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Tag : Equipment

Day 4.0 – The Shot

So here it is! 11 years later with 1 month of planning, a whole bunch of miles & money, and a lot of new learning – all for this picture (more or less). I left Grenoble pretty early with my new camera all set up and ready to go. It was dark as I drove, and I could see the clouds turning red as I got closer. I was stuck behind a slower car on a curvy road that was […]

Day 3.1 – Disaster in Grenoble ( Err 20 )

As I mentioned in the last post, I arrived in Grenoble and all was good. The day after was the day I would stop by the location that this whole trip was based on. All the money and time spent was soon to be morphed into a result. While I understood that I might get there and there would be no shot, it was still pretty exciting. I clear all the days images onto my laptop and re-formatted the memory […]

Day X – The Wedding

My big adventures in France started with a good friends wedding. I was hoping to have purchased a good flash by the time I arrived but that didn’t happen. I wasn’t really planning on taking any pictures at the wedding since not only was I in the wedding party and probably wouldn’t have time, I also suck at photos of people. While it is something I want to work on, it really isn’t in the direction I want to take […]

Dream Camera

Every time I see an image on flickr that impresses the hell out of me, it is taken with this camera. Of course it isn’t the camera that makes the photo, but there is just something about the full frame 5D that gives images a certain feel that only the 5D can. I have read the debates about full and crop sensor, and the one major reason I want to get this camera is the brilliant images it takes at […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

ND & Graduated ND Filters

I have wanted to use a Graduated Neutral Density filter for a while. To be honest, it is mostly for the cool factor, but I can definitely see what the benefits would be. I have a good amount of photographs where the sky is blown out, with the most recent ones happening when I was photographing the falls in Rawdon. This week I finally went out and bought one. With that said, I am writing this article based on researching […]

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 […]