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In pictures: Be my Valentine

Photo by Tim West FRPS

A last minute card and flowers from the garage just will not do for Tim West on Valentine's Day. He has been sending his wife Claire a personal photo card to say "I love you" for the past 10 years.

Photo by Tim West FRPS

Each year Tim creates and then shoots a new design. He said: "My first efforts involved drawing a heart shape in the sand or arranging stones into the shape of a heart...

Photo by Tim West FRPS

...then photographing the scene and making a print in the darkroom."

Photo by Tim West FRPS

Today he uses Photoshop to help create the image. The process begins by looking for a heart or circle-shaped object, ideally in red.

Photo by Tim West FRPS

Each picture is then modified on a computer until the end result matches his vision.

Photo by Tim West FRPS

He added: "The biggest problem is trying not to overdo the modification so that it still looks natural when finished."

Photo by Tim West FRPS

Tim is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and it was an article in its journal that led him to make what he describes as "meaningful photographs".

Photo by Tim West FRPS

He said: "We all need to show a little love and passion and emotion in our photos, whatever the subject."

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