Littorally Beautiful Book Published

I am delighted to announce the publication of my first book of photos, entitled “Littorally Beautiful“. The first copies are just back from the binder – special thanks to Jules at Wyvern Bindery, Clerkenwell, London for his help getting the binding just how I wanted it.

The book contains around 40 black and white photos from my “Littorally Beautiful” series showcasing beautiful coastal, and inland water-based locations around the world.

Benchmarking Performance of Pegasus R6 Thunderbolt RAID from Promise Technology Inc

In a previous video, shared on YouTube, I showed how to set up the Pegasus R6 Thunderbolt RAID from Promise Technology Inc. For those of you who are unaware, this is a fantastic new high-performance disk array for Apple computers – specifically iMacs and MacBooks with Thunderbolt technology.

I have now had the chance to benchmark its performance and have put a video here on YouTube summarising the results.

A written report is available for download as an Adobe Reader PDF file here.

Preventing dashes, or hyphens, in Photoshop Save for Web

You know the way it works… you name your photo “2012 Mum and me at the seaside” and save it as a JPEG to Email to someone, and then, all of a sudden (and extremely annoyingly) Photoshop decides to call it “2012-Mum-and-me-at-the-seaside.jpg“.

Well, here is how to suppress those pesky dashes, or hyphens once and for all.

1. Open a photo, any photo in Photoshop

2. Click “File-> Save for Web & Devices” and now click on the tiny menu at the top right corner and then click “Edit Output Settings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Now select “Saving Files” and then remove the tick/checkmark next to “Unix” Filename Compatibility.

4. Done! No more pesky dashes for you!

Setting Up The Pegasus R6 Thunderbolt RAID

I have recently taken delivery of a Pegasus R6 Thunderbolt RAID from Promise Technology Inc. This is a fantastic new technology which gives speeds in excess of 500 MBytes/s and outperforms many Solid State Drives (SSDs). It is a great enabling technology for editing and storing high-resolution photos created by modern, top-end SLR cameras such as the Nikon D800.

In order to share my experiences, I have a made a short video here which shows how you can set it up. Another video will follow when I have tested its performance and benchmarked it – the test results are staggering! I just haven’t made a video yet – stay tuned!

New Resource for Landscape Photographers

I am delighted to announce the availability of a new resource for landscape photographers, in the form of a website called Tripod Holes.

This website gathers together, mashes up and calculates everything a landscape photographer might need when  planning a trip. Whether you are an old, seasoned hand, or a newbie, you will find all the resources you want gathered together in one easy place to refer to. There are:

  • maps and location sketches
  • weather information
  • tidal information
  • sunrise and sunset times
  • accommodation & refreshment information

The locations are all plotted on a map, or you can search through by county or alphabetically. Or if you are a more visual sort of person, you can simply browse the photos other photographers have taken at these top locations. And you can participate!

Getty Images to licence my photos


I am delighted to announce that I was recently approached by Getty Images with a view to their licensing the rights to market and sell my photography. I have agreed terms with them and had my first few images accepted and they are now available to a worldwide audience of picture buyers.

I am delighted about this development and you can be sure I intend to submit plenty more photos in the future.

Nikon D800 UK Availability

If, like me, you are interested in the recently announced Nikon D800 camera – with its whopping 36MP sensor – I thought I would summarise what I have been able to discover about its availability in the UK.

I contacted the following suppliers as, to my mind at least, they are the ones most likely to have stock and be able to supply a shiny, new D800. Here is what they said – todayhot off the press.

Robert White

None in stock. No information from Nikon. Please call back every week or two for updates. They have shipped around 20 units to date.

 

wex Photographic

None in stock. No information from Nikon. Please call back every couple of weeks.

 

Park Cameras

None in stock. No information from Nikon. It could be several weeks.

 

Grays of Westminster

None in stock. They have a backlog that will likely take 2-3 months to clear. They have shipped around 120 units to date.

 

 

Gallery updated! Photos from Hokkaido, Japan

If you have visited this website over the last few years, you will know I used to hand-craft the HTML and CSS myself with the aid of a bunch of Perl scripts that parsed my photos and sorted them into something sensible and presented them in a consistent fashion.

On advice from friends, and relatives (thank you, Colleen) I have made the move over to WordPress for presenting the website. I have also made some moves into “Social Media” – oooh, look at me! Maybe more of that later.

Anyway, as part of the process of moving over to WordPress, I have revisited some older photos, using newer technologies like SilverEfex Pro and the latest Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop. Most recently, I have reworked my photos from Hokkaido, Japan and it proved a very pleasurable couple of days. So, please click on Galleries (or the following link) and have a look at the Hokkaido photos.