Thursday, December 29, 2011

No Flash

Gotta love the new sensors which allow for high ISO settings with low noise!

ISO 2500, 1/500 th, f5.6

Monday, December 19, 2011

Synchronized Skating

I chose to NOT include faces here so I would just be catching the swirl of skirts and the profusion of colour.

Very different from my usual captures, trying to catch reactions or connection to the viewer.

Sometimes you just have to break the mold you have poured yourself into.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Timing

Timing is everything in Sports photography!

You haveto know the sport and anticipate the shot.

Volleyball is so difficult to photograph because the ball doesn't stop - unless it is DEAD!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Seeing Something New

Learn to look around. You will see small things, different things, things you  normally miss.

It's in these moments you capture the world in all its splendor.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

That Time of Year


So it's Fall, but the colour is not wide-spread yet.

Move in close and shoot just one of a few coloured leaves.

Make sure the background is out of focus and you can have a winner!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Look!

The smile is nice.

The figure is great.

But, any way you look at this image, it's the eyes that make the connection!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Connections #2

Sometimes connections are just implied.

Eye contact during a sporting event never happens. The moment is there if you choose to seize it.

Anticipate and "click".

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Connections

Before you take the picture, make a connection with your subject. Only then can you begin to make a photograph.

You must be in touch with your subject in order to bring the emotion that is felt into your work.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Tell a Story

Every picture tells a story. What is your subject's story?

Talk and LISTEN to them. What makes them tick? What is pleasing? Evoke emotions and capture them to create a wonderful image and tell a story.

What is this woman's story? What is she thinking? What did I say to get this smile?

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Timing

With the help of a long lens, you just wait until a subject looks your way.

Okay so it took 3 hours, but worth it.

Friday, July 1, 2011

More selective focus

A large aperture allows for very shallow depth of field and a chance to focus on a very small item to be in focus.

"Princess" was a focal point of a boudoir shoot for a client whom I have tried to connect with for about three years.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Focus

Sometimes you just have to focus on something other than the eyes.

The bokeh of this has blurred the face, but focused on the bracelet.

Strong sunlight has created a flare off the stones.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Diagonals

Lines in a photograph force your eyes to follow them, revealing the photograph.

3 Types of lines are:
  1. Horizontal
  2. Vertical
  3. Diagonal
Diagonals are the strongest. Try to use them whenever possible.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Expression

You must connect with your subject so she can connect with your viewer.

Otherwise, it's just a snapshot. The expression is "coy" and the sensuality comes through.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Dull Day

Don't let a dull day stop you from shooting!

It was supposed to thunder shower today. Had a cancellation from the studio but decided to seek out an image.My walk in the bog yielded this image. Glad I had 400 mm to work with. ISO 100 at125th gave me what I wanted.

It wasn't a lost day after all!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Don't Wait Too Long!

Shot this old house about 5 years ago.

Went back to shoot it again. Silly me! I waited far too long and all that is there now is a field.

It's lost to my camera forever.

Many times, this can happen with buildings, and friends and family.

Don't wait too long and lose the opportunity.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Spring

 I trust spring is finally arriving. There are people out working on lawns and cars; flowers are bursting forth; the birds are sun-bathing.






Time to get out and walk with your camera. You never know what you might notice that you've missed all winter.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Flatter her Image

To make your photograph extra flattering, you could choose to have the face pointing in the opposite direction from the shoulders.

This creates some "action" in the image and is very pleasing for the subject to view of themselves.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tell a Story

I called this image, "Good Morning!"

It tells a story of waking up, being happy to find a loved one close at hand. There is a sensual tone to the photograph although it is very discreet.

The connection with the subject must be there for this to happen. Both subject and photographer must be comfortable in each other's presence.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Gotta say it again!

It's all in the eye connection!

Eyes must look down the lens as if it's a mirror in their room. This "private" connection with the soul is what makes the connection that draws in the viewer and never lets go.

As the photographer, you must focus on the eyes. Watch out for shadows that may hide their brilliance.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Be Prepared

Today was a snow surprise to everyone - plow operators, weathermen, et al!
 This is during the storm on my back porch. I used a light meter to get the proper reading for light vs. snow.
I am ready fro spring to arrive, but always ready to grab my camera!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Timing

Still trying to learn again how to shoot with a point and shoot.
Watch out for Noise and focus fuzziness with one.
Anticipation is improving to get the height of action with the Lift and Drop of Les Supemes, Canadian Sr. Silver Medalists at Synchro Nationals. Gosh I miss my good camera!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

EdVerosky Portraiture

Ed has just turned out "Taking Your Portraiture to the Next Level II" http://www.veroskyphoto.com/portraiture-two-book.html. Another excellent book! Both his first and second books on portraits are must reads.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Connection

Connection with the subject is all about the eyes.

They must follow you to any angle of viewing, so they must be right down the lens. Do that and you have a winner!

These are the things a professional knows and an amateur must learn if they wish to create photographic images instead of snapshots. Lighting is important. Depth of field is important. Focus is important. But, remember to focus on the eyes and make a connection.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Black and White

Sometimes you just have to go Black and White. Nostalgia, the Subject, the Mood. All of these just scream at you, "Make me black and white!"

Eyes wide open, this picture, well the monument, just begged to be the subject of a photograph. I was in the cemetery for another  purpose, and I am trying to take my camera everywhere, so I was fortunate enough to capture this image.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Camera requirements

Skate Canada has a new policy which does not allow cameras with removable lenses.
To use a point & shoot, I tried last night. Lots of noise, and I missed the weight and the manual zoom. New skills are always good and I was able to hone my anticipation mode, but I do miss the quality.

I will be a good boy and follow the new guidelines. Just really glad I won't be responsible for enforcing the new rules. I think they will go nuts trying.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Sun on Snow

Sun and snow are a challenge for most photographers - especially if they use "Automatic" settings on their digital cameras.

  • Set white balance
  • set to Manual aperture and speed from an incident meter reading
  • don't forget composition rules
  • don't create your own shadow in the photograph

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Always keep learning!

  • Read every day.
  • Try to apply what you've read.
  • Look for better techniques.
  • Try to improve your work-flow
  • Always make your client happy.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Timing - Take a Chance

Sometimes, you just have to shoot. The shot is there. If you wait, it'll be gone; and it's a winner.

Shot at a skating competition - skater ready to go on for her performance.