Making the most of any light

This weekend I went to Algonquin Provincial Park with a couple of friends/family from our little photography group. Our plan had been to see the spectacular fall colours that, on average, reach their peak on the last weekend of September. Well, unfortunately, Nature has been so good to us over the summer that she's now…

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…

Personal projects and World Photography Day

This summer has been terrific for photography. Not only have I managed to get out to plenty of events, some new and some revisited, but I've shot on 35mm, 120 film, with a Bronica, a Holga, a Nikon F90x, my Fuji, D610 and D7100. What more could someone want? And the Fall promises to bring…

Film Photography – the Holga

Those who have used a Holga know what a character it is; those who haven't heard of it need to get one and try it out. The Holga is a gem. Medium format, 120 film. Completely plastic camera - plastic body, plastic lens. Operation is as simple as it gets - exposure is 1/100 or…

Mountsberg and Kodak Portra

In my last post I talked about using film again and showed a few shots taken in black and white. Now b&w can cover up many sins and mistakes but colour can be a little less forgiving, so the next challenge I set myself was to see what the 'new' F90x could actually do with…

Double Exposure photography

The art of exposing the same frame more than once, in these cases, twice. It's a technique that has some wonderful exponents and when combined with ICM (Intentional Camera Movement) and the use of ND filters to lengthen the exposure can produce some truly ghostly and abstract images. I've talked about Chris Friel before and…

Photography Project 26 – N is for…

What else could it be? Nature photography. I would hazard a guess that more people consider themselves nature photographers than would classify themselves as any other type of shooter. There's an unending wealth of opportunities out there for those of us who love to take our cameras into nature in any of its many forms,…