Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Ribbed for her Desktop Background

Found myself out early last week in search of some sunrise shooting and although the sunrise wasn't spectacular, I was able to come up with this one of the local marina which makes for a decent desktop background.

It's full size so have at her.

Monday, June 22, 2009

You've got questions. We've got wedding.

Recently drove down to Sault Ste. Marie after being asked to be the official photog person for my counsin's wedding.

I've been to my fair share of weddings and always brought the camera but this was the first one where I was technically "the" guy for doing the photos.

All things considered it worked out really well and I was decently happy with the results. You can view the set on Flickr.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Get the photojournalism habit

A few shots from some work I did for Lake Superior News.com

Huge windmill parts being offloaded from a ship onto rail cars bound for BC.
A fun afternoon shooting stuff I normally wouldn't shoot or get the opportunity to shoot for that matter.

Of course if you want to view these shots larger, you can always check out my Ships of the Greatest Great Lake set on Flickr.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Don't be vague. Ask for reptiles.

Had a chance to take Robbie out to see some real live creatures thanks to a traveling show from Little Ray's Reptile Zoo and their exhibit of reptiles, raptors and insects.

Robbie had a blast and was able to see some really neat things (for a 19 month old) such as a 200lb boa constrictor, spiders, turtles, lizards and he even got to touch a crocodile!

Cool stuff for the little guy.

While I spent a good deal of time making sure no alligators were latching on to my son, I also got a chance to shoot a handful of shots under some horrible indoor lighting conditions.
Since I have no external flash at the moment and I hate to use the built in flash on my Nikon, I just set everything to Nikon's superb Auto ISO and fired away.

Of all things present, Robbie liked the owl best.

I named this guy "Snappy McBite Bite" aka "Smiley McSnapps Alot", aka" Rippy McShred Shred" and "Toothy McKill Kill". He wasn't too keen on the lens in his face and I was lucky enough that he gave me a little grin rather than bite my face clean off.

This shot of a yellow anaconda has become one of my favorite shots I've taken lately. While I set up to shoot this, it coiled back into this position as if it were ready to lash out and have me for dinner. At the time I wondered if my yellow and black Nikon neckstrap had anything to do with it's aggressive posturing. Either way, ambient light, no flash and an ISO of 1600 helped my pull this one off.

I've got to say, even though I'm sure the staff of the reptile exhibit are trained experts at handling the various creatures at the show, at the end of the day an alligator is still an alligator, whether or not you tell me it's docile and tame. There's a reason that they've been around for millions of years. It's because they are highly efficient killing and eating machines.

Letting my son sit on the floor some 6 feet from an animal with a bite force of up to 3000lbs/sq inch was not something I was prepared to do on the night.
I really didn't feel like kicking an alligator's ass that evening although if push came to shove it would have made for some interesting shots that's for sure.