Friday, March 30, 2012

Tofino, BC. What an amazing place!
Moon Crescent and Epic Sun Set over Chesterman Beach.

I am slowly going through 1500 plus photos from the trip. Every were you look there is something to shoot!
I will post the high lights on here.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Flicker Galleries

False Creek at night with a super long exposure. Epic Vancouver. 3min @ F10.
Heading to Tofino for a few days for a short healing mission. I think some strong Real Rain Coast air will do me some good. I hope to bring home some photo souvenirs.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Pre Shot Check List - Bring Home a Banger

English Bay - Epic Vancouver, Nikon 10-24 mm lens F14 @ 30 sec. iso 100
ND Grad 3 stop Hard.
English Bay - Sun Stare Sea Wall, Nikon 10-24 mm lens F14 @ 1/8 iso 100
ND Grad 3 stop & 1 stop Hard stacked.
English Bay - Battle Ship Bay Vancouver, Nikon 10-24mm lens F22 @ 15 sec. iso 100
ND Grad 3 stop Hard

The Quick Pre Shot Check List

1) Compose The Shot - Find your composition
- use the rule of thirds and leading lines.
- also try getting low and filling the foreground with something interesting like rocks.
2) Set Your Focus Point
- set the focus point over the object for accurate focus.
- set the focus towards the middle of the frame for wide angle landscape shots.
3) Select your F-Stop
- for a blurred out back ground set the desired focus point and use the widest aperture such as F2.8 - F5.6
(the look gets boosted with a telephoto (long) lens also allows for a fast shudder speed)
- when you want the largest area of accurate focus (longest Depth of Field) use a small aperture such as F16 - F22
(this works great for getting that great focus from the very front all the way to infinity in landscape shots also allows for a slow shutter speed)

4) Meter The Shutter Speed
- If in manual mode use the light meter and set the line in the middle to achieve your exposure.
- use exposure compensation (one stop over one stop under) this way you can choose your favorite exposure.
- use aperture priority mode and set the F-Stop and the camera will set the shutter speed.
- use time/speed priority mode and set your shutter speed and the camera will set the F-Stop.
- use a fast shutter speed to freeze action (125th - 2000th of a second)
- use a slow shutter speed to show movement such as milky looking water falls (60th - 30 seconds)

5) A Note On ISO
- use a low iso number like 50-200 for most shooting conditions.
- use the lowest iso number when decreasing shutter speed.
- use a high iso number like 400 and up when in need of a faster shutter speed such as low light hand held shooting.
- image gets grainy at high iso numbers on some cameras.

6) Take The Shot!!

7) Check The Histogram
- look for nice even spikes towards the middle and spread nicely across the histogram.
- look for clipped high lights and lost detail in shadow area.
- adjust exposure and re shoot if needed.

8) Zoom in to 100%
- once you have taken the shot zoom in to 100% to check for sharpness and focus.

Check out your photo!!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Fallow Me On Face Book

Spanish Banks in some Epic light so worth the effort! Stretching the 10.5mm fish eye flat for this full 180 vision. Single Exposure.

Fallow me on Face Book it will be worth the effort to!!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Lately I feel as if I am swimming in a sea full to the brim of digital cameras. Phones, Pocket Cameras, Point & Shoots with SLR qualities and of course the good old DSLR are everywhere. Just take a walk to Granville Island and try to count all the cameras... Not that I am complaining, I think making pictures is great and the more the merrier! However it is refreshing when you witness photographers paying respect to the craft and exposing film!

Two young women work on creating a photograph of the old cement factory on Granville Island with an old school (I assume medium format) film camera. Very Cool!!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A short self portrait style vid from up North Steelhead fishing (not catching) this past fall. Featuring some over the edge HDR fly fishing photography by Aaron Goodis.

Click the post below..

Stuck In A Back Channel.m4v

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Crazy Storm light over the back yard, this is an example of great under light and bold naturally saturated color. No Photoshop needed (well maybe just a little) I shoot Raw!
4 sec. @ F18 iso 100
iphone photo
The set up Nikon camera with 10-24 lens set at 11mm Remote release and a bubble level set up on the pod. Tricks would be an ND 8 filter bolted on to aid in a longer exposure. (the tourist remover) and the Lee 3-stop hard edge ND Grad filter in front to cut down that sky.
Take advantage with spots that are close to home. You just never know what you might get.