Monthly Archives: October 2014

Processing with Capture One

For the past few weeks I have been processing my raw files using Capture One Pro rather than Adobe Camera Raw.  I am finding the RAW processing engine in Capture One to be exceptional.  Mark you, I have not upgraded to Version 8 and am still using Version 7.2.3

In brief I love the way the the software handles skin-tones.  The amount of detail it can draw out of dull highlights and shadows is great.  The HDR sliders make it possible to bring out natural looking HDR tonal ranges from a single RAW file – exceptional.

Now I just need to get more familiar with all the features and then upgrade to Version 8.

Here is an example of an image processed using Capture One Pro.  The image was captured in Iceland during my workshop this past September.  Please do click on the image to see a larger version.




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2014 Fall Wanderings – 4

With most of the foliage gone in the northeast and what is left will be gone after this semi nor’easter or tropical storm here are two more images from Ithaca region.

This image is of Taughannock Falls taken from the deck by the parking lot above the gorge.  This vantage point give the falls a totally different perspective.

I am planning on doing a winter trip to capture these falls when the sides and rock faces are covered with ice.


Toughannock Falls

Toughannock Falls

This next image is from the gorge that leads to Lucifer falls.  Another area that could be interesting in the winter.  If any of my blog followers have experienced these falls in the winter, please share your thoughts.

Lucifer Falls Gorge

Lucifer Falls Gorge

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2014 Fall Wanderings – 3

Fall Simplified

Fall Simplified

Walking through the gorges of New York’s Finger Lakes region yield some incredible photo opportunities.  There is no dearth of intimate and grand landscapes and occasionally even the saturated fall colors, when simplified, yield memorable images.

This is from the entrance to the Taughannock Gorge in Ulysses.

Please click on the image for detail.

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2014 Fall Wanderings – 2

The Finger Lakes region in New York State is truly a landscape photographer’s paradise. We spent an afternoon exploring Enfield Glen, an exceptional gorge in Robert H. Treman State Park. The gorge has multiple waterfalls (some just great cascades) – and the 115 foot Lucifer Falls.  This image is of one of the three tiered waterfalls in the gorge. Each tier has its own set of cascades. Please click on the image to see detail.

Waterfalls of Enfield Glen

Waterfalls of Enfield Glen

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2014 Fall Wanderings

Taughannock Falls - Panasonic Lumix GH4, Lumix G Vario 12 - 35 mm f/2.8 at 12mm (24mm ff equivalent), ISO 200.  8 stop ND filter. 3 image HDR 1 stop apart and one 3 stops under for the sky.

Taughannock Falls – Panasonic Lumix GH4, Lumix G Vario 12 – 35 mm f/2.8 at 12mm (24mm ff equivalent), ISO 200. 8 stop ND filter. 3 image HDR 1 stop apart and one image captured 3 stops under for the sky.

Columbus day weekend (Sunday and Monday) we drove to the Finger Lakes region in New York State.  Spent most of the time in and around Ithaca.  Our main objective was to photograph some of the region’s waterfalls with some foliage as a bonus.

Taughannock Falls is located in Ulysses, NY, within  Taughannock State Park.  Noted as the highest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains with a drop of 215 feet. Niagra Falls is about 170 feet.  The image is from the base of the falls in the gorge.  You need to hike about 45 minutes to get to the base of this waterfall. For the non hiking photographer there is a viewing deck and a parking lot that gives you an elevated view of the falls and the gorge.

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Good to be back

It has been many weeks since I have posted anything.  Excuses and reasons:  I conducted my Iceland workshop with Deborah Sandidge as co-leader.  Spent 8 days in a state of anxiety as my mother was in the ICU and subsequently suffered a cardiac arrest lapsing into a coma.  My wife Monica went to India the day the Iceland workshop started, keeping me abreast of the situation. On my return to Boston, I rushed to India and was fortunate to spend a little time with her before she passed away on the 24th.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my family and friends for all your support, kind words and prayers.  Time is a healer, I am blessed and fortunate to have such an incredible community of friends and family at a time like this. Thank you.



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