Sunday, October 31, 2010
As my 18-200mm VR lens is with Nikon service at the moment, I had to pull out the my old 70-300mm G lens. Focusing is a slower, but in bright conditions it still can capture a good shot now and again. I trimmed the shot in-camera to frame the shot better which also did a perfect job of cropping out some distracting objects from the shot, leaving the nice fall foliage as a background.
I was using treats to get Kooper to work a few different poses (you can see a treat on top of the speaker) and decided the annoyed face shot was pretty funny and a contrast to his calm look. I almost captured a shot with the record in his mouth, but he was losing his patience.
I had the camera on a tripod set for multi-zone focusing and used f6.3 have a reasonable depth-of-field. I had a remote release in my hand. The only thing I kept forgetting was waiting for the flash to charge before firing another test shot.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
I shot this hand held at 1/30th second and was pretty close to the fire (enough to feel my cheeks burning). The shot looks a little closer because I trimmed the shot in-camera. I also used a grey card to set the white balance properly (careful not to burn the card!).
Thursday, October 28, 2010
I heard yesterday that a couple of Angel models from Victoria Secret would be making an appearance today. So I came to the office armed with my best camera gear hoping to look like a pro photog worthy of a smile. The show has moved inside from yesterday and security and photo policies are pretty strict. The ladies will be in person from 5-7pm tonight, but there's a strict no photo policy, so it's highly unlikely you'll see a shot of the Angels here. I'm not exactly certain what all these line ups are for, but I thought I'd grab a shot from the third floor. I managed to snap this one before security told me there was no photography for the event - wow, that's strict - one floor up and outside the store !
As I only had time to grab this one shot, I took the liberty of straightening it a little and making a slight crop to bring the poster into the centre.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
You may have seen advertising for Cashmere bathroom tissue where the paper is used to make beautiful fashion pieces. Well, the flagship Bay store downtown has a window display showing some of the work from fashion designers. I must say it's pretty impressive stuff.
Lighting was a little tricky so I used the custom WB setting using a piece of white flooring and let my camera calculate the WB. There was more of a pink hue in person, but I'm pleased with the colour reproduction and the blue effect of the window. By the way, there is a rear window where I'm shooting from - I'm not actually in the window display !
Although there isn't a lot of the fashion immediately visible in this tight frame, the reflection shows much more detail. And to round it off, I thought the gaze from the girl on the right gave the whole shot a fairytale feel.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
A little out of place for University Avenue - #346/365, originally uploaded by PJMixer.
I was standing at Dundas and University looking for some unusual subjects for a nice panning shot. It's worth spending a little time getting your settings right, practicing your pan and looking for an interesting rider. I find that cyclists and scooter riders are better subjects than cars, because you include the human element. For settings, the key is shutter speed, in this case 1/30th second - fast enough to capture the rider in focus, but nice and slow to blur the background.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
When I got home I caught up on a few blogs and personal items and was pleased to see today's photo on one of my favourite photo blogs - Daily Dose of Imagery.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Simple shot with my kit lens and pop up flash. Original shot included the TV in the background, but I wanted a slightly tighter crop. The Nikon in-camera trim function was a little too aggressive, but no worries, getting in close for people shots never disappoints !
Yemi is #76 in my 100 strangers project.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Raptors - Jarrett Jack on the offensive - #337/365, originally uploaded by PJMixer.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
The Gorillaz concert at The Air Canada Centre was everything I expected it to be - video and groove heavy, melodic at times, performing most of their hits with a large ensemble (25+ members, including rappers and hip hoppers, back up singers, Bobby Womack, Chicago horns, guest Arabic instrumentation, two drummers and a string section). Clash guitarists Jones and Simonon were perfect stewards of rhythm with Damon moving between piano, guitar, melodica or just being a warm singing host and enticer.
The large video screen (see other shots) was in constant use, playing full length accompanying videos at times and comic book stills and animation with a splash of culture and historic footage. It would have been nice to get some live action close ups of the performers. And the backdrop logo added a strikingly colourful backdrop throughout the show for the varied sets and ensembles.
The near capacity audience (1/2 ACC format) was enthusiastic throughout. From my vantage point, the majority of the audience were standing for the whole (almost 2 hour) show.
Damon didn't introduce all the performers, but I think I saw a few of them on the Demon Days DVD from their Manchester show. I'd really like to see a DVD/BD released for this tour.
If you've read this far, you're perhaps of fan of the Gorillaz too, so If you still have an opportunity to see one of their shows on the remainder of their North American tour or world wide tour, I'm sure you won't be disappointed and you'll be singing and moving along to their wonderful beats, rhythms, raps and melodies for days afterward.
The large video screen (see other shots) was in constant use, playing full length accompanying videos at times and comic book stills and animation with a splash of culture and historic footage.
I took advantage of some of my newer Fuji point-and-shoot, including the 16x9 size setting; it's high ISO NR EXR capability and also using -2/3EV to reduce the highlights on the (white) performers. With the screen being a big attraction (and distraction) it was tricky to find a shot that showing the visual splendor with some wonderful stage performances. But the Gorillaz backdrop logo added a strikingly colourful backdrop to every shot of the stage so I chose this one as it has a mix of the hip hip flavour with the string section silhouetted, Mick Jones (ex Clash) on guitar and fronted by Damon.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
After work I walked a few blocks to see what I could find for my daily shot. As today was very overcast and the days are getting shorter, time was working against me. I spotted this pink bus and liked the gritty building backdrop, but I had to bump up the ISO to 1600 and still had to be steady with a 1/30th second exposure. I bumped up the contrast to get the most out of the colour and the wall texture. I decided on a wider shot to incorporate the street light and show some time of day context. I then just waited for a passerby to add a human element and framed her in the lighter brick work. Having the pink door markings was a unplanned bonus.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
I've taken a few shots of homeless people from afar in the past and struggled with the difficulty of asking for a photograph with expectations of a donation. But George seemed pretty at ease and we got chatting and I offered him some loose change and started taking some shots.
George told me a little about himself, he has a pacemaker, is suffering from a hernia and a recently injured and badly swollen ankle. I asked him about his Real Madrid shirt. and he said Cristiano Ronaldo gave it to him when he was here in Toronto for the film festival. He said hockey star, Matts Sundin once gave him $50 as well ! He asked me about my English accent, his dad was from Manchester. George was previously a salvage contractor, and he told me he has an 18 year old son. I found it very easy talking with George, while chatting he continued to ask people for a variety of serious and joke handouts and favours. I like his sense of humour, perhaps his way of dealing with his difficult circumstances. I'm sure I'll give George an occasional donation and see how he's doing in the future.
George almost didn't make it into my daily photo project. The shots were taken late in the afternoon and he was facing the setting sun. In-camera, the shots looked ok, but when I looked closer at home, there was lots of overexposure on his face and I'd lost some nice detail. I could easily recover the shots using the RAW versions and I was really pleased with some of the results. So much so, I wasn't sure if an unedited shot was worthy of George and my daily shot. I chose this unedited casual shot because I wanted George in the project (and on my blog) and the shot did capture the initial intention of showing some context with the store's wall of words.
George is #74 in my 100 Stranger project. For more shots of George, please view them here.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Saturday, October 09, 2010
Thursday, October 07, 2010
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Along with my photo of the day, Raj is also #73 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at www.100Strangers.com.
I took over 35 shots over about 15 minutes. My Speedlight external flash (+1.0 EV, 24mm manual zoom) was positioned about 4" above the knob point directly down. The pop-up was set at -1.3EV and the lens was about 1" from the knob using the a 10x close-up filter. Other settings: Flash WB;and custom optimization (+1 sharpness, +1 tone, Auto saturation and IIIa colour). This filter does produce very soft edges, but I think it creates a more abstract shot in this case.
Sunday, October 03, 2010
Saturday, October 02, 2010
Friday, October 01, 2010
As the inside frame of the booth got overexposed it works well with a blended white page background (like in Flickr). The overall faded, somewhat nostalgic feel and the serious poses away from the camera looks like some TV shot of a weird workshop religious ceremony.