Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
It was quite hot at lunch and many people and birds were staying cool in the shade. With such a bright sunny background, it's impossible to capture the detail in the shade, so I simply went for the silhouette look. What helped make the foreground a little more interesting though was the large (reflective) puddle where some pigeons were bathing.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
The sun was falling fast, but just as I was about to give up, I saw this reflection. In the imperfect glass panes, the lit clouds and bright sun look more like a forest fire.
I went to Canada's Wonderland with my daughter and just took along my Fuji point-and-shoot. I liked how this shot turned out like a postcard shot and shows well the camera reproduces colour and it's dynamic range settings help get the most out of a bright day.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
We received a last minute dinner invite to my brother-in-law's tonight as his brother was visiting from Edmonton with his new girlfriend. I almost didn't bring my dSLR and was wondering what my picture of the day would be. I'm really glad I decided to take the dSLR when we heard them announce their engagement to their family. I quickly grabbed my camera wanting to photograph the happy couple and was really pleased to capture the champagne being uncorked.
This image is the unedited RAW version (saved as a jpg) which I preffered over the slightly over-saturated and warmer jpg version. I think the skin tones are a little more natural and overall the image appears more crisp than the jpg version even though there's no sharpening applied.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Just poured a stiff drink (bourbon) to write some immediate thoughts and impressions, hopefully avoiding any spoilers for those that haven't seen it yet (which is likely a lot of people since it's only been out a week).
- The kind of movie you want to analyze and talk about over drinks at a bar afterward. I saw it solo tonight, so that's why I'm here writing this at home for you. Although a good friend couldn't join me tonight (he suggested Sunday), I've already told him I'll go and see it again on Sunday. There's hasn't been many movies in my life I've wanted to see again so quickly.
- I don't think there's been many movies (and very few good movies) made about dreams before. The one that sticks out is Vanilla Sky and that was a brilliant movie too. But I don't think a movie's been able to capture the mystery of dreams, explain the fundamentals and take it to the scary depths that Inception does.
- My brain hurts a little thinking about the movie, but at the same time I feel very alive and awake.
- The movie paradoxically shows how the human mind can be more creative than Hollywood.
- Fantastic casting with some great (relative) newcomers, solid acting and star power.
- Just found out that Christopher Nolan also wrote and directed Memento, plus the latest round of Batman movies - very impressive portfolio and may have to see a few of his others as well.
- The pacing and complexity of the plot is perfect.
- There are many different levels and dimensions to this movie and it works so well, but also has so many ideas woven through it you can't help but want to hit the pause button.
- It seems that the moviemakers have been very generous with their production dollars and jammed in so much content for us to savour. Far less movies and even other good movies are told in 15 minutes in Inception.
- If you read any deep reviews, spoilers and theories the movie possibilities become even more complex.
- Do you have a totem ?
- Enjoy. Time for bed...and to dream.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
This is the Jack Johnson concert at The Molson Amphitheatre and we were lucky to have general admission floor access. At this point in the concert, Jack puts the proverbial spotlight on his drummer Adam Topol (he was already lit quite well). However you can see our view of Adam's face was obstructed, but the video backdrop gave us some good shots of Jack's main rhythm man.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Caribana 2010 kicked off with a warm up event at Yonge Dundas Square today. Mixed in with the crowd and backstage was a sampling of the costumed ladies that make Caribana such a beautiful and colourful festival. I've never seen these costumes up close before or been to the parade, but after having got a glimpse today I may need to plan for a proper photo event in a few weeks - the colours and costumes are wonderful.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Friday, July 09, 2010
Thursday, July 08, 2010
I'm finding that I'm not very good at keeping the frame perfectly horizontal and vertically aligned and sometimes the natural lens distortion fools your eye in the viewfinder, so alas, this shot was slightly aligned using Photoshop's Straightening Tool. By the way, if you use this tool as often as I do, in the canvas option drop down, I choose "crop to remove background" to save a lot of editing time. However, I always try my best to align in-camera so I don't lose pixels with this crop feature.
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Taking photos of sports is always challenging, get the basics covered, exposure and white balance - then make sure you're shooting with a pretty fast shutter speed (even if it means higher ISO); and continuous auto-focus. Then just shoot lots of multi-frame bursts to capture your sport shot. This one was trimmed in-camera to isolate the two key players.