Monthly Archives: September 2016

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Iceland Sept 2016 – IR was fun

On a whim I took my IR converted Panasonic Lumix G7 to Iceland.  Knowing fully well that a lack of deciduous trees could yield not so great IR images but wanted to try it out anyway.  Here are a few from various locations.  All images were processed using Capture One 9.2 and then converted to Monochrome using Silver Efex Pro.


The sea stacks in Valahnúkur Point in Grindavik



“Standing like this will help capture a great image” More tourists in Iceland this time than I have ever witnessed.



The Black Church in Budir



Fish drying in the Reykjanes Peninsula. Left some color in eyes for impact.



A small church in the Snæfellsnes peninsula cradled by basalt rock


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TWiP – The iPhone 7 arrives and a lot more


Once again it was a pleasure to cohost TWiP this past week with Frederick van Johnson and Andy Biggs.

Apologies that this post is a week late as I am in Iceland with limited internet access.

Click here for the podcast audio and video.

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“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.” William Blake



This is an image created when I saw this Birch tree and imagined it as an IR – Black and White (pre-visualizing the end result).  Panasonic Lumix G7 Enhanced Color IR converted camera with the Lumix 14 – 140 mm lens at 14 mm.  Exposure triad: ISO 200, f/5, 1/800 sec.  Processed using Capture One and Photoshop CS6.

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TWiP 481: Photokina Preview


With the Photokina tradeshow just around the corner, vendors are polishing up their offerings, and teasing us with the next amazing thing that will make us whip out that credit card. DJI has new drones, GoPro also has new drones, and even Garmin is entering the fray with an action camera that takes direct aim at GoPro. There are definitely some interesting announcements ahead and Frederick, Doug and I had a great opportunity to discuss these and more.



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2016 Labor Day Weekend in Maine

On a whim, decided to spend two nights in ANP Maine.  With no hotels available we ended up in Searsport about 1.5 hours from the park.  The plan was to do some night photography.  Here are a few of the images from the trip.

Sunset - Schoodic Peninsula

Sunset – Schoodic Peninsula


Moonset - Schoodic Peninsula

Crescent Moon Setting – Schoodic Peninsula


Milky Way - Schoodic Peninsula

Milky Way – Schoodic Peninsula


Milky way Vertical - Schoodic Peninsula

Milky way Vertical – Schoodic Peninsula


Penobscot Narrows Bridge

Penobscot Narrows Bridge


Milky Way - Over Otter Cliffs - ANP

Milky Way – Over Otter Cliffs – ANP



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Think Tank introduces Version 3 of their popular Airport Roller Bags

Airport Security V3.0 lowres

Think Tank Photo has just released completely updated versions of their award-winning Airport rolling camera bags. They feature improved handles, greater durability, and dedicated laptop and tablet compartments. The Airport International V3.0, sized for international carry on requirements, holds two gripped DSLRs with lenses attached, plus two to four additional lenses, a 15” laptop, and a 10” tablet.  The roller fits up to a 500mm f/4 detached or 400mm f/2.8 attached (hood reversed).  The Airport Security V3.0, sized for US domestic carry on requirements, holds two gripped DSLRs with lenses attached plus four to six additional lenses, a 17” laptop, and a 10” tablet.  The bag fits up to a 600mm f/4 detached or 500mm f/4 attached (hood reversed).  With our partnership with Think Tank, you receive free gear and free shipping with every order you place for their gear.

Click Here for the Airport Security Version 3

Click Here for the Airport International Version 3

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Panasonic Lumix Post Focus Stack vs. Racked Focus Stacking

This comparison was done using the in camera “Post Focus” feature of the Lumix GX85 for one image and an  automated focus rack of the same number of images (40 total) as RAW files.  The “Post Focus” video was rendered into an image sequence using Photoshop and the output files were generated as TIFF.  Both sequences were stacked using Helicon Focus using the Depth Map option for stacking. Each stack was saved as a TIFF file.  The images were cropped to proportion and exported using Lightroom. Both stacks are excellent, further validating the viability of the “Post Focus” capability of Lumix cameras.  The lens used was the Lumix H-HS030 30mm f/2.8 macro at f/4.0, ISO 200, 1/100 sec.

Please click on the images for a larger view.

Focus Stack using the "Post Focus" feature.

Focus Stack using the “Post Focus” feature.


Focus Stack using 40 RAW files stacked.

Focus Stack using 40 RAW files stacked.

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