Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Enter to Win

Hi Everyone, time for another promo. Enter to win a copy of “REFLECTIONS OF THE BATTERY”. From the names entered I will draw two, the first chosen will receive a 20 x 30 inch print and the second, a 16 x 24 inch print.

Reflections of the Battery

“Reflections of the Battery” was taken looking across “the Narrows”, the entrance to the harbour in beautiful St John’s Newfoundland.

To enter please complete one of the following:
  • “Like” my Facebook page or
  • Click “Like” on this blog post and leave a comment.

Please note I need both the “Like” and the comment to ensure I am able to record your entry. Also this is for a print only, it is not framed or mounted. I will cover the cost of shipping anywhere in the world. Draw date is July 1st, 2012, Canada Day.

Sorry family members and employees are not eligible.

Good Luck and thank you for stopping by! Greetings from Canada’s Far East!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Sunrise Photography Workshops

For millennia sunrises have been an event of wonder and splendour. A beautiful sunrise can captivate and has inspired many a great writer and artist. No wonder sunrises are sometimes referred to as “The Grand Show”!

I have two “Sunrise Photography Workshops” scheduled for Petty Harbour in 2012. Saturday March 31st and Saturday September 15th, beginning at 6:15 am. (Sunrise is at 6:40 on March 31 and 6:38 on September 15. The dates were chosen keeping the position of the sun relative to the landscape in mind). We can be there, equipment setup waiting for the show to begin. It’s an early morning rise but well worth the chance of getting the shot of a lifetime.

“MORNING HAS BROKEN” at Petty Harbour Newfoundland
Petty Harbour St John's Newfoundland Photography

During the workshop we will go over the techniques for taking great sunrise or sunset photos, creative use of iso, aperture and shutter speed and graduated neutral density filters. If you don’t have any filters don’t worry you don’t need them but they can help control the exposure.

Please feel free to post any questions about technique or equipment you may have here and I will do what I can to answer them. Each workshop is only $50 per participant and should last about two hours. Limited spaces are available so register soon!

The dates are Saturday March 31st and Saturday September 15th. It is amazing to watch a sunrise, to witness the splendour of which we are a part, certainly a feast for the senses. Looking forward to beginning a new day with you!

Photo Skills: Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced

Monday, February 6, 2012

Lightroom 4

One of the most exciting changes introduced in Lightroom 4 is the ability to “selectively” apply white balance, noise reduction and a variety of other adjustments to a image. That is, the adjustment no longer has to be applied globally but can be localized using the adjustment brush.

Take for example:


The ability to make selective adjustments is great when you are in an environment with multiple light sources of different color temperatures. If I wanted, I could use the adjustment brush to apply a daylight color temperature, shifting the warm light on her right side (from a street light) to a daylight color temperature. Balancing the light more to the flash used as the main light source.

Often the exposure on night and twilight landscape images can be very contrasty and beyond the capabilities of any cameras sensor. Using Lightroom 4 we will be able to apply noise reduction to the shadow areas only. We will no longer have to apply it to the whole image affecting the over all image quality.

Moonlights End

This is a great example where I could selectively adjust the color temperature of the light on the ship (it is lit by a street light) and apply noise reduction where I need it, in the shadows on the rocks.

Among other things you will find in Lightroom 4 are improved chromatic aberration correction, important to users of wide angle lenses, and a new processing engine.

If you would like to download the beta version of Lightroom 4 click here. And if you got any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

Thank you for stopping by!