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Photo Walk!

Well, yesterday we had our first ever Photo Walk as a super fun activity in our Souris Valley Photography Club. 5 of us went out to pound the pavement on the mean streets of Oxbow and show off our mad Jay Maisel street photography skills! hehehehhe….. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was a lot of fun, other than getting rained on half way through. I brought along the trusty Flip Cam and took a little video of the event. Nothing too fancy. The video ends with a slideshow of some of my images from the photo walk. Our plan as a group is to donate all of our images to the town office as stock photos they can use for website/media publications. It’s another way that the photo club can give back to the community and have fun in the mean time. ๐Ÿ™‚


Fight for Fonstad Walkathon

Wow!! What an awesome event! Our Prairie Horizons School has been working hard at fund raisers for the Fonstad Family. Today, all the students and staff did a walkathon march to the Fonstad’s house from the school, guided by firefighter escort and the Fonstads riding in golf cart style. I grabbed my camera and had a blast taking shots as the event unfolded. It’s was just like movie! It came complete with a helicopter and everything!! ย There were loads of photographers taking pictures at this event so I’m sure there will be lots of great photos! I’m jealous that Jocelyn got to ride in the helicopter taking aerial shots! ๐Ÿ˜‰ But then again, I got to ride the fire truck! ๐Ÿ™‚ Super fun day and Megan did an awesome job speaking to the assembly with a very hopeful message! ย We’re going to beat this thing! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Candid Kidz

F/1.4 is pure awesome. ๐Ÿ™‚ There’s no other way to laud the sheer quality and sweet bokehliciousness. I highly recommend picking one up. ๐Ÿ˜‰ย I’m utterly impressed with my new AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G. It’s tack sharp, even when it’s wide open, and it makes shooting inside in natural light a dream. Of course, when you shoot any lens wide open they suffer from Chromatic Aberration – a pink or blue fringe that shows up on the edges of your images. The good news is that you can get rid of it by stopping down a stop or two. Which is the other good thing about f/1.4 – it’s beautiful at f/2 and completely usable. Contrasted to my 50mm f/1.8, it wasn’t at it’s best until f/4 which is sub-par for indoor natural light shots. Anyways, take a look at some of the candid shots, pretty much all shot at f/1.4 (occasionally f/2). ๐Ÿ™‚

Chromatic Aberration



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50mm Nikkor f/1.4G Portraits

I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!! This lens is fantastic. Incredible sharpness from f/2 up and awesome performance even at f/1.4. In my opinion it’s the ultimate portrait lens on a DX camera body. I bought it from B&H photo in the USA because it was $140 cheaper than in Canada. But recently the prices of all glass in the US just increased (even Sigma stuff). Now, it’s actually cheaper in Canada from Aden Camera than it is from B&H. Crazy. I’m really glad I pulled the trigger on this f/1.4 when I did! ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s a sweet upgrade to my already really-good 50mm f/1.8 I have. The bokeh is far more creamy & buttery with the 1.4 than the 1.8. ย It always seems like a small step, that little hop of one stop, but it is like lightyears in lens quality.

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The Kidz

Had some fun with the kids today. I was trying to get Ethan to walk at me with the wooden-toy knife because it made him look like Chucky (that freaky murdering doll from when? 1989?!?) ๐Ÿ˜‰ ย It’s always super fun taking candids of toddlers. I was in a Silver eFex Pro mood today too when I was doing some editing. I like the antique-eque looks and the high contrast stuff. The more indoor shots I take handheld with my 50mm, the more I’m getting used to higher noise. Earlier I would never have taken these kinds of shots because the noise was unacceptable to me. But, when you go high contrast or black and white, it adds a certain je ne sais quoi. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I don’t mind it anymore.


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