Going Soft

I like detail, mostly the more the better, especially for wildlife subjects where it is good to show the creature in all it’s glory. However, sometimes a softer approach helps to lend an image character and provide a more creative interpretation. Here the spectacular cliffs along the Bruny Island coast were suited to a more painterly treatment. The image was processed in Lightroom with negative Tecture and Clarity, then finished off with some Nik Glamour Glow in Photoshop.

Abstract Cliffs, Brunie Island Tasmania (c) 2019

Abstract Cliffs, Brunie Island Tasmania (c) 2019

In Search Of The Tasmanian Devil June 2019

The Tasmanian Devil has been under threat for several years from the Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD) which threatens to wipe out the wild population. Fortunately, there are several projects under way designed to breed devils that are resistant to the deadly disease. One of these is Devils@cradle, a privately funded conservation facility. We recently had the opportunity to vist and tour the facility, located close to Cradle Mountain National Park. The facility is also engaged in breeding the Spotted Tail and Eastern Quoll, also threatened by feral cats. These nocturnal animals are difficult to see in the wild, so being able to observe and photograph them in captivity is almost essential.

You can see more on Devils@Cradle HERE…

Tasmanian Devils

Arctic Adventures on the RV Kinfish

Waiting for the ice (c) Michael Smyth 2018

We have recently returned from a small ship expedition to the islands of Svalbard in the High Arctic. Svalbard lies well within the Arctic Circle, so in Summer it is light 24 hours a day. The image above was taken at about 1:30AM on a cloudy day. Svalbard is regarded as the “Jewel of the Arctic” due to its abundance of wildlife, spectacular scenery and historical sites.

We are working on a new series of guides called “Travel Tales” that documents unusual travel locations and provides information to help with planning your own trips.

Guillemots (c) Michael Smyth 2018

A Tribute to Stephen Hawking, 1942 - 2018

The Big Bang

With the passing of Stephen Hawking, one of the greatest minds we have ever known, it seems fitting to create an image that illustrates some of the strange and bizarre aspects of Theoretical Physics.  Here I have been experimenting with some techniques that yield some interesting and unpredictable results.  Each photograph starts out as a "normal" image, a landscape, architectural form or something similar.   I have then applied some standard photographic techniques to create the image I have imagined for the subject.  There are several steps to achieve the result you see here, I use filters and adjustments on the base image until it looks like the image I want.  This image represents the violent events that occurred at the time of the Big Bang - the beginning of the Universe.  Another example in this series can be seen on the home page.  

New Tutorial Added - How to use the Clarity tool in Lightroom

Correct use of the Clarity tool, along with other techniques in Lightroom can improve images dramatically

Correct use of the Clarity tool, along with other techniques in Lightroom can improve images dramatically

Many photographers are unaware of the use of the Clarity tool in their imaging workflow.  In another of our short tutorials we show what Clarity does and how to use it effectively.  

To go directly to the tutorial, click  HERE  or go to the Tutorials section and choose Processing and Enhancement.

New Tutorial Added - The Importance of Sharpening Images

Many people seem unaware of the need and importance of applying sharpening to their image files at various stages of processing and enhancement.  As part of a new series of mini tutorials we cover the essentials of sharpening.  Go to the Tutorials page and choose "Processing and Enhancement " or click HERE to go to the page directly.

Applying appropriate sharpening can make a dramatic difference.