Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Merry Christmas to all. . . .

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I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and I hope that all your dreams come true.

Friday, December 17, 2010

A Plea for HDR

This is an article I ran across on Facebook. I don't know Alexandre Buisse, and until now I have not seen his work, but he does some wonderful stuff. If your shooting and processing HDR or even considering doing some, I strongly suggest that you read his article.

I have just finished Joe McNally's new book "Life Guide to Digital Photography: Everything You Need to Shoot Like A Pro". I can tell you, it's amazing. There are gems on every page. You can order it from Amazon.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The "Candid Frame" Podcast

Ibarionex Perello, photographer, teacher, writer and host of this very informative podcast that is nothing short of habit forming. His interviews with the likes of Joe McNally, Jay Maisel, David (the Strobist) Hobby just to name a few are insightful and educational. I download them for free to my itouch but you can also listen to them online. I'm sure you'll find them a very valuable resource.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Trey Ratcliff has a new downloadable version of his HDR Tutorial DVD set. . .

The Stuck In Customs crew has come out with a downloadable version of their very informative and successful HDR Tutorial. There are now 3 versions, Basic, Premium and now the downloadable. I can tell you that there is a ton of great information in the Premium set. From what I see on their site, this is a scaled down version. Even so, at the new price point of $99 I feel that their is still a great deal to be learned. Check it out here.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Topaz Labs Releases ReMask 3

Topaz Labs has announce the release of Topaz ReMask 3 upgrade. ReMask 3 introduces improves masking technology that further simplifies and expedites the creation of complex masks and cutouts. The update is available as a free download to current ReMask users and they are offering quite a nice discount for first time buyers until Jan. 1, 2011. Check it out here.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thank you Lowepro

I use a Lowepro Slingshot 302 AW Backpack. I can't say enough good things about it. It holds all the gear I need when out shooting and is comfortable to wear. I always carry a tripod with me for the HDR shots so the tripod mount is great and easy to access.
The last time we were in New York City I'm sorry to say that the zipper broke. OK, what to do. I contacted Lowepro through their website offering to mail the pack back to them for repair. Within an hour or so I got an email asking for some additional information. After a very short while another email came telling me that the would replace my slingpack at no cost and that I would have it in a few days. It just arrived. How great is that.
Offering a great product and with service like that, Lowepro has a customer for life. I'll pass this information on to my photography club. We have over 200 members.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Photomatix Discount code

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Today's image is a single Raw frame HDR taken in New York City and processed in Photomatix. The reflection is of the new "World Trade Center" construction site. I wouldn't dare try to set up a tripod in that part of the city.
I'm very happy to announce that I can now offer you a 15% discount when you buy Photomatix. Just enter the coupon code "alan8686" when you check out. You should check out their website for more information, here.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

New York is always interesting

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New York at night always offers great opportunities for HDR images. This is one I took from my hotel room over looking the construction site of the new Freedom Tower at Ground Zero.
There are a lot of mixed feeling but I'm glad that the politicking has stopped and building has started.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Topaz Labs Discount Available Here

If you have never tried the Topaz Labs line of software your really missing out on a treat. The software features a set of powerful and advanced tools each offering a solution to some of the most common and challenging post processing tasks. The bundle lineup offers tools and features for creating pseudo HDR effects, adjusting color, exposure and detail and much, much more...

You can find all the information you need here. And if you use the code alan8686 you'll get 10% off their already very reasonable price.

Did you vote?

We were in New York City for a few days last week. One of the more fun things we did was go to a satellite location for the "Restore Sanity" rally in Washington. I agree with the concept. No matter what side your on, the conversation should remain civil with facts that are true.

Please get out today and VOTE.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Joe McNally has a new book

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Joe McNally, winner of the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Magazine Photographers, has released his new book. "The LIFE Guide to Digital Photography" offers personal tips from his 30 year career. Joe was LIFE Magazine's last staff photographer and the author of two previous best selling photography books. I have ordered mine from Amazon and very much look forward to reading it.

Friday, October 8, 2010

HDR Efex Pro is now available

Today NIK Software announced the release of their new HDR Efex Pro processing software.
Here is their site, take a look. They are pricing the package out at $159.95 but I found a 15% discount offer on Rick Sammon's blog. You can find that here. When you get to the page just scroll down to get the discount code. NAPP members can get a 20% discount. Just go to the NAPP site and click discounts.
Nik also offers a free 15 day trial and an unconditional 30 day money back guarantee.
I'm going to download the 15 day trial just to see if it's what they say it is. I do love the "U" point technology they offer with their other software packages, so this may be a real winner. I'll let you know.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Photomatix and NIK Announcements

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This image was taken in an art gallery in Portland, Maine. I couldn't resist the temptation of asking the artist if it would be OK. He was very appreciative and let me take this and a few others. I must send him a print of this one.

Photomatix has a release a free upgrade of it's hdr processing software package. It pretty much looks and works the same way with a few additions that I found helpful.

  1. Selective de-ghosting tool. This is very cool.

  2. Better noise reduction.

  3. Ability to tone map a single image in 8 bit.

  4. Some presets. Not so cool. Well maybe they give you a place to start but I would rather do my own.

The new de-ghosting is a bit confusing at first but once found it works great. There are a few videos on the web. You can find a really good one here

I have heard that HDR Efex Pro will be available from NIK very soon. I plan to download the trial version to see if it's all they say it is. I'll let you know what I think.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Discount codes from Trey Ratcliff

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We just got back from Portland, Maine. What a great place to visit. I highly recommend it if your ever up that way. The above picture was taken just as we left a restaurant. As you can see it's right on the water. The picture is of the ferry pier. It's a 3 image HDR shot at +2 0 -2 and processed with Photomatix and Color Efex Pro 3. Of course there's some photoshop in it also.
I told you a few weeks ago that Trey has come out with a DVD course. Well today I received word that I can offer a discount code for both editions. The codes are good for 10% off the Basic Edition and 20% off the Premium Edition. Just go to this website and enter the code for the edition you want.
I have the premium edition and it's more than worth the investment if you're really into HDR and Trey's style of shooting and processing. Take a look. You wont be sorry.
Basic Edition - 55BASICDVD
Premium Edition - 66PREMIUMDVD

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Jay Maisel and me

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Well, that's a small exaggeration. A few months ago I wrote a blog about a course I took on Kelby Training, "A Day With Jay Maisel". Scott Kelby and Jay did a photo walk on the streets of New York. It's great. This past Friday my wife and I where going to spend the day in the city. The plan was to take the train into New York, the subway uptown and spend some time at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. I always have a camera with me and I knew I would have opportunities to take some picture. New York is a shooting gallery. Maybe a bad choice of words but you know what I mean. As Jay says, "If you miss the first 100 shots there are 1,000 more coming your way in a few minutes."

I thought that before going I would take the time to watch the course again. It's amazing how much information Jay imparts. Every word is a gem. Even Kelby is wide eyed.

This is a must see for anyone who walks around with a camera. His 3 word mantra "light, color, gesture". Words to think about when taking pictures.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Just back from Keuka Lake, New York

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It's been a very good summer. Lots of travel. This trip was to one of the finger lakes in Upstate New York. Our good friends live there for the summer. We hiked, drank and laughed ourselves silly. Roger and I did a lot of shooting. Great fun. I took the above picture after dinner as the sun was just setting. If you look at it larger, just under the tree limb, you can see Mars. I hope you like it.
I see while I was away that NIK announced a shipping date for HDR Efex Pro. I did take one of their free webinar, hosted by Rick Sammon. I think it has real possibilities but I'll reserve comment until I try the demo version. I hear that Photomatix has a 4.0 version in bata testing. I'll have to look into that also.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

"Starburst" photography exhibit

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Starburst: Color Photography in America 1970-1980 has opened at the Princeton University Museum of Art. I guess I should tell you that I live in Princeton. Our photography club had a private tour of the exhibit a few days ago.
It is magnificent. In a review of the exhibit appearing in the New York Times I read the following, " Black and white are the colors of photography". So said Robert Frank. Another quote from Ansel Adams declared "If you can't make it good, make it red."
In the 1970's, color photography became the new frontier. The likes of Barbara Kasten, John Divola, Joel Sternfeld are among the 18 photographers offering their wonderful images.
Is HDR our new frontier? I think it is. Of course there are those who would argue this. I also think there is room for all disciplines. I love black and white, I love color and I love HDR. There are well known photographers who are even taking HDR to a much higher level. Vincent Versace calls his concept "images harvesting". He expands not only exposure but color, focus and even time. A much larger idea then just hdr.
Things are moving very fast. It's important to keep up.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

NIK Radio - it's a must

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First a word about the attached pictures. The picture above was taken a few weeks ago while out in Santa Fe, New Mexico. That's right, Santa Fe. The first Sat. we were there we went to the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. A great place to shoot.
Here are 2 others. The vendors all dressed in their traditional cloths and the craft quality was spectacular. I did buy my wife a beautiful bracelet from Laos that I could not resist. She loved it. There was a craft person from Bhutan, a country we visited a few years ago. In the "Small World" category, his good friend was our guide.

Now on to NIK radio. If your into NIK software, and you should be, this is a must listen every week. Yes there is a lot of information about their products but the interviews are packed with tons of information. Last weeks interview with Vincent Versace has some great philosophical insights into photography and photo processing. I invite you to listen and enjoy.
I couldn't resist. Here's a picture from Bhutan.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Trey Ratcliff to release 6 hour HDR instructional DVD

I just received an email from Trey telling me that his 6 hour HDR instructional DVD is finished and will be announced to the public tomorrow. You can find the information here on Thursday and it will be available for sale on Friday.
From what I understand there will be 2 versions, a Basic package and a Premium package. I have been looking forward to this for a while. It's going to be interesting to see his workflow and any tricks he uses to get those great lighting details and textures. I'll let you know what I think after I get mine.

Monday, August 9, 2010

My top 3 HDR Spotting images

I think you know that I upload photographs to HDR Spotting. I checked the stats this morning and was pleasantly surprised to see the number of views for 3 of my pictures. If you're into HDR, this is a great site to see what other photographers are doing. Both the good and the bad. Over time I have communicated with some of them and we have shared processing ideas. It's a great way to learn and improve your skills. Take a look here. If you're interested in posting images, you'll need a code. I have 3 to give out . Contact me and I'll send one along.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Back from Long Island and The Cape plus a Lens Flare tip.

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We're back. The art sale in East Hampton was fun. The 2 pictures that I was sure would sell did not, but 2 others did. I'm happy about that. My friend Steve sold all 5 of his. They were wonderful images. You can see his work here.
I must admit that I didn't do much shooting in either place. It just didn't work out. I'm a little disappointed with that. I did get a few good pictures that I'll post later this week.
Getting a good lens flare "in camera".
Matt Kloskowski showed this tip on a recent episode of "D town". His turned out a lot better than mine but I know what went wrong so I thought I would share it. When shooting into the sun and you want a sun flare, close you lens down to f16 or smaller. I shot mine at f22 and it's a bit much. Next time I'll shoot a range of f stops to get the right effect. Matt did say that every lens is a little different and you need to experiment. I remembered that today. I'll remember it next time.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

We're going on the road again

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We're hitting the road again. This time it's out to East Hampton, New York. Each year there is a "Cloths Line" art show to benefit the local cultural theater. I have 5 pieces to exhibit. I'll let you know if any sell. It's all for a good cause. Then we're going on to Cape Cod to see some friends. The Cape is always fun with lots of opportunities to take pictures. The main image of this blog was shot out there last year.

Above are 2 additional pictures from New Mexico. The sunsets out there are just wonderful. The second image is of the Miracle Staircase in Santa Fe. You can read more about it here. I have others that I'll post later.

In some other news, Kelby training keeps churning out their classes. You can find them here. Believe me when I say that it's a great value.
Have a wonderful week and I'll post again when I get back.

Monday, July 26, 2010

NIK free daily webinars are great

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By now you know that everyone of my pictures is touched by at least one, if not more, of the pieces of software produced by NIK. Their line of products include Viveza 2, Color Efex Pro 3.0, Silver Efex Pro, Dfine 2.0 and Sharpener pro 3.0. The company offers 3 free daily webinars 6 days a week. I sat in on 2 of them last week and learned some wonderful tips. If your a user of any of their plug-ins or are thinking of buying them, I strongly suggest at least a visit to their site or take one of the webinars.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Photo Walk in Chinatown was great fun

It was hot. 97 degrees hot with very high humidity. I would guess that less than half the people showed up. They may have been the smart ones. Steve and I walked the parks and streets at a snails pace and drank plenty of water. We took lots of pictures but I must admit the heat got to me. I'm feeling it today. Was it worth it? Sure.

I shot in AV mode at a very high ISO. For the most part things worked well.

The streets were alive with people and there was a great energy. Tourists were everywhere carrying every kind of photo gear imaginable. Our group carried mainly Canon cameras and lenses. Nikon was also well represented.

Have a great week and I'll try to post other images from the photo walk and my New Mexico trip in the coming days.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Back home and ready for the NYC photo walk

Hi all. We had a great time in New Mexico. Good hikes, good company, good food and lots of pictures.
The Santa Fe Plaza at night comes alive with street musicians. All kinds of music. From Country to Bluegrass to Classical. Great fun.
I did take my camera gear with me all the time, and yes, I did carry my tripod on every hike. I'll post some of the pictures in the days to come. I hope you like them.
Tomorrow is the 3rd Annual Kelby International PhotoWalk. My good buddy Steve and I are doing the one in New York City Chinatown area. Of course it will be in the high 90's and high humidity. Oh my. I'll let you know how it all turns out.

Have a great week-end.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

We're going on a field trip

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Well, this past week-end was a computer nightmare. My MSN account was hacked and my entire email list was sent a message from me saying that I was mugged in the UK and lost my passport, money etc. etc."SEND MONEY". That's not the worst of it. My password, second email address and secret question answer were also changed. Your right. I was locked out of everything. What a mess. One would think that MSN would have a simple way of repairing this since it was probably their computers that were hacked in the first place. But NO! They leave you out on a Lonely Island. (Lonely Island, that's the title of my son's new CD)

I digress. I finally found some computer type on Google who had the same issue earlier in the year. He found a secrete website at MSN. I'm not sure that it's secrete but they sure make it hard to find. You go in and fill out a questionnaire about personal things that only you would know, and press send. Out it goes and a few seconds later receive back an email saying that they, Microsoft I think, will review the answers and respond within 24 hours if they accept your request. Admittedly it was a holiday weed-end so about 40 hours later I was blessed with a positive response and I thought that my world was OK again. Wrong.

I was able to reset a password and get back to my now EMPTY files. I could go on but you get the drift. It will take a while to figure this all out and rebuild my computer life.

I know that there are much larger issues out in the world to be solved so I'll move on.

We're off on a hiking trip to New Mexico at the end of the week. I am taking my photo gear and hope to come back with a few images worth sharing.

To those of you who did offer help me and send money, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Have a safe holiday

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It's July 4th week-end here in the USA. The weather should be great for all outdoor activities and of course watching firework. In Princeton they were held last night, July 1st for some unknown reason. There was a large crowd and we all had a wonderful time.

A few days ago I posted my favorite settings for shooting fireworks. If you scroll down you should find them.

Have a wonderful and safe holiday.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Trey Ratcliff releases his new eBook

Trey, I hope you don't mind that I reproduced part of your new eBook on this site. I know all rights are reserved but I thought it important to let people, who don't follow your site "Stuck in Customs", that this is now available.

You can tell by the title what it's about. Trey uses his own early photographs as examples and explains the mistakes and corrections. Great stuff. I've got my copy and I have to say that I wish I had the these answers years ago. I've made all these mistakes and a whole bunch more.

For just $9.97, it will save you lots of time and frustration.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Another "juried" show acceptance

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I'm really excited about this one. I submitted 5 images to the "Gallery 14" juried exhibition and "the Glass Blower" was chosen. I've always like this image. It was shot just outside of Santa Fe a while back.
It's a single image HDR processed in Photomatix and Color Efex Pro 3. I hope you like it.

Also, I just got a Logan Simplex Plus #760 mat cutter. I took a few practice tries but I have it down now and can cut a great looking mat in about 5 minutes. I would highly recommend it.

International HDR Day

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Rick Sammon and Trey Ratcliff, two of my favorite shooters and teachers, have announced that this coming Saturday, June 26, will be designated International HDR Day. Why not. There are so many wacky "Days". You can find the information here.

I love fireworks

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My wife and I love fireworks. This is one of the images from our trip to New Hope last Friday night. The sky was clear and it wasn't too hot. Just perfect.

For those interested here are my settings for this shot:

  • Use a tripod

  • Manual mode

  • Set on Bulb mode

  • ISO-200

  • f-8

  • Set lens to infinity
I used a cable release so I could watch and shoot at the same time

Click when you see the rocket start up and hold for one or two bursts

Not every shot will be a keeper but you'll get a few great ones.

I have also tried the following:

  • Auto focus - off

  • Image stabilizer - off

  • Use a tripod

  • Shutter speed - 3 seconds

  • f-11

  • ISO - 200

  • Lens set to infinity
Do some quick test shots and make adjustments if necessary. Let me see some of you images.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Always carry your camera

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I carry my camera with me as much as I can. This past Friday we drove to New Hope, PA for dinner. It's a fun town. Lots of energy and there are fireworks over the river later in the evening. I'll post one of those pictures soon.

After dinner I went exploring on my own for a few minutes and ran into this old barn and this old engine. Man, am I glad I had my camera. I hope you like the image. Let me know what you think.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Why can't we all just get along?

For the last 2 days Scott Kelby has had some pretty cool post about the "HDR wars". His June 14 and June 15 posts continue the discussion from both sides of the isle. You can find the posts here.

Let me know what you think. By this time you all know where I stand.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

NIK Announces HDR software

You can say what you want about HDR but all the big names are getting into the software market. I hear that there is an upgrade coming for Photomatix. Adobe Photoshop has added a new and more powerful HDR Pro module to CS5. And now NIK has announced that they will be shipping a new HDR software package at the end of the summer.

Yesterday I attended a "sneak peek" webinar presented by NIK on their new package. I must say that it looked very interesting. I liked the fact that it will have many presets that will give a good starting point to processing. Their "U-point" technology is in there also and that will add some exciting local control to the processing.

I'm looking forward to the introduction.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Lightoom 3 is now shipping

Adobe has announced that Lightroom 3 is now shipping. You can find the information here.

I have use Lightroom from the first release and it's hard to imagine working without it. At the very least, it keeps me organized. But it's so much more than that. The non-distructive editing tools are fabulous and from what I've seen, the new version is even better. My personal favorite is the printing module. You have to try it to believe it. You can download a trial from their site.

At the same time NAPP has announce their Lightroom 3 Learning Center. If you plan on buying Lightroom 3 or just want to see what's new, this is a great site. You can find it here. If your a NAPP member there is a discount code for you to use.

Nik Radio is on the air

I use almost all of the Nik products and just love what they do for my processing.
I'll discuss that in a minute, but first I have to tell you that I download Nik Radio and listen to it every week. The program "delivers a variety of educational programming created to inspire digital photographers of all levels." You can find it on itunes, free. You can't beat that.
The filters in Color Efex Pro 3.0 are great. I use at least 2 or 3 of them on every image and more when I'm experimenting. Tonal contrast touches them all. Vivesa 2 allows me to point, click and slide to make adjustments without the need to make complicated selections. Silver Efex Pro creates professional black and white images using presets and sliders. Sharpener Pro 3.0 uses the same u-point technology as all the other programs to take the guess work out of sharpening individual areas.
U-point technology is great. All it means is that "you point", click and drag to make local adjustments. I suggest that you check out the different products and download the free trials. Let me know what you think.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Single image hdr



I know that you can process a single raw image in photomatix as well as in CS5 with some good success. I've been trying a new technique and getting, what I think, is much better results. It's simple but requires a few more steps in the beginning.

Shoot raw

Open the Raw image in photoshop. I don't think the version matters.

Save this first image as a tiff. That's your mid-range exposed image

Open an Exposure layer in the layers pallet

Change the Exposure to +2 and save this as a TIFF. Make sure that you give it a meaningful name. "+2" will work

Now change the Exposure to -2 and save as a TIFF. Give this image a meaningful name also.

Do the same thing with -1 and +1.

You now have a single image with 5 different exposures all saved as TIFF files.

Open photomatix and process as you normally would.

Let me know how this works for you.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

No Photo Thursday

So I get a call today from a very dear friend and good shooter. He shall go nameless so he remains my very dear friend. He's on a circuitous road trip down in the southern states of our beautiful country. He gives himself and assignment for the day. OK, it's his time to go out and shoot some of the most wonderful waterfalls around. Being a retired rocket scientist he does all the research. Locations, recommended gear, settings etc. Loads up every piece of equipment he has. Drives for however long. Here is where I don't have all the details, because I was laughing so hard. I think they hiked to the falls. Goes to set up for the great American shot. OK, wait for it. He brought all his gear but one thing, the camera. We both were hysterical. I hope I never do that. He'll never let me live it down. Oh and by the way, I won't let him either.
What a great life.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Scott Kelby takes a walk with Jay Maisel

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Kelby Training has just released a new class featuring what amounts to a New York photowalk with Jay Maisel. I challenge you to watch it just once. There is so much information and yes, philosophy imparted by Jay, that it can't all be taken in at one time. I have never seen Scott react this way. I tell you that he can't believe what he is hearing and I would wager he changes some of his shooting practices instantly. I know I will and so will you. You can find it here. It's worth every cent.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Photowalk and Fireworks

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Today it was announced that Scott Kelby's 3rd Annual Worldwide Photo Walk will be held on Saturday July 24th. You can find all the information here. You should check it out. The first 2 were great fun. This year I'm signed up for the New York City Chinatown walk. There are only 50 people at each walk site and I believe mine was filled in one day.
On the fireworks front, Laurie Excell has a great post today about shooting fireworks. It's worth a read. You can find it here.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Vincent Versace was a Gerber baby

Did that get your attention? If you follow my blog, you know that Vincent Versace has a great influence on my photography. Both while out shooting and in the digital darkroom. I have watched his DVDs and followed his blog, but today's post on Scott Kelby's blog is absolutely amazing. (Post dated May 26, 2010)
The first part of the post is an autobiographical walk down memory lane, including the part about appearing on a Gerber Baby Foods jar label. (Don't miss the part about Marilyn Chambers). It's interesting but read on and get to the really good part. He gives some wonderful bits of psychology for us simple photographers to think about. I can't recommend this and all of his work more.

Monday, May 24, 2010

CS5 - some really cool upgrades

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I'm still having some issues with my CS5 install but I really haven't taking the time to look into a fix. There's nothing major just annoying little things.
The good news is that some of the features are wonderful. The quick selection upgrade with the "Refine Edge" tool" is great. "Content Aware" is remarkable. I've tried the "HDR Pro" but I'm not quite sure about it. I've used Photomatix for so long that HDR Pro seems slow. I'll give it some time and more testing before making my final decision.
The guys from NAPP did a week long series of Webinars showing all the new features in CS5. They explain them better then I can. Watch it here.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Friends for the Marsh Juried Show

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The Friends for the Marsh provide a unique educational experience for central New Jersey. Each year they sponsor a juried photographic show. This year it was titled "Ebb and Flow- Voices of the Marsh". I was fortunate to have 2 pieces accepted. I hope you like them.

Friday, May 7, 2010

I installed CS5

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I installed the disk and it all went well. I have a 64bit Dell machine and there in lies the problem. I was prompted to check a box to load the 64bit version and/or the 32bit version. I check both and in fact, both versions were installed. Great. I clicked on the 64bit version and CS5 opened. I did the same for the 32bit version and got a error message that the application failed to start. I had to clicked "OK" 3 or 4 times and that version opened. OK, so no problem, I'll just use the 64bit version. I went into my files and transferred all my "plug-ins" from CS4 to CS5. Checked my work and open CS5 64bit version. No "plug-ins" appear in the filter menu or anywhere else. So I go back and transfer all the plug-ins into the 32 bit version and open that. Get the error message, click 4 time, the program opens and all the plug-ins are there. It hits me that my 64 bit Dell does not support any of the plug-ins.
It should be interesting later today when I call Adobe tech support to try to straighten this out. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

CS5 is shipping

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I just order CS5 and I've been watching the CS5 classes that Kelby Training has put up on their site. I must say that they do a great job. I usually just download the program but this time I decided to get the disk. Just trying something new. I'll let you know how the installation goes. The new features look interesting. There are new selection options, new brush tip designs that will help when painting and even an HDR Pro dialog section that has a great looking deghosting capability.
I know that I haven't been posting much lately, but I think I'm back in the game.
Have fun shooting and let me see some of your work.
By the way, the above image is from a recent trip to Maine. What a great place to shoot. I'll post some more pictures soon.