Hey people. A bit of a treat for you today. Craft and Vision (who as any reader of this blog knows I love) have released a new eBook for free. Yes that’s right! Free, gratis, at no cost what so ever!
Craft and Vision II contains 9 articles covering creative approaches, technical considerations and ways to approach and improve your vision by a selection of the regular C&V authors. Slightly shorter than some of the other books – at 45 pages – its still a great read and like all Craft & Vision books is packed full of inspiring imagery.
So what are you waiting for? Go grab your copy of Craft & Vision II now!
I’ve previously mentioned that I like black and white photography and one of the tools I often use when processing images for this is Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro. A few months back Google purchased Nik Software but promised to keep offering the software. This week they’ve announced that not only are they still offering it, but that you can buy the entire bundle of all six tools for just $150. Considering I paid far more than that for just the one tool its a bargain not to be missed.
Additionally (although I’ve not personally had this confirmed yet) if you’ve bought any of the individual tools within the past five years as I have, expect an email from Google providing you with the opportunity to download the entire suite of six tools for free! Additionally, the suite will support Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture so whichever processing workflow you use, you’ll be supported.
The Nik Software site has been updated and the offer is now online should you wish to take advantage of it.
UPDATE (28 Mar 2013): After emailing the Google Nik support team I did eventually get an email and it does appear that if you’ve bought even just one of the tools in the last five years you do get the whole collection for free. If you believe you qualify but haven’t had an email just follow the support link from the Nik site and let them know.
I admit to being partial to a bit of timelapse. As evidenced by my previous attempts at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (below) and the Hepworth Wakefield Gallery. However its very much something I’ve taught myself from bits and pieces I’ve found online. I don’t profess to be any kind of expert and I’m always looking for ways to get better at it.
Professional Photographer Dave Delnea has just released an eBook on Craft & Vision called “Timelapse” and it’s a great resource if you want to get into shooting these or, if like me, you want to learn more and take better timelapses. (more…)
There are often weird and wonderful events that happen in Yorkshire. From races where competitors have to run with sacks of coal on their back to rubber duck races, Light Night in Leeds to the Scarecrow festival out in the Yorkshire Dales. But one I look forward to is Dewsbury Spirit.
Held for only one night, once each year, the Yorkshire town of Dewsbury invites a street theatre troop to perform through the town centre. Previous events have included people hurling balls of fire down the street, huge Dragons being fought by Knights, and last year an underwater spectacle with fish being chased by sharks. This year the German group Theatre Titanick performed a version of their Firebirds production.
It was probably the wackiest performance to date, and wacky was the right word as if you’ve ever seen the kids cartoon “The Wacky Races” you’ll know what it was like. Teams from Russia, France, England and America paraded their steam-punk-esque flying machines around the town in a race to the town hall. Along the way there were wrong turns, breakdowns, and speed-trials as they tried to garner the most support from the audience. Once in-front of the town hall they attempted to take off and fly to London. The Russian and England machines blew up in flames and sparks, whilst the American machine ran out of puff. Only the French managed to get airborne.
The really nice things about the event is they don’t put up barrier along the route the performers follow. This allows for a much more fluid event and more interaction between the performers and those watching. Its a great event, and despite the wet weather this year, Theatre Titanick was probably one of my favourites.
The photo here is Mrs Winterbottom (England) as she drove around the course. You can see the full set of photos over on Flickr.
I’ve been a bit uninspired of late hence the lack of photos (and posts). But in thinking about what to write for this site, I started thinking about what inspires us.
For me the one thing that is guaranteed to get the creative juices flowing is travel. As soon as I settle on a destination I begin researching it, looking at what photos others have taken there – both as a means of seeing what sort of lenses/equipment I might need, and to think about how to avoid the clichéd shots if it’s a popular location. I check maps for my route and plan the journey. I’ve got two trips planned for this year – one around the edge of Eastern Turkey along its borders with Georgia, Armenia, Iran, Iraq and Syria (should be interesting!), and another to Burma later in the year. So I’m already thinking about these.
But even when I’m not travelling there are things that inspire me. Ever since 500px launched I’ve been amazed at the quality of the photography on the site. I’d strongly recommend following the 500px blog as they post a “week in review” every Monday highlighting a selection of superb images uploaded to the site. Other inspirational blogs I follow include Petapixel, Pixelated Image (David duChemin), and the New York Times photography blog – Lens.
Other times I think you just have to accept you’re uninspired and head out with your camera, not really expecting to shoot much at all, and seeing what you find. Sometimes they turn out to be the best days.
What inspires you and your photography? Let me know in the comments.