Archive for August, 2010

Photo Publication

Green Stink Bug

Green Stink Bug

As many of you know I have been slowly making a career move to become a professional photographer. Well this week I received an email from Canadian Geographic magazine regarding a photo contest I entered last year. Now unfortunately I didn’t win that contest, but I was short listed and since I was short listed, they have asked me to submit some photographs for a new publication featuring Canadian amateur wildlife photographers.

I have setup a gallery here of my possible choices. So it would mean a lot to me if I can get your help on choosing some pictures to submit. All I am asking you to do is to leave a comment to this post before the 26th of August with your top 3 picks. Just give me the number of the photograph that is located at the bottom left of the gallery. I will then tally the votes and make a few choices.

Thanks for everyones help and I will keep you all posted on the results if any.

Steve

*** Update Just to let you all know I posted pictures 8, 9, 15 all based on your comments. Thanks again for everyone who replyed to my call. ***


Panning

RC Car

RC Car

This week I tried my hand at panning. You know the technique of following your subject through its motion to create a shot with movement but have your subject clear and sharp. Well I didn’t have a great go at it but I did learn a lot and was able to get the hang of it before the light ran out.

So what better thing for a guy to photography on a week night than his neighbours racing up and down the street with their RC cars. Panning at 35mph If I can get that surely a couple dancing at their wedding won’t be half as hard.

Here is what I learnt. 1) Light is the key here and this might be the down fall of a lot of these shots to be perfect but I was close. In a wedding shoot, light maybe more scarce but the speed at which you pan is nowhere near 35mph. 2) Lens: A prime lens was much easier to get sharp images with. I used a Nikkor 105mm f2.8 Macro VR. It was sharp and fast to focus. The 105mm magnification was a bit troublesome on the street though. 3) Surrounding obstacles could be an issue at a wedding dance. On the street it was kids, curbs and real cars. At a wedding it would be people, kids, and other stuff. Check your surroundings and if you can find out if the couple has a planned dance.

All in all it was an excellent experience in photography. I am waiting for a sunny day to attempt it again. I will update this post with the results of the shoot to compare. You can be the judge.

Till next time keep shooting.


Glowing sky

land scape picture of glowing sky

Glowing Sky

Taken in Alberta on my vacation, this image was a simple shot of the sky while I was taken my sister’s dog for a walk. With a little help from Lightroom and Nik’s Color Efex 3.0 I made the sky glow.

Taken with my Nikon D300 with a 17-55mm – 17 1/500 @ f4.5 ISO 200. Oddly this image at f4.5 turned out well for a landscape.

Enjoy the photo.


Definatly empty

photo of empty glass

Empty

Half empty! Sometime the iPhone is the perfect tool to take images when you don’t have a big DSLR with you.
I love the colours this image has with just a bit of noise.

Enjoy


Weekly photo

Rocky Mountains

Rocky Mountains

Another new weekly post for everyone to enjoy. This one is similar to my iPhone photo weekly post I started just a few days ago except it is only photos taken with my DSLR.

I will try to post the shot and post process info each week but some of the images will be older so my memory might not serve me correctly.

I am starting these weekly post to get more active on my site which up until a few days ago I have been absent from.

So since I have quite a few photographs in my catalogs I thought it would be a good idea to start posting some of my favorites.

Shot this year in Alberta on my vacation this is a little stop in the rockies. Shot with my Nikon D300 with 17-55mm lens at 17mm, 1/60 sec @ f11, ISO 200. Two gradients one from the top down to the edge of the mountains to enhance the sky. Another from the bottom to the water line to enhance the reflections in the water. Then just a bit of sharpening for the reflections.

Enjoy the posts.