Photography

First Hike of 2011

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Natalie again…

Natalie

Natalie

I have to hand it to my wife. She is always willing to pose for me when ever I ask. If it wasn’t for her I would never get to practice portraits very often. It is hard to get friends to pose. They like the idea but are afraid their self confidence gets the better of them. So I am quite thankful for my wife for helping me out with my passion.


Sharp Eye

Sharp Eye

Sharp Eye

Again while practicing getting really sharp images, my wife poses her eye with my camera just inches away on a tripod and lightboxes a foot away. As you all can see my wife has very beautiful eyes.


XRay Flower

X-Ray Flower

X-Ray Flower

At the begining of 2010 I took a photographic art class at SPAO and one class was learning a bit about Adobe Lightroom and the presets. I took this  image of a flower and I applied an XRay effect on it. Since the flower was a pale yellow it turned out well. A lot of contrast is revealed.


Laced bum

Laced bum

Laced bum


Breast

Low key breast

Low key breast


Natalie

Natalie

Natalie


Just another flower

Flower

Flower


Macro work

Corkscrew

Corkscrew


Finding the Warmth

B and W Tree

Finally got out an did some shooting with a friend of mine today. It was snowing here in Ottawa and we decided to just walk the nearby trails and see what inspired us.

Alas due to the snow and clouds there wasn’t much warm light so everything felt black and white. Finding some warmth in our coloured shots was hard. Some nice B&W shot came out nice and were well fitted to the atmosphere.


Arched Bridge

Then we came across this bridge that the city put in this summer and the rust colour just stood out against the white and black ambience. plus the added symmetry made this a good shot. The snow falling added to the depth. All in all I liked this shot. Hope you can enjoy the winter.

Till next time keep shooting.


Winter is here!

Christmas OrnementWell XMas is in less that a week and I thought I would try my hand at photographing some sparkle. I took a bunch of shots with different ornaments and played around in Lightroom to get this result.

Now hopefully Santa heard my wishes for some new gear. nothing spectacular like a new lens r body, but maybe some light modifiers. Either way I am sure it will lead to some more shots and posts.

Winter is completely here in Ottawa and that means it is very white outside and very dark inside. Tomorrow is the winter solstice and the sun will set at 4:21PM. Basically it will be dark when I leave in the morning and it will be dark before I get home. This makes shooting a challenge plus the cold makes it hard to have your hands exposed to the elements for changing up settings. So all this is to say it brings on more challenges. Can’t wait!!

Till next time keep shooting. Oh ya and Merry Christmas!


The Last Image

Lilly PadOk ok it’s not my last image but it is the last or at least one of the last images I snapped off before I dunked my SB-800 into the water.

Ya I was hiking with my family and decided to bring along my camera and a flash to do some macro stuff. Well 5 minutes in I dunked it into the lake! I was so pissed. Any way I ordered a new SB-900 which should be here soon mean while I thought you might like this shot before I start a review of the SB-900. The 800 was an awesome flash and I watched a lot of Joe McNally training videos which helped me get the most out of it. Can’t wait to put the 900 through the same test.

Tell next time keep shooting!


The Pumpkins of Halloween 2010

PumpkinHalloween has come and gone and although ours at home was non existent, we were lucky enough to get invited to some friend’s house. Since both of our kids are young and still not sure what Halloween is all about, we only did a very short walk. Along the way though I decided to take some hand held shots of the pumpkins we saw along the way. Remember these kids were only two so we did a block and then went home. It was all good cause it was a cold Canadian fall evening.

Enjoy the shots. Till next time keep shooting.


You never know

CreekThe family went to the park the other day and of course I brought my camera. While I chased the kids at the park I shot from all kinds of angles to practice some composition.

On the way home there is a creek that passes under the road and this seen caught my eye so I took an extra second to take a shot. Hope you like it.

Till next time keep shooting!







Close up with a 50mm

Went for a walk with the family this weekend and a brought my new 50mm 1.fG along for the trip. I spent some time shooting people but on the way back home spotted this little patch of mushrooms on the path. So I decided to try to see how well the 50mm would focus up close. This is result. Added a little vignetting and voila!

Enjoy the image until next time keep shooting.


If Only

breast dripping wine in to glass

If Only

Well I got a new lens this week. I actually replaced my 50mm 1.8D and 35 1.8G with a very fast 50mm 1.4G. What an awesome lens. I was lucky this weekend to have a friend over who helped me test it out by posing for a shot I have been thinking of. The shot was fun to do only because it was cold for someone.

After a few variations of the shot either with one breast or two I choose this one. I did post process the image a bit to get some of the colour I wanted and to soften the skin a bit with out un-sharpening the glass and its contents. I might try this again to get some different performance out of the lens but so far I am happy about the trade up.




Fall Leaf

Leaf

Leaf

Took a walk this sunday around the neighbourhood and brought my camera with my 105mm f2.8 VR with my new R1C1 lighting kit hooked up.

I am still experimenting with it but so far I like the results. It is interesting having two flashes at the end of your lens that light up an object or subject just enough. Any way I thought I would share this image that I took some Lightroom liberties to.

Enjoy!


Itsy Bitsy Spider

Spider

Spider

I was going through my archives and found this image of a spider that was at my front door. Before my wife could squish it I was able to take some macro shots of it.

Enjoy the picture.

Till next time keep shooting.



Just a rose

Rose

Rose

Just wanted to share a shot of a rose I took that was in a bouquet of flowers I bought for my wife. There is something about photographing flowers and trying to get the colours dead on. It is something I love to do when I get the chance.

Till next time keep shooting.



Inukshuk By The Ottawa River

Inukshuk by the Ottawa River

Inukshuk by River

Decided to spend the afternoon by the Ottawa river taken some pictures of the inukshuks.

Now I am sure if you have crossed the Champlain bridge in Ottawa/Gatineau or driven along the Ottawa river you have seen them. Usually they are about 2 feet tall but this year with the hot weather we have had here in Ottawa the river is at a really low level so people have made some inukshuks 6-7 feet tall. Amazing art.

I find that they never get boring year after year. And even though the river washes them away each winter, people still come down to the river side to build them up again each summer. Simply amazing. Built from simple rock from the river bed. Assembled using only balance with no added support, these stand freely all summer long.

Open gallery to see an image of my wife and son sitting by one of these huge statues. You can get some perspective as to how large these displays of art and culture are.

Till next time keep shooting.


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.


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.