Archive for landscape photography

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

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

A Few Lenses for Sale

Posted in For Sale with tags , , , , on December 3, 2011 by Darwin

My friend and photo assistant, Catherine, is selling a few of her entry level Canon lenses. These are good lenses for the hobbyist or for those looking for inexpensive alternatives to higher end Canon glass. Below are the lenses that Catherine has for sale along with the price and a link to reviews:

Please contact Catherine at cmbyram@gmail.com if you are interested (Calgary, Alberta area).

Canon EF-S 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS lens – $75 – review here

Canon EF-S 28-80mm F3.5-f5.6 lens (discontinued) – $100 – review here

Canon EF 75-300 f4-5.6 III – $100 – review here

Canon 18-55mm lens

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

 

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).

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

Fabulous Film Fridays – November 25, 2011

Posted in Fabulous Film Fridays with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 25, 2011 by Darwin

Alberta recently passed a distracted driving law where you not supposed to text, put on make-up, or sketch while driving. I looked carefully at the regulations and there was nothing there about using a Holga while driving (but electronic cameras are banned – yeah for film!). So last time I went into Banff National Park I pulled out the Holga at nearly 100 KMPH (check the speedometre in the photo) and snapped this shot of Cascade Mountain from the Trans Canada Highway (as you can see the road was empty so who was I distracting anyway?). Safety first though; I was wearing my hard hat and steel-toed boots while doing this dangerous exercise (and I did put my coffee down before snapping the shot)! 😉

©Darwin Wiggett - Holga GN120, Fuji NPH400 film

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

Fire and Ice Tour Results – Mike Blanchette

Posted in Workshops and Seminars with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 22, 2011 by Darwin

Below are Mike Blanchette’s six favorite images from the Fire and Ice Tour.

Photo by Mike Blanchette

 Athabasca River Bend: Jasper National Park, Alberta

Photo by Mike Blanchette

 Fallen Tree in Talbot Lake: Jasper National Park, Alberta

Photo by Mike Blanchette

 Bend in the North Saskatchewan River

Banff National Park

Photo by Mike Blanchette

Sun Hitting the Peaks: Abraham Lake, Alberta

Photo by Mike Blanchette

 Aspen Trees in Snow: Kootenay Plains, Alberta

Photo by Mike Blanchette

Cracks in the Ice: Abraham Lake, Alberta