Alan Browning

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HDR Street view, Prato Italy

Published May 1st, 2012

Lately I been messing around with HDR. If you have ever visited and seen the HDR work of Trey Ratcliff, you’ll know that if HDR is performed right, it can produce exceptional images.

This shot was taken late in the afternoon with light falling onto the scooter and doorway. The initial shot was a bit flat and uninspiring, but I knew there was potential HDR image in there. Using Niksoft HDR Pro and based on only one RAW file, the final image surprised me and the software did its trick… brought out all those rich colours and textures.

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Another canal - another Venice shot

Published May 1st, 2012

I never knew it was possible to go through a memory card so fast when I visited Venice early this year. The city is every photographers dream. You really don’t know what to expect around each corner… what a city.

Niksoft HDR Pro and based on one RAW image.

Canon EOS 7D, Canon 17-40 f/4L at 1/60 f8

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Over the Top

Published May 1st, 2012

Shot this Porsche again at the Phillip Island Historic Festival. Magic lighting caused by that storm in the back ground. When it finally hit us, the heavens just opened and it poured.

Canon 40D, EF 300mm f/4L 1/250

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Published May 1st, 2012

Shot in a small cafe in NZ, with only the available window light to play with ,my Dad looks straight down the lens…perfect model at all times.

Canon D40 17-40mm f4L/USM f4 at 1/40

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Another bike, another Italian City…

Published May 1st, 2012

Continuing with my bike theme, here’s yet another bike shot The Italians seem to love their bikes and use them all the time to get around. Some of these bike were so old and rusty it surprised me that they even worked at all.

Canon EOS 7D, Canon 17-40 f/4L at 1/60 f5

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Fine Old Pair

Published May 1st, 2012

Well here it is, my first image using my Canon 5D Mark ii and all I can say is wow.

The image quality of this camera needs to be seen. I was expecting a slight improvement in quality, but nothing on this scale… it truly blows the 7D out the water. I now know why all the top Landscape pros us a 5D Mark ii, the detail it capures is stunning, and image noise… what noise.

Anyway back to the image, it’s pretty amazing what you can find in your own neighbourhood. Whilst waiting at our local Pizza shop, I walked down the side lane to find two old Fords sitting in a makeshift garage. The following Sunday morning I returned with my trusty Ziess 50mm, shot 3 images and stitched together.

Canon 5D mark ii, Carl Ziess 50mm f1.4 @ f8 - 1/10 sec

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Hitech ND 10 Stopper - First impressions

Published April 30th, 2012

After much research and many hours reading reviews and blogs, I finally bought a 10 Stop ND filter.

The choice really came down to Lee or Hitech as both seemed to perform well. The Lee filter kit is the choice of many Pro's and I can see why, the results from their filters and stunning, but they are very expensive, and the Lee 'Big Stopper' is very fragile, if you drop it, you lose it.

So I went with a Hitech ND 10 stop filter, choosing the 85mm to fit into a Cokin filter system and to match the other Hitech Soft Grads I have. The first major problem... when using any wide angle lens under 20mm, there was major vignetting when using the Cokin holder, and when I placed another soft grad in the next slot it was even worse. My first thought was I had bought the wrong size and should have gone for a 100mm system. After asking Mr Google, I finally found the perfect solution. Taken a major risk, I glued the 77mm filter adapter ring from the holder... straight onto the Hitech filter, maki ...

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Edinburgh 2008

Published January 10th, 2012

Taken from the Castle on a winters afternoon. A series of 8 portrait shots stitched together in Photoshop using the Photomerge command. The original sky was almost pure white, with no cloud definition at all, so the sky you see was added in at a later stage.

Edinburgh is such a beautiful city and so much architecture and history on display that it is a must see city for any photographer… it’s also my other home.

Canon 40D

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