Light Painting Utah – Video Number 3

30 07 2009

Hey folks

Thanks for all the positive feedback on my last video.  It seems it really helped to answer some questions about how I do my light painting.  This video is the last video in the series on Light Painting Utah.  It shows how I produced one of my favorite B&W images from the trip: Metate Arch- Devils Garden.  Just a reminder, the video is really an overview of what I do, if you want to have a go at this type of photography I would recommend you buy my eBook for $20 which has almost 90 pages of step-by-step instructions on everything from how to build the lights I use through to the post processing.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the video, thanks for all of you that have purchsed my eBook,  I appreciate it.




Seascape Workshop Number 2 Last Weekend

27 07 2009
One of the images produced by participant Shannon Sakovits during the course

One of the images produced by participant Shannon Sakovits during the course

Last weekend I ran my second Seascape Workshop.   Had a great bunch of photographers that spanned a wide range of abilitites.  What is especially satisfying to me is that all the participants seem to get a lot out of the workshop.  While some of the newer photographers might not follow every step of the Photoshop workflow, they certainly understand the concepts and gain an appreciation of what is going on.  The detailed manual and CDROM with videos allow them to replicate it back home at their own pace.

Jakub getting down and dirty

Jakub getting down and dirty

We had awesome weather and gorgeous sunrise again for the shoot on Sunday.  Also my 3 sons stayed out of hospital this time so I could finish the post processing session without rushing things.

I hope the participants enjoyed the workshop as much as I did.

The next workshop is going to be in early September if anybody is interestested (confirming numbers now but I think I will have about 3 spots left).  More information about the seascape workshops can be found here.

Julie composing a shot in-between waves

Julie composing a shot in-between waves

Light Painting Utah – Video Number 2

26 07 2009

Hey there

This is the second in the series of 3 videos.  This video will show the images that I took lightpainting and the post processing techniques to create my Mystical Rock image.  I hope you enjoy.



Twitter Blows!

24 07 2009

OK… Just for the record… Twitter just doesn’t cut it for me…. I like to think of myself as someone who is open-minded, stays up with trends and technology. I gave Twitter another try recently to see whether I was missing something. What a freaking waste of time…. For me Twitter = a whole bunch of mindless crap.

Happy to be flamed….. maybe I’m just a luddite, but for me it was one big waste of time. Blogs are great… they are thoughtful and informative…. but for me Twitter Blows.

Anybody that is following my Twitter account will be dissapointed.

Light Painting Utah Video (part 1 of 3)

20 07 2009

Hi Folks

For anybody that is interested in the landscape light painting that I do, you might be interested in this video.  It’s the first of 3 videos that I am putting out on how I did the landscape light painting in Utah.  This one is the introduction… Covers the following:

  • Introduction by me which covers what I was trying to achieve
  • A bit of a look at some of the different landscapes and locations as I was scouting for night locations
  • An overview of some of my night shots from the trip

Video 2 will cover a detailed review of the images captured and post processing process for Mystical Rock

Video 3 will cover a detailed review of the images captured and post processing process for Metate Arch, Devils Garden

These videos are not detailed “how-to guides”… if you want to know how I do this step-by-step… then I suggest you go and check out my eBook.  That will tell you the technical details of how I do this type of photography.  This video series is more going to focus on how I made specific images and what I was trying to achieve when I created the images.

I’m not embedding the video into this blog post because everything was shot in HD video, so I encourage you to watch it in HD at Vimeo’s site.

I hope you enjoy it and find it useful.


I will try to put the other two videos up tonight.


Recovered from jetlag and starting to re-process my photos

18 07 2009

Dead Horse Point

I got back from Utah about a week ago… and I haven’t felt like touching my images during the week… spent time with the family.  Today I finally got around to organising my images and starting to go back and reprocess them properly (on a calibrated monitor etc.)  I’m probably going to pick half a dozen images and get them nicely printed and framed.

I haven’t started work on the videos yet… will get to that shortly.  Don’t feel like shooting right now… feel like processing my Utah shots properly.

fantasy canyon by night

Last Posting From Utah – Delicate Arch

10 07 2009

Delicate Arch web

Today I drive back to Denver and then fly back to Australia.  The trip has been utterly fantastic.  I decided to finish up with a night shoot of one of Utah’s most known icons – Delicate Arch.  I hiked up to the arch (about 45min reasonably steep hike… especially with camera an light painting gear).  There was the usual throng of tourists running around, so I set my camera up to do a time-lapse sequence of the sunset.  I haven’t done this before so it will be interesting to see if it works out OK.

I then made two mistakes…the only two mistakes I have made this trip

1) I screwed up the moonrise location…. I had consulted Jeff Conrad’s sun & moon calculator to determine the time and direction of the moon rise, but I must have misread it and totally had the wrong idea of where the moon was rising.

2) Because I was doing the time lapse sequence, I set my camera settings to medium resolution JPEG images….. and yup… I forgot to change it back to RAW for the night shoot of Delicate Arch.

So this image is my last from the trip…. I haven’t had much time to process it (as I finish breakfast).   But I guess this image will never be printed large 😦

Oh well, I suppose I can’t really complain as the rest of the trip has gone brilliantly.  If any of you ever find yourself at Arches NP, you must do sunset at Delicate Arch, and then hang around after the crowds go and enjoy the absolute beauty and majesty of whats around.  Sitting there in the balmy 80 degree warm breezes with a bottle of red wine, some snacks and just soaking it in until about midnight was a wonderful way to finish the trip and soak in the desert atmosphere.  There were a few other non-photographers that were also enjoying the night up at Delicate Arch…. I think I gave them a bit of a shock when I fired up my lights and started painting the arch.

Anyway, back to Sydney today… lots of images to sort though and process (nothing like Christian’s 8,000 images though).