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Photomatix

Strength – keep this at 100% because I can always dial it back a bit later in Photoshop. Color Saturation – This changes a lot for every photo. This was a low-color environment, so I brought it up pretty high. But, in other photos, I may not go above 50%. Luminosity – This gives you ... Read More
Chapman’s Peak Hike

Chapman’s Peak Hike

Fantastic hike up Chapman’s Peak and beyond last week. I started at the parking area at the picnic spot on Chappies Drive just after the toll where you can collect a day pass for free. The initial average grade ascent is what most people regard as the Chapman’s Peak Hike and ends at the plateau/shoulder between ... Read More

Darktable tips and tricks

Create a basecurve Take an image of a high dynamic range scene ( eg. black and white ), out of focus, with all dynamic processing ( active d-lighting, scenes, sharpening, noise reduction, etc. ) off and with raw+jpg fine. Place RAW+JPG in a folder and: dt-curve-tool-helper DSC_9903.NEF then: dt-curve-tool  -z -e DSC_9903.NEF -n 16 | ... Read More
Cederberg wonderings

Cederberg wonderings

My wife and I have just been to the Cederberg region for a bit of R&R, the trip lasting 4 days from Wed to Sat. We started out at Kagga Kamma on the east side of the Cederberg mountains in a pretty desolate valley. To get there, head north from Cape Town on the N1, ... Read More

Fujifilm X-T2 launch in Cape Town

I attended the X-T2 launch last night along with my wife ( #NOP – not a photographer ) and I’ll be blunt upfront: this was one of the poorest product launches I’ve ever attended. 1st, the venue ( Roodebloem Studios in Woodstock ) is pretty appalling when it comes to acoustics and is not suitable at ... Read More
Klipspringer hike

Klipspringer hike

I’ve been a bit more active lately in the hiking department having been up Lion’s Head and TM in recent weeks. While these are fantastic hikes and have great scenery, they are local and I wanted to go a bit further afield. So I packed my bags on Saturday afternoon and headed off towards Gordon’s Bay ... Read More
Killarney DEOD

Killarney DEOD

I went to see the 3rd round of the SuperGP championship this weekend at Killarney and decided to switch from my usual 9-point AF-C autofocus mode to single-point. Interesting change to say the least – I found a significantly higher no. of out of focus shots than normal. The difference is that with 9-point, something is ... Read More
Karoo trip

Karoo trip

I’ve recently done a quick trip through Oudsthoorn and Mossel Bay – a short holiday so to say. This is a fantastic part of South Africa and one that I don’t think we get to see enough of. This wasn’t a photog-specific trip but I did manage to record a few decent images. The compact ... Read More

Focus stacking with Hugin/Enfuse

Focus stacking allows you to take a number of images ( taken with differing focus planes ) and stack them into a single image with a deeper depth of view/focus. This is particularly useful for macro photography where the depth of field is generally very small and restrictive. Hugin’s enfuse component has the ability to ... Read More