Toronto

A Few from the Zoo

I went to the zoo for an afternoon last week with a friend and managed to snap off a few “keepers” despite the oppressive heat. It was actually hotter outside than it was in the usually super-humid indoor exhibits…

Groucho re-incarnate!

Groucho re-incarnate!

King of the Castle

King of the Castle

Crooked Stare

Crooked Stare

...My eye on you...

…My eye on you…

Staredown

Staredown

Mime-frog

Mime-frog

Prehistoric

Lizard’s head, Frog’s body

Smooth Criminal

Smooth Criminal

eSession – Anita & John

We spent a beautiful (albeit hot) afternoon at Cruickshank park in Toronto with Anita & John (and Hanna, too!). We hadn’t been there before, but had heard rumours of a path draped with massive weeping willows, so we decided to take a gamble… We think it paid off…

J&A - Engagement-1 J&A - Engagement-15 J&A - Engagement-13 J&A - Engagement-22 J&A - Engagement-17 J&A - Engagement-6

Killing time @ Brickworks

I was on my way home from a meeting downtown earlier this week and traffic was horrible, so I decided to head to the Evergreen Brickworks to kill some time, take some pics and to see what all the hype was about. It’s a pretty neat place with lots of little details to shoot. Here are a few pics from a quiet weekday afternoon…

Follow Me…

Orange Crush

Hidden Entrance

Blue Bird

Contents Unknown…

Facial Apeel

Ten Ton View

Tuna Anyone?

Staggering

Mylo Xyloto

Serpentine Seating

Over Time

Dripping on a narrow depth of field

Tagging Panes

Locked Cross

Angularity

The Turning Wheel

Land Shark

Ventilated

Low Light Fun @ Nuit Blanche

We had some fun with our new gear at Nuit Blanche last weekend. We wanted to test out the high ISO capabilities of our new camera bodies, so we didn’t bring a tripod with us. Here are a few shots, all taken handheld between ISO 800-6400.

Night HDR

A lot can be said about HDR Photography, good and bad. If done properly, it can elevate an image from ordinary to extraordinary. The problem is, too many photographers get caught up in what is considered “the HDR look”. IMHO, a good HDR image shouldn’t really stand out as an HDR image at all. It shouldn’t jump out and slap you in the face and scream “I’m HDR, Beeatch!” Of course there are exceptions to every rule, and I have seen some fantastic images that employ the often heavy-handed use of HDR. However, technically speaking, HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, which means that your image has good tonal value throughout, from shadow detail to highlights.

Take the following image for example (click for a sharper look):This was taken on a tripod with a 1/8 of a second Shutter Speed @ f16 (to get everything sharp from foreground to background) with exposure compensation set to -0.7. Not bad, right?

But now let’s compare it to the image below (again, click for a sharper look):Compare the sky in these two images and buildings at the bottom of the CN Tower. This image is a combination of 5 different bracketed images (-2.0 | -1.0 | 0 | +1.0 | +2.0) that I then blended/enfused using a great donationware plug-in for Adobe Lightroom called LR/Enfuse. Doesn’t look like your typical HDR shot, does it? But the tonal range is there, giving it a nice subtle punch that you wouldn’t be able to get with a single shot.

I find that this style of HDR suits my taste more than the heavy-handed style that is prevalent right now. But hey, that’s just my two cents. Besides, I’m too cheap to fork out the $99 for Photomatix (arguable the most popular HDR Software on the market today).