How to shoot infrared photos with a filter

There are a couple of ways to shoot infrared images and this is the simplest if not the most efficient. Every digital camera has a filter that is designed to prevent infrared light from hitting your sensor. Infrared light, given the right equipment, is just as visible as the light in our 'normal' spectrum, just…

Backyard Birds photography

When we lived in England I would sit at my desk in my study and look out of the window into the cherry tree standing just outside the house. There I'd watch the Chaffinches, Blue Tits & Great Tits who visited, eating their way through the balls of fat and peanuts that we'd hang out…

On your doorstep

I live in one of Canada's largest cities, Brampton Ontario, but for a photographer it unfortunately has very little to recommend it aesthetically speaking. There's an old (late 19th Century) downtown core which is rapidly being replaced by modern offices and the City Hall. But Niagara on the Lake it is most certainly not. The…

Film Photography

I don't know why I would go back to shooting film again. A couple of months ago I found my old F60 and it still had a roll of film in it, only half-shot. I wondered, this last decade of shooting digital, of learning how to shoot, had it actually made me a better photographer?…

A little bit of knowledge

...is not always a dangerous thing. Yesterday, en route to Rockwood to take some shots there, I passed this fellow sitting on a telephone wire. Quickly circling back, I got out of the car with camera in hand and tried to snap him sitting on the wire. As I did, he, how shall we say…

Railway morning

Most days I'm a commuter, getting the early train at 6:38 to travel into Toronto. This week, however, I have a few days off and I thought I'd see the train from the other side. Now, a lot of people, especially the Brits, have an enduring love affair with the old steam trains. The heritage…

Photography Project 26 – M is for …

Meteors (or the lack of them) On Friday night / Saturday morning it was expected that here in Canada we were going to be in prime position to see a spectacular meteor shower - the Camelopardalis shower. Now, a couple of weeks ago I was reading an article in a magazine about what settings to…