This is a wildflower book unlike any other, a photographic essay that makes full use of digital technology to present images that could never have been photographed on film. It's beautifully captured, wonderfully presented and reveals a passionate talent on the part of the authors.
I came across this book in my local bookshop. How quaint in this modern era of digital downloads and online ordering. I bought it as a father's day present and kinda wished I'd bought another copy to keep for myself.
The subject matter are wildflowers of the south-western corner of Western Australia. I spent a few years living in the region as a child and remember the explosion of colour and form that blesses the bush. It's a brilliant natural phenomenon and I've rarely seen photographs do it justice. Until now.
Breeden's book is filled with artistic arrangements that make you yearn to go wandering in the Australian wilderness to photograph a few flowers of your own. It's also got a chapter about the techniques, and that's what makes this book even more special.
Not content with the advantages of HDR to make subtle enhancements to images, they've also employed a technique called Focus Stacking. Capturing a series of very sharp frames at narrow apertures you simply employ some smart software to pull through the detailed layers you desire and compose the final images. The authors refer to one image that was composed of 20 different frames. That's dedication.
I must admit the technique leaves something of a trace at times, imparting a feel like that of an oil painting rather than a photo. This can be good or bad, but either way it is different and it's a new world we live in. I was especially pleased that Stanley and Kaisa wrote a few informative words about their craft as used to prepare the publication.
This book is one of the loveliest works of art I've seen in a long time. Go find a book store and take a close look. The real thing is so much better than the e-thing!
Very selected features on the hardware, software and extra wares that help me get the job done.
As a bonus for my readers we have Paul Dymond as guest writer on the virtues and challenges of Cataloguing Software, also known as Digital Asset Management (DAM). I’ve put on my editing cap for this article, having asked Paul “What is DAM and why should we care about it?” Step into the world of cataloguing and keywords in order to make the most of your digital collection.
Hard Lessons with Hard Drives
This is the 2020 update to my popular article on why and how to make sure your backups are sorted. Cloud storage is not always the answer when big RAW files and big photo collections are at stake. I spend more on hard drives than cameras, so read on to find out why.
The Absolute Best Lens in Nepal
Very rarely a new lens comes along that changes how I think about photography. This is one of those lenses. My priority for glass is always quality over convenience, but this time you get enough of both to make it a hard one to walk past. The newly released "DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7 ASPH" by Panasonic+Leica is not only a great lens for MFT systems, but may well be good enough to tempt full frame owners to look seriously at adopting the smaller mirrorless format of the Lumix G series.
Ewen's New Book
"ReIMAGINE" is now available to order online. It's a very big and very generous book that will help you to reconnect with your creative side.