It’s been too long

I don’t really blog here much any more, as you can see, since my last post here was 7 months ago.  That said, I have another blog at , about my experience of moving to the arctic.  There are lots of photos there, although for convenience sake, most are shot with my cell phone.  No, really, the Samsung S4 has a pretty decent camera in it.


Anyhow, I spent a while on Friday night shooting the Northern Lights with my Canon 6D, and I thought I’d share.  I’m pretty happy with the images.


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End of Year Event


For my events class. My group and I have taken on the task of organizing and running the year end gathering. There is a lot riding on this, as we MUST make it an excellent event.

We have gotten some great sponsors and I would just like to take a minute to thank some of them. I don’t want to give away any details regarding what we have received, as the party hs yet to take place, but Thanks to the following sponsors.

Designer Skins

Carol Spencer Designssponsor page

Joseph Brant Hospital

Decor and More

Sheridan College

The Hamilton Spectator

Tim Hortons


ArtGreen Productions

Goodie Gals


Again, Thank You for making our event so wonderful

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A Trip to the Butterfly Conservatory!

If you want to talk about inspiration for me, as well as a challenge, it’s shooting butterflies.  I’d love to try to catch them in flight, but seriously, who can do that and watch that their kids don’t run off at the same time?  This weekend, my family decided to drag me out of the house, away from my mountain of homework and off to the Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara Falls.  Ok, they didn’t really have to drag me there.  I’ve wanted to see it for a while.  I love butterflies, and the trips to the Butterfly Conservatory, for whatever reason, always seem to happen when I’m off somewhere else, busy and unable to go.

So I mentioned that I love butterflies, but I should clarify.  This isn’t really a casual, “they’re kinda cute, I guess” sort of like.  It’s also not some insane, obsessive, “I have to own everything with a butterfly on it!” kind of like.  I think it’s more of a healthy like for them.  Butterflies and frogs are about my favourite part of nature.  When I finally retire to Costa Rica, decades from now, I’d like to work with one of those two. I know I’ve visited facilities for both down there, so I’m not any crazier than those people.  Anyhow, I’ve become a bit sidetracked.

Turns out the Butterfly Conservatory is absolutely beautiful, with great natural light, and butterflies everywhere.

Things I learned at the Butterfly Conservatory:

My daughter, for whatever reason, seems to be deathly afraid of butterflies…at least that day.

Scared Kamryn

My son is absolutely not scared of butterflies.

A butterfly lands on my son

Oh, and also that this is a pretty neat place to play with your camera, especially when the colours it can capture are just so vibrant.  And now for the butterfly shots.

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Butterfly Conservatory Website

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Easter Carnage

I’m sure it must look as though I haven’t really regained my interest in photography with this new camera.  Truth be told, while I am ridiculously swamped trying to finish of the last semester of my Corporate Communications post-graduate course, I haven’t had nearly as much time as I would like to take my camera out, and when I have, it’s usually to get cute shots of my kids, and I don’t really want this blog to turn into just shots of my kids, because while I think they are ridiculously cute and photogenic, they are MY kids, and others might not be interested in seeing hundreds of photos of my kids.

This past weekend was Easter, and the weather finally turned to spring for a couple of days.  The warm(er), sunny weather, and the Easter colours drew my camera out of its bag, and while I took a lot of photos, I tried not to shoot just my kids, but hey, it’s Easter.  What else am I going to shoot?  So, here are also a couple of shots of my daughter as she hunted for and found some treats that the Easter Bunny left.

Kamryn Shows Her Egg Kamryn Smiling


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Photos for playing with the Tilt Shift effect

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As promised, here are some images which I used in my tutorial, so that you might play around with the effect for yourself.  All of these photos are my own.  Feel free to play with them, but please let me … Continue reading

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My new obsession: Tilt Shift Photography (well, faking it, at least)

Yes, I know it’s been a while since I posted anything, but it’s for good reason.  I came across a post on something called tilt-shift photography, which was a really interesting read on an effect which makes a photo of a landscape or cityscape  appear to become a small scale model.

I found this effect so interesting that I read a couple of articles on it, and discovered how to fake the effect in photoshop.  Then, I proceeded to create a video tutorial to let others know how to do it as well.  It’s my first attempt at making any sort of tutorial video, so I hope you enjoy it.

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Family Day With The Family!

What better thing is there to do with your family on Family Day than to head out and explore a new place or a favourite place with you family and a camera?

Anyone?  Beuller?  That’s right.  Nothing…especially if you have decent lighting.

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We started off the outing with a bit of a hike at Ball’s Falls, near our house, but Kamryn quickly tired of walking, so we went back into the Centre For Conservation to warm up.

Inside, there were puppet shows, games, crafts, free popcorn and hot chocolate, and displays for a railroad museum, vintage games and toys, and photos of local area amusement parks which are long since gone.

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As just an outing, it would have been a good family day, but having the camera along made it far better.  Now, that day will be around forever.  Whenever I want my son or daughter to still be this age, all I have to do is bring up the photos, and they can be.

I have to say that I am still blown away by the things the Canon 6D can do.  Shooting in the snow can be challenging, and this camera really helps manage the exposure, and the colours are usually spot on, both of which save a lot of time in post-processing.

Next week is reading week for College, and I intend to get out with my camera, so keep your eyes open for more updates to come.

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