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MatCalc V1.0 Released!

MatCalc V1.0 Released!

MatCalc – A Windows Application for calculating mat dimensions and visualising a mounted print or artwork.

Summary of Features:

  • Supports single and double matting
  • Allows you to visualise the finished mounted artwork
  • Allows custom bottom weightings
  • Supports common imperial and metric size frames and paper sizes
  • Allows entry of custom sizes
  • Supports a large number of typical mat colours
  • Allows load and save of your data
  • Allows switching from metric/imperial units with no loss of data
  • Only supported on Windows platforms

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Advertisement Placed in Grand-Junction Sentinel

Advertisement Placed in Grand-Junction Sentinel

Zone-XI Photography places an advert in a newspaper in Grand Junction, Colorado to attract interest in the Spring Workshop “The Four Corners Adventure“.  The article features a monochrome image of Left-Mitten in Monument Valley, one of the venues we’ll photograph on the Workshop.

Please see our Workshop page for more information.

Nigella’s Venetian Carrot Cake

Nigella’s Venetian Carrot Cake

After baking one of Nigella Lawson’s cakes from her ‘Kitchen’ book and enjoying it so much, we decided it needed to be recorded for posterity.  The cake is wonderfully moist even a few days after being baked, it is rich and indulgent.  Butter is replaced with olive oil and flour by ground almonds and so is more the ‘healthy option’.

 

Workshop Announced – “The Four Corners Adventure”

Workshop Announced – “The Four Corners Adventure”

Photography workshops on 14-16th May 2011

Held at a Private Ranch – Abajo Haven Guest Cabins

A small 3-day workshop in the Jurassic landscape of Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico.  May is a beautiful time in this region, the Abajo Mountains coming alive with spring flowers and the desert temperatures are still bearable.

Our home-base is Abajo Haven Guest Cabins, a private ranch not too far from the town of Blanding, comprising a few log cabins with amazing views of the blue mountains.  Three full days of shooting are planned taking in the Arches National Park, Monument Valley on the Navajo Nation’s Reservation and where countless western style movies have been filmed, and Mesa Verde – home of the ancient Native American Puebloan culture.

On-location time is emphasized over classroom time, Les will conduct a short talk in the evening, or over lunch on the days when we get back late due to shooting the sunset.  The workshop should appeal to all levels of experience and the content of the talk is taylored to the participants needs and requests. Topics such as correct exposure for digital photography and the use of histograms, suitable camera settings such as color space and white balance are covered.  For the more experienced photographer we’ll be covering workflow, camera color profiling and the use of ND graduated filters.

Download the PDF flyer here.

More details here.

Les Smith LRPS!

Les Smith LRPS!

On 20th January 2011, I attended an assessment at the Royal Photographic Society’s headquarters in Bath. I was very pleased to be awarded the Licentiateship Distinction (LRPS).  Here is my successful panel which was presented as mounted prints; the first image is the hanging plan: