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Singapore Lights

Hi Everybody,

For those of you still following this blog, many apologies for the lack of posts recently! I fell down a rabbit hole and have been absorbed in teaching myself about Off-Camera Flash which has been an interesting journey full of frustration punctuated by the occasional AH-HA moment! I will post some more about that at a later date once I have climbed back out of the hole and let it all rattle around in the vacant space between my ears for a while.

In the meantime, fellow blogger True North Mark recently posted some great images of Singapore which inspired me to dust off and post some images that I shot on my way home from Europe last year.

Fantasy Land

Strangers in a Strange Land

Singapore Sunset

Convergence

Helix Bridge

Singapore is an amazing place to photograph, my list of shots that I still want to capture is ever increasing. Hope you like them!

 

Skye Boatyard 2

Hi all,

It’s been a filthy couple of days outside due to a Tropical Low/cyclone which has been wandering around the Coral Sea for the last week, trying to decide whether it will cross the coast or not!

Recently I upgraded from Lightroom 3 to LR 5, so, while the weather has been wet & wild, I have been going back over some of my files to see what difference it makes. Without going into too much boring detail, the upgrade was well worth it with some new tools such as the Radial Filter  and a revamp of exsisting tools such as the Spot Removal giving you more options  for tweaking your images.

One tool I have been impressed with is the Highlight Slider which is brilliant for retaining detail in  skies which I was always struggling with especially when conditions were light o/cast skies. It is nearly like finding an extra two stops of dynamic range in your camera!

The Clarity slider has had a makeover as well and they seem to have put it on turbo so it needs to be used carefully unless you want mid-tone contrast to make your images look like they have a sandpaper texture applied.

I have previously posted about this Skye Boatyard, while having a look at some files I played with these two different viewpoints of the same scene.

Abandoned

Waiting

For me, they really bring back the bleak & forlorn weather & scenery of that day!

Go Fly a Kite II

A couple more images of the kiteboarders for your viewing pleasure!

Lift Off

High Flyer

Go Fly a Kite!

G’day All,

Sorry for the absence over the last month, I have been away from home for medical treatment. Not as bad as it sounds, treatment only took about an hour out of my day and then I had lots of time to explore!

Townsville is a large city in Far North Queensland which I had visited briefly or passed through many times over the years. This time I had lots of time to find out a bit more about the city & surrounding beaches.

Along the way I got to meet some people who make the most of the winds that most others take for granted or rarely notice at all. This mob attach themselves to rather large kites, step onto small boards, tear across the water at blistering speeds and if they are skilled enough will launch themselves into the air at regular intervals,usually turning themselves inside out in the process. Kiteboarders!

Visually, it is a spectacular sport,photographing it is a another thing entirely. In a past life, I shot a lot of surfing & sailboarding where the action & colour is contained and reasonably predictable, kiteboarding is much faster, less predictable, and the colourful bits (kite) are a long way from the action (surfer) making it difficult to get them both in the same frame!

These are a couple of shots I managed to get and maybe will give you an idea why these guys love the sport!

Slash!

On The Edge

The Need for Speed!

If someone tells you to go fly a kite, this is a pretty good option!

If you are into kiteboarding, and find yourself in Townsville, call in & see Marvin at In The Loop Kiteboarding, Gregory St, North Ward (near The Strand)

Edinburgh Cathedral

G’day Everybody,

                          I hope you all had a Happy & Safe Festive Season and made lots of great images!

 For most Europeans, large cathedrals are probably a bit ho-hum, but for most Aussies, they are not something we see on a regular basis.

So when we travel to Europe we go a little culture crazy, visiting cathedrals,castles and other large old buildings whenever we can! I am no exception and having a camera gives me even more reason.

I had a couple of hours to kill in Edinburgh before catching a flight back to Brussels. Couldn’t leave my luggage at the station so decided to wander around for a little while. Within 10 minutes I came across this magnificent cathedral and managed to get a few images with the 24mm Tilt-Shift lens. The young lady obligingly decided to catch some sun in the arch and gave the image a sense of scale!

Image

Ho, Ho, Ho!

All the Best from Downunder!

Xmas CardSee you all next year!

Whitsunday Moonrise

Well, it has been a long 6 weeks of rest & recuperation after  surgery but I am slowly getting out & about more regularly!

This is one of the first images I have shot for ages and is one I have had in my mind for quite a while,but the moon hasn’t been in the right place until last night’s full moon when it all came together at last! There is something magical about the moon rising over the Whitsunday Islands on a balmy tropical evening, reflecting across the water, a sight I never tire of!

La Luna

All the Best for Christmas & New Year to you all, make it a Happy & Safe  one!

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