Monthly Archives: September 2015

Eclipse and Echelman – Colors Unified

Nature’s Art one with Human Art – The September Blood Moon and Echelman’s Rope Sculpture across the Greenway in Boston.


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Photographing the Super Moon, Lunar Eclipse & The Blood Moon

We are about to witness a rare celestial event on September 27th, when we will get an opportunity to see a “Total Lunar Eclipse” that will give a coppery red color to the moon thus earning it the designation of a “Blood Moon”. Besides which, the moon will be closest to Earth earning it the distinction of, “Super Moon”. Finally, because of the time of the month/year that this event occurs it has the unique distinction of being referred to as a “SUPER HARVEST BLOOD MOON”. (How cool is that?)

To make things even more interesting, sunset will occur at 6:33 p.m. on the 27th and moon rise will occur at 6:24 p.m.  and will reach full moon status in 4 hours which coincides with the total eclipse. That means that conditions for photographing this event should be perfect.  (Weather permitting)

I will also provide you with the basics of creating a time lapse of the event.  You will need the right equipment and patience.

Key times of the evening:

• Partial Eclipse begins at 9:07 PM

• Full Eclipse begins at 10:11 PM

• Maximum Eclipse at 10:47 PM

• Full Eclipse ends at 11:23 PM

• Partial Eclipse ends at 12:27 AM

I have made a few revisions to my tips page on this topic to help you capture this Sunday’s event.

Lunar Eclipse and Blood Moon Photography

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ON1 PHOTO 10 Announced


Perfect Photo Suite is now called ON1 Photo 10. It will be available in late October, and you can order it today by clicking on the banner above. If you order ON1 Photo 10 by September 24th you will receive several bonus extras for purchasing early.

The new ON1 Photo 10 will deliver seamless app integration, up to 4x faster performance, fast module switching, an integrated mobile workflow, modern user interface, require less memory, and will still include all of the essential ON1 photo editing tools photographers love. Included are major improvements to Browse and Portrait, and overall enhancements that will make your workflow smooth and efficient.

Key new features/selling points:

  • Browse module – Lightning fast. New Albums and Smart Albums features. Access to photos on popular cloud devices. Sync photos with your devices using the new Photo Via mobile app.
  • Portrait module – Faster speed, performance, and overall quality has been greatly improved. Completely redesigned for optimum workflow efficiency. Finding multiple faces in a portrait image has never been this fast or efficient.
  • Photo Via – Sync your albums, smart albums and your favorite folders of photos with your mobile devices with our new Mobile App. We will be rolling out Photo Via in two phases, the first will be this fall with ON1 Photo 10 and the second in the first quarter of 2016. Taking your desktop photos with you and syncing your mobile camera shots back to your desktop is nothing new. Having complete flexibility to use ANY mobile editing app with your favorite desktop editing app IS new.
  • New Export Features – Take a single photo, or a group of photos, and create whatever size and file format you need. It does the important file conversions, color conversions and file renaming you need when printing or sharing. It will also include all the power and features of ON1 Resize (aka Genuine Fractals) for cropping and resizing.
  • Presets & User Extras – All presets and user extras that customers may have on their machine from previous version will all automatically integrate and merge into the new version.

** Pre-sale Campaign Extras – All included with purchase during the pre-sale for free:

  • 3 months of ON1 Photo Magazine ($10 value). Exclusive training and content in a monthly eMagazine for ON Photo 10 Users
  • The Ultimate ON1 Photo 10 Training ($50 value). In-depth video courses from Matt Kloskowski. Over 10 hours of ON1 Photo 10 training.
  • Family License Pack ($200 value). Install ON1 Photo 10 on up to 5 computers. Mac or Windows.


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Think Tank Retrospective Leather – just released

Retrospective Leather

Retrospective Leather

Think Tank Photo just announced the release of two new product line extensions as well as a new “free gift” offer.

The first are the Retrospective® 5 Leather, Retrospective® 7 Leather, and Retrospective® 30 Leather. These upscale, rugged shoulder bags maintain the Retrospective’s casual, form-fitting design. A new Dual Cross buckle on the front flap provides an extra measure of security. The new shoulder bags are designed to hold tablets and laptops in dedicated zipper pockets.

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Mirrorless Mover 25i

Mirrorless Mover 25i

The new Mirrorless® Mover 25i fits one medium to large mirrorless body, plus two to four lenses, an 8” tablet, and additional accessories. It features metal hardware, high quality fabrics, YKK® zippers and a magnetic closure.

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And, through the end of September, whenever you buy an eligible backpack from Think Tank you will receive the  Camera Support Straps V2.0 along with a Camera Strap V2.0 free!  Think Tank offers a wide variety of innovative, high quality transportation and field photography backpacks.  Order one and you will get to experience something really unique, which is having the weight of your camera shifted from your neck to your backpack harness system.  With the Camera Support Strap V2. no more sore shoulders or neck aches!

Click here for this offer

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Battle of the Barges – Boston Sept 5, 2015


Blue Hour before the Fireworks Display

After a very long time the Battle of the Barges returned to Boston.  Piers Park would have been the ideal location but the crowds were overwhelming. Alternate East Boston location provided good views of the North End Barge.

Please click on the image for a larger version.


The barges are in place





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Iceland August 2015 – Day 4 and a Resolution Test


Today was a travel day to the highlands with a few stops en route.

Here are a few images and an experiment seeking detail.


Blue glacial water through lava ravine


Water Study


Colors of the highlands


Harunfoss Pano

This image above was taken as an 8 image pano and stitched in Photoshop.  The resulting image is 23,881 pixels by 7680 pixels.  This equates to an image 100 by 32 inches (approx) at 240 dpi.  There is a farm in the distance that I have applied a red stroke to in the image below (this has been reduced to 500 by 1600 pixels.  Please do click on the image below for a larger rendition. Equipment: Zeiss Planar 50mm f/1.4 at f8, Sony A7R ISO 200, 1.6 sec using a 6 stop HiTech ND filter.

_DSC8622-Edit-Edit stroke

I cut and pasted this stroked area onto a new image layer in Photo shop. The crop is about 1936 by 479 pixels. The crop section is below – please click on this for the full scale view.

The cropped region

The cropped region

The new mirrorless sensors are amazing.

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