Wednesday, 2 October 2013
Monday, 2 September 2013
Canon MP-E 65mm f2.8 Super Macro Lens
This lens is unique as it offers magnifications of 1:1, 2:1, 3:1, 4:1 and 5:1
New this lens costs £800, Keith is looking for offers OVER £400.
If you are interested please contact Chris Jesinger for Keith's details, also check the below link for details of the lens.
Tuesday, 14 May 2013
I’ve provided some information and voiced my opinion on my blog here, and I’d be very interested to see what club members think of this move by Adobe.
Sunday, 21 April 2013
|Birches by Chris Jesinger|
|The group outside Café at Edensor|
|Daffodils by Chris Jesinger|
Wednesday, 17 April 2013
Exiting new tools in Lightroom 5 BetaThis cames as quite a surprise to me, but on Monday (15th April 2013) Adobe released a free public beta version of Lightroom 5 for download and testing by their user base. It's only just over 15 months since Lightroom 4 beta was released, and 13 months since the official launch of Lightroom 4, so with that in mind we should anticipate a final version of Lightroom 5 in just a few months time.
Lightroom 5 beta has some really exciting new tools, which Adobe describes with the following:
- Advanced Healing Brush – Easily remove objects and fix defects—even those with irregular shapes such as threads or lint—with a single brush stroke. Take precise control over what's being removed as you make unwanted objects just disappear.
- Upright – Straighten tilted images with a single click. Upright analyzes images and detects skewed horizontal or vertical lines. You choose one of four correction methods, and Upright can even straighten images where the horizon is hidden.
- Radial Gradient – Lead your viewer's eye through your images with more flexibility and control. The radial gradient tool lets you create off-center vignette effects, or multiple vignette areas within a single image.
- Offline editing with Smart Previews – Easily work with images without bringing your entire library with you. Just generate smaller stand-in files called Smart Previews. Make adjustments or metadata additions to Smart Previews and your changes will be automatically applied to the full-size originals later.
- Video slideshow sharing – Easily share your work in elegant video slideshows. Combine still images, video clips, and music in creative HD videos that can be viewed on almost any computer or device.
- Improved photo book creation – Create beautiful photo books from your images. Lightroom includes a variety of easy-to-use book templates, and now you can edit them to create a customized look. Upload your book for printing with just a few clicks.
My Favourite New FeaturesTop of the list has got to be the Advance Healing Brush, which now almost puts Lightroom on a par with Photoshop and is something Lightroom users have being crying out for since version 1. The restriction of just circular spot healing is gone and you can now paint an area to be healed or cloned. Your round-tripping to Photoshop may even become a thing of the past from now on. They have also added a Visual spots mode which makes it so much easier to identify any dust spots now.
Closely followed is the Radial Gradient Tool, which really aught to be renamed as it is far more than just a gradient tool. This now provides Lightroom with a tool more akin to the very popular U-point control point technology used by Nik Software. Once caveat though, it really should have the area inside the selection (the inverse selection) as the default mode not the outside area; watch the video below and you'll see what I mean.
Lastly they have added a couple of features that were omitted from the first version of the Book Module that appeared in Lightroom 4. You can now edit and save your own User Layouts, and finally you can now add Page Numbers. With the latter the book module has suddenly become so much more useful and we can, at long last, create proper books. All we need now are Chapters, Index pages and Contents, then the Book Module would be an absolute winner.
Download Your CopyYou can download the beta version fro the Adobe website here and use it for free until the on June 30, 2013 when product expires. You have to have a registered user account with Adobe. Do remember it is a beta version so not the final version and intended for testing and feedback purposes so most probably not bug free. Do by all means join the Lightroom 5 Discussion Group to assist Adobe and to voice your own opinions on the new features too. Your contributions can help shape the final release version.
Lightroom 5 Beta New Feature VideosThere are already a host of videos to be found online but here are my favourites on some of the new features contained within Lightroom 5 beta:
Top 5 New Features
Advance Healing Brush
Book Module Additions and Refinements
Using the Radial Filter Tool
I hope you all enjoy trying it out.
Thursday, 28 March 2013
CUMULATIVE & FINAL RESULTS ROUNDS 1-4
Digital (Advanced) Winner Marcel Walker
Digital (Club) Winner Peter Joyce
Colour Prints (Advanced) Winner Peter Farthing
Colour Prints (Club) Winner Paul Booker
Mono Prints (Advanced) Winner Peter Farthing
Mono Prints (Club) Winner Anne Millen
Left click to enlarge image
Sunday, 3 February 2013
Start point was the Pool Cafe in Hathersage for brunch before moving on to Castleton Village.
Rather than all attempt the somewhat strenuous climb into Cavedale we split up and met later in the 3 Roofs Cafe.
We later moved on to Stanage Edge with the intention of getting some sunset panoramas but the clouds did rather get in the way.
Thanks to those who came along, hopefully everyone had a good day out and managed to get some images.
Our next outing is planned for February 23rd (note - changed from 16th).
Sunday, 9 December 2012
This was the first of our newly introduced weekend outings into the Derbyshire Peak District. Eleven members took part and we met at the Old Hassop Station cafe before driving to the Magpie Mine (near Sheldon). The weather was fine and sunny if cold and the low winter sunshine made for easy, if not dramatic, photographic conditions. Walking was, in places, difficult because of ice but no-one finished up in A&E which is a relief. We returned to the cafe for a warm drink and chat. This first try at organising a weekend outing seemed to go well so we hope to continue with something similar perhaps each month. I will look for suitable locations and hope to organise another session in the first half of January, members will be kept informed. Thanks to everyone who attended and suggestions will be welcome.
Thanks to Pete Farthing for taking the below group shot in front of the mine buildings - (note the assortment of silly hats making us all look alike, except Dave Bunting who perhaps dropped his down a mineshaft).
On another note, John Rogers has asked me to let members know he has a Trinitron CRT Monitor that he is happy to give to anyone who wants it. Full details are available from John or myself.
Sunday, 11 November 2012
The group met at the Pool Cafe in Hathersage (see photo) for a pre-excursion brunch and then drove to the Surprise View carpark before venturing into Bole Hill Quarry.
The weather was wonderful, a crisp, sunny Autumn day which lit the silver birches to perfection. We were, sadly, a little late in the year for the best of the Autumn colour but the weather conditions more than compensated.
After Bole Hill we repaired once more to the Pool Cafe for re-fuelling and the group (minus self and wife) then drove to Stanedge for the sunset which, I am sure, was excellent.
Sincere thanks to Doug who, if members are interested, will I am sure be happy to arrange more workshops in the future.
Pre Workshop Brunch (photo by a friendly waitress)
Bole Hill Birches (photo Chris J)
Thursday, 1 November 2012
New Book from Craft & Vision
There is a new eBook offering from Craft & Vision entitled Essential Development - 20 Great Techniques for Lightroom 4. It's also by a new author to the Craft & Vision stable, Seán McCormack, who many may recognise from the Adobe Lightroom forums and for his regular Lightroom Blog at Pixeq. Seán has been involved with Lightroom since the early beta versions where his forum activity of attracted the attention of Adobe. He was subsequently invited to become a Lightroom beta tester and has been involved with all Lightroom editions since. Thus he has a well established pedigree as an authority on Lightroom.
I've been an avid Lightroom user since those early beta versions too, having migrated from the original Rawshooter program by Pixmatic (where Adobe acquired the original Raw processing software). In that respect I'm no novice and would probably consider myself an advanced user, so I did wonder whether I'd have much to gain from yet another Lightroom tips booklet. Well, as you'll find out I was quite pleasantly surprised.
Wednesday, 9 November 2011
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STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION with advice on using studio flash.
This session will be held at Rother Valley Optics, Kiveton Park and will give participants the opportunity to use state of the art Bowens studio equipment in a controlled environment.
A professional model will be provided so this is an opportunity to get some high quality images for your portfolio. As we have to hire both studio and model there will be a charge for this session.
Sunday, 24 October 2010
According to Adobe CR 5.6 is compatible with the Fuji S6500 so I took some pics in raw and JPG and tried processing them.
No matter how I tried the results from Camera Raw were poor, unsharp grainy and noisy and not a patch on the jpegs the camera itself produced, and nowhere near as good as what the free utility S7raw produced.
Has any non-Nikon/Canon user tried Camera Raw and if so what were your findings?
Tuesday, 14 September 2010
Monday, 13 September 2010
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Friday, 13 August 2010
Saturday, 7 August 2010
Following my disappointment with Doncaster Air Museum I'm pleased to be able to say that RAF Cosford has redressed the balance. It's free to get in (although you do have to pay for parking), the exhibits are all top quality, and subject to the usual constrictions you really can get some decent photos.
It's near Telford which is also handy for the Ironbridge gorge and all the museums in the locality, including the Victorian village currently appearing on TV in the Victorian Pharmacy series, the Wrekin and Wenlock Edge.
Take a look at http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/cosford/
Here's a view of the Cold War Exhibition building which houses among others examples of all 3 V-bombers and a Trabant!
I'll let you use your imagination as to what's happening here:
And this is a Victor which I've always thought was a really evil-looking aeroplane:
And the Vulcan which is just awesome.
Saturday, 31 July 2010
On with the show.....
Sunday, 11 July 2010
Following wednesday June 30th when Stuart and I scoured Worksop (nsuccessfully) for suitable pictures for the My Worksop competition I went on holiday to the UK's first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - the Gower (well that's what it says in the tourist leaflets) and the weather was c**p so naff all came out of that. Should have gorn to Port Talbot
So my salvation rests with Ray - what have you got organised for this Wednesday?
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
My new secretary started work this morning and will be creating my blog entries from now on!
Perhaps we should be looking round Worksop this evening to get some pictures for the competition?
Well actually we walked up what was the old Kiiveton pit tip. From the top we saw this in the far distance:
Which I reckon is this tower next to the A630 going out of Rotherham towards the M1 J35
Anyway, continuing our weekly theme of (no smoke without) fire:
Not as spectacular as last week's but a fire nontheless.
And to finish off, a post-solstice sunset
Tuesday, 15 June 2010
Ray said he and Stuart were looking at a row of bodies - could it have been these?
OK, so having grabbed your attention, what's on for tomorrow night? Weather forecast is sunny for Worksop, sunny periods for Sheffield and Doncaster.
And now a word from our sponsor ....
As it turned out someone provided the entertainment by setting fire to a local chemical storage facility. The Bill wouldn't let us get too close but even from a distance it was quite spectacular.