A big thank you to UniGirl Canada for the opportunity to contribute to the 2013 Western Canada Calendar and BAM Marketing Solutions for organizing the event. Congratulations to SoCal Style Photography for nabbing the cover shot!
I have been taking photos since I was a small kid. I first dabbled in digital SLR photography in 2003 and haven’t looked back since. I capture events and moments as I see them. I share my photos in order to share what I see in my world and how I see yours. The galleries you see is the work I do and the adventures I have. This is the world through my eyes. A reflection of dreams, hope, aspiration and a little inspiration. The shots on this site are the embodiment of my world through the lens. Moments frozen in time. Created from happiness, friendship, adventure and the journey of my lifetime. These are my photos, the world around me and the people that make the difference.
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I’d like to thank the readers for their awesome support and crazy sharing of the last few articles – please continue spreading the word and practicing your photography!
The Calgary Zoo is offering an exceptional opportunity on June 9th, 2012 to participate in the “FOCUSED” photography event. Doors open early and help enthusiasts of all skill levels to explore the zoo without the hustle and bustle of kids running around while offering more opportune moments to capture the animals in their more active states. Unfortunately due to some prior commitments with awesome Giant Pandas in Asia, I will not be able to make an appearance at this June event. I wish you all the best at this excellent event and let’s all work towards spreading the word and ensuring a successful event so that we can get more of these opportunities!
By popular demand, here’s round 2 of Zoo Photography Tips
- Patience Patience Patience - Observing other visitors on multiple occasions leads me to believe a number of people stop, read the sign, peek to find the animal and then move on in pretty short order. If you’re trying to capture a moment with your favorite furry friend, patience and the art of slowing down will pay huge dividends. As mentioned in the last article, it took the better part of a few visits due to weather and circumstances beyond my control before I finally had the opportunity to capture the Siberian Tiger in the pose I’d imagined. Alternatively, the Giant Panda pictures below took almost two hours of waiting in the enclosure before they finally positioned themselves and undertook activities that gave an interesting capture. Pick the animal which you’d like to photograph, and carefully walk around the enclosure to find an interesting angle. Then wait. And wait some more. Or heck, visit another fur ball and come back again. But be mentally patient and wait for them to give you the photo instead of just taking a snap shot. Exercise patience and don’t forget – Keep your eye on the ball!
- Invest in and use a support system – Tripods are simply too bulky and cumbersome to setup given the fences you butt up against as well as the potential hazards of other guests tripping over them or worse yet, knocking over your camera (I’m a photographer not a humanitarian ). Invest in a monopod to help stabilize your camera and minimize the physical tasks that could otherwise distract you from getting a sharp shot. Monopods can help stabilize shaky hands, balance the weight of long lenses, combat slow shutter speeds and even double up as a walking stick. Check out my previous photographer’s tip to see what gear I bring with me to the field and adjust accordingly to suit your needs.
- Get down low (or at least eye level) – Eye level shots just like portraits of people help delivers an emotional connection. We talked about focusing on the eyes in the previous zoo article, this tip is more about adjusting your perspective to shoot from the same level as the animal’s face instead of shooting down and shooting up. It’s a subtle difference, but the finished image can deliver greater impact and intimacy by removing the ‘snap shot’ perspective normally associated with non-eye-level shooting. The mental association that your viewer makes with an eye level shot is that they’re participating in your subject’s world instead of just looking into a world on the other side of the fence which is the feeling zoo photos can give off when we’re shooting from above or below.
- Watch the background – Trash can, fence, zoo signs can all detract from the experience of your viewers getting lost in your photos. Part of the patience exercise should be evaluating not just the right angle for your animal shots you want, but also making sure any distractions in the background that doesn’t fit with the animals’ environment is not present. Animal photos work best when we subconsciously view the background as an integral part of their natural environment. A washroom sign in the background or a kid with his face pressed against the fence detracts from the depth of your photo and highlights the captive environment of the animal. Keep an eye out and aim for the cleanest backgrounds you can. Note – for those paying attention from the last article, a long lens and large aperture will help to diffuse your background. Know your camera equipment!
- Watch out for reflections – If you’re attempting to shoot through fences, get your front element as close to if not through the openings but be mindful of the sun. If the front of your lens is too large to fit in the gaps of chain link, choose to shoot from a shaded area to minimize reflections from the fencing which can appear on your images and fuzzy lines and ruin your perfect shot. If you’re shooting through glass, as inopportune as it might be for your framing, shooting directly against the glass and try to avoid shooting at an angle against it. This will cause both distortion as well as a loss in image quality due to the light diffraction as the glass can act as a prism reducing the quality of light hitting your camera.
- Charge your batteries, bring an extra one and don’t be embarrassed to bring your charger – If you have to, be that person sitting by a power plug waiting to get a small charge on your camera. Whatever you do, don’t be the person stuck walking around with a useless camera and never ending missed opportunities because your battery doesn’t hold enough of a charge. Going with the entire Photographer’s Tip theme of knowing your gear, knowing the shooting endurance of your camera’s batteries is crucial. As we covered before, when it comes to animal photography – shoot shoot shoot. This takes a massive toll on your batteries especially if you’re the type to continuously review your shots as you go. Pack extra batteries, bring your charger and don’t get left out. As a side note, find out from your camera manual where your battery charge indicator is, how to read it and if possible, find out what the rough lifespan of shots you should get our of it are. Make a mental note of this number and be conscious to look at your charge indicator regularly so you’re not in the middle of the lion finally walking into your frame after you’ve patiently waited for 30 mins and your camera gently powers off. It’s happened to me before. Profanity ensues.
Thanks for stopping by – good luck to the Calgary shooters participating in FOCUSED and a big thank you to everyone who has shared and supported this site. Remember to stop by our Facebook page and show your support by liking our page. As always, feel free to drop me a line via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or write on the Facebook wall for what you’d like to see, what we’ve done well or share some of your shots!
Come and enjoy the many splendours of the Kananaskis Provincial Park & Banff National Parks in Alberta, Canada during the peak of the Canadian winter. Explore parts of the Canadian Rockies in both a location and in a season few photographers ever witness. Come and see the amazing sunrise and sunsets of the Rocky Mountains and visit some of the hidden gems of landscape photography.
Please note that this is not a teaching style photo workshop but rather an intense photo tour emphasizing maximum time and opportunity for field photography. Please note that these tours are for people with a keen interest in photography who want in-depth immersion into field photography with a group of like-minded individuals (six to seven participants max). In all tours there will be ample opportunity to share experiences and techniques with other participants. Please be advised that you should be fit enough to hike with your gear in winter conditions.
- Banff National Park is the third oldest national park in the world and certainly one of the most magnificent. We begin at sunrise on Lake Louise, Canada’s “Diamond in the Wilderness.” Let your lens take in the artistry of the sun’s rays as they paint the glassy surface of the water with radiant hues. Continue taking advantage of the morning light as we move into view of Victoria Glacier, a towering presence at the head of the lake.
- Capture some of Banff’s most majestic sights along the Mount Norquay Scenic Drive, including Mount Rundle, Bow Valley and the park’s varied wildlife.
- Take in the majestic sights found along the Vermillion Lakes Scenic Drive. Seize the opportunity of the winter season to document some of nature’s delicate details, from the frosty morning mist hovering over reflecting pools to the feathery patterns in the ice
- Craft portraits of this theatrical season at Johnston Canyon, where you will encounter waterfalls frozen in time and giant icicles suspended from cliff faces in uniquely dramatic poses.
- A ride along picturesque Tunnel Mountain Scenic Drive will lead us to Surprise Corner and Hoodoos Viewpoint, both of which boast remarkably gorgeous geological sights.
Dates & Cost
Single day journeys for January 21, 22 2011
- $249 per participant. Limited to 3 participants per day.
- Transportation and all entrance fees
- In-the-field instruction
- Digital Review sessions
- 5am departure from Calgary. Approx 8pm return time.
Weather – We will be shooting mainly outdoors, bring a variety of clothing and it is recommended to dress in layers to suit changing weather conditions. Good walking shoes or snow boots would be an asset as would appropriate cover materials for your gear.
Equipment – As landscapes and wildlife opportunities are abundant, it is recommended to pack at least 18-200mm range lenses, extra batteries and lots of storage. A tripod with a carry case and a towel to wipe down equipment is also recommended.
A question that I’m often asked is whether I find teaching photography classes boring or if it’s like a numbered coloring book and I check out on autopilot. Over the course of the last few months, I’ve had an opportunity to take some individuals on some local photo expeditions to help assist them in learning their cameras, embracing the concepts of photography and helping them to gain comfort in shooting the world around them. It’s a simple adventure resulting in a ton of fun, an renewed appreciation for the freedom we enjoy with our cameras and an opportunity to hit the “reset” button and enjoy photography from the grassroots.
Photographer’s Tip: The Power Button and Other Knobs & Switches
Even in the very first, fundamentally basic class, boring isn’t a part of the vocabulary. As we cover basic principles, menus and physical controls, I find myself snapping back to my learning days and remembering the importance of knowing your equipment inside out. The best and latest equipment isn’t worth anything without the knowledge, and deft skill required to operate it. I’m a strong believer in gadgets, toys and cool things, but I’m an even more passionate proponent of the idea that you should know these gadgets and gizmos inside & out before even exploring the thought of upgrading. Afterall, why buy the latest when you don’t even know what it does better than the last one you didn’t know how to use? This is a principle that my students are engrained with. Development and the next level aren’t explored or discussed until they can reflect in an educated manner their current lesson. As you might have guessed, the auto mode or easy scene modes are free passes to the “don’t waste my time and go away” train on these excursions.
This equipment awareness becomes the first lesson and the underlying theme when I discuss what cameras, accessories and extra equipment people should buy. I explain to them that with adventure and travel photography, the pace tends to move so fast that it becomes more about getting a shot, not necessarily the shot. Because of this, instruction allows me the opportunity to slow down and further refine and develop even the most basic skills and habits so that when the time does come for the shot, that’s when the brain’s auto pilot should take over and all the settings get taken care of in a second nature manner and I can simply focus on getting what I want instead of looking down to figure out if the camera is “on”. Photography should be about capturing a memory, not trying to figure out what the buttons do. Get that out of the way, learn your camera, read the manual (no joke) and that’s when the fun really starts.
And for those wondering, check this out to see what I’m currently using.
Some behind the scenes and the end results of a recent workshop outing – the focus was to learn how to read the scene, select a subject, wait for the light and have the camera ready to go.