Friday, December 27, 2013
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Saturday, December 14, 2013
|Snow Fall from the Front Door|
The above essay by Mark Dubovoy is well said. I'm wondering why my new OMD M1 cannot be configured easily the way I want it via a computer program. I'm thinking the Olympus image share program should allow me to reconfigure the camera via some easy purpose driven dialogs and defaults.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Saturday, November 16, 2013
The roll of paper is in the HP Z3100 and profiled. Now what to print? Black and white or colour?
I've printed the first large print and this is one fine paper. The first print was this image http://www.johngreen.ca/2013/12/snow-fall-from-front-door.html
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Explore the look of classic cameras and explode your creative options!
An example....this was taken in 2004 at Paris at Père Lachaise Cemetery. I selected the look of Analog Efex 'Classic camera 4' for this monument.
|Kisses for Oscar|
Monday, October 14, 2013
Sunday, October 6, 2013
|Dreaming Tree in the Fog|
Canon 5D Mark 1 and Sigma 50mm F1.4 were the tools used.
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Sunday, September 22, 2013
The equipment used was a vintage Canon 5D, 24mm TS, tripod, cable release, L bracket etc.
Exposure was 25 seconds at F16, and ISO 50. The tilt and shift lens has a lot of depth of field at F16 without too much diffraction. There was some lens shift used in this image.
I tried exposures from seconds to 10 minutes.
The variable ND was very useful with its ability to dial in exposure. You can easily dial in 30 seconds. This is the maximum with the built in shutter. A timer application on the phone was used for measuring the longer exposures. I did not find exposures over 30 seconds that interesting for this subject. There was some wind in the valley and really long exposures had too much tree movement for my liking.
The threshold could be impending fall season, the angel like falls, the dreamy water scene or...
|Dweller on the Threshold|
Sunday, September 1, 2013
Monday, August 19, 2013
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Art is a fantastic speaker with a marvelous sense of humour. It was interesting to hear a few stories on the people he has photographed.
I picked up a copy of his latest book "The New Art of Photographing Nature." This is a wonderful book for any photographer! There are a lot of good creative ideals in it. Especially useful to me were the topics on shitter speed. See page 152 when you get the book. Interestingly enough a fellow attendee purchased that print in a medium size. Paul (AKA me) really liked that lion print too. It will look marvelous wherever you decide to put it.. ISBN 978 0 7704 3315 4
Special thanks to Maria of the gallery for getting me into the full meet and greet for Art.
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Saturday, June 29, 2013
I thought long and hard about going for the Adobe creative cloud. But since I usually only upgrade PS every two versions I decided to wait. Next time I may not have a choice, but now I do.
Also, Joan wants to stay on Lightroom 4, and if she was in the cloud how would this be done? V4 is not in the creative cloud at the moment. Not everyone wants the latest and greatest :-)
Lightroom gets a lot of use so this product gets upgraded every release, but its only $70for the upgrade.
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Saturday, May 25, 2013
|The Dreaming Tree|
|Curves for a Sunny Day|
|Cylinders Cast on the Landscape|
|The Mystery Forest|
Friday, May 24, 2013
The filter wrenches are two for six dollars from B&H (plus shipping.)
|The filter wrench that I used|
|Attached filter wrench to lens|
The filter wrenches I used are available here: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/807009-REG/Sensei_FW6277_62_77mm_Filter_Wrench_Set.html
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013
I found an Hoya close up lens filter set on sale for $20 the other day. In the set of three was a +4 lens. Here are two samples image using a GF2/14-140 plus +4. The plant is in the front garden at the house. Sufficient equipment for close up flower images I would say...
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Saturday, May 11, 2013
|The Thinker and the Fool|
|My Domain Until He Who Must Be Obeyed Shows Up|
|Pretty Blue and I know It|
Friday, May 10, 2013
I know I have been distracted for a while. Thanks for waiting for me. I suppose there was considerable loneliness waiting on the shelf for me to feel inspired again.
Here are two images one in color and the other an infrared black and white using the creative Holga lens for micro 4/3. The cherry blossoms were falling from the trees on this day. It was the start of a new beginning for the trees and a moment to capture for me.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Monday, April 29, 2013
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Thursday, April 18, 2013
From the command prompt (booted of a windows cd into recovery mode)
Full article here: http://www.techspot.com/guides/630-windows-8-boot-fix/
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Selecting a theme that gets you most of the way to your desired look and feel is wise. Try them all...Then push the easy customizer as far as you can to modify the layout. Add navigation, change fonts and all that good stuff. Don't be afraid to change your mind as you go along.
- Next step is to publish some site content in galleries. Don't try to build the whole site at once. Create content in phases. The organization of your galleries may change. Mine did as I worked through the content groupings. The site hierarchy I expect will continue to evolve. I know it will. I started off with no categories and then later created them. So I would say this part of the site is fluid and easy to change using the Smartmug interface.
- Install the Adobe Lightroom addin and configure it to upload content. Test it. Define a set of default settings for the creation of new galleries. This will save you time each time a gallery is created.
- Adding a custom URL and Google analytics key came next. Do this through the account pages.
- The following step was using the advanced customizer to add CSS to change what layout you want. There are many web sites with complete code samples or code snippets. Google search is your friend here.
- Build some more galleries....tweak the CSS once again.
- Add some non image content pages such as an About page. Link them into the navigation.
- Adding content for SEO is a good thing to do. Pay attention to image keywords. Mine are a mess and I will need to work on this next as I publish more images. My mess comes from not using Lightroom keywords well. Now I will have to fix and enhance a lot of Adobe Lightroom keywords.
- The homepage has undergone several revisions. I started with a static single image and a bio section. Now it has a slideshow, a bio section full of text about the site and not me, and a keyword section for search engines.
- Keep evolving your CSS as your site progresses. CSS its not a once done thing with this type of iterative build. Mine has changed many times. Remember less is more here. Keep your CSS to the minimum.
- Check your custom pages for markup errors and fix them. This could be things like mismatched tags.
- Review how your site looks on a tablet and adjust layout as necessary again. IOS and Android would be wise. The Android slide show needs work by Smugmug. The theme that I had chosen for the site had a broken layout when using Chrome on the Android Nexus 7. I changed the theme at this point to one that rendered better.
- Create a blog and link it to your Smugmug site. The blog will be useful for frequently updated and current content publishing. Such as this :-)
- Publish more image content with good relevant keywords.
- Smugmug was a wise choice for me. I needed the easy publishing features mostly. I got them. Customization has been easy. Perfect enough!
My site is at: www.artfulimages.ca
The bulbs to get are the 'Bright White Light' ones from Philips. They are 5000K bulbs and my prints look great under that color of light. These ones are dimmable. BCMR10R16 35Watt.
Hopefully, I will never be replacing these bulbs again :-)
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The staff did not know what the opening specials were yet. Watch for the flyer they said.
The store is laid out and stocked like the other Henrys retail outlets.
I'm still partial to the bargains at the Henrys outlet store :-) or Burlington's two other long time camera stores (Burlington Camera and Duncan and Wright.) There they know my name...