh Gough, K.P., GCB, GCSI, PC, who fought many campaigns oversees, now situated at Chillingham Castle, Northumberland.

Statue of Field Marshall Viscount Hugh Gough, K.P., GCB, GCSI, PC, who fought many campaigns oversees, now situated at Chillingham Castle, Northumberland.

Statue of Field Marshall Viscount Hugh Gough, K.P., GCB, GCSI, PC, who fought many campaigns oversees, now situated at Chillingham Castle, Northumberland.

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Warkworth Castle, Northumberland.

I love Northumberland and will go back there to capture its natural beauty again but converting to black and white or toning the images give the images a different dimension based on tone and contrast, light and shade rather than colour which changes how we view them.

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Natzwiller

Natzwiller by paul2210
Natzwiller, a photo by paul2210 on Flickr.

I love France and have been to the North – Brittany, Normandy and Picardie, the south west – Aquitqaine Cotes de Duras near Bordeaux, the south-east – Provence and finally, the east – Alsace. This photograph was made in Alsace at a place called Natzwiller. The name sounds German and for a time, I think it was. Despite it’s obvious beauty, as illustrated by this photo, Natzwiller was the scene of the only Concentration camps on French soil – named Natzwiller – the nearest village but it is more accurately described as Le Struthof. The concentration camp is a few kilometres from this point – I found that hard to reconcile the contrast of the horrors of Le Struthof with this beautiful vision.

Now full time @ Paul Cullen Photography.

P1020397 smallI have finally done it; I have made the leap from working for wages to working for myself. I have “retired” from my job in the NHS and ventured out into the unknown. Paul Cullen Photography as an entity has been around for a while but now I can devoted the majority of my time to it. I have so many plans that I don’t know where to start – well I do – I’ll work work through my plans one thing at a time so expect to be hearing much more from me as I venture on.