Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
The weather was looking good today, it almost looked like we would miss the predicted wet. Fortunately this was one of the easiest going couples I have met when it came to the weather! A beautiful outdoor wedding on the beach with light drizzle made for a beautiful shell of umbrellas during the ceremony!
Friday, September 25, 2009
Want to see something really cool? Just playing around with some macro photography - the awesomeness of creation is so clear when you look at it this way!!!
The Other Details :
f8 1/40sec ISO 125
Hand held :) – Breakin’ the rules–hand held at under a 1/60th sec
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Post processing – this is my job all week long between shoots. Changing or tweaking a picture until I have it the way I want it, other times, I am happy with SOOC (straight out of the camera). Below is an example of a before and after with no Drastic changes made – but this is rather just to show what kind of tweaking can be done to a snapshot photo. This was taken with a small point and shoot camera on our way home from fishing one night after my neighbour told me she never looks good in pictures, I beg to differ…
Edited in Photoshop – action sets used:
Step 1: TRA-Boutwell Magic Glasses 100%
TRA-Warm it up Kris! 85%
Step 2: TRA-Ying Yang Opacity 31% Flow 37% on face, arm, and ear to brighten.
Step 3: MCP Eye Dr. (and used on lips too :)) to pop the eyes and brighten lips a bit. Finished off with minor cropping.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Our kids have believed this slogan since the first time they saw the Marine Land commercial!…and they have waited patiently for the day they could finally go – well, yesterday was the day – and it was worth the wait! If you do research before going to places, such as Marine Land, you find reviews, and maps etc. Well, firstly, there were not any up to date maps of good size that we could find – so I’m going to post one here of course! As well, one of the major complaints I have heard is that there is WAY TOO MUCH WALKING! So, I was expecting a ton of walking – but, with the help of a map, you can decide in advance whether you want to become overwhelmed with walking or not, but I think our Biggest advantage to enjoying our visit to Marine Land was a result of timing: we went shortly after school started back, and before the schools had time to book their field trips too! The company was Great too!
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Today is Celebration Day! It’s the day for 90 years of the life of one amazing woman! Family and friends will be gathering today up town to see and celebrate with a woman who has touched countless lives with her heart, hand, and faith. Join in today at the Senior/Fire Hall!
Friday, September 18, 2009
When I was a kid helmets were not popular yet – and it’s not that we were “cooler” than the kids today, it just wasn’t a thing to do then. But would I allow my children to go out for a bike ride without their helmet now? Absolutely not, and I’ve even had my neighbour tell the kids to be sure to get their helmet on…thanks Tony! So what do helmets have to do with photography? Hee hee, everything when you are wanting to get a different perspective! I’ve also seen a version of this used in a 365 which looks pretty cool.
Enter, “The Happy Helmet Camera Mount”.
This is actually pretty slick and put together like this:
And, the cost isn’t really that unreasonable, coming in at around $20USD. If you want to get some different perspectives during your next bike ride, check it out.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I’m sure there are as many was to go about preparing and shooting a wedding as there are photographers, but I thought I would share my “typical” – if that is possible – wedding day workflow. My day has basically started much earlier in the week as I contact the couple to confirm and check for last minute changes, I also think about what the Bridal couple are looking to do, locations, size of wedding party, etc. All of these things play an important role in my job, and it helps me to go over these things multiple times through the week, I am also going over the names of the Bridal party if the couple were able to give them to me in advance. I really find this helpful, not only in positioning people, but I like to know the individuals names who I am spending the day with! So, on with my day, I start loading up my basics at the front door – digital frame, tripods, laptop case (generally not full yet) back up bag (filled with back up camera, equipment, and camera rain jacket), during this process, my husband is calmly and sweetly listing reminders for me. Next I’ll lay out my main camera bag, going through and cleaning the lenses, and the sensor on the camera body, along with checking the flashes, and other goodies packed in there – contract, deodorant, and a granola bar – often eaten by me, however it has been know to be used to bribe a flower girl J. Then come the batteries…a whole wack of them! Six camera batteries, and approximately two dozen rechargeables, I really really don’t like the possibility of running out of power…so on top of all of this, I also carry in the vehicle car chargers for AA batteries, and canon batteries. Lastly, I dump all of my CF cards onto an external drive along with anything that may be on the laptop, This is basically for backup purposes. Once this is done, I pack the laptop, and add the cards to the camera case. This is the point where on most occasions my wonderful Ruphus has taken to packing the vehicle for me, (and adds in stools, just in case, though I don’t tend to use them that often.) cell phone, and GPS.
Now packed I grab a quick snack and am off, in time to be at the Brides an hour prior to when the Bride needs to leave for the ceremony.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Finding really good rechargeable batteries is like gold for a photographer. I have some great rechargeable batteries that I picked up well over a year ago as a result of reading Michael Andrew’s Blog. They are a mercury battery, but I can’t find the battery or supplier for them anymore – which leads to the new release of Sony’s latest battery line:
“Sony has announced a new type of lithium ion rechargeable battery that combines high-power and long-life performance, using olivine-type lithium iron phosphate as the cathode material. The Olivine-type lithium iron phosphate used in this new battery is a perfect cathode material due to its robust crystal structure and stable performance, even at high temperatures. These bateries have a high power density of 1800W/kg, and extended life span of approximately 2,000 charge-discharge cycles. What’s most surprising is that the battery will keep an 80% charge retention after those 2,000 charge-discharge cycles, which is very impressive.
This new battery is also able to charge rapidly (99% in 30 minutes). It will first be supplied for use in power tools, then gradually make its way to consumer electronic electronic devices. With lithium ion secondary batteries able to deliver both compact size and high capacity, their usage continues to diversify and grow. This new battery delivers an extended life-span of over four-times existing rechargeable lithium ion batteries used in conventional electronic devices. By adding this high-power, long-life lithium ion rechargeable battery to its lineup, Sony has certainly strengthened its battery business going forward. Here
are some specifications:”
Monday, September 14, 2009
A Beautiful Boy.
A Life Cut Short.
An Open Letter By Marty Meadows:
On September 10, 2009 a young life was taken too soon. It was a beautiful late summer day, the perfect day for having fun. The perfect day to drop your backpack at the door, grab a quick afterschool snack and run outside for some adventure. The perfect day for an ATV ride through the family apple orchard…..but as fate would have it, this perfect day would turn tragic. For on this day, Kaeden Brown a seven year old full of life, adventure and free spirit would have his life ended in the orchard that he loved to farm with his dad. Kaeden was killed when the ATV he was riding flipped over and pinned him underneath. It is now as If time has stood still, and a life full of so much promise has ended far too soon.
Kaeden, or “the wild man” as I lovingly referred to him was a boy through and through. He was always getting into mischief, no adventure was too risky, no wall too high to try to climb. Kaeden was never far from his dad Darren’s side. Whether they were riding in the tractor, packing apples, fishing….they were always together. Kaeden proudly told anyone who would ask that when he grew up he wanted to be a farmer…just like his dad! Kaeden was not afraid to get dirty. There was no chore on the farm that he refused to help with. He loved any outdoor adventure. All you have to do is look at pictures and you will see him with a fishing pole in his hand, swimming at the lake, boating, four wheeling, riding his bike….this was not a boy content to sit inside the house watching television. Kaeden had a love of hockey. He would push himself to skate faster, work on his stick handling and if you got in his way look out…we called him the wild man for a reason!
Kaeden had a lot of friends. Of course many were his own age…his class mates, his team mates. Kaeden was special though, for he had a knack for making friends of all ages. Since he was always by his dads side…it was natural that his dads good friends would become close to Kaeden too. It was like he had this immense circle of people who loved him as their own son….Oh what we all would have done to be with him on that fateful day, when his ATV adventure went terribly wrong.
When I found out that there had been a terrible accident and that Kaeden had passed away. The grief that tore through my heart was greater than any words could ever describe. How does something like this happen? How can a boy so full of life be taken so soon?? This confusion turned to anger. Anger at the world, anger at the ATV, anger at the loss of so many things. There was one thing I always knew about Kaeden Brown. He was going to make a difference in this world. This boy so full of energy, who was never afraid to keep trying…who wouldn’t let anything get in his way. He was going to grow up and truly make a difference. But suddenly he was gone. All that was left was the memory of all that he accomplished in his short 7 years on earth. I was so saddened by the loss of what would never be. What we would never experience of Kaeden in the future.
My anger then turned to an insistent mission. A mission that I would not and could not let Kaeden’s life be in vain. What could I do…that would help keep Kaeden’s memory live?? What could I do, to make sure that the “spirit” of Kaeden Brown, does not die with him under that four wheeler. Kaeden had his whole life ahead of him and I knew that Kaeden would want to be remembered. Kaeden would love to be an inspiration for other kids like him. Kids that love the outdoors, love adventure and who take the road less travelled never letting anyone or anything stand in their way.
I am now in the development process of creating the Kaeden Brown Foundation. My vision is to fund a scholarship so that every year a graduating high school student from North Lambton Secondary School (the school Kaeden would have attended), will be awarded an opportunity, an opportunity that Kaeden didn’t receive. The candidate that will be selected for this scholarship will have similar philosophies of life as Kaeden. We will be looking for a student that may not have had the highest marks in the class, but was a hard worker, someone that had an edge, someone that is a friend a friend would want to have, someone with a love of the outdoors. Someone planning on going to post-secondary education in a field like Fish and Wildlife or something focused on Agriculture. A scholarship designed for someone with a zest for life, with a can-do attitude and a team player. Someone that may not have ever earned a “traditional” scholarship based on academics….someone whose family may not be able to help them fund their education. In this way, Kaeden Brown will live on in the future of every person who is given a helping hand with this scholarship. Kaeden will live on to be apart of their lives and their future. I will never forget Kaeden. I love him. He was like the son I never had. If I can play a small part in helping him live on and not be forgotten…I will feel as though I have helped in some way.
I am sending you this letter to ask you for your support. I need your support to get this foundation off the ground. I would appreciate any financial contributions you could make or any time you could donate to this very worthwhile cause. I only remember one thing the minister said at my mom’s funeral…..”The Lord plucketh the nicest flowers”……so if that is the case, the Lord just plucked a flower that will live forever. His memory will live on through this foundation and every child it will subsequently support.
I appreciate you taking the time to read this letter. Your friendship and support means the world to me.
I would ask that you please ask your company if they would find it in their hearts and budgets to support this foundation. As, mentioned, I am in the process of creating this foundation and once I have the charitable number, donation receipts will be issued. I know this will be a pre-requisite for some companies.
Please make checks payable to the Kaeden Brown Foundation;
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Michigan. Yup, that's right. The Great Lakes, the Wolverine state, and Eminem. I've never visited Michigan before, but I'm dying with excitement because I'll be there in just two weeks! Holllla! I'm presenting at Michigan Triangle Professional Photographer Association in Lansing (an hour from Grand Rapids) on Tuesday, September 15, 2009. I'll be speaking about Branding and Marketing Your Online Presence, so feel free to join me and JD at the University Club MSU at 7pm. The cost of admission is free if you're a member, but also open to the public for $49. You can also purchase dinner for additional $21 (which starts at 6pm). For more information and registration, check out the PPA Lansing BLOG! (P.S. Be sure to a good luck charm because I'll be giving away door prizes!)