The fifth photograph in my Wildlife Portraits Project is of a juvenile Mandrill taken at the Melbourne Zoo. This was shot with the Canon 1DSMK3 and 300mm F2.8L IS lens wide open at ISO800 through a pane of glass on a very overcast day (with very low light levels). The 1DSMK3 and the 300mm F2.L IS is an amazing camera/lens combination. Even wide open this lens is about as sharp as one could want on the full frame 21.1 mega pixel 1DSMK3. In this instance, the camera has nailed focus right on the eyes and provided a silky smooth bokeh to separate and isolate the Mandrill from his surroundings. I really like this photograph for the ‘madness’ in this critters eyes and that ‘just groomed’ look to his hair. The small twig he is chewing on adds a little more interest to the photograph than if he had just been sitting there and completes the composition to my eye.
Sean Stiegemeier has posted a really stunning time lapse video of the volcanic eruption in Iceland. The video is from a number of different locations around the volcano site so you get a really good impression of the surrounding landscape – its both beautiful and haunting. I cant embed the video because its on Vimeo and for copyright reasons, so just click on the link in this post to be taken directly to the video. Well worth a couple of minutes out of your day to enjoy.
The internet is a rapidly evolving beast. The idea that we would be browsing web pages on our phones and other small handheld portable devices was science fiction only a few years ago. Fast forward to 2010 and its the norm to check everything from the weather to stock prices to our favourite websites and blogs on our phones and other portable devices. To this end my primary portfolio website is now available in a friendly iPhone / iTouch and iPad format. Just go to my normal site at www.jholko.com on your mobile device and you will be automatically redirected to the mobile site. Enjoy.
This fourth photograph in my Wildlife Portraits project was an offhand opportunity grab shot I took a couple of years ago now. I had gone to Montsalvat with my son Julian to shoot some portraits in the grounds and amongst the buildings when this resident Peacock decided to put on a show for some of the nearby females. Fortunately, I had a suitable lens on the camera and was able to rip off a few shots before he lost interest – this one being my favourite.
With the release of Adobe Lightroom three slowly inching closer (it is coming, right… Adobe?) Adobe has some useful ‘Whats New’ videos to help existing Lightroom users get quickly up to speed with new functionality, workflow enhancements etc..
To date I have resisted the temptation to download the Lightroom 3 Beta V1 or V2. The idea of working with BETA software is not very appealing to me, nor are the potential implications for merging BETA and full release version catalogues. However, I really like the new enhancements that have been added by Adobe into Lightroom 3 and am eagerly awaiting the full release. Unfortunately, there is still no mention of soft proofing being added into a 3.0 release; which means still having to round trip through Photoshop to soft proof the image and choose an appropriate rendering intent for the printer. I do hope Adobe adds in this key feature as Lightroom cannot truly be the ultimate tool for photographers from ‘input to output’ without soft proofing capability. Soft proofing is far more important to me as a photographer than the ability to directly upload my photographs from Lightroom to websites such as Flickr.