Bird Portraiture

One of the things that I love about facilities like Bird Kingdom in Niagara Falls is the variety and character of the birds. Some of them seem to have human-like qualities and I find their faces can be very expressive.

I had the opportunity on Wednesday to visit Bird Kingdom with two of our readers, Don and Janice Berman, and spend a number of very enjoyable hours photographing various bird specimens. My focus with my most recent visit was to get as many tight-in images as I could – bird portraitures – for lack of a better description. Continue reading Bird Portraiture

Introducing Photography Fundamentals Week

Beginning on Monday I’ll be publishing a series of articles about photography fundamentals. The objective of these articles will be to introduce various topics to readers who may be looking for simple and easy-to-understand information about some key photographic concepts rather than getting bogged down and lost in highly technical explanations. Continue reading Introducing Photography Fundamentals Week

Goose Beating Wings at 15fps

Sometimes we just happen to be at the right place at the right time to capture some images. That was certainly the case on Wednesday this week when I visited the Dufferin Islands at Niagara Falls Ontario and managed to capture a large, white goose beating its wings. Luckily I had my Nikon 1 V2 set for AF-C at 15fps with subject tracking. So, here is a series of images of a goose beating its wings at 15fps. Continue reading Goose Beating Wings at 15fps

Vultures at Niagara Gorge

This week I had the opportunity to shoot a few images of vultures with one of our readers, Ray Miller. He has been kind enough to provide our readers with some of his favourite photographic locations in the Niagara area and once again shared his expertise. There are quite a few vultures at the Niagara Gorge and they can be easily viewed and photographed from the Locust Grove Picnic Area. Continue reading Vultures at Niagara Gorge

Abstract Waterfall Images

After burning the midnight oil quite a bit recently working on a major safety video project for a client, I decided it was time to take a break so I grabbed my camera bag and headed off to the Niagara Falls area for the day. Since I’ve always enjoyed working with Topaz to add more dramatic and artistic impressions to some of my images, I wanted to see if I could capture some waterfall images that could work as ‘photo art’. So, what follows are some abstract waterfall images. Continue reading Abstract Waterfall Images

Airshow photography

Since I was a kid the official end of summer was always the airshow at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in Toronto, Canada. Luckily the weather cooperated this year and I was able to spend a couple of afternoons on the Labour Day holiday weekend taking images at the CNE Airshow. This was my first attempt to use my Nikon 1 gear for airshow photography. Continue reading Airshow photography

Using smaller sensor cameras in low light

As with all things photographic there tends to be differences of opinion and the occasional hard-edged viewpoint that people bring to on-line discussions. Shooting in low light is one such subject. Many folks have a strong belief that if you shoot in low light you must use a full frame camera to get good results. Period.

But…is this actually true? Continue reading Using smaller sensor cameras in low light