Winter Trips & Some Orb Spinning

I went all out during Christmas and spent many sleepless nights chasing after the stars and getting used to the cold Edmonton winter! A buddy also brought me to a “secret” spot in Airdrie on my way back to Calgary. I got to see some pretty amazing scenery out in the rangeroads of Airdrie close to Calgary!

While out chasing the northern lights and getting to know more about stars. I realize there is a lot of extra traveling and time wasted when you arrive to a cloudy day! There is certainly a level of dedication and commitment (like everything else) when it comes to landscape photography. The weather is not always on your side, and you may not be ready physically or mentally whenever the opportunity arises. The moon may be too bright, the aurora may not be that strong, or it may be too cloudy! Never mind the road conditions and your personal schedule!

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Since a nice winter break is all the time I’m allowed to get out there and shoot, I have learned to make the most out of my time. I continued to play with light painting and recently began to spin light orbs.

It took a little bit of time to get used to, and the tool I built has also changed since the first time I started! I hope you enjoy this post of my journey photographing the winter in Edmonton and Calgary! If you guys have any questions about my light painting adventure, don’t hesitate to give me a shout! I’d love to talk to you!

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Ice Castles Fashion Shoot in Edmonton

Just as you thought i’d be done with the Ice Castles in Edmonton, I went down and arranged a super last minute shoot with the beautiful model Justina Green and her amazing dress. Everything was very last minute. As much as I should be out shooting I could not resist the urge to visit again because of a little lighting idea I had in my head. As a hindsight, I really wish I’d focus more on the model and shoot more close ups, but the lighting and doing posing with Justina in this short 20 minutes shoot was plenty of work to complete on its own. So I picked my battle and came out with these results!

Justina was such a trooper! We communicated and I talked about possible poses and samples before we met up. Once we are there it’s all a lot of shooting. How do you like the details on the dress? I thought the lighting did a great job capturing her beautiful gown! That also reminds me… Grad season is coming up in Edmonton, and it would be super cool to shoot some high school seniors in Calgary or Edmonton!

If you followed my last blog post shooting these ice structures that has LED illuminating from within, you would know that it’s a huge challenge to shoot these using a fast shutter speed!  It was definitely a challenge to keep all the details of the castle and capture the model at the same time. Although I didn’t get all the shots I wanted, I figured I have used my 20-30 minutes pretty wisely! If you’re interested in a shoot or knowing how it’s done, feel free to reach out to me! Meanwhile, feel free to check out my day time session at the Ice Castles as well!

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The beautiful grad dress steals the spotlight at the Edmonton Ice Castles tonight
The beautiful grad dress steals the spotlight at the Edmonton Ice Castles tonight!

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[Review] Computer – dSLR Trigger Interface Free

**Currently updating photos,links and information. Have a read while you’re here!*

 

Alright so I’ve been scouting for a program where I can remotely trigger my camera for a time lapse project in mind. After hours of searching I finally arrived to the digiCamControl by the developer who made the discontinued DSLR Camera Remote 1.4.1 from onOneSoftware.

At a first glance this software already lives up to its expectations! Just a USB cable that comes with your camera, the computer and camera immediately starts talking to each other (Like me, you are probably scrambling to find the packaging and flipping your room for that USB cable you never use right?)  your camera may automatically displays as “PC” telling us it’s in sync, and digiCamControl displays which camera you have.

I connected both my Nikon D7000 and Nikon D5100 and they both connected seamlessly!

 

I quickly browse through the very to use panel in digiCamControl Host Mode, which means you can control all the settings on the computer without touching the camera. Just about every control is there! Mode (PASM but no scene mode for me) ISO, Shutter Speed, Aperature, White Balance, Exposure Comp, Compression, even Metering Mode and Focus Mode? Did I mention it has a battery meter inside?

Anyway it’s 2014 now and i’m new to these software. But with my limted experience that’s a lot to be had for a free!

While i’m typing this I had my camera shut off, and the program actually crashed a few times. Not sure if it’s my problem or theirs. I also connected both camera and the multicam function didn’t seem to show up right… Anyway here are the links, i’m afraid it’s time to go back to work! Until next time!

 

http://digicamcontrol.com/news/stable-release-110

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