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Portraiture Photography

Posted by Bill Gorham on March 22, 2015 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)

I have recently taken a portraiture course at a local college. this course was designed to help the photographer understand better the interaction between the camera and the model. We had several models for the course and most of the shots were taken using natural light. I am pleased with the results and plan to take the next level of the course later in the spring and summer.

Here are a couple of the shots from the course. It was fun working with these models and learning about the techniques for taking portraits.


Green Screen Photography

Posted by Bill Gorham on June 23, 2013 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

This past weekend I participated in an experiment of green screen photography. A number of us met up at another members house and set up my green screen kit. We were fortunate enough to have a fantastic lady, Amanda volunteer to be the model for the group. From posing to video work we have now been able to say that we have done some green screening. I have included a picture from the shoot to give an indication of what the before and after shots looked like.

The Before and After shot of our beautiful model. We learned that there needs to be better light on the Green Screen to separate the model from the background and to allow for software to better isolate the image from the background. I am looking forward to further experimentation in the future.

You can see more of Amanda at the Meetup Group.

Henrys PhotoExposure show

Posted by Bill Gorham on May 31, 2013 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The Henry's Photoexposure show in Toronto this past weekend was fantastic. I managed to sit in on a number of seminars with one of the best by Scott Kelby, renowned photographer and Photoshop expert. I even practiced out some the techniques that he taught there. Here is but one sample.

The Bride

Off Camera Flash

Posted by Bill Gorham on January 26, 2013 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I just started a course at College using off camera flash, Part of the practice is to test out the technique ourselves if only to get used to the equipment and using it in a remote more. I took a few shots of the boyz today to try some of the things. Here is a shot from the day. Other samples can be found on my Flickr Site. More images will be coming as I progress through the course which runs until the 14th of February.



New Lenses to the inventory

Posted by Bill Gorham on August 28, 2012 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Well I have picked up some new lenses of late. I was on the lookout for a nice fixed focus low light lens and the Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S Nikkor Lens came to my rescue.

I have been able to take some nice shot with this lens getting some nice DoF separation.

The other lens added to the repetoire is the Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Lens to give me an extended range while at the same time covering those basic shots at the low zoom level. This has replaced my 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR lens for all intents and purposes. I have now passed this lens onto my daughter who will continue to use it with the D80 camera. I was able to get some really nice closeups of entertainers performing at the Kingston Bluesfest. Here is a nice shot that I captured.


The next question is what do I get next to add to the ensemble. You will have to stay tuned to find out.

The PhotoExposure Show in T.O.

Posted by Bill Gorham on October 15, 2011 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

This weekend I spent the day at the Digital Video and Photography Exposure show in Toronto and had the opportunity to try out a number of different equipments and lenses all with a lovely model at the end of my camera. Lighting and lenses were the focus of my visit this time and I sure got the opprotunity to test some stuff. The only trouble is that I also wound up spending more that I wanted to. Here are some of the results for the trip.


              

                       The Lovely Nadia                                        Spectacular Samantha

Magnificent Martha

You can check out more of them at my Flickr Site.

The Photo Show and the Spirit of Toronto

Posted by Bill Gorham on May 16, 2011 at 2:09 PM Comments comments (0)

This past weekend was spent in the thriving metropolis of Toronto. I attended two different events in two separate locations on the Saturday. The first was "The Photographic and Digital Imaging Show" at the International Centre. There is where I was able to capture some beautiful shots of the models that they had on the scene. Below is just one. Be sure to check out the gallery to see other shots.

 

The second event was the "Spirit of Toronto" at the Roy Thompson Hall, a show for one of the finer spirits made, the Single Malt Whisky. Well at least that was my prime reason for attending. Other fine spirits were present as well, some Rum, Cognac and of course the Canadian Rye whiskies. It was a fabulous way to cap the day. I certainly would have liked to sample more that I did but I did want to walk out of there at the end of the night...even if I wasn't driving. Below is a shot taken at one of the Master Classes I attended. The Highland Park. We sampled the 12 y.o., 21 y.o., 25 y.o. and the limited release Highland Park Saint Magnus. Very Delicious.

Can't wait til next year!

My Latest Acquisition

Posted by Bill Gorham on April 26, 2011 at 10:17 PM Comments comments (0)

For the longest time I have wanted to get a new motorcycle to replace the FZ600 i sold a couple of years ago. Well I finally broke down and picked up a new 2010 Honda VT1300CT Interstate.



This is one of those things that I have added to the camera gear. What better way to take photos that to get there on two wheels. I look forward to the summer and the time on the road to capture some really nice images.

The City Greenhouse

Posted by Bill Gorham on February 13, 2011 at 3:06 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, I can certainly tell that spring is just around the corner. The city greenhouse is open for public viewing and provided the backdrop for some nice shots. I took my daughter there and gave her my other camera the Nikon D80 with which she took over 275 shots. Some of these were very eclectic but it is amazing the eye she has for finding that special shot.We both look forward to heading back there to see what is going to bloom next.



Upgrades to Photo Equipment

Posted by Bill Gorham on December 10, 2010 at 1:39 PM Comments comments (0)

Well it has happened again. I have updated my Camera repetroire to include a new Digital SLR camera. I decided to stick with the Nikon brand only due to the fact that I have a nice lens and want to be able to use it with the new camera.


What did I get do you ask? Well it is obviously a Nikon and I was a little frustrated when I bought my D80 that the D90 came out weeks later with the video capability. I was not going to fall into that problem again. So I bought the latest version of the Nikon Family. The Nikon D7000. A whopping 16.2 Megapixel camera with superior autofocusing capabilities as well as improved low light functionality to take those pictures at dusk.


Here is one of the first pictures that I took with the new camera. And not only was the camera new so was the subject. Our new Golden Retriever puppy Oliver.



You can check out some more of his pictures at my Flickr Site.