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on Sep 27, 2011 in Digital Darkroom

The Problem with CEP4

The problem I have with Nik’s CEP4 is now I wonder what it would do to images I’ve already processed. That, “I wonder what this would look like” itis. Well, I succumbed to it and went to some 2008 images.(raising fist in the air) Damn you CEP4!!!!! I hate this, a simple pass of Detail Enhancer and … what do I do? then again I find treasures like this, makes one happy long winter nights are coming...

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on Sep 27, 2011 in Just Out!

K&M Adventures Head to FL ’12

I think the cartoon above says it all but just in case you’d like more info on all the fun, there’s this. Our second K&M will be 25-30 April in FL. Based out of St Pete (flying into Tampa where we’ll pick you up), our main emphasis will be birds and this time of year, they will be in their gorgeous spring plumage. But we won’t be doing just birds. There will be places, people and possible a plane (and if I was clever, I would figure out a way to spell bird with a P). We expect a good friend or two to drop in as well, that will most likely when it comes to meal time since we eat real good on this adventure! And if you’re wondering if I know anything about the birds of this region, you might just wanna check out these videos over at Kelby Training here and here. The price for instruction & transportation (once in Tampa) only is $1995. Half is...

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on Sep 26, 2011 in Landscape Photography

One Click with Nik CEP4

Coming back from a shoot in So Cal, we came across the desert at sunset as this large thunderhead was charging up for a helluva show. So I pulled over, took three clicks, left, center and right, jumped back in the truck and kept on driving. I got back and loaded the three images into PS Photomerge and assembled the pano. I then with one click applied Nik’s Tonal Contrast, Detail Enhancer, Dark & Lightend Center and, one other filter that for the life of me I can’t remember. I’m telling you this not because I want you to buy Color Efex Pro 4 but because I want you to know there are solutions available to you so you spend your time at the camera and not the computer! Wanna see a LARGE version of this, head to my Goole+ Page and add me to your circle and then you can see a HUGE version of this...

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on Sep 23, 2011 in Digital Darkroom

Not Just a Tease

I perhaps shouldn’t have used the word “tease” in my Nik video since many seem to have latched on to that (except your Laura). Aviation photography doesn’t wait for great light, planes fly when pilots feel like flying so if you want that photo, there are times when you have suckie light. Rare Bear was taking off for a test flight and I wanted the shot so I made it. I made it knowing that when I went click, it wouldn’t be finished. The shadow under the wings would be dark and the cloud detail missing. I also knew that in less then 30sec with Nik’s CEP 4, I would have all that information back and a finished photo. All of this planning was done at the camera with some being finished in the computer. So don’t get stuck on the word “tease” in my video. What’s there are real tools I use everyday to bring out the drama you see...

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