Saturday, November 23, 2013

Revisiting your work

Hi folks,
I thought I would share an image today from a portrait shoot that I did a few years ago.  This was an image that I had passed on in my initial review (immediate after shoot).  Now, a few years later, my perspective has changed and as I review the work, some images that I passed over in the first round are images that I actually really like now.  So, two lessons come from this:

1) Don't delete anything you shoot unless it's a total mess up.  Even images that you might look at and think, "that's no good", don't delete them!  Sometimes we don't see the possibilities in our work until time passes.  

2) Occasionally review your past work.  If you're shooting regularly, learning, and reviewing other people's work, you're continuously improving.  Images that you're not happy with today might stand out to you as hidden gems a few years from now.  I remember, several years ago looking at the work of a career photojournalist, and not really liking the work very much.  Today, my perspective is so much different and that same work appeals to me; perspective changes with experience.


This image was shot with a Nikon D300 and Nikkor 50 f1.8

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The beauty that is right in front of you

Hi folks,
I'm sending out a few images today that I shot recently.  With not much time on my hands, spectacular mountains, rivers and streams are out and instead I look to shoot what is right around me.  

These images demonstrate that you don't need to go to the ends of the earth to create a beautiful image.  A subject can be something simple, something in front of you every day, and yet still very compelling.  What lacks in subject grandness can be made up for in creative seeing … capturing light, shadow, colour and line.  With the changing light of the day, these images appear and disappear constantly.  What was just a boring glass ten minutes prior, becomes a beautiful subject with the right light.  Watch for light and shadow and notice how the world around you constantly changes.  

In this first image, there is little but elegant lines that bend light and capture the blues, greens and ambers of the world outside.  Here, the glass sits in a window, and the setting sun provides soft warm light. The circle shape is actually the top of the glass which broke off a few days prior; a perfect clean break.  I don't know what caused the break but it became the perfect, simple subject matter.

This next image was taken at roughly the same time.  A different window with the setting sun warmly illuminating the wooden window tines.  Ten minutes later this photo would not have worked; the lighting makes it. The image also carries the symbolic power of the Christian cross but again it would be lost without the light.  The small hint of curtain across the corner, partly obscuring the cross adds dimension to the photo; without it the image appears flat.  The use of a classic lens and shallow depth of field offers a very relaxed rendering that I think works well for this image.

These images were captured with a Ricoh GXR, M Module and Leica Summilux 75mm lens.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

A visit to Utah

On a recent business trip, I had the opportunity to visit Salt Lake City, Utah.  The area features a unique mix of what I would call "Southern Mountains" and "Northern Mountains"; let me explain.  Heading further south, the landscape turn to the famous red rock mountains and canyons where the terrain is mostly desert and the rock is stunning shades of red and orange.  Further north, the mountains are covered with dense tree life and topped with barren harsh rock and snow.  Here, you find a bit of both.  Valleys can be quite lush with Aspen trees (appear to be cousins to our White Birch), mountain tops are covered in snow, but other areas resemble more of the barren desert.

Seen here are some shots from my weekend layover where I had a chance to join my friend Tony Sarra and his wife Deb on a tour of the countryside.  Along the way, we stopped at Robert Redford's famous Sundance Lodge; home to the Sundance Film Festival.  Though mostly work, it was nice to have a weekend break to take in some of the gorgeous Utah scenery.

All images seen here were shot with the Leica M9.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

The decisive moment

As the great street photograph Cartier-Bresson said, getting a great shot is all about the decisive moment.
While I would certainly not advertise these as "great shots" ... there is something cool going on in each of these.  See for yourself!  :)

"To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event." Henri Cartier-Bresson

Kitchen Sculptures

Also from the Montreal Botanical Gardens, these images depict the creative talents of a sculptor that works with everyday objects; a bird made from knives, and an ant from a spoon.

Montreal Botanical Gardens

Hi everyone,
Finally a weekend with some time to catch up!  I've been away on business and extremely busy with little time to spend behind the viewfinder let alone publishing.  I wanted to share a few of my favourite images from the past couple of months, starting with these shots which were taken at the Montreal Botanical gardens. 

The first image is my favourite; a man-made "plant" buffalo placed into a pond with natural growth around it.  It wonderfully simulates a natural setting.  This is part of a huge exhibition of living sculptures.  I had heard it was good but honestly, it far exceeded my expectations.  The exhibits are simply stunning. This image was one of my favourites. These were all shot with the Leica M9.


This second image is also a favourite of mine.  I love the soft shades of green and the way this image feels to me.

A few more images from the trip