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Baron Gorge

29 Oct 2009 at 8:31am

baron pond

This was the result of 5 images blended in photomatix 3.2 and then tweaked in photoshop. I don’t know why I use this program as I like to crunch the blacks and that goes against what photomatix does, to give you detail in those blacks. I think this program must work better with higher contrast scenes. Still it is fun mucking around with it. If anyone out there has some brilliant tips on how best to use this program share it with us all. Lets see some of your best pics produced with it.

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Back to the Backlog

29 Oct 2009 at 7:25am

magnetic b&w

I am slowly getting my life back after some of the workshops and big jobs are finishing up. I have decided to go back to processing images from my trip to the Eastern States. This one of Magnetic Island was run through Photomatix 3.2 and ended up ok. I had some serious issues with some weird pixels in the highlights. Had to pull out all my photoshop tricks to put this one through to the next level. I used Noise Ninja, Gaussian blurs, motion blurs, lots of layer adjustments, mid tone contrast tricks the whole lot. Probably the hardest I have worked for a long time. Still some issues to sort out but that will have to be for another day.

Off to Port Hedland tomorrow to run a 2 day photoshop workshop. If it goes well I might do a similar workshop in Perth or some other exotic location.

Don’t forget the pizza night at Marks place on Friday the 6th. If you want to come you need to email him mark@northstarcruises.com.au. He has a special announcement to make you won’t want to miss. It may already be full, he will let you know.

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A few items for Sale

27 Oct 2009 at 12:12am

From Ryan Epstein

A Brand new Nikon D5000 with 18-55mm VR kit, I’m asking for $1100. Box hasn’t even been opened and camera has not been used. Call Ryan on 0430013503 or email ryan@ryanepstein.com SOLD, SOLD, SOLD

From the Mighty Tommy Putt, the man/girl in the pink feather boa

Epson 3800 A2 plus colour inkjet printer for sale. Hard used. Comes with pack of quality paper also. Pick up only – Brighton, Victoria. Investment $1500 (RRP $1995).
Call Tom on 0419 138 298 or email tom@tomputt.com

From James Knight Smith

I am selling my Canon 24-70 lens. I have had this lens for a couple of years and its in very good condition. I have the original box (not in the photo) for the lens and I’m also including the lens hood and soft lens case. I’m asking $1450.00.

Email me at jknightsmith@gmail.com if you are interested.

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Mongers Lake

26 Oct 2009 at 12:18pm

mongers lake

This is one of the images from a recent shoot with Mark, David and Greggie. We all went in different directions and all have a different spin on the same subject. I only did this up as I am working on a new tutorial for the photoshop workshop I am running in Port Hedland this weekend. It would be pretty cool to have a land yacht on this lake as it is huge.

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Saturday Night Workshop

25 Oct 2009 at 11:57am

I just wanted to thank the guys who came to my gallery last night to be a part of the workflow workshop. It was a great night and managed to stagger into bed around 1am this morning. It was a great bunch, probably the best group yet!! (notice I say that about all the courses) Thanks for putting up with my rants and hope you got something to think about when next out taking photos or sitting in front of photoshop.

As we got a little stuck on the whole colour management subject I thought I would add a few notes to help ease the pain.

The aim of colour management is to maintain the same colour on all devices even though each device has a different colour gamut and the same set of numbers refer to a different colour.

In color management, an ICC profile is a set of data that characterizes a monitor, scanner, camera, printer, or a color space, according to standards set by the International Color Consortium (ICC). Profiles describe the color attributes of a particular device. A colour managed workflow uses these profiles to control colour reproduction between all the devices in the workflow. That is, they tell each device this is the colour we are looking at and they all understand each other.

A color space simply describes the range of colors, or gamut, that a camera can see, a printer can print, or a monitor can display. Editing color spaces, on the other hand, such as Adobe RGB, Dcam 3 or sRGB, are device-independent. They also determine a color range you can work in. Their design allows you to edit images in a controlled, consistent manner. I use Dcam 3 as my working colour space as it has a larger colour gamut than Adobe RGB 1998. You set your rgb colour space in photoshop, go to edit> colour settings> working spaces> RGB. This is important. I also make sure when I convert my raw files in camera raw I assign the colour space Pro Photo, then when opened in photoshop and prompted, I convert that file to the Dcam 3 colour space. Pro photo has a massive colour gamut so going from that to DCam 3 is fine even though Dcam 3 has a smaller gamut.

Easy peasy hey!!!

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The Concrete Jungle

23 Oct 2009 at 6:46am

man removed

You never know when a shot will present itself. At the beginning of this week Michael and I had to go to present work in Perth to a company we have been dealing with. We had a quick tour of their new premises in the city. I thought how can people do this every day. How can they live in a totally manmade, cold, concrete nightmare. Looking out of the window I spotted an interesting view. I love shooting down on a subject and cities do make great subject matter. Still would you want to be this guy. Where is he going, what is his life like, is he a good bloke or a mongrel. Is he happy with his life. Most of all, has he seen Merv’s latest windmill pic??? I think I have my first “fine art” piece. So many questions, so much emotion, so much wonder, does anyone really know Merv??? Find out at the pizza night!!

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My own Epson 9900

22 Oct 2009 at 1:52am

new epson

Well it arrived last week, my new Epson 9900. It was delivered by 4 burly blokes and they were kind enough to carry it upstairs for me. The following day Benny from Team Digital came down to help me get it running. He made some icc profiles for me and we tweaked the settings to get the best out of the machine. I must say it is bloody good, in fact it is bloody sensational. The other week I did a workshop with Les Walkling and he was raving about this machine. He showed us the colour gamut compared to the Canon and it is able to reproduce so many more colours than the ipf range. Still the old Canon has done me well but out with the old in with the new. Will do a proper review of the machine once we get it in the dedicated printing room and start using it properly.

I want to thank Epson in conjunction with Team Digital for helping me get into this machine. It has been fantastic to have the support of two great companies and I intend to wear the Epson badge with pride. Thanks again guys.

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Pizza night @ Marks place

20 Oct 2009 at 12:05pm

Hi all

I guess you have heard about the pizza night Mark and I are putting on at his place. Free Pizza, byo beer and other drinks. We have only 50 spots available to the general blogging community, all are welcome but get in early. I think 30 spots are gone already. It is just an idea to get everyone together and meet the faces behind the names. Imagine meeting Merv, that is worth every bit of free pizza you can eat. Send an email to mark@northstarcruises.com.au to let him know you want to come. The date is the 6th of November, a friday night at 7pm. He might have an extra special thing to talk about too and believe me you won’t want to miss the announcement. It is still secret squirrel stuff so don’t tell anyone else.

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Firmware upgrade for the 5D2

20 Oct 2009 at 5:08am

Sydney, 20 October 2009: Canon Australia has given advance notice of an upgrade to the movie-related firmware for the EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR camera <http://canon.com.au/products/visual/cameras/digital_slr/eos5dmkII.aspx>  in response to user requirements for additional frame rates.

“We understand that EOS 5D Mark II users desire additional frame rates and we’re preparing a firmware update to allow the camera to shoot at both 24P and 25P,” said Chris Macleod, Brand Manager – EOS, Canon Australia. “The upgrade to 24P and 25P will broaden the usage scope for this popular camera to include cinema and broadcast and applications, respectively.”

Canon expects the firmware update to be available in the first half of 2010 and will release more details as they become available.

Speak to Ben @ Team Digital for all the goss on this update.

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Great photo comp

20 Oct 2009 at 4:51am

jpeg for CF

Denis Glennon, a great Perth based photographer, has just given me the scoop on a photo comp that would be worth entering. It is called “icon Photo 09”. Have a look at the pdf for more details, it is open to amateurs and has some fantastic prizes, wish I could enter. Thanks Denis for the heads up on this one. You can see Denis’s work here at his website
iconPHOTO 09 Launched on 5 Oct 09

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