April 20, 2013

A rose


February 9, 2013

After the storm

This is the scene that greeted me as I opened the front door at sunrise to get the morning paper—note the golden light kissing the snow in the foreground before giving way to the blue daylight.

D800 at 24mm (Nikkor 16-35mm f/4) | 1/80 sec., f/8, ISO 100

After the heaviest snowfall for quite some time, we had very little to shovel, thanks to some very nice neighbours who helped us out without us asking (we couldn’t get the snow blower started)—one did the main section of sidewalk, one did the driveway and got the snow blower started for us, and a third did some finishing touches after the snow plough went by and plugged up the bottom of our driveway. Pays to have a nice, likable wife.

February 8, 2013

Photo of Jack Russell, Tiger

Denisé (wife) took this image of Tiger, our Jack Russell. Tiger‘s a smart, very active little dog, and Denisé has done a great job capturing his “essence”. Denisé used a Nikon D50 with a 18-200mm lens zoomed out to 150mm. Other settings: 1/2000 sec, f/5.6 and ISO 220. The image was shot in RAW, and I used Photoshop Lightroom to process the RAW file and do minor cropping and selective dodging and burning.

(Image © 2103 R.G. Campbell)

February 7, 2013

B&W Photo: Fishing Village

Here’s a photo from my visit to the East Coast last summer. I’ve shown a version of this image before in colour, but I think it works really well in black and white also.

Image © 2012 R.G. Campbell

(Clicking on the image will display a larger version, which I believe shows off the image nicely.)

As I move my photography’s focus towards landscape and general outdoor subjects, I want also to evolve my images from the “nice snapshot” category towards a more artistic rendering of subjects I encounter. Many might call this “art photography” or “fine art photography,” where the photographer’s vision of a scene overrides the  reality of the scene—reality being more in the realm of photojournalism.

December 11, 2012

Photo of a Red-tailed Hawk

Montsberg Raptor Centre’s Jamaica Hawk (a.k.a. Red-tailed Hawk) with some poetic licence taken.

December 10, 2012

November 22, 2012

Photo of Mountain Lion

Kokanee, a resident of Muskoka Wildlife Centre at Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada. This Mountain Lion lives in a large enclosure with his best friend, Kootenay, a black bear. Their cross-species friendship is touching. Just goes to show the types of friendships we make—and goodwill we feel towards others—when our bellies aren’t empty. Politicians could learn a lot from this.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my U.S.-based visitors and friends.

November 21, 2012

Photo of Red-tailed Hawk in flight

I took this photo of a Jamaica Hawk—better known as a Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)—back in 2009 while at a bird-in-flight workshop at Simcoe, Ontario. Since then I’ve shot many more images of this hawk, but this one remains a favourite.

Nikon D300 with Nikkor 300mm f/4 lens at 1/2500 sec, f/4, ISO 450, handheld

November 17, 2012

Photo of St Peters Church at Chéticamp, NS

Nikon D800 DSLR with Kikkor 18-200 DX VR at 1/250 sec, f/9, ISO 100
Chéticamp is a charming fishing community on the Cabot Trail on the west coast of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. St. Peter’s Church (a.k.a. l’Église Saint-Pierre) was built in 1883. It’s an impressive monument, with frescoes and stained glass windows, and is one of the most beautiful churches in the Maritime provinces.
This is not strictly speaking an HDR image, but it was converted to a 32-bit .tiff image and then processed in Adobe Lightroom. I think it has turned out rather well, especially since it was captured just after noon on a sunny July day. Comments/critique welcome.