Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Favourite Shot, February 2013: dltphoto

Not every shot I take is a visual masterpiece. Sometimes images aren't necessarily about an award winning composition or the rule of thirds etc.... Quite often they are a memory, hopefully a fond one. This months favourite image was one I can't forget as it was a birthday present for my wife from her sister. She giggled at it for quite sometime. A happy moment.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Step Down Ring :dltphoto

Since coming to Canada I was very fortunate to have found the position in the Camera shop where I have worked very happily for 12 or so years. I have progressed within the store and finally for the last couple of years I have been the manager.  I joke and suggest I am the "Survivor" since I am the only one who remains from the original store opening team. Probably just means I am the saddest. Due to some business issues, which are far out of my control, I have had a change of mind, career wise.  I am starting at a trade which should be more secure and something that I can rely on to support my family and my camera habit. This post is meant to inform my "3" blog readers that this is the end of my tenure as Manager. (step down, haaa.)

The 20 years I have invested in the art of photography aren't going to go to waste. I still have the need/want to shoot and create images that I enjoy with varying types of camera's and also to teach people how to use their camera's and learning the importance of light with flash. I just don't have the want to be in the failing camera sales industry where people can buy equipment from Best Buy or alike and not learn anything about that product from the person whom is selling it, they just buy it there because its $3 cheaper or even the same price. That same issue applies to people who find the need to buy it online. You are hurting your local economy no matter your justification. There is a HUGE need stores like this and our team of camera experts. Sadly, a lot people can't see the value in our experience hence the reason why Jessops in the U.K. closed, that and the manufacturer's creating such low profit margins . This bothers me immensely.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Nikon Flash Class, May 15th 2013: dltphoto

On May 15th I will be teaching  a beginners class about Nikon's impressive CLS ( Creative Lighting System) Flash System. We will be walking through the setup basics, manual vs TTL, multiple flash's and some good hands on time with a few simple flash arrangements.
Why should you learn how to utilize flash? and why would you want it to be wireless? and how much flash is enough flash?

 Can I use flash outside?

Any more questions?

Sign up for the class now. Limited spaces left.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Lonesome Glove: dltphoto

This years Glove Season came to a close on the first day of spring. Last years collection was epic but I topped my previous record this year. Why must people lose them? Is it just for my enjoyment? Any instagramers can locate them under the #gloveseason tag. As well as many other glove finders I may or may not have inspired....

I think I have them all here. Its hard to keep track. So many!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Flash Class May 15th, 2013- Using Nikon CLS: dltphoto

I have recently been added to the fantastic Omnilargess Team of Photography instructors. We are a very experienced team of photographers covering all aspects of photography. Workshops on basic camera operation, Flash (indoor, outdoor and studio), Editing programs etc... Check out the website for upcoming classes. I will be teaching a NIKON CLS class on the 15th May, 2013. All those of you Nikon users who want to play with wireless flash and as yet haven't figured it out should sign up on the WEBSITE. Book Now, Limited Spaces.

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

APAC Submissions, April 2013: dltphoto

This months selections are from my fabulous little Nikon 1 V1. Really enjoying this little camera. Even though this shot looked great in the original shooting format I decided it's time to try some edited shots at the exhibitions. Not a big fan of that but since I am a Level 2'er now I need to pull my socks up and put the puck in the net. So here is my wildly "action-ed" image of which I had no idea of how it would score. Fortunately I did OK!
Architecture, "the tension builds", score 8
One other shot for tonight from the same trip, but this time a shot nice and neat out of the camera, with minor Lightroom editing of course. I working again with the V1 with the "highlander" lens. Since this is now a whopping 540mm film equivalent focal length, I am playing with the wonderfully narrow field of view. Others would utilise this with sports or birds, but I am enjoying it for more artsy purposes. I enjoy the lines in this shot. The re-bar falls perfectly with the tension lines from the Port Mann Bridge. More abstract but I chose to put it in the Urban/ Rural category, which I thought would be a mistake, but it did really well.  I was one of the top in Level 2 and  had give a quick spiel about it.

Urban/ Rural, "avoiding the line up", score 9
Once again I fail dramatically at titling my images. I care not for titles. It means nothing to me. It changes nothing about how I view an image. However it didnt seem to effect my scores too much. The adjudicator tonight was pretty good, from the Lions Gate Camera Club. He did enjoy this image and wasn't aware of what the background was from. Always nice to surprise people.
No assigned image again this week. The shot I wanted to use which I thought would be good at the time ended up being to camera shaky ( cell phone) and would not have scored well. The concept was nice but the phone wasn't able to produce.

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Macro, Micro...ummm Darn Close: dltphoto

Recently acquired my super cool adapter for my super cool Nikon 1 V1. This is all way too much fun.

I am enjoying using my Nikkor AF-s 60mm 2.8G on this little camera. It's increases  this lens to a working focal length of 162mm (film equivalent) due to the 2.7x crop factor of the V1.
Spring has arrived and so has the colour.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Boneyard by Howarth Photography: dltphoto

I had the pleasure of visiting a local gallery to check out a local photographer and close friend. A great showing of vibrant work shot exclusively with film. Love those film shooters.
I can recommend a visit but please don't judge my images on this as they aren't nearly as accurate and fun to see as her images on the wall. Who knows maybe you will end up buying one or two! The gallery runs until April 14th I believe.


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