October 29, 2017

A Field Trip to Fort George (The Citadel) (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Digital original, 9 frame exposure blend
Whenever I am working outdoors (be it with a model, architecture or landscape) the sky is almost always the most important consideration - and in this case, it made this image!
Digital original

As I was heading back to the car to get another battery, I noticed the light reflecting on the passage ceiling - and made the above image.
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I seldom am drawn to colour, but in this case, the rich surge against the kilt did just that.

October 25, 2017

A Fall Session with Ingrd (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Digital original
As October moves towards its end, a warm day occurred, and Ingrid and I lept at the chance for one more outdoor session. We have worked outdoors in the fall before, and I found Ingrid's colouring to work particularity well with fall colours.
Digital infrared original
I always try my infrared camera, even when a session (like this one) is expected to focus on colour. While the fallen leaves lack some of the luminescence I;m used to seeing from foliage, I really like how the infrared camera renders the old tree Ingrid is lying upon, and of course, how it renders skin tones.
Digital original
The primary reson for selecting this location was the small stream that flows through the forest; I had hoped to make some photographs of leaves swirling in the water, but unlike my first visit, there was not a lot of water flow...so all I could find was this small swirl below a fallen tree.
Digital original, 4 image stitch
The last image (above) takes full advantage of my 17mm TS-E lens; using the shift feature, the composition is made up of 4 separate frames (sifted up+left, up+right, down+left and down+right). This not only increases the resolution of the image (from 50mp to 75mp) it also provides me with a dramatically wider angle of view - approaching 9mm on a full-frame camera!

October 22, 2017

Fall Flowers (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Digital original
As fall moves closer and closer to its transition to winter, there are still surprising gems to find in the Halifax Public Gardens. An afternoon of photograph provided me with a couple of gems, including the above and below images, of late blooming fall colours!
Digital original, 2 image focus blend
The above image is a great example of why I love my Sigma 150mm macro lens - the crazy-shallow depth of field, combined with the beautifully soft out-of-focus background. Just lovely.

October 08, 2017

Photo 101 Field Trip (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

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The fall flowers are out in full bloom at the Halifax Public Gardens, making it the perfect destination for a photo field trip.
Digital original
One unexpected advantage to photographing this late in the fall is low lethargic the bees get; in the summer you can hardly get your camera up in time before they scurry off, but in the fall, they tend to move slower, and stay at a single flower longer.
Digital original
The last image I made in this field trip is one of my favorites - it takes full advantage of the shallow depth of field my 150mm macro lens provides - and as an extra bonus, it is an image that totally relies upon colour - something rare for me.