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Archive for January, 2012

“Altered Perspectives”

by on Jan.29, 2012, under Photography

You’ve probably noticed that things have been rather quiet around here lately. That’s not an indication, however, that I’ve been slacking off, more that there hasn’t been a lot of time for blog post writing while I’ve been working on a couple of other exciting projects.

The first of these is a new site I’ve set up in partnership with the folks at Canvas Press Pro or, more precisely, their “Really Big Canvas” division. This site hosts the “Altered Perspectives” collection, a couple of dozen of my favourite images offered for sale as large, high quality canvas prints in sizes ranging from 24″ to 72″. The collection contains both standard aspect ratio images and stitched panoramas. Each image is sold as a limited edition of 200 prints but we’ll be adding new images to the collection over time.

I have several large canvas prints hanging in the house and have sold quite a few to clients this year so can attest to the fact that they look absolutely spectacular! (not that I’m even vaguely biased, of course ☺)

If you follow my photoblog, you’ll no doubt know that I enjoy using ultra wide angle lenses and otherwise mucking with the way I portray my subjects so the name “Altered Perspectives” seemed rather appropriate for the collection. Take a look and let me know what you think. Also, if there are any of my images that you think are missing, let me know and I’ll make sure they are in the queue for the next update.

The second project I’m working on should prove even more fun for me, I suspect, but will likely also involve a lot more work. I was invited to join the team at Austin’s latest travel magazine, “TravelHost Austin”, and will be providing images for each of the magazine’s 4 issues per year. TravelHost is a well-established brand around the country but the first issue of the Austin publication will be out within the next couple of weeks and will be found in every hotel room and concierge desk in the city. Look for an editorial talking about my photography in the first issue and my shots illustrating an article on Thirsty Planet Brewery (I seem to be doing a lot of booze-related shoots for them and I keep bumping into the publisher in pubs for some reason!).

So – exciting times for me but, with the design of the Altered Perspectives site finished, I should be able to get back to posting here a bit more frequently over the next few months.

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Steamboat Trip

by on Jan.29, 2012, under Family

We’re just back from a short family trip to Steamboat Springs, Colorado. We hadn’t been skiing for a few years so it sounded like a fun thing for us to do for a long weekend when the kids were out of school. Here are a few snaps from the trip. You can click on any image for a larger version.

Gondola, Steamboat Springs




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PhotoNetCast #65 – Real Estate Photography

by on Jan.27, 2012, under Photography

If you are even vaguely interesting in real estate photography or shooting interiors of buildings using HDR techniques, I would strongly encourage you to head on over and listen to the latest PhotoNetCast. In this show, we talk to Michael James, a photographer from Florida who specialises in real estate work and uses HDR techniques in the majority if not all is work.

I’ve been a fan of Michael’s photography for several years and have been in awe at how he manages to cure the problems associated with mixed tungsten/daylight white balance. In the show, he drops several great tips on how he gets round this and other problems associated with shooting interiors in the middle of the day. Check it out either on the PhotoNetCast site or from iTunes.

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Fotoshop by Adobé

by on Jan.10, 2012, under Photography

This is very nicely done and scarily true from what I read of the fashion press these days.

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Image in use: “On His Honor” Book Cover

by on Jan.05, 2012, under Photography

Well look at that – I have one of my pictures on the cover of a Harlequin boddice-ripper! This is another use of my most popular “Hamilton Pool” image, the same one used on the telephone directory last year. Harlequin added the people in the foreground and cropped the image rather dramatically. By my reckoning, the models they used are about 3 feet tall but I guess they didn’t have much idea of the scale of those rocks in the foreground 🙂

"On His Honor" book cover

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Top 11 of 2011

by on Jan.05, 2012, under Photography

I was rather honoured this week to find that my top 11 images of 2011 were one of Younes Bounhar’s 20 top picks from the photographers on Google+ who submitted a link to their work.
The set linked to his post is basically the same as my “Best of 2011” set with the addition of 1 picture since I needed 11 shots for Google and had only picked 10 for my own post.

It’s great to find that people appreciate your work but even better when the person paying the compliment is a photographer whose work you already very much enjoy. Younes is an Ottawa-based travel and landscape photographer. You can find his portfolio here and his blog here. Both are definitely worth a look.

While I’m writing, I should apologise for the fact that this blog has been rather quiet lately. I’m still posting to my photoblog daily but time that I would otherwise spend working on a couple of tutorials I have planned for here has been diverted to organising two new workshops (one for beginners in late February and another HDR class in March) and setting things up for an exciting project that will be seeing the light of day some time at the end of this month. Once these are done, I promise I’ll give this site a bit more attention than it has had for the last few months!

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