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Work work work…

becky falls

It’s been so long since I had last uploaded a photo. I just don’t have the time anymore, which sad because I really do love taking photos and uploading them for you amazing bloggers out there.  Maybe I will pursue my photography after my accountancy exams  (One next week Friday and also another one right before Christmas). I was planning on going on a little adventure to a national park. Nothing like yellow stone but I sure should be able to get some great pictures wherever it is I plan to go.


Today I’m uploading two pictures. Not ones I’ve taken recently, but ones you haven’t seen yet. The picture above was taken when I visited Becky falls in the UK. I really love the long exposure effect on the water. Makes it look nice and smooth and really does enhance the overall picture. 

Dragon Fly

dragon fly no 2

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This is my first photo of a Dragon Fly taken with the Nikon D3200. And I know your thinking “Another macro?” yes indeed. Ive been focusing a lot on macro photography lately, theres always bugs out and about for me to take photos of. Now its starting to become winter ill have no choice but to move onto doing other types of photography.

Other than that I had a go at making stop motion videos with lego mini figures. I don’t know how you stop motion guys do it! Its so long winded just to make the figurine look like he’s walking. But I must say the videos you make are amazing and so creative.

I start college on the 9th (I’ll be doing an AAT Accountancy Course) which means ill be working less and earning less. I currently work at a local convenience store which in fact i love doing. But anyway my hours are going to be way less as I’ll be at college so… Ive decided to sell digital downloads of my photos for a small price. For only £0.50 Im selling my photos full size in which you’ll be able to use as your desktop wallpaper or you can print them up to size A0 without loosing a hint detail! Tiff files can be provided if needed.

Download the Dragon Fly photo for only £0.50 here or here:


Up close and personal

up close and personalWhile on holiday at devon I was given some old photography gear by a great man called Alan so thanks a lot for that Alan, I really appreciate it. Although the lens’s were for a Contax SLR, I purchased a Contax to Nikon mount off eBay. These lenses work great for macro work with extension tubes like the shot above. I had to use a rolled a piece of paper attached to the top of the lens to bounce the flash light onto the tiny fly. I don’t actually own a flashgun yet but plan to buy one soon. I just use my popup flash which I have learned, has it’s limits. If anyone else  has any other methods on how they light their subjects in macro work, please comment as I love learning new tips and tricks that will help me progress my knowledge of photography. Thanks

Lets go black and white

Waterfall (b&w + water colour)

A little twist to the waterfall shot taken at becky falls.

Becky falls



Becky falls is a great place to go if you’re interested in trying to get a waterfall shot with that silky smooth water look. Beautiful waterfalls but too bad about the admission costs. Well i guess £7.49 is alright to get into such a scenic place…


driftwoodAnother shot at Exmouth beach, Devon, UK.




Solitude screen sharp

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Settings: 1/320 f/4.9 ISO 100 14mm


The Waterfall Sharp screen

Copyright © 2012 – 2013 Salim Willshire Photography all rights reserved

Settings: 0.6sec f/12 ISO 64 18mm

This is why I’ve ordered some ND Grads. You cannot get a perfect looking waterfall shot without one :/ well not in broad daylight of course.

Black and white screen sharp

Copyright © 2012 – 2013 Salim Willshire Photography all rights reserved

Settings: 1/60 f/3.1 ISO 100 4mm

My first black and white photo! I’ve always thought black and white was old school, but i was wrong. It really makes a scene dramatic, so thanks a lot carrieblueberry for the inspiration. Take a look at some of her amazing black and whites at her blog:

Replicate ND grad filter using Adobe Photoshop

This is a tutorial I’ve made to contribute to the amazing WordPress community. And yes i mean amazing. Over the past few days my blog/portfolio has grown vastly, and that’s only because of you guys so thanks a lot!

Lets move on. In this tutorial i will be showing you how to replicate a Graduated neutral density filter using Adobe Photoshop. Keep in mind that the effect will not be as good as when you would use a real ND grad filter. But this is a great way for people starting out with photography, like myself.

First you’ll need to open up your image. I have one i was messing around with earlier:

Starting image

OK next you will want to grab the selection tool, and highlight your sky as shown:

selecting your skyNow’s the effect part. Create a new layer without deselecting your sky then click on the gradient tool. Make sure your tool is from black to transparent (like in the image below) Then hold shift and click ‘n’ drag from the top of your sky, to the bottom half. Like so:

effect It looks a little weird right now so change the layer to overlay and increase/decrease the opacity. Don’t over do it:adjustments

Wow, i say don’t over do it and i put it to 98%! But it looks great were it is. We still have one problem though, and that is that we have a strong vignette on our picture. We can remove that in these simple steps:

1. Deselect our sky (ctrl + d on windows and cmd + d on mac)

2.Highlight the two layers we have by holding shift and clicking on both of them in the “layers” tab. Then right click the layers highlighted in the “layers” tab and click “merge layers”

3. Next click filter, then lens correction . Now select the “custom” tab and adjust vignette. You can see that by dragging the vignette slider to the right the vignette will slowly start to disappear. Don’t over do it! i mean it this time because otherwise you will get a horrible white vignette around your photo. You should get a finished picture like so:

Replicate Grad ND

This is our results and i think they turned out great although they aren’t as good as a ND grad:

As you can see the sky is more washed out to begin with , and then bought back using this very simple and effective replica of a ND Grad filter

As you can see the sky is more washed out to begin with , and then bought back using this very simple and effective replica of a ND Grad filter

  Thanks! Please be sure to rate and comment 😀 i would love to hear your thoughts and maybe results if you tried this out.