I love DSLR technology, don’t get me wrong. But there is something about the FujiFilm X100s that opens one’s eyes to a different kind of reality. It’s beyond the sensor and retro styling. It’s beyond all the amazing technology smooshed into a neat little X-Package. The whole photographic experience changes when you’ve got one camera with one lens. It forces you to see the world differently but gives you all the tools you need. I love walking around with a camera that is so compact but also ready for nearly any situation. I went for a little walk with the dog the other day to nab some more fall color. I didn’t feel like lugging the D800 and a lens bag around so I chucked the X100s in my pocket and away I went. I really wanted to make use of the Fuji’s in camera processing film styles. This is truly a versatile camera. Being able to tweak the shadow and highlight zones is super for enhancing a mood. In the case of fall quickly coming to a close, dark deep shadows and gloomy skies really bring out the over all death theme of the season. But at the same time, the rich velvia colours can really pop and make us think “no, all is not lost yet!” Some life still remains.
As much as a I hate winter, I love fall. More precisely, the fall colours. Which only last for 3.4 days in the prairies. Except this year! We’ve had a very nice slow start to autumn and it’s brought a lot of beautiful colour. I love shooting fall landscapes to nab the colours but the photos are never as vivid or as saturated as I perceive them to be. So I decided to do a new twist on shooting fall landscapes. Abstract! The colours can’t help but pop in their full glory on account of that’s all the photos have going for them is colour. I kinda like it!
Try it for yourself. Don’t be a Photoshop pansy. You can do these shots in camera. I used the superb new Nikon 70-200 f/4 for all of these shots. It’s sharp and light but it also stops way down to f/32. Which is where I shot these. I shot at ISO 100 because it was already bright this morning at 7:30. Crank your aperture down as far it will go and then just adjust your shutter speed down till you get the desired exposure. In my case, I was shooting these at 1/5 of a second. And then comes the twist. Just zoom your lens and you get way cool motion blur and super amazing colour. It’s kinda fun and gives you a new twist on fall!
So there were photographers and artists and musicians! Put them all together, invite the community to come and you get one word: Fun! Maybe two words: Super Fun! That’s how I would describe last night’s event. It was standing room only for most of the night which was such an incredible feeling. We never did get a head count of how many people came but it was well over 200. Access Television was also there, documenting the event. The Safe-tee management building made for a very intimate gathering space which was really neat. It made the event far more cozy and close than if it had been in a big gymnasium or a hall. It was along the lines of a Newfoundland Kitchen Party (presumably. I’ve never been. Yet.) There was some incredibly beautiful artwork on display and for sale. There were large sculptures and paintings filled with vivid colour. And of course, the music which drew everyone like a moth to a flame. Shirley and Jim Galloway along with David Hyman rocked the set on violin, guitar and piano. I could have sat there the whole day listening to them, they were fantastic! I did lend some of my vocals to an awesome rendition of “Black Water” by the Doobie Brothers though. All in all it was a fabulous event. It’s so nice to be part of a community that honours the arts and wants to do more than only sports. All the free will proceeds went to the OPHS band program to further help and encourage the development of art in the tender young minds of our youths. Boo ya!
Oxbow is having an art exhibition tomorrow September 28 at 7PM at Safe-tee Management. It’s going to be exciting! A few of us local area photographers have stuff to display as well as artists and musicians. Entry to the event is free will offering with all proceeds going to the OPHS Band Program. This is the first event of its kind for Oxbow as far as I can tell. I hope everyone can come out and take part, it’s going to be a metric tonne of fun! I’m showing 12 large prints under the theme of “People of the Living Skies.” It shows a variety of environmental portraits I’ve done over the years featuring our awesome Saskatchewan prairie skies. Don’t miss it!
My brother and his beautiful fiancé got hitched in Moose Jaw last weekend and I hitched ‘em! If I open a catering and decorating business I could do everything! hehehe… It was my esteemed honour to officiate at my little brother’s wedding and to do the formal photos too. I’m not gonna lie, it was as nerve wracking as it was exciting. For family, you want everything to be a notch above. And I did my very best to pull out all the stops. We had two great locations in Moose Jaw. Crescent Park was absolutely beautiful and we also got to do some cool shots at Sahara Spa. We were very blessed to have 2 other shooters take photos all day of the pre-service stuff, the ceremony and the reception! Thanks again to Jimmy and Ham for their great job. All the best to Ryan and Tristin, the latest Schultzes on the block!
I had a cool opportunity to shoot a really unique family session the other day for fellow photographer Emily Rutledge of One Thousand Words Photography. She had this amazing idea of a themed family photo shoot, in this case a circus. She came up with idea and did all the setup. I basically showed up and lit it. It was great! Plus, I didn’t have to do any editing. BONUS! But I did a little bit on these photos, a wee smidgeon of the shoot. It was super fun and made for some really creative family memories. I’d love to do more of this kind of shoot in the future as it’s super fun and out of the ordinary. Plus, the whole family can be involved and the kids think its awesome. They were very cooperative during the shoot!
The group photo was rather involved so here’s the breakdown:
There are no white lights in this image. All the flashes have gels to some extent.
Background: I decided to light up the barn to add drama to the awesome texture and further the circus theme. Simple red and blue theatrical gels were on 2 SB-600 speed lights in the back.
Fill: I had a small soft box boomed up high from a c-stand with an SB-900 gelled full CTO to give a super warm fill light to the image.
Key(s): I used two LumoPro LP180 flashes in shoot through umbrellas with 1/4 CTO gels on the boys to light them. They did double duty by hitting the girls in the middle and letting the overhead fill light do the rest.
Riley and Taybrey had a beautiful day for a wedding back in August. It was a little blustery at first but the blue skies came out in full force and made for a lovely day. Here’s a couple of my favorite shots from the day. I’m also partial to this cool bridal party shot featuring a beautiful blue Pontiac. Total of 5 flashes. I earned the Joe McNally Jr. award for it!
We had a super great time taking some wedding pictures for a fabulous couple in Moosomin a couple of weeks ago. Normally I’m second shooting for Susan at weddings, which I love doing. But on this wedding, I was the chief cook and bottle washer. ;) It was really cool to be on the other side of the wedding coin, and by that, I mean editing the whole project. I normally (happily) leave that for Susan to contend with. But as I edited the photos and put them all together, seeing how the second shooter shots completely compliment the first is near magical. Both angles of events are covered. What one shooter misses, the other gets. And when you put it all together, it makes for such a better end product for the clients. It’s awesome!
So here’s a few shots from Leighton and Brandy’s big day. I included a few BTS pictures of us in action too, just for fun.