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Seattle

I got the opportunity to go to Seattle last week for a short weekend. I had Saturday free and knew that I wanted to go out and take pictures. After doing a little research, I decided I would go into the mountains in the morning and catch the sunrise, and then go to the coast in the afternoon. My assumptions on how much time it would take was greatly under-calculated and it took me forever. The morning shoot was ok. […]

Vermont Trip – Part II

As we drove on and stopped in a few locations, I still found that I was rushing my shots. I was impressed with how Brad took his time and had more of a mellow view of things. We ended up finding a covered bridge that was interesting and we stopped for awhile. The season was still causing issues and the shots around the bridge really weren’t all that spectacular. I was able to get one shot that was decent, but […]

Vermont Trip – Part I

A few Saturdays ago, I picked up Brad and Jimmy to head out to Vermont to take pictures. The initial plan was to go to Ausable Chasm, but in the end we just stayed in the Vermont hills for most of it. The weather was really nice, but maybe not perfect for shooting. I had a pretty good mapped route set up using Google maps to find other photographer’s shots and locations that might be promising. It is hard going […]

Main Event

Cap Saint Jacques – Sunset Photoshoot

Around 5pm one Saturday night, I found myself dropping the kids off at their grandparents’ house. I had packed my camera in the car since the sky looked like it might provide a good sunset. Since I had my new Tokina 11-16mm with me, I was eager to try it out at Cap Saint Jacques. I had succeeded in getting one decent sunset there, and was interested in using the new wide angle to get a better one. When I […]

Extension Tube Madness

While making a purchase on Amazon.com a while back, I found a set of extension tubes for 15$. Because of the price, I really wasn’t expecting much, but bought them to give them a try. They were pretty hard to use, but I had a lot of fun with them. There is no automatic focus with them, so I found the easiest way was to set everything manual and move my camera back and forth the focus. It didn’t work […]

In Camera Composition

I am starting to realize how in camera composition is so key. While there is a lot you can do in post-processing, you can loose some strength in the image if you leave it to later. If you look at the picture below, you will notice that my alignment with the sign/horizon is off. If I had noticed it while looking through the viewfinder, I could have easily leveled off the sign edge so that it was parallel with the […]

Victoria

Super Moon – Nighttime Photoshoot

As I was reading the local paper online, I found an article about a ‘Supermoon’ the coming Saturday. Apparently it only happens every 20yrs, so I made arrangements to go take pictures. Brad, a friend I met at a photography meetup group,  would join me after he went shooting in Rawdon. We emailed back and forth to try to find a good location. The first was the observation area on Mount Royal. It has a great eastward view of the […]

Pier - Part IV - Sunrise

Beautiful Carolina – Sunrise Photoshoot

I woke up at 5:30 with the sun rising at 6:30. I grabbed my bag and tripod and started to walk down the beach as the horizon started to lighten. I probably should have gone out a little earlier, but I rushed down the beach and got there in time. I had picked a fantastic day to go out. There were wisps of clouds, and I knew they would pick up the color nicely. I started shooting as light started […]

Under the Pier - Long Exposure

South Carolina – Sunset Photoshoot

On one of the first evenings in South Carolina, I was on the balcony of the hotel looking down the beach. The sun was setting inland and the beach in the far distance had that hazy orange light being cast over the blowing sand and shadowed hotels. I didn’t have the option to go out and shoot, but had two opportunities later in the week. The first evening I went out, I took my 6yr old son out with me. […]

What is in the Backpack

Here is a list of what I have in my backpack. I don’t bring it all out all the time, but if might give you some ideas. My Camera My lenses A Tripod (slings onto the back) Filter Pack Rain Cover Mini Mag Light iPad with Camera Connection Kit (if travelling) USB Cable Pair of extra gloves Extra hat Extra Battery and Charger Extra SDHC Cards USB Stick (not sure why) Canon IR Remote GPS (Garmin or my iPhone) Padlock […]