Posts Tagged ‘photography’

Canada Day 2012 — Fireworks!

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

20120701_CRC325220120701_CRC3254This past Sunday was Canada Day which, of course, means fireworks. My mom lives on the 12th floor of a building that just happens to overlook Riverside Park where the fireworks are set off. It has, naturally, become a tradition to gather the family there to watch the fireworks.

I was determined to get some proper photos the fireworks this year since, for the first time, I had all the equipment I should need: camera+lens, tripod, remote. Rather than just “spray and pray” at flickering lights in the sky, I did some research. I didn’t want to screw this up and have to wait a year to try again! This article from DPS was the most help with 10 distinct tips plus a bunch more from readers. There are several other good articles on the subject as well. Google is your friend.

To say that I’m pleased with the results would be an understatement. Throwing all modesty aside, I got some really great shots. Even better, though, I learned a ton and will be better prepared next year.

20120701_CRC3265The photos are most interesting to me because they don’t represent at all what we actually saw. Take the photo on the left for example. We didn’t see all of the red, white, and blue elements all together. (My American wife loves that it’s red, white, & blue). We saw a white flash at the bottom, red streaks upwards, and then blue sparks at the top. We saw a sequence of colour and light. The camera captured the entire sequence in a single image with a 3-second exposure. I don’t think any of the three elements would have been particularly interesting on their own. Put together, however, they make for a striking image.

For the photo-geeks among us, this was shot at 28mm, f/20, 2.9 second exposure. I should also note, for those who drool over pricey lenses, that all of these images were shot through my fifteen-year-old 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G lens that I paid $25 for at a used camera shop. EXIF info for every shot is available on Flickr.

Here’s a slideshow of the full set of fireworks photos:

Southworks Photowalk Photos

Monday, January 30th, 2012

A selection of photos I took during today’s Southworks Photowalk.

Did I mention the prize money?

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Pre-Exodus, Burning Man 2008
Creative Commons License photo credit: mr. nightshade

I can’t believe I forgot about this until now… I met with the fine folks at Southworks this morning just to chat about the photowalk so that they would know what to expect, etc.

During the conversation they suggested that we could have a contest of some kind with some prize money for the best photos and display of the photos on the Southworks property. We’re not exactly sure about all the details yet, but I’ll have them hammered out by Sunday.

Maybe the chance to win some prizes is just the motivation you need to come out to Southworks this weekend!

Cambridge Photowalk: Southworks Reminder

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Hey photogs, a quick reminder that the first Cambridge Photowalk happens this Sunday at Southworks. Share the video below with all of your Cambridge-area shutterbugs.

Beautiful Decay

Monday, January 4th, 2010
Michigan Central Station - Marchand and Meffre Photography

Michigan Central Station - Marchand and Meffre Photography



I have no idea why I’m subscribed to the RSS feed io9.com… I’m sure I had a reason. But when these photos popped into Google Reader this morning, I was awestruck. Dumbfounded. Speechless.

As a guy with strong ties to Michigan, I have a soft spot for Detroit. I think it may be one of the most interesting cities I’ve experienced – but folks rarely get past the “Motor City” moniker to see the beauty of Detroit.

This collection of photos by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre capture an unusual beauty – the beauty of decay. It is not really beautiful, of course, but heart-breaking to see these architectural masterpieces crumbling. Michigan Central Station has always intrigued me as it is plainly visible from the interstate feeding the Ambassador Bridge and I have stared at its broken windows many times over the years wondering what would become of it.

Marchand and Meffre’s photographs make me a little sad – but I’m glad that they’ve been able to create some beautiful art from such miserable circumstances.