Sunday, April 30, 2017

Landscape update

I've rescued some landscape photos from poor keywording and star ratings. My bad. If you're a new photographer, take some time to think about this before you've accumulated a lot of images. You think you'll remember, but you won't. A word to the wise.

Landscapes are fun. The foothills near Calgary are filled with rolling hills, mountain backdrops, stunning cloudscapes, and if you get there at the right time the light is unbelievable. I've already spent a bunch of delightful afternoons scouting and thinking about what would make a good place. The next trick is to be there at the right time. Sunrise is often good. Sunsets are a little trickier.

I've done two skyline shoots with different buddies, and that was fun. So far nobody has come along on a landscape shoot, but hope that changes this summer.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Skyline update

Found them! I'm browsing through another 18 skyline photos, thinking about which are best to add to my Skyline gallery. That's what you get for not being consistent with meta-data.

For a while I had a bit of a fetish about shooting the skyline, and I'm still thinking about interesting ways of doing it. It's a great way to learn your camera and start getting a grip on the craft of photography.

Firstly, it's easy to tell if you've got focus and depth of field right. Those windows and lights are clear or they aren't, making allowances for distance, air quality, and lighting.

Second, the camera is on a tripod, or should be, and you've got the time to experiment with different settings.

Third, patience. It takes as long as long as it's going to take for the sun or moon to come up, or set. The clouds slowly shift with the wind, changing the light. The right moment, that exact right moment for your dream shot might only last a few seconds. You want to be ready, even though it might take hours to get there.

The ones I've added include some of my first good shots. I've made some notes in the gallery itself about them.

Sunday, April 16, 2017


Hello and thank you for visiting my photo galleries. You can use the tabs above or the links below as you choose. The galleries will be updated periodically, with a last updated date so you can see what's new.

Abstracts, currently 12 images, last updated 20170523
These start as actual photographs that are manipulated with various image software tools.

Cats, currently 13 images, last updated 201816
Our two cats are popular subjects, but upon request I'll do a portrait of your cats.

Cityscapes, currently 8 images, last updated 20170417
Calgary is a beautiful city for photography.

Flowers, currently 23 images, last updated 20170816
Mostly from our garden. Beyond roses, dahlias, begonias, and lilies, don't ask me what they are. One is straight from the camera with only cropping applied. Look in the Macro gallery for more flower shots.

Image of the Month, last updated 20170801
At the end of the month I look over my photos and pick the one I think is best, for whatever reasons that seem good to me at the time. I blog about it and almost always include the runners up and why they were chosen. At the end of the year I'll do a Photograph of the year, and invite reader participation.

Landscapes, currently 13 images, last updated 20170430
The rolling Foothills and Rocky Mountains make a dramatic backdrop. Fish Creek Park is beautiful. More coming soon.

Look Up, currently 13 images, last updated 20170816
Sun rise, sun set, moon, stars, cloudscapes, weather. Maybe an aurora shot if I get lucky one day.

Macro, currently 19 images, last updated 20170807
These started with extension tubes on a 100 mm macro lens, but I've recently got a specialized 60 mm macro 1-5x magnification lens, and all future additions will be with this lens.

People, currently 12 images, last updated 20170816
I don't think of myself as a people photographer particularly, but after several race shoots I'm coming to see the complexity and beauty in the faces of ordinary people.

Skyline, currently 13 images, last updated 20170420
The Calgary skyline is always changing. New buildings illuminated by dramatic sun rise and sun sets, different every day. Added 6 photos from earlier sessions where I hadn't been consistent with star ratings or keywords. Added some comments about a few of the photos.

Still Life, currently 7 images, last updated 20170417
A gallery of images that don't fit anywhere else particularly.

Wild Rose Tri 2017, A page to link to many photographs taken at this event. At some point it will be taken down to make room for something else.

Lake Chaparral 2017 events, A page to link to several Google Photos albums of many photographs taken at this event. At some point it will be taken down to make room for something else. Note there is a link to photographs taken by Dawn, these are NOT mine.

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This blog has finished initial construction as of 20170417, but there's still some fine tuning and some images to find. Check back soon. You can sign up for email notifications of when I update.

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Hello and thank you for visiting my photo galleries. You can use the tabs above or the links below as you choose. The galleries will be upda...