Every once in a while all the stars align and things work out. Magnascope had all their equipment in the yard the other day – an extreme rarity – and we were able to get together for a quick photo shoot. Fortunately the weather even cooperated. Utilizing a front end loader, I was able to get an elevated point of view from which to take the photos. It was really incredible to see all the trucks lined up in one place! I shot everything HDR to bring out the colour and texture of the sky. It all came together really well! 😎
It was only -38 with the windchill today so I thought I’d go and do some HDR photography… I’m insane. But it’s true, the worst weather often gives the best opportunities for making photos. We had killer sun dogs again today as the weather was diabolical. I actually didn’t really set out to do HDR. I wanted a slow shutter speed shot of drifting snow. But I realized I forgot my variable ND filter in my other camera bag. Doh. So HDR it was! (more…)
This post is not intended to be a mantra for hunting season. Ahem. 😎 It’s about seizing the moment before it’s gone. The “capture” aspect of photography is really of the essence. Event photographers and wedding folk know this well. But even landscapers or point and shooters can glean a lesson from it. If a picture is happening before you, go shoot it. Don’t wait and come back later. Chances are good it won’t be there. Take the 5 minutes to stop, get out and make the frame. Like time, you can never get it back. And personally, I hate living with that “Doh! I wish I would have stopped and got that photo!” It applies to all of life.
This shot was one of those times. I was on my way back from a shoot and saw these 3 combines and the grain cart tractor parked in a harvested field. All of them red. With a nice little moon overhead. I had to stop. I pulled the car over and walked out into the field. I didn’t have a tripod but I had a step ladder with me. So, I used it as a rest and was able to take some frames to make this HDR image. I’m pleased with how it turned out as it grabs what harvest time on the prairies is all about. I could have drove past, but I’m glad I seized the moment! 😎
The other morning was beautiful with “hooker frost” all over the place! 😎 Ok, Ok, it’s really hoarfrost, but I couldn’t resist! No matter how you slice it, it was better looking than Julia Roberts. I was out visiting some parishioners and stopped to nab a quick HDR of their barn, as well as a couple of other cool winter shots. Gotta love it! And of course, my favorite little snow bunny too. 🙂
The storm itself wasn’t all that bad tonight but the cloud structures were awesome! Living next to a big valley is awesome for getting amazing thermals to make the clouds to pop-wheelies! 😉 And the best thing ever was the huge golden light that was coming from the West. It made this tremendous rainbow! It was raining still but I ran out into the backyard to nab the shots. I bracketed the rainbow for HDR to get the max amount of definition. Only bummer was it was hand held so there is some ghosting on the trees. But I don’t care, the rainbow was awesome. I wish I had an FX camera though and I probably could have got the whole thing in the frame! 😎
Capitalizing on the dismal fog, I ran out and came across this blast from the past. What a location! Old smashed farm house, decrepit stone barn ruins, racoon tracks hither and thither… it was a regular haunt of jackals! I was testing the VR function of the 16-35mm lens as I went with no tripod but was still able to do these HDR mashups with very little ghosting. Cool! 😎 I was really diggin’ the high contrast black and white feel when I was editing these ones. Adds to the overall bleakness… 😉
Nothin’ beats a good ol’ Saskatchewan storm. We’ve got loads of sky and with our wicked weather, it’s been brewing up the mad cloud banks. On Thursday night, I noticed the big fluffy white ones and immediately thought: Tornado. Or, at the very least a plow wind. But, thankfully it never happened. But it did offer some way cool photo ops. I decided to give chase and drive east, trying to get some shots before the sun went down. I was able to nab the clouds in golden light which rocks the set! I also decided to do some HDR shots to capture the crazy structure & drama of the clouds. Super fun stuff! 🙂
I was out and about yesterday and over the lunch hour, I stopped to nab a couple of HDR shots while we had our one-day-a-week allotment of sunshine. 😉 I knew all I wanted to do was get HDR photos so I put the camera on a tripod and setup my bracketing for 5 images. Using my camera’s sweet ability to do interval timer shooting (might as well call this HDR mode), I set that up for 5 frames and pressed OK. click-click-click-click-click! Got ’em, 5 shots all one stop apart. Couldn’t be easier. I’ve been wanting to get out and get some old rundown prairie HDR shots for a while now, but our weather has just plain sucked. Had hail this morning the size of a marble to boot. Yeck. Gotta make photos while the sunshines!