The 2018 edition of Luminar is the latest from Developer Macphun (soon to be Skylum as they are no longer creating Mac only software) and is meant to compete with the likes of Lightroom and Affinity among other popular photo editing software. When I first saw an ad several months ago for Luminar I dismissed it as another attempt at competing with Lightroom or the countless other programs for processing RAW files. I am pleased to say after using Luminar for the past week I am VERY impressed. It's not perfect, but instead is a very powerful image editor that easily stands on its own. I could see how many photographers could make the switch from Lightroom or other image editors. Read on for an in depth review as well as a breakdown of the 50+ tools at your disposal.Read More
I know I've been posting a lot of night sky images lately to my 500px and Instagram but I just can't get enough of this dark New Zealand sky. It truly is like nothing else I've seen. Below are a few of my best astro-images and one that is a long term project I started back in February. I thought it warranted a blog post as I will include some fun facts you may not know about the night sky.Read More
Now that 2014 draws to a close, I decided to look back on all the things I've done and places I've been this last 12 months and post my personal 20 favorite images I've taken. It has been a pretty good year as I've visited 5 countries not including a layover in Australia.Read More
As I haven't posted much recently I figured I should probably update those of you who are still reading my blog as well as offer some of my thoughts on travel.
I've been in New Zealand since the beginning of August and after spending just over a month traveling the North Island WHICH WAS AMAZING we arrived in Wellington. Since then, it's been up and down trying to find a good job. I'll admit I nearly gave up and was ready to head home which would have been stupid as I would've started the job hunt just the same. In the down time we've explored parts of Wellington and spent many afternoons reading books by Michio Kaku along the waterfront parks.Read More
While planning our upcoming trip to New Zealand and doing lots of research I came across a part that said I would need: Chest X-ray Certificate INZ 1096. The reason for this is is if you've spent 3 months in total over the last 5 years in a country where there is a high risk for tuberculosis, you MUST send an updated chest x-ray proving you are free of TB. To view a list of the countries click here. Seeing as i've spent nearly 8 I needed the certificate.Read More