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Macro Photography & Lens Review

I’ve been testing out a macro lens I recently purchased the Pentax DA 1: 2.8 35mm Macro Limited.This older Pentax macro lens comes from the limited line of lenses. Its advantages include its normal field of view 52.5mm in 35mm format, a small form factor 49mm filter thread, 1 to 1 magnification, sharpness and lack of distortion. Lenses such as these are suited for everything from street and landscape photography, portrait photography, to casual macro photography.
           I wouldn’t recommend a 35mm macro  for photographing subjects such as insects, due to their short focal length you would have to nearly touch the subject to get a macro image. In the case of some arachnids; this could result in a situation in which the subject is either chased away or climbs onto the lens and attaches itself to your face. Newer versions of the Pentax 35mm macro limited feature a premium ‘HD’ coating potentially resulting in less glare and more natural colors. In most situations, the difference betwe…

Night Photography

Night scenes are fascinating, the lack of daylight and the activity it brings introduces a kind of mystery into a scene. Your left wondering at the purpose of a structure, its geometry and the way every single facet of the building is mirrored in a stunning show of orderliness. A structure such as Crease Clinic is almost bazar in its show of architectural order, the loading dock is mirrored on the opposite wing and every window and door aligned with obsessive precision. Perhaps the goal was to surround the patents with the most ordered setting possible, as a form of treatment for their disorderly state upon admittance to a psychiatric facility. 

Crease Clinic Loading Area
The photograph above was taken without a tripod by using a fast prime and the light given off by the floodlights attached to the Crease clinics doorways. I would exercise caution when shooting handheld photographs at night as the results can be unpredictable. Streetlights, floodlights and even car headlights can introd…

A Snowy Winter: December 2016

This year due to La Nina there’s been an unusual amount of snow in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland. During the two years preceding late 2016 and 2017 there had been scarcely any snow at lower elevations. The recent cold weather provided an interesting opportunity to shoot in familiar locations, that aren’t just snow dusted, but are experiencing true winter conditions. The snow may have already begun to melt, well at least at lower elevations but it may yet return and now’s as great a time as any to share some photographs from the winter of 2016.
Third Person
           The first major snowfall hit in December and lasted to early January 2017. It was ‘wet’ snow and didn’t build up as severely as the snow from later January to early February. Some of my most interesting winter photographs were taken in December in Golden Ears Provincial Park, Pitt Lake and Harrison Mills during a heavy snowfall. Kilby, near Harrison Mills, was utterly transformed by the snowfall from a bleak…

Meaning in Night

There's something striking about night scenes such as these. Their lonely, mysterious and fascinating as your left wondering about the location and asking yourself the question. 'Where is this and what was its purpose?' Well, wonder no more, I’ll provide some background details and information on some of my favorite night photographs as well as discuss what drove me to create these images.


Turning Back Around 
Night photography is an intimidating subject for some because of the inherent low light environment so, I've left some tips for beginners at the bottom of the article. I’ve always found the night compelling, the world looks startlingly different without the sun lighting it especially, in urban and industrial areas.What I feel distinguishes these locations is the variety of light sources. The soft highlights created by several forms of lighting like incandescent, fluorescent and LED change the nature of a scene, directing your focus toward the details important to …

Six

Six
Six is a series of photographs taken successively over thirty minutes each image in this series is unique and visually striking. Rather than simple landscapes I intend each of these images to be viewed as ‘portraits’ of nature. I decided to use an old portrait lens with a focal length equivalent to 87mm. Each scene is a careful composition taken in an instant intending to highlight specific elements of a beautiful and diverse forest setting. 

                Please click the arrows to cycle through images. 


How Were These Taken?
I’ve read a comment in which somebody had a similar scene in front of themselves and was unable to do the scene justice. All of my photographs are manual exposures, this involves setting the shutter speed, ISO and aperture manually, in this case using an aperture ring. This provides me with maximum control over light, grain and depth of field displayed in each image. The ‘processing’ begins with the camera by using specific lenses and apertures to create sp…