November 13, 2007
13. Rose and Fern
This is a two light setup of a rose I bought Leanne last week and some of the greenery that decorated the rose. For this photo I used one flash (about 1/16 power) to the right of the rose about 3 feet away to provide lighting on the rose. I used a second flash (also about 1/16 power) fired through the leaves of the fern directing the shadow on the background. This setup was about 6 feet away from the wall.
Neither light affected the other. The light on the flower did not spill over to the wall, and the light for the background shapes did not spill on to the flower. Using this simple setup and a variety of gobo's (which is what the fern acted as in this case) would provide unlimited possibilities for this one simple setup.
November 11, 2007
11. Self Portrait ... Sorta
I had Leanne take this shot of me after the Police concert last Friday. After I set the camera up, shot her, and showed her how I wanted the image framed, all she needed to do was press the button.
Self portrait... Sorta.
November 10, 2007
10. The Police
Leanne and I were in Toronto Friday night to watch the Police play at the Air Canada Center. Our tickets were pretty far back though we did have a good view of the stage. I brought along Leanne's P&S and took a few photos of the band. This is one of Sting, Stuart Copeland and Andy Summers near the end of the show.
November 9, 2007
09. Fallsview Casino
Here is another photo from my recent shoot with Dave at the Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls. Like yesterday's photo showing the Casino Hotel, this also features the architecture of the hotel in a more abstract way.
This strength in this photo comes from the lines of the parking complex and the hotel, as well as the interior lights of the hotel and the reflections of the casino sign and decorative lights on the parking structure.
The Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort (pictured here) is one of the hotels participating in the annual Sleep Cheap Charities Reap campaign run by local Niagara Falls hotels to help give back to the community. This year 25 hotels are participating. They offer hotel rooms at very low prices to local residents with a majority of the proceeds going to local charities. It is a win-win for everyone. Residents get to stay in a local hotel, some with a waterpark, or jacuzzi suite for very affordable rates. Charities reap the benefits and local hotels also get the benefit of introducing their services to local residents.
Some of the other hotels participating:
Americana Conference Center (Waterpark)
Brock Plaza Hotel (Water park)
Comfort Inn Clifton Hill
Great Wolf Lodge
Hilton (across from the Casino)
Holiday Inn by the Falls
Sterling Inn and Spa
For other photographs from around Niagara Falls, have a look at the Niagara Falls category of photos.
November 8, 2007
08. Geometric Illumination
Dave and I went out last night to catch up, have a drink or two, and get some much needed shooting in.
We choose to go the Fallsview Casino here in Niagara Falls. We have shot there before and wanted to try something different from our last shoot there. We drove up to the 9th level of the parking garage, then walked up to the tenth. This level was closed so we had a completely empty floor to work on.
I don't generally think of this casino as being architecturally significant though from this location there are a lot of angles working with each other. I don't believe this photo would have worked as well in the daytime as the lights on the casino building add splashes of reflected light as well as direct light from the casino hotel hallways.
November 5, 2007
05. Balls Falls
I shot this photo a couple of weekends ago at Balls Falls Conservation Area near Jordan.
November 3, 2007
03. About to Die
Fall has been a little odd this year. Leaves have been green, then brown with very little colour. The end of October and we still had beautiful weather.
This is a photo of some Sumac leaves getting near their end.