Hi everyone, photos from the 18th Annual RND Charity Golf Tournament for Diabetes Canada — held at the Canadian Golf and Country Club on June 27, 2022 — are forthcoming. So, I'll be sure to reach out once they are ready!
Dear clients, I wish to apologize that my turn-around times will be seriously impacted over the next two weeks or so, as I scramble to replace a critical component in my workflow — my colour calibrated monitor.
While you may not know this, behind-the-scenes I depend a great deal on using technology that allows me to maintain the upmost in colour fidelity. To that end, I have invested heavily in colour calibration tools and monitors so that I can work confidently within a 100% sRGB colour space for my electronic images, and a 100% Adobe RGB colour space for my printed images.
Yet, earlier this week my best and primary 4K monitor for colour fidelity died on me after four years and seven days of ownership. Safe to say, not good, but I'm now in search of a new monitor, and hope to be operational very soon. Thank you kindly for your patience, as I manage a major IT failure and navigate around global supply chain shortages to find a suitable high-quality replacement.
The picture you see here is the load up screen of my 4k, 32inch IPS monitor showing all kinds of nasty vertical lines and distortions, which renders it unworkable. Safe to say, the images I've created for you will look nothing like this! :)
...This was about the moment where I told my baby boy — and only child — that his papa couldn’t afford to get him a real McLaren 570S on a photographer’s salary. As you can see, that didn't go over so well. :)
P.S., it turns out that what my son really wanted at this moment was a nice nap in the arms of his mama, and that timeless creature comfort also made his papa rest easy too.
Can you feel the red hot power in this photo? Let me know!
For nearly my entire life, I’ve lived (literally) in the middle of Ottawa’s Chinatown and Little Italy, so it’s safe to say that there’s always something fun and cultural occurring in my local neighborhood.
Case in point:On June 18th my wife and baby boy (now nearing the 1-year old mark) strolled over to Preston Street to check out the amazing cars — vintage and modern — at the 15th Edition of the Ottawa Ferrari Festival.
While I don’t own a Ferrari, I do own a Canon R3 — one of the fastest performing cameras currently available in the marketplace — along with several L series lenses that sport Canon's classic red ring of quality. I’ve always loved hot colours, speed and power, so if you have a Ferrari or other exotic sports car revving to be photographed by an equally fast and powerful camera, then give me call, because me and my gear we'll be able to keep up.
Featured here is one of the Ferrari Engine Chassis (190445) that I had a chance encounter to quickly photograph during the Ottawa Ferrari Festival on Preston Street. When I took this photo, I could still feel the warm heat radiating from the engine. Mmmmm, 3, 2, 1….open eyes, click, click, click, click...LOL
Earlier today, I was blessed with a magnificent opportunity during my daily morning walk through Ottawa's Arboretum. Before my eyes were two herons, one of which was poking their head in and out of the marshy ground. With my Canon R3 in hand — and my Canon EF 70-200mm lens attached — I rapidly dialed in my settings and snapped this pic just as the heron plucked out a fish to eat. And not a moment too soon, as the moment and bite was interrupted by an unleashed dog that quickly entered the scene to chase the bird away with fish in hand — so to speak.
Well, it’s that time of year again — tulip mania time!
Coming to you fresh from Ottawa's fashion scene is a gorgeous pair of tulips dressed to the nines, and shall I say, looking mighty sharp and smok'n hot for the Tulipa paparazzi flashing away.
We're told this pair decided to wear warm colours tonight, as they set to bedazzle Ottawa's green carpet scene with a gentle to and for sway in the wind.
While the verdict is still out, this pair may be on its way to winning the bragging rights for best dressed, but wait, oh, oh, here comes yet another beloved pair down the aisle…
The Canadian Tulip festival is now in full swing, and my most favorite place to enjoy the Tulips within Ottawa is Dow's Lake — also known as Commissioners Park.
If you've never been to this park, then I say it's worth a visit during any time of year — even if only for an hour. Yet, the month of May is especially picturesque if you enjoy the sight (and scent) of tulips.
However, as this blog will attest, there's a lot more to enjoy and experience at Commissioners Park than just the main draw of tulips, like for example: its wonderfully lush and lavender lupin forests that are now growing beneath and amongst the towering tulips.
Ok, perhaps that's a bit embellished from the perspective of a mighty adult looking down towards the ground, but perspective can matter, and one of the great many things I love so much about photography is that it allows us to appreciate how a situational context can always be seen differently when viewed under different conditions. Case in point, this picture. It was created with my newest camera lens — a fully manual 100mm f/2.8 CA-Dreamer Macro lens by Laowa, which allows me to create a 2x life size perspective.
As the NCC (National Capital Commission) eloquently notes, "the forests of the Capital abound with hidden gems", and this park certainly has more than a few which you can read all about in Remarkable Trees of Canada’s Capital.
Yet, to add a playful spin on that topic, this camera lens, as well as a pinch of creativity, allowed me to enjoy those gems with a much more macro, detail oriented reality that shows beneath all the towering tulips, and amongst the green blades of grass, is yet another growing forest. Which, from the perspective of an ant, or a photographer not too concerned about getting his clothes dirty, or worried about what a passerby may think, can offer a pretty neat perspective. A forest within a forest. A world within a world. A lupin forest under a bed of tulips.
One of the many great things I enjoy about being a wedding photographer is all the "behind-the-scenes" moments it offers to meet amazing people, and really get to know them through their friends and family over a very short time.
Case in point: While I was photographing all the ambiance of Maya and Mark's event on March 11th, I was listening to the stories their friends and family were sharing. Always an interesting moment to be sure, and especially so after the wine has been flowing. One of the speeches struck my attention, as it noted Mark really, really likes snow globes, which I thought was pretty neat because that's not something I often hear. Do you know anyone with a snow globe collection?
So, as I was driving home — during a beautiful night with fluffy snowflakes gracefully falling — I thought to myself how wonderful it would be if I could create a snow globe with a wedding photo of Maya and Mark in it. The idea was never something I had thought about before, but not being one to shy away from a creative challenge, I started reading a few online tutorials and soon after began applying my Photoshop skills in novels ways. I dusted off a snow globe given to me as a gift a long time ago, and started photographing it in my home studio. The end result is the snow globe you see here, which was completely made by me.
The photo I chose for the globe — and the one you see below — was the exact moment that Mark and Maya looked at each other for the first time on their big day. They loved the idea, and my offering it to them as a total surprise made me feel good too. Just one of the many passionate ways I like to create special moments within moments through my photography.
Mother and baby ring together, while papa wings his camera overhead
Having fun with my new Canon R3 camera, and an adapted EF 100mm macro lens.
Bokeh (pronounced BOH-kay) is a Japanese concept for the blur in lights you see here — rendered from the out-of-focus parts of an image. Depending on the physical characteristics of your lens and the settings of your camera, bokeh can taken on different shapes — like near perfectly round circles, crescent moons, octagonal rings, and oblong lemons. All very fun. The corner of this images shows a window, door and street sign adorned with multi-colour xmas lights in the “natural” perspective, while the main image shows the exact same scene in a more “creative” bokehlicious perspective. My new (and very awesome) Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM lens helped me render these bokeh balls with the greatest of ease, but truth be told, my eyes can see this stuff appear too when I take off my Px glasses and squint. I just love the effect, and wonder if you do too?
Testing my new Canon R3 in a snow storm on a cold wintery night! I'm happy to report that everything passed with flying colours, and the battery was able to last longer than my fingers and toes. LOL
The eyes speak louder than words, and especially so when one knows none. Perhaps the organic rice scared him more than the spoon? :)
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