Sunday, December 19, 2010

Two Thousand and Ten

Well, its nearly the end of twenty-ten!  Be hopeful of what the next year will bring, and appreciative of what the passed year brought.  I had a great year.  Like many of the others, there were lots of challenges, adventures, traveling, and most importantly - progression.

Warning: Long post ahead for the year in review! 

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Focus Stacking

I feel like it is pretty self explanatory. If it isn't, well this post is for you. Its an explanation and some of my first examples.
So focus stacking, is as it sounds. Multiple images stacked, or merged, to form one with a greater range of focus than any individual image's range of focus. It is similar to HDR in the way that it compensates for limitations in equipment to show something that is not normally possible.

[unfortunately I broke a lot of links to images on my blog, and have lost these ones in particular, despite having been able to find almost all the other broken blog's images. Maybe a new focus stacking demo coming soon! November 2012]

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Ideals in Food Photography

I feel lucky to be a part of the Restaurant/Food Service Industry. You meet a lot of very interesting people, get to work in fast paced environments, and in some places, feel like your going into battle for a busy Friday night.

Great Photography Reads

I often times have people surprised to hear that I never went through any photography classes or courses. Not only did I experiment relentlessly with my camera, but I also read a whole lot. From books to blogs, and everything in between, I would like to share with you some of my favorite reading material..

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Sport Photography

Its full-on winter here in Kelowna and so that has me thinking about Snowboarding.  Snowboarding gets me thinking about capturing some great images.  So if you plan to try out some photos this winter with your SLR, here are a few things to consider when shooting.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Prints for your Home

I would just like to take this post to tell you about a storefront I have set up online.  Zazzle provides visitors from all over the world with design possibilities and the ability to open their own storefronts to sell anything from postcards, promotional flyers, printed ties, mugs and bumper stickers. 

Friday, November 26, 2010


Nobody likes when it happens.  Sometimes it can be costly, othertimes, not so much! Too bad you will never know when its going to happen.

Oh, Facebook...

Truth is, facebook is great. I would never have reached so many people with my photos had I been without the great social networking tool that is facebook.  It has gotten to the point where almost every small business has its own facebook business page, and some even pay people to keep them updated.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


You can get lots of information online about helpful tips for shooting weddings these days, and here is some more. Weddings are still somewhat new to me and I still am in the learning process but it never hurts to share what you know, and tools you have.

Monday, October 18, 2010

High Dynamic Range

High Dynamic Range, usually shortened to HDR, sounds like it could apply to anything. Maybe it can, but I'm going over how it can related to digital photography.  A few people have asked questions about some of my HDR's and how to get their distinct look.

Try searching HDR tutorials, it only totals about 1 million hits. Is mine gonna be any different? 
You bet ya -- this isn't a tutorial at all!  No screenshot 'walk-through' here. 

Friday, October 8, 2010

Microstock Photography, Tip of the Iceberg

I say "Microstock", what comes to your mind? Well if its a blank stare, read on. We are just going to hit the tip of the iceberg for now, on this one.

Friday, August 27, 2010

High Speed Water Photography

High Speed Photography, also Stop Motion Photography. It is known by some different names but retains a distinct look. This one shot here amazes me when I think about it.  To read a little about the set up involved, some of the math and a couple others like it - read on!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Lightning photography might make you think lightning reflexes right? Well its sort of the opposite, more like infinite patience. The best thing is, even a good portion of digital point and shoots can be made to capture lightning these days.

I rarely have luck with my lightning attempts but this night paid off. More like this after the link, but I think something might be wrong...

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Working with the Orbis

Today was an excellent day to put my new, Orbis Ringflash to the test!  I had a photoshoot this morning and couldn't resist bringing some new gear. The "Wimberly Plamps" "HONL Speed Grids" and "Orbis Ringflash" were among the shaping tools I had this day.

The shoot was to be with a model who found me through Model Mayhem, a website designed to help bring models, photographers, makeup-artists, etc, into contact with eachother to collaborate in projects of all sorts.

Hit the jump to see how the Orbis performed,

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Late Night Online Shopping Extravaganza!

There comes a time, as a photographer, where you just need some new stuff. I took care of that craving this evening with a little B&H Photo late-night, online purchase! Among the toys on the way, the Orbis Ring Flash Diffuser has me most excited.

More on what else is coming after the jump,

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Mega-Panoramas @ 32 MegaPixels

Not the original image for this post, but made the same way. (in fact its twice as large)
Panorama software, and the newer cameras these days can make panorama's extremely easy.
I haven't made any in a while, but decided to try something new after I saw this.
With the Paris Example at 26 gigapixels, my 32 megapixels pale in comparison.  It was more just dipping my feet in the water of multiple exposure composites.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Lunar Photography

So if you remember my Astrophotography Post from a few weeks back, I finally have a clear product to offer. For photography of the cosmos, the moon makes a relatively easy subject.Extremely large, with lots of sharp, fine details.

Keep reading after the jump for a photo of the partial lunar eclipse from June 26, 2010 as well as information on how I managed to set these shots up.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

And now for something completely different,

So this post is completely different than the regular photo stuff I usually write about, but because its titled "C Gardiner Photos & Art" - what I am about to share with you does fall into art from my point of view.
I will start by saying I made a super hot friend since I have moved to Kelowna.  This is how it has changed my life.

Are you curious yet? Read on!

Friday, May 21, 2010

A Windstar Blowing Westward

[ I will begin by saying that I started writing this post in early April 2010]
This post is a little overdue I would say, considering we have been in Kelowna now for almost two weeks. I wanted to share some facts and photos about the drive we (myself and my girlfriend) made out to our new home of Kelowna BC. Our chariot was to be my girlfriends trusty windstar, nicknamed "Vana White" (its white) and it served us well.

So to start, here are the numbers: We covered a total of 4,145km over a period of 40h driving time - that put our average speed somewhere near 98km/h. Now try photo-documenting a journey at that speed.  It certainly made for a new style of photos, and some creative compositions. Perhaps in the future I will even compile a portfolio of pictures taken ONLY while moving at +100km/h

More after the jump, or just check out: Facebook Gallery of the Trip if you want to skip all the 'written words' and get straight to the 'moving pictures'

Monday, May 17, 2010

A Quick Post to Keep You in the Loop

So, even if I did have readers at one point, I haven't had anything to say here for nearly two months.

To keep you in the loop;

Chris Gardiner has moved to Kelowna, BC by driving from Kitchener. I am continuing my photography, and my services are still available in my new location.  The journey was 'photo-documented' and there is a written breakdown of the journey coming in a blogpost soon.

Also, I got my first Canon L Series Lens this week, and am thoroughly impressed.  I will have a post on the Canon EF 70-200 f/4L USM on the way soon.  It has gotten some good use already, and is a massive improvement from my Canon EF 75-300 f4-5.6 USM III 

Also, trying some new techniques, like HDR images for beautiful scenery, (like the one above) and virtual panoramas - interactive panoramas, but sadly have no suitable examples of this. More on these soon!

All in all, I am loving the new location. Expect a lot more wildlife and scenic photos while I am still getting my name known around this area.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Web Design

Okay, so maybe 'web design' doesn't always fall into art the way I would like to try and focus this blog.. but I write about what I do - most of which is art, but I wont let it stop me from writing about web design.

So whats goin on? Just been spending lots of time revamping the whole website experience. Which really is an ongoing, and neverending (in the forseeable future) battle.  Read more if you are interested about my 'website philosophies'.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Shooting on Black Backgrounds

Today I had a photoshoot for a personal trainer who is currently started her own "Boot Camp" and designing a website.

So obviously, these are fitness photos, she will want to show off the definition of her body. I got a brand new black sheet I have been dieing to use, and this was the perfect time.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Passport Photos

Everyone needs 'em! Ever thought about it? I am, they are not really any trouble to take. So why not?

I found useful guidelines laid out online by Passport Canada. So if you are looking for a little extra something for your repertoire, and a couple extra dollars on the side - read on.

Product Photos on White

I remember when I first starting taking an interest in photography, in microstock to be specific. I became very interested in getting photos of a given object, over white. An 'isolation' as most call it.

They certainly require some gear, some extra space, and a little thought. I decided to give a brief rundown of how I do this when I was thinking of what I could possibly write about for my blog. So the other day I shot some food at a restaurant for their new menu launch. Their only direction was that they would like to see their products on white.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Getting Photos to your Client

Now, lets say you finished sorting through your loads of photos and need to start getting a product to your client.

You may try to accomplish this in a variety of ways. Most frequently, I like to show my client almost everything. Then you allow them a choice to pick their favorites - to receive in full resolution, to have fully retouched, or whatever it is you are offering with your finished product.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Easy on the Watermarks!

Maybe you have looked at some of my online albums. Particularly those on social networking websites? Notice anything strange? offensive even? Well if it was the size of my watermark (yes, I have been approached by this before) I have an explanation for you.

The Internet world is growing, and there are limited ways for YOU as an artist to protect your work, especially when there is no way to know who, or what you are protecting it from. One social networking site has it in their terms of service agreement that once a photo is uploaded, they are free to use it for whatever means they wish.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Why Blog?

You may be asking yourself who is Chris Gardiner and why bother reading about what he thinks about art? Unfortunately, I don't have an answer for you, nor will I take the time to think of a good excuse. What I can tell you, is why I decided to start blogging.

I have loved one form of art or another all my life and have played around with all of them. Photography is such an investment though, so I think once you are into that you don't stop. Hopefully I don't anyways! I pay my bills however working in restaurant and hotel kitchens, and have been doing so for the last 7 years now. Since I started in Kitchens, I always looked at food as art also.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

How do you sort through 600 photos?

So, I just had a shoot today. Longest in a while to be honest. When all was said and done, about 5 hours had gone by and when I got home, there was 580 photos to sort through. Sometimes taking a task on like this can feel a bit overwhelming at first, like it did for me. I will break down my workflow for you so you can see how I do it. I'm certain its not the best way, some of my readers may have a better way, but I am also pretty sure its not the worst way to do it either.

The Lowdown: So this was a "Barbie Doll" Inspired shoot largely revolving around the makeup and posing to come across as a doll. Two Different Models, One Location, and I can't even remember how many different outfits and makeup combinations...