Saturday, April 27, 2013

Wood Magazine

It’s exciting when one of the largest magazine publishers in the world calls you about a job. It’s even more exciting when it’s a article about a local woodworker. I’ve always had a lot of respect for craftsman, someone who takes the time to perfect what they do and is always looking to advance their technique and style. It’s a labour of love, one in which many personal benefits can be found. For me these are the true artist.

When Wood Magazine called and asked me to photograph Mike Hayes for a special publication they were doing on home workshops I was delighted. I’ve tried my hand at woodworking over the years and have a lot of appreciation for what it takes to become a master-craftsman. It takes years of dedication to develop the skills and understand the finer details to be good at any craft.

The article is entitled “recipe for a small shop” and is featured in the 2013 edition of America’s Best Home Workshops.

Wood Magazine St John's Newfoundland Photography

As a photographer I consider myself a craftsman, always looking to improve my technique and knowledge as I enjoy the pleasure of a changing visual style. It’s a labour of love!

I would like to thank Mike Hayes for being so great to work with. Also it was a pleasure working with the Better Homes and Gardens, Wood Magazine team.

And thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Fisheye Fun

Just picked up my first fisheye lens for a project I'm working on thought I'd share my initial experiences with you.

Cabot Tower Signal Hill St John's Newfoundland Photography
Diagonal fisheye

First of all let me say I am not an equipment junkie, I don't even like to talk about which camera or lens is "best", great photography is not about the equipment. If it hadn't been for an assignment I'm working on I wouldn't have bought this lens, I didn't have it in my plans as something I needed. I always thought fisheye was cool and looked like it could be fun, other than that I didn't know what the images could be used for.

Cabot Tower Signal Hill St John's Newfoundland Photography
Fisheye portrtaiture

The cost of this lens, a Canon 8 - 15mm, is hard to justify simply for the fun factor but I have to admit this is one serious piece of glass. The sharpness is spectacular and the lens flare minimal, I would even say it looks great. It is very well built as all L series lenses are.

Cabot Tower Signal Hill St John's Newfoundland Photography
Circular fisheye

I've shot with a variety of ultra wide lenses from a 14mm prime on up but the 180 degree view is amazing. Freaky is one word that comes to mind especially when you put the camera up to your eye and can see your feet.

Cabot Tower Signal Hill St John's Newfoundland Photography
Just love that lens flare

Fisheye photography is fun and this lens is a serious tool. Thank you for stopping by.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Carved by the Sea

As a photographer it's great to be published and its especially great when it's by National Geographic. Since 1905, seventeen years after it's inception, National Geographic has brought us many of the worlds greatest images and continues to this day to be the dominant source for fabulous photography. I have been inspired by the images brought to us by National Geographic all my life and still enjoy it

So when they contacted me several months ago asking to license two or my images for web and print I was beside myself. Below is one of my Cape Bonavista landscapes used in their Eastern Newfoundland geotourism map.

Bonavista St John's Newfoundland Photography
Rough Seas at Cape Bonavista

For me photography is all about the images, I put a lot of time and work into it and it's nice to know certain rewards can come of it.

Thank You for stopping by!