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Watching the Crowd Pass By

This image was taken whilst walking around the old city of Prague.

It was a very sunny day and I wanted to make sure that I exposed properly for both the crowd who were in direct sunlight and the architecture under the arches. I took a series of 5 brackets and then processed them in Lightroom using the Photomerge HDR function.  I was quite pleased with the result. I then converted the image to black & white using Topaz Black & White Effects.

From November 25th through November 30th, Topaz Labs is offering 50% off of the full Topaz Complete Collection. That’s over $1000 worth of software for only $249.99!

To take advantage of this offer use code “BLACKFRIDAY16” in the Topaz Labs store.

Click on the image to enlarge (it really does look better) or to Purchase a Print.

Prague, Czech Republic, Old Town, walkway, architecture, moorish, black and white, travel

Jaffa Light

Jaffa has been one of the major port cities in the Mediterranean for thousands of years. Most archeologists believe that this town has had an active port since the Bronze Age. While its no longer a working harbour there are still sailboats gliding through the clear blue waters and young men and women fishing off the pier. Today this trendy area is home to restaurants, galleries, artist studios and boutiques.

I spent the evening shooting in Old Jaffa with its myriad of alleyways (still working on processing those images) but wanted to share this image of the old port with Jaffa Light standing guard.

Click on the image to enlarge (it really does look better) or to Purchase a Print. Israel; Old Jaffa; Old Jaffa Port; port; night photography; boats; old town; lighthouse

Watch Out for the Jellies

I shared images last week of my visit to Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto and still have quite a few that I want to post. When I was in California this summer I visited the Monterey Aquarium and was very impressed by the Jellyfish exhibit. While not as large, I was equally impressed with the exhibit at the new aquarium in Toronto.

I’ll be taking the rest of the week of from blogging as I’m heading to Houston to attend a pet photography workshop. Yes I am very, very excited about this and truth be told I’m also looking forward to the forecast (in Houston) this weekend, +22C  and sunny. By comparison it was -10C in Toronto today. I may not want to return home after getting a taste spring.

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Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto, attraction, jellyfish, jellies, silhouette, water, blue

Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto, attraction, jellyfish, jellies, silhouette, water, blue

Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto, attraction, jellyfish, jellies, silhouette, water, blue

Lightroom Presets – A New Craft & Vision Product


What I like about Craft & Vision is that they like to mix it up a little…their product line that is. Building on a strong foundation of exceptional ebooks, they introduced their Quarterly magazine PHOTOGRAPH 6 months ago and now they’re releasing their latest product, LIGHTROOM PRESETS.

Presets are a great way of making your workflow more efficient and Craft & Vision today released 2 sets of presets that I think you’ll love.

David duChemin’s LR Develop Presets includes 36 presets and an 18 page pdf guide that walks you through the installation process and a series of before and after images.



Dave Delnea’s LR Develop Presets includes 46 presets and a 28 page pdf guide that walks you through the installation process and a series of before and after images.



They are both sold separately for USD $10; the bundle is USD $18. But if purchased before May 6th at 11:59pm you can get an additional $2 off the bundle (USD $16) when you use the code: PRESET2. Click Here to go to the Craft & Vision site.


Well it looks like Craft & Vision has done it again. Not only have they released a new quarterly magazine – PHOTOGRAPH, and an ebook on Long Exposures this month, but now they’ve just announced a new release that is being referred too as the “Big Book.” This tome can’t only be measured in page count (which weights in at a hefty 312 spreads) but in content as well. 

Whether your new to Lightroom in general or just new to Lightroom 4 or an advanced user then Lightroom 4 Unmasked – A Complete Guide to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a book that should and must be in your library.

  • This Lightroom BIG BOOK is up to date, all the way up to Lightroom 4.2.
  • It’s written by Piet Van den Eynde a Photographer, writer and an Adobe Certified Expert.
  • It’s aimed at both beginning Lightroom users and at more advanced ones. It grows with you as your Lightroom knowledge grows.
  • In addition to the regular text, the eBook features 60 cases, 10 of which are pro-cases for advanced users.
  • It’s ideal for upgraders: text boxes labeled ‘New in Lightroom 4’ immediately draw the attention to things that have changed between versions.
  • Two cases also deal specifically with what’s new in Lightroom 4.
  • The BIG BOOK does not limit itself to Lightroom as it comes out of the box, but points the reader to useful third-party applications and plugins that integrate well with Lightroom.
  • It focuses on Lightroom as an entire workflow application. There’s thorough coverage of ALL the modules, not just Library and Develop.
  • An entire chapter deals with the Lightroom to Photoshop integration.
  • It’s digital so it’s fully searchable and loaded with hyperlinks!

Piet Van den Eynde has left no stone unturned in this very detailed and insightful new book. By the time I made it through Chapter 1 I had made so many mental notes of things I realized I didn’t know about Lightroom that I knew that this was not a book to be read once and put away but a resource that I would be referring to time and again.

The content is thoughtfully laid out starting with a general introduction of Lightroom, what it is and what it isn’t, then moving methodically through an in depth review of everything you want and need to know about LR including the catalog; importing photos & videos; the library module; the develop module; the print module and so on.

The author interweaves cases into each of these chapters which really brings the topics to life (so to speak). As an example, in the chapter dealing with the Develop Module, there are case studies that deal with creating the HDR look in LR; a case study focusing on soft proofing & calibration; a pr0 case study dealing with what’s new in the develop module in LR4. Each of these case studies include step by step how-to guidelines.

Special Offer on the BIG BOOK
LIGHTROOM 4 UNMASKED retails for $20 but for the first seven days only, use the promotional code  LR4FIVE  at checkout and get this incredible book for just $15. This code will expire TUESDAY, November 27, 2012 at 11:59PM (PST). Click Here to Purchase.

Oh and this just in from Craft & Vision….Black Friday Special!

Hold on to your hats! Visit Craft & Vision before Friday, November 23 at 11:59pm (PST) and you’ll find every eBook marked down by 50%. That’s right, we’re moving out the old stock and need to make way for the new (OK, we made that part up…). No discount codes required – we’ve already done it for you. Happy reading!

Exclusions: Big Books and Magazines are not discounted.