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  • Offices Deserted

    Offices Deserted

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    Randomly chosen by fellow photographer Russel Harris from my Blue collection.
    Before 1Fox – The Sheds was hip and filled with good food there was just the derelict abandoned buildings of 14 Alexander Street.
    Today, it has been recycled and houses a food market, a micro brewery and much more.

    Photograph Information

    Camera: Sony Alpha 6000 (ILCE-6000)
    Lens: Sony E 10-18mm f/4 OSS
    Settings: 1/13sec, f/9, ISO 100
    Focal Length: 10mm
    35mm focal length: 15mm
    Number of photos: 3
    Filter: No
    Flash: No
    Tripod: Yes
    Software: Photoshop Ligthroom CC, Photoshop CC, Topaz Clarity, Photomatix Pro, Color EFX Pro
    Taken: 18 January 2014

    Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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    Saturday, 10 September 2016 • Daily Photo • Views: 200

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  • Sunday at the train station

    Sunday at the train station

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    Randomly chosen by fellow UK photographer Kim Brown from my Blue collection.
    Sunrises and sunset alike are funny things, one day they will be the most beautiful thing on earth, the next plain as can be.
    On this day it was just a vaguely interesting sunrise behind a lot of clouds.

    Photograph Information

    Camera: Sony Alpha 6000 (ILCE-6000)
    Lens: Sony E 10-18mm f/4 OSS
    Settings: 1/3sec, f/11, ISO 100
    Focal Length: 16mm
    35mm focal length: 24mm
    Number of photos: 3
    Filter: No
    Flash: No
    Tripod: Yes
    Software: Photoshop Ligthroom CC, Photoshop CC, Topaz Clarity, Photomatix Pro
    Taken: 18 January 2014

    Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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    Friday, 9 September 2016 • Daily Photo • Views: 195

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  • Joburg sunset

    Joburg Sunset

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    Johannesburg’s air is always crisp after a good rain, that Saturday I was on the 50th floor of the Carlton Centre Tower and, unexpectedly, it rained.
    Johannesburg suddenly came alive as the sunset shown across web roads and roofs, a sight I had never had the pleasure of noticing before, one I will need to experience again.

    Photograph Information

    Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
    Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM
    Middle Settings: 1/25 sec, f/18, ISO 100
    Focal Length: 16mm
    35mm focal length: 16mm
    Number of photos used: 7
    Filter: No
    Flash: No
    Tripod: Yes
    Software: Photoshop Ligthroom CC, Photoshop CC, Photomatix Pro
    Taken: 20 August 2016

    Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016 (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

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    Tuesday, 30 August 2016 • Daily Photo • Views: 208

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  • The rain cometh

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    It is Saturday evening and a few photographers have come together on the 50th floor of the Carlton Center and the weather is not playing nice.
    Once a renowned and hip tourist attraction the “Top of Africa” is now a desert of derelict shops and restaurants.
    It still holds one unique aspect, it is the highest publicly accessible point of Johannesburg City Center, that makes it attractive to any photographers.
    This was the west view as we arrived.

    Photograph Information

    Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
    Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM
    Middle Settings: 1/25 sec, f/18, ISO 100
    Focal Length: 31mm
    35mm focal length: 31mm
    Number of photos used: 7
    Filter: No
    Flash: No
    Tripod: Yes
    Software: Photoshop Ligthroom CC, Photoshop CC, Photomatix Pro, Google Nik Color Efex Pro
    Taken: 20 August 2016

    Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016 (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

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    Saturday, 27 August 2016 • Daily Photo • Views: 214

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  • Voortrekker Monument at Sunset

    Voortrekker Monument at Sunset

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    Photo 9 the 2016 Collection

    With the coming Pretoria wide-angle photowalk, I thought it would be wise to scout the area and make sure everything was accessible, that there is enough subject matter to shoot and that we can get the sunset!

    It would have been nice to have clouds as clouds make for better sunsets but this image of the monument speaks for itself, I think we are going to have loads of fun.
    I am also practicing my Photoshop skills with a tablet, it is so much easier that a mouse.
    Layering 6 images manually is not the easiest thing in the world though.

    If you want to know more about the Voortrekker Monument please click here for the official site or here for Wikipedia

    Photograph Information

    Camera: Camera: Canon EOS 70D
    Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
    Middle Settings: 1/8000 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100
    Focal Length: 105mm
    35mm focal length: 168mm
    Number of photos used: 5
    Filter: No
    Flash: No
    Tripod: Yes
    Software: Photoshop Ligthroom CC, Photoshop CC 2015, Photomatix Pro
    Taken: 30 April 2016

    Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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    Monday, 2 May 2016 • Joburg Photowalkers • Views: 285

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  • Johannesburg City Hall

    Johannesburg City Hall

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    Photo 78 of 356 of the 2015 Collection

    Do I love a good dark sky…
    I am not going to bore you with the history of the Johannesburg City Hall, for that click this link.
    I am still learning to use digital blending, very counter intuitive but I like the results.
    The alignment is not perfect but I am relatively happy with the results.

    Photograph Information

    Camera: Camera: SONY Alpha 6000 (ILCE-6000)
    Lens: SONY E 10-18mm f/4 OSS
    Middle Settings: 1/100 sec, f/11, ISO 100
    Focal Length: 10mm
    35mm focal length: 15mm
    Number of photos used: 1
    Filter: No
    Flash: No
    Tripod: No, I leaned hard on a pillar though
    Software: Photoshop Ligthroom CC, Photoshop CC, Photomatix Pro
    Taken: 18 January 2015

    Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2015

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    Saturday, 24 October 2015 • Daily Photo • Views: 648

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  • Germiston Fire Station (Back)

    Germiston Fire Station (Back)

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    Photo 73 of 356 of the 2015 Collection

    Being part of a group of photographers has its perks, certainly in this country, if only for the safety aspect.
    Joburg Photowalkers did a photo-drive around the Eastrand, that would be the eastern part of what most know as Johannesburg thought that would be incorrect as by the time you enter this area you have left the Johannesburg city limits.

    Here is a map of the trip

    The Germiston Fire Station, seen here from the back, is apparently going to be converted into a museum.
    A new state of the art station is being built right next to it.

    Photograph Information

    Camera: Camera: Sony Alpha 6000 (ILCE-6000)
    Lens: Sony 10-18mm f/4 OSS
    Settings: 1/500 sec, f/7.1, ISO 100
    Focal Length: 10mm
    35mm focal length: 15mm
    Number of photos used: 3
    Filter: No
    Flash: No
    Tripod: No
    Software: Photoshop Ligthroom CC, Photoshop CC, Photomatix Pro, Topaz Clarity
    Taken: 10 August 2015

    Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2015

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    Sunday, 6 September 2015 • Daily Photo • Views: 523

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  • Haunted Bathroom

    Haunted Bathroom at the Observatory

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    Photo 72 of 356 of the 2015 Collection

    I am back after a sudden unplanned absence, a work project took all of my spare time and that was that, it is not over but I am starting to post again, probably not daily just yet but it will be more regular.
    Today I got a few HDR related questions and a few hatred comments on HDR, I also saw that the HDR war is back on in social media.
    When used for the “right” purpose with the “right” outcome in mind, HDR is a great tool to achieve a result that cannot be achieved in any other ways.
    The Haunted Bathroom is such a case, this is a 7 photo HDR (maybe an overkill) plus blending and a filter for good measure.
    My question to you is: Does it look wrong? If so why?

    Photograph Information

    Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
    Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM
    Settings: 0.6 sec, f/18, ISO 100
    Focal Length: 16mm
    Number of photos used: 7
    Filter: No
    Flash: No
    Tripod: Yes
    Software: Photoshop Ligthroom CC, Photoshop CC, Photomatix Pro, Topaz Clarity
    Taken: 30 August 2015

    Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2015

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    Sunday, 30 August 2015 • Daily Photo • Views: 839

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  • Piton de la Fournaise

    Piton de la Fournaise

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    Photo 61 of 356 of the 2015 Collection

    It took a 9 hour round trip on an impossible terrain to get to the top of the Piton de la Fournaise, one of the top 3 most active volcanoes in the world!
    It was worth every bit of pain!

    In this photo you can see a cloud of dust, it is a land slide, one of 2 I saw whilst there.

    Some tips should you get the crazy idea to walk up there:

    • Take a lot of water with you, we went through 3 liters for 2 of us.
    • Take SPF 50 sunblock, apply generously every 2 hours or so.
    • Make sure you are physically fit to do the walk, it’s no ordinary hike.
    • Take food with you.
    • The average advertised time is 5 hours, the true time 7 hours, be ready for it.
    • The return trip ends with a stairway to hell!
    • Follow the path!
    • Make sure you have a comfortable but though walking shoe with high levels of grip.
    • Take and use hiking sticks.
    • You will need a hat, not a cap, a hat!

    And finally, do not forget your crazy, you will need it! A lot!

    Photograph Information

    Camera: Sony Alpha 6000 (ILCE-6000)
    Lens: Sony E 10-18mm f/4 OSS
    Settings: 1/25 sec, f/10, ISO 100
    Focal Length: 10mm
    35mm focal length: 15mm
    Number of photos used: 3
    Filter: No
    Flash: No
    Tripod: No
    Software: Photoshop Ligthroom CC, Photoshop CC 2014, Topaz Clarity, Nik Sharpner Pro, Photomatix Pro.
    Taken: 17 April 2015

    Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2015

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    Sunday, 26 April 2015 • Daily Photo • Views: 461

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  • The black beaches of Saint Paul

    The black beaches of Saint Paul

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    Photo 60 of 356 of the 2015 Collection

    I was a few thousand kilometers off my usual shooting grounds for 11 days. It was a very enlightening trip and I will return,
    I did no shoot as much as I wanted but I got great memories never the less. I will be posting them as I post-process.
    This is not far from my father-in-law’s house in Stain Paul on Reunion Island, the beach is an unusual black color, near surreal. on the far left you can see “Le Port”.

    On this trip, I decided to go light, in fact, very light. We left with 2 SONY ALPHA Mirrorless cameras (NEX-6 & 6000), 4 lenses, a Mefoto tripod, a Western Digital 1TB Wireless hard drive and an Ipad Mini 2. It was an experiment in minimalism, one I do not regret. I mostly shot with the Alpha 6000 and the 10-18mm f/4 lens. What I need to learn is to shoot far more often with my tripod.
    There is one irritation though, the final results are only visible back at home, the advantage of not spending time post-processing whilst on holiday is worth it.

    I am still experimenting and learning Photoshop manual blending, this one’s alignment is a little out, I was not able to fix it. I do better next time.

    Photograph Information

    Camera: Sony Alpha 6000 (ILCE-6000)
    Lens: Sony E 10-18mm f/4 OSS
    Settings: 1/800 sec, f/7.1, ISO 100
    Focal Length: 10mm
    35mm focal length: 15mm
    Number of photos used: 3
    Filter: No
    Flash: No
    Tripod: No
    Software: Photoshop Ligthroom CC, Photoshop CC 2014, NIK Color Efex Pro 4, Nik Sharpner Pro, Photomatix Pro.
    Taken: 22 April 2015

    Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2015

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    Saturday, 25 April 2015 • Daily Photo • Views: 542

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