Archive for Canon G11

Fabulous Film Fridays – March 25

Posted in Art of Photography, Fabulous Film Fridays, Instruction, Photography Gear, Techniques with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2011 by Darwin

This week Samantha is hosting Fabulous Film Fridays over at her blog. Check out her comparisons of cityscapes she took with Beep her Holga versus images she made with the Canon G11. She makes the point that as artists we should know our tools and select the appropriate one to create the mood we want in our images. The Holga and the G11 are very different paintbrushes and the images painted with these brushes are as varied as the artists William Turner and Robert Bateman.

Speaking of brushes, I made the image below with Gail, a Fuji GA645 medium format ‘point-n-shoot’ film camera using Fujicolor Reala  100 ISO print film. The cool thing about this camera is that when shot in tight on a subject and when using an aperture of f4, you get a nice thin slice of focus (f4 on medium format gives a way smaller slice of focus than f4 on a dSLR). The larger the film or sensor on a camera, the smaller the slice of focus at a given aperture.

©Darwin Wiggett - Old car, Kootenay Plains, Alberta


March Photo Tour Results – Alan Barrett

Posted in Workshops and Seminars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 19, 2011 by Darwin

Below are Alan’s images from the March Photo tour all shot with the Canon G11 point-n-shoot camera. Alan’s images from the February Tour are posted here. Be sure to visit Alan’s website as well.

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©Alan Barrett

February Winter Tour Results – Alan Barrett

Posted in Inspirations, Workshops and Seminars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 14, 2011 by Darwin

Below are Alan Barrett’s lovely images from the February winter tour. Alan was on both the February and March tours so expect another post shortly. Alan also shot the entire photo tour with just one camera, a Canon G11. It’s not the camera… its the photographer who makes the photos as we can see here.

©Alan Barrett

©Alan Barrett

©Alan Barrett

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©Alan Barrett


Off to the Winter Photo Tours

Posted in TCBlog, Videos, Workshops and Seminars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 24, 2011 by Darwin

I am headed off to do the last of this year’s winter photo tours at the Aurum Lodge. This time both Samantha and Brando (the dog) get to come with me. I hope I can keep Sam from biting the participants 😉

For those who wish to come to photograph Abraham Lake be warned of the incessant wind there. I was making some images with my G11 on Abraham Lake (see photo below) this past January and I thought it would be neat to make a video showing me by the ice block you see in the first picture below. I let go of the tripod and walked around to get in the front of the camera. The instant I let go of the tripod, the camera and tripod was blown across the ice. I had to run to retrieve it as you’ll see in the video. That wind can be nasty! The second video is a typical day at Abraham Lake so hang on to your gear and hunker down low to get use able photos.

©Darwin Wiggett - Canon G11

Back in January of 2009, I was out on Abraham Lake on an extra windy day making the photo you see below. I thought I would make a little video with the Canon G9 to show how windy it was and you see that result in the next video (I look a little cold eh?). The video after my self-portrait shows how strong the winds can get as we see Kelly Funk trying to stand upright on the ice of Abraham. C’mon Kelly you can do it!


©Darwin Wiggett



The Perfect Little Camera Bag for Canon G-series Cameras

Posted in Good News, Photography Gear, Techniques, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2011 by Darwin

Anyone who owns a Canon G-series camera (e.g. G9, G10, G11, or G12) knows that we are not talking about a camera that will fit in your pocket (unless you’re a kangaroo and have a pouch sized pocket). And readers of this blog know that I like to take my Canon G11 almost everywhere with me. Therein lies a major frustration; how do you carry a G-series camera around so you have quick access to it and yet it does not become a huge pain in the neck or a giant bulge in your pocket? Plus there are times you may just want to have the camera hidden from view.

Sometimes I let the camera dangle from my neck (conspicuous and the camera is always annoyingly flapping around). Sometimes I have stuffed the camera in a day pack (access is slow). I have also tried a small belt pouch (again slow access and I need to remember to wear a belt). In short I have never had an functional solution… until now.

Black Rapid (makers of camera straps) have introduced an innovative 3-in-1 camera bag/sling strap/hands strap system for G-sized point-n-shoots that I really think is perfect. The SNAPR is a great solution that lets me get to the camera quickly, that keeps the camera safe and protected and that is a bit styling (hey, you all know how hip and stylish I am).

Watch the video and see how it works (plus they sure know how to pick good-looking models for their videos!) 😉

BTW, I am not getting paid nor am I affiliated with Black Rapid, I just think the product is cool and useful and thought I would pass on the info. Cost is about $40-50 depending on where you buy. Of course I buy most everything from The Camera Store in Calgary

Weekly Photo – February 15, 2011

Posted in Good News, Inspirations, TCBlog, Techniques, VWBlog, Weekly Photo with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2011 by Darwin

Technically, I am supposed to post a weekly photo every Monday, but yesterday was Valentines Day and so it was a day off from the office for obvious reasons. By the way, I happened to have my best Valentines Day ever. Wow! But I can’t really talk about that 😉

Anyway, I am posting the weekly photo here today. On my photo tours I ask participants to post their six best images from the trip to showcase their work. In the past, I never posted my own photos but I have had a number of requests to do so. Below are my six favorites from the January 2011 Winter Photo Tour. If anyone is interested we just happened to have a last minute cancellation for the March 2-6, 2011 Winter Photo Tour. Contact Alan at the Aurum Lodge at to book this last spot (it will likely go fast so hurry if you are interested).

©Darwin Wiggett

Abraham Lake at Preacher’s Point, Canon EOS-1ds Mark III, Canon TS-E 17mm lens, 1/50th at f10.


©Darwin Wiggett

A lucky sunset at Preacher’s Point from the evening before the tour started. Canon EOS-1ds Mark III, Canon TS-E 17mm lens, 1/8 th at f10.

©Darwin Wiggett

Snowshoe path at Mistaya Canyon, Canon Rebel T2i, Canon 17mm TS-E, 1/50th at f11

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Mistaya Canyon, Banff National Park, Canon EOS-1ds Mark III, Canon TS-E 17mm lens, 1/60th at f8. Notice the three little photographers at the top of the frame.

©Darwin Wiggett

Salt-stained road (Highway 11). Canon G11, 1/30th at f4 (hand-held).

©Darwin Wiggett

Ice detail on Abraham Lake, Canon G11, 1/50th at 6.3

Fabulous Film Fridays – February 4, 2011

Posted in Art of Photography, Controversy, Fabulous Film Fridays, Humor, Photography Gear, TCBlog, Techniques, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 4, 2011 by Darwin

Samantha and I have discovered a major drawback of sharing  our film cameras. Often we can’t remember who actually took a particular photo on a roll of film especially when we shoot the same subject with the same camera. For example, we both shot photos of an old car in a snowstorm. Sam used Beep, her Holga (and she has the pictures to prove it) but she also used Linny the Linhof to compose some photos (the evidence for that fact will be presented below). I had my Canon G11 digital camera (and I have photos to prove it) and I also used Linny to make a panoramic photo of the old car (or at least I think I did).

Anyway when we got the film developed from the Linhof, there was one photo of the old car – just one. I quickly claimed the image. Here it is:

©Darwin Wiggett (well I think)...

And so, I filed the image (shot on Fujichrome Velvia 50 slide film) into my film binder. Done.

But wait… when processing my G11 images later, I found this little video that I made. Guess who is shooting the car with the Linhof?

Well… when Samantha saw this video, the conversation went something like this:

Samantha: Hey, where is my photo from the Linhof?

Darwin: (silence…his brain is working hard to understand the question.)

Samantha: Well?

Darwin: Whoops… I must have it in my film binder.  I thought it was my shot. I guess I accidentally stole your photo. I’ll go get it for you.

Samantha: Good, I’ll post it on Fabulous Film Fridays as a warning to others to guard their film. And by the way, you always get the title of our project wrong, it is Fabulous Film Fridays, not Fantastic Film Fridays like you say in the video.

(sidebar): Sam goes to post the January 31st Fabulous Film Fridays blog using the old car photo and the video as evidence that Darwin is a stealer of images. She re-watches the video and notices that the angle of her composition of the old car is very different from the developed photo above. She concludes she probably did not make the image.

Samantha: Hey Darwin, this keeps getting weirder.  I think that was your image after all!  But then where is my photo from the angle we see in the video?

Darwin: Well there were some blank slides, maybe you forgot to pull the dark slide and so had unexposed frames.

(At this point Samantha gave Darwin a pointed look.  She’s never forgotten to pull out the dark slide, whereas Darwin admits to taking rolls of film without taking out the dark slide.  Darwin thinks:  Maybe that wasn’t the right thing to say.)

Darwin: (silence)… Well maybe we lost a roll of film?

Samantha: No, the stuff we shot before and immediately after the car is on the same roll.

Darwin: Right. Maybe you composed the photo and because the angle was so tight, you did not like the comp and so you didn’t make a  photo?

Samantha: Maybe….

Darwin: Well… so we think the old car photo is now mine? (he asks hopefully). If so, then I will make a B+W version from the scan just for fun.

Samantha: Yes, you can have it.  It’s pretty good, but you may want to take a closer look at my Composition and Design eBook for a few tips!

©Darwin Wiggett (by default and reluctant agreement)


On Working Together

Posted in Humor, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2011 by Darwin

In 2010, Samantha and I worked together on a number of collaborative ventures. We found we made a great team and this year we are planning a whole lot more things to do together. Who says couples can’t successfully combine work and love? To see just how great we get along watch the video below:

Hidden Gems of 2010

Posted in Art of Photography, Artistic Development, Inspirations, Stock Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 30, 2010 by Darwin

For me, 2010 was an interesting year. Stock sales continued to decline and the recession hit many photographers hard. Fortunately for me, this past year was the best year I have ever had financially because I diversified my income. I make my income from three main sources; stock photo sales (direct and through agencies), teaching (workshops, seminars and tours), and assignment (writing and photography commission work). Each contributes about 30-35% to the overall income.

The major investment I made this year to the business side of photography cost me a lot in personal creative growth. I simply had very little time to make photos. I only got out to shoot about 25% of the time and with so little time to devote to the art of photography, the creativity hit a bit of a road block.

So for 2011, I plan to achieve a better balance of business and creativity. When I look back at the 1300 ‘keepers’ I created in 2010 I was not overly impressed with what I saw. But I did make a few images I liked which I shared in my Weekly Photos and in my Daily Snaps.

Below are 10 images which are a little more subtle but that continue to please me even after looking at them for a long time.


©Darwin Wiggett - Canon G11

©Darwin Wiggett - Canon 1ds Mark III, Sigma 120-400

©Darwin Wiggett - Canon 1ds Mark III Sigma 120-400mm

©Darwin Wiggett - Canon 1ds Mark III, Sigma 120-400mm

©Darwin Wiggett - Canon 1ds Mark III, Sigma 120-400mm

©Darwin Wiggett - Canon G11

©Darwin Wiggett - Canon Rebel T2i, Sigma 17-50mm

©Darwin Wiggett - Canon Rebel T2i, Sigma 17-50mm

©Darwin Wiggett - Canon Rebel T2i, Sigma 120-400mm

©Darwin Wiggett - Canon G11

The Daily Snap – December 4

Posted in The Daily Snap with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 4, 2010 by Darwin

Because of the amazing file quality I now use the Sigma Dp1x as my landscape point-n-shoot camera. I just love the files it gives me. The Canon G11 is my people, family, pets, macro and all around ‘happy snap’ camera. The two machines are very different animals and serve specific purposes. Below is a shot from yesterday with the DP1x. I ordered the lens hood/filter holder so I can use a polarizer and grad filters on the DP1x, but I do not have this accessory yet. So yesterday I hand-held a 3-stop hard-edge grad filter over the lens to hold back exposure in the sky. I also used a reflector leaning against my leg to add light to the fence post. Imagine what the farmer who drove by thought of me. Here I am with a big ‘Fargo’ parka holding a grad in one hand, trying to press the shutter with the other hand and balancing a big silver disc on my leg with Brando (my dog) curled up beside me in a snow drift! No wonder he sped up as he drove by!

©Darwin Wiggett

detail from the shot above