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Fabulous Film Fridays – The Last Post (Dec. 30, 2011)

Posted in Fabulous Film Fridays, TCBlog with tags , , , , , , on December 30, 2011 by Darwin

Samantha and my Fabulous Film Fridays project that we shared between our blogs and which started on December 31, 2010 has come to its year-end. It has been a blast shooting once a week with our film cameras. If you liked this project be sure to head over to our new website and blog and get the free Fabulous Film Friday eBook which will launch next Friday (January 6, 2012). As most of you know this blog will end on December 31st with its final entry; please join me over at oopoomoo where my new adventure begins!

Speaking of end projects, Samantha is giving her course: Learning to “Speak’ the Language of Visual Expression one last time. This course has gotten rave reviews and so if you are keen to ramp up your visual knowledge, be sure to sign up for the January 2nd, 2012 start date!

Both photos taken with Tachihara Tim using Fuji Instant Print Film

The Weekly Photo – December 27

Posted in TCBlog, Weekly Photo with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 27, 2011 by Darwin

This will be my last weekly photo post on this blog. I will no longer post to this blog after December 31st. After that all my blog postings and new images will appear over at oopoomoo. Be sure to sign up for the newsletter over there if you want first dibs on workshops, discounts and unpublished photo tips.

These two photos of Hoodoo Creek Bay at Abraham Lake were taken on one of the Fire and Ice Photo Tours this last November. If you are interested in the 2012 tour check out it out, it is nearly full!

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

The Weekly Photo – December 19, 2011

Posted in TCBlog, Weekly Photo with tags , , , , , , on December 19, 2011 by Darwin

©Darwin Wiggett

Click on the photo to learn the back story of this photo (and my meet-up with famous photographers!) plus see a few more photos from the shoot.

I oopoomoo, do you?

Posted in Art of Photography, Controversy, Inspirations, TCBlog, Workshops and Seminars with tags , , , , , , , on December 7, 2011 by Darwin

Today is the official release date of oopoomoo! This is a new website that Samantha and I put together that is the one-stop shop for everything Sam and Dar. But it will be more than just a photography site, or a place to get eBooks or workshops. The concept behind oopoomoo relates more to our attitude towards life. Life is short:  why not just do the things you love and live a balanced healthy lifestyle? Why not give back a little instead of always taking? Why not live a little softer on the planet? Why not have fun and smile a lot? Well, oopoomoo is our attempt to live that kind of life. We are photographers and photography instructors and we love our work. But we also love nature, hiking, eating, drinking, art, music and, in short, life. We want oopoomoo to reflect our passion about these things, and we want to share our passion for living well with the world. We would love to have you come along!

Ultimately we will be ending all our other websites so we can concentrate on oopoomoo and all the fun and meaningful projects we hope to engage in. So we will stop posting on our personal blogs (both this blog and Sam’s blog will finish at the end of the this year). Ultimately we will also end our personal websites and have everything we do happen at oopoomoo.

Finally, over at oopoomoo we decided affiliates and sponsorships wasn’t our thing.  We’ll let others continue on with these kinds of partnerships because they are good at them! We find our time is pretty much taken up trying to live our new philosophy on life.

Drop by oopoomoo and let us know what you think and stay tuned for all sorts of interesting posts on photography and life!

Darwin and Sam

The Weekly Photo – December 5, 2011

Posted in Art of Photography, TCBlog, Techniques, Workshops and Seminars on December 5, 2011 by Darwin

When I am out doing ‘serious’ photography, I have my ‘serious’ camera gear. Usually for landscape photography that is my Canon 1ds Mark III with my four Tilt-Shift lenses and a telephoto zoom (Sigma 120-400mm). But even with my landscape photography pack, I still always have my point-n-shoot camera in a pocket just to get fast grab shots in changing light. For the November Fire and Ice Tour we stopped at the Bighorn Dam west of Nordegg to find fast moving fog rolling through the spruce trees. I made these two quick snaps with the Canon G11 because the light was changing super fast. By the time I could dig out the ‘big guns’ the moment was gone. If I didn’t have the point-n-shoot I probably would have missed the moment! Mostly this is a reminder to myself to always have the point-n-shoot with me.

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

The Weekly Photo – Nov 21, 2011

Posted in TCBlog, Weekly Photo, Workshops and Seminars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 21, 2011 by Darwin

I just got back from the final Fire and Ice Photo Tour this year. We were ‘blessed’ with cold temps (-25 degrees over night) and therefore some nice ice and even a little bit of fire (sunrises and sunsets). The gang of shooters were a blast and everyone was open to the amazing possibilities nature tossed our way.

Part of each tour is a safety meeting about ice conditions. You can see here what happens when someone does not listen to the safety spiel! The good news is with my super long exposure of the scene (5 minutes using a Lee Big Stopper ND filter), the waves and bubbles of the struggling participant did not even register in the image. So let this be a lesson, always listen to your instructor….

This one is dedicated to Joe (thanks for leaving the camera gear on shore) ;-)

©Darwin Wiggett

The colour version – Canon EOS-1ds Mark III, Canon 24 TSE, 5 minutes at f11, Singh-Ray LB warming polarizer, Singh-Ray 3-stop soft-edge grad, Lee 10-stop Big Stopper ND filter.

©Darwin Wiggett

The B+W version (conversion done in Nik Silver Efex Pro) – which version do you prefer?

Fabulous Film Fridays – Back to Back Again

Posted in Art of Photography, Fabulous Film Fridays, Image Processing and Software, Instruction, TCBlog with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2011 by Darwin

Last week Sam posted a comparison of the same subject shot with film and digital. Her point was to show that the two media deliver very different results and that neither was ‘true’ to her experience of being there. Of course, we all know that cameras do not record things exactly like we see them. Some capture devices seem ‘truer’ than others but none record the ‘truth’ (5 human observers to the same event will all ‘record’ or remember the event differently – so what is truth anyway?).

Given that there is no universal truth then it simply becomes a question of what tool (camera, film type, digital sensor type, processing workflow etc)  returns results closer to the way you view or want to present the world in your art. Of course you can enhance or alter the capture in processing (either in the digital or chemical darkroom) to get the results even closer to your personal view. I believe it’s always better to use the media that delivers results closest to where you want to end up, rather than shaving a square block down to fit into a round hole (but maybe that is just me, some of you might like the shaving process ;-)).

The two images below were photographed at the Nordegg mine and were taken at the same time as Sam’s shots in her post. The results of the comparison look similar to the Sam’s in terms of colour and contrast. Which you prefer is personal, you might like one better than the other, or you might not like either rendition. Your job as a photographer is to translate what you see and feel about a scene to your viewer. Using the media that gets you the results you want is really all that matters.

©Darwin Wiggett

Above – Shot with a Tachihara 4×5 view camera using Fujichrome Velvia 50 slide film (I used a flashlight to paint light onto the wheels – the orange cast).

Below – Shot with a Canon EOS-1ds digital camera and light-painted as described above.

©Darwin Wiggett

The Weekly Photo – October 3, 2011

Posted in Image Processing and Software, Instruction, TCBlog, Weekly Photo with tags , , , , , , on October 3, 2011 by Darwin

©Darwin Wiggett

Canon EOS-1ds Mark III, Sigma 24-70mm lens at 26mm, base exposure was 1.6s at f14, Singh-Ray LB Warming polarizer, 5 exposure bracket processed in Oloneo PhotoEngine and then converted to B+W in Nik Silver Efex Pro and then layered back with the PhotoEngine colour image. Click on the image for a larger view. Below is the base exposure to show the before.

©Darwin Wiggett - middle exposure of the series

Fabulous Film Fridays – September 30, 2011

Posted in Art of Photography, Fabulous Film Fridays, Photography Gear, TCBlog, Techniques with tags , , , , , , on September 30, 2011 by Darwin

Below are three images I made with Einstein our glass lens Holga which is really sharp in the center of the frame but soft towards the edges. I think Holga’s are great for old abandoned things;the look of the images matches the feel of the subject.  I used Fuji NPS 160 film. Click on each image to see a larger view.

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

The Weekly Photo – September 26, 2011

Posted in Image Processing and Software, TCBlog, Weekly Photo with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 26, 2011 by Darwin

©Darwin Wiggett

Image was made near Trochu, Alberta. Stay tuned for a new photo workshop TBA in the area where we will photograph old buidlings, old cars and badlands. This image was shot using a Canon EOS-1ds Mark III, Sigma 24-70mm lens at 34mm, 5.0s at f14, Singh-Ray 2-stop hard-edge grad over sky and Singh-Ray LB Warming Polarizer with a Lee 4-stop solid ND to get a longer exposure for movement in the grass. Processed in Oloneo Photo Engine for a slightly ‘grunge’ look. Click on the photo to see a larger version.

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