Two repeat workshops are happening at the lovely Ellis Bird Farm in August!
For new and prospective owners of a DSLR, this workshop will help you understand your camera and how to use it. We will cover camera functions and handling as well as provide information on lenses, equipment and accessories. Then, we will work on understanding exposure, composition and techniques: all the skills needed to create the photographs you imagine. The afternoon session will include practice sessions on the grounds of the Ellis Bird Farm. If you already have a DSLR and other equipment, please bring it, otherwise some loaner equipment will be available for use.
- AM Intro to the DSLR, Equipment and Accessories.
- PM Understanding Exposure. Basic Skills, Composition,Techniques and Practice.
For photographers who already own a DSLR and are familiar with manual exposure, this workshop will introduce you to the fascinating world of close-up and macro photography. We will look at specialized equipment and accessories as well as simple ways to achieve great results, no matter what type of DSLR you own. Then, we will work on techniques to overcome the inherent difficulties of magnified photography. We will do an overview of basic composition and have opportunities to practice macro photography on the beautiful grounds of the Ellis Bird Farm. Some loaner equipment and accessories will be available. As a minimum, please bring your camera and lens, and if you have them, a macro lens, an external flash and tripod.
- AM Equipment and Accessories, Understanding exposure.
- PM Techniques with Natural Light and Flash, Composition and Practice.
Sign up here!
Posted in Alberta, Canada, Central Alberta, Edmonton, Photography, Prairie, Rural, Workshop
Tagged Camera, Composition, Digital single-lens reflex camera, DSLR, Macro photography, Natural Light, Photography, Workshop
Detail on an old railway carriage.
My main use for macro is nature photography, particualry the phtography of insects, spiders and other invertebrates. But macro is good for bringing out the detail in almost anything. In this case a simple painted bolt in an old railway carriage, with the paint flaking, and the underlying wood now in decay.
Posted in Abstract, Alberta, Canada, HDR, Lightroom, Nik, Photography, Railway, wabi sabi
Tagged age, car, decay, train, wood
Ballycarbery Castle, an ‘undeveloped’ ruin, now used by cattle.
Ballycarbery Castle is an ‘enter-at-your-own-risk’ property, and we did. Some of the lower chambers are still whole, so you could scramble up to a higher level. There is turf and small trees growing there, and on the lower walls some ancient ivy plants still cling, giving the ruin the feeling of an Arthur Rackham print, sans fairies. Unfortunately the tower has been locked, so we could not venture higher.
Posted in HDR, History, Ireland, Lightroom, Nik, Photography, Ruins
Tagged Arthur Rackham, Ballycarbery Castle, Cahersiveen, Castle, County Kerry, Eire, Ireland
I could not resist posting this pristine rose with foliage, growing within the Cahir Castle walls. Some may wish to see the actual castle, but it was the quality of this rose that captured my attention and will be part of my memories of this place.
Posted in Garden, History, Ireland, Photography
Tagged Architecture, Arts, Building Types, Cahir, Cahir Castle, Castle, Ireland, River Suir, Rose, yellow
This is a vertical panorama of the interior of St. Aidan’s Cathedral in Enniscorthy, Wexford, Eire. It was designed by Augustus Welby Northmere Pugin (1812-1852) in the Gothic Revival style. Construction began in 1846, however, due to design problems, it was unable to be completed until 1871, when a smaller and lighter bell-tower was substituted for Pugin’s original overweight spire design. The latest restoration was in 1994.
Composed of six hand-held exposures, manual setting: ISO 2500, 1/60 sec. @ f6.3. Canon 5D Mk II with 24-105mm f4 L IS USM lens (@ 24mm). Images processed in Adobe Lightroom, assembled in Microsoft Ice and sharpened and de-noised with Nik software.
Posted in Architecture, History, Ireland, Lightroom, Nik, Panorama, Photography, Software
Tagged Arts, Cathedral, Enniscorthy, Gothic Revival, history, Microsoft, Wexford