Airborne out of Beijing
Alongside my passion for photography, I fly aeroplanes to make a living. Like any job, it has its ups and downs; like any job, it is what you make of it. And the views from the cockpit can be stunning, such as this view of the mountainous terrain close to Beijing, China, shortly after an evening take-off from Beijing International Airport. The sun had already set on the ground in Beijing, but we were treated to a few more minutes of daylight as we rapidly gained altitude and turned west, chasing the setting sun.
Lightroom 4 – the new tone controls
Landscape photographer Michael Frye gives an excellent summary of the new tone controls in Adobe Lightroom 4 here.
Posted in Japan
Flashing the Sushi Chef (Raw Flash with my Raw Fish)
I am in Japan for three days this week, in the city of Yokohama, south of Tokyo in the Tokyo Bay area. I found a wonderful sushi restaurant for dinner tonight - the sushi was expertly prepared by the chef in the photo here. “Aah,… Nikon … Number One” he said, clearly satisfied that my camera was Japanese (I am fairly sure Canon or any other Japanese make would have elicited the same response), and gave me the universal thumbs-up sign. We both grinned, and in the moment of connection, I raised the camera quickly to my eye and triggered the shutter.
Lightroom 4 Tone Curve bug – An Update
Further to my post a month ago in which I mentioned that people were reporting that Lightroom 4 was failing to honour custom point-tone-curve edits made in Lightroom 3, it seems as if Adobe have come up with a fix...
Posted in India
Fire, spirits and reincarnation: the Magic of Delhi
Delhi is a city which fascinates me. As Tarun Tejpal, of in the Indian weekly news magazine India Today, writes: "Delhi has more layers of culture, civilisation and history extant in it than any other city in India, arguably, in the world." Not for the faint-hearted, it is a city which in the summer assaults the senses like few other places on Earth. The noise, oppressive heat, assorted smells, crush, and chaos of Shahjahanabad, the old city, have to be experienced to be believed. Delhi is also one of the most wonderful places - perhaps my favourite place - to make street portraits. These portraits were made in the only area of Delhi which has survived from the city of Tughlukabad - the Delhi of the Middle Ages.