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The Big Switch of 2013

This one has been sitting in draft since late October, so I decided to pull it out, update some of the references and tell the story. A comment on Photo Challenge 63 caused me to recall the series of events in my recent major switch from Aperture to Lightroom, so I wanted to share that […]

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Resolutions

Many people set New Year’s resolutions, and then sometime in January raise a glass with a wistful grin to those best laid plans which have gone for naught.  Actually, setting resolutions at this time of year is not something I usually do for exactly this reason, but I was inspired today by a quote I […]

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Celebrating Canada

I was in Aurora for Canada Day this year, and able to take in the fireworks display in the town park.  We were expecting a spectacular display since the town is in the midst of celebrating its 150th anniversary, and we were not disappointed.  Several people from our local camera club were discussing the event […]

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  • JeannieJuly 4, 2013 - 10:02 am

    Beautiful shots Glenn! I really enjoyed them. It was raining here so we didn’t go to the fireworks. I was a little intimidated about the thought of photographing them anyway! And now even more so! lol!ReplyCancel

  • MollieJuly 4, 2013 - 6:28 pm

    Beautiful, I really love this effect!ReplyCancel

  • TraceyJuly 9, 2013 - 8:36 am

    love this pics Glenn
    would look matted and framed :) ReplyCancel

Beginning Education

I got the greatest of compliments recently.

A good friend of mine came to work showing off his new purchase of a Nikon D3200 complete with 18-55 kit lens and talking about how he now needed to start learning how to use it. He has an 8 month old at home and wants better images than he was getting with just his iPhone.

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  • JeannieJune 16, 2013 - 12:33 pm

    That’s a great compliment! :-) ReplyCancel

  • Ray LuffMarch 16, 2014 - 1:02 pm

    Back in 1984 I broke the bank to buy a Zeiss 1.2F 55mm lens for my Olympus 2N camera. I fell in love with this lens. I basically was able to do flashless photography indoors at night and I was introduced to the background being out of focus on a very narrow focal plane which was great for capturing an insect on a blade of grass or some other such subject.

    I have always used this lens wide open at 1.2F. People talk about stopping down their fast lenses such as yourself using the 1.4 stopped down to 2.0. I believe it is because most lenses overeach their potential when wide open.

    I was very late in getting into digital photography because I was determined to bring that lens with me into the digital world. Finally a few years back I got a Canon 5dII a focus confirm adapter to continue using that lens.

    However I now realize the advantages of Automatic focus and also the better white balance quality of newer lenses (The old ones used lead in the glass and therefore color your shooting slightly. I also have the 1.4F AF canon 50mm and I only use the other lens now for still photography.

    Bottom line is LOW F-Stop lenses have made me very excited about my cameras for many years now. My latest venture into videography has entailed getting a Sony VG30 APC sized sensor Handycam and attaching a Metabones speedbooster canon ef connector and then attaching my 1.4F 50 mm lens and watching it record at the equivalent of a 1.0F so that no video lighting is required for recording conferences in darkened rooms. The advent of changeable lens video equipment has continued my love of low F Stop lenses into a new venu.

    You can see some of the videos I have produced recently with low f stop lenses at http://www.truthiswhatmatters.com/training/evolutionReplyCancel

Exposure 2013

I stopped by Henry’s annual Exposure Show in Toronto last weekend on my way home.  It’s a great place to take in some free seminars, view presentations by talented photographers, browse through all kinds of cool new gear, and of course break the bank with purchases if you’re in the mood. I did manage to […]

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  • Isaac P. DixonNovember 23, 2013 - 9:16 am

    While there’s a lot to be said for the power of zoom lenses (in fact many manufacturers are developing cameras with bigger and bigger lenses like the 20x optical zoom on the Olympus SP-570 that was announced this week) photographers who exclusively shoot at the longer focal lengths that their camera and lens offer could be missing out on some wonderful perspectives and framings.ReplyCancel