All posts by Thomas Stirr

Thomas Stirr is an author, executive coach, and photographer/videographer based in Grimsby Ontario Canada. He specializes in industrial photography, safety and corporate videos. His work also includes landscape and nature photography, and experimentation with photo art. Nikon Canada has featured Tom's work numerous times on Facebook and Twitter. To follow Thomas, please visit his website and his YouTube channel

Niagara Glen Nature Reserve

Autumn is often a favourite season for hikers. The foliage can be spectacular and the air is fresh and crisp making for invigorating hikes. Even though the leaves were well past their prime I spent a very enjoyable morning this week hiking at Niagara Glen Nature Reserve with one of our readers, Ray Miller. It’s always a great experience to go out with someone like Ray who is very familiar with the area. Continue reading Niagara Glen Nature Reserve

Lakeside park in fog

After spending the morning doing some landscape photography in the Niagara area I hit some dense fog on my way home. Shooting landscape photos under foggy conditions is one of my favourite things to do so I couldn’t resist getting off the highway and finding a good spot to capture some images. I ended up at Charles Daley Park which is located on Lake Ontario in the town of Lincoln. What follows is a selection of images of this lakeside park in fog. Continue reading Lakeside park in fog

Diffraction

Often when we start out as photographers we hear more experienced folks talk about the importance of not stopping a lens down too far as to avoid the effects of diffraction.

We may find this confusing because from a composition standpoint we often want to achieve deep depth-of-field, especially with landscape photography. Stopping a lens down to achieve this degree of depth-of-field seems quite logical.

This begs the question whether we really need to care about diffraction. Continue reading Diffraction

Post-processing of landscape images

Capturing landscape images can be a challenge when using many cameras with smaller sensors like the Nikon 1 system or M4/3. Rather than go into specific details with a step-by-step approach this article is intended to provide some general thoughts on post-processing of landscape images taken with small sensor cameras. Continue reading Post-processing of landscape images

Photo opportunities at Dufferin Islands

Niagara Falls is one of the top tourist destinations in North America with magnificent waterfalls on both the American and Canadian sides. Tourists also typically visit many of the attractions like Bird Kingdom, Ripley’s and a host of other locations. One of the most overlooked areas is Dufferin Islands which are only a 10 minute walk from the falls on the Canadian side. Continue reading Photo opportunities at Dufferin Islands