April Photo Upload – www.finnerphotography.com

Well, its that time again for some more photos that have made the cut.  I’ve picked 3 photos that are my current favourites.  Shooting has been non-existent lately with some nasty viruses making their rounds and our house hasn’t been spared.  There has also been plenty of high wind which sometimes makes for cool shooting conditions but I’m looking at shooting more panoramas lately so still conditions would be ideal.

It was quite exciting when the courier showed up from B&H Photo Video earlier last week.  The order wasn’t too crazy especially with numerous camera bodies that have been released by both Canon and Nikon lately…..I ordered 2 new batteries for my Canon 50D since I’m constantly shooting in live view which is a heavy battery drain.  I had 2 older batteries; one was the original and the other was at least 2 years old and they were constantly drained after each shoot (or sometimes ending the shoot earlier that I’d have liked).  The other item that I ordered was a GorrillaPod tripod.  I’ve had my eye on the Gorillapod for a while since it will come in very handy as a lightweight travel tripod that will easily fit in a suitcase.  I see this working mostly with my Canon 300HS point and shoot but I bought the SLR model for any travel shots.

As a Canadian, why did I order from B&H out of the US?  The choice is obvious when camera retailers in Canada sell both the battery and the tripod at twice the price.  The dollar is at par between Canada and the US so why is there a significant price difference?  If the retailers are adding a reasonable markup, then they need to seriously ask the camera companies why there is such a price difference?  Price differences like this will drive customers away.  Anyway, enough about gear, lets talk about images.

1) Kincardine Pier

I like this photo since it shows the remnants of an old pier and the current pier at Station Beach.  This was shot with the 50D, 10-22mm wide angle and Manfrotto Tripod.  ISO 100, f4.5, 1/5s.

2) Inukshuks at Blakeney Park, Ontario 

I’ve written before about this great little park by my parents house.  It just goes to show that you really don’t have to go very far for interesting subjects.  This was shot with the 50D, 70-200 f4 IS L lens, ISO 100, f22, 2.0s and Manfrotto tripod.

3) Cliffs of Mohr – Ireland

I shot this in 2007 during a vacation with my wife.  Its a single image HDR shot that surprisingly works out.  I don’t usually find that single image HDR processing works that often but this one did.  It definitely pushes the limit of ‘good’ HDR since a lot of images I see are over processed but hey, if you do it often enough I guess its a style!  I chose to do HDR processing since the dynamic range of the photo was too great for the camera – and the shot lacked any sort of pop with the fog.  It was a very overcast day with plenty of fog/mist but I guess we were lucky after seeing the pictures on the walls of the visitor’s centre that the weather can get pretty nasty there.  Shot back in the day when i used a Canon Rebel XTi, 24-105 f4 IS L lens, ISO 100,  f11, 1/15s.

All of these shots are available to be viewed in higher resolution if you click on ‘Current Photos for Sale’ and older uploads can be viewed under photo archive.

I’d love to hear from you and what you think of the shots.  Please leave a comment or email me if you have any questions!

Have a great weekend,

Jason Finner


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