I had the great pleasure of attending a seminar presented by the author of one of my favourite photo web sites, the Luminous-Landscape. Despite a great turnout here in Sydney, Michael circulated around and I was able to have a personal chat, ask a few questions and even snap a picture.
Michael showed a series of images, many were familiar from his web site, and spoke about his view of where we are in photography today.
Basically, it's a very exciting time. Technology is advancing faster than ever. In the film days, Nikon would release a new "F" camera about every 8 years, now it's almost every 8 months. Are they getting better, yes, do we need to buy every new model... no.
The talk ranged over all the hot topics in photography, is digital higher quality than film (yes), is it ok to adjust the scene or clone out powerlines, an interesting debate.
Some interesting insights about the new techniques of selective colour de-saturation, high dynamic range, and focus bracketing, were shared.
Michael is a pragmatic photographer with a straight forward, ethical approach. I am grateful for the effort he puts in to sharing his experiences and promoting this fantastic subject.