Saturday, December 31, 2011

Day 365, 365 Day Project

Leaping for joy! Leaping into a New Year! Whatever you want to read in to this Auto-portrait I can say I am thrilled to have completed this project. It was quite a year and I had many challenges as anyone who attempts this series knows. Sometimes you are not creative, tired or just plain frustrated. Other times you see something on the super of the moment, that fleeting light that you just have to capture. Then there are the times you plan and work to execute the image as you envisioned.

There is the joy of discovery in doing a photo a day. A chance to get back to the sheer pleasure of taking pictures. You also have carte blanche to experiment with new tools, techniques and ideas. For me it was discovering first what the iPod touch and then the iPad and iPhone could do. When those could not accomplish what I wanted, I knew exactly what my Canon 7D and 24-70 f2.8 or 70-200 f2.8 where capable of in order for me to get the right perspective. I also discovered the apps available for the portable devices as well as plug ins for photoshop. This greatly expanded my capability to achieve the artistic vision I was searching for.

In showing this project I have had many comments and some of the images have been selected as images of the day and a variety of websites around the world. This is very humbling as I know I am no more special then many of you who are following me. It has been such a blessing to have comments from people I respect like Jonathan Marks, Tony Blei, Joe Paulicivic, Ricco Scheepers, Christopher Raun Leth and my many students who have helped encourage me along the way.

Although my next project is entitled "Project 12" which will consist of a new assignment every month with a final product of some type being produced. This could be an e-pub, a book or other type of presentation that will help me continue to grow as an artist and as a person. I still plan to shoot and post images on a regular basis, but not being confined to the 365 day ideal will allow me to post more when i have them, but also to take a break as needed. I do plan to put together a selection of images from the past year which I intend to make available both as an e-book and a printed version through Blurb.

In closing I have tried through out the project to talk about that days image and the process behind it. I had decided a few days ago that this was the image I wanted to do. To show myself for those who don't know me. I set up the one Balcar Mini z monobloc with a small Chimera softbox in my basement studio space. Since I wanted to have my main tool's in completing this challenge in the image I proceeded to bring out my trusty Canon 40D and attached the 10-22 f3.5-4.5 lens to it. Setting it up on a tripod I attempted a few with the timer but decided I needed to call on my assistant Cool to come and give me a hand. I attached the cable release and told him to press the button whenever I clicked my heels together. The Shutter speed was set for 1/125 @ f8 and 200 ISO and the focal length was 20mm. After shooting the image I downloaded the file and picked the one I liked best, cropped it, did some minor adjustments, resized and then uploaded to my iPhone. There I used my favorite app "Snapseed" to add a little more drama to the shot using the Drama Dark 2 filter. I then used PhotoToaster to added the edging that I wanted.

So thank you my friends for your support and please feel free to comment here or by e-mail. Wishing you and your families all the best for 2012.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Day 364, 365 Day Project

Sometimes with this project you capture a fleeting moment, one where you barely have time to grab the camera a snap a shot. Today was one of those as I was working in my office and noticed a stream of light leaking through the blinds and illuminating the handle on my 100 year old antique barber chair. Grabbing the iPhone I had to careful position it so I would not cast a shadow and ruin the wonderful reflections on the wall. I got in close to get the composition I wanted and snapped a frame. Less then a minute later the sun had moved and the drama was gone. I then brought the photo in to Snapseed and used the Drama 2 filter and the frame to get the final result.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Day 363, 365 Day Project

As time runs down on this years project I seem to have photographed every nook, cranny, corner and object in the house. Still maneging to find something to use as a subject, this time the holder in the shower with the various sundries we leave there. Shooting with the iPhone I brought the file into Snapseed where I used the Vintage 3 filter to alter the tone and add a texture. Then I used Real Camera+ to finish up with a frame I felt would work with the photograph.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Day 362, 365 Day Project

The game of "Perfection". One tries to get all the pieces in place before the time runs out and pops them up. Sitting around this afternoon playing with Luke I thought I would try to capture the pieces as they popped up. Having had experience with the iPhone and movement I was sure I could get some frozen and others with movement. I tried a number of times with varying degrees of success until the above image happened. Happy I then processed it in Snapseed doing some color correction for the tungsten light source and taking out some of the saturation. I then finished it up with a frame.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Day 361, 365 Day Project

Just a few days left in 2011 and then it is on to new projects and adventures. Every year when we hit these last few days I start planning out the year ahead. Tonight we decided as a family that we would be taking a family vacation in February and head down to Disneyland for the boys and then stop in Las Vegas on the way back for the WPPI convention. I pulled out a map to show the route and Cool and Luke had fun as I drove the toy car down to Anaheim and back. I pulled out the iPhone and shot a close-up shot of the Hot Wheel's car which was then processed both in Snapseed and Real Camera+.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Day 360, 365 Day Project

I was watering our plants in the basement which allowed me to notice that one of the Christmas Cactus's is in full bloom. I went to my office and picked up the Canon 7D and the 24-70 f2.8 lens and placed them on a tripod with a cable release. There was some beautiful natural back lighting happening and I wanted to isolate a single flower. The background, however, was distracting so I retrieved a piece of black matt board from the production room and slid it carefully behind the flower so as to not block any of the light. I then exposed it for 0.5 of a sec at f10 with the lens at 70mm (see original image immediately below).

When I started this project a year ago I would have been satisfied with the straight shot. However as I started to experiment I found there were certain things that I like and can enhance the image. This is one of the beautiful things about photography, it can be very subjective. I liked all three of the images posted here yet the top one that was brought back on to the iPhone and processed with Snapseed just had a little more pop in my opinion. This effect was done using the grunge tool where I moved the centre point and feathered it out then adjusted the saturation slightly.

The last image here was another version done with Snapseed and using the Drama 2 filter which gave a different look altogether. It is fun to see what one can create as it gives you more options when preparing images depending on who your audience might be.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Day 359, 365 Day Project

Today's image is of the Christmas present I bought myself. It is Tim Mantoani's "Behind Photographs - Archiving Photographic Legends". I supported Tim's project by investing in it prior to publication at I was intrigued by the book as it had a number of photographer's whom I have had a good fortune to meet inside of it. So I but down my support of the book on faith from what was presented on Kickstarter.

I was not disappointed. The book arrived on the 23rd but as I am teaching my boys the value of patience, I wrapped it and did not look at it until today. The end product is beautifully done and is one of the finest book of photographs of photographers, all created on the giant 20x24 Polaroid camera. The book itself is 11x14 and has been printed to make the photographs stand out. Besides the stories about the photographers and many of their iconic images, there is valuable research in to the history, art and culture of the medium. As I am about to launch a new course at SAIT on this particular subject in May, the information in the book will be an invaluable resource.

I created the above image with a few things in mind. First was to show the book and a selection of the participants for the project. I choose these three individuals, Michael Grecco, Douglas Krikland and Ron Galella as I have been very fortunate to spend some time with each of them. Though I already knew the stories of the images they had chosen to show, I enjoyed seeing them here in the book.

I also wanted to try an new app called Frametastic which allows you to add a variety of images in to a selection of different panels. Knowing that I would have trouble on the small screen of the iPhone, I shot the images of the cover and pages inside using the iPad. This allowed me to size the photo's to fit the frames and then save the final result as one image as seen above.

So if you are a lover of fine photography books or wanted to learn more about some very fine photographers and their stories I highly recommend this book. You can learn more at Tim's website

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Day 358, 365 Day Project

It's Christmas Eve. Busy day getting everything ready, church with the family which included a Christmas Pageant. The some time with everyone afterwards before coming home. A quick iPhone capture of our singing snowman with his dog and penguin on a sled for today's image. Processed with Snapseed and edging added with Real Camera+.

Merry Christmas everyone.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Day 357, 365 Day Project

I am always looking for unique and interesting light fixtures and found this one at Nick's Steak House and Pizza in Calgary. I was out with all my family celebrating my Mom's birthday and I was talking with my niece Natasha about my project and some of the apps I was using. So I shot this image and then used Snapseed to do the post processing showing her the result.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Day 356, 365 Day Project

What a wonderful winter we have had so far. We have only had a few bitterly cold days since the start of November and a few heavy snow falls, but otherwise it has been very pleasant. Today was the last day of Kindergarten for Luke and he and a group of his classmates went sledding on the small hill after they were done. I wanted to grab a few images so I pulled out the iPhone and went down hill and waited for Luke to make his runs. This was the second shot I took and was the most successful. I think he was making a game of it to see if he could run in to me on his way down. Any way he had lot's of fun. Once we got home I brought the image into Snapseed where I cropped it and then added the Drama 2 Filter to give it some pop. I then used PhotoForge2 to add the edging with their frame tool.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Day 355, 365 Day Project

It was one of those rare night's when Lysa and I actually get to go out together without the boy's. Tonight we attended the SAIT ICT Christmas Party down at the Blind Monk Pub here in Calgary. We arrived early and as I was sitting there I decided to capture an image of the room. Using the iPhone I snapped an image and then used Snapseed once again to add dome Drama Dark 2 and then with PhotoToatster added a frame.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Day 354, 365 Day Project

Today Cool had a mini Dance recital with his dance studio. Although it was one number I was proud of him as he did very well considering he has only been dancing a year. He had this big smile on his face the whole time and was able to keep up with the other dancers. I shot this with one hand on the iPhone as my other hand was busy with the video camera. I loved the movement in the arms and that the face is still sharp. I processed the image in Snapseed first cropping in a fair amount. Then I added a bit of Drama 2 that just helped make the Photo pop and finished it with a frame.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Day 353, 365 Day Project

Another Christmas Ornament for today's subject. I have done a few and think I might have a good series to create some Christmas cards for next year. Today I used the Canon 7D as I wanted a little more control with the perspective and depth of field on this little statuette. Shot with the 24-70 f2.8 @ f3.5 and 52mm, 1/30 sec at 1600 ISO. After uploading to my computer I downloaded it once again to the iPhone where I brought it in to Snapseed for the first bit of post processing using the Vintage filter. Then I brought it over to PhotoToaster where I added the antiqued filter and the medium black vignette and then the black brush frame to soften the sides as well.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Day 352, 365 Day Project

Christmas Bells became the subject for today's photo. I placed them against the glass blocks beside the front door as I like the texture they gave to the background. After snapping a few shots I brought the image in to Snapseed where I used the Drama 2 filter which really brought out the metallic feel of the bells. This time I used PhotoToaster to choose the frame that I wanted.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Day 351, 365 Day Project

We attended Cool's annual Christmas concert down at the Knox United Church today. While we waited for the performance of the Cantare Children's Choir I wandered through the venerable old church. The architecture is beautiful and I was looking up at the ceiling when the above scene hit me. Tilting the iPhone I captured a unique angle and then processed the image using Snapseed and the Drama Dark 2 filter. I then used PhotoForge 2 to add the frame.

Below is a new app that I am testing, the "Pocket Light Meter" It is very cool as it records the scene, technical data and the location in longitude and latitude. Although I need to do more testing it looks like a fun app.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Day 350, 365 Day Project

Our little Nativity scene as captured with the iPad and processed in Snapseed.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Day 349, 365 Day Project

While waiting for Luke at the Vecova Swimming Pool I noticed the windows had a nice layer of condensation on them. I thought I might be able to use it as an element in relation to the scene outside. The iPhone works really well for getting close to a surface and with the setting sun coming through the tree out side made for a lovely shot. I brought the image into Snapseed where I cropped the photo and then made a few minor adjustments to the contrast and saturation before finishing it up with a frame.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Day 348, 365 Day Project

We have paper Christmas Stars in our front window. One has a light bulb inside and I liked the way it illuminated the adjoining star. Tonight I choose to use the Canon 7D and 24-70 f2.8 lens as I needed the compression factor that the lens gives in order to get the composition that I was looking for. This was shot at f5.6 and 70mm at 1/125 sec and 3200 ISO. After downloading it to the computer I cropped it a bit and re-sized it to download to the iPhone. Using Snapseed I added a bit of texture and vignetting with the grunge filter and added the frame before uploading back to the computer and then posting here.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Day 347, 365 Day Project

I was testing out a few new apps today to see what they are capable of. The first is one called "16 Mega Pixels" which is suppose to give you a larger file from your the camera in your phone. As the iPhone 4 is only 5 MP it does offer a nice possibility to make your files larger. The app seemed to work well here yielding a 43MB (4480 x 3360) file compared with the standard 14 MB ((2592 x 1936) file. There does appear to be some sharpness loss but since I had limited subject matter today more testing is required.

I then tested the Luminance app to see what it's filter set had to offer. There are 19 presets and a few are interesting to use and I choose the Dystopia on this image as it gave the look I wanted. I finished off using Real Camera+ to select the frame as again I wanted to see what was offered in different apps for alternative choices in borders. This particular one worked well with today's image.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Day 346, 365 Day Project

One of our small Christmas Decorations, a little town scene with skaters. I came in close with the iPhone and snapped a few frames. I first brought the image in to Snapseed to make some minor adjustments and then in to PhotoToaster to add a texture that fit the scene.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Day 345, 365 Day Project

Today I was out for most of the day and had a chance to shoot a number of images to work with. I present three of my favorites as it was a little hard deciding on showing just one. The above is my favorite. After shooting the images with the iPhone I brought the above one in to PhotoToaster for a little tweaking before settling on this result. The bottom two where post processed in Snapseed and i feel I achieved the desired results.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Day 344, 365 Day Project

The boy's have been extra good this week and I thought I would treat them to one of their favorite meals, Little Caesars Hot and Ready Pizza and Crazy Bread. The place was really busy so to kill some time I discreetly tried to shoot a few images. I liked this one and while waiting brought it in to Snapseed and did a little post processing to finish the shot off.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Day 343, 365 Day Project

We had a Chinook blow through Calgary today (a warm west wind that comes in off the mountains for those of you not familiar with the term). This cleared up a spot on my front lawn allowing me to put up our inflatable penguin and the deer decorations. I like the late afternoon sun so I shot an image with the iPhone. Using Instagram today for quick processing I used the choose the Kelvin filter to finish it.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Day 342, 365 Day Project

These plastic flowers adorn our washroom up stairs, sitting silently in the corner. Tonight they became my subject. Shot with the iPhone I decided to use the PhotoToaster for post production to learn what this app can do. I used four different settings, first was adding a texture with canvas, then using the spotlight filter, adding a vignette and finishing it off with a ragged frame. I am happy with the result, but still need to work with the app a bit more to gain familiarity with what it can achieve.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Day 341, 365 Day Project

Tonight was the last shooting night for my classes at SAIT for this year. I was demonstrating the use of colour gels on the background and one of my students sat for a quick couple of images at the start of the class. The original image was shot with the Canon 7D, 24-70 f2.8 @ f8 and 57mm, 1/125 sec at 100 ISO. Once I returned home I downloaded the image and cropped it then uploaded to my iPhone as I knew I wanted to use Snapseed once again. I used the vintage filter, style 1 to soften the skin a bit. Then I used Real Camera+ to add the frame. After saving the image I uploaded the image to my computer and re-sized it for the Internet before posting it here.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Day 340, 365 Day Project

So with all the Christmas decorations up it was only a matter of time before one found it's way in to the collection of images. I was at the Varsity Community Association waiting for Cool and his Jazz dance class to finish up. They have all their decorations around the facility and one that caught my eye was a wreath on one of the doors. The first shot I took was fairly boring, but I did not give up on it. I moved the iPhone around it looking at various angles and crops before settling on the above photo of the poinsettia flower in the wreath. Then in Snapseed I did a centre focus and adjust some grunge before adding the frame for the final result.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Day 339, 365 Day Project

Another night at SAIT teaching my students in the Advanced Lighting Class. While moving between the two rooms in which we set up studios for the students to work in I saw the cleaning ladies supply cart in the hall. Immediately I knew that the spray bottles could make an interesting subject for today's image. Quickly I shot a couple of frames and went back in to watch what my students were doing. A couple of them have been following my 365 Day Project so I thought I would share with them how I go about finishing the photo. Using Snapseed I quickly add a bit of softening and texture with the grunge filter and added the frame. This is one thing I like about teaching at SAIT, besides sharing the info in the lighting class I can also share other photographic ideas with the hopes it will inspire them as well.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Day 338, 365 Day Project

After shoveling the snow for the second time today I noticed the berries on the Neighbours tree with little hats of snow on them. Using the iPhone in the Instgram app I shot a few frames. I like this one the best for the richness and the contrast of the colours. I used the Lomo-fi filter which added in a slight more saturation and a border, but otherwise it is a pretty straight shot.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Day 337, 365 Day Project

Today is a day for family, rest and recovery. We went out early this morning and took Cool and Luke to see Santa at Northland Village Mall. This year it was by booking and there was no photographer, it was take your own. So I shot using the Canon 7D, 24-70 f2.8 @ f4, 1/125 sec, 800 ISO with the Canon 580EX II flash and Gary Fong collapsible light sphere. After the boys made some crafts and had a snack we headed home where I downloaded the files and then choose the one I wanted to use, cropped it in Photoshop and the uploaded back to my iPhone. From there I used PhotoForge2 to add a frame and then copied it back to my computer and posted it here. Now it is off to trim the tree, decorate the house and have a peaceful day with the family.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Day 336, 365 Day Project

The last four days seem to have been a busy one leading up to today's Arts & Crafts fair at my boy's school. Between picking up prints, matting, teaching, delivering flyer's about the show and all, I have barely had 5 hours sleep each night. So today's image is a simple one, a record shot of my table with prints for sale. All but three were taken for this 365 Day Project and a large number were done with the iPhone. I was very pleased by the resulting prints and had many compliments on my work during the day. However, as is usually the case with photographs, sales were small but it has always been this way. Back in my Art College days when we had the Christmas show and sale the glass blowing, ceramics, print making departments always made big money. Photography was lucky if we broke $500 people would like the work but happily go on and but from the other departments. So it did not surprise me much that this happened today and Franky it doesn't bother me. Today was more about participating and helping the school and I had a booth just for the fun of it. Cool assisted me all day and had a great time. So now I can go to sleep happy and content because I am happy with the way my images looked.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Day 335, 365 Day Project

In to the home stretch now, last month of the year. Today Luke had swimming lessons and usually the pool is busy and there is always movement in the water. For some reason when we arrived the pool was empty and the water was calm and still. I saw the reflection of the slide and the wall in the pool and immediately jumped to my feet to get the shot before the kids entered the pool for their lessons. I find with the iPhone I really like to angle the camera to make the image more dynamic and I was pleased how the reflections of the clock and other pool accessories came out. While waiting for Luke's lesson to end I brought the file in to Snapseed looking for the appropriate amount of filter effect to give what I was looking for. I felt this grunge effect toned down a fair amount worked best.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Day 334, 365 Day Project

I had a busy day today as we had our first major snow fall of the year. Had to shovel 2 driveways, matt prints and teach at SAIT so it was a bit crazy. As I left SAIT tonight after class I saw this scene in front of me and liked how the light from the street lamp reflected off the snow and on to the trees. As I lined up the shot I saw the flare from the light and really liked it> After looking at the image I decide only to crop a tiny bit of foreground and add a frame in PhotoForge 2, otherwise it is a straight shot.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Day 333, 365 Day Project

Sometimes as we walk through buildings we fail to notice some of the fine architectural details that are incorporated in to the facility. As I was watching Cool during his Jazz Dance class tonight I looked up and was intrigued by the lines and shape of an inset in the ceiling. I took out the iPhone and zoomed in a bit and shot a couple of frames using the phones limited exposure control to get a couple of different looks. I then brought the image in to Snapseed and used the Dark 1 in the Drama filter to give a look I was happy with.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Day 332, 365 Day Project

One of the things I encourage my students to do is to experiment with their cameras so that they can learn the capabilities and limitations in different situations. I have been doing the same thing lately with my iPhone and tonight I was able to test it using my studio lights as the source. Though there are some things the iPhone is not suited for it still preforms well a majority of the time. Using the modelling light on an AlienBee 1600 with a Hensel Beauty Dish I gave Greg some split lighting. The backdrop being used for this shot is by Madcamp Backgrounds. After shooting the image with the iPhone I then demonstrated to some of my students how I use Snapseed to post process. In this case I cropped the image then use the Dark 1 in the Drama filter before finishing up with a frame. I loved the way the filter added a strong feel and the way it interacted with the background.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Day 331, 365 Day Project

While watering the plants in our front bay window, I noticed our little statuette Buddha's siting there. The light from the window was nice and soft as it was overcast outside. Using the I phone I tried a few different positions until I settled on the above composition. After shooting the image I brought it in to Snapseed and cropped it, used the Drama Dark 2 filter and added the frame. I finished the image with a bit of touch up in Photoshop of a couple of highlights that I thought were distracting.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Day 330, 365 Day Project

Walking through the basement I saw my weights lying there after my work out from this morning. Something just drew them to me and I brought the iPhone to try a few shots. Once I found the composition that worked for me I brought it into Snapseed for some post processing. After changing the focus range, I converted it to Black & White and added a frame to finish the image.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Day 329, 365 Day Project

My sister decided to have all the nieces and nephews head over to "Colour Me Mine" to pick and paint their own pottery piece as their Christmas gift this year. So while Cool and Luke were working on their pieces I wandered through the store looking at the variety of items they could choose from. I snapped a few shots but this one of the monkey giving the peace sign stood out for me. I worked a little bit on it in Snapseed adding a bit of grunge to darken the figures with a little more texture as they were very white.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Day 328, 365 Day Project

I had photographed a similar scene back on March 22 (Day 80 of the project). Many things have changed since I started this project. In the case of this scene the plants that were photographed on that last day of winter were cut down to allow the new growth of the spring ahead. The shot was done with the Canon 7D with very little post processing.

Fast forward eight months and a couple of days. Winter is not quite here yet, but we have had a few light snowfalls followed by stretches of nice weather. Last night we had another light dusting and as I walked up the driveway after walking my boy's to school I noticed the above scene once again. However this time the tools and vision have changed. This time I used the iPhone to capture the shot and then worked with a couple of the dozen apps that I use for post processing. In the case it was PhotoToaster and PhotoForge2 that allowed me to get the painterly feel that I was looking for.

It is fun as I near the end of this cycle to look back and see the change and growth in my photography. Although I have been shooting for close to 40 years and teach others I still feel the need to develop and grow as a photographer, as an artist. This project has been a great learning experience.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Day 327, 365 Day Project

Tonight was the low key lighting class at SAIT. The lovely Breanna was the model and my students had a lot of fun with her tonight. At the end of the night I took a half dozen frames on my Canon 7D, 24-70 f2.8 at f10, 1/125 sec at 100 ISO. Lighting was a Balcar head with a 18 x 48 inch Larson Strip Soft box as a main light and a Balcar head with an umbrella for the fill. Once I got home I downloaded the images and selected my favorite then resized it for downloading to my iPhone. Once there I first used the PhotoForge2 app to add a dreamy effect to soften the skin and then in PhotoToaster added the frame I wanted. Once this was done I uploaded back to my computer where I then posted it here.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Day 326, 365 Day Project

I was stuck in-doors for most of the day with a sick child. Only managed to run out once Lysa got home from work and that was down to Safeway for a few groceries. Earlier in the day I figured this might be my best chance to get a photo for the day as I was holding Luke for most of it. However as I wandered the produce aisle the shelf's were picked pretty bare. However I did come across this tray of yellow peppers which I knew I could do something with. So grabbing a quick couple of shots with the iPhone I finished my shopping and headed home. Using Snapseed I knew exactly which grunge filter I wanted and the intensity. I then added the frame to finish the image.

Luke is fine by the way, just a little cold and he has recovered after spending the day with his Papa.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Day 325, 365 Day Project

Had a great class at SAIT tonight, unfortunately I did not get to shot as I was the one doing most of the painting with light. So not having an image from that session I could use I had to find something at home. I noticed that Luke had placed a lot of the elephants on the piano and liked the way the light was on the newest addition to our collection. Quickly with the iPhone I grabbed a frame and then brought it in to PhotoForge2 as I knew the texture that I wanted to add subtly to the shot as well as the frame.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Day 324, 365 Day Project

My cousin Courtney contacted me to create some maternity photos for her. So she came over to our studio and I shot some images with the Canon 7D, 24-70 f2.8 @ f8, 1/125 sec at 100 ISO. I used a Balcar MiniZ head with a Chimera Small Strip light as the main from slightly behind and a Balcar MiniZ with an XS soft box for the fill. After down loading the image I wanted to add a frame so I downloaded the image to my iPhone where I used the PhotoToaster Jr. app to add the frame I wanted.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Day 323, 365 Day Project

It's a bitterly cold day in Calgary today (-28C with the windchill) so we decided to stay home and have family time. Tonight my wife made her wonderful oatmeal, chocolate chip cookies which the boy's and I love. Here is a batch fresh out of the oven shot with the iPhone. First processed in Snapseed to add a little grunge to soften the edges. Then in to PhotoForge2 to add a frame that I thought would work better.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Day 322, 365 Day Project

I downloaded a new app to try and see how I like it. PhotoForge2 is also an app to post process images and this was my first time to test it. I had taken an image of my belt hanging on a hook and liked the composition and thought it might make a good one to work with. I cropped the image and then used the textures function to add just a touch of texture. In the frames option I opted for a black ragged edge.

I like the possibilities with PhotoForge2 but will it replace Snapseed as my go to app? I don't think so, but I can see it working well in conjunction with it. Both have their strengths and I have been observing the work of photographers such as Dewitt, Jones, Jonathan Marks and John Paul Caponigro and how they mix apps and processes to achieve their wonderful results. The digital age and all the new ways of working with the shots we take really expands our vision and our art.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Day 321, 365 Day Project

I had the fun of assisting in Luke's kindergarten class this morning and while sitting with them as they ate their mid-morning snack I noticed the hand bells had been set out for the day. So I took a walk around them snapping a variety of images with my iPhone. One thing I do love about the iPhone is that the wide angle of view and ultra deep depth of field allow for some great close up images. I shot this row of bells and then brought the image in to Snapseed for some post processing using a light grunge and adding a frame.