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The Trichromatic Colours Of Bhutan

Village Temple, Tshangkha, Bhutan.
Phase One XF, 100MP TriChromatic back, 55mm lens, 1/40 second @ f2.8, ISO 3200

Time flies when you're having fun and the three weeks I spent with David Oliver, my wife Kathie and a great group of photographers in Bhutan flew past way too quickly. In fact, I think one of the best things about visiting Bhutan with people who have never been before is watching their faces light up with amazement, inspiration, awe and plain old happiness!

Now, I was pretty happy too thanks to Phase One. The kind people from Denmark lent me a new 100MP Trichromatic back, so at the risk of sounding a bit wanky, I jaunted around Bhutan with not one 100MP back, but two. One for the Phase One XF body (the Trichro), the other on my Phase One A-Series (since my own 100MP back and lenses have all been matched to work together). It just meant I didn't have to change the back from camera to camera when using my ultra wide-angle 23mm Alpagon which sits on the A-Series and is the ultimate wide-angle camera/lens combination, as long as you don't mind focusing and setting the exposure manually!

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Photographers Wanted! Middlehurst, New Zealand

Middlehurst with Tony Hewitt & Peter Eastway - AIPP Grand Masters. Instruction for Advanced Photographers. Exclusive Access to New Zealand's Remote High Country. 5 nights/6 days

Middlehurst is a high end photography retreat for photographers who understand how to use their camera and are ready to learn about the philosophy and aesthetics of art photography and imagemaking.

Peter Eastway and Tony Hewitt visited Middlehurst Station in June 2015 with their Photographic Counsel and fell in love with the location. It feels like ‘Middle Earth’ and you expect to see trolls and hobbits around every corner. So enamoured are they with Middlehurst that it has now become an annual pilgrimage.

The Art Photography Workshop is limited to six participants.

It will be cold outside and the weather is variable, exactly what we want. The lodgings are basic, classic ’shearers’ quarters with shared bathrooms, but the home cooked meals by our hosts, Sue and Willie Macdonald will keep you warm and the cameraderie is first class! 

Now, lock the eight of us away on an amazing sheep station in the remote New Zealand highlands. When you stand on the top of a hill and look out as far as you can towards distant, snowcapped peaks, it’s breathtaking to realise this is all one station.

And it’s private land, so you can’t just go there by yourself. And even if you could, access to many of the locations is only by sturdy 4WDs driven by stationhands, or helicopter pilots who know the area.

  

Instruction for Advanced Photographers

Price: $9995 for 5 nights/6 days

Price includes:

  • Photographic Counsel
  • All transfer ex-Wellington
  • All Accommodation
  • All Meals

Minimum of 4 participants (plus tour leaders) and maximum of 6.

Further details on the Better Photography website, click here.

For bookings and final payments contact Kim on 02 4388 6851 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Which Wacom Mobilestudio Pro?

BIG OR SMALL? MAKING IT WORK FOR YOU AND YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY!

Mobilestudio Pro In 5 Configurations

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Big or small, having all your editing tools out on location or simply on your lap is a great way to work. But which is best for you? By Peter Eastway.

A confession up front: I went for the big one! I use the 16-inch Wacom MobileStudio Pro, but my reasons for going big might be different to your reasons for choosing small! One of the pleasures of travel photography is being able to look at your work in the evening, pick out your best shots and, if you don’t fall asleep, perhaps edit a few of the photos that really inspire you.

The Large Screen

So, when I’m in my hotel room or perhaps working with other photographers, I want to have a large screen with lots of monitor real estate. I want plenty of room for my palettes and, importantly, a good size reproduction of the image I am working on.

I’m often leading a group of photographers when I’m travelling, so having a large screen to show them a Photoshop technique, play an audio visual or give a Powerpoint presentation is really helpful. So I rationalised that I needed the larger MobileStudio Pro.

But there are a couple of compromises, the most notable being its size and weight. Didn’t I just say I wanted a bigger screen? Yes, but when I’m sitting on a plane travelling, I think I’d prefer a smaller unit – although I have to say that, now I have mastered Wacom’s ExpressKeys and the Pro Pen 2, I am pretty efficient with Capture One, Photoshop and InDesign, even within the confines of a ‘cattle class’ seat.

And there’s also the little issue of price - the top of the range 16-inch MobileStudio Pro costs $4299, compared to $2649 for the entry-level 13-inch MobileStudio Pro.

But even the entry level MobileStudio Pro is a dream machine. Its specifications outshine top of the line laptops from only a few years ago, so how much power do you really need? I could do most of my work with it, certainly when editing my smaller Canon and Fujifilm files. It’s only when I’m playing with 100-megapixel Phase One files that I absolutely have to have the 16GB RAM.

So, perhaps we should look at the range of MobileStudio Pro computers and see what we need, starting with the 13- inch models.

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