2018 Japan Winter Wildlife Photography Tour #1 Travelogue #1 (Podcast 608)

Today we start a travelogue series to walk you through the first of my two Japan Winter Wildlife photography tours, during which we visit the snow monkeys in Nagano for three days before traveling up to Hokkaido, the northern-most island of Japan for a further nine days of majestic winter wildlife.
This tour seems to become more and more productive, despite me trying to gradually up my game, selecting my images with higher standards each year. As I prepared for this podcast I went through my current selects, which total 458 images, and on my first pass, I had a massive
Relaxed Grooming
Curmudgeon?
Snow Monkey Sucking Its Finger
Monkey Huddle
Crane Song
Crossing Cranes
Crane Wings
Happy Owl
Slow Take-Off
We Three Cranes
Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido Tour and Workshop 2020
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2018 Japan Winter Wildlife Photography Tour #1 Travelogue #1 (Podcast 608)

Today we start a travelogue series to walk you through the first of my two Japan Winter Wildlife photography tours, during which we visit the snow monkeys in Nagano for three days before traveling up to Hokkaido, the northern-most island of Japan for a further nine days of majestic winter wildlife.
This tour seems to become more and more productive, despite me trying to gradually up my game, selecting my images with higher standards each year. As I prepared for this podcast I went through my current selects, which total 458 images, and on my first pass, I had a massive
Relaxed Grooming
Curmudgeon?
Snow Monkey Sucking Its Finger
Monkey Huddle
Crane Song
Crossing Cranes
Crane Wings
Happy Owl
Slow Take-Off
We Three Cranes
Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido Tour and Workshop 2020
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Hokkaido Winter Landscape Adventure 2018 Travelogue #3 (Podcast 607)

Today we conclude our travelogue series from my recent Hokkaido Winter Landscape Photography Adventure tour and workshop, as we pick up the trail on the morning of day eight, as we left Wakkanai and first visited the Souya Fishing Port at the northern-most tip of Japan.
Uncommon for Hokkaido in the winter, especially this far north, when we arrived at the Souya Fishing Port the sky couldn’t decide whether to snow or to rain. For the first thirty minutes or so it was raining, which is very out of character. This shortly gave way to snow though, which you can
Souya Harbor Boats
Sawaki Fishing Port Tetrapods
Sawaki Fishing Port
Winter Estuary
Winter Barn
Contrasting Trees
Winter Wonderland
In White
Trees on Hill with Fence
Frosty Grasses
Saroma Lake Tree
HLPA 2020
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Creating stunning black and white images in Capture One Pro (Podcast 606)

I recently created a video for the Phase One team to show how I created my Boat Graveyard black and white image using a number of techniques and features of Capture One Pro 11. We’ll pick up the trail with the concluding episode of my 2018 Hokkaido Winter Landscape Photography travelogue series next week, but for this week, I hope you find this video useful.
The audio podcast episode for this week is really just pointing people to this page, but I’ve embedded the usual audio player just to be thorough. Feel free to skip the audio, and go straight to
Video Thumbnail
Boat Graveyard with Big Sky - Original
Boat Graveyard with Big Sky
Enable Black and White
Adjust Levels
Add Clarity
Lluma Curve
High Dynamic Range Highlights
Gradiant Mask and Luma Curve
Sky Patch Luma Curve
Refine Mask
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Hokkaido Winter Landscape Adventure 2018 Travelogue #2 (Podcast 605)

Continuing our travelogue series from my recent Hokkaido Winter Landscape Photography Adventure tour and workshop, today we pick up the trail on the morning of day three, when we took a walk around the back of our hotel to photograph the blue waterfall there.
This is another of those shots that I pretty much take every year, and haven’t really been able to find a variation that I like more than this composition, but I’m including it to show you what we got up to. The falls are literally blue, although I’ve helped it along with a few tweaks of
Blue Falls
Mount Asahi Trees
Jazz Dancer
Konpira Shrine Shinto Gate
Wintry Stairs
Tetrapod Flow
Tetrapods with Snow
Boat Graveyard at Sunset
Boat Graveyard with Sea Mist "Kearashi"
Boat Graveyard and Sun Beams
Fish Drying Frames
Noshappu Lighhouse Sunset
HLPA 2020
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Hokkaido Winter Landscape Adventure 2018 Travelogue #1 (Podcast 604)

Just back from the 2018 Hokkaido Winter Landscape Adventure tour and workshop, today I’m going to start a travelogue series to walk you through our antics as we pretty much circumnavigated the beautiful northern island of Japan.
Having met the group over dinner on the Sunday night of January 7, we gathered bright and early the following morning to board our flight to Hokkaido, where we’d spend our first three days in the Biei area. This is a part of Hokkaido that I’ve been traveling to for 15 years now, and I absolutely love this area for minimalist Winter photography. Our first
Martin's Tree in Biei
Tree on Ploughed Hill
Deer Footprints
Takushinkan Trees
Three Birch Trees in Snow
Pencil Drawing Trees
Tree on Snow Covered Hill
Jiminy Cricket Climbing a Twig
Tree with Grasses
Five Trees
Five Trees Five Shadows
HLPA 2020
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Martin’s 2017 Personal Top Ten Photographs (Podcast 603)

Following on from my selection process episode last week, this week I’m going to tell you a little about each of my personal top ten favorite images from 2017.

We’ll work through my top ten in chronological order, starting from January and working through the year. My first image was a bit of a surprise for me, as I wasn’t all that fond of this image when I first shot it, but it quickly grew on me. 

Magical Forest

This image (below) is from my Hokkaido Landscape Photography Adventure Tour. Weather permitting, I’ll actually be at this same location

Magical Forest
The Catch
Himba Smile
Lone Wildebeest on Plain
Colorful Fes Alleyway
Camels and Handler in Sahara
Camel Handler with Camels
Camel Silhouettes at Sunset
Moroccan Man (Karim) in Well
Moroccan Man in Adobe Building
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2017 Top Ten Photographs Selection Process (Podcast 602)

As 2017 drew to an end, I completed my yearly exercise of selecting my personal favorite top ten images from the year, and as has become a tradition, I’m going to share my process with you today.
As usual, I started this exercise by creating a Group in the Library area of my Capture One Pro catalog called “2017 Top Ten”, and then created an album initially called “First Pass” and made that my Selects Collection, so that I can just hit the shortcut I’ve defined, in my case the “Q” key, to add images to my collection. Because I have all
First Pass 2017 Top Ten
Second Pass 2017 Top Ten
Third Pass 2017 Top Ten
2017 Top Ten Final Selection
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In Conversation with Nicole S. Young and Brian Matiash (Podcast 600)

 Today I’m thrilled to bring you a great conversation with photographers Nicole S. Young and Brian Matiash, and I didn’t tell them until we’d finished that this conversation was even more special because it’s my 600th episode!
I was just starting to think about what I could do that would be special for our 600th episode when Nicole messaged me on Facebook saying that she and Brian would be in Tokyo, and had time to meet. I have a huge amount of respect for both of these photographers, so I realized straight away that a conversation with them would be
Brian Matiash, Nicole S. Young, Martin Bailey
Morocco Tour & Workshop 2018
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Updating Some of My Photography Mantras (Podcast 593)

Over the years, I developed a number of photography related mantras that seemed like a good idea at the time, but have since changed my thinking as my understanding gets better, the technology improves, and as the times change. Today I’m going to update a few of these mantras in case any of you still follow my thinking on these topics.
Before we start, I’d like to also mention that I released a couple of updates for our new Photographer’s Friend iOS app over the weekend, that adds the ability to hide and unhide neutral density filters, to keep a
Blahylur - Auto White Balance
Blahylur - Daylight White Balance
White Flowers with Exposure Warning Version Embedded
Capture One Pro Exposure Preferences
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Introducing Photographer’s Friend for iPhone and iPad (Podcast 592)

It gives me great pleasure to tell you that I have now released the update to our iPhone app, Photographer’s Friend. We now support iPad in addition to iPhone and iPod touch, as well as landscape and portrait orientations.
As I mentioned in an update a few weeks ago, from the end of August I started studying how to develop for iOS, and following a week going through an online course, I set about the task of rebuilding our old MBP Podcast Companion app, as it was a little too long in the tooth to support iOS 11, which has
Photographer's Friend DoF Calc and ND Calc
Download Photographer's Friend from Appstore
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What Focal Length is Closest to Human Eyesight? (Podcast 591)

Following a recent question, today we’re going to explore how we see and how we perceive a scene, in relation to the focal length numbers we are familiar with from our camera lenses.
Before we start, I’d like to apologize for skipping last week’s episode. I’m still working heavily on our iOS app update, and although it’s nearly finished, it’s taken up pretty much all of my time over the last few weeks. As there are people using the old version, finding that it doesn’t work on iOS 11, I have been prioritizing completing the app pretty highly. With that,
Tree and Power Station at 24mm
Tree and Power Station at 70mm
Landmannalaugar Winding River
Landmannalaugar Sheep and Cotton Grass
Landmannalaugar
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MBP Companion App Update (Podcast 590)

Today I really just have an announcement for all of the listeners that use our MBP Companion iPhone App, which is currently showing a message about not being supported by the imminent new release of iOS, which is version 11.
You may recall that I mentioned a few weeks ago, that I had started studying how to develop iOS applications, because the app that someone kindly made for us as a companion for the Podcast a number of years ago, will no longer be supported by iOS 11, which will be released very soon now. When opened my app is
DoF Calc iPhone
DoF Calc iPad Landscape
App ND Calc
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