November 29, 2009

More Whole Flowers in Ice (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Digital original, 30 image focus blend, 6 frame stitch

In the couple of years that I have spent working with frozen flowers, I have seldom had a “perfect” result, but this Christmas Cactus is probably the best I have produced. Fortunately, this particular flower block was created well into my explorations of the process, and takes full advantage of all the tools I've brought to the images (stitching for higher resolution, focus stacking for greater depth of field).

This image was included in the 2010 exhibition `Frozen Light` which was displayed at ViewPoint Gallery, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Digital original, 23 image focus blend, 3 frame stitch

November 21, 2009

A Day of Photography (Suris, Prince Edward Island)

Digital original, 6 image exposure blend
The primary reason for this trip to Prince Edward Island was to assist a photographer who was having challenging with her commercial photography; as part of the training, we visited the local church she frequently did weddings at - and as soon as we walked in, I knew what the primary challenge was - the building, while beautiful, has to be one of the darkest churches I have ever been in. Fortunately, with a tripod in hand, this is not an issue!
Digital infrared original
As soon as I saw the bridge between these two wharves, I knew I wanted to make an image from the middle of the bridge overlooking them both. The late autumn sky was relatively bright, and would have been pretty featureless when viewed with a conventional camera, but in infrared, the scene changed dramatically, shifting the sky towards a much more threatening role in the final composition.
Digital original
The last set of images of the evening were focused on working with the swiftly moving water - in the above case, a 30 second exposure blurred the river so much there is no distinction between the dry sand and the wet!

November 20, 2009

The Confederation Bridge (Bayfield, New Brunswick)

Digital infrared original
I've only been across the P.E.I. bridge a couple of times, but each one left me wishing I’d had time to stop and make some images. Fortunately, on this trip (to teach a workshop) I had an hour to spare, and spent some time working with the 17mm T/S lens, and the massive structure.
Digital infrared original
One of the challenges of working with the bridge is giving some sense of its scale; only a small portion of the bridge is prominent in the above image, but I hope the rapidly diminishing lines of the structure give some idea of the true scale of the bridge.

November 08, 2009

Cape Breton II (Cabot Trail, Cape Breton)

Digital original
The best part of the second day in Cape Breton was that it was covered with a light dusting of snow - not enough to accumulate in the valleys, but just the right amount to cover the hills, and set off the lovely colour of the winter trees.
Digital original
It was just by pure chance that I arrived at this highway look-off at the exact moment of sunset - in face, as it was, by the time the camera was set up and the image was made, the glow in the sky had faded noticeably.
Digital original, 2 image exposure blend
One of the frustrations I frequently have when working with landscape is how important the uncontrollable is (in this case, the weather). While this image is very pleasing, and works quite well, without the dramatic sky, it would be rather lack-lustre, bringing to the fore the question of what makes a good photograph - the photographer, or chance?

November 01, 2009

Red and Purple on Ice

Digital original, 13 frame focus blend, 2 frame stitch

Digital original, 9 frame focus blend

Digital original, 14 frame focus blend, 2 image stitch
The quest for colours continues - most of the primaries are covered now, but there a good many combinations of colours which remain to be explored, such as this pair!