Early Mornings

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Early mornings at home Sony A7 144mm, F16

I don’t know about you, but I have a really hard time getting up early in the morning. I know it’s one of the best times to go shoot things. Most of my best, and unexpected pics have all been early morning. But when the time comes I just can’t seem to pull myself out of bed.

Now that Summer is approaching, the sun here in Canada starts getting up really early! Sunrise will be around 5:00am in the morning. And the next golden hour won’t be until 9:00pm! So if there was ever a training program for this sort of regiment, I want to know where to sign up…

 

Nashville!

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Nashville City Lights Sony A7II 15mm, F8

This Summer I was lucky enough to join in, part way through the craziness, that was Trey Ratcliff’s photowalk across America. And it was ridiculously crazy. From the minute I landed for my 2 day whirlwind trip to Nashville, it was nothing but heat, heat, and a lot of sweaty photography.

I chose to join this one in particular because my friend and mentor Bob Young happened to be helping out to organize the event. I figured this would be a good opportunity to get a behind the scenes glimpse of the overworked, and totally talented, crew behind the Arcanum.

For those of you that might not have heard of the Arcanum, it’s a great online photography mentoring site started by Trey and some colleagues. I highly recommend checking it out.

This shot was from the first night I arrived. I was staying at a hotel right across the bridge from downtown. Which is where all the coolest stuff in Nashville is! And where the photowalk was going to start the next day.

I hit the ground running and spent the whole first day and night walking around downtown with my headphones in, taking shots. I’m not a country fan by any means. But I am still able to appreciate this city. It’s full of cool looking churches, bars on every corner, and stores that sell boots, well pretty much everywhere. It’s a little ridiculous… But somehow awesome at the same time.

I walked back across the bridge with a pizza, and stopped to get this shot before I went home to FaceTime my wife. Who would like nothing better than to be surrounded by country at all times, and is kinda upset I went without her… sorry about that ;(

Rolling Prairies of Manitoba

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The rolling prairies of Manitoba SONY A7 II 21MM, F16

I feel like no blog would be complete without a little slice of my home. Though not very interesting at times, you are bound to get the best shots of your life from your own backyard based on pure volume of shots. I find this to be more true the more I shoot.

This one was a case of sitting at home watching the weather get worse and worse. Then my wonderful wife Diana says to me, “Hey it looks like a storms coming, why don’t you go outside and take some pics?” She knows me very well 😉 And she was right!

I tried really hard to get one of those great lighting strike shots you only hope for in your career. And I didn’t… But I still sat out there for a good 3 hours watching the storm come in, and paint the sky all sorts of wonderful golden colours. Rainbows, and every  sort of nasty looking cloud you could ask for.

I also want to speak a little about composition in this one. When it comes to composition of a landscape image, it can be very difficult. Especially when your subject is something like the sky.

Here I tried to use the hay bales to my advantage. I walked around them, shooting from all sorts of angles trying to get it just right. Trying to keep focus on the wonderful shapes of the clouds, and the colours that complemented the grass so well.