Light is Everything!

Archive for February, 2013

Shape & Light

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I had the chance to do a maternity shoot for some friends of mine. I wanted to try a couple of different shots to see how many looks we could get to illustrate shape using light. The setting was indoors so I had a creamy white wall at my disposal. I really like how the silhouettes turned out. It really brings out the glory of the baby bump.

20130219KFM 3Lucas is as fit as a fiddle. I told him to push his belly out and nothing happened. So we had to improvise. Fortunately a balloon was kicking around. 😎

20130219KFM 6And one of my favourite shots from the shoot was this lighting style here. I wanted to bring out the “pregnant glow” that mothers have. This shot made use of a gold reflector on the floor with a flash bounced into it. It’s an awesome technique for expecting mothers and for brides.

 

 

 

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Winter Wedding

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Ah, winter. We live in it the majority of our lives in Canada. Why not get married in it?! 😎 No reason not too, other than heinous blizzards, sketchy travel conditions and . . . it’s cold. Usually. But not February 9th of this year! It was an incredibly beautiful day. Blue sky, frost covered trees, mild temperatures, no wind! I was truly blessed to be part of a winter wedding with some amazing folks from the Alida area.

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And not only was doing a winter wedding a new thing for me, so was being a second shooter. My awesome photog friend Susan Hill from Carievale found herself in a last minute health bind and needed an extra lens on the wedding. I was glad that I was available to help.

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It was a metric tonne of fun to watch how another photographer handles a wedding but also to see how truly complimentary it was to get two perspectives on the same moments and events. By both of us taking pictures, it was actually less stressful overall. I knew that whatever I wasn’t getting, Susan was, and vice versa. What the client ends up with is double coverage of the event and double the amount of stellar images from the big day. What’s not to love?! 😉

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I thoroughly enjoyed the experience – even though I don’t normally shoot weddings. 😉 I got to shoot some off camera flash stuff which I love. Strobist skills came in handy as the sanctuary where we did the formals was very, very dark. Dark wood ceiling and brick walls and dark flooring chewed up the light. We through up 3 speedlights in umbrellas which made an impromptu studio. Bouncing the light would have been nicer, but it wasn’t an option. Solving problems on the fly is mandatory stuff for wedding photogs. Having another photographer there made it less scary and easy to deal with as Susan has a tremendous eye and great compositional skills. She lined the families up, got everyone ready and all I did was press the shutter.

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The snow was FEET deep back by the grotto, but we braved the soaked socks and frozen feet to get the shots. We nearly killed the poor bride and groom, but they were amazing! They went full speed ahead for all the shots and didn’t tell us to go jump in the frozen lake! 😀

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We wound up the night at the reception which was one of the best I’ve ever attended. It was heartfelt and more importantly, didn’t drag on forever! 😉 It was truly a blessing to help capture a young couple’s memories of the big day. Susan and I had a blast and I certainly hope to be able to work with her again on future projects. If she can put up with me… 😎

Susan gets the Rembrandt, I'll take the split!

Susan gets the Rembrandt, I’ll take the split!


Welcome to Mars

 

20130206LichenCrop2I watched a documentary one time about Shaolin Monks. In the documentary, it showed them all doing super human things like balancing on one toe with 3 other monks on their shoulders, laying on a bed of nails without getting hurt, etc. And for recreation, they all balanced standing on each other in positions that would make Cirque du soleil jealous! To relax these people did this! Incredible! 😎

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I think of Macro Photography in much the same light. For me, it’s a very nice, relaxing, fun kind of photography – that takes the utmost concentration! I’ve noticed it get even more challenging since I got the D800. The slightest movements of the subject render the shot out of focus, even at f/16. I think using DX for macro for so long I got used to the DX look of the photos. It appeared that more was in focus than with a full frame camera, but it’s not true. It’s that there is more photo there with a greater angle of view throwing more out of focus on the edges that simply isn’t there in DX. I put the D800 into DX crop mode and tried it out. Sure enough, both an FX frame and the DX crop frame had the same stuff in focus in the frame. It’s just that there was more in the D800 file to be out of focus. If that makes sense. 😀 Shoalin Camera Monk time! 😉

The name of the game today on this dark and dreary cesspool of flat light was macro lichen. It’s the little mosses that grow on trees. And no, they don’t only grow on the north side! 😉 heheehhee…… To me, these images look like an alien landscape, especially when you crop way in to 100%!


Unique Deer

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Deer are deer right? They all look the same to me! I used to think that way until this one doe kept coming into the yard. She had really dark eyes, like she was wearing eyeshadow almost. It made her eyes look enormous, like a fashion model! Other whitetails typically have more of a white rim around their eyes, but this doe is quite unique from the rest. Also, in our yard, it is rare to see any bucks. It is primarily doe and fawn pairs that show up to gobble up my bird seed. But lo and behold, a big bodied buck showed up – missing his head gear.

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20130201Deertz 3I immediately knew that this was a different deer that hadn’t been in the yard before. I wanted to get a head shot of his antler sockets too. I finally was able to nab this (100% crop) image and get a better look. Pretty nifty!

20130201Deertz 4You can also notice what a different color the buck is from the doe and fawn. He’s much more golden brown than the typical grey color that winter whitetails usually sport. It truly is amazing how well the doe blends into the tree branches. They melt away just by turning sideways.

20130201Deertz 520130201Deertz 6And finally, a blurry action shot of the male deer “doe-slappin'” the female. She was too close to his food store, aka my bird feeder. It was quite the exchange. For everyone who thinks that Bambi is the way life is in the deer kingdom, think again! In the winter, food competition is tough and the biggest deer gets the spoils. And, they have no problem beating the crap out of the competition. I’ve seen does up on their back legs kicking each other like kangaroos! Note the awesome body language here, besides the hoof slap. His ears are WAAAY back. Look out deer pals, trouble’s a brewin’! 😎

 


Ground Hawg Day

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Everyone loves ground hog day! I think today there is no chance of that little gaffer seeing his shadow. Whee! 😎 Should be good to go for an early spring on account of the wicked blizzard that just blew in… sigh. Oh well, here’s some cute photos of the kids & Reg’s cool groundhog day snack/craft. Ain’t it cute? Delicious too. 😀

As an aside, what’s the point of naming these g-hawgs such annoyingly long and obscure names? Punxsutawney Phil? Chattanooga Chuck? Holtsville Hal? Why not just simply Ted? Or Len? Or Ben?

I have a dream. Where groundhawgs, marmots and other small cave dwelling creatures, can have single syllable names that are easy for people to pronounce. I have a dream! 😎