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Bay State Cyclocross

Here are a few images from the recent Bay State Cyclocross event in Sterling, Massachusetts. It was a really cold and windy day, but these riders and and this photographer enjoyed the day. While I did not succumb to the temptation to join the ranks of cyclocross participants, I continue to enjoy the sport entirely and look forward to continuing to photograph more events. Who knows, next year I may have to grab a new bike and join the fun. More images can be found in the Sterling Cycling Gallery.

 


Thanksgiving and Appreciation

Thanksgiving

A quick posted today after a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with family. I hope everyone enjoyed your day. I have much to be thankful for and wanted to once again say thank you to all of you who stop by the blog and make any of your Craft and Vision ebook purchases via my links here on my blog.  I truly appreciate it and I do not take it for granted. I try to provide useful and honest reviews of the the books when I can and hope they help you to make a decision about your purchases.

I want to pass along a great deal going on for a short time (last day today) at Craft and Vision where they are selling all existing $5 titles for just $2.50 each.

I also wanted to make sure you are aware of a new and very significant ebook just released by Craft and Vision by Piet Van den Eynde.  This is a complete soup to nuts reference work covering Lightroom 4 and is now available for just $15.  Lightroom 4 Unmasked contains over 300 pages of detailed explanation and case studies using Lightroom 4 and covers new material through version LR 4.2.

From now through November 27, 2012 at 11:59pm(PST) you can purchase Lightroom 4 Unmasked for just $15 when you use the code LR4FIVE. Link below.

 

Purchase Lightroom 4 Unmasked

 


Essential Development

"essential development", ebook

ESSENTIAL DEVELOPMENT 20 Great Techniques for Lightroom 4 by Sean McCormack

If I had just purchased Lightroom, I could not think of a better tool than Sean McCormack's Essential Lightroom to get me up and running in the develop module.  It needs to be said right away that this book does not provide the nitty gritty about how Lightroom catalogs are setup or how to take use the other modules in Lightroom.  For that you will need something like Martin Evening's Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Book which I believe is the ultimate Lightroom 4 encyclopedia.

But if what you need is a focused look at the Develop Module for a bargain and getting the most out of it, then this book and the optional preset package do just that. I have been using Lightroom since its release and have to say the 95% of my time using it is spent in the Develop Module since that is where I perform all of my processing.  I do not use Photoshop and therefore rely mostly on Lightroom to enhance and tweak my photos.

Sean takes us through the editing process in Lightroom by walking through the develop panels and providing examples on how to apply fixes and enhancements to your images.  He also provides several processing techniques for portraits that should dock in handy for those looking to improve there capabilities in that area.

Again, if you are looking for a quick start to mastering the develop module you can't go wrong with Sean's book.  The optional package includes a set of presets developed by Sean that will give you another head start to creating magic in the develop module.

From now through October 23, 2012 at 11:59pm(PST) you can purchase the  Essential Development Package for just $6 when you use the code DEVELOP6. You can save 20% when you purchase 5+ ebooks when you use the code DEVELOP20. The top link os for the complete package. The bottom link is for the PDF book only and is available for $5

 

Essential Development Package

 

Essential Development


Montreal From On High

On a recent trip to the beautiful city of Montreal, my wife and I hiked up to the top of Mount Royal on a beautiful Fall day. From the top one is afforded a magnificent view of the city and what better way to capture that than with a pano image. And what better opportunity to try out the new pano feature built in to iOS 6 for the iPhone. I don't think Apple could have made this any easier unless they provided someone to move the phone for you, it is truly an amazing piece of technology. Click on the image for a larger view.

 


Cyclocross Team Time Trial

Having a little fun with this: Cyclocross Team Time Trial

 


Gran Prix of Gloucester

 

10-1-2012 Update: Additional photos added to Gloucester Gran Prix

A few images from the early races today at the Gran Prix of Gloucester Cyclocross event. Cyclocross is one tough sport with the race starting on a paved road and quickly transitioning to dirt, mud, grass and sand.  Throw in some wind and rain today and you have yourself a grueling bike ride.

 

Gran Prix of Gloucester 2012

 

Gran Prix of Gloucester 2012

Gran Prix of Gloucester 2012

 

More images from some of today's races can be found here: Gloucester Gran Prix

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