Friday, May 27, 2011

Family Fun at Sunset :: Claresholm Alberta Photographer


This past week I got together with a great family to do some photos. When I met with them for their pre-shoot consultation they expressed that they wanted to do their photos in Dinosaur Provincial Park. This got me excited because I love going to the badlands to do photos. The terrain is different and there are so many places to shoot. On the way out to the Park we stopped by a farm and did a few photos and then continued on to our primary location. Despite the mosquitoes we had a good time and got some great images. Thanks guys.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Brooks Minor Ball :: Brooks Alberta Sports Photographer

Tonight was my last night doing Brooks Minor Ball photos in Brooks. I approached the Association a few months ago and ended up getting the bid for this seasons. I've had a blast "shooting" the ball players and seeing the excitement in the young players.

I'm a big believer in organized sports and how they help kids learn important life lessons like following rules, working hard, teamwork and good sportsmanship.

It's fun to watch the younger kids play and to see the look of joy on their faces as they run the bases or make a good play. You can tell the coaches are having fun too. They are constantly cheering for their players giving them pats on the back. Good coaches make a huge difference in kid's lives. I've had a few influential coaches over the years. Their examples and life lessons have helped shape who I am today. It's so important to have good role models.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Revisiting the Farm

I was driving home from Dinosaur Provincial Park yesterday with my family. While we were driving down the road I was keeping my eye on the sky and watched as it developed into dusk. As we approached a farm that I had photographed a few years ago I decided to stop and take some pictures.

 The Image above was taken On August 4, 2006 at 6:15 AM and the sun was rising in the East. I did not have any filters with me and had to make do with what I had.

The Image above is what I shot last night (May 6, 2011) at about 8:15 PM with the sun setting in the West. I had my filters with me this time.

You can see the diffence in the two images. In the first one I did not get as close to the water and I included  white fence on the right. The inclusion of fence and the grass on the bottom is a bit distracting. I could have cropped out the fence and the grass but then I would have cut off the right edge of the creek as well. This time around I made sure I was nice an close to the water to eliminate both issues. The other major difference is the position of the sun. In the first image the sun is in the frame causing the sky to be blown out. I had to take multiple exposures and then combined them in post. In the second image the sun was setting behind me and I was able to control the contrast between the sky and the ground easier. The use of graduated filters made this image really come alive.

I like both images don't get me wrong. My style has changed over the last few years and I am glad that I was able to try a different angle at a different time of day.

Just because you have "been there and done that" doesn't mean you can't do it again. Try going to a location several times and at different times of the day. See what happens with your photos and how the light changes. Try different settings and make some mistakes. That's how we learn.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A Change in Perspective

I was in Lethbridge Visiting family for the Easter Break and had the desire to shoot some landscapes. I packed up a few of my filters, my tripod and my camera and headed towards the High Level Bridge. I eventually set up on the East side of the Coolies over looking the valley below and the bridge. I got there a little later then I had planned but tried to make the best of it. I started off facing the sun and began shooting through the wheel  sculpture they have by the Galt Museum. The sun set ended up being kind of blah so after the sun had gone well below the horizon I began looking for other other perspectives of the wheel. I noticed that the surface of the wheel was highly polished and had the idea to turn my back to the setting sun and shoot the last rays of the day bouncing off the wheel. After a few graduated filters and some camera adjustments I made the following image.

When you're not liking what you are seeing in front of you, try moving around and see what else you can find. try different angles, lenses, shutter speeds and use up some space on your memory card. digital memory is cheap. You might be surprised at what you find.

When I got back home I ran the image through some post processing and made the following image. I wanted a dirtier feeling to the photo and added some additional texture.

Have a great week everyone. 

Monday, May 2, 2011

2011 Brooks Trade Show Photographer

I've just spent the last few days at this year's Brooks and District Chamber of Commerce Trade Show. This was my first time that I've had a booth at a Trade show and I really enjoyed it. I met and talked to well over 450 people and had 423 people enter my draw for a free photo shoot and 16x20 print. I originally planned on giving one prize away this year but due to the number of people that entered I have decided to give 3 way. I drew the names today and have a video of the winners at the end of this post.

I was fortunate to be located in the show by some other great businesses such as Frontier Signworks, 2nd Floor Hair and Body and Meadows Golf Course. They were all very energetic and talkative. This was a nice bonus during the slower times. It was also able to talk to a few people that I haven't seen I a while as they cam by my booth. It was great to catch up and hear about what was new in their lives.

Life goes on and people get busy. One of the most common things I heard was that it had been several years since people had done a family picture. If you look at your last family photo that you have up on your wall and see that you still had hair and are now bald you need a new one. If you see in the photo that your oldest child is wearing a diaper but in reality is old enough to drive your car now... you need a new photo. Finally, if you've had any new addition to your family or have started your own family you need a current family photo.

My thoughts on this weekend:

Meeting 450+ people and having them see my work... Awesome!
reconnecting with some friends... Great!
Made some new friends... Sweet!
Standing on concrete for 18 hours... not so good.
Having my son come hang out with me for an hour and help pass out cards... Highlight of the weekend!

And Now for the winners of the draw...

I realized after I finished recording the draw that the one woman's name is actually Nikki not Nuki... sorry Nikki.