Author Archives: kevin_hardy

Preventing Camera Shake

During my first few months back into photography, I was a king of camera shake. It wasn’t really something I was paying too much attention to, but my images were definitely suffering from it. The ‘way back’ area of my brain remembered a shutter speed vs focal length method of calculating how fast you can handle a camera hand-held, so I dug a little deeper to find answers. The rule of thumb is that your minimum shutter speed should be […]

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First Burst

Fire & Ice – Fireworks Photoshoot

I attended my first Meetup.com event recently. The planned shoot was a fireworks display that happens in the Old Port of Montreal every Saturday night. This being my first fireworks shoot, I was pretty excited. The people in the group were great. It was nice to meet other photographers at various levels and hear some of the techniques they used. A big thanks to Brad who let me use his White Balance lens cap what-ever-its-called and has now succeeded in […]

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The View that Started it All

So, I found it. I worked my way back using Google Maps & Street View and found the exact spot I took the picture 10 years ago that is causing me to drive Nice to Grenoble. You can see the small clump of buildings on a little hill with mountains surrounding it. At the time, the clouds were pretty low and you could see them passing halfway up the steeple. I figure the weather won’t be the same, but I […]

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Test Shot - Long Exposure and ND Filters

Long Exposure & ND Filters

When I bought my new lens, I was cross-sold a filter set. It had a UV and Polarizer filter, but the one I was most excited about was the ND filter. I wanted to work with ND filters for a while, and I’ll write an article about them when I get a chance. What I have is a 0.6 filter which according to what I read gets me 2 stops of fun. Trying to get at least one good sunset […]

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The Dream Lens

This is the lens I am saving up for: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens. I spotted this lens when the initial thought of replacing my kit lens was mulling around in my brain. I have seen so many good reviews for this lens, I can’t help but get a little excited by it. I was debating on getting a faster lens with a better the f/4 rating, but decided to go with image quality instead of speed. I tend […]

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My New Lens

So I picked up my zoom lens. Even though the reviews commented that the focus was a little fuzzy, I decided to save the money and go for the EF-S 55-250 from Canon. I picked it up from <a title=”B&amp;H photo” href=”http://www.bhphoto.com” target=”_blank”>B&amp;H Photo</a>. As a landscape photographer, I really do not have a need for a zoom lens, so I was just looking for something to use when shooting pictures of the kids playing sports. The price was right, […]

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Test Shot - Manual Focus

Testing Out Manual Focus

I had to drive up north again, so I was hoping I could visit Rawdon to try to get my focus in check. The weather was nice and gray again, so after I was finished my errands, I started to drive back home. Off Highway 15, there is this great old drive-in theater. It is now just a vacant lot, but the old metal screens are still there and I have always wanted to stop. I got a little lost […]

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Monday

Trip to Rawdon – Waterfall Photoshoot

Way back, about 20yrs ago, I was taking a photography course where we shot on color slide film and would develop the images in the school darkroom. It was a fun class, but was also my last photography class. I took a trip a little north of Montreal to a place call Rawdon. Rawdon is a small little town with a great waterfall just within the city limits. There are two things I had remembered about this waterfall: 1) As […]

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