Saturday, December 26, 2009


My Russian girlfriend, Liza, has come to stay with me in London for a few weeks, we went for a walk in Richmond (very near me) and I managed to snap this as the sun set with my brand new 5D Mk2 and a 70-200mm F4 L:


This was much to her irritation as she was within 2 feet of me but without a telephoto lens! I'm not sure if I prefer this one:


We have had quite the White Christmas here in Ealing with heavy snow falling for a few days, I really cranked the ISO up on these one's to see how far it would go:

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Monday, December 7, 2009

One last shot..

I found this yesterday while sorting out my portfolio, it somehow didn't make it into the original edit.

I find that time can give us perspective on what we feel works in images, what you might initially have ignored as boring or badly composed can be seen in a new light with just a bit of time away from it.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Girls of Summer

In order to alleviate this thoroughly wintery atmosphere we are having in London (its freezing!) I am uploading some pictures taken in the summer, a time of t-shirts and flowing dresses! These were taken of friends of mine in August with a mixture of camera's and lenses.

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Where is my mind..

Where have I been for the last fortnight? It feels like only yesterday I put up a post about my content for the Wild Photos show..

I have been on a 16 day long binge of work and travel culminating in a 4 day trip to Moscow and then 3 days working for Apple training Canon resellers, I managed to shoehorn in a bit of photography but nothing serious, Moscow was a holiday after-all. I worked at the Canon Pro Solutions show delivering 4 hours of presentations a day about Aperture 2 workflow and somehow still had my voice left for a few days working with Wacom before going down to Media Pro for another round of convergent media presentations.

Today, I popped down to London to take some pictures at the Lord Mayor's inauguration ceremony, full of soldiers, sailors, butchers, tailors and tinkers I managed to see the whole thing before the terrible weather descended..


Next week I will upload some of the studio stuff I have been working on.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Last Days

I had some spare time on Tuesday after a cancelled work commitment and knowing I had 2 presentations at the Wild Photo's '09 show to deliver with only urban video footage I took a trip to Richmond Park with a few camera's to shoot some stuff to talk about.

I used video DSLR's and 1Ds Mk3 to produce a mixed stills and video piece, edited and colour graded it in Final Cut Pro:

Last Days from Anton Nelson on Vimeo.

Stills follow:

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Minimalist Landscapes

Here are some minimal landscapes created from parts of photos taken in Scotland, I like to use material I have shot on a location, even if the original image doesn't work on its own - be it not right from a composition point of view, underexposed or overexposed - I never like to waste footage, foe these images I took elements of "broken" photos and worked them together to make new compositions, they are not real places but sort of like landscape mashups...

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Monday, October 12, 2009


I went to Chinatown a weekend or so ago, I'm always struck by how overtly different it looks to other quarters of the city, London has a lot of areas with a distinct cultural flavour but chinatown is so bright and well..... red.

These images were processed in Aperture 2 to give them a sort of 90's style film look, Aperture is a very flexible tool, more powerful than you initially think if you came from Photoshop for your image adjustment, all the tools for fine tuning everything from individual colour bandwidths to mid-tone contrasts are in the adjustments panel and of course you have the advantage of working on an original RAW file so you have a greater bandwidth to work on particularly on highlights.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Mega Rave Video

I have put together a mixture of stills and video clips from the Paris "Mega Rave" Its a fun subject as it differs from my usual subject matter ( ..mountains... ) Its great having the ability to shoot high quality video and stills from the same body, in my case I'm currently using a prototype 500D as my second body, it goes out with me on days when I don't have a clear idea of what I want to shoot and tends to capture more oddities and random moments than the 1Ds does.

"Mega Rave" from Anton Nelson on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Paris Megarave

On Saturday I accidentally wondered into a giant street party. The event was a warm-up parade for a giant "Mega-Rave" being held in the centre of town, all the big radio stations in Paris had Techno DJ's out on floats blasting out dance music at full volume and every teenager in Paris was out on the street drinking, dancing on bus stops.. it was crazy!

I took the 500D (Pre-Production) to Paris, I was going to take the 1Ds but I really wanted the choice to shoot a bit of video so I went with a smaller body and took some extra glass, as usual all post done in Aperture 2.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

And I'm back... well not really

UPDATE: This is a sample from a pre-production BETA camera, sorry about any confusion - long day

I have returned form VISA but I'm still abroad, I have been delivering video training in Dublin on Final Cut Studio and the new Canon 7D.

I was lucky enough to be one of the first to use a prototype of the new camera on the day of launch and have been blogging various technical specs of the video function on my Vimeo account:

Canon 7D BETA Technical

I have also been experimenting with the stills function of the camera, this shot was taken in .jpeg at 640 ISO with a 1.4 50mm (The RAW format is not publicly available as an API for Aperture) and then converted to black and white in Nik software's Silver FX Pro for Aperture. Its a very nice camera to use, ergonomically the new on/off button on the back is easy to get to and the new set of menu access points on the back (arranged like an interactive map) make setting custom buttons a dream. I have yet to use the accelerometer functions (horizon line adjustment) but I imagine it will be useful if I do any landscape work with it.


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

VISA Pour l'Image 2009

I will be flying to Perpignan for VISA Pour l'Image for a week, if your attending the show come on down to the Objectif Bastille stand at Palais des Congrès and say hi!

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Monday, August 24, 2009


Retouching photographs... a constant source of frustration for the less IT inclined members of the photographic community. There is always a DVD or a seminar on at every photography show I speak at about the subject, how to do it quickly "one click retouching!" or easily (plugins for Photoshop etc..)

I think the truth is retouching photographs can be a rather laborious process, involving a mixture of Actions in Photoshop combined with more complicated layer-based editing and I don't really believe there is any quick or easy way to achieve the things you see in magazines. If you want quality results, you really have to throw yourself into learning the tools, Photoshop and correct RAW processing being the primary ones. I treat retouch as a creative exercise, combining traditional retouch activities (skin smoothing, shaping and light adjustments) with my illustration.

These are a couple of images I use as retouch samples, a Product image and a bit of Wedding:

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These were created with RAW editing in Aperture 2 to correct exposure, highlights and shadow and correct White Balance, followed by Photoshop for cloning, patching and softening work on multiple layers. In the case of the product photo I used the table as a guide for lighting but dropped the camera onto a white backdrop to really isolate it. A reflection was painted in on a transparent layer beneath. The dress on the wedding piece was balanced using a soft light layer, soft light allows you to pull up the brightness in shadows and even out harsh lighting - If you fill the layer with neutral grey (50%) when you create it you can just gently paint in the lightening using a 10% white paintbrush. I use a Wacom Intuos 4 tablet for all my illustration work, the ergonomics of using a pen make it an unbeatable experience and I highly recommend it to anyone looking at retouch or digital illustration, I'll try and put up a post about how I use a tablet in the near future.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Adventures in the Highlands

I seem to be a bit obsessed with mountains, I spend all my time away taking pictures of them - I just got back from Scotland, a pretty intense 4 1/2 day road trip around the western highlands and I got a lot of pictures of, yes, mountains...

I managed to get as far as the Isle of Uist, a short ferry ride from the mainland and one of the most unusual landscapes I have come across in the British Isles, The pockmarked and broken earth supports only one main road that meanders the length of the country which was easily navigated in the best part of a day.

I tried to go through the 600 odd pictures to find something thats not damn mountains, a few might have slipped through.. but I hope they are interesting enough to be forgivable. As usual there are more images on the flickr stream.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009



I am off to Scotland on Friday! actually I travel up there fairly frequently but I never actually get to see more than the hotel and whatever venue I'm presenting in. August is a pretty quiet time so I'm taking advantage of this to get some more landscape work done. Starting in the Lake District and then going straight for Fort William I'm hoping to get to the Isle of Harris for a day and get to see some of the white sand beaches.

Weather don't fail me now!

Monday, August 3, 2009

"Carnaval Del Pueblo"

I spent yesterday at Europe's biggest Latino carnival; "Carnaval Del Pueblo" hosted in Burgess Park, south London. The mixture of incredible music and wonderful food was truly inspiring and I have renewed and invigorated love for South American culture. I got there at about 12.00 for the procession and went into full pelt photographer mode, shooting solid for about two hours!

I took a 50mm F1.2, (rarely gets taken out on walkabout trips these days because of its weight but I thought I would pull out all the stops for a carnival) a 70-200mm F4 (absolutely brilliant for this..) and a 16-35mm F2.8 which gave me a lot of flexibility, had the choice I would probably have taken a longer zoom instead of the 50mm but all in all I think I got a few nice shots, there is more on my flickr which you can see by clicking on any of the files below:

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Iceland: The Book

I have finally managed to get my Aperture Book printed, this will be used in my upcoming photo road shows with Apple as a project outcome. I grabbed a few quick photo's to stick online.. there is something awesome about seeing your work in print, even if you had it printed yourself :P