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Archive for March, 2013

The Beards of Lent


Every Lent I grow a beard. It started out as a way to be reminded to pray when it started itching. Now it’s just a long standing tradition that is more of a joke than anything. But, it’s gone again for another year! Here chronicles the carnage!

And, if you can’t get enough, watch this YouTube Video. *One profanity used towards the end and for that I apologize.


The Jade Monkey



From engagement to wedding to maternity to newborn, I’ve had the blessing of taking all of Lucas and Kayla’s life event photos. 🙂 It’s been a blast! And, this last shoot was just as exciting as the others have been. It’s a truly amazing moment to see all of life come together in the next generation. 😎 This was my first shoot managed and edited with Lightroom too. Still getting to know the software environment so I was noticeably slower than I was with Aperture. However, the speed at which Lightroom can edit and deal with D800 RAW files with amazing, blows Aperture 3 out of the water. One thing that was better in Aperture was the healing/clone brush. Lightroom’s spot retouch works better, but Apertures brush was nicer than having to do everything with little circles. I also miss Aperture’s file handling. It was so much easier to backup everything into vaults. But, the trade off is well worth it. I’m really enjoying Lightroom and glad I made the switch.

Here’s some highlights from the shoot. But first, a video of Mr. Burns talking about the Jade Monkey. (I couldn’t resist.) 😉

The Hated Photo


Today marks the one year anniversary of our dear neighbour’s lost battle with Cancer. It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year already. When Megan was first diagnosed, I took this picture. She always hated this picture and God knows I hated taking it. She hated it because in the back of her mind she knew it would become ‘the picture’ on her memorial cards. We can still hear her voice and we still miss her dearly on Moir Dr. It’s not the same since she died nor will it ever be. But we are never without hope! Megan was a strong Christian lady who knew her Saviour. It’s a nice ‘coincidence’ that this one year anniversary comes to us on Palm Sunday – when all the little children ran out to greet Jesus and welcome Him. Our dear friend is not to be pitied. We are. For she now gets to see her Saviour face to face. We miss you muchly dear friend and can’t wait to see you again!

Christ is Risen!  He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

I’m Converting


Yes. It’s true. I’m converting my money religion car to electric Image Editing App of Choice. After many fond years spent with Aperture 3, I just bought Adobe Lightroom 4. Basically, the decision was not an easy one. I’ve loved Aperture and in many ways I still do. It was the first program I bought for professional use. I love the simplicity and ease of use, the file management, vaults, clean interface, sweet image import with matching RAW files.  But, what finally drove me over the edge was performance. I’m still using my 3.06 Core Duo 2 iMac with 16GB of RAM. But Aperture’s editing performance was always a bit slow but it became unbearable since I bought the D800. I couldn’t run any other apps at the same time. I had to run Onyx to clear the caches before starting in on a batch of RAW files. Even after a clean boot, Aperture would soon tank, especially using the retouch brush. And zoomed into 100%, just moving the file around would make the app stall for 15-30 seconds before the image would re-render. So, I downloaded a copy of Lightroom. Loaded up a bunch of RAW files and the app simply flew through them. I couldn’t believe the speed enhancement!!! It blew my mind. Lightroom just saved me $2000.00 in not having to buy a new computer! I tweeted it out and got a reply letting me know that Amazon has it on sale right now for $117!  I put the order through immediately. 😎

It will be a tonne of work to convert all my photos over to Lightroom. But, being that I am insanely organized coupled with Aperture 3 having a great feature for switching to referenced libraries, it will be doable. This article was helpful in solidifying the details. I will keep the Aperture library files so that if I ever need to view my edits on the files, I can do so easily – the edit information doesn’t transfer over.

I’ve been discouraged with Apple in that there’s been no communications about an upgrade to Aperture 4. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Some of the features that I’ve wanted for a while (lens corrections namely) already exist in Lightroom. So, with a bit of a learning curve, I’m now officially a Lightroom convert. There’s a long row to hoe with everything yet, but in time Lightroom will seem like an old pair of familiar jeans of that I’m sure. Wish me luck & happy editing! 😎

Playing with Light

It’s been a busy little while these past days, mainly spent shovelling snow and fighting off depression from this never ending winter. It’s truly like in the Chronicles of Narnia where it’s always winter and never Christmas. Except that we know Christmas has already passed. MONTHS ago. And we are still stuck in the mad grips of winter. Oodles of snow, cold temperatures. I’m on the edge! 😉 But I will prevail. Lots of fruit and green veggies. Lots of photos…

Speaking of which, I’ve got a combo blog post here from a couple of recent shoots. I’ve really struggled lately with just posting clients’ photos for the sake of posting. I’ll leave that up to them to decide how much they want to share with family and friends. I’m going to concentrate more on the techniques used for the shots and a bit about why these images have been made the way they are (click on the images below for the info). I find that aspect lacking in many blog posts from famous photogs. There is an amazing one by the legendary Greg Heisler where he photographed Yasser Arafat for Time. He lit it all with a simple soft box and black velvet  background. But why? I watched the video wondering why he chose to light the image that way. [Speculation about being shot??? Gotta be fast! ;)]