[Zone VI 4×5, 210mm Schneider Repro-Claron, Kodak Tri-X]
January 29, 2011
January 27, 2011
I quite enjoy visiting the Mission Hill Winery in the Okanagan. Fantastic architecture, not to mention some pretty decent wines as well. When photographing architecture, straight lines really should be kept straight for the most part. Very few lenses, save some very expensive and highly corrected ones at that, are capable of achieving these perfectly straight lines. A fantastic tool that is available for a very reasonable price that helps tremendously is from a company called ePaperPress called PTLens. This software corrects lens pincushion/barrel distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberration, and perspective. I use it extensively for architectural photography, but also for nature images where relatively straight lines like trees, for instance, need to be corrected. It makes all the difference in the world to have no barrel distortion visible in an image, and PTLens eliminates it better than any other software I have come across. It even corrects the barrel distortion from many point and shoot cameras, rendering a very professional looking image.
Below is a quick comparison as a before and after. Left image has not yet been corrected using PTLens, nor has it been converted to a grayscale image and toned. For me it is most definitely worth the price and tiny bit of extra effort in order to achieve a far better quality image.
January 26, 2011
These two images were made on the grounds of Camp Caroline, just south of the small town of – you guessed it – Caroline, AB.
January 24, 2011
Driving along Secondary 532 west of Chain Lakes Provincial Park in the foothills of southern Alberta, I came across this small grove of Trembling Aspens interspersed with the colours of two seasons. I really enjoy a view like this that is not about summer, and it’s not about fall, but instead is the story of the change of seasons. How often do we compare with others which season of the year is our favourite? Usually I claim that fall is my favourite, but honestly I think that it is the in-between mini-season of summer/fall. I say mini as it usually doesn’t last all that long. It’s that time of year when you get that first smell of fall on a nice crisp day, but it really is still summer – early to mid September.
[Canon 5DmkII, 70-200mm/2.8L IS]
January 22, 2011
January 21, 2011
OK, not in that way!
Mike Wanini and I headed out one evening to photograph. We did just that for quite awhile, but weren’t really getting anything inspiring until it got rather dark out. I had a small flashlight with me. Not just any small flashlight, but the Leatherman Serac S3 which cranks out an amazing 100 lumens with a single CR123 battery! Anyway, Mike dug out a small flashlight of his own and we started to experiment. The best results we got were made when we opened the shutter for about 30 seconds and the ran through the woods waving the flashlights around, being sure to not just be in front of the trees, but also in behind them revealing a very nice three dimensional feel to the images.
[Canon 5DmkII, 24-105mmL]