Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
The Holga is an odd thing, those who know about them are quite passionate about them and the rest of the world scratches their collective head when you try to explaing the charm. Here's the scope....the Holga is a plastic, very low tech camera. It has a plastic lens and is prone to light leakage. They are inexpensive, around $60.00 and very light. The settings are simple and the camera uses 120 film. You heard me; film.
Composing your shot is challenging - the image is backwards in the view finder and is round and cropped so what;s happening along the edge of the frame is guess work The results are bit suprising, partly because after 2 weeks of film processing you kind of forget what you photographed and the compostition is never quite what you expect. All and all a first class camera for making interesting and whimsical photos in a manner far removed from the digital world.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
I have been wanting to get a top quality scanner for some time and I finally took the plunge. I opted for the Epson 'Perfection' V700. I have load of negatives around and the scanner does an efficient and excellent job of handling the scan process. The image at the top right was made on Kodak ASA 100 color negative film and scanned with no cleaning or prep. Below is the same image touched up in photoshop CS5; I straightened up the vertical lines, adjusted the levels and curves, tweaked the colour just a bit and got rid of the the dust and other junk. This photo was taken in rural Prince Edward island around 1998.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
You see the trouble I go to so that your experience in viewing this blog is nothing less than ideal?
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Canon 5DII with Canon 24mm TSE Lens. Tilt function used for maximum depth of field from top to bottom of the image. Singh Ray Warming Polarizing filter and Singh Ray 2 stop Soft Edge Neutral Density Filter over the sky. ISO 100, f11 @ 1/50 sec.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Here's the first of a series of images that will appear over the next while.
Monday, January 16, 2012
I used my 17mm tilt shift-lens to get this photo.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
One of the biggest challenges in photographing interiors is getting the exposure right; there has to be detail across the full extent of the image. In this case there is very bright light from outdoors and very dark areas in the black carpet. If you expose for the daylight the image will be too dark. If you expose for the carpet the outdoors will appear white - or 'blown out' in photo-speak. You could take a series of exposures and process them as a High Dynamic Range or HDR image but I find that usually looks a little odd.
This photo is a blend or 4 images taken with my 17mm TSE lens. This is a shift lens that affords perspective control. I took two images of the top portion of the frame and two for the bottom. I blended the exposures manually in Photoshop and then merged them, also in Photoshop. The foreground was lit with a Canon 580EXII flash off camera with an umbrella modifier.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
We settled on Rutherford House at the University of Alberta as it met all our needs and they were extremely accommodating.
Canon 5DII with Canon 24-105 lens at 50mm. Two Elinchrom 500W strobes with umbrella modifiers and one Canon 580EXII flash separation light (behind the subjects); all strobes triggered with Pocket Wizard transmitter and transceivers. F8 at 1/60 sec.