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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Family Matter, Shooting a Family Event


 ISO640, f4, 1/250sec, 24-105 at 105mm

As our adventure for South America was getting very close, we decided to visit family.

Starting with our place of birth “Montreal” where we have many relatives and friends.

We were fortunate enough to be there during one family event a house warming.

My youngest sister and her boyfriend bought their first house, an old and beautiful place in a charming location in the Old Town of Boucherville, south side of the Saint Lawrence River, with a view of East Montreal.

 ISO640, f4, 1/1000sec, 24-105 at 28mm
The weather was fantastic, and their backyard was the perfect place for festivity, country style.
ISO640, f4, 1/60sec, 24-105 at 98mm

 ISO800, f4, 1/60sec, 24-105 at 24mm

I offered her to shoot during the event as a memory gift.

 ISO800, f4, 1/200sec. 24-105 at 105mm
When shooting an event and drinking wine at the same time I always set my camera in advance.

It’s start late afternoon and the backyard was under a lot of shade, I decided to up the ISO to 640 as
a starting point, and up to 2500 during the event.

Using my favorite lens Canon 24-105 at f4 for most of the event, setting the camera to aperture
priority and to silent continuous shooting to get as many great shots as possible.

I found that the continuous shooting was the best feature to capture kids, without having the posing effect not that is something wrong with having a subject posing, but getting the more natural look is a lot better when it’s possible.
 ISO2500, f4, 1/50sec, 24-105 at 105mm


ISO 2000, f4.5, 1/25sec, 24-105 at 67mm


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Monday, July 21, 2014

Multiple Exposure Vancouver Night View


From my son balcony in North Vancouver, this is a multiple exposure done with my Canon 5D Markiii,Canon 24-105 at 105mm.

Setting;
Multiple exposure = On: Func/Ctrl
Multi-expo ctrl = Average


The first shot I took was the city skyline and the bay, a lot easier to add the bridge on top,  the camera was on a tripod f16, 30sec, ISO 200
I only did 2 exposures because it was a very busy subject to start with, with all the light from the buildings, and the bridge.


In post processing I used the Color Zone System from Blake Rudis, adding warm to the scene.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

How to shot a firework from a window



I had the opportunity to shot a small firework, from my bedroom window in Okotoks, Canada Day July first, distance between 2 and 3km.

Before the event, I placed my Canon 5D Markiii, Canon 100-400 on my big tripod, making sure it was secure. I checked my remote timer and did some testing.

Because I was far away and indoor I couldn’t hear the bursts launching, normally you fired at the same time, but hey I had to try it.

My setting were f14, 8sec, ISO100, lens on manual focus and ring on in infinity,

the reason I choose these setting is because the intensity of a firework in Okotoks is not very strong, I will say medium intensity, for really low I will probably start at f11, and high f22, between 8 and 30 sec. depending how interesting the burst are, a small city firework as the one in Okotoks, 8 sec. shutter speed is more than enough.
Also for better result try shooting on a portrait frame.


Doing it in door was so relaxing, I hope to have an opportunity to shoot a top intensity firework from indoor, with a perfect view!!!

 



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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Maligne Lake Under the Rain, Jasper Alberta

I always wanted to do the cruse on Maligne Lake, but no chance it was a rainy day and I decided that I will do some hiking instead, not getting to far away from the lodge, that way I can run to take cover if the rain get heavy, and it did.

Maligne Lake is just 50k from Jasper Township, but the weather in the mountain can change inside 10k, and even if it was a beautiful day in town, it was a different story at the lake. That ride will take you about 1h, as the speed limit run between 40 and 60K.

If you decided to do the cruse, by your ticket at the lake instead of going with a tour, that way you can decided when to embark, and if the weather is good enough, it's cheaper too, tour are from $109 to $139 depending if they feed you or not and if they are stopping on the way up, if you purchase your cruse at the lake it's about $64, and they have cruse departing almost every 15 min. Don't forget if you drive you can stop to take beautiful landscape shots, and take your time to get to the lake, there is a lot to see on that road trip, you can even make a day out of it.

Even if it was rainy I took 5 shots, -1.5, -.3/4, 0, +3/4, +1.5 , rainy not always means low dynamic range, I had rain and sun at the same time. I process the shots in Photomatix my favorite HDR software, every time I used Photomatix I have to process the result in Photoshop, to change the color to what I remembered, and adjust the contrast etc..., I also used Blake Rudis color zone to get the exact result.

It took me about 15 min. to process this shot to the exact result I was looking for:)))

Beautiful Rainy Day, Canon 5D Markiii, on a tripod, Canon 24-105 at 32mm, f22 my mid point shot at 1/2 sec. ISO 200


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Monday, July 14, 2014

Between Banff and Jasper, Color Zone, to Black and White

I took the shot from my car, not the best situation as my windshield was in such a bad shape, cracks, bugs, dirt etc..., a lot of the shots were only good for trash or souvenir, but this one was editable, I used the color zone system from Blake Rudis, and changed it to black and white, I am very happy with the result.



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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Medecine Lake, Jasper Alberta, using the Blake Color Zone System

I am experimenting with 5 shots hdr, process on Photomatix, and finished in Photoshop using the Color zone system,

I will do some more examples and let you know how the process work, Blake Rudis developed an amazing workflow for HDR, just need to learn a bit more how to use it,



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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Multiplicity Selfy

I decided to have fun on top of Whistlers Mountain an elevation of 2277 meters (7472 feet).

I will write few posts on Jasper in the next few weeks, it's an amazing destination!

How to make this kind of shot, pretty easy, the equipment DSLR, I used my Canon 5D Markiii, and a 24-105 lens at 28mm, f1/16, 1/100sec. ISO 200, focus on about 10 to 12' camera on a tripod, manual focusing, used daylight for white balance, it has to be the same for all the shots, not too much of an issue if you shoot raw, like I always do.

After have fun, put the camera on timer, get 10 seconds to run around, the trick is to get a lot of space to make sure you are not putting your subject in this case myself too close as you will need to use Photoshop to mix the layers.

The first one I did in my living room, the shot on my FB and website page was a bit more difficult as the space was restrain that's why I took only 3 shots, this time I had a lot more space and took 4 shots, next time I will try 5 shots.
s you made on one will be add to the others, open images, and layers them on top of each others, using hide all layer mask on all except for the base one, reveal only the subject.
If you have any questions please let me know,




All the space I needed, and it was so much fun, an amazing place:)
Number one, not a lot of space, only 3 shots

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