Monday, February 28, 2011

The Calm Before the Storm

This past Friday I had the pleasure of shooting my first ever wedding, and I only have one thing to say: Wedding photographers are crazy.

It wasn't a bad experience. The couple were very relaxed and the guests were fun, but the nerves were killer. The two nights before the wedding I could barely sleep, and the night before I spent most of the night going through gear and scenarios. The above image was shot with my phone and shows about half the gear that was used.

My girlfriend and I shot the wedding together, each with two bodies. Terrified of missing "the" shot we both wanted to be as prepared as we could. But of course nothing can prepare you more than experience, and that is probably what scared me the most! 

We knew the venue would be dark, so I even rented a Alien Bee studio strobe (with large softbox) from the University of Waterloo Photo Club as well. I figured the more the better! Turns out I needed less than I had, but I figured being more prepared was the safer route! 

Read more over my next few posts about my first wedding and how I probably knocked 10 years off my life!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Get Creative!

"You can't always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, well you might find. You get what you need"

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

My Take on Fish Photography

I hope everyone's had a wonderful Valentines day! I certainly tried, although a calculus midterm put a damper on things, my girlfriend and I managed to escape for a little while and enjoy a nice dinner out. That said, I did not manage to get a post up... but what better way to celebrate the post-V-day bliss than a nice reminder of what last night's festivities often lead to. Babies!

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Fish babies that is (hey, they celebrate too..... I'd guess). The above is an image of a young 20-day free-swimming Discus fry.

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Saturday, February 12, 2011


Sometimes.... less is more.

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I was out fueling my photographic addiction earlier with week with my girlfriend T on a local trail trough the woods (somehow I end up doing a lot of my photography in the woods!). The above picture was taken in an area where there were a bunch of narrow and tall trees grouped together with very few branches. The vertical lines of the trees in conjunction with the horizontal shadows and snow drifts provided a very pleasing scene. I accentuated the simplicity of the image by converting to black and white in lightroom as well as bumping the contrast and blacks.

Keep it simple!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

With a Little Help from my Friends

Over the Christmas break I had the opportunity to shoot my very first e-shoot with arguably a couple of the most fun people in the world! Although it was the dead of a Canadian winter, cold, down a winding path to the Elora gorge, and worst of all- 8am on a Saturday morning... we survived. In fact we had a blast. Armed with my camera, my girlfriend was kind enough to act as my voice-activated-light-stand, towing around a monopod topped with a softbox. No easy task in the uneven and forested terrain of the area.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Family are Guinea Pigs!

Well, firstly I'd like to apologize to those of you out there who have been checking back here periodically to see if I had posted anything new. School, family and life took the driver's seat and I haven't had as much free time as I would have liked. On the bright side I have a nice backlog of photos that are just dying to be shared. Now, less talk-y more post-y!

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