Chasing the Light

February 16, 2011

Big weekend for the Calgary FreeRiderz

Back in September I was given the honour of becoming the club photographer for the Calgary FreeRiderz freestyle ski team. This past weekend members of the team competed in the provincial Slopestyle championship.  On the Men’s side there were 72 competitors including 5 members of the freeRiders.  Freeriderz had a very strong showing Kyler Tritter placed 3rd,  Cameron Duncan placed 1st in his group, Colin Hendrickson placed 4th  in his group and 5th overall, while his brother Mark placed first in his group and 1st overall.  It looked like so much fun – for or second or two I thought about debuting  the skiless snow pants tumble event – but at the last second I did manage to dig a boot in and save myself – unfortunately all photos of the mishap were mysteriously deleted.

 

Here are a few teaser photos – full video will be ready in a few days – just awaiting the sound track from RadioFlyer can’t wait to hear the new tunes

January 5, 2011

Happy New Year!

Once again it is a New Year, this year it is once again my resolution to update this blog. So, here it is I will update this blog faithfully every wednesday. It has been exceptionally busy over the past few weeks. I am currently working on rebuilding the website the blog and creating a facebook fan page. 

To me it seems very conceited to create a fan page dedicated to yourself – however if one is to play by the rules with facebook this is the route one must take. The fan page is no where near readym however it is now up and running – though under construction.

The studio has been an interesting place as well. this week we had a Visit from Amanda Yakem from Illuminations Photography in Edmonton and a tripple cake smash – three little ladies came in for a get togehter to celebrate their first year.

It was not actually their birthday – but this was the first chance we had to celebrate.  After the birthday girls ate their fill of the cake, they decided to share with their older sisters. 

Thank goodness Amanda was around to help with the cleanup. (Thank You Amanda)

May 1, 2010

Let’s Rock and Roll all night

Rock Star Day at the studio

Rock Star Day at the studio

Changing things up a bit at the studio. Last few weeks with the faerie pictures, it has been all about the girls. Saturday May 15 we will shift gears completely. The enchanted forest will be blasted out – replaced by leather jackets, mic stands and guitars. The pefect day for Rockers age 3-9 boys or girls. Call now as space is limited.

January 13, 2010

I took my photos so “— insert store name here —-” and the colours are all wrong

This week at the studio was fairly busy – trying to get Valentines photos done before the big day – I will not be posting pictures because – well they are gifts
but I have resolved to create a post weekly -
this week I was approached by an aquaintance saying I took my pictures to store x and store y to have them printed and the colours are all wrong. How could this happen .

Well, this is a fairly common problem in photography – In what my son would call the olden days – back when pictures were taken on film – this issue was caused by choosing the wrong film – most film was designed for taking pictures in sunlight – sunlight has a particular colour temperature (55000K – )  so if you take a piture of outside it would render the colours well – camera flashes were designed to mimic the colour of sunlight as well as possible so if you took a flash picture with this film it too would do a good job of capturing the colours as you remembered them, but if you took a picture where the scene was lit by a lightbulb – regular tungsten light bulb – your picture would take on a yellowish colour — all of your colours were shifted towards yellow – or would appear “warmer” – and if you shot a picture shot under flourescent tube lighting you would notice that all of your picture would be bluish – or all of your colours would be shifted towards blue or cooler. Same thing is true when you are shopping – the keen coloured pants you buy in the store – are not the blah pants you see outside.
So in the old days you could buy film that was designed for your lighting – like a tungsten film – or you could use a coloured filter to shift your light towards where you want it – For example if you shoot in scene lit by flourescent lighting – which would make your picture blue – you can warm it up with a filter that is more yellow (well actually more of a brownish yellow – because the opposite of the bluish from the lights is actually magenta – the girl from Rocky Horror picture show- but this is a techy detail)  and this would balance your colour to the way you have remembered it.

But that was the old days- now cameras do not use film they use silicon and magic pixel dust – which is actually catures your picture in black and white – but that is a topic for another day.If you were hard up for fun you could still use filters in the same way – however your camera can take care of this for you . Your camera will have a control called white balance. the idea being if you balance for a neutral colour – such as white, grey and black – all of your other colours will be rendered properly.
so your white balance control allows you to chose the light source that best matches your scene – so if you are using old style tungsten light bulbs – there will be a tungsten setting – usually it will have a picture of a lightbulb. the same is true of sunlight, cloudy, shade, flash. Accidently chosing the wrong white balance can seriously alter the colour of your photos.
Auto white balance – is a setting where the processor in your camera has a look at the scene you are capturing – and the magic pixel dust does some guzzintas abd it makes a best guess as to what your light source is and caputres the image accordingly. Auto white balance is not perfect – but it has come a long way – and in the majority of cases it will do a fairly reasonable job of capturing your colours.
However one thing to be aware of is that the very calculations it uses to perform all of the guzzintas can – in some situations cause the discolourations. so if there is a large item in the scene that contains a colour this can shift your colour, or if the walls have ben painted pepto bismal pink and the light from your flash is bouncing around off the pink walls and to your camera – this too can fool the pixel dust and shift your colours.

Great so next time I will turn the dial on my camera to adjust my white balance – what about the pictures I have already taken – can they be fixed.

luckily the answer is yes to a point they can atleast be made closer though there may be some degredation of the picture – where possible it is best to always shoot with the correct white balance and exposure.

As I briefly mentioned earlier your camera actually captures the scene in black and white – if you have shot your picture in a format called raw you can adjust the way the colour is calculated or adjust the white balance as you convert the picture from raw.
even if you have shot the picture in jpeg you can still get your colour closer. If you are using photoshop or elements or gimp – you can electronically add the photo filter to your picture and shift your colour back to the way you remember it.
if you need to know how to do this feel free to contact me, or if you do not have photoshop or gimp give me a call – maybe I can do it for you

October 7, 2009

Solution for the Energy Crisis

Another busy week in the studio . Had a Visit from young Megan.  She brought with her brother chase and sister Amy. Chase was a ball of fire. Unfortunately, I did not take the time to  sit and play with the two older ones. I am sure we could have had some kinda fun Bambi. Well I will be seing them again in early december – this time outside. Here are a few from the day.

 

Grisack_1232b  Grisack_1293a

September 30, 2009

Lions and Faeries and Tigers. . . oh my

Well, I think I may have finnally done it – well if you can actually read this then, it would appear as though I have . After several days of banging my head against the wall I did it – I finally went to the dreaded instructions and figured out how to create a bit of a blog. I hope to take time at least once a week to try to let you know what is going on or coming up in the studio.

 

For instance, this week face painter extrodinare Sheree Andrews AKA Bubbles the Clown of Didsbury’s own Giggle gang, sent me 8 of her human Canvases  for a shoot for her web page www.gigglegang.com. I have never tried that sort of event setting so many shoots up in one evening like that. I really did not know what to expect . I was really quite surprised. We had so much fun – all the kids in the studio quite  a lot of energy – I shot so many pictures here are a few.  

 giggle gang_1052a  giggle gang_1105a  giggle gang_0998a  giggle gang_0941a

Some of you that followed some of my earlier posts on facebook or flickr may remember an earlier photoshoot  Sheree and I collaborated on for that maternity project.

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the belly painting and face painting with an 8×10 photo to preserve the moment are available by contacting either myself or Sheree, watch right here for up coming specials and news about  a spectatular new project – may have said too much already . . .

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