Thursday, May 31, 2012

Get outta my pool!

In bright hot afternoon sun, this comical scene unfolds where a lama is cooling himself in a kiddie pool ... and I can't help but think that this sheep is saying, "get outta my pool!"

Little Sheep

In a small herd of sheep that are gathered together, these little ones brush up against one another.  As I knelt in the grass to photograph them, I had a strange sense of a tenderness between these sheep and I think this image captures it.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

River Sunset

In the company of good friends, I was treated today to a beautiful sunset on the St. Lawrence River.  With the sun just below the horizon, I stopped the boat long enough to grab a few shots.
This image is actually a panoramic shot composed of three separate captures.  A lovely May sky captured forever in this image.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Spring ferns

This warm weather has the ferns up and open and in this image, I attempt to capture the lush green and delicate shapes with a 60 year old lens.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Another shot from the dandelion fields

This is another favourite shot from the scene of glowing dandelions.

Dandelions at Sunset

I was driving home this evening when I was struck by a magical field of glowing dandelions.  I pulled to the side, grabbed my camera and quickly walked into the field.  With only minutes before the lighting would change, I struggled with how to capture this scene.  A field full of fluffy dandelion heads glowing in a soft yellow sunlight; it was breathtaking... but often what we see with the eye (and more importantly "feel") can be nearly impossible to translate into a photograph. With time ticking and an idea in mind, I dropped straight down to my belly, laying flat on the ground so that I could see the setting sun shining straight through the field of glowing dandelion heads.  I chose a very shallow depth of field in order to abstract the background into a brilliant glow with magical highlights. Then with exposure set and a manual focus, I released the shutter to capture the following scene.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Golden highlights

A little girl sits for a moment with beautiful golden highlights in the background.  Though this image was shot today, for some reason it takes my mind to a scene by a lit Christmas tree.
Below, you'll find a bit of background on the lens used for this shot.

The Helios 40, 85mm f1.5 is a vintage 1950's Russian made lens, with the first one produced in 1954.  Unlike many of the Soviet lenses, this one is solidly built, very heavy and has huge clear optics.  Known as a bokeh monster, this lens has a rendering like none that I have ever seen.  At f1.5, and at 3-4ft from the subject, only about 2 inches remains in focus with the out of focus areas blurring into buttery bokeh.  The lens renders slightly soft, but creates gorgeous portraits and is known for its signature "swirly" bokeh that will appear in images with just the right specular highlights.

I was lucky enough to find a good deal on this lens with mint condition optics and then adapted it from its M42 Contax mount to fit a Nikon F mount.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

BC Rainforest

The lush canopy of a BC temperate rainforest provides the perfect lighting to capture the incredible rich growth that is beneath it.  Presented here are a few images that I shot in a Vancouver Island forest this past week.