My Island Home by Jacob Lucas

"...My home is Australia
We are a land bound by sea
Though I may travel far across the ocean
It will never forget me
An' my island home, my island home
My island home is waiting for me..."

Lyrics from "My Island Home" by Warumpi Band.



A couple of years ago, I visited Tasmania for a big family reunion on my mum's side of the family. A few of us took a couple of days to drive north together, spending some time at a holiday home on Tasmania's northern coast at a small town called Hawley. I got up one morning to watch the sun come up over the bay, and reflect a little bit on my time away from Australia and my family. It's wonderful to see that when I'm home, no matter where I look, my homeland is welcoming me back.


Rejuvenating by Jacob Lucas


In the northern half of the world, Spring is finally upon us. As it seems to be every year, and especially so in the Pacific Northwest, the world comes out from hibernation and awakes to see the world coming back to life.

I was thinking to myself yesterday about the dichotomy of a creative life -- you're either completely depressed because you're struggling with your work, or you're completely elated because you've finally found that vision you've been lusting after and now you can execute. Great, right? :)

While the depression side of the fence can be toxic, much like the cooler, colder, and grayer months of the year, with Spring tends to come renewed thought, aspiration, and ideas. And it is indeed, rejuvenating for a creative mind. It would be wonderful to bottle those inspiring moments to sparingly ration throughout the year, to apply evenly in moments where you feel yourself drifting from the creative trajectory you want to be on.

But, in thinking about it, this straight & narrow line isn't going to be as rewarding. I truly believe you need to go through the moments of solitude and introspection to come bursting out at some point, ready to shoot for the stars and create work that matters. It's not always going to be a linear path. If it were, it would be rather dull and boring, and we'd not see some of the most moving works of art that we're lucky to have in our world.

Endure. Reflect. Emerge.


on1 Update by Jacob Lucas


As some of you may know, I've been working with on1 for some time. Simply put, their product Perfect Photo Suite is a core part of my editing workflow. In fact, almost all of the images you see here on my website have been created with this product. It's intuitive to use, and truly does make it a real pleasure to create my photographs.

Earlier this week, on1 announced a newer version of their suite arriving very soon, version 9.5. The best part? It's a free download for all current v9 owners. FREE!

There have been some significant performance improvements in this version, and some awesome new features coming up that have been missing in the suite vs lightroom/photoshop for some time, the most notable of which is luminosity masks.

If you are a current on1 software user or are interested in finding out more about the software update, head over for the full scoop on the on1 blog.