Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Fashion/Glamor Photography

It was a nice day and the only problem was the direct sun. We have tried to avoid the sun at all costs but it was hard. I have to thank both Anastasia and Maria for their patience and cooperation. I have to also thank Dan McKechnie for helping us with the studio shots and giving us the required equipment. All I am posting here is some of the outdoor shots. Some of these photos are going to appear in a calendar. I will post the link to the calendar website as soon as it gets published.

Monday, May 30, 2011

The Warm Afternoon

I usually wish for one good photo when I am going out to take photos. It is a thing that has been with me since I started doing photography, to wish for one good shot. This photo that kinda satisfies my hunger for a good shot sometimes come at the very end. However, it sometimes come at the very beginning! It was the case for the photos here.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

City at Night

It was a clear sky and the stars were twinkling. City of Edmonton was shining like a treasure underneath the vast sky. The full moon was lighting up the river and the wind was singing in my ears. The clicks of the shutter were fading into the infinite emptiness of night.

Downtown Edmonton

Little Downtown
High level bridge and LRT bridge

The LRT bridge going toward university

Something worth mentioning is that I was retouching one of the bridge photos in Photoshop and then I looked at the menu and there was an option in File menu saying that "Close and go to Bridge...". At that moment I totally forgot that there was a software called Adobe Bridge and I was thinking I was at the bridge why should I close Photoshop and go again?!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Available Light!

I was taking photos on street using the very harsh sun of the afternoon. It was so harsh that I had to even use 1/4000 of a second and also use higher f-stops to prevent stuff from being burned! An ND filter would have been useful here. The reason for all this nagging about light is that in the photo with the man who plays the guitar everything is in focus because of that f number and I don't like that! Right now I found out that my ISO settings was on 1250 from the last photo shoot and I don't know how could I forget to fix such a thing! Now I can see the reason for that harsh light!

The good news is I found one of my good friends in Edmonton who was a photographer for The Gateway in 1970s. He showed me lots of his photos from Mount Everest and I am thinking of proposing a photo feature to The Gateway in September to publish his work. He is the backyard philosopher.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Fishing Net

I had the pleasure to be accompanied by a good friend of mine to China Town in Edmonton today. We both went there to take photos and here I am putting some of the fishes I caught. The reason for this fish analogy is that I encountered a big drawing of dragons and fishes in the sea on a wall. I also saw a big net hanging in the empty area near it. As I lowered my position to take a photo I saw that it seems that those fishes are swimming into a fishing net and being caught by it.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Deep Into The Woods

The weather is becoming really nice and it is good to walk around and take photos of things that might happen in front of you. The winter was very depressing and it takes some time for the forest to come out of its sleep and be alive again. I was walking in the forest and I heard a biker coming, I turned back, took one photo to check the composition and exposure and the biker was very fast and suddenly in front of me so I snapped only 1 shot and took this.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Gateway Photographer of The Year

It is encouraging and feels so good to see that all your efforts and your work is appreciated. I just won The Gateway's photographer of the year award. By the way, except for the photo editor of the paper, all the photographers are volunteer photographers. Some of them have other positions in the paper such as being in charge of sports page, opinion, etc. I consider this as a good start to read more, practice more, learn more, and try to expand my knowledge and take another step toward producing Frameless Frames.