Barbecuing in January

The one and only good thing about winter in Calgary is that we have Chinooks…. While a week ago we might have been suffering through temperatures in the 20 below zero range, it is easy to forget when today I’m out on my balcony barbecuing steaks at nine ‘clock at night…

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First Pictures of the new year.

Ok. So I’ll admit, they’re not very exciting…! I don’t particularly like pork,  but while out shopping the other day there was a sale on pork roasts, and I do think supporting the struggling Canadian pork industry is always a good thing.  The centre cut pork loin roasts have to be one of the nicest, cleanest looking pieces of meat at the grocery store, and for less then ten bucks you can take it home, cut off a couple nice sized chops to throw in the freezer and still cook a roast big enough for two or three people. Like […]

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I’m never eating leftover Turkey again!

I’m sure like most people this time of year I have a fridge full of leftovers from Christmas dinner. And as tasty as microwaved turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes is, it never really does the real meal justice. But finally I’ve found a great alternative, (sorry mom, curry turkey just doesn’t do it for me)! For the past couple months I’ve been subscribed to a great blog about food from another local Calgarian. Here is a link to her home page… http://dinnerwithjulie.com/ She recently posted a fantastic recipe for “Crispy turkey-stuffing-potato cakes.” Here’s the recipe… http://dinnerwithjulie.com/2009/12/29/crispy-turkeystuffingpotato-cakes/ Served in a pool […]

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Tiffany and Grant at Elbow Falls

While we were at the falls on Sunday my sister wanted me to take some pics of her and Grant. Like usual, I couldn’t get my flash (Nikon SB600) to fire remotely using the built in infrared trigger. I’m not sure if it was the distance, or the line of sight wasn’t right on or what, but we couldn’t get it to work. Although yelling and hand signals across the ravine over top of the river didn’t make troubleshooting very easy. I also started playing around with some post production filters on a new program i’ve been trying out. But […]

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Elbow Falls in Winter

So the weather has been really nice here for the past week . So after all the Christmas festivities wrapped up Tiff, Jack, Grant, and I, headed out to Elbow Falls in Kananaskis Country for the afternoon. Although I’ve been there more times than I can count I’m not sure I’ve ever been in the wintertime. It was a lot busier than I expected for the time of year, although Sunday afternoon over the holidays I probably should have expected it. I think I might have to put it on my list of places to go back to sometime before […]

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Zoolights at the Calgary Zoo

I went to the zoo last night with Tiffany, Grant, and the kids (my nieces and nephews).  Although I went in hopes of photographing some lights, I’m not even sure I actually saw any, or maybe I did, they’re just extremely dull in comparison to the energy of four young kids (just kidding the lights are actually quite neat to see). One thing I have learned in the last few weeks, is that telephoto lens are pretty much useless when shooting in falling snow (the distance and magnification all work against you so you end up with big white circles […]

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Food Pictures – 2009 – pt. 1

Over the past year I’ve discovered that along with cooking, I really enjoy the challenge of photography food. I’ve found that It can really change the way you look at cooking. Making you look at not just the taste but the presentation. And it can actually be a lot of fun trying out different ingredients to get the colours and shapes that you’re looking for. Substituting things like vinegar and food colouring for red wine, or instant potatoes for ice cream (that one didn’t work out so well, but it did pass for ricotta cheese nicely). Although I will admit […]

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Carburn Park

One of the highlights of my summer is the discovery of Carburn park in Calgary’s S.E. in the community of Riverbend. Carburn Park (click on link for city of calgary’s information page). What was a random attempt to find river access for an afternoon of fishing led to a month or so at the end of summer filled with evenings spent knee deep in the Bow fly fishing for trout that the river is so famous for. In case you don’t know I am entirely cursed as far as fishing goes and never ever catch anything (seriously… never)! Not that […]

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Spray Lakes and Banff

November 11, 2009 Here’s some pictures from a recent early morning trip to the spray lakes area. The weather turned out suprisingly good, considering they we’re calling for snow all day long in Banff. It was my fist encounter with Spruce Grouse, and I have to say they were a lot of fun to photograph. I spotted a pair of them on the side of the road and tracked them into the forest (leaving my car parked in the middle of the road with the motor running, for what turned out to be about 45mins…. oops)! These birds are unbelievable […]

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Weaselhead Park

November 21, 2009. Got up early to take a walk and shoot some pictures. Thought I’d try Weaselhead Flats, mostly because it’s close to my house. There seems to be a lot of praise online for this place, but I have to say I was not very impressed by it at all. That could have been because it was a cold overcast morning with no real sunrise to speak of (so much for waking early to catch the good light). For the most part the whole place seemed dirty and dusty and devoid of life, likely due to the frequent […]

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Things to remember when you go out shooting!

Just a couple tips I’ve picked up on photography over the years 1/125 of a second records movement similar to the way the human eye sees it! 50% view is approximate quality that you will see in print/magazines! Check Camera Settings * ISO * WB (white balance) * Image Quality * Image Settings * Exposure Compensation * Metering Mode o Use spot for tricky lighting or when subject is the majority of the frame * Shutter Speed * Aperture o Small Aperture (F32) – More DOF o Large Aperture (F1.4) – Les DOF * Focus mode * VR (vibration reduction) […]

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Notes on the Calgary 2009 Photography Expo

Notes from Calgary Photo Expo 2009…. Presenters Larry Frank – Travel Photography… Kristian Bogner… Darwin Wigget… John Marriott… _______________________________________________________________________ Travel *Wear camera with strap over shoulder, lens pointing INTO small of back (for long lenses). Where to start – Tours – a good way to scout locations to return to, to shoot later. – Markets – Playgrounds – Festivals – The street – Countryside – Seaside Tips – Shoot at eye level – Shoot from the hip – Shoot when something is about to happen – The light is always right (for something)!! – Shoot with themes in mind – […]

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