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Tag : Hamilton

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.

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.

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

Two – Two – Two waterfalls in one great location.
YouTube vlog episode #2

After a brief absence I’m off for a brief trip to two of Hamilton’s many waterfalls.

Why I shoot RAW

Recently I got into a discussion with someone online about why one should choose to capture images in RAW rather than JPEG. The comment to me was basically “the JPEG looks great right out of the camera but the RAW image looks flat and boring. Why should I bother with it?”

The reason is RAW files contain all of the visible light information that is presented in the scene and lets you decide how to develop it.

A JPEG file on the other hand contains only  small portion. Essentially your camera records every bit of light it is shown and then applies a predetermined recipe to create an averaged image and throws away all of the unused info when it writes the JPEG file to your memory card. If there was very dark shadows or bright highlights in the scene they will be in your image and there’s no way you’re going to recover those areas because the info is gone. If you had the incorrect white balance selected you’re beat there too, it’s baked in to the file.

Getting back to the RAW file, although it may look a little flat to start you have a tremendous amount of latitude when it comes to editing the image. Have a spot that’s a little too dark? You can solve that. How about a spot that is a little too bright? You can solve that too. Don’t like the overall colour that you achieved with the “Auto White Balance” setting? Well try changing it to “Daylight” or “Cloudy” or any of the other WB settings to get a more pleasing feel.

Here’s a perfect example of what I mean. The image on the left is straight out of the camera with the scene exposed for the light in the sky.

The image on the right is the same shot with only adjustments made in Adobe Lightroom.
Aside from the adjustments that you can see on the sliders I used the brush tool to selectively paint in a little exposure adjustment in a few areas and set the Camera Camera Calibration to “Camera Deep”
No HDR, No Photoshop, No other tricks, just Lightroom
This is why I shoot RAW.

So next time you think to yourself “why RAW?” just give it a try and you just may convince yourself.

Specifics:

  • Location: Hamilton Waterfront Trail
  • Camera: Sony NEX-7
  • Lens: Sony 18-55 f3.5-5.6
  • Focal Length: 18mm
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Shutter Speed: 1/20 sec.
  • ISO: 100
  • Metering Mode: Pattern Metering

Firewater

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