Posts in Category: Photography

Banff From The Mountains

Banff, Alberta- from a mountain top.  Canon 20D (14 Images stitched with Photoshop CC)

Banff, Alberta- from a mountain top. Canon 20D (14 Images stitched with Photoshop CC)

Reviewing old photos is always fun. They can bring you back in time, but they also can take your breath away. As much as I don’t like the cold and snow, I really do enjoy this photo. The funny part is it is a stitch of about 14 photos that I took back with my Canon 20D. When I took this, there was intentions of stitching these photos to make a great panorama, however the software wasn’t where it needed to be at that time. Fast forward many years later, Photoshop CC has the ability to make panoramas with ease and does a great job at it too! Hope you enjoy my view of Banff, after a cold hike. 🙂 The view is truly breathtaking, and you should be experienced IRL!

Model Shoot in Fort Worth Water Gardens

Canon 1DS MK2 1/1250.  Canon 70-200 F/2.8 IS @ 110mm F/2.8.

Canon 1DS MK2 1/1250. Canon 70-200 F/2.8 IS @ 110mm F/2.8.

Looking back at my archive of photos, I had neglected to review some of my model shoots I did in the past. I must have picked another picture and ran with it, but when I saw this gem, I had to post it. It was shot with a Canon 1DS MKII using a Canon 70-200 F2.8 IS lens. It was shot at F/2.8 @ 110mm, and there was a light reflector bouncing light onto her. There isn’t much here for the Fort Worth Water garden because it’s blurred out in the background, but lighting and the model seemed to make this photo work really well.

I should mention that this is also my first time using Portrait Professional software. I’m still getting used to the software, but I think the results speak for themselves. Combination of Lightroom/Portrait Pro and Photoshop, with Portrait Professional doing the heavy lifting. If you’re on the fence about getting Portrait Professional, just download their trial. I have a coupon code here for 15% off: WZHT-JQON-QYIE-YTMI

Maroon 5 Daylight Tour at the American Airlines Center

Maroon 5 Dallas 2013

Maroon 5 Dallas American Airlines Center – March 21, 2013 – iPhone 5

Maroon 5 played at the American Airlines Center on March 21st, 2013 for their “Daylight Tour”. We had some decent seats in the 300 section, almost front and high-center. I was able to catch some great photos of the Maroon 5 stage, as well as Adam Levine. I took the above photos with my iPhone 5, and was pretty happy with the results after some quick edits in Photoshop. If you’re wondering about the concert, it was fantastic!!! The other openers were Owl City and Neon Trees, both of which were great as well. If you’re on the fence about buying tickets, don’t hesitate!!!!! Awesome show!

Dallas Arboretum – Chihuly Nights

Canon 5D Mk3, Canon 17-40L F4 @ 27mm F4, 1/100s ISO 25600, handheld

The Dallas Arboretum has some fantastic night time displays of the Chihuly glass sculptures which look very cool at night.  These are on display during the daytime, but daytime does not give it justice.  You have to pay extra for the night time tickets, but if you have a yearly membership the Chihuly Nights tickets are discounted significantly.   The above picture has several pieces in water which causes the glass to have a really neat mirror image on the water.  The above was taken handheld at an amazing ISO 25600 and the 5DMk3 took it without a hitch.   Amazing camera.    Also, I was able to use my recently acquired 17-40L for a great ultra wide view.  Hope you enjoyed this picture, and hope you get to make it out to the Dallas Chihuly Nights– They are in town from May 2012 until October 2012. Be sure to bring mosquito repellent!

My Maltese Dog

Canon 5D Mk3, Canon 17-40L @ 33mm, 1/60sec F/4, ISO 3200

Here’s a model that doesn’t complain (much) about shooting for too long 🙂  She is my little Maltese dog (1.5 years old).  I shot this with my new Canon 5D MK3 using a 17-40 F/4L lense.  Maltese dogs are so good and loving dogs.  My Bailey is about 8 pounds full of fluff 🙂

The Canon 17-40 is very new for me, and so far I am really enjoying the wide angle on a full frame.  No doubt about it–there is distortion, but that is what also makes the photos looks cool.    Notice how Bailey’s head looks disproportional to her body?  Looks like I’m going to have a lot of fun with this lens!  I got a great deal on it too from, believe it or not — Dell!   Some sort of Amex sync for an extra $100 off, along with some Dell Advantage gift cards.  Long story short, I came out paying $300 less than retail for it. Score!


Canon SD1200is @6.2 mm, 1/15 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400

What a wonderful birthday cake. This beautiful cheesecake was a birthday cake for yours truly. It was from cheesecake factory. Kimby added the berries on top, which made it even more delicious and beautiful. 😀

Freeport Bahamas – Garden of the Groves Flower

Canon SD1200is @ 6.2 mm, 1/125 sec, f/8, ISO 80

Visiting the Bahamas in June, it was an opportune time to visit a flower garden.  This picture was taken at the Garden of the Groves botanical garden in Freeport, The Bahamas.  It was actually taken with a simple little point and shoot (Canon SD1200IS), but post processed.   I’m not sure of the name of this type of flower so if you know, please let me know asap so I can update this post.

Smithsonian Castle Ceiling

Canon 1Ds Mk2, Zenitar 16mm Fisheye, F/11, 1/5s, ISO 1600

Here’s a photo from my vacation in Washington DC.  I’ve been meaning to post for some time now, but just went thru the pictures to find something appropriate for the blog.  (Thanks for the encouragement, you know who.. :))  The ceiling is from the Smithsonian Castle.  I love the lines and the symmetry.  This was taken with a Zenitar 16mm fisheye.  ISO1600 at 1/5 sec, and I believe F11 or F8.  My sister and mom are in this picture. Can you spot them?