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Welcome to day 4 of my 365 Photography Project. The weather outside continues to be dreadful with heavy rain. As a result, I wanted to post something bright and cheerful. We are going back to grade school today. I chose my daughter's colour pencil to be the focus for today's blog post. Using my macro lens, white paper and three colour pencils I was able to make a few images that are both interesting and fun to look at.
I have created a Facebook group for those who would like to challenge their photography skills by doing their own 365 photography project. Everyone is welcome to join and to make comments. You can find the group by clicking here. Please feel free to share this blog post on your own social media streams. Until tomorrow I hope you have an awesome day.
Sorry for posting so late, but I needed to work an earlier shift today. Well Mother Nature has been busy here in SouthWestern Ontario with lots of freezing rain and high winds. As a result, I chose to grab a few photos on my iPhone on my way home. These pictures were snapped at the local golf course. The weather continues to look grim for the next couple of days. I just hope that we don't lose power with all the crumby weather. Currently, there are thousands of people around the province without any electricity. Lets us all say a little prayer for them that they get power restored soon.
For those who want to take the plunge and join me in there own 365 Photography Project I have created a FB group for us to share our images. You can find the group by clicking here.
See you tomorrow and have a great night!!
Happy Saturday everyone,
It is absolutely wretched outside, We are currently having freezing rain and high winds and as I have chosen our piano as the focus of my day 2 - 365 photography project. Using my macro lens and sturdy tripod I capture various images of the sound board. I have always been amazed by the intricate details of the internal workings of a piano. This particular piano was made in Toronto sometime in the late 1800's. It has been in the family for 4 generations now.
If you are interested in joining me in your own 365 photography project I have created a Facebook group where you are welcome to share your images with everyone in the group. You can join and follow me on the website 365Project.
You may be asking yourself what is a 365 Photography project anyway and why am I doing it. I first heard about the idea a few years ago from a photographer I knew and when he explained it to me I thought it was a brilliant idea. It is simply me challenging myself to make at least one photograph each day for 365 days. I will be sharing my photographs on this blog and would love to hear from you. I guess everyone may have a different reason for starting such a project, but for me I am using it to further hone my photography skills. In the past couple of months I have been busy with my new job and spending time with the family and as a result I have taken less and less photographs. I am hoping that by doing this photography challenge I will once again make time for my photography. Keep your fingers crossed for me:)
For my first day of the challenge I was confronted with gray and overcast skies. Not the really the best conditions for making a beautiful photograph and as result I headed out with the idea making a black and white print with heavy textures. With this in mind I travelled to the old train station in town. According to Canada-Rail.com the original train station was built in 1854 by the Great Western Railway. It was replaced by another station in 1889 and was later enlarged in 1946. This station remained in service until 1979.
If you are interested in challenging your photography skills and joining me in doing your own 365 Photography Project I have created a Facebook group which your are welcome to join and post your photographs!
Hope you are having a great week. For the past couple of days I have been busy working on some new artwork and I am pleased to announce they are now ready for public viewing. It has been busy summer with the kids being off from school and us doing day trips. Hopefully, you have an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors recently. Fall is quickly setting in here in SouthWestern Ontario. Today is the first day in which I had to turn on the heat to warm the house up a little. I am not looking forward to winter!
This beautiful nature art print was created just a couple of days ago as I was looking after my daughter who was home sick with a cold. My wife planted Zinias in our garden and they are a huge hit with the butterflies as well as the honey bees. The photograph was taken using my macro lens and a monopod to steady the shot. I love photographing butterflies and revealing the intricate pattern of spots and lines on their delicate wings. I challenge anyone to be depressed when viewing these beautiful creatures jumping from flower to flower. The original image was processed using ON1 Photo Raw 17. In processing this nature print I chose to blend the original image with various textures to give it a more vintage look. I am super happy with the outcome and I hope you enjoy the print as much as I do!!
Macro Photography of Zinia Flower
Macro photography opens up a whole new world to us as we get to explore the intricate details of mother nature's design. Zinia's are such delicate little flowers gifted with such vibrant colours that they make beautiful floral prints. This stunning floral photograph was taken on the same day as the above picture. When processing this photograph I chose to leave it as untouched as possible and therefore it received very little processing other than correcting for colour. Please feel free to share this print as well as my other work with your friends and family on your various social media streams.
Canadian Fall Colours
As I mentioned before Fall is quickly setting in on SouthWestern Ontario with the temperatures plunging 15 degrees in a couple of days. What better way to celebrate the glorious colours of Fall than to publish this beautiful print of Fall leaves. This photograph was taken a few years ago while on a photowalk with a friend of mine. I love vibrant bold colour of the Maple leaves. Hope you enjoy!!
It has been some time since I last posted on my blog. Life has been busy and working afternoons does not leave me a lot of time for my art or for posting on my website. However, I have managed to add some new pieces in the past couple of days and I am excited to share them with you.
One last thing to mention is that I recently changed my photo editing software from Lightroom/Photoshop to the new On1 Photo Raw. I really appreciate having the option of owning the software outright rather paying the monthly subscription fees that Adobe is currently asking artists other professionals to pay. Moreover, I like the direction that On1 Photo Raw is taking in terms of managing my large database of photographs. The other point worthy to mention is that On1 Photo Raw is always adding new features to its software to further improve it. I would definitely suggest checking out On1 Photo Raw for anyone looking for an alternative to the Creative Cloud platform. It is especially attractive given that they are offering a 30 day free trial.
I captured this beautiful image in garden a couple of weeks ago. I love the deep rich colours of these flowers. I processed the photograph in On1 Photo Raw and then using Corel Painter 18 I painted the image using an impressionistic brush. I am super happy with how it has turned out. This beautiful floral print is now available for sale on various fine art galleries such as Fine Art America, Photo4me and RedBubble.
Homeward Bound is an image I capture while staying at a Cozy Cove Cottages up in the North Bay region. The sunsets in Northern Ontario are simply breathtaking. On this particular night I noticed one the boats coming home from fishing all day and thought it would make a lovely wall art print. The image received only some minor editing in On1 Photo Raw. I love the warm colours in sky. This gorgeous landscape print is now available for sale at Fine Art America, and RedBubble.
The other day when I was cleaning up my photography database I came across this image. To my surprise I had never processed the image and had been sitting on my hard drive for several years. A few years my friends and I decided to make our way up to one of the car shows in Toronto, Ontario. I took hundreds of images of various exotic and expensive cars. I love this art print and think it would look great in my son's bedroom. I am having one made as we speak. If you are a car enthusiast and looking for a cool art print for your man's room. you don't need to look any further. I have added this image to my Fine Art America store, RebBubble and Photo4me. Come check it out now!!
"Daisy" is based on a photograph that I had taken last year in my garden and it was completely edited in Lightroom, however, never posted as I thought it needed something else. Last night I decided to paint the image using Corel Painter 18 and I love how it turned out. For more information come see the various home decor items available for sale with this beautiful floral artwork come visit my online stores at Fine Art America, RedBubble and Photo4me.
People in Ontario take their time at the cottages very seriously. Every weekend during the summer months our highways are flooded with people making their way to and from their cottage. This image was captured while my family and I were staying at a cottage up in the North Bay region. I love how the beautiful light reflects on the water. For more information on the various home decor products available for sale with this stunning sunset included please visit my fine art stores at Fine Art America, Photo4me and RedBubble.
This beautiful sunset image was capture one cold winter night near my home. The Thames river meanders and snakes its way through Oxford County as it makes it way toward London, Ontario. The colours in the sky and reflecting on the water are simply awesome. Hope you enjoy. Don't forget to check out my fine art gallery stores at RedBubble, Fine Art America and Photo4me.
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Thank you for visiting my photography/art blog here at Garvin Hunter Photography. In today's blog I am going to discuss some of my latest work. I have been going though my photography catalogue and working on completing some projects that I started but never finished. This process has also allowed me to find some previously undiscovered gems. All of these prints have been uploaded to my main online art gallery at Fine Art America.
In SouthWestern Ontario we love our cottages and the lifestyle that surrounds them. On the weekends our 400 series highways are jammed with people making their way to Canada's cottage country. This beautiful landscape painting is based on a photograph I made in 2016 while vacationing with my family. The picture was taken on the shores of Lake Nipissing near North Bay, Ontario. You can see my wife in the canoe with the gorgeous sunset behind her. I love how the golden sunlight reflects one the water making a very tranquil scene. The photo was hand painted using Corel Painter 17 and then processed in Photoshop CC.
Niagara Falls is truly an amazing landscape to behold. I still remember the first time I saw the falls and how amazed I was by it's beauty and power. This painting is based on a photograph I made a few years ago while visiting Niagara Falls in the middle of winter with my sister and brother in-law. We were staying in one of the hotels right next to falls. What I love about this print is the quality of light and how it bounces off the frozen snow and ice making up the falls. There are numerous paintings and photographs of Niagara Falls taken in the summer, spring and fall but there are very few taken in the wintertime. I cannot wait to hang this print in my home.
In one of my earliest blogs I discussed the importance of being ready to make an image. It has always amazed me how many people buy really expensive cameras and when they are out walking with them they are inevitably turned off with a lens cap securely attached. Photography is the art of capturing moments and to do this one has to be ready. One of my first tips for anyone who wants to take better photographs is to always be ready. Keep extra batteries on you, leave the camera on and lens cap in you back pocket. By doing these simply things you will be more likely to capture the rare moments of light, action and gesture as they unfold around you.
This photograph was taken in Hamilton, Ontario while walking the grounds of Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King. The sun was quickly setting in the winter sky and I was awe inspired by the golden light behind the trees. Shortly after snapping the image several vans pulled up and parked near the gate entrance. Had I not been ready for the image it would have never been captured. So remember always be ready!!
Hope you enjoy!!
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I hope you are having a great weekend and enjoying life. In today's art blog I am going to share with you some of my most recent landscape paintings that I have completed using Corel Painter 17. If you are interested in digital art and the process of converting digital images into faux painting I would strongly encourage you to check out Corel Painter 17. They currently offering a 30 day trial period on their website. In the next few weeks I will be writing a blog showing my workflow on how I create my artwork using Lightroom and Corell Painter 17 so keep an eye out for it. Better yet sign up for my newsletter and I will email you when I add a new positing to my blog.
I love beautiful sunsets and I am super excited to share "Paradise Sunset" with you. This gorgeous landscape print is based on a photograph I took in Barbados a few years ago. My wife and I were getting ready to go out and celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary as I noticed this glorious sunset. At the risk of being late for our reservations at Champers an upscale restaurant in Christ Church, Barbados I ran out of our suite and quickly made a few images. In the foreground I chose to include some flat rocks which were close to shore as to anchor the image and add some visual interest for the viewer. The image was hand painted using Painter 17.
In today's crazy world we all need a special place that takes us away from the pressures and demands of life. This painting "Serenity" is my special place. The original photograph was taken a few years ago in the back of my wife's family farm. This is one of my favourite places to escape to. In the summer we enjoy: bonfires by the water, fishing, canoeing, fireworks, and just watching the sun melt into the horizon. In the winter we skate, ice fish, and play on our snow machines. I always have to laugh when I look at this print as the water looks more like a lake than a pond. My father-in-law once estimated that it is over 12 acres in size. Hope you enjoy!!
For those who follow my work they will probably recognize that this is a painting of the lighthouse at Cape Forchu, Nova Scotia. In an earlier blog I gave a quick overview of its fabled history. This is one my favourite places to photograph when I am back home in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. As a child my friend and I would often walk to the Cape and play by the shore. The lighthouse at Cape Forchu has also touched the lives of my parents and grandparents alike. My mom would tell us stories how the light from the lighthouse would shine in her bedroom at night as a child and how she could hear the fog horn warn mariners afar. While the light is no longer used for marine navigation anymore it is still an important historical landmark and is a very special place for me. The photograph was made one hot summer evening as a storm was brewing off the coast of Nova Scotia. I love the colours and the drama in the sky. Hope you enjoy this beautiful print as much as I do.
For my last landscape painting I chose to share this gem. "The Fisherman" is based on a photograph I took many years ago and just recently rediscovered it as a result of restoring my photography database. My wife and I were entertaining some friends at my wife's family farm. The sunset on this particular evening was simply breathtaking with all its colours. Given that winter has returned once again to SouthWestern Ontario this painting is a great reminder for me that warmer days will return soon. Hope you enjoy it!!
In closing I would like to thank you for visiting my photography/art blog here Garvin Hunter Photography. These prints are now available for sale at my fine art online gallery store. If you have any questions or suggestions for future blogs please do not hesitate to forward your comments on to me. Hope you have a great night and I will be talking to you again soon.
A little while back I was contacted by the company Skeeklens to see if I would consider writing a review of their landscape "Through the Woods Workflow" designed for Lightroom. Anyone who knows me understands how much I like playing with new stuff. To make it even better the company was going to supply me with the package of presets and brushes free of charge in exchange for a fair review. There is nothing better than getting free stuff.
After I had agreed to write the review I began considering the fact that I have spent the majority of my photography career avoiding presets. Personally I have never really enjoyed the results. This is equally true for both the standard set of presets that comes with loaded Lightroom as well as specialty presets created by other photographers. I've grown accustomed to processing my photos manually. I cannot even force myself to use the supplied filters on Instagram little own using presets for my photography.
With that being said, I installed the presets and brushes onto my computer. The "Through the Woods Workflow" comes with 51 presets and 30 brushes. For those who have never used presets before or are unfamiliar with the term I would suggest considering them much like a recipe. The creator of the preset defines how the computer will adjust the photo's individual components like exposure, highlights, shadows, saturation, and clarity to name a few. The exact same set of adjustments are made to any photo each time the preset is used. Whereas brushes are very much like paint brushes, but rather than dipping them into paint and applying it to a canvas or a wall. Lightroom brushes are defined by how they alter a photo's individual components (e.g., exposure, highlights, shadows, saturation.) as they are brushed over the the photo. They provide us the ability to apply changes to a specific area of a photograph.
Sleeklens have organized the Lightroom presets into six groups: (1) all in one, base, (2) exposure, (3) colour, (4) tone/tint, (5) polish, and (6) vignette. Before using any of the presets the Navigator panel in Lightroom was open. This allowed me to preview the changes by simply hovering my mouse/pen over the preset. Sleeklens has done great job organising and naming the presets. The package also comes with 30 local adjustment brushes which are also arranged into broad groups such as (1) basics, (2) colour, (3) effects, (4) haze and (5) light. Again Skeeklens did a nice job naming their brushes taking away any guesswork.. I also appreciate the fact, that Sleeklens provides an extensive library of video tutorials helping people get more out of Lightroom.
Now that the presets and brushes were installed on my computer, I began searching through my photography database for test shots. I will discuss three photos in which I tested the presets/brushes. All of these photos were shot in RAW and then converted to DNG files by Lightroom. I have included both the before and after images to illustrate the power of Sleeklens' presets/brushes.
Test Shot #1
Here is an image I shot a few years ago while visiting in Nova Scotia. As you can see much of the detail in the foreground have ben lost because underexposure. A common issue when photographing sunsets/sunrises. However, I was really quite amazed how quickly I was able to adjust the image using the presets. With six quick clicks of the mouse I was able to enhance the golden warm hues of sunset and bring out the details in the foreground. WOW!!
Workflow (1) all in one - shine into the sunset --> (2) exposure - less highlights --> (3) polish add clarity --> (4) polish -punch it up --> (5) polish - sharpen
Test Shot #2
For the second test shot I chose another sunset image. This is image I made at Cape Forchu, Nova Scotia during my last trip home. Again you quickly see that the image appears to be underexposed and therefore much of the detail in the foreground is lost in the shadows. Heck for that matter only the lighthouse is clearly visible. However, using the powerful set of presets created by Sleeklens I was quickly able to recapture the beauty of the original shot. With only five clicks of the mouse I was able to correct the exposure, colour, clarity of the image. How cool is that?
Workflow (1) all in one - calm sunset --> (2) exposure - less highlights --> (3) tone/tint - cool it down --> (4) polish - add clarity --> (5) exposure - brighten
Test Shot #3
For my final test shot I decided to move away from sunsets and sunrises and chose an image made on a foggy overcast day. This image again was made at Cape Forchu, Nova Scotia on a typical summer day (aka foggy). This is one of my favourite places to photograph. I love all the colours and textures found here. Using the Sleeklens presets I was able to quickly enhance the rocks' details as well as correct for colour.
Workflow (1) base - high dynamic range --> (2) exposure - darken --> (3) color correct - reduce yellows --> (4) polish - sharpen --> (5) polish - add clarity
After using the presets for a couple of days now I have to say that I am very impressed by them. In fact I will now be incorporating them into my current workflow. As a photographer one of my toughest jobs is to sift through my images and discard the bad images. This can be a very tedious job when one considers that often I am speaking of hundreds of images that have to be developed and then filtered. However, by using the Sleeklens presets/brushes I will be able to quickly process the images and decide their value faster. Ultimately allowing me to devote more time doing the things I love and less time with the more tedious adminstrative duties.
While these presets are powerful I would still want to make some additional minor tweaking to the photos before publishing. However this fact does not take away from their usefulness. As in my examples I was able to convert a no nothing RAW image into something quite special with a couple clicks of the mouse. I really look forward to using these presets on my most recent work which has not yet been processed. I am so impressed by the presets that I am now surveying the Sleeklens website for other workflows that I will want to purchase.
In closing I would like to mention that I am also equally impressed with the local adjustment brushes that were included with my package. The only reason they were not discussed as much is that their impact on a photo is much harder to illustrate. However, I am thinking of including them in a later review.
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Hoping you are having a great day! As you already know from yesterday's blog my entire photography database disappeared with the death of my external hard drive. Something that I have always heard about but was always fortunate enough to escape it until yesterday morning. As a result earlier today I picked up a new Lacie D2 4TB external drive. What I appreciate about this drive is that it is Thunderbolt 2 compatible and data transfer is super quick.
As you can see from the above pic my new hard drive has been unpacked and is busy retrieving data from the CrashPlan's servers. I have to admit CrashPlan has done an amazing job at making the interface easy to use and intuitive. I would strong recommend CrashPlan as a great and affordable solution for anyone who has not yet developed a backup system. It allows me an unlimited capacity without having to worry about being charged more fees as my photography database grows. The only drawback to the process is that downloading 1.5TB of data will take a considerable amount of time. According to the program's interface they estimate 28 days before I will have all of database restored. However, I will gladly wait with an open heart knowing that all of my photographs are safe and will return. home soon.
Given the limitation that I will only have access to a very small part of photography database for the next couple of weeks. This blog will be focusing on work that I have already completed as well as topics of general photography. Thank you for visiting my blog at Garvin Hunter Photography. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email me or use the comment form.
Do you know what every digital artist needs? The answer is easy... a reliable backup system. Today I was faced with my external hard drive mortality. I still shudder at the thought of it. My sacred 3TB Lacie D2 thunderbolt drive spun for the last time today. Time of death was 11:30 am EST. With the blink of an eye 7 years worth of work (i.e, photography and digital art) disappeared. The funny thing is I always imagined that such an event would be far more dramatic than what I experienced today. I had envisioned flashing lights, grinding or clicking sounds and maybe even a faint smell of heated metal and plastic as the hard drive took its final gasp of life. But sadly not true. It died without making any sounds nor any warnings that the drive was spinning for its final time. The only indication that something had gone terribly wrong was a simple message appearing on my screen stating that the Lacie drive was ejected improperly and that this action could damage the drive. I am still wiping the tears from my eyes.
Luckily not all is lost. Many years ago I took heed in the warnings of my colleagues who experienced this before me and purchased a cloud based backup system. As I write this blog I take great comfort in knowing that my 2TB of archived photos and art prints magically exist on some far off servers waiting for me to bring them home tomorrow. The company that I use is called CrashPlan and for a small monthly fee they give me an unlimited backup system. Ironically, I have in the past often questioned whether or not this monthly fee is really needed or was it like many extended warranties that I have purchased before that simply expires without ever being used. Today proved how important such services are in our lives. Whether you are a digital artist, photographer or simply someone who treasure those rare moments captured with family and friends it is critical that we backup our files. It is a sobering thought to think that 12 years of photos of my wife, children, extended family as well as 7 years of photography prints disappeared in a fraction of a second. So if you have not taken the step to backup your photography files do so now!! You will thank me some day!!
Tomorrow I am off to buy a new hard drive and start the process of restoring all those files. Thank goodness I have unlimited internet as well as unlimited backup space. I will post tomorrow to show you my new drive and how easy it is to restore my system using CrashPlan.
Off to bed now! I have been fighting a cold for the past couple of days and I am losing the battle big time.
I have had a tremendous amount of interest regarding this gorgeous coastal print and to celebrate I have decided to slash the price!! This promotional offer is only good until Feb 12, 2017 so ACT NOW!!
Thank you everyone for giving our website and gallery with such tremendous support!!
Thank you for visiting my photography blog at Garvin Hunter Photography. We deeply appreciate all the love and support from our customers and followers. Our fine art gallery online store offers a wide selection of beautiful art prints for home decor. In tonight's posting I would like to share my most recent wall decor art print that I have added to my fine art gallery. "Tops" is based on a digital photograph I made a number of years ago. My cousin's husband is a gifted woodworker. The tops in the photograph were are handmade by him. I love all the gorgeous colours, sizes and textures. The original photograph was converted into a faux painting using specialized software. "Tops" is an ideal print for any bedroom, study, library, or living room. Hope you enjoy!!
I am going to keep this blog very short as I am completely knackered. Google announced today that it is making its Nik Collection software free for everyone starting today. If you are not aware of the Nik Collection it is good time to get acquainted. The Nik Collection is a set of seven powerful professional photo editing programs. I spent over $100 US for the software several years ago and use them on a regular basis. One program deserves special recognition for it amazing ability to transform digital photographs into stunning black and white photography prints. Silver Efex Pro is simply hands down the best software I have ever used to make black and white prints. If you like black and white photography you need this program now!! Happy Easter everyone!!
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Thank you for visiting my photography blog at Garvin Hunter Photography. In today's post I am going to showcase some of my fine art photography prints that are available for sale at my fine art gallery online store.
Beautiful Sunset Wall Art
This beautiful sunset fine art photography print was taken on Worthing beach near Christ Church, Barbados. A couple of years my and wife were fortunate enough to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary on this tropical paradise. The sunsets in Barbados are some of the most beautiful I have ever seen.
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Coming home is always special. This stunning sunset wall art print was photographed on a public wharf in my hometown Yarnouth, Nova Scotia. I can almost smell the clean salt air in my lungs.
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I made this beautiful sunset wall art at my wife's family farm. The quality of light in this fine art photography print is quite magical. The farm is perched on top of a hill and as a result they have some of the most beautiful sunsets of any place.
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Black and White Photography Prints
Horseshoe Falls located at Niagara Falls, Canada is always a thrill of mine to photograph. On this particular day it was bitterly cold and overcast. To add drama to the photograph I converted the original digital photograph into a stunning black and white fine art print.
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Farm scenes make beautiful black and white art prints. This stunning fine art photography print was made at my wife's family farm. When making black and white prints I look for strong contrast within the image . This fine art photography print will look amazing in any room of your home or office.
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Great photography should evoke an emotion or feeling for the viewer. This is a black and white art print I made with my daughter when she was two. There is nothing more powerful than holding your child's hand. Hope you enjoy!!
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Floral Fine Art Prints
This stunning floral fine art print was made at my home using a mirror a couple of years ago. This has been tremendously popular since it was first released to my fine art gallery online store.
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I mentioned this many times but making stunning floral fine art prints is a true passion for me. This stunning floral wall art decor print was photographed in my garden at home a few years ago. The image only received my editing in both Lightroom and PS CC.
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This stunning fine art photography print was made at my home using a poppy from our gardens. Macrophotography gives us a rare glimpse into the fine and intricate beauty of our natural world.
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What a tremendous day! I went fishing with some good friends and then we had an amazing meal at a local sushi restaurant. Can you have a better day? This was well deserved break from my ongoing web design and SEO work. For anyone who has not visited my website lately I have add some exciting new content. My most recent addition was my webpage aimed for those wanting to buy new cell phone cases for their favourite mobile device.
In today's blog I am going to discuss some of my most popular cell phone cases iPhone 5c. While I am discussing phone cases for the 5c specifically you can purchase the same artwork for other iPhone and Samsung Galaxy models.
If you are looking to buy a cool cell phone for iPhone 5c come visit our collection of beautiful and cool cell phone cases. Our cases are designed for iPhone 4/4s, iPhone 5/5s/5c, iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPhone 6s/6s Plus, Samsung Galaxy S4/S5/S6.
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Well we made it! Another long week has officially ended and now let the good times begin. Today I have been working hard on my website and I have just added a new section dedicated to help you find cool cell phone cases. Our cases fit a wide range of phones:
phone cases iPhone 6s
phone cases iPhone 6s Plus
phone cases iPhone 6
phone cases iPhone 6 Plus
phone cases iPhone 5 / 5s
phone cases iPhone 5c
phone cases iPhone 4s / 4
phone cases Samsung Galaxy S4 Case
phone cases Samsung Galaxy S5 Case
phone cases Samsung Galaxy S6 Case
I would like to invite you to browse our new webpage dedicating in making iPhone 4s new again. Shop for Phone Cases iPhone 4s. Here is a small sample of some of the phone you can expect to see on our new page.
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Hope you are having a great Saturday! With spring getting closer and the weather starting to turn around I thought it would be fun to post some of my butterfly photography. This would be a sort of primmer to get us thinking about warm spring days, long walks outside and enjoying nature. Butterfly photography is both a lot of fun and techinically a little more challenging. I usually always mount my DSLR onto a monopod, set my camera so that it will ramp up my ISO to keep the shutter speed at a minimum of 1/125 second, and shoot with the aperture almost wide open. By doing these things I can maximize my chances of getting a tac sharp image. Personally, I always try to focus on butterfly's eyes as I am more concerned with that being tac sharp than the wings.
The digital photographs are processed in both Lightroom and Photoshop CC. Other than darkening the background I tend to do very basic editing with these images, Hope you enjoy!!
On The Edge
This beautiful butterfly wall art decor was photographed at a nearby butterfly conservatory a couple of years ago. I love how both the butterfly and the edge of the leaf is tac sharp. This wall art print has received much attention from both my customers and from others. In 2014 it even won a national photography compeition, but was latter withdrawn from the competition once they informed me that they wanted to retain all rights to the image.
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Here is another photography I made at the butterfly conservatory. I love seeing all the fine details in the wings and leaf. An another advantage of shooting with a wide open aperature is that the background melts away.
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Beauty Without Distraction
The original photograph of the butterfly resting on the flower was isolated in Photoshop CC and placed on a textured background. As a result, the vibrant colours of the flower and butterfly really "pops" off the page.
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What Are You Looking At?
Here is a photograph that I just had to make. I was walking through the butterfly conservatory when I came across this little guy just staring back at me. Even though I took the image a few years ago I still cannot look at the photograph without breaking out into a smile. Are you smiling?
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Hope everyone had a great weekend.. A couple of days ago I wrote a blog about using the app "SOL" to help plan your photo shoots. I also discussed the importance of using natural light supplied during golden hour to elevate your photography. Since my posting I received numerous requests for other helpful photography tips. As a result, I thought it would be fun to discuss the importance of timing. In photography timing is everything whether you are photographing a fashion model or a magnificent whale breaching the surface of the water. Great timing results in awesome photographs and bad timing generates poor to average images.
In photography we try to capture beautiful moments and gestures that will speak to our audience. Being prepared to make an image is key principle in photography. All too often I see people walking around parks, along trails, wildlife reserves or even watching their kids play with their big expensive cameras and completely unprepared to capture a fleeing moment. They will undoubtedly have their cameras powered off to conserve battery life and their lens cap securely attached. If this describes you and your photography then I beg you to break this habit. Carry extra batteries with you so don't have to worry about conserving battery life and for heavens sake keep your camera powered on at all times, Moreover, have your camera settings prepared ahead of time so that when beautiful moment occurs all you have to do is focus on the subject and hit the shutter. Lastly, keep the lens cap in your back pocket until you are done for the day. Lenses are more resilient than what you think, so stop worrying about scratching them. Having a lens cap on your camera is equivalent to asking a hunter to have his/her trigger lock attached to their gun while hunting, It simply makes no sense. This simple tip alone will dramatically improve your photography. Remember only fractions of a second separates a beautiful and engaging photograph from wasted moment.
I thought it would be fun and helpful to give some examples of where being prepared helped my photography.
This beautiful home decor wall art was taken along the riverbank in the quaint town of Stratford, Ontario Canada. On this particular morning I had arrived on the riverbank of the Avon river long before sunrise. As I sat there along the edge of the riverbank this beautiful swan swam ashore and stopped momentarily in front of me and because I was prepared to make a photograph I was able to capture this beautiful moment in time. Seconds later the swan got frightened and the moment was gone.
In this photograph I was in Port Dover, Ontario and notice a large number of ducks on the edge of the wharf. After spending several minutes of photographing them and not being happy with the outcome I decided to carry on with my walk. Moments later I noticed the birds had taken flight and were flying straight towards me. Instinctually I raised my camera and started photographing these beautiful birds as they glided along the lake. Again this moment was captured because my camera was on and I had already chosen my camera settings so that I would ready for unexpected.
On The Edge
This is my last example. I made this beautiful photograph of the butterfly a couple of years ago while visiting a butterfly conservatory. Photographing in a public place is rarely ever easy. It is even tougher in a butterfly conservatory as you are constantly battling a number of variable outside of your control such as the butterfly movements, other people with cameras, people walking into photograph, kids running around excitedly bumping into you, and parents talking loudly trying to gain the attention of their very excited children. As a result of this chaos you need to be ready to capture a moment at all times otherwise you will miss the opportunity.
By simply being ready to make a photograph you will see your photography improve leaps and bounds. This is not to say that you will successfully capture every moment that you attempt. You are still going to have photographs that are blurry or poorly exposed but more importantly you will start to capture beautiful gestures that before were lost. It is a small step but an important one at that.
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Good morning everyone,
I have been very busy lately. My time has been divided up doing photo shoots, processing digital files, exploring new techniques, or posting, sharing, tweeting and pinning new material on my various social streams. Don't get me wrong I am not complaining. I am very thankful that I can make money doing something I am passionate about. However, recently I got an email from a customer asking me about some of my older work. This email got me thinking about how easy it is to be so focused on the future that we forget to appreciate where we came from. So today's posting is dedicated to looking back at my photographic and artistic evolution. I think this is an important point, given that my history shapes my perspective and that in turn shapes the artwork I create.
How Art Saved Me
I was not always an artist. I have a background in molecular Genetics, I have worked for the National Research Council in Canada, I have a Master's degree in urban planning from the University of British Columbia, and I have spent many years being self employed in the financial Industry. My love affair with art specifically photography started in 2010,
In 2010 my life was changed forever as I was diagnosed with various health issues. At that time I was spending much of my day lying down and feeling generally rotten. As time went by I knew that I needed a distraction. I needed something to focus on rather than just be sick and feeling crumby. I wanted an activity or a hobby that would force me off the sofa and would restore some balance in my life. In July 2010 my wife and I just had our second child. To celebrate the occasion I bought a new camera so that I could take pictures of the children as they grew up. Thus begun my passion. The more photographs I took the more fascinated I became with the creativity involved in making the images.
Over the course of the next couple of years I read everything I could find regarding photography. In addition I had signed up for Kelby training, watched endless hours of videos on the Internet, listened contently to photography podcasts and practiced and practiced and practiced the art of photography. In those years my photography database swelled to over 20,000 images. In addition to learning about photography I was reading copious amount of material on post production processing. Specifically, I was learning how to use Lightroom and Photoshop effectively.
Finding the Light
Photography has given me a number of things such as an income, enhanced computer skills, and a better appreciation of all forms of art. However, the truly amazing gift photography has given me is that I now use my eyes to see and appreciate light.. Photography is really an adventure of finding, capturing and displaying light. As funny as It may sound, I am for the first time truly aware of light and how it's qualities (i.e., type and quality) influences my images. As an artist I use light to evoke emotion or feeling in my work. I think photography is really a study of light and finding creative ways of using light to transform a beautiful image into an extraordinary image.
I thought it would be fun to include some of my earlier work in this posting and give some history behind the photograph.
John's Cove Reflection
This photograph was taken a few years ago while visiting in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.. On this trip my wife and I had decided to rent a small cottage near the iconic lighthouse at Cape Forchu. One night after driving my mom home I was returning back to cottage when I glanced over my shoulder and noticed this beautiful waterscape. I instantly knew that I had to make a photograph of this small fishing hamlet,
On this night It was a warm summer evening and the water was as still as glass. Some of fishing boats tied up at the pier had their lights on while the fisherman were working on preparing their boats for an early morning departure. The lights reflecting on the water made it an almost magical scene. The photograph was made using my DSLR camera mounted onto a sturdy tripod. To make the star bursts I shot the photograph with a small aperature f18.
This photograph is one of my all time favourites as it reminds me of home. It is also a great reminder that as a photographer that I always need to look forward. to my sides, and always look back. Sometimes the best things are ones not right in front of you,
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On The Edge
This photograph was made a few years ago while visiting a local butterfly conservatory in Ontario, Canada. Looking back I think this was the point at which I fell in love with macro photography. This type of photography requires a certain degree of attention to detail that I find stimulating. This image was created using my DSLR mounted on a monopod to help steady the camera. When doing macro photography I always shoot in manual focus as I tend to be happier with the results. This photograph highlights another important lesson I have learnt in photography. Always have your camera and ready to shoot. Photography is about capturing moments in time. I have learnt that it is often mere seconds that separates a great photograph from an average photograph. So if you are interested in taking great photos carry extra batteries, keep your camera on, and keep the lens caps off so that you have a chance in capturing life's beautiful moments.
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Floral photography is an amazing and fascinating genre of photography. It is here that I have the most creative license.. I can change the mood of the photograph by altering the light, the lens, the background, and though my post production process. The options for making fine art prints is almost endless. Much like the print "On The Edge" represents the beginning of my macro photography so does this print represent the beginning of my love affair with floral photography. This is one of my earliest works and I love the deep rich tones of the red rose and the beads of water on the petals. This print has been one of my most popular since I first released it.
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