Dexter! (the puppy, not the TV show)

Apparently a lot of people have been asking Brei to see some new photos of Dexter, and truthfully it’s probably about time I did a mini-shoot for him! He turned 1 in April and I haven’t really taken any photos of him since we got him last summer. Last week I rented the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 for the 4 shoots I had (those photos to come soon) and decided to snap a few shots of the pup while we were over at my parents place for a barbeque on Saturday. I absolutely love the subject isolation this lens affords with the wide aperture, and the bokeh quality is pretty nice too (after renting this lens for only a week, I can already see myself getting addicted to fast primes…pocketbook beware!). All of the photos in the slideshow below were shot at F 1.8 and I think they turned out awesome!

Storm Over New Brighton

Recently we’ve been getting some pretty dramatic looking clouds and storms over Calgary, but because I have to get up ridiculously early for work I haven’t been staying up late enough to catch these storms during sunset. Inspired by Mike Olbinski, who has some amazing storm photos, I decided it was worth the loss of sleep and ventured out last Thursday night to get me some brackets!

I live in a relatively new suburb so there is still plenty of open space and construction going on and I knew just where I could find a good vantage point to see this storm…it was just luck that there was some tall wavy grass growing on the hill that happened to make for a perfect foreground. I thought about masking in one of the originals to keep the grass looking a bit more stationary, but I kinda like the flowing feel that the windswept grass gives. Hope you enjoy!

Canon EOS 50D, Sigman 10-20mm f/3.5, 10mm, F 16, ISO 100, 3 Exposures

The details: 3 exposure HDR tonemapped in Photomatix, Lightroom for catalogue, color, contrast, Noiseware for noise control.

Mike Olbinski - July 27, 2010 - 9:49 am

WOW, fantastic motion in the bushes! So great! Definitely love the motion, totally adds to the photos. Awesome storm in the background, looks like a little sun setting behind it. Well done sir!

Appreciate the link!

jina - July 27, 2010 - 9:52 am

As the infamous Mike Olbinski’s wife, I am just glad someone else is inspired by him too. Your photo is beautiful!

yycofee - July 27, 2010 - 9:52 am

Thanks for the comment, Mike…really glad you like it!

yycofee - July 27, 2010 - 9:56 am

Great to hear from you and thanks for the compliment! Your husbands work is definitely inspiring, I always look forward to seeing his work.

mark blundell - July 27, 2010 - 10:02 am

Agree with Mike’s comment – the motion in the foreground certainly gives this image an extra dimension. Its a really great shot.

Tanya - July 27, 2010 - 10:22 am

Another great one HOF! The grass is something from a dreamscape. You can almsot feeel an energy from the clouds. Nice work.

yycofee - July 27, 2010 - 10:28 am

Thanks Mark! I really appreciate the feedback!

yycofee - July 27, 2010 - 10:28 am

As always, thanks Tanya!

Brei - July 27, 2010 - 12:37 pm

This might be my new favorite;)

joeandrews - July 27, 2010 - 1:38 pm

incredible image, very nice work!!

yycofee - July 27, 2010 - 1:39 pm

Thanks Sweetie!

yycofee - July 27, 2010 - 1:39 pm

Thanks, Joe…glad you like it!

Moyie Lake

A few weeks ago some buddies of mine and I went on our 2nd annual boys golf trip. The first year we took advantage of Brei’s family cabin in Invermere and this year we switched it up and went to Jeff’s place right on Moyie Lake. His cabin is absolutely fantastic and he’s right on the water which made nights by the campfire just that much more picturesque. Between rounds of golf and playing poker I managed to find a few extra minutes to set down my beer and rattle off a few brackets of the lake right around sunset one night. This set of brackets was handheld at f/3.5 and ISO 250 using my Sigma 10-20mm, and I’m actually pretty surprised at how well it turned out!

Canon EOS 50D, Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5, 10mm, F 3.5, ISO 250, 3 Exposures

The details: 3 handheld exposure HDR tonemapped in Photomatix, Lightroom for color, contrast, Noiseware for noise control.

Amit - December 28, 2010 - 2:12 am

Wow! The reflections in the water totally make this shot!

The Ranche

Well, Stampede week is coming to a close here in Calgary and it was a pretty slack one at work. The office was virtually empty by noon each day which meant I was able to get out early almost all week. I managed to use some of that time to head out and take some much needed photos! Growing up in the southwest of Calgary, I frequented Fish Creek Park quite a bit and became quite familiar with a lot of it. One area I never made it to was the Bow Valley Ranch, so I decided to make a trip there after work this past Thursday. It turned out to be a great spot to snap some brackets for HDR…especially the ranch itself which has been turned into a very nice restaurant simple called ‘The Ranche’. I won’t give you the whole history here but if you’re interested you can read all about by following this link.

Canon EOS 50D, Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5, 13mm, F 9.0, ISO 100, 4 Exposures

The details: 4 exposure HDR tonemapped in Photomatix 3, Lightroom for color, contrast, clarity, sharpening, Photoshop for layer masking, Noiseware for noise control.

rob - July 17, 2010 - 4:08 pm

You spelled it wrong..

Matt - July 23, 2010 - 9:27 am

The clarity and sharpness in this shot is so precise and professional. How do you achieve such perfect sharpness? Lightroom? Any tutorial you could point out? LOVE this shot.

yycofee - July 23, 2010 - 9:53 am

Hey Matt! Thanks for the comment, I appreciate it! I guess the sharpness all starts in camera using LiveView and manual focus. The ability to zoom in 10x and really tweak the focus is key…I also find that leaving the camera in AF for HDR shots can sometimes lead to slight focus changes between frames which can decrease the sharpness as well. As for post, after tonemapping in Photomatix I cranked up the contrast and clarity in Lightroom and applied a reasonable amount of sharpening. Hope that helps!

P.S. I’m really enjoying your blog!

Matt - July 23, 2010 - 9:58 am

Thanks for the response! I’ll usually set the focus using auto, flick the switch to manual, and then fire off my brackets, but I never seem to get this level of detail. I usually trust the camera’s autofocus, although it seems like that might not be such a good idea as you seem to get perfect metering. As far as post goes, i’ll occasionally sharpen in PS, but again, don’t get the same effects as you do.

Thanks for the help, and checking out my blog.

printsbyeugene - July 26, 2010 - 10:47 am

This is an excellent HDR. Very striking without being overdone. Great job!

yycofee - July 26, 2010 - 10:48 am

Thanks very much, I appreciate the feedback!

Columns and Couches

On my trip to the mountains a while back, I probably spent a good couple of hours walking around the Chateau Lake Louise looking for interesting spots to shoot. The architecture and vibrant colors in the hotel make it an absolute joy to capture, and I’m sure most of you have seen the previous photos I’ve published from my time at the Chateau. This shot was taken upstairs almost directly above the main lobby. The columns, fireplace and corner bench couches made this huge sitting room a must to photograph. I can just picture skiers who have come back to the Chateau sitting here in front of the fireplace chatting about the day with a nice warm cup of hot chocolate or coffee…hmmm…maybe I’ll have to do that next winter! Hope you enjoy it:

Canon EOS 50D, Sigman 10-20mm f/3.5, 10mm, F 8.0, ISO 100, 3 Exposures

The details: 3 exposure HDR tonemapped in Photomatix, Lightroom for color, contrast, clarity, Noiseware for noise control.