I was driving home tonight from my niece’s birthday party and the sky was absolutely incredible with Northern Lights. The moon was full and bright which actually hindered how amazing the lights were! I had my camera with me so I pulled off to the side of the road and hand held these shots at 1.6 seconds each. Crazy. Thankfully my 16-35mm has VR! 😎 The second shot looks like a wormhole from Star Trek! 🙂
Regan’s birthday present finally arrived! She wanted some new bling and bling she got. To go along with it, I decided I’d take snapshots of everyone listed on the necklace . . . in black and white. 😎 It’s timeless and awesome.
What can I say? Opportunity knocked somethin’ fierce on this shoot! 😎 We were doing some pleasant family portraits up in an incredible old barn loft that didn’t really have much in it except some loose straw and . . . this pitch fork. We finished the family photos and it caught my eye. I instantly knew we needed to try an “American Gothic” style re-make photo. It’s such a familiar painting that it is readily recognized by nearly everyone! So we did it as a last minute thing and I am so happy we did. It’s just so crazy and off the wall. Jen & Lee did perfectly well in keeping the straight stonewall faces. It was priceless, even as I was cracking up behind the camera barely keeping it together. The rest of the shots we did outside of the barn were also fun, promising the kids we’d do some fun and crazy stuff on the fence. All in all it was another really fun photo shoot!
Eve of Destruction 2! This time, it’s not Eve of Destruction 1! 😎 The event is pure awesome! Last year it was a combine smash up derby, this year, a truck and trailer figure 8 crash up! hehhhehe… But not only is there the main event, there is also lots of other amazing performances from exploding cars to MX stunt dudes to car flips to truck pulls. But I wasn’t there for any of it. My job was to take some pictures of the Lord of the Speedway, Byron Fichter. He’s an Estevan area photographer who specializes in landscapes and motor sports. His work at the Estevan Motor Speedway is exceedingly well known and he knows his craft. Be sure to check out his images at his website ByronFichter.com. I had fun following Byron around and taking some shots of him in action.For a guy who is known for his work at the track, it’s nice to actually get some shots of him at the track. 😎 People were saying to him “Are you the guy from the track?” Now they will see the photos and know. It was lots of fun shooting Byron and being able to nab a few shots of the event. The MX bikes were 80 feet in the air when doing their stunts! Unreal! I’m glad I was on the ground with a camera. 🙂
OK, so the title makes it sound like a Western. Who doesn’t like Westerns?! . . . OK, OK, don’t answer that. 😎 On the weekend we did a photo shoot with a really cool family in the always cool spot of Roche Percee, SK. The caves that formed naturally in the sandstone have been a bit of a tourist magnet for quite some time. And, it is very cool. If you can’t goto Moab, why not check out Roche Percee? 😉 This was a really exciting shoot because I got the chance to shoot fellow photographer & Nikonian, Byron Fichter and his family. Byron is known for his amazing work at the Estevan Motor Speedway. Ironically, I first “met” Byron at the 2011 Eve of Destruction when I took a picture of him taking pictures. We later met again on Facebook talking about photography and such. This year, I finally got to meet him in person for not only this family shoot but also some portrait work of him at 2012 Eve of Destruction. It was a riot and the kids sure had a blast playing in the caves. Very cool spot for photos!
This post could be called D800 Snugs part 2. I took full advantage of Teresa’s camera while she was here. Ironically, I have been wanting to get a macro shot of a peacock feather for a long, long time. However, since the D800 came out, I’ve been waiting to use it to capitalize on the megapixels and get blown away by the sheer awesomeness of the detail. It didn’t disappoint. The 105mm micro lens is unreal sharp. I used it on the feather but also for the ad hoc portrait of Talitha . . . who’s last name is Peacock. Go figure. Serendipity? 😎 Talitha is a super rad girl and, she’s a harpist which makes me cool and couth by association. Check out her music here: http://peacocksmusic.com. I was blown away by the portrait. Goes without saying that Talitha is beautiful, but the quality of the file is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. The D800 really brings it! 😎 The feather image is going huge on my wall. I’ll see how 36×48 looks! 🙂
A friend of ours was on her way through the hood and was able to stop by for a couple days visit. It was super fun to have Teresa and her (and our new) friend Talitha stop by. We haven’t hung out for many moons as Teresa and her husband have been living in New Zealand for a couple of years. Great to have them back in Canada! And, it was a grand occasion for me additionally because I got to play with the Nikon D800! Teresa is an awesome photographer now based out of Calgary, AB. Check her out at http://teresarehmann.com. We traded some photography as she needed some updated portraits and we needed a family photo that has all of us in it! bwahahhaah… 😎 And, I got to test the D800 extensively. And test I did, plugging all my lenses onto it and running it through it’s paces. I know the sensor is good. But I didn’t know it was THAT good. It is unbelievable. I’m really not exaggerating here. The image quality, the sharpness, the detail, the contrast, the colour, it’s nearly beyond description. And for what I do, portraits, landscapes and macro stuff, it’s a match made in heaven. HOWEVER. And it’s a big however, the files are so huge that they are unruly. We shot everything in RAW pretty much and editing them on my 3.06 iMac with 8 GB of RAM was painful. Slow. Excruciatingly so – packed in the whole Mac and needed a reset once. But it’s worth it! The images are unbelievable, especially with my 105mm macro lens. “Wicked sharp” has a whole new meaning to me! There’s just sooo much detail and nothing hides from that sensor. Probably need a new computer though . . . 😀
Laney has a heart of gold! And that sweetness of her personality flows out of her and looks tremendous on camera. 😎 This shoot was really enhanced because of that. I really liked being able to do some fiddle shots of Laney too. The location was really fitting for a western theme and added a lot to how the images worked over all. We setup in a big shed and the floor was perfectly full of fine dust that I knew would give some sweet texture to the shot – especially when you have people run through it and really stir it up! 😀 Light and dust/dirt/smoke/fog go together like peanut butter & chocolate!
And, last but not least was the barn. Again, some amazing textures in there. When you mix the sweetness of Laney and the roughness of the location, some cool lighting, it makes for some really dramatic portraits. 🙂
Jenni B had this pea pod costume and we simply couldn’t resist. First the “kunk” and now this, right?! I know, I know… 😀 We’re suckers for kids in kostumes! Beautiful day, great light and this amazing little costume that is ridiculously cute. What else can a proud papa do but nab a few photos? Here they are of our little Pria the Pea Pod! 🙂
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I just watched a Chase Jarvis video where he did 4 cool time lapse sessions in South Africa. I’ve always wanted to do one and so I setup my camera to do it over lunch hour. Nikon makes time lapse super easy do to the built in interval timer. You just set it up for how many shots you want and how often, then just walk away! Couldn’t be easier. Chuck them into a movie making program, I used iMovie ’11 and away you go. It’s a really cool way to be creative. I’ll look forward to doing more in the future! 😎
The girls had their splurge party on Moir Dr. Monday night. BBQ & Movie in the backyard was the name of the game. But after the sun went down the real fun started. Jimmy brought the kids over some glow sticks and soon enough I setup a flash on a stick! 🙂 This is why point and shoots just don’t cut it and DSLR cameras rock the set. The fancy term for this is “dragging the shutter” – meaning you use really slow shutter speeds to capture motion in the photo, but then use flash to keep some of it sharp. It makes for a really cool photo that I never ever grow tired of. The kids too find it awesome to see the colors from the glow sticks caught on camera. Super fun! 😎
For the record, children should be dressed up as fuzzy animals always, all the time! 😎 We were camping at Adam Lake, Manitoba last week and we decided to do a little photo shoot of Ethan dressed up as a Kunk. He’s a kunk because he can’t say “sk”unk yet. Well, that’s not true. He can make the compound sounds, he still just doesn’t do it on principle. hehheehhe… So anyways, he’s our little fuzzy Kunk.
I wanted to get these photos in a forest setting and it was loads of fun. Normally he can be a bit of a punk for taking photos but he was super into it with the costume on. +1 for photo madness. 🙂
A little BTS of the shoot, I brought a light stand and a shoot thru umbrella, but I left half the cover on, essentially making a quick strip box. It was cool because it let the light fall off quick.
We also had the rest of the non-kunk based family there too and I was able to nab a few more shots of the kids.