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…

Photographic Jazz

There are some times when, to feel fully creative, one needs to just let go of the norms, open your mind to the great possibilities that are out there and break out into something new. I've been reading a lot of work by the Canadian photographer David Duchemin recently, both his blogs and some of…

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…

Try something new – Infrared photography

One thing I have always been intrigued by is Infrared photography. You know, those magical, fantastical looking pictures of Narnia-like white trees with their ethereal leaves against a black, looming sky. I briefly tried using an ir filter (820nm) on my D610 while on a shoot last year and while I was pleased with the…

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?…

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…