On photographer Mark Kelly’s online portfolio there is a series of photos of an abandoned building. It might be a mansion or a hotel. The rooms are brightened by dashes of colour, a pink wall, then a blue one, a wooden balustrade that ends with a volute curled like a fiddlehead at the bottom of a flight of stairs. Then there is sand. The building is filled with swells of sand as if the tide of a dry ocean is rising.
One morning there was a skiff of snow across many of the high open areas. I, and several other photo buffs, found a coyote near the roadside in one of these snow-filled areas. I knew from past experience that my camera was going to be blinded somewhat by all the snow surrounding my subject.
After traveling with each other 24/7 for three solid months through Australia and Greece, we totally found our groove in Croatia. We don’t know if it’s that we were nearing the end of our journey, or that we’d grown so accustomed to always being with each other, but there’s something about everything we experienced in Croatia that seemed heightened… our sense of adventure, our closeness to each other, the depth of our everyday experiences, our ability to soak in the amazingness of everything around us, and most importantly, our clarity around what’s important. We feel an overwhelming sense of pride for our kids every single day, but it’s not very often that we feel this same level of pride within ourselves as parents.
Two Mann Studios recently spent 4 months traveling throughout Australia, Greece, and Croatia. Right before their trip started – literally on the way to the airport – Erika and Lanny Mann stopped in at The Camera Store and purchased 2 mirror-less cameras. Using the Fuji XT1 and the Sony RX1, Erika and Lanny captured their journey and have shared their beautiful photographs in a three-part blog series: Australia, Greece, and Croatia.
Two Mann Studios recently spent 4 months travelling throughout Australia, Greece, and Croatia. Right before their trip started – literally on the way to the airport – Erika and Lanny Mann stopped in at The Camera Store and purchased 2 mirrorless cameras. Using the Fuji XT1 and the Sony RX1, Erika and Lanny captured their journey and have shared their beautiful photographs in a three-part blog series: Australia, Greece, and Croatia.
On Wednesday, July 22nd, we hosted the Sony Fashion & Lifestyle Shoot with Sony Imaging Ambassador, Kate Siobhan. Sony experts were on-hand to loan samples from the Sony Alpha Mirrorless line, and attendees had the opportunity to borrow, use and test the cameras and lenses to photograph the lifestyle models throughout beautiful downtown Calgary!
On Friday, July 3rd, we hosted the Sony Stampede Parade Photo Walk. Participants had the opportunity to borrow Sony cameras, lenses, and accessories, and spent the morning shooting alongside Sony experts!
Ken and I had gone to Drumheller to photograph and I persuaded him to continue further north east to Hanna, where stands an old railway turntable and roundhouse. Now, I’d been there before, and needed something different. I made some photographs of parts of the side of the turntable (for another article maybe) and decided to wander around the back of the building.
There are a number of places to visit around Calgary where one can have fun photographing old machinery. They provide interesting shapes, faded paint, rust and gears.
Most know of Heritage Park, some have visited Turner Valley Gas Plant. I’m guessing that fewer have visited Pioneer Acres, just north west of Iricana, which itself is north east of Calgary. There’s a modest admission fee and then you can wander around to your hearts content.
Upping colour or contrast has a long and honourable history. Everyone who shot Fuji Velvia was taking advantage of the film’s tendency to push colour to unreal levels. Agfa film was known for its warm tones, others did nice things to skin, and even Kodachrome wasn’t real, just nice, and long lasting.
With digital editing, it’s simply a slider away to take the colour and push it up till it pops, and many do so, with nearly all of their images. Heck, cameras even have a setting for it. A quick visit to popular photo sites will reveal colours that never saw the light of day, so to speak.