Friday, December 31, 2010

My Favourite of 2010

I thought I would end 2010 with one my favourite photos taken this year.  This is the North Saskatchewan River at Whirlpool Point near the Banff Park Boundary.  I am pleased with the way the cracked ice leads the eye to the brightly lit mountains beyond and the way the clouds have an agreeable 'whispiness' to them.

Happy New Year!  And to all my photographer mates - here's to the best possible lighting conditions in 2011.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

It's all in the details

I really like the leathery look of this crumpled and dried leaf.  To you give you the sense of scale, if there was a ruler in the shot it would show the vertical lengthe of the photo to be about 75mm.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Urban Landscapes - with a twist

Here's number three in the boat launch series. When the boats are transported they are placed on a trailer. To protect the gunwales the rack on the trailer is covered with pink foam pipe insulation held on with electrical tape. That is what you are looking at in this detail shot.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Urban Landscapes - with a twist

Here's the second in the series of winter photos near the White Water Paddlers boat launch.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Urban Landscapes - with a twist

As mentioned in yesterday's post I take the G11 with me most days when out with the dogs.  One of our routes takes us past the Edmonton Rowing Club docks and the Edmonton White Water Paddlers facility.  In the winter there's not much going on for obvious reasons; most of the outdoor stuff is piled well back from the frozen water's edge.  There's a host of photo opportunities as most of the gear has bright colours and/or interesting textures; and the winter snow is a welcome addition.  I'll post a few shots from my latest sojourn to this great little spot in the next couple of days.  Here's number one.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Black & White Landscapes

Most days I have the Canon G11 with me when I am out walking the dogs.  The oldest dog is Jasper, our 14 year old Golden Retriever.  He is an impatient chap and will not wait for me to stand around and compose photos so I have to work fast and therein lies the challenge.  I usually have the camera set up and ready to go so when I see something appealing I can get it out quickly and shoot.   I regard this as a good thing as I don't get a chance to think too much.  Sometimes I come home with nothing but every now and then there's a successful shot.  My favourite thing about this photo is the shadows in the snow in the foreground.

Canon G11, ISO 200, 1/640 sec exposure at F4.5.  Black & White conversion with Nik Silver Efex Pro.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

A Christmas Photo from the Vault

I was digging through the 'vault' in search of an appropriate photo to post for Christmas Day and I settled on this - the church at the old town of Nordegg, Alberta.

From our house to yours, Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas in Las Vegas

Here's another shot of the Christmas display at Bellagio.  By day the atrium is packed with people, at night the photography is easier as the crowds have dispursed....must be in the casino I guess.

To all of you who check in regularly to my Blog - my sincere thanks!   Merry Christmas to all!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Black & White Landscapes

This photo was taken one ver wet autumn day with the Canon G11.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Black & White Landscapes

Here's and extractive black and white landscape photo that I took one frosty afternoon whilst walking the dogs. The leaves were covered with frost.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Black & White Landscapes

The colour version of this photo is on my desk top presently - but I like the black & white one better.

Lunar Eclipse

Here's my attempt at photographing the lunar eclipse of 2010 December 21.  NASA reports that the eclipse is at it's apex at 1:18 MST; the exact time of this posting.  Off to bed now!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Black & White Landscapes

Here's another black and white landscape photograph.  My favourite part of this photo - which didn't jump out in the colour version - is the ethereal cloud at top centre - looks like something out of a Salvador Dali painting I think.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Black & White Landscapes

Black and white photographs rock.  Colour is wonderful too but there is just something about a really crisp, high contrast black and white photo with lots of detail in the shadows and that high gloss, dripping wet look of a top shelf black and white photo.  Recently I've gone back to my library of colour photos and converted them to Black and white using Nik Siver Efex Pro software.  I'll present a few here in the next few days.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas in Las Vegas

Here's another photograph of the Christmas display at Bellagio.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas in Las Vegas

Nothing is done half way in Las Vegas.  This is the Christmas display in the atrium at Bellagio.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

From the Vault

This is the 'Fiori di Como' ceiling scuplture at Bellagio in Las Vegas by glass sculptor Dale Chihuly.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

From the Vault

This photo is from November 2009; reflections in the water at a small lake west of Edmonton.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

From the Vault

This photo was taken in late winter 2009, Lake Beauvert in Jasper National Park.

Monday, December 13, 2010

From the Vault

This is a shot from January 2009 - A lovely little farm building south of the city.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Blue Gold Polorizer

Recently I posted a photo (Dec 02) taken using a blue gold polarizing filter.  Here's another photo where this unique filter was used. 
The blue gold polarizing filter is a funny little device that add a blue or gold tint to the photo depending on how you have it set and where the reflections are coming from.  The results are sometimes wonderful and sometimes weird beyond repair.  I have found it a useful tool in making a photo from an scene that is not cooperating creatively.  This shot, from a vantage point along the Bow River in Banff, was taken on a heavily overcast day and there was very little colour in the scene.  The blue gold polarizer - clearly rotated to the gold aspect - added a gold tinge to the water which I kind of like.  Made trudging through deep snow worthwhile!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Recent Portraits

Eighth in the University of Alberta Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences portraits series

Friday, December 10, 2010

Recent Portraits

Seventh in the University of Alberta Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences portraits series

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Recent Portraits

Sixth in the University of Alberta Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences portraits series

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Recent Portraits

Fifth in the University of Alberta Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences portraits series

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Recent Portraits

Fourth in the University of Alberta Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences portraits series

Monday, December 6, 2010

Recent Portraits

Third in the University of Alberta Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences portraits series

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Recent Portraits

Second in the University of Alberta Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences portraits series

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Recent Portraits

I am currently working on an assignment to photograph the members of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Alberta.  They are a very willing and cooperative group and I am enjoying the time spent with them all.  Over the next few days I will share some of the results.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Recent Work

Some people think there is no place in the world of architectural photography for a fish eye lens...'too gimicky' I've heard said more than once.  I'm not buying it though.  If I could only take one lens along to photograph a building it certainly would not be the fish eye but I always have it with me just in case.  This is the Edmonton International Airport Terminal Expansion currently under construction, photographed for Stantec.

Canon 5DII with Canon 15mm Fisheye.  Black & White conversion in Nik Silver Efex Pro.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

From the Vault

Here's an old thing....shrub detail rendered with a yellow background thanks to the blue-gold polorizer.