Monthly Archives: September 2013

Boys Night Out…

 Got out with my buds, Joe, Ron and Greg, last Friday. Known them since High School. Had a blast in Kingston. I love these guys. And I love these two shots. The 1st one kills me because of the girl in the back photo bombing. The second one looks like an album cover. I asked people on Facebook to name the band. The best name I saw was, get this, instead of “One Direction” it was “Which Direction”. I was thinking maybe “Where the Hell did we Park?”

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Athena

A buddy at work asked me to take a few shots of his dog a while back. He even let me borrow his Nikon D700. Sweet rig. Athena was a joy and a challenge to shoot. Full of energy, power and grace. This sort of got me thinking I would get into pet photography too. Maybe, we’ll see.

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I love this shot.

DSCF8435_HDRI pass by this little creek every day when I drive to work. Rain or shine I always turn and look to see what magic mother nature might be throwing at me. This day I stopped and took 5 shots. All at different exposure settings separated by 1.5 f stops. Got home after work and processed the image in HDR Efex Pro 2 and here ya go.

 

Cobourg Town Hall edit

I really like architectural scenes that go just a little bit further. Something to make the photo jump out and yell “Hey, look at me!!!”

So I tried to play around with this shot a bit. Shot with my Fuji X10.

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I processed it in HDR Efex Pro2, a little bit of Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 This is what I ended up with…

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New stuff on my Portfolio Site

I updated my Portfolio Site with some new stuff. Check out my Latest Inspirations…

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Sunset

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This is actually 3 photos. I shot the scene with the camera vertically and then stitched the 3 shots together in Photoshop CC. A little cropping and a tweak here and there for contrast and sharpening and voila.

Thistles

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Got home from work the other morning and there was fog everywhere. Just grabbed the camera and started looking around yard for interesting things. Thistles are always cool to shoot. Both beautiful and dangerous. The back lighting was awesome with the sun coming through the fog. I converted the 1st shot in Silver Efex Pro 2 and the second in HDR Efex Pro 2. I think I like the B&W a touch better.

It was an amazing morning with the fog and the sun coming through making everything in the yard that much more amazing.

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Tea Time

I see amazing opportunities for photographs every day. Most times I have my camera available. Sometimes not so much. I had my camera when I saw the steam coming off the top of this cup of tea backlit by the sun. I actually played around with the camera angle to get the lens flare into the image. I think it adds a certain something. The cats on the cup were lit with reflective light coming from a window behind me. I really like the feel of this shot. Hope you do too!

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Shot with the Fuji X10 and processed in Lightroom 5 and Nik HDR Efex Pro 2.

19 Years old?

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So the Hydro One guys came a few weeks ago and trimmed a bunch of trees on my road to prevent them from falling on the Hydro lines during extreme weather.

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At the end of my driveway was a beautiful oak tree. They had to cut half of it away. I cut up the pieces for firewood and saw some really cool patterns. It always amazes me how a tree does what it does. It always is sad when such a beautiful thing has to be cut down. Thankfully trees are an amazing renewable resource. I shot these images with My Fuji X10. Processed in Lightroom 5 but converted them to B&W using NIk Silver Efex Pro 2. I love that program. Lets just say I love B&W. Don’t get me wrong though, colour rocks. I think back to all those hours I spent in an actual darkroom processing images, dealing with chemicals, hiding in the dark. I don’t miss that one bit.

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Take a look at the rings on this beautiful chunk of wood. I counted 19.

Next time you are outside, walk up to a tree and just place you hand on the trunk. Close you eyes and say “thanks for being there for me”.

 

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