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The Weekly Photo – September 20, 2011

Posted in Weekly Photo with tags , , , , , , on September 20, 2011 by Darwin

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Old buildings and cropland near Trochu, Alberta (Canon EOS-1ds Mark III, Canon TS-E 45mm lens 1/15s at f8, Singh-Ray LB Warming Polarizer and Singh-Ray 2-stop hard-edge grad filter over sky). Click on the photo for a larger view.

The Weekly Photo – September 12, 2011

Posted in Weekly Photo with tags , , , , , , on September 12, 2011 by Darwin

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A bike trail at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park near Cochrane, Alberta (Canon Rebel T2i, Sigma 17-50mm lens, 5 seconds at f8, Singh-Ray 3-stop hard-edge grad over sky).

The Weekly Photo – August 22, 2011

Posted in Image Processing and Software, Instruction, TCBlog, Weekly Photo with tags , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2011 by Darwin

I have said it before on this blog but I will say it again, I am really liking Oloneo photoengine for doing realistic HDR images. Royce Howland introduced to me to this software and showed me its potential. I am glad he did, it really does a great job!

Watch for an article by Royce in an upcoming edition of Outdoor Photography Canada on how to make realistic-looking HDR images. Below is a finished image from photoengine. To me it looks the way I remember the scene. Of course the camera can’t record such a high contrast range so I made 5 exposures at 2 EV intervals to record the entire dynamic range in the scene. Below you can see my RAW captures at 1.60 s, 1/15 s, 1/4 s, 1.o s and 4.o s all at f11.

©Darwin Wiggett - click to see a bigger version

©Darwin Wiggett - the RAW images


The Weekly Photo – August 14, 2011

Posted in Weekly Photo with tags , , , , , , , on August 15, 2011 by Darwin

Anyone that lives in Calgary, Alberta and drives Highway 1a between Calgary and Cochrane may have noticed this scene over the last few weeks. I love this lone tree in a canola field with the mountain backdrop. To get the shot I used my Canon 300mm lens on the Canon Rebel T2i using a polarizer to help remove haze and saturate the colours of the warm light of sunrise. Now if I could just turn off the noise and hum of the constant traffic of this busy highway! Click on the image to see it larger.

©Darwin Wiggett

The Weekly Photo – August 8, 2011

Posted in TCBlog, Techniques, Weekly Photo with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 8, 2011 by Darwin

Below are a few more photos from the backpacking trip I recently took with friends. These photos are from Norman Creek at Sunset Pass in Banff National Park, Alberta. If you want a great destination in Banff that is little visited and that is a relatively short backpack, then Sunset Pass might be one to consider. The campground at Norman Creek is perfectly situated on the edge of an expanse of meadows with grand views to Mount Coleman, Mount Wilson and Mount Amery. In spite of the name Sunset pass is great at both sunrise and sunset. To learn more about this hike check out this detailed article by Samantha and see some of the shots she made of Sunset Pass with the Canon G11. Click on the photos to see larger versions. All images were shot with my Canon Rebel T2i and the Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 lens.

©Darwin Wiggett - Mount Wilson and Norman Creek at sunset

©Darwin Wiggett - Samantha on the Sunset Pass Trail

©Darwin Wiggett - Mount Wilson at sunset with the Gold-N-Blue Polarizer

©Darwin Wiggett - Mount Amery before an afternoon rain storm

Samantha posted a picture of me making this last image in her article on Sunset Pass (third photo in the article).

The Weekly Photo – August 1, 2011

Posted in Filter, Image Processing and Software, Instruction, Photography Gear, TCBlog, Techniques, Weekly Photo with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 1, 2011 by Darwin

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Here is a shot of Cataract Lake from the headwaters of the Brazeau River in Jasper National Park. This is just below Cataract Pass before humping up over the pass to get into the Whitegoat Wilderness Area (Canon Rebel T2i, Sigma 17-50mm lens, Singh-Ray LB warming polarizer, f16 – 3 exposure HDR blend using Oloneo PhotoEngine).

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Upper Brazeau River Canyon in Jasper National Park looking back toward Nigel Pass (Canon T2i, Sigma 17-50mm lens, Singh-Ray Gold-N-Blue Polarizer, f11 – 3 exposure HDR blend using Oloneo PhotoEngine).

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Upper Cataract Creek Valley in the Whitegoat Wilderness (Canon T2i, Sigma 17-50mm lens, f11 – 3 exposure HDR blend using Oloneo PhotoEngine).

The Weekly Photo – July 25

Posted in TCBlog, Weekly Photo with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 25, 2011 by Darwin

This last week has been crazy busy. From Sunday through Friday Samantha and I went on a 5-day back pack trip with David Topping and Lindsay Ayearst. Following that on Sunday we had our big photo garage sale that was fun and we met lots of local photographers. The trip with David and Lindsay was fun and adventurous full of all sorts of different weather and fantastic scenery. We spent two days in the Whitegoat Wilderness area and  three days in the back-country of Banff National Park. Except for one night we had the back-country campsites to ourselves. And we had a wonderful encounter with a grizzly who was far enough away that we felt safe but close enough we could watch it for a long time. For photographers fit enough to backpack, I highly recommend the Whitegoat Wilderness in Alberta if you have the opportunity and the skills. For camera gear I just took my Rebel T2i and the Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 lens. More pictures from the adventure will follow but for now here is a shot of David Topping at Nigel Creek above Panther Falls in Banff National Park. If you want to get to Panther Falls on your own check out my Icefields Parkway eBook

©Darwin Wiggett


The Weekly Photo – July 18, 2010

Posted in Good News, Image Processing and Software, TCBlog, Techniques, Weekly Photo, Workshops and Seminars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 18, 2011 by Darwin

This week I am posting three photos from Island Lake and Island Lake Lodge in Fernie, British Columbia. Samantha and I are in the process of developing an exciting new photo workshop with Island Lake Lodge that we will announce in the next few months. Suffice to say if you want something completely unique and you like photography, wine, food, outdoor recreation and nature, then do we have a program for you! We can’t wait! In the meantime if you are in the Fernie area do check out Island Lake Lodge as a potential place to stay; you won’t be disappointed!

Also very exciting to me is a new software program introduced to me by Royce Howland called Oloneo PhotoEngine. Royce is the master of HDR and in my opinion is one of the best instructors out there on the making of realistic looking images using HDR. Royce told me he has been using PhotoEngine a lot and loves how simple and intuitive the program is for making HDR images. If Royce recommends something I try it!.

Sure enough I have become hooked on Oloneo’s PhotoEngine. It is super easy to use, has amazing capabilities and is fast. I made sixteen 3-frame HDR images in less than 1/2 hour. Of all the different HDR programs I have tried this one gives results that look the most realistic. Sure you can still make grunge cartoonish HDR’s if you want but the control sliders on this program make it easy to get precisely the image that appeals to you. This is software I recommend to anyone interested in extending the dynamic range of their digital images. I am going to get Samantha to try this program out because if anyone can find a bug or a weakness in a piece of software or a equipment it is Sam! Watch for a more detailed review in the future but my preliminary conclusion is WOW!  (Note: I am not paid not sponsored by Oloneo, I just am thrilled with the software; can you tell?).

Below is a the the middle exposure of a three frame bracket to build an HDR image (0EV, +2EV and -2EV). Yous can see that the image definitely needs more detail in the shadows and highlights that the other two bracketed photos will provide.

RAW image of 0 EV exposure

Here is the final HDR built in Oloneo’s PhotoEngine (click on the photo to see a larger version).

©Darwin Wiggett - 3 image HDR using Oloneo PhotoEngine

Here is another image of Island Lake and the Lizard Range using a 3-exposure HDR using PhotoEngine (click on the image for a larger version).

©Darwin Wiggett - 3-frame HDR using Oloneo's PhotoEngine

And Island Lake Lodge using PhotoEngine as the HDR processing software.

©Darwin Wiggett - Island Lake Lodge

The Weekly Photo – July 11, 2011

Posted in TCBlog, VWBlog, Weekly Photo with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 11, 2011 by Darwin

The images below are of Abraham Lake in spring — looks inviting doesn’t it? Let’s go to the beach and go swimming. How about a canoe ride?

If you visit Abraham Lake in Alberta in May or June you’ll mostly see a baked mud flat. If you want big turquoise waters then come in September when the golden falls colours contrast well with the blue-green basin full of water. But in spring the cracked earth makes for some cool photos. Abraham has many faces from the ice bubbles of winter through mud-flats of spring to pristine-looking mountain lake in the late summer and fall.

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

The Weekly Photo – June 27

Posted in TCBlog, Techniques, VWBlog, Weekly Photo with tags , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2011 by Darwin

Below is a photo from the Spring in the Rockies Photo Tour. This ‘secret spot’ is only 5-minutes from the Aurum Lodge. I used a Canon 24mm TS-E lens on my Canon EOS-1ds Mark III. The camera was in portrait orientation and I made two vertical photos; one shifted up, the other shifted down to make a long thin pano that I stitched using Photo Merge in Adobe Photoshop CS-5. I also had the lenses tilted for max apparent DOF. Exposure was 20s at f11. I also used a Singh-Ray 4-stop solid ND filter to lengthen exposure time to build-up colour in the sunrise.

©Darwin Wiggett