Thursday, June 30, 2011

Day 180, Nothing In Focus, But I like the Colors

I don't think anything is sharp in this image but I still enjoy it. I think it's the mixture of red, blue's and greens that do it for me.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Day 179, Mmmmm Taco

Too hot and busy today to go out and take a photo. So I tried to make a good looking taco and take a photo of it. I'll try harder tomorrow, I promise.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

First session of the season- Brad and Caroline (Day 178)

My parental leave ends in two weeks, so I figured I'd get the rust out and get some practice before I start taking on some portrait clients again. I work with Brad and he does a lot of landscape shooting with me as well. I figured a fellow photographer wouldn't mind posing for me while I stumbled around trying to figure out what button did what. All kidding aside, they where great to shoot for. Oh yea, the above shot, taken half laying in the water while Joe was licking my head, all sorts of fun. I think the shot was worth it tho.

Standing in the water for this one....... Next time maybe I'll wear shorts and sandals. Jeans get heavy when they are wet.

I really like this moment. No directing for this one, happened all on it's own.

Thanks again Brad, Caroline and Joe, you guys where all great!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Day 178, Road Bunnies

I call these road bunnies cause they are always all over the road at the provincial park. Took this from my truck, just pulled up right next to him.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Day 177, Shadows in my kitchen

I was about to go for a little drive and see what I could find for my daily photo when I noticed some neet shadows on the wall. Saved me some gas and I really enjoy this black and white photo. Lot's of lines and contrast.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Day 175, Nice and green

No masterpiece today. I took a photo of this scene because I liked all the diagonal lines in it. I can count at least 12 different lines in this image.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Day 173, Hard to live up to Day 172 standards....

Took Molly for a swim tonight. This looked a lot better to me in person than what my image portrays . I think a little more focal length would of done it.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Day 172, Models can be so arrogant

Had a little "organized" photo shoot with Jacob this morning. Surprisingly babies don't listen very well. It's all about them and what they want to do, ha ha.

I love his little monkey hat.

He liked it better without it....

Mid session beauty rest...

The blue blanket really brings out his eyes.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Day 170, Happy Fathers Day!

My first fathers day card! Thank you Jacob.

Colour? or Black and white?

Ok, so this is the image I went out to get last night. The deer was just a bonus. I had been waiting for low fast moving clouds for a long time now, I've had this image in my head since last summer. I didn't edit it last night because it was late and a three pano stitch with long exposure takes a long time to get just right. So this morning I started with a colour version and then made a black and white version in silver efex pro 2. I like them both....... I want to get it printed on a large canvas but not sure which one. What do you guys think? B&W or Colour?
Please leave your comments on the blog. I need help deciding......

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Day 169, Young Buck

Went out to shoot the docks with all the fast moving clouds tonight and this little guy was in the parking lot. I was able to get fairly close by coasting the truck. Deer are usually less scared if you stay in your vehicle. Plus the window ledge makes a great "tripod".

Friday, June 17, 2011

Day 168, Mmmm Chili

Didn't get a chance to get out before the big downpour today. I was busy tweaking my new website galleries, taking care of the baby and making two pots of chili!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Day 167, Lens in the mud

Got the camera so close for this little guy that my lens was in the mud. Not usually a good thing. Was able to wipe it off easy enough.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Day 165, Practicing my panning technique

Went to the small animal sanctuary in Bonnyville today to practice panning with moving birds. Came back with over 1000 photos, here's the 1 I like. It's all about learning and I did learn a few things today, so that's good.

Going back thru my images this morning, I found this one that I also really enjoy.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Day 163, Love my tilt shift lens

With the tilt I was able to get the whole dock tack sharp and of course this is 3 photos done with the shift function for a perfect pano.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Day 162, Too close to focus

Gotta love the minimum focusing distance on small point and shoots. That's actually Molly's leash the dragonfly is standing on.

This however was too close for me to able to focus.....

Friday, June 10, 2011

Day 161, Wall Art..... Literally

I've been in the house almost all day today so I decided to try and make a photo inside. Something that wasn't the dog or the baby. After fiddling with the house plants for a bit with no success, I started looking for shapes. This is what I came up with. Try it sometime, look around you for interesting shapes, don't move, just look around you right now. I'm sure there's something interesting.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Day 160, Natural light

I just enjoyed the way the light was hitting these on my walk today. One good thing about a point and shoot is that it has a built in Macro lens.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Day 159, Standing Tall

This tree stood out to me on my walk tonight. Converted to black and white using Silver Efex Pro 2.

Day 158, Better late than never

These are my daily pics from yesterday. Went out for the sunset and it was 2300 by the time I got home and I just went to bed.

Followed this little guy along the shore line as he was swimming around. Did not expect him to all of the suden come out of the water and cross the little path right in front of me! I love the golden color of the water and half silhouette. I managed to keep all the detail in the beaver as well. Really happy with this one.

Then I pulled out my 24mm tilt shift lens to try out a focusing technique Darwin Wiggett told me about yesterday. One of the issues with using the tilt with a Nikon is the poor quality Live View to focus when it gets dark. What I didn't know is that Nikon's Live view stops down to the aperture you are using on your camera. So to focus, all you have to do is open up your aperture and the live view will be bright and crisp! It worked great and I was able to set my focus plane to get the image tack sharp from front to back. Then I used the shift feature to get three images, left, right and center to merge in photoshop to create a large photo. Also used a 3stop hard grad filter to balance out the sky. I love my tilt shift lens! Thanks for teaching me how to use it Darwin!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Day 157, Wrong settings, Great picture

Took a photo of Molly earlier today without checking my settings. It's a good thing, cause if I would of had the right shutter speed and white balance, it wouldn't be half as interesting as what I got.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Day 156, Blue Dragonfly

The provincial park is full of all kinds of dragonflies this week. First time I've seen blue ones so I looked for an interesting composition with the leaves. Used a an aperture of F4 to blur out the surroundings.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Day 155, Goldfinch.... female I think

Today I just started reading "Captured" Moose Peterson's new book. It's kinda of an autobiography/instructional how to shoot wildlife book. I find it intriguing how when he started, he would go to the library to research whatever species he was shooting at the time.

And here I am today, took a photo of this yellow bird, no idea what it was, get home, "google" yellow bird in Alberta (yes, google is a verb now), and within seconds I know that this is a Goldfinch, probably a female because she doesn't have a black cap. Gotta love the internet.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Day 154, Three Layered Dip and a little more of Jacob

Amy Jo made this amazing three layered dip for our movie night tonight. It had guacamole, salsa and cream cheese, as well as the cheddar on top. Mmmmm.

Now, as most of you know I'm doing a project 360 to force myself to take photos everyday. I love doing it because it keeps me thinking and gives me lots of practice. The part about it I don't like is having to post a photo I took everyday of that day, good or bad. They can't all be award winners, that's for sure. Some days I'm really happy with what I created that day and other days I'm a little embarrassed to post my sub par image. All in all, I think it's a good thing tho. Motivates me lots. I'm also trying to not make this blog about Jacob....... it's just so hard sometimes, he's so handsome. So here's a few more, because I feel bad about the food shot, lol.

I know I showed this yesterday but I tried it in black and white this morning and love it even more.

Kicking it during bath time! He loves the water. This was taken yesterday as well. See, yesterday was a great day for me and today was not that great. Ups and down I guess.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Day 153, Little Bean

This is me after a P90X workout...... ok, it's Jacob during his belly time. Where he tries to lift his head up and pushes himself forward with his little feet. I had him on his white changing matt in front of the white closet doors and just had to take a photo. This was taken with window light only!

Good day for Baby pictures today. Amy Jo loved the way he was all snuggled in to her shoulder so I once again ran and grabbed my camera. I opened the living room blinds and grabbed another photo with nothing but window light. Plus he was wearing his Moo Cow outfit, so it had to work.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Day 152, Molly's new friend

Molly made a new friend today, a boxer named Joe. He's a great dog, listens very well. Once they got past the language barrier (Joe only speaks french) they got along just great.

Here's a shot of Brad with Joe, waiting to cross the road.

Molly with an obvious case of "little dog" syndrome.