Check out this video. Some incredible BASE jumping footage, the guys skimming the cliffs with their fingertips as they go down. The part where he misses the road by a couple of feet is enough to make you look away.
Absurdly dangerous I know (I read that there's 1 fatality in 60 BASE jumping participants), but this is definitely worth watchingwww.vimeo.com/1778399
Not been doing much landscape photography recently, I'm just too busy with other stuff. I did do some shots for Climate Change day yesterday, which are somewhere on the 350.org site
Then, last night I was doing some shooting with a string quartet at a launch in Cascais.
Just bought Steve McCurry's "In The Shadow Of The Mountain". Wonderful book, he's far and away one of my favourite photographers. While this isn't quite so brilliant as South South East, his books are always a real treat.
I'll do a full journal with new features and stuff when I've got a bit more time...
Hope you're all well :-D
I've been working on putting together a new website for my wedding photography, which I should have up and running in a week or so, and also working on the new calendar, trying different online printers etc.
I've got a large glossy and a smaller calendar already up online at Lulu, which you can find here.
There's also a slideshow preview on my website.
The Lulu calendars are nice, good saturation (a little TOO saturated truth be told) and print quality. I may change one of the images, and I will certainly be doing a Deviant Art version in the next month.
I was one of the judges in a landscape photography organised by Rykardo
and there were a lot of fantastic images entered. Congratulations to everyone who took part, judging them and picking a winner was really difficult.
Anyway, once the votes were all counted, MarcoHeisler
was the winner with this wonderful shot.
The runners up were EmilStojek
Well done everyone
If you shoot Nikon, this might be interesting to you. Years ago, when I started shooting RAW, I spent a while playing around with both Lightroom and Aperture for RAW conversion. To be honest, I didn't really see any difference between them and liked them both, so I decided to stick with Aperture as it's an Apple program and integrates better with my Mac system. I was always happy with it, although I noticed when I switched cameras to my D3 that I needed to put more time into getting the images looking great. Basically, with my D3, the RAW images right out of the camera were very flat, lacking in contrast and vibrancy and soft. Of course, it's RAW, so that can all be added back in, but when I go away on a trip and come back with 800+ images, that means A LOT of work. Likewise with a wedding, where I might shoot over 1000 frames, it's time consuming to have to do so much to each image.
Of course, Aperture is great for batch processing, but this only works if you need to do exactly the same adjustments to each shot, which is pretty rare.
So I started to look at different RAW conversions, and every single time I kept coming back to Nikon's own Raw converter, Capture NX2. It seems that if you're using Nikon, there's no better software for NEF conversion than Nikon's own software (makes sense really). I also kept reading that it was slow, clunky and not as intuitive to use as Lightroom or Aperture. It DOES use Nik Software's control point technology ,which if you ever used Viveze or Silver Efex Pro, you'll know how fantastic that is....so I downloaded the 60 day trial from the Nikon site.
I'm amazed to be quite honest, the difference in files right out of the camera is astonishing. The contrast and colour right out of the camera is brilliant, the richness and depth of the reds is something I have NEVER seen in a RAW file converted by Aperture. On top of that, astonishingly, I'm seeing A LOT more resolution and detail, which I suspect is how the software handles micro contrast. Blown up to 100% the images don't look digital at all, and there's a lot more detail.
This is right out of the camera, with no sharpening added.
I've uploaded 3 comparisons which you can see below. These have been converted from RAW to TIFF in Aperture and Capture NX2 with nothing done to them. No sharpening, no contrast, no colour or contrast adjustments, you can even see the dust spots from my camera.
Now, I don't know if this is the case with all camera's, as this is Nikon software, so I expect it to work best with Nikon cameras. Having said that, I never had a problem with my D80, just the D3, so it might even depend on the camera and it's image processing. But for the D3, the improvement in the images is incredible, I'm seeing as big a difference in the files between Aperture and Capture NX2 as I saw between my old camera and my new one. I feels like I've bought a new camera, and I'm only frustrated I didn't make the switch sooner.
When it comes to usability, the interface isn't as slick as LR or Aperture, but it does offer A LOT more control, particularly over localized changes (impossible in Aperture) with the U-Point technology, you can do local adjustments of colour, contrast, curves, levels, colour temperature, sharpness, guassian blur, saturation, etc etc...directly on the RAW file. I don't need to convert to PSD or TIFF files and do that in PS anymore, it really is fantastic.
It also runs faster than Aperture on my machine, but the file sizes are bigger.
All in all, it's the best thing I've done since I upgraded my camera, and if you shoot Nikon (especially one with the image processing from the D3, such as a D700 or a D300s, then I really really recommend you give it a try.
I can't speak for LR, as I never used it with my D3, but as should be obvious from the pictures I uploaded, Capture NX just wipes the floor with Aperture.
Now I want to revisit a lot of my older shots and see if I can improve them.....