Monday, July 23, 2012

Horse & Rider

This past winter, I had the pleasure of riding a horse for my very first time and the experience caught me somewhat off-guard.  Having a love for motor sports, over the years I've ridden many motorcycles, ATV's, etc and each has its own unique character.  To my surprise, sitting atop a living creature with its own mind was unlike anything I had experienced in the past; quite profound.

In these images, I capture the horse and rider, performing in the heat of the morning sun.  While I think I'll stick to motorcycles, there is something magical about two living beings performing as one.  These were shot with a Nikon D300 and the 70-200mm f2.8 lens.  I wanted to capture the feeling of racing on a horse back. so a high-speed shot wouldn't work.  Instead, the shot was captured while panning the camera and shooting at 1/30 of a second, resulting in a motion blurred background while the rider remains sharp.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Canada Day

It's been many years since I've wandered down to Parliament hill for Canada day celebrations.  As I took in the sights and sounds with my family, it seemed even busier than I remembered it last.  With camera in hand, I shot "street style", with high ISO, all manual and zone focused.  As I got into lower light, I was forced to use a much wider aperture, shooting at f1.2 and ISO 2500.  At that point, depth of field is very shallow and so I was forced to focus through the viewfinder for every shot.

This year, instead of photographing the fireworks, I decided to capture the feeling of standing in the crowd, watching the fireworks.  A completely different approach that I hope you enjoy!

These images were all shot using my Leica M9 and a Voigtlander 35mm f1.2 lens.