Blue Mountain Forest by Jacob Lucas


I think the most magical thing about the Blue Mountains is the never-ending sea of eucalyptus trees that you can get lost in. From above or from underneath (in this case, from above) it's entirely mesmerising. The scent of gum leaves fills the air, much like the scent of pine as you walk through the forests in the north west. For some reason, the faintest hint of this smell whisks me away and I feel immediately home again.


on1 Photo 10 by Jacob Lucas


I usually don't talk too much on my blog about the software and deals and such things like that, but when news happens around the products that I use on a day to day basis for my photography, I definitely want to make sure to spread the word.

on1 are getting set to release the next major version of their post-processing suite, version 10. It's a ground-up re-build of the previous version, and offers some sweet new features & improvements that will definitely help boost your editing workflows.

  • Improved Effects module
  • Two-way syncing of photos between the editing suite and mobile devices with Photo Via app.
  • Improved editing for working with faces in Portrait module.
  • Access to resize from any module.
  • Updated colour & tone controls.
  • Smart Albums in Browse module.
  • ... and more. Check out the press release for full details.

Pre-orders are available now from on1, with a ton of bonus extras for pre-ordering before September 24th. All the details after the jump! Don't miss this one - the major version bumps of software are always worth the price of entry!


Looking West by Jacob Lucas


My newest panorama of Seattle is online! This is actually a view of Seattle I've been chasing for a long time, and an opportunity to shoot it recently presented it self that I couldn't pass up. There is no public location from which to shoot this view - you need to get access into one of the apartment buildings that tower above Seattle's Capitol Hill neighbourhood in order to see something like this.

A good friend of mine is a real estate agent here, and he was showing a penthouse apartment in a building which has this view. He texted me and told me to come along to one of the home opens at sunset to photograph the view. I couldn't resist! It's a shame some of the city's most glorious views are not accessible to everyone.