I have had a week (actually 5 days) in the Lake District, mainly to get away from the new neighbours who are making life hell, not just for myself, but many people who have the misfortune to live nearby. However, it wasn’t only to get away from THEM, but to go to the Black and White Workshop at Lakeland Photographic Holidays (LPH) – a great place to go, lots of good company and good advice, and great food (except that I always find I have put on weight by the time I get back home).
‘Standard’ LPH holidays have a format of 3 days going out with John Gravett, and 2 days doing your own thing, but this B&W workshop was 2 days out with JG, and 2 days of Photoshop, expecially B&W, inside.
I arrived much too early, so went to look at the Ospreys nearby – wonderful, but MUCH too far away to photograph, even with the equivalent of a full-frame 600mm lens.
I took the old Nikon D200, the Pen E-P1 and, of course, the Panasonic GH2, plus various lenses. I took the Nikon out early the first morning, but found it quite heavy, and the autofocus lacking by the latest standards, but more importantly the lack of any info display on the rear LCD, let alone live view or an articulated rear screen, made it nigh on impossible to use for many shots (ie on the tripod at a height which prevented me looking through the viewfinder), and therefore I didn’t use it again. Pen E-P1 is a beautiful camera, but as it lacks an EVF, the screen was very difficult to see in most conditions (we had superb weather), and the buttons and menus are very difficult to operate. Not surprisingly, the GH2 was used most – articulated rear screen, proper EVF built-in, but even these were very difficult to see in the bright light.To put this in perspective, I don’t think that there is anything else available which would have performed better.
I took the MacBook Proand iPad to process the images. Although the serious processing was done on the MBP, I did also load all the images into the iPad, and found it great as a means of carrying the images around for viewing. I imported the images initially via the Camera Kit into Photos, then used Photo Manager Pro to organise and select images. A few could then be processed with Snapseed quickly, or the amazing Filterstorm Pro if I wanted to do more work. I didn’t actually export the images from the iPad for projection, though that is a distinct possibility using Photo Manager Pro. I’ll update my remarks on the iPad and workflow sometime soon, IF I survive the neighbours.
Apple have announced that iWeb and their web support on iDisk will finish in June 2012, which is a real pain, as that is my main host for my web site. I’m looking at alternatives at present, but I may settle for posting the images from the latest holiday on Flickr – indeed, I’ve put a few images thre already.
Thanks to John and Gail Gravett at LPH for a wonderful week again, and to the other participants for putting up with me, and making this a very rewarding break.