Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Grant, Peter and Lisa with my son - Strangers #65 and daily photo #225/365, originally uploaded by PJMixer.
Grant, Peter and Lisa are #65 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at www.100Strangers.com.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Eric teaches French at a Scarborough Catholic high school. Although he hasn't told his students what he's doing, he has nothing to hide and some staff and students know about his protest. When I talked to him about the 100 stranger project and asked if I could take his photograph, he told me that another photographer had already added him to their 100 stranger project - small world. Thanks for the photograph Eric and good luck with your protest - stay well.
Eric is #64 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at www.100Strangers.com.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Good versus evil clouds over Castlefield - #218/365, originally uploaded by PJMixer.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
As you can see, Don is a pretty colourful character and was more than happy to pose for a few shots. I liked the contrast of the harsh concrete with his casual and comfortable look. Don was heading to Latinada on Bloor street to play keyboards with the musical owner. I was really tempted to take up Don on his offer of a beer at Latinada, but I wasn't in the cards that night. But I do plan on going to visit sometime - the online reviews of the food and music sound wonderful.
I was pretty pleased with the shot, even though I only had the pop-up flash available.
Don is #59 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at www.100Strangers.com.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
I shot this with my 50mm standing on the bed so it was a little hard to compose and depth of field was a little out of my control being so close to the subjects. I took a few other shots where my daughter was looking at the camera and she was out of focus, which didn't seem right. But this one, where she is a more casual background observer, rather than primary subject works quite nicely with the depth of field.
Monday, June 14, 2010
I'm using flash flash many of my outdoor portrait shots these days and still fine tuning my skills (perhaps until you won't be able to tell I shot with flash).
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Not a lot was immediately that interesting or unusual until I came across the large renovation they were doing in the centre of the mall. As I looked up, I could see some interesting lines, angles and textures so I started snapping away.
A few lessons learned: always check the basics - I had left the camera in manual mode and wondered why the first exposures were off; and on Nikon's menu system you need to always remember to hit done after changing a lot of the settings. I had tweaked the custom image optimization settings, but forgot to hit done, so the settinbg went back to vivid - which as it happened, was ok for the shot.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
For this concert I used my 50mm f1.8 lens (aka the "nifty fifty"), set my ISO to 1600 and used the manual settings, making fine adjustments throughout the show. You need a very fast lens, but shooting wide open at f1.8 makes focusing quite difficult, so I was using f2.2-f2.8 with shutter speeds of 1/50-1/80.
One other thing to keep in mind with concert photography is the performance itself. Shooting at the necessary lower shutter speeds makes it quite difficult to capture fast moving performers (although blurred action shots also capture the mood quite well), so timing is critical in capturing the money shots, so I take lots of shots. Plus some performers are just more photographic than others, their movements, their facial expressions, their clothing. This shot is unedited and I'm pretty pleased at capturing a classic guitar move and Reeve was a very photogenic subject.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
Dave has worked at Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg, Ontario for about 20 years. He does demonstrations as a tinsmith and is historic interpreter. I really like that term - they have summer camps for kids to become interpreters a the village, dressing in period clothes and portraying life in the 1860's. I'd like to visit the village one day and their winter setup sounds really nice with hundreds of fairy lights and an ice rink.
Talking to Dave, it was as if he'd stepped out of a history book. Outside of his life as an interpreter, Dave is a sheet metal worker. I wonder how many other trade skills have lasted over 100 hundred years !
As it was early in the day, the light was much better (even though it was still quite bright) so this shot was relatively easy to expose correctly without any post processing help.
Dave is also #57 in my 100 strangers project.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
With just over a week to go until the kickoff of World Cup 2010, the bars are starting to get decked out for all the fans. In Toronto, those fans will turn out from every competing country - I can't wait. This is McVeigh's on Richmond. Composing the shot with just the flags and a few beer clues seems to work better than a full street shot, although it would have included their nice Guinness mural. Call it artistic license. Dull weather day, so I went with a quick vivid+ setting.
Like many pictures of buildings, this needed a quick alignment fix.