Category Archives: Photography
Nikon has just announced that it will be launching a new photo sharing service called Nikon Image Space, which has been created to replace their existing offering called “my Picturetown”
The new Nikon Image Space service will be launching on January 28th and will provide a free service to users providing the ability to easily upload and share photographs.
Once it has launched users will be able to choose between two accounts, a “Basic” which offers 2GB of free storage, and amore advanced “Special” package for Nikon camera owners that will provide users with 20GB of storage, once you have completed an online application form to verify your Nikon hardware.
As well as extra storage space the “Special” packages will also offer advanced options, including the ability to add a password when sharing images, together with tools to restrict image downloads. Zurab Kiknadze, European Product Manager at Nikon Europe, explained:
“We recognised that the time had come to give this service a complete overhaul – to create a new service that is more intuitive, fun and easier to use, and better integrated with the social networks that most people like to use.”
Visit Nikon Image Space.
Over on fStoppers.com, they posted a new article regarding an iPhone app to watermark your photos before submitting them online.
For now, the app is free, but will eventually be priced at $2.00.
The New York Times just published a new article about last year’s Steven’s Pass avalanche. It’s a great article in that it includes video, interviews and still photography. Great use of multimedia. Enjoy and ski safe.
I recently found several videos on the 60 Minutes website of my two favorite photographers and filmmakers, Beverly and Dereck Joubert. These two have spent over 20 years in the African bush photographing and filming the African wildlife. Their work is truly amazing. Enjoy these videos.
I found a great article on How to Composite Like A Pro using Photoshop over at Fstoppers.com
Very cool interactive high resolution image of Base Camp on Mt Everest. You can zoom in and move all around the photo. Amazing detail and gives a great perspective of how big Base Camp is and the number of climbers and tents.
Great information from Matt Kloskowski and Ed Weaver on how to create a calendar using your own photos.
While out in the open country of eastern Washington I wanted to capture the night skies with stars and light up the foreground with a bit of light painting.
This was first attempt to paint with light. I put my Nikon D3s into Manual mode. I was using Nikon’s 18-35mm f/3.5-4. Lens and I manually focused the camera and set it to infinity. Camera and lens were on a tripod.
I tried different shutter speeds until I got the stars and sky exposed the way I wanted them. I then pulled out my spot light and tried to shine the light on the sage brush in the foreground. I did this for three to four seconds and found out quickly the light was too powerful. I found a small flashlight in my camera bag and at first thought the beam wouldn’t be strong enough or carry far enough to light things up. I was wrong. I had to attempt many exposures to get the light just right. I found I only needed to shine the flash light out on the sage brush and road for only a second or two and it was enough light to bring out the details.
SAN JOSE, Calif., — March 6, 2012 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq: ADBE) today announced the availability of Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 4 software for Mac OS and Windows. Lightroom is the essential digital photography workflow solution helping amateur and professional photographers quickly import, manage, enhance and showcase their images. First released as a public beta in January 2012, the final version of Lightroom 4 is now available for US$149 for the full version and US$79 for the upgrade, providing an incredible value for photographers. Lightroom 4 introduces refined technology for superior shadow and highlight processing, ability to create photo books, additional local adjustment controls, and enhanced video support.
More details can be found on the Adobe website.
You can find reviews and some training on the links below:
This morning I left the house at 4:45am to drive up to Boundary Bay, British Columbia to find and photograph snowy owls that are visiting the area. It’s being reported that a rising number of snowy owls from the Arctic are visiting the lower 48 states this winter. In most years these magnificent owls remain year around in their northern breeding grounds, but they do sometimes migrate to Canada and the northern United States. However, bird enthusiasts are seeing these stately white birds are far south as Kansas, Oklahoma and other central states.
They are circumpolar birds, usually living in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other sites north of Alaska’s Brooks Range.
Unlike most owls, which are nocturnal, snowy owls are diurnal—they hunt and are active both day and night.
Researchers are unsure of the reason why we’re seeing the unusually high number of Snowy Owls. Many feel their food supply is limited in the far north.
They will be around until about March, feasting mostly on lemmings, voles and other small mammals, before returning to the Arctic for the breeding season.
As you can see the dike ridge trail is popular for photographers and bird watchers. I spoke to another photographer who came all the way from the United Kingdom just to photograph the Snowy Owls.