Wednesday, February 27, 2013


I find this to be such an interesting little street. The stop sign in the middle just tops it all off. Shot in Winnipeg.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Midnight Steel

The full guitar need not always be included in the shot. Consider a part of the guitar as your focus.
I took this shot with my 60 mm macro lens. My shutter speed was fast as I was shooting directly into the sun: 1/3200. My aperture was f/2.8 which allowed for some sweet bokeh.


Friday, February 15, 2013

Shooting into the Light

The most interesting details can come alive in some subjects when shooting into the light. I took this image of these flowers in a vase directly in front of a window. Shooting from behind and maybe at a bit of a an angle to the light source, the translucent petals showed their delicate veining so beautifully.

Blowing out the window in order to get adequate exposure on the flowers was no problem. I didn't want any of that in the image to distract from the subject.

I much preferred this image in black and white so I converted it from colour in Lightroom.

I shot at a speed of 1/50 with an aperture of f/2.8. My ISO was 100 and I was using my 60 mm macro lens.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Capturing Character

You might have thought I was going to talk about the character of people. Rather, I am going to talk about capturing the character of flowers. Each flower seems to have a personality, a purpose. Some are soft and gentle, given to comfort. Others are dynamic and exciting, full of life!

This soft peach coloured carnation is a very gentle soul. Her tenderness is best captured with a shallow depth of field. She invites us to come close. Hard edges are blurred with the f/2.8 aperture and coming as close as my camera would allow.

And then we have this chrysanthemum. She is so full of movement and celebration! She calls me to step back a little more to take her all in, to watch as she dances in the light. Though I still used f/2.8 I did not shoot as close as I did for the gentle carnation.

I shot both of these images with my 60 mm macro lens at a speed of 1/60 and my ISO was 400.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Ice and Branches

Point of View can make all the difference between a photo that is quickly sent to the trash on your computer and a photo that is more interesting to spend a bit of time on.

Here I chose to shoot from behind the icicles that formed on the church roof. Looking out to the dark branches and blue sky, I knew it was the view for me.

Often we see the icicles and take shots head on. I've done it and I've posted pics like this too. But after awhile these start to look all the same to me. So today when I saw these icicles I challenged myself to see them differently. And in order to do so, I needed to move and find an interesting point of view.

Colour Splash

Friday, February 8, 2013


This lovely couple sitting by the river inspires me. They inspire me to wait patiently for whatever comes (spring!) and enjoy the present, enjoy each other.

I took this image with a fast shutter speed of 1/2000 and an aperture of f/2.8. I imported the image into Lightroom where I made some changes in the colour and then added a texture layer in Photoshop to complete the post processing.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

St. Ignatius Parish

Using texture overlays can enhance your images. With both of these images, I did the original processing from RAW in Lightroom and then brought them into Photoshop to add the layers. I chose one texture layer for both but removed the colour from the layer that went over the black and white image. Once satisfied I brought the images back into Lightroom, did a few more tweaks and outputted.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013


Though at first sight, things may seem loud and chaotic, I'd do well to take the opportunity to linger just for a bit. Then, I'd see the colours and beauty in the chaos. And maybe I'd want to linger a little while longer to look closer and see the individual pieces and discover that I was actually one of them.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Warming Up

I shot this image on a tripod as I had minimal light and didn't want to use flash. My aperture was f/2.8 at 1.0 sec. My focal length was 24 mm and ISO 100.

I converted the picture to black and white in Lightroom and then brought it into Photoshop to add a texture. I chose a texture that had some warm tones  but once I got this back into Lightroom I warmed it up even more.