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.
SD Cards Explained
Shopping for an SD card is frustratingly hard, with so many brands, standards and price points to navigate through. Especially when speed is a necessity rather than a luxury. It's also possible that the best value SD card is a MicroSD card, if you have the right adaptor.
The Worlds Worst Menu System
I'm astounded that Sony have released a camera that is so darned good, yet crippled by a user interface so completely awful. The ZV-E1 is hard enough for a seasoned professional to tame, but a potential road block to be avoided for anyone just starting their journey into photography.
Tamron 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD
I travelled in the Himalayas for a few months in late 2023 with this lovely lens. If you're interested in more than just tech specs, and what it's like to work with this lens for an extended time then you've come to the right place.
20mm is the new 24mm
20mm is now far more common than ever for both primes and zooms, but is 18mm the better option for photographers? And why even bother with 24mm? When shooting wider than wide does it make a difference to buy an extra few mm of perspective?
Tamron Got It Covered
The Tamron 20-40mm F2.8 and 35-150mm F2-2.8 narrow the gap between primes and zoom. I didn't think I'd like these new lenses from Tamron so much, but the fact is every time I took them out to shoot I ended up with a tonne of great images. That’s a little bit annoying for a prime lens snob like myself.
My Favie Magnetic Filter
From the studio to the harsh sunlight of Australia's North-West, I dragged my little pouch of magnetic ND filters around the country to find out which system works best. And found myself a new best friend in OKKO.
Ewen's Photography 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.