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Lightroom Preset “On Guard” added

Just added the preset for the image “On Guard” As you can see the “RAW” image is rather flat and desaturated but just remember “RAW” files have so much more info locked inside


Lightroom Preset “A Corsican Dawn” added

It has been a while and as the presets are popular I thought I had better keep up with the demand.

Just added the preset for the image “A Corsican Dawn”

A Corsican Dawn

A Corsican Dawn A very clear morning from my apartment ( just 5km NW from Antibes France 43°36N 7° 4’7E, elevation 139m) looking over Le Cap d’Antibes and lighthouse to the Island of Corsica rising out of the Mediterranean sea. The closest point on Corsica is 175km, bearing 130°
The viewed width: 162km but would be less due to the curvature of the earth.
Island length: 184km
Island width: 83km
Highest peak: Monte Cinto 2706m
Area: 8680km²
Coast line 1000km

Corsica (French: La Corse; Corsican and Italian: Corsica) is an island in the Mediterranean Sea. It is located west of Italy, southeast of the French mainland, and north of the island of Sardinia.

Corsica is one of the 26 régions of France, although strictly speaking Corsica is designated as a “territorial collectivity” (collectivité territoriale) by law. As a territorial collectivity, it enjoys greater powers than other French régions, but for the most part its status is quite similar. Corsica is referred to as a “région” in common speech, and is almost always listed among the other régions of France.

Although the island is separated from the continental mainland by the Ligurian Sea and is much closer to the Italian than to the French mainland, politically Corsica is part of Metropolitan France. It was once briefly an independent Corsican Republic, until being incorporated into France in 1768.
Corsica is famed as the birthplace of Napoléon Bonaparte. His ancestral home, Casa Buonaparte, is located there.

ZOOM-IN Porsche

Another “ZOOM-IN” technique used on the winner of the Porsche Cup at the Monaco Grand Prix last year. The Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens lend itself to this technique an it has a very smooth zoom function that you can both twist or slide. To achieve this “ZOOM-IN” affect a relatively slow shutter is required while a fast smooth zoom action is applied during the shot. This can be done hand-held or for a sharper focal area a tripod can help.

For the Lightroom develop preset download page click on the image below

RAW files

I am sure that most of you know that RAW files are inherently dull and lack punch but have a lot to offer to the creative eye. For those of you who are happy with you JPG files and do not want to spend time processing read no further but you still might find this intresting.  As each of us have a slightly different take on what looks good. The RAW files have so much more to than JPG. My tool of choice is Adobe Lightroom. Using this (or you can use your tool of chioce, Adobe Bridge, Aperture to name a few) we can unlock that creativity,without affecting the original file and we can always make virtual copy’s and apply slightly different treatments. I refer to further info on RAW files at RAW files Explained.  I have a page “Lightroom” dedicated to Lightroom presets where you can download some of the .lrtemplate files I have used on my images.

Holiday Season Adobe Lightroom Develop Presets

A few images taken over the festive season. For those of you who have Lightroom the images link to the Adobe Lightroom Develop Preset pages

Quiet Quack

Hands at Work Adobe Lightroom Develop Preset

An “Old Salt” who was demonstrating his rope work skills During the Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice 2009 part of the New Louis Vuitton World Series. You can find the Develop Preset for this image at
Adobe Lightroom Develop Presets pages

Updated Adobe Lightroom Develop Preset

Just a quick one! I have reorganised the Adobe Lightroom Develop Presets into a better format so that you now can download the “.lrtemplate” file directly.  Just head on over to the Adobe Lightroom Develop Presets. You will also find a develop preset used for the “Big Eez”

Tweaking Light in Adobe Lightroom

This image of the classic yacht Marigold at Les Voiles De St Tropez 2009 has been processed in Adobe Lightroom, giving it high-key look. As you can see I have sucked the blues right out of the image just leaving a little hint in the shadows. Below you can see the before and after images and also find the code for the Lightroom develop preset   I call “Marigold High Key”. Feel free to save and use the preset if you use Adobe Lightroom



Where the sky falls into the sea. Marigold at Les Voiles De St Tropez 2009

Sky before & after

“Marigold High Key.lrtemplate”  preset can be found in the Adobe Lightroom Presets page, follow the instructions to import it into light room.