Monthly Archives: May 2015

Martha’s Vineyard – Workshop

A extended Memorial day weekend workshop in Martha’s Vineyard was absolutely fantastic.  Friday through Tuesday of great weather even though it was cold (very cold and windy).  The Ashley Inn a B&B was large enough to accommodate all 16 of us with great rooms and a homemade breakfast each morning.  Winters and erosion have taken their toll on the Island and the Aquinnah (Gay Head) Light House is in the process of being moved further inland.  4:30 AM departures and Midnight to bed resulted in very long but fruitful days for the group. Here are some comments and feedback from the participants:

In-between classes and field instruction I was able to get a few shots and this is one of my favorites. (please click on the image for a larger view)

Sunrize - Oak Bluffs Fishing Pier

Sunrize – Oak Bluffs Fishing Pier

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Topaz Simplify 30% off through the end of May

simplify_box_transparentEffective today Tuesday, May 19th Topaz Labs is running a promotion on  Topaz Simplify. The discount will be for 30% off, reducing the price to $27.99 for the month of May. The coupon code is: MAYSIMP

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Lumix® G VARIO 100-300mm / F4.0-5.6 / MEGA O.I.S. Lens

H-FS100300_250

Went out to photograph the marsh wrens at the Great Meadows NWR yesterday.  The wrens were there but the windy conditions kept them deep in the reeds.  I had taken my Lumix 100-300 lens on the Olympus OM-D E-M1 body.  I have a lens collar and at the foot manufactured by Roesch – www.r-roesch.de which really helps with this lens when mounted to a tripod.

As there was not much in the vicinity I took a few shots of a Red-wing Blackbird – the bird was a little spec in the frame as you can see from the image below.  The full image may be seen by clicking on the image itself.

Image as shot - raw converted to JPEG

Image as shot – raw converted to JPEG.  Focal length 234mm – exposure triad – ISO 200, f/5.6 and 1/1250 sec

The next image is a crop from the region where the bird was sitting. Except for RAW conversion and a slight opening of the shadows, no other post processing has been done.  Click to open the image at 100%

Cropped area

Cropped area

For the price this is an exceptional lens and hope Panasonic make a G X version of this lens soon.

 

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Testing Affinity from Serif

Have not had a lot time to test the 2nd Beta release of Affinity but gave it a good shot yesterday.  Still a lot to learn, but on the whole, I like it a lot.  Has some great features built in, the filters are great but not sure I like the fact that it creates an intermediate file.  The following is an image processed entirely using Affinity (Sony Raw to a TIFF export).

Kristina (70 South Gallery - Workshop) - Sony A7R, Zeiss Touit 500mm f/2.8, Exposure triad - ISO 100, f/11, 1/125 sec.  Lastolite Trigrip Gold reflector.

Kristina (70 South Gallery – Workshop) – Sony A7R, Zeiss Touit 500mm f/2.8, Exposure triad – ISO 100, f/11, 1/125 sec. Lastolite Trigrip Gold reflector for the key light.

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Martha’s Vineyard – May 22 – 26, 2015

Join me and AIP when we return to Martha’s Vineyard for a wonderful 3 full and 2 half days of a photography meetup/workshop. There are a few spots left.

Date of event: May 22nd thru May 26th, 2015
Starts at  4:00 p.m. in Martha’s Vineyard
Location: Ashley Inn, 129 Main Street, Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, MA

Go to for complete details and to register:
http://www.meetup.com/Adventures-in-Photography-New-England/events/220244286/

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Kitchen – Seascape

Sony A7R and the  Zeiss 32mm f/1.8. Exposure triad f/16, 20 sec. ISO 80

Sony A7R and the Zeiss 32mm f/1.8. Exposure triad f/16, 20 sec. ISO 80

Just having fun experimenting.

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