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Tag : Canada

How will I get past my repeated failure?
YouTube vlog episode #9

After a couple of days of rain I decide to make a visit to a photo location where I had never really had much success creating images. I figured that with the extra water flow and the autumn colours, my chances would be good for bringing home 1 or 2 keeper photos.

Searching for the little details.
YouTube vlog episode #8

After being confined to my desk working on a large graphic design project for a client, I decided I needed a little break from my work to go out to a local forest, relax and practise some photography techniques. It’s amazing what a little time in the fresh air can do for your creativity.

Stubbs Falls, and how I got the shot.

How did I get this shot?

  • Ventured to the non-trail side of Little East River.
  • Fell then slid down the slippery rock face on my backside managing to keep from falling into the deepest part of the rapids but ending up covered in mud and moss.
  • Hopped from wet rock to wet rock so I could get to the center of the rapids.
  • Stood ankle deep in fast moving water (in waterproof hiking boots that don’t keep your feet dry when totally under water)
  • Set my tripod to suspend $3,000 worth of camera gear inches above the water.
  • Metered the light, composed the image and then used my remote to trigger a 30 second exposure. Once returning to my desk I imported it into Lightroom to make localized adjustments. Then opened in Nik Collection to remove a slight colour cast and add a little warmth with the Skylight Filter. Saved back to Lightroom then exported to Photoshop to use content aware fill to remove the other photographer that was standing at the top of the rocks taking my picture as I was squatting in the river trying to keep from falling over. Saved back to Lightroom again then exported with my watermark. Overall about 30 minutes of editing after 90 minutes of walking, climbing and shooting.
The paparazzi were following me. I think he was waiting for me to fall into the water. :P
The paparazzi were following me. I think he was waiting for me to fall into the water. 😛

That my friends is how I got the shot.

So, the next time someone says to me “what kind of camera do you have? It takes great pictures” you better stand back because I feel a Ralph Kramden coming on. POW! To the moon!…

Specifics:

  • Location: Arrowhead Provincial Park, Huntsville, Canada
  • Camera: Sony NEX-7
  • Lens: Canon EFS 10-22 f3.5-4.5
  • Variable ND Filter
  • Lens Adapter: Metabones EF-E mount
  • Focal Length: 14mm
  • Aperture: f/6.3
  • Shutter Speed: 30 sec.
  • ISO: 100
  • Metering Mode: Pattern Metering

It’s good to be back.
YouTube vlog episode #7

I’m back after a short absence from the chanel. The leaves are starting to change colours and we had a great rainstorm overnight so I decided it would be a good time to get back out there, visit a local waterfall and bring you along.

Holy Moly, look at the size of that bug!
YouTube vlog episode #6

I planned to go on a landscape photography walk that day but woke to a torrential downpour. As the rain eased up I decided that a short walk around the campground to see the pretty flowers was all I was going to get in.

Catching the morning sun

For a friend who brought me a little sunshine this morning.
Thank you.

One of Hamilton’s hidden Gems
YouTube vlog episode #5

A visit to one of the beautiful hidden waterfalls in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada for a little landscape photography.

Buttermilk Creek

Because it has such a short watershed Buttermilk Creek tends to run dry for most of the year. With the rain over the past couple of days I decided to gamble and venture out to see what it can really look like. To my good fortune Mother Nature provided me an amazing array of deep rich colours to enjoy. From the green of the moss to the orange, yellow and red of the leaves. Accompanied by the sound of roaring water these gifts were my reward for joining her in the rain.

Post Processing

All of my images are initially downloaded from the memory card to my hard drive using Adobe Lightroom 4. This image is a three image HDR that combines -2EV, 0EV, +2EV to bring out the maximum amount of detail in the shadow and the highlight areas. The images were combined using Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro 2. After the image merge the image was saved back to Lightroom for some final adjustments to various colour values as well as to add a slight vignette.

Details:

  • Location: Buttermilk Creek, Hamilton, Canada
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D
  • Lens: Sigma 18-200 mm
  • Focal Length: 28mm
  • Aperture: f/11
  • Shutter Speed: .5 sec., 2 sec., 8 sec.
  • ISO: 100
  • Metering Mode: Pattern Metering
  • Tripod: Manfrotto 055CL
  • Manfrotto 486 RC2 ballhead

What a great place to start the camping season!
YouTube vlog episode #3

A couple days of glamping in early May at Pinery Provincial Park is just what the doctor ordered 😉