Archive for Inspiring Photos

Fire and Ice Results – Dan Wheeler

Posted in Workshops and Seminars with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 10, 2011 by Darwin

Below are Dan Wheeler’s favorite six photos from the Fire and Ice Photo Tour.

©Dan Wheeler

©Dan Wheeler

©Dan Wheeler

©Dan Wheeler

©Dan Wheeler

©Dan Wheeler

Inspirations – Andy Brown

Posted in Inspirations with tags , , , on December 8, 2011 by sabrina

© Andy Brown

I shot with a Canon 5Dmk2 and Canon EF 17-40mm L.  Exposure was 0.2 seconds at f/14 and ISO 160.  The camera was handheld throughout and I panned vertically to achieve the ICM – it’s the first time I’d tried this technique and a concept I hope to revisit soon.  Processing was done in ACR and CS4.

Intentional camera movement goes against the grain of so much I have learnt through my imagery – there are no hard and fast restraints on focus, clarity and detail.  Instead, it’s an intriguing way to try and reveal the spirit of your subject – and of course trees work well given their familiarity and strong vertical lines that react so well to panning!  My intent was to work a contrast between the all pervasive mist and the vivid hues of the woodland vegetation, with the trees providing a pseudo-abstract link between the two planes.  It’s funny how with the creation of some images I spend hours deciding on composition, deliberating over subtle lighting nuances and suchlike prior to releasing the shutter.  This photograph was borne of completely the opposite.  I was on my way to an entirely different destination when I drove through this woodland, laden in early morning mist.  I stopped, took just a handful of shots and was back in my car within twenty minutes and on my way… ~ Andy Brown

Inspirations – The Pinnacles by Beau Mitchell

Posted in Inspirations with tags , , on December 4, 2011 by sabrina

© Beau Mitchell

7 images panoramic stitch
Canon 450D 17-40mm F4 L lens @ 32mm

 1 second at f/16 with ISO 100

I wanted to shoot “The Pinnacles” on a cloudless evening to capture a soft gradient in the sky. I knew a cloud filled sky would clutter the composition. Fortunately, the weather on this night was perfect! As the sun disappeared into the horizon the limestone pillars lit up and the sky turned a nice purplish colour. A little bit of planning, and a little bit of luck, goes a long way when photographing a location such as this. ~ Beau Mitchell

Fire and Ice Photo Tour Results – Roger Raepple

Posted in Workshops and Seminars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 1, 2011 by Darwin

Below are Roger Raepple’s favorites form the Fire and Ice Tour:

©Roger Raepple

©Roger Raepple

©Roger Raepple

©Roger Raepple

©Roger Raepple

©Roger Raepple

 

Inspirations – Ed Brydon

Posted in Inspirations with tags , , on November 30, 2011 by sabrina

© Ed Brydon

iPhone 4S using Instagram with “Lomo-fi” processing selection

I had never had a smartphone and finally upgraded to an iPhone 4S when it came out, principally because the plan I could get was a global one. However, one of the first things I like to do when they have something new is to play with it. I tend not to open the manual unless I cannot work out how to do something as I find that trial and error, while maybe slower, sticks with me better. At any rate, I had popped out to get my lunch during work and was walking around Columbus Circle when I saw this great little stage-like scene. The hard, low sun was pouring through into this little area. I backed up against the wall, framed roughly where my I wanted the image to play out, watched and waited. Any time I thought I saw something developing I would press the shutter. I experimented with compositions as people passed through the scene and was having a lot of fun. One of the things I keep my eye out is for alignments of nature and man or the man-made within the city; that juxtaposition appeals to me. For this particular image I caught the flutter and flight of a few pigeons out of the corner of my eye and pressed the shutter button when I thought the timing was right, trying to allow for the slight lag. I had only once chance to make this and it turned out exactly how I wanted it, with the pigeon seemingly flying directly above the woman’s head.

To me it doesn’t matter what I made this image with, it was more important that I had something on me I could photograph with. The fact it was new, and unobtrusive, allowed for a little playtime, which is often when we become inspired. ~ Ed Brydon

Fire and Ice Photo Tour Results – Royce Howland

Posted in Workshops and Seminars with tags , , , , , , , on November 29, 2011 by Darwin

Below are Royce Howland’s six favorite photos from the Fire and Ice Photo Tour.

All photographs were taken with a Panasonic LX-5 point & shoot camera at a wide aperture, usually f/2.8. I pressed the camera lens right to the surface of the ice, as close as I could get to the features buried within, and used a small pocket LED flashlight for selective lighting. Each final image was developed with HDR processing (using Oloneo PhotoEngine) from 2 – 3 bracketed exposures, followed by finishing work in Photoshop for additional contrast & color.

©Royce Howland

©Royce Howland

©Royce Howland

©Royce Howland

©Royce Howland

©Royce Howland

The Weekly Photo – November 28, 2011

Posted in Weekly Photo, Workshops and Seminars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 28, 2011 by Darwin

©Darwin Wiggett

This one is from the November Fire and Ice Tour. I used my trusty 17mm TSE lens to give me a wide-angle view with a leaf in the foreground. I used tilt to give me incredible DOF. This one is from Preacher’s Point on Abraham Lake. I used Photo Engine  (HDR) and Nik Color Efex Pro 4.0 (for contrast control) to process this one.

© The 17mm TSE tilted and in action to capture the photo

©Darwin Wiggett

Detail shot done with the Canon G11 and processed in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 and Nik Colour Efex Pro 4. Save 15% on all Nik products – use the code darwin on checkout (this code will expire Dec 1, 2011).

Inspirations – Olga and Boris

Posted in Inspirations with tags , , , on November 27, 2011 by sabrina

© Olga and Boris

Everything that is created on the Earth–fine, unique and surprising–is created by nature. Or God. It seems to us that when the potter molds an amphora from clay, he sees before himself such image. We have tried to “mold” an amphora by means of a photo. And it seems to us that it has turned out. ~ Olga and Boris

Fire and Ice Photo Tour Results – Fikret Onal

Posted in Workshops and Seminars with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2011 by Darwin

Below are Fikret Onal’s six favorite images from the Fire and Ice Photo Tour.

©Fikret Onal

©Fikret Onal

©Fikret Onal

©Fikret Onal

©Fikret Onal

©Fikret Onal

Fire and Ice Photo Tour Results – Dan Marston

Posted in Workshops and Seminars with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 24, 2011 by Darwin

Below are Dan Marston’s six favorite photos from the Fire and Ice Photo Tour.

©Dan Marston

Athabasca Falls Jasper National Park

©Dan Marston

Jasper Nov 2011

©Dan Marston

©Dan Marston

Panther Falls

Banff National Park

©Dan Marston

©Dan Marston