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Celebrating the final “late night out” of summer vacation. Van Wagners Beach, Hamilton, Canada.

Scenic Falls, Hamilton, Ontario

This image of Scenic Falls Hamilton Ontario is one of the more challenging images that I have created in quite a while. The sun was quite harsh on the top half of the hill and I was down in some pretty dark shadows.This drastic dynamic range made it a perfect candidate for HDR. I set out by capturing a 5 image/5 f-stop  sequence. With the lack of colour at this time of year I made sure to use a circular […]

The Fog

I recently joined a community on Google+ where people post about my hometown Hamilton Ontario. After viewing a number of wonderful images I was inspired to share this interesting shot that I captured last fall. I was sitting on my deck getting ready to enjoy a beverage and perusing Twitter when a number of local tweets began referencing an eerie fog that was engulfing the lower city. Not one to need much prompting I quickly changed plans, grabbed my camera, hopped in […]

Playing in the winter sun

It’s been quite a while since I have had a chance to go out and shoot, just for fun. Recently, Kathy and I decided to take our puppies out for a walk and just let them be dogs. Go, run around in the field and have a good time just playing. I hoped to get a few shots of them on a generic natural background but it took a little planning to achieve success. By incorporating the use of a circular […]

Billy Monkley Cascade

One foggy October morning in Hamilton, Canada. Post Processing All of my images are initially downloaded from the memory card to my hard drive using Adobe Lightroom.  For this image some minor adjustments to various colour values and saturation were made, as well a slight vignette was added. Details: Location: Billy Monkley Cascade, Mount Albion Conservation Area Camera: Canon EOS 7D Lens: Sigma 18-200mm Focal Length: 21mm Aperture: f/22 Shutter Speed: 2 sec. ISO: 100 Metering Mode: Pattern Metering Tripod: Manfrotto […]

Change the perspective

You don’t always need a high end camera with all of the accessories to make an interesting image. Just shoot your subject from an angle that you would not normally view it. We are used to seeing things from a standing perspective so when you present an image to your viewer from that perspective it is what they are expecting. Next time you go out and shoot, get on the ground. Take a worm’s eye view and see if you […]

A wonderful way to start the day

Most mornings I start my day by shuttling my Daughter and my Niece part way across the city to school. On our drive I tend to point out the clouds in the morning light and say something like “look at the texture in the sky today” or something to that effect (they are used to it by now). I then spend the rest of the ride quietly thinking “I don’t want to got to my desk just yet. I want […]

Get out and enjoy the colour!

The leaves may almost be gone but there is still plenty of color to enjoy in Hamilton. Image Details Location: Mount Albion Conservation Area Camera: Canon EOS 7D Lens: Canon EF24-70L Focal Length: 70mm Aperture: f/10 Shutter Speed: 1/125 sec. ISO: 640 Metering Mode: Pattern Metering Hand Held

So, I won a photo contest!

Recently I opened my email and scanned a message that started “Congratulations! Out of thousands of outstanding submissions…” Since I get so much spam I figured that this was just another message that got past my spam filter. However upon reading further I saw the words “Lake Shebeshekong” and that stopped my cursor from completing its journey to the delete icon. I thought to myself “I know that lake, we were there this summer!” Since I was just reading the […]

Details, details, details…

So I had this grand idea, “I’ll design myself another website based on my photography”. I didn’t think it would be too hard, since my main gig is graphic design. Along with print layout I do websites for many other people. “I should be able to whip together a simple site in a few days”, or so I thought. This project started back in May. I figured that when I had a little down time between customer jobs I could […]