Thursday, October 7, 2010

A little fall color

A wnoderfully warm, golden blizzard of light.
The subtle shift of summer to fall, some of these trees look as though they want summer to hang around just a little longer.
Looks like we definitely have a disagreement here as to weather or not the seasons should be changing. So here are a few fall color images, I really wish I could get out a little more to shoot this time of the year.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Antelope Island Photo Safari

The Antelope Island Photo Safari weekend was a success! Quite a few guests were able to try out a lot of great equipment, spend time learning from instructors, see some beautiful scenery and take some great pictures. We hope to offer another event like this in the future. I didn't take a lot of pictures, as I was manning the equipment table, but I was able to sneak in a few. Hope you like them.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Iskwatikan Lake

Pentax K20d with 12-24mm, f13 aperture, 1/60 Shutter, Evaluative metering, 100 ISO and a C-PL for reflection enhancement. We usually talk about using the polarizer to remove reflection, but it can be just as effective to add more. It was fun to experiment with this in a few different shots. Could you ask for a better day to take some pictures?
Pentax K20d with 12-24mm, f10 Aperture, 20 sec. Shutter, Evaluative metering, ISO 200. I used the C-PL again to control some of the reflections and contrast in the sky, Manfrotto tripod and a cabled release to control the exposure. Shot in full manual. This was on of the last sunsets before coming home. I loved the rim light on the boat and the great variation of colors in the sky.
Pentax K20d with 12-24mm lens, f22 Aperture, 1/5 shutter, Evaluative metering, -1 underexposed to try and compendsate for the shadowed foreground and the light of the plane. Mafrotto tripod and the IR wireless remote and C-PL to maximize reflection in the water.
This is actually at Lac Laronge in Sasketchewan, the night before we flew in to Iskatikan Lake.

Iskwatikan Lake

A trip to Canada with my Dad for some fishing, tall tales and some time off of work....and some photography too. All Images were shot using the Pentax K20d. Quite a few of them were captured using the 12-24mm lens and a polarizing filter. The views were provided by a very generous Mother Nature. I tried to stay fairly simple by keeping ISO to the 100 range for most of the daylight shots during the trip. I only used a few lenses, most specifically the 16-50, 12-24, and the 55-300. I caught a lot of fish, a lot of pictures and a lot of great memories. Thanks Dad!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Saturday Afternoon Experiments

Same as below but reflector is used only on the background.
Wavy Metal
Pentax K20D, 50mm, 1/100 Shutter, f1.6 Aperture, 100 ISO, Center Weighted meter, No Flash
Gold Reflector used for background and foreground
Original Image before B&W conversion. Same specs as below.
Black & White Abstraction
High contrast edit in lightroom.
Pentax K20D, 12-24mm, 1/25 shutter, f4 Aperture, 100 ISO, Center weighted, Diffused flash underexposed 2 stops
Pentax K20D, 50mm, 1/60 Shutter, 1.4 Aperture, 100 ISO Center weighted metering, Flash used, diffused and 2 stops under exposed.
All of these images were taken with a couple of candle holders I found while out with my wife at the craft store. Can you believe we went there so she could find something and I was the only one who ended up making a purchase? I saw these and started thinking how much fun I could have with them, so home we went and I broke out the camera, which has been sorely unused for the last little bit. I used tinfoil for my background and varied use of my built in flash with a Gary Fong puffer for the 50mm shots, underexposed so I wouldn't get to high of a contrast, just a little highlights. I did not use the flash for the 12-24 shots as the flash coverage is too narrow with that lens. I used my gold reflector to illuminate the background and foreground in a few shots for some variety.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

A little Hockey Anyone....?

Pentax K20D, DA55-300, f5.6, 1/320 shutter, ISO 1600, Shutter Priority, Center Weighted metering.
Pentax K20D, DA55-300, f7.1, 1/320 shutter, ISO 1600, Shutter Priority, Center Weighted metering.
Pentax K20D, DA55-300, f6.3, 1/320 shutter, ISO 1600, Shutter Priority, Center Weighted metering.
Pentax K20D, DA55-300, f5.6, 1/320 shutter, ISO 1600, Shutter Priority, Center Weighted metering.
Pentax K20D, DA55-300, f5.6, 1320 shutter, ISO 1600, Shutter Priority, Center Weighted metering.
Pentax K20D, DA55-300, f5.6, 1/320 shutter, ISO 1600, Shutter Priority, Center Weighted Metering.
Pentax K20D, DA55-300, f4.5, 1/500 shutter, ISO 3200, Shutter Priority, Center weighted metering.
Pentax K20D, DA55-300, f6.3, 1/500 shutter,, ISO 3200, Shutter Priority, Center weighted metering.
Sooooo... it's been a few years since I have done any serious sports photography and it took a bit to get back in the swing of things. I had a fun evening with some friends at the Grizzlies game sitting at the glass. No fights, but it was still a great game. Every sport is so different and there are so many different ways to shoot each one. I remember now how addicting sports photography can be. All was great except for one thing.... I need a faster telephoto lens :D

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

I'm Baaaack!...sort of.

So the 365 that dominated my time over the last year has been completed. It was an excellent experience and I am thinking of another project, but in the meantime, I decided to look through a few images taken over the last few months and see what I had.
Pentax K20d, 31mm ltd., f16, 1/250th shutter, ISO 100, Aperture Priority, Center-weighted metering, 1 stop underexposed
I bracketed this shot and ended up taking the slightly underexposed image. I used a polarizer and also a graduated Sunset Cokin filter. I enhanced the oranges a little more and added the framing vignette in Lightroom.