02May

Amo Toscana

It’s been an amazing week in Tuscany! The people, the food, the history and the wine were all amazing. We managed to visit a lot of towns during the week and clocked in about 1000km of driving total. I’m looking forward to processing my images and seeing the final results. Here’s a little preview. 

  
I’ll have more to post later and I’ll have recommendations for anyone heading to the region. Until then, ciao!


If you haven’t noticed, a new update is available for Photomatix Pro.

Updates in latest release – v5.0.5
Added support for recent camera models such as the Panasonic GH4 and Nikon D750 and D810.
On Batch Bracketed Photos, resizing options now differentiate between landscape and portrait orientation (by letting the user resize the long and short edge instead of width and height), and offer the ability to automatically set the short edge based on the long edge.
Bug fixed: Processing Nikon D600 Raw files could result in pink highlights. (Bug had been fixed in version 4.2.7 but reintroduced in version 5.0)
Bug fixed: With some specific images, the Batch Bracketed Photos could crash when the “perspective correction” option was left unchecked.
Bug fixed: The ‘360º image’ option of the Fusion/Real-Estate method did not work.
Bug fixed: The Fusion/Real-Estate method didn’t properly support 64-bit addressing, resulting in incorrect result when fusing a relatively high number of large files, such as 7 or more 200 MegaPixels panoramas for instance.
[Win only] Windows 8 users can now run Photomatix without having to install an older version of the .NET Framework.
[Win only] Bug fixed: Crop feature required to start the crop selection from the top left.
[Win only] Bug fixed: Crash when running Photomatix on systems with more than 32 cores.
[Win only] Bug fixed: Button to choose custom output location was sometimes incorrectly disabled in Batch Processing window.
[Win only] Bug fixed: Loading ZIP-compressed TIFF files coming from an iPhone could result in a crash.
[Win only] Bug fixed: No error message was shown when TIFF files with unsupported compression format failed to load.
[Win only] Bug fixed: No error message was shown when TIFF files with unsupported compression format failed to load.
[Win only] Bug fixed: With greyscale JPEG images, the preview on the Deghosting Options window did not display correctly
[Win only] If a font needed by Photomatix is missing on the computer, the FontViewer utility is started to allow installing the missing font directly.
[Mac only] Bug fixed: When a single Jpeg or Tiff file is tone mapped and ‘Yes’ chosen when prompted on whether to apply the noise reduction, the ‘Redo with Other Settings’ feature did not work, hanging the application.
[Mac only] Bug fixed: Loading ZIP-compressed TIFF files coming from an iPhone could hang the application.
[Mac only] Bug fixed: Batch Bracketed Photos didn’t list the Fusion/Auto Preset.

Head on over to http://www.hdrsoft.com/download/pmp.html to download the update.


26Nov

The Fuji XT-1

I’ve been interested in a smaller form camera for awhile now and this weekend I decided to test out the Fuji XT-1. While attending PhotoPlus here in NYC on November 1st, I was able to get my hands on the Sony a7’s, Olympus OM-D and the Fuji XT-1.

I was surprised by the fact that all of these smaller form factor cameras were indeed a lot smaller than my Canon 5D. In fact, so much smaller that most didn’t feel comfortable in my gorilla mitt hands.

After playing around with all three models, the Fuji XT-1 felt the best to me. I think the Sony a7 could work with the battery grip attached, but straight out of the of box it feels tiny. As far as the Olympus OM-D, I really liked the look, but it also felt impossibly small while trying to handle it.

Another reason the Fuji won me over was the functional dials. All the settings such as ISO, F-Stop & Shutter Speed can be adjusted without the need of going through menus and to me that was a big plus. With the latest firmware update, Fuji added a bunch of features and functionality to the camera as well. I hope four days is enough to get acclimated!

I’m excited to get it in my hands today and start using it. It’s set to snow here tonight in NYC and you know I love snow. I’m hoping the snow gets light enough for some good powdery pictures. Either way, I’ll post some results after the weekend if I make it out of tomorrow’s food coma.

Here’s wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!


I stopped by Times Square tonight to shoot my friends work on some Digital Billboards that went live at 5:30pm.  My talented friend Anna of #SanbornMedia put this shoot and idea together and my other talented friend @janarago did the hair and styling for the shoot.  A pretty exciting moment for them as you could imagine.  Here are 4 pictures that I took to show off their talents. So proud of you guys!

I encourage you all to check out http://1baop.org/ to see what you can do.

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Here are a few selects from the Maine trip Denise and I made in October. I hope you enjoy them!

NYC Subway 1

NYC Subway 1

Fall Creek 2

Fall Creek 2

NYC Subway 2

NYC Subway 2

A Road to Fall

A Road to Fall

Fall Creek 1

Fall Creek 1

Nubble on a rainy day

Nubble on a rainy day


I picked up a near new demo “Elinchrom Bxri500 To-Go Kit” the other week after I exhausted myself searching for the best deal on some studio lights. I’ve been wanting to shoot some portraits and a few self promotional pieces and decided to go with this kit to get me started. I can say I’m not generally the one to buy the cheapest and upgrade later or to buy something that will get me by for the meantime. I chose this kit to last based on multiple reviews and weighed the portability, cost/repair and replacement with the most “pop” for the buck. Hopefully I made the correct decision. More information on the kit here: http://www.adorama.com/EL20758KIT.html

Here are a few test shots that I took over the weekend of myself and of a rather delicious roasted chicken. So far, I’m pleased with the recycle times and the quality of the light, but I have far more tests to make. Nothing special as far as the setup goes with these, but I added any relevant info after each shot for those interested. I used one light for all of these shots.

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1st test: Black cloth background. Light set 45 degrees from my head right of camera, slightly elevated. This is me after a long day…

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2nd test: Paper white background. Light set 45 degrees from my head right of camera, slightly elevated. I cleaned up a little for this one. =)

Dinner night calls for photoshoot

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3rd test: Same setup with paper white background. Light set 45 degrees from my head right of camera, slightly elevated.


I posted my shot of Dee called “My Flower Amongst Other Flowers” last night and was happy to awake this morning with news that the picture had gained popularity on 500px.com. I shot this when Dee and I were on our way up to Portland, ME for a food inspired weekend getaway. Check it out here: http://500px.com/photo/49999922
Thanks in advance for any likes/votes/comments!


Rome Streets

Rome Streets

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The Spanish Steps

Fountain di Trevi

Fountain di Trevi


These are a few shots from my early am walk around the city. I really like the lighting on these and I hope that you will too.
I wish I were still there! Does anyone want to send me back? I had the best time roaming the streets of this historic city and I wish I could have shot every site this trip. Alas, there is only so many hours of good light in a day to capture these.


Salerno Sunset HDR

Salerno Sunset HDR

Salerno Sunset 2 HDR

Salerno Sunset 2 HDR

These are two sunset picture I took while we were in Salerno. I hope you enjoy them!

 More images to come soon.


A quick update:
I am working on my images from Italy and I hope to post a few before the end of next week. I’ve been working all week on site updates and they are coming along great. I’m pleased to announce that my website has some new features to offer. You should be able to enjoy the full features of the site as usual from your desktop or laptop, but now the site should scale for your tablet or phone.(Let me know if you have any issues) Another added feature is the iOS icon that you will get if you add my website to your home screen as an icon. I created a basic one for now, but I plan to create something cool really soon.

Other than that I switched to Lightroom 5 upon my return from Italy and I love it. The speed enhancements alone are worth the update! I’ll be getting more under the hood as I process my images from the trip so stay tuned!
Cheers,

Peter