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Check Out These Aerials In High Resolution

From a Squarial Series, Wendover, Utah, USA
Phase One XT 150MP, 80mm Schneider lens, f5 @ 1/3200 second, ISO 100

It's interesting to note how an image changes the more it is enlarged, the closer you get. One of the reasons I love prints is that you can move in physically closer to explore and experience the fine detail of the subject - and as long as your camera technique and processing skills are up to it, your viewers will not be disappointed.

Depending on where and how you are reading this, you may be able to click on the images below and they will open in a page that will allow you to enlarge the original file to 100 per cent.

If you're reading it as part of my weekly newsletter or on Facebook etc, use this link: CLICK HERE 

Have a look around, enjoy the detail in the files, note how distressed the pixels have become at 100% in order to produce the visual effects at lower magnifications. I know for some photographers the manipulation of the detail and colour will be more than they are comfortable with, but I confess I greatly enjoyed the process of taking an aerial and pushing the file as far as I wanted to.

There's no rule that says we should only follow one genre of photography. Take a deep breath, look around and maybe you'll find some ideas to push your own work along!

And just a reminder that my Landscape Photography MasterClass has been fully updated and includes sections on aerial photography and my techniques for enhancing colour and contrast. For more information, click here.

People Without Confrontation

Street scenes, Copacabana, Altiplano, Bolivia
Fujifilm X-T3, Fujinon XF8-16mmF2.8 R LM WR lens, f4 @ 1/1400 second, ISO 160.

Although I've been taking photos for over 40 years, including a modest number of weddings and family portraits, I'm still not the world's greatest when it comes to photographing people in the street. Why is that?

When you're working professionally, you have an excuse. You're expected to walk up to the bride and take her photograph, or arrange the family on the beach - and with an excuse or a reason, I find I'm much bolder. However, on the street in a foreign country, things aren't so clear and the only excuse I have is my own curiousity. 

I often wonder how I'd feel walking around the streets of Sydney if a woman dressed in a large, colourful dress and a bowler hat walked up to me and asked if she could take my photo? In fact, this has happened to me (but not the woman in a colourful dress and a bowler hat) and, being a photographer, I've acquiesced. And if I were approached in the right way, well, actually I wouldn't have a problem.

And so it is for me when I am in the foreign land. I've taken a deep breath and approached someone to take a photograph and, nine times out of ten, I receive a very positive response. So, my message is that we should be bolder, when appropriate.

In popular tourist destinations, I find it a little more difficult. The locals are used to people with cameras and don't give them a second glance as they walk through your picture. However, because there are so many tourists, they are less likely to stop and engage. We are just another obstacle in their daily lives!

The photos in this post are from Copacabana in Bolivia. Copacabana is very much a tourist town and while tourism hasn't reached the dizzy heights you'd find in Paris or Rome, I do find people are less likely to engage with you. That's not to say they won't - we certainly had some great encounters - but generally speaking I found my photos were of street scenes with people in them, rather than portraits of people I met in the street.

And that's perfectly fine!

LaCie's Rugged Range

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Size, Speed, Capacity, Security - they are all RUGGED

Whether travelling or working locally, we need a system to back up our camera’s memory cards and there’s no better solution than a LaCie RUGGED drive!

You’ve undoubtedly seen the orange portable storage devices (hard drives) in studios, on sets or in other photographers’ camera bags. They are the de facto standard for the imaging profession and they are made by LaCie.

You can purchase Rugged drives with the connector you need, including the blisteringly fast Thunderbolt 3!

Most important when you copy your photos or movies from your camera’s card to another device is reliability. After the files are copied across and your camera cards reformatted, you need to be 100% sure your work is safe and secure.

For complete safety, photographers make two or three copies before deleting files from their camera cards, but no matter how many copies you make, they all have to be reliable.

And LaCie’s Rugged range is built upon a reputation for reliability.

The new LaCie Rugged drives are solid state SSD, so smaller and faster. How fast? The SSD are really fast, the SSD Pro faster still!

The Rugged range of portable storage devices tackles reliability in several ways. First, they are made with high quality components that are robust and come with a five-year warranty.

Second, if the drive were to be knocked, dropped or immersed in water, you want it to survive – and that’s why LaCie’s Rugged drives are so popular. And third, they are fast and practical – they just work!

Plug a LaCie Rugged SSD Pro into any Thunderbolt 3 or USB 3.1 on your laptop and enjoy the speed. You'll be amazed at how quickly it works - just like an internal drive!

Rugged drives can be a little larger than some comparable drives, but don’t forget that protective casing! And even with this remarkable casing, they’re not that big and the new range of SSD (solid state) Rugged drives is positively tiny!

Rugged storage devices come in capacities up to 5TB (or 8TB for Rugged RAID Shuttle) and provide a range of connections, mainly TB3 and USB-C and USB 3.0.

For more information, visit www.lacie.com/as/en/, a specialist photo supplier or better computer suppliers Australia-wide.

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