Colour on a cold winters day…

Colour on a cold winters  day caotured in the Cataract gorge Launceston Tasmania Having spent the best part of the last six months building a new home and studio it was a pleasure to actually get out and shoot a few frames. Eventhough there was no sun and it drizelled with rain periodically I was surprized (again) at the IQ and depth of colour saturation available from my Xpro1 at ISO3200. This was processed in Luminar which seems to be very good at extracting detail at relitively high ISO’s

On being less bold… Its reptilian

Am I the creative photographer/designer/artist I want to be?  Probably not but I’m no shrinking violet either. I do know I don’t take as many risks in my work as I probably should but I have never thought my hesitation is related to a deep and old defence mechanism buried in the primitive part of my reptilian brain. Reptile you say? How can this be read on…

Reptilian-a Western-Australian Blue-tongue-goanna

Reptilian eh! A Western Australian Blue tongue goanna shot on a Canon A1 a few years ago at the time when Kodak first introduced the current Ektar C41.

Up hill on the Zig Zag path…

A walk up the Zig Zag on a sunny day its a much easier walk from west to east than it is from east to west and the views are not quite as good!

Fuji Xpro 1  18-55 A walk up the Zig Zag path in the cataract gorge on a sunny day it’s a much easier walk from west to east than it is from east to west and the views are not quite as good!
As this is suppossed to be spring one would expect a flush  of green growth on the vegetation but it’s not quite there yet.  So this photograph is for the most part monochrome as a result I emphasized these qualities with Tonality the interface of which seems to be an improvement over Silver effects pro 2. I am quite fond of the Film Types in Silver Effects so there is the potential for lots of experimentation between the two apps.
Recently I started to use Lightroom again after down loading version 6  I have trialed it with each version upgrade since the LR beta version 2 (can it really be eight years ago!)  I have never been totally happy with LR but version 6 has overcome all my objections including the issue of poor Fuji RAF raw file conversion. The ‘Edit in’ function is as smooth as silk and even the file handling is much improved. In the next few weeks I will write a post on how my work flow has evolved with this new development…

Just hanging out…

Just hanging out...

We are still getting the benefits of the heavy rains a few weeks ago these small native geraniums have just recently appeared clinging and hanging from a rock!

Fern in the rain…

Mono-fern-in-the-rain

Someday I want to do some platinum prints but for now this will have to do. I don’t get snobbish about process. I like what comes out of a wet darkroom and these days digital imagery can be an equal partner in the process. I don’t see the point in only working with film when the results from the digital process allow one to develop ideas so quickly. It seems to me that one can take an image from any source with any medium and then have the final special image produced in a beautiful, precious and expensive medium like the platinum or palladium print. Someday…

Native grass or is it?

Native-grass? Or is it an exotic weed? This little plant sprung into life after the recent flood in the gorge. It looks a little bit like South African weed that is wide spread in W.A. Any ideas anyone?

Native-grass? Or is it an exotic weed? This little plant sprung into life after the recent flood in the gorge. It looks a little bit like South African weed that is wide spread in W.A. Any ideas anyone?

Liffey Falls world heritage area…

Liffey Falls World Heritage area

As we all are, Liffey falls is a bit short of rain fall!
Under normal circumstances I would use a graduated ND filter on this photo. However due to a house move I don’t have my set of Lee Filters so it came down to an adjustment in Photoshop which works but I feel that a graduated ND would do a better job. Hopefully the next time I visit this lovely place I will have them available to use and hope there is more water to fall…