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So celebrate it with a colourful bang, and pamper yourself with a professional photo next to the leaves. Jeffrey Meyer Photography is now accepting evening and weekend bookings for October pics by the leaves. And, Facebook friends and “like” admirers receive a 10% discount on any package – cause that’s what friends are for!
Featured here is the Discovery Air Canadair Sabre 5 (1954), which flew early in the Cold and Korenan Wars to battle against Russian MiGs. With a wingspan of 37 feet and an Orenda Series 14 Turbojet, the Sabre 5 not only looks forceful in the sky, but it sounds incredibly powerful too as its thrust pounds through the exhaust system. What a deep, heart pounding sound! The “Golden Hawks” were created in 1959 to honour the 50th anniversary of powered flight in Canada and the Vintage Wings of Canada Sabre wears the same metallic gold paint scheme to celebrate the 100th anniversary of flight in 2009. An all out beauty to photograph in the skies. These facts, and many other interesting points about Canada’s war time aviation history, can be found at: www.vintagewings.ca
Strong, agile, and so cute you just want to pet them behind the ears – but not advisable.
During my Cruise North expedition in Canada’s arctic waters I came across some incredibly massive icebergs that towered high above the waterline (and what we see above the waterline is only a fraction of their actual size!). The iceberg featured here was just “floating around” in Strathcona Sound, Nunavut. On this sunny day of September 8th, 2010, my brother and I (along with the rest of the passengers aboard the Lyubov Orlova) had the great privilege to jump in some zodiacs and tour around this iceberg. It was a beautiful moment, and something we had quite a bit of time to enjoy on account our cruise ship was ‘docked’ at Nanisivik to refuel before finishing the last leg of the voyage, and heading home.
My pictures here make it hard to establish a sense of scale, but if you look for the zodiac carriers that we used to navigate around you can begin to appreciate the human scale. In some cases, I could barely fit everything I was seeing with my 16mm camera lens in hand! An all-out WOW moment, but if that was not enough, we soon saw a seal bobbing its head up-and-down in the water, and as we tried to approach it with civility, another spectacular moment of chance caught our already heighted attention- a lone male polar bear relaxing on the shoreline.
A few weeks ago I had the great pleasure of meeting Ross and Simon Fraser – two brothers who own and operate Fraser Café in downtown Ottawa. (www.FraserCafe.ca) Next to enjoying one of their exquisite meals, and trying mussles for the very first time in my life, I had the great pleasure of photographing them and their staff in full action. In union with ARCLabs – a webpage design and development company – I put my photography skills to work to help the Frasers capture their kitchen and culinary masterpieces for their website. Photographing several bustling, but methodical cooks on a mission in their kitchen was no easy task – the gas ovens were blasting on high, hot frying pans were being shaken over open flames, knives were rapidly chopping away and orders were coming in fast with people naturally waiting to be served with high expectations! Add in all the mouth savoring sights and smells, and photographing a series of cooks in action preparing a wide array of delicious platters became especially challenging. LOL Yet, it was a totally amazing photography experience, and I’m proud to note that my work now features exclusively on the Fraser’s website, which was created by ARCLabs. The Fraser’s culinary skills and platter presentations are top notch in my opinion, and if you’re looking for a truly fine place to dine in Ottawa, then I would highly recommend you check out Fraser Café. And, if you’ve never tried mussles, Ross can certainly help you take the plunge and make your first experience an enjoyable one!
On March 23, 2010, I had the great pleasure to photograph the University of Ottawa Choir at St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts and Humanities. The Centre is located on the corner of St. Patrick and Cumberland street in downtown Ottawa, and is attractively situated in a decommissioned Roman Catholic Church. On the agenda this evening was Choral Fantasy from Beethoven and Lobgesang from Mendelssohn. If you enjoy music culture and listening to Ottawa’s finest fill the air of cathedral style ceilings, then keep an eye and ear out for their events!
From a photography perspective, taking pictures inside churches with only ‘available light’ tends to be an inherently difficult task. Using flashes in most cases is prohibited, and from a professional regard, often impractical (due to distance issues) and undesirable (due to altering the natural ambiance, or distracting the main event). In this case I had the great fortune of their being a good presence of interior light, however, the sources of light themselves were mixed between tungsten and incandescent bulbs, so it takes a soft hand to keep the white balance properly set and exposed. Here’s a small sample of shots from the evening, which were taken at different specs, and move out from 24 mm to 400 mm. When shooting quietly from the balcony and behind the scene, a 400 mm camera lens makes all the difference in getting the shot – or not!
File Speed: ISO 2500 to 3200
Aperture: ƒ/2.8 to 5.6
Focal length: 24 mm to 400 mm
Shutter Speed: 1/60th to 1/125th of a second
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