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Hokkaido Winter Landscape Tour 2017 Travelogue #2 Haboro (Podcast 558)

Today we continue with part two of my travelogue series on my recent Hokkaido Winter Photography Adventure tour for 2017. This was an amazing trip with a group of very talented and enthusiastic photographers, and probably the most productive of my Hokkaido Landscape tours so far, thanks to the incredible weather...

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Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer and educator based in Tokyo. He's a pioneering Podcaster and blogger, and an X-Rite Coloratti member.
  • Thom
    Posted at 05:58h, 14 February Reply

    Breathtaking shots Martin! I was painting while listening to this one and half expected to see a lot of Squid/Octopi shots (cephalopod vs. tetrapod) until you explained that they are wave breakers. I love the atmosphere and quality of the black and white. I also love to shoot the ocean, I equate it to a partnered dance, leading into the surf as the waves recede and shimmying back as the waves come forward.


    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:32h, 14 February Reply

      Thanks Thom! I’m pleased you enjoyed these photos.

      Ha ha, I see what you mean about the squid/octopi.

      I’m enjoying the black and white in Capture One Pro too. I’m taking my shots a long way from the original, but not quite as contrast as I used to go in Silver Efex. The results are a little more subdued, but I’m enjoying the look.

      I also like your idea that shooting the ocean is like a dance. Very cool.

      Thanks for taking the time to listen, and to comment Thom!

      BTW, do you have your paintings available to see online anywhere? I’d love to see your work.


      • Thom
        Posted at 09:59h, 14 February Reply

        I was a huge fan of using silver efex and the nik collection as well and have also ditched it with my migration to capture one. I’m really enjoying the quality and textures I’m getting editing my Japan shots in capture one. (slow and steady on those still, American politics and commissions are eating up a lot of my time).

        I have a small business painting pet portraits, believe it or not! haha
        I’d say they are a far step away from what I have painted for my own personal art but they are a great deal of fun to do. The pets are in acrylic but I am a much bigger fan of oils and gold leaf for my own work.

        Any who… here is my instagram for my pet business @thompaintspets and here is a link to a few paintings I did with a tablet and photoshop http://thom.club/new-index/#/concept-drawings/ . The gold leaf and oil stuff have been on the back burner for a bit and I don’t have anything online currently except one image that isn’t so great; http://tinyurl.com/jm8kho9 .

        I believe I read somewhere that you paint as well? I’d love to see your work!

        • Martin Bailey
          Posted at 16:28h, 15 February Reply

          Oh, me too. I loved Silver Efex and Color Efex, but I did not love having to create a TIFF file for images that I used it on. It always seemed like a waste of disk space, and I didn’t like how the modifications were so final. Black and white conversations often need time to mature, and tweak, as you live with the images. Even though I saved a preset when I did something new, I hated have to reprocess work as my tastes changed. All of that is over now. 🙂

          That’s so cool that you paint pet portraits. They’re great too. Not overdone, and they have a lot of character.

          The Photoshop paintings are very cool too. I used to enjoy painting, but don’t have time now. I tried on the iPad for a while, and that was fun, but again, time prevents me from really getting into that. I had a few old oil paintings in the UK, but I don’t even know where they are now unfortunately.

          I guess all of my creative energy that I direct towards a hobby, as opposed to my photography, now goes to making digital music. If I get time to do something other than work now, I practice finger drumming or the keyboard, or a new synth etc.

          • Thom
            Posted at 03:36h, 16 February Reply

            Yeah Nik and silver were way too clunky, it’s a shame they didnt throw some of that google money at integrating them better. It was annoying and space demanding to create tifs but one thing that was nice was that the mods could be kept as a layer so I could dial down or remove as needed. It’s funny you mention how your images need time to mature. I find myself wanting to completely reassess my entire collection of landscape photography dating back to 2013 after switching from lightroom but at the rate I edit I’d be done in 10 years and then my tastes would change again.

            Another photoshop tool I have great fun using is Tony Kuyper’s TK Action Panel. Have you heard of it?

            Thanks for checking out my paintings! I find switching between photography and painting to be a nice balance and the two complement each other well. Its funny I will learn something about painting through photography and visa versa sometimes. Digital music is also something I’ve wanted to get into but my hobby card is already too full. lol

            Email me a link if you have any tunes online!

            • Martin Bailey
              Posted at 09:02h, 16 February Reply

              Yes, that’s true if you work on the files as a Smart Object in Photoshop, but I didn’t like that method, generally preferring to just open the files directly in SEP from Lightroom (at that time) so my changes were baked in.

              I have my entire collection in Capture One Pro now, and I’m reprocessing old images as I need them. I’m hoping to update my portfolios soon for example, and I’ll need to revisit most of the images that I already have in each collection. This suits me though. It will take more time to do some tasks, but I think it’s worth it. The main thing is that everything I’ve shot since last July is now in Capture One, and that makes me happy. 🙂

              I’ve heard TK Action Panel, but don’t have a need for it really. I don’t work in Photoshop enough to warrant it.

              I can certainly see how photography and painting complement each other, and probably feed each other.

              I don’t release music tracks as such. A lot of the time I just enjoy making the music, and don’t even record it. I need to reword it, but the music at the start and finish of the podcast is mine, and the latest thing that I’m relatively happy with, although it was rushed, is the music in my Namibia video here: https://martinbaileyphotography.com/portfolio_page/namibia-video/

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