Colorful Alley, Seattle

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My friend Chris Breen takes wonderful photos from the beach that is 10 minutes from his house. In fact, it seems as if he posts one every time I’m stuck in my office on a deadline, which (a) makes me long to be at a beach, any beach; (b) makes me silently curse Chris for lording it over everyone like me; (c) reminds me that I actually live within walking distance of a Seattle beach (below) and should get my damn work done so I can go enjoy it.

Chris wrote about the beach photos he takes and why he does it, in the process touching on important photographic essentials like actively seeing a scene and looking for new colors, textures, and compositions in familiar surroundings. Go read it now and enjoy the photos: About the beach photos.

Carkeek Sunset 9/10/11

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X t1 frontleft[Updated: added a third review from Chuq Von Rospach.]

A lot of photographers I trust have bought the Fujifilm X-T1 mirrorless camera, and I must admit I’m looking at it for my next body. My trusty Nikon D90 has served me well (and I hope will continue to serve me well), but it’s starting to age. I’d love to take advantage of the sensor technology updates that have occurred in the past five years.

Three personal reviews have caught my eye of late that I thought were worth sharing:

First, Zack Arias has been shooting primarily with the Fuji X-T1 for months and writes an official review at his site, DEDPXL.

Second, Mason Marsh explains Why I Bought a Fujifilm X-T1, which is also a meditation on choosing photography subject matter and stretching beyond personal boundaries.

Third, Chuq Von Rospach looks at the X-T1 from a landscape photography point of view, with plenty of beautiful examples and this great quote (about the Fuji X-Pro1): “The thing was, the images wouldn’t shut up. Both of these images are up on my wall and are two of my favorite Yosemite images ever, and that’s saying something. The more I looked at the results of the Fuji sensor, the more I liked it.”

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Apple’s latest commercial is quick and fun, showing off a variety of lid stickers adorning the MacBook Air.

What caught my eye, aside from the glimpse of the old six-color Apple logo at the end, was the fact that each sticker is clearly on a different, real machine. It would have been easy for Apple to position one blank MacBook Air in front of the camera and then digitally add the stickers. But no: each sticker is affixed to a different MacBook Air. You can tell by watching the bottom edge, which shifts slightly, and also by the scratches and dings that appear on some models.

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(Looks like Matthew Panzarino had the same idea, posting this a few minutes before I posted my entry; we even chose the same sticker as example.)

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Lush, Newhalem Creek

A short hike from Newhalem Campground in the North Cascades mountains, Newhalem Creek has been a frequent photo stop for me over the years. The creek originates just around the bend here, but this year the water was so high that I couldn’t explore as far up as I usually do.

The water volume, plus a steady drizzle of rain, made for an especially lush photo opportunity.

(As usual, click the photo to view it bigger and better.)

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Simplicity is difficult, as any developer (or writer) will tell you. My latest column for the Seattle Times looks at two app examples that demonstrate how complex tools can be simply (and well) executed.

OmniFocus 2 for the Mac will appeal to people who need more power than just a simple to-do list, while Overcast for iOS is a podcast player that respects both podcast listeners and podcast creators.

Read the column here: Apps offer useful complexity with simple interface.

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The third and last article in my iPad Photography in the Field series at Lynda.com is now up! It’s an extra long entry that covers how to use the iPad to sort your good photos from the not-so-good ones. It also explains how to apply essential metadata like keywords and IPTC information to your photos so you don’t need to do it later when you’re back at the computer, saving a ton of time.

Read the article here: iPad Photography in the Field: Rate, Tag, and Export Photos.

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Sparks Sunrise and Photographer

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Want to check out the latest edition of The iPad for Photographers? Peachpit has posted Chapter 4, “The iPad in the Studio,” online and as a downloadable PDF. The PDF is a great way to get a feel for the full print or PDF edition of the book. (I absolutely love the design of this book, with lots of big color photos and screenshots.)

Click here to download Chapter 4 as a PDF, or read the chapter online.

Also, a reminder: The book is currently Peachpit’s Ebook of the Week. Until July 19, you can get the ebook (which includes PDF, EPUB, and Mobi/Kindle files) for just $9.99!

Chapter 4: The iPad in the Studio