Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Recent Projects

This black and white photo was the result of several steps; first 5 images were made each at different exposures.  They  were merged in Oloneo Photo Engine as a colour High Dynamic Range single image.  Contrast and brightness were adjusted in Photoshop CS5 and a few blemishes were corrected as well.  Then back to Oloneo Photo Engine for the black and white conversion were a tone adjustment was made to give the photo an inky-black finish.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Recent Projects

This detail photo was made with the Lensbaby Composer.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Recent Projects

Here is a detail of the entry to this new house in west Edmonton.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Recent Projects

This new house in west Edmonton is my most recent residential interiors project.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Recent Projects

This a detail photo of the tree that is the centre piece of the Strathcona children's Library.

Canon 5DII with Canon 24mm TSE II lens; lens element tilted for minimum depth of field.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Recent Projects

Second in the Strathcona Children's Library series.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Recent Projects

Last Autumn I was commisioned to photograph the newly opened Strathcona Centre in the Park in Sherwood Park.  The Children's Library is within the facility and for a host of reasons there were not many photos taken of it.  I returned recently to finish the task; here's a the first of a few shots that I'll present in the next couple of days.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A new Family Member

Here's a rather self indulgent photo; this is our 10 week old Welsh Springer Spaniel, Banjo.  Doing a little checking on his ancestors it seems.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Out and about in Toronto

St. James Park in Toronto; Canon G11 capture edited in Nik Silver Efex Pro software.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Out and about in Toronto

Here is another photo of the Italian Galleria at the AGO in Toronto.

Canon G11 at ISO 400; 1/30 sec at f/8.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Out and about in Toronto

This is the Italian Galleria at the Art Gallery of Ontario.  The AGO was designed by architect Frank Gehry whose designs are often controversial.  Some might squawk at the cost of a facade like this but it is an absolutely spectacular space in which to be.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Out and about in Toronto

This is a view from the south of the Art Gallery of Ontario.  It's a great way to approach the Gallery as it means you get to stroll through Grange Park. If you come from the north you have to do so via Dundas street which is funky but no match for the park.

I used Oloneo Photo Engine to edit this image; it's a little freaky but I was headed for the art gallery and in the mood for something fun.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Out and about in Toronto

There's a lovely little chapel in Grange Park; Here's a detail shot of the entrance.  I'd love to know what the storys with regard to that little patch job on the right hand door panel.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Out and about in Toronto

Here is a detail shot of the portico at Union Station in downtown Toronto.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Out and about in Toronto

Union Station in Toronto.  I really like the final version of this photo - it looks like a pencil rendering.

Canon G11 capture; f5 at 1/50 sec at 3200 ISO.  Black and white conversion in Oloneo Photo Engine.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Out and about in Toronto

I had a day to myself in Toronto recently and took my favourite walkin' 'round camera - the Canon G11 - along for the day.  Here's the first of a handful of photos from the day out.

St. James Park near St. Lawrence Market.

Monday, February 13, 2012

To Brighten Your Day

Here's the last in this batch of Blackerry photos.  I boosted the saturation in Photoshop because the back of the leaf was otherwise quite pale and the dew drops were a little hard to see.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

To Brighten Your Day

Another in the Blackberry series.  The detail here is quite good considering the lens diameter is only 1mm across....heaven know what the sensor looks like.  This photo had a magenta cast to in that I corrected in Photoshop along with some contrast adjustment.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

To Brighten Your Day

This photo too was taken with the Blackberry Bold.  Black and white conversion in Photoshop CS2.

Friday, February 10, 2012

To Brighten Your Day

The Blackberry is a great little tool and the onboard camera can record great images.  But the memory capacity isn't that great and from time to time you have to clear out old photos to make room for new ones.  That is what I was doing when I came across this photo from last summer; kind of gives one hope that winter will indeed recede - eventually.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

A Walk in the Park

This day the cloud patterns were quite spectacular.   I like the way that the picture space is laid out in this photo; strong dark bottom edge to give the photo support, uncluttered foreground with well defined trees that had a vertical component and strong horizontal, rythmic  aspect of the clouds in the upper part of the frame.  I think the fact that the trees don't overlap the clouds strengthens the composition.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A Walk in the Park

I have so many photos taken while out walking the dog that I sometimes wonder why I even take the camera along.  How many photos of tree bark and long grass does one really need?

This is a hand held panorama taken with the G11 in Terwillegar park.  Composite of 2 photos merged in photoshop and converted to black and white in Nik Silver Efex pro.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Recent Portraits

The photo of Suzanne from yesterday was her pick from our portait session.  This one is a little more fun.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Recent Portraits

This is my friend and colleague Suzanne.  I've taken a number of portraits of her over the years but she's never really been that happy with them.  In fact, she told me that there are no good photos of her around and confidently told me that it was impossilbe to take a good photo of her.  So this is her pick from our last shoot.

Canon 5DII with Canon 85mm 1.2 lens.  F8 at 1/60 second.   Shot with 2 Elinchrom strobes fitted with umbrella modifiers and triggered with Pocketwizard remotes.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

From the Vault

I was going through some older photos and came across this one which I rather like.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Holga Black and White

Funny how the in black and white the Holga renders every old scraggly tree as if it were growing in front of some old haunted house.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Holga Black and White

It would hard to take an eerier looking image with any camera, at least that's my view.  Looks like I failed to hold the camera steady but I like the photo none the less.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Holga Black and White

There are some clairty issues with this shot but I think it is the better for it.  This is right out of the scanner, only size was adjusted to make it suitable for posting here.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Holga Black and White

With a little care the Holga can take reasonably sharp images - at least over part of the frame as evidenced in this photo of a tired looking old planter.