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One of the most enjoyable things I get to do after a wedding season is over is to look back at all of the Beautiful Couples! Over the last 21 years, I have to brag – I have had the pleasure of spending amazing days with some of the most incredible individuals ever! – I can remember stories from every wedding - from split dresses and spilled bubbly to surprises that made jaws drop! The past year, I saw tenderness, courage, thoughtfulness and laughter – all of this enveloped in love. Thank you for allowing me to share in and capture the memories of your Amazing Day!
*Music Credit: Marry Me by Train
This past Wednesday I caught a quick review on CNN on this new app "Color” by Bill Nguyen. The app launched on the same day has had over $40 million in backing, and is known as the picture version of Facebook and twitter. The app allows users to share with anyone and see the pictures that other people in their area are taking. Nguyen describes the app “like social media on steroids”. Not sure I really want to get my social media images hopped up on steroids at this time , however I really like the fact that the app was designed for both iPhone and android. It will be interesting to follow the stats.
How many times have you gone online to order prints and you just want to get it done quickly so you don’t bother to login? I know I’ve done this many a time, and many a time I have regretted my impatient decision to do so. There are I’m sure pro’s and con’s to both – I’d be interested to hear your input – please feel free to leave your comments. As for my thoughts, here are my “pro’s” for logging in:
1. If you realize later you actually wished you had ordered more of a certain picture, there is no need to find and upload the image again – simply login and order
2. If for any means you lose your original source, your computer or external drive crashes or worse – then your images are online and you can still print them off.
We often don’t have the benefit of having an 18% grey card with us on a shoot, but there are little tips and tricks to help you obtain the correct white balance. Today I found this short video by Lighten Up and Shoot Photography. It gives an easy method using Photoshop to obtain a very balanced look.
Main Tip: 2 out of the 3 colors (RED, GREEN or BLUE) are close to 128.
Well spring has arrived…but mother nature apparently hasn’t figured this out yet. Through the night we received a continuous sprinkling of the fluffy white stuff and we awoke once again to a winter wonderland. ….and yes, I did get to use my snow blower once again too!
Recently the Thedford Figure Skating Club put on their annual carnival. Due to the construction taking place at the Thedford Arena the carnival took place at the Forest Arena – the theme – Lambton Shores On Ice! Everyone was fantastic, from youngest to the oldest. It was a great time had by all, and many many thanks to the organizers and coaches of the event.
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It’s that time of year again - Canadian’s are out in droves to the sugar shacks! The sap is running and is being pain patiently boiled for hours and hours to produce the sweet maple syrup Canadians are so proud of. Once again we decided to go visit Harold Zavitz at his long standing family sugar shack just off of Nauvoo Road outside of Arkona. The rustic barn is filled with treasures to see, trails to be travels, and sweet tastes to be tested! Thank you once again for the great visit!
With the earthquake in Haiti, many many individuals and groups booked their tickets and headed out to help in whatever way they could. Some where helpful, some where basically disaster tourists, and some made a difference. Sadly just over a year later another massive disaster has hit. Again many will do what they can, whether by prayer support, giving financially, or packing their bags and heading out putting their own lives in harms way. In 2010 Michael Andrew ventured out with a clearly thought out plan to help after the deadly Haitian Earthquake. His plan, to search out areas that where without aid and helping to get that aid to those in need. In the end Michael was able to be a part of getting thousands and thousands of meals out to those in need, and even returned to Haiti in the fall of 2010 to follow up with additional aid and meetings with those stationed there long term. Another project that was added was the fund raising for water purification systems for the residents of Haiti.
Michael has once again chosen to take part in assisting those in need after this latest devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit so hard in Japan. The environment and culture will be drastically different, but the need is great. Please feel free to follow along on Michael’s Blog, or iReports and see how you can make a difference where need is great.
Below is a short clip of Michael Andrew describing one of the situations that took place while in Haiti.
On July 12, 1993 a magnitude 7.8 earthquake in the Sea of Japan produced tsunami that totally destroyed the southern half of Okushiri Island. Waves were greater than 30 feet and some could have been 100 feet. The earthquake was about 50 miles offshore and the tsunami arrived within minutes. 120 people died.
The states most at risk for Tsunami are California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Hawaii is at greatest risk and they have about 1 tsunami a year and a dangerous tsunami about every 7 years.
On March 28, 1964 an extremely large earthquake (magnitude 8.4) struck Alaska. It caused tsunami waves that were very destructive in southeastern Alaska, in Vancouver Island, Canada, and in the States of Washington, California and Hawaii. Waves ranged in size from 6 to 21 feet. The tsunami killed more than 120 people and damages costing more than $106 million. It was the costliest tsunami ever to strike the Western United States and Canada.
~Dangerous Planet Website
Although a large asteroid impact is highly unlikely, scientists studying the possibility have decided that a moderately large asteroid or about 5-6 km in diameter falling in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, would generate a tsunami that would travel all the way to the Appalachian Mountains in the upper two-thirds of the United States. Coastal cities would be wiped out by such a tsunami.
Nuclear explosions could possible create tsunami but none have ever been generated from testing yet. Furthermore, such testing is currently banned by international treaty.
Tsunami waves hit Hawaii in the early morning hours Friday and were sweeping through the island chain after an earthquake in Japan sparked evacuations throughout the Pacific and as far as the U.S. western coast.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said Kauai was the first of the Hawaiian islands hit by the tsunami. Water rushed ashore in Honolulu, swamping the beach in Waikiki and surging over the break wall in the world-famous resort but stopping short of the area's high-rise hotels.
Waves about 3 feet (a meter) high were recorded on Oahu and Kauai, and officials warned that the waves would continue and could become larger.
Roadways and beaches were empty as the tsunami struck the state, which had hours to prepare. Residents in coastal areas of Hawaii were sent to refuge areas at community centers and schools while tourists in Waikiki were moved to higher floors of their hotels. People waited in long lines stocking up on gas, bottled water, canned food and generators, and officials told residents to stock up on water and fill their cars with gas.
"People here are a little concerned," Malia Zimmerman, publisher of the Hawaii Reporter, told FoxNews.com from her home in Oahu. "We're all in a holding pattern right now."
Every Bride to be has a huge collection of decisions ahead of her as she begins to plan her wedding day. The venue, the flowers, the dress, the favours, the cake, the menu, the caterer…and of course, the Photographer. Looking through Bridal Magazines can be helpful, and there are often lists of sample questions for choosing your photographer. I see some of the questions listed there as essential – however the best write up I have seen was written by a photographer couple out of the States. GrantDeb Photographers is an award winning husband and wife photography team with amazing talents located in South Eastern Virginia. The article written encourages couples to look at 5 different categories, and feel comfortable with your choice. I would encourage all Bridal Couples to read this, because after the wedding day, when the flowers have died, the dress is boxed, and the food is eaten, your wedding photography is the one tangible thing from the day that you have!
At first I had no idea what Google Chrome was – I simply wanted to have Google Earth on my laptop and Chrome was offered – Junk, I figured, and I passed it by. Recently however I have noticed a few news tid bits about Google Chrome, and decided to look into it more thoroughly. Basically - Google Chrome is a web browser – much like Internet Explorer, Fire Fox and Safari – but faster. Google Chrome is available for PC and Mac users alike – and works great on both! An incredibly easy to use browser, that even comes with it’s own online webstore for adding apps. PS – If you play games online – this may just give you that extra advantage you’ve been looking for
Check out a few of the perks of Google Chrome…
Chrome is designed to be fast in every possible way: It's quick to start up from your desktop, loads web pages in a snap, and runs complex web applications fast. Learn more about Chrome and speed.
Chrome's browser window is streamlined, clean and simple.
Chrome is designed to keep you safer and more secure on the web with built-in malware and phishing protection, autoupdates to make sure the browser is up-to-date with the latest security updates, and more. Learn more aboutChrome's security features.
Chrome has many useful features built in, including extensions, translation in the browser, themes, and more. Learn more about Chrome's newest and most-loved features.
Tomorrow will be your last chance to vote as the first annual iReport awards. There are so me incredible stories listed, take the opportunity now to have your voice heard. iReports are an incredible news service where CNN will accepts “photos and audio from a computer or cell phone. A compilation of news items submitted by citizen journalism.”
I remember back in college having to do a massive spread of images with an %18 grey card – over exposing, under exposing, overdeveloping and under developing, I can’t even remember how many images were needed to complete the project…I do remember I had to do it twice…and that Steve K. patiently endured holding the grey card !
Today the process is so much simpler, and even possible without having to use an 18% grey card. The first video below is by Fro Knows Photo and very simply and straight forward shows you how to use a grey card, and then how to set your white balance once you import your images into Lightroom. The second video is by Gary Fong, and this one will actually give you a handy tip on how to make use of your light sphere to get your proper white balance. Both great teaching tools!
ps. this picture taken in 1989 was so not taken with a digital camera, actually it was taken with the college’s twin lens reflex camera!