• Abandoned
    An abandoned British research station on Stonington Island in Antarctica
  • Harbour Dusk
    The daily buzz on Sydney Harbour is always a joy to experience.
  • Mona Vale
    View from the headland to Mona Vale Pool.
  • Antarctic Night
    Midnight in Antarctica and mirror-like reflections.
  • Neko Harbour
    Sunrise over Neko Harbour in Antarctica.

Archive for March, 2011

Photoshop Monday – Freaky Detail

Monday, March 28th, 2011

A photoshop effect that I use regularly in my seascape images is called Freaky Detail. It’s an amazing way of adding a large amount of clarity to your textured foregrounds, e.g. rocks, water, etc.
Give it a go, I am sure it will help improve some of your landscape/seascape images.

Pack the right lens

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

I just love those mornings when you wake up and it’s completely overcast and pouring outside. Sometimes you end up getting up in vain, going to the beach and getting completely soaked, wiping raindrops off your lens.
But sometimes you come home happy, when the rain stops, the clouds move over just to let some early morning sun shine through and you know you have just witnessed a spectacular sunrise.

It was one of those mornings that Brent, Gavin, Andrew and I witnessed and we were all darn glad, that we left the comfort of our homes to get out and battle the elements for that perfect shot.

I usually pack my bag the night before, however today I stuffed the wrong lens into my bag in the wee hours of the morning. Thus instead of taking my beloved Sigma 10-20mm, I only had the Sigma 50mm with me.
Well, I had to make the best of it, so instead of being right in the action with my legs knee-deep in water, I had to take a step back… and shoot from the comfort of the beach. New experience for me and it required some rethinking about composition with such a long lens (long for landscape photographers). However it was a great, if somewhat unwanted exercise and I was quite happy with what I got.

Here are the shooting details:
Nikon D300
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 @ f/16, 2 seconds
Lee 2-stop split grad

Workshop this weekend postponed

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Unfortunately, due to several last minute cancellations of my workshop, I have to postpone the workshop.
Please email me as soon as possible, if you would like to participate in the next landscape photography workshop and I will be in touch with you.

Here is what other people said about this workshop:

“Excellent value for money. We are lucky it is a small group.”, Stephanie
“Engaging nature and knowledge.”
, Kim
“Great theory background and individual help in the practical parts.”
, Kristy
“Even if others have some experience, there is always more to learn.”
, Andrew
“Good pace, relaxed, accommodates different skill levels, small class number, very good knowledge base.”
, Zoe
“On the weekend i attended Kajo’s Landscape course.
I thoroughly recommend it to anyone wanting to learn more about the art of Landscape photography.
There is plenty of theory and also heaps of hands on time in the dusk and dawn shoots to show your new found theory.
So if you get the chance book into his next course”, Paul.

Photoshop Monday – Creating an eye catching logo

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Sorry for the lack of photoshop sessions. I was occupied with some non-photography related stuff.
So with some delay here is my photoshop tutorial this Monday!
It’s a neat little way to make your logos more visually appealing by using some stock-images.

Take a look at the video.

Lightroom 3.4 and Camera RAw 6.4 released

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Adobe announced today that Lightroom 3.4 and Camera Raw 6.4 Release Candidates are available for instant download from the Adobe website. The new version bring support for various news cameras including Canon EOS Rebel T3i and Olympus E-PL1s and they also improve lens correction, which was introduced in Lightroom 3.3 and Camera Raw 6.3, The lens profiles help photographers automatically correct unwanted distortion and chromatic aberration.

In addition, the Lightroom 3.4 and Camera Raw 6.4 Release Candidates address a number of issues reported by customers on the previous releases.
Get Camera Raw 6.4 here
and Lightroom 3.4 here

Photoshop Monday postponed

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

I spoke at an event last night, so I did not have time to record a photoshop Monday session. It will be online here soon though.