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Nik Collection now available for free

Google is making its collection of image-editing plugins — the Nik Collection — available free of charge. Previously sold for $149, the Nik Collection came into Google’s hands when it acquired Nik Software three years ago. If you recently shelled out on the plugins, you needn’t feel like you’re getting a bad deal; Google says that anyone who purchased the collection this year is eligible for a full refund.

Comprising seven plugins — Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine — Google says that the Nik Collection brings “powerful photo editing tools once only used by professionals to even more people”.

The plugins include a range of filters and customizable controls, but the ditching of the price tag has worried some users. It is some time since Google issued any updates to the collection, and some people have voiced fears that making it available for free is an indication that it is being cut loose and may not be updated again. Even if this is the case, there’s nothing to lose in taking the plugins for a test drive.

Announcing the free availability of the collection, Google says:

Photo enthusiasts all over the world use the Nik Collection to get the best out of their images every day. As we continue to focus our long-term investments in building incredible photo editing tools for mobile, including Google Photos and Snapseed, we’ve decided to make the Nik Collection desktop suite available for free, so that now anyone can use it.nik-logo

The Nik Collection is comprised of seven desktop plug-ins that provide a powerful range of photo editing capabilities — from filter applications that improve color correction, to retouching and creative effects, to image sharpening that brings out all the hidden details, to the ability to make adjustments to the color and tonality of images.

You can download the Nik Collection free of charge right now.



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Vivid Sydney – Urban tree

Vivid Sydney, MLC building

Vivid Sydney transforms Sydney into a wonderland of ‘light art’ sculptures, innovative installations and grand-scale projections for all to enjoy – for free.

Before your very eyes, a colossal tree seeds, sprouts, and rapidly spreads – until the entire MLC building has been colonised by its twisting branches.

As you stand in the urban landscape, what you once knew as solid seems to vanish, as if the concrete structures were an apparition that only temporarily held the natural environment at bay.

Urban Tree Project is an architecturally mapped digital projection, transforming the MLC building into a magnificent living tree within a dense urban environment. The installation explores themes and questions relating to urban lifestyles, the impact of high-density living on the natural environment, and our very human need for green space.

Out of the darkness, the MLC building is transformed. A tree seeds. Multiple shoots germinate. Reaching towards the sky, their slender trunks form a small stand of trees. The trees thicken, becoming increasingly entangled and intertwined. Their branches push ever upward, gradually forming a canopy above. The small trees merge, and as the branches mature, the MLC façade is transformed into one majestic tree.

Leaves flutter in a virtual breeze. Like the dwellers and vehicles that bring energy and movement to a large city, beetles, bugs, centipedes and birds emerge out of the tree, scurry about their business, and then vanish again into the canopy. The tree, like the city we know so well, teems with life. The tree’s denizens interact with their living home and with each other, rhythmically and randomly over the course of a day. A symbiotic ecosystem is created, amongst the previously lifeless concrete and glass.

Night falls. Like cars traversing the arterial routes of a nocturnal metropolis, glowing creatures light up pathways as they scuttle through the tree. As the night comes to a close, one by one, the lights go out, and you are left to contemplate the links between nature and your city, and the combat between nature and artifice.


Sydney Harbour

These were taken from North Sydney towards Luna Park and the CBD

Sydney Skyline from North Sydney
Canon 6D 200mm F2.8

Luna Park, Opera House and Sydney Harbour bridge
Canon 6D 24-70mm F4

Sydney Harbour bridge
Canon 6D 24-70mm F4

Luna Park with a lensbaby edge 80 optic
Canon 6D lensbaby edge 80 optic




Ricoh GR infrared photography

The Ricoh GR having a large APS-C sized sensor and sharp lens is particularly good camera for IR photography. As these are done with a IR filter they require a tripod, 100iso and a few second exposure. The results once converted to B&W look magical.

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Jones Bay Wharf, Pyrmont

Yeo Park Rotunda (IR)

Anchor Illoura Reserve Balmain SydneyRicoh GR Infrared photo

Bell’s Store Balmain SydneyRicoh GR with R72 IR filter

ANZAC Memorial Hyde Park SydneyRicoh GR infrared

St Mary’s Cathedral SydneyRicoh GR infrared

Bell’s Store Balmain SydneyRicoh GR IR Photography

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CSPHOTOGRAPHY.COM.AU is now also on Instagram

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Observatory Hill long exposures

These two shots from Observatory Hill Sydney look down Lower Fort st and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Taken just after sunset an ND8 filter was used to shoot a long 25 to 30 seconds exposure during the blue hour.

With this long exposure the red tail lights of cars become a continuous red streak.