Young Monk Studying, Chimi Lhakhang, Bhutan.
Nikon D800E with 200mm f2.0 lens, 1/200 second @ f2.0, ISO 5000
Where does your eye go? I guess I can't answer this for everyone, but my eye is initially drawn to the strong crimsons of the young monk's robes. Since there is nothing particularly light in the photograph and the background is so dark, the mid-tones of the highly coloured robe glow in the image. The dominate. I have used a little extra contrast (using a curves adjustment layer) to enhance the three-dimensionality (a little like using the clarity slider in Lightroom, ACR or Capture One).
The new Nikon D5 and Canon EOS-1D X Mark II pro DSLRs
Do Canon and Nikon have spies working in each other's factories? Or is it just that the Olympics is happening later this year and both companies want to impress with a new pro camera? And the winner is?
I have worked extensively with both the Nikon D4 and Canon EOS-1D X cameras and, along with the new Phase One XF, I think that they represent the best cameras in the world history in terms of ergonomics and fit for purpose. The new D5 and remodelled EOS-1D X Mark II remain up the top although to be frank, I don't see any camp swapping. If I already had an investment in one or the other brand, I wouldn't be switching over. Both are superb machines. Both will keep their respective camps very, very happy.
Frostastdavatn, Landmannalaugar, Iceland.
(With apologies for the Australianized spelling - it's as close as I can get for an email newsletter)
Phase One 645DF & IQ180 with 110mm Schneider Kreuznach lens.
30 seconds @ f5.6, ISO 35
This photograph has a special memory for me.
As is often the case in Iceland, it was blowing a small gale up on the ridge, just above where this photo was taken, but by walking down a few metres, I was able to set up my tripod in relatively calm conditions. The area is called Landmannalaugar (incorrectly spelt in my previous correspondence) and it is understandably a favourite area with landscape photographers. And the name of this lake is also incorrectly spelt in the caption above because when I use the special Icelandic characters, they display differently on Macs, PCs and goodness knows what else.
But this isn't the memory.
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I love the way the Phase One Digital Artists Series website promotes us!
"Australia's photographic dream team and Phase One are happy to announce a workshop this May in Kununurra and Emma Gorge. This workshop will visit Lake Argyle, El Questro, Emma Gorge, The Cockburn Ranges and the Ord River, depending on local conditions. The opportunities for stunning imagery are endless as is the knowledge available from the seasoned instructors.
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