Wednesday, December 5, 2012

I Thought This was a PhotoBlog?

3pm looks like sunset around here at this time of year.

If that is what you were thinking, I already know why. There has been an awful lot of talk about online, social media type stuff, and not so much photography.
Truth is, most of November, I didn't shoot a whole lot. In Kelowna its definitely the shoulder season, it starts getting cold enough you don't want to be outside all day anymore.
I used that time to work on exactly what I talked about - reached 1,000, completely overhauled the website at www.cgardiner.ca again, which has allowed me to update it as easily as I do Facebook now.
Not to mention, the painful realization of seeing this blog had 160 broken links - all my words useless without the images to demonstrate.

Having all of those sorted, I feel like I can enter the winter season with a new focus and determination than I've had in previous winters. I enjoy winters in the mountains because there is almost as much to do as there is in summertime!
So that is just what it's all about for this photographer.  Shooting furiously when it's required, and then allowing myself breaks where I can focus on the loose ends, before jumping back into it again.  Appropriate time management you might call it.

So here's to a good winter! Do you have any big plans for your winter? I'd be happy to hear them!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Where do you come from?

About to crack 1,000 ! 
That is a screen shot from just before breaking the 1,000 mark earlier this week - so I thought I'd take a moment to share a thing or two about what Facebook tells me about my fans!  And this could be a learning experience for anyone who is not familiar with the data that every business page owner gets from its fan base! Read more by clicking the link below.


Thursday, November 29, 2012

More Interactive Panoramas

Anyone who read my post from November 25th saw I just discovered a quick and easy way to convert the panorama images I already have, into interactive files online.  I have great news, I've made a bunch more! The one above is, if you don't recognize, from Niagara Falls, Ontario looking south.

A few more after the jump and some more words about the feature

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Do you want something to look at all year?

Do you want something to look at all year for 2013? I've got it! My new "A Year in Canada" 2013, twelve-month full colour calendars! Each month is a different scenic image, so at the end of the year - you have twelve great prints to put in some frames to accent your house!
Let me tell you - the print quality is amazing, even better than I was expecting, so I am certain you would be happy too!
To be honest, I didn't even invest in these myself. My amazing girlfriend asked for a Canadian Calendar design, and I did it - she ordered it, and snatched up a sweet online sale while she was at it.  We have a couple dozen of these, but a bunch have homes already, so act fast!


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

You've Been Sent Here for Questioning

Promotional Infographic for Monthly Free Print Giveaway
We have a few questions for you... actually, you were probably pointed here more likely because you have a few questions. Questions more specifically, about entering a sweet giveaway for a free print sent anywhere in the world, every month, which I will be running from my Facebook page.

What will it take? Well I'll try to make it a little different every month to keep things interesting, so stay posted for the details for this current month. But all you have to do is share a post.  Very Important >> As much as I would like it to, your vote won't count if its not shared publicly on your own Facebook wall. Why? Well, unless we are already buddies, like 'fb friends' who can see each other's walls, information on your wall is kept private from my page which is sort of like a public entity. So make sure your contest entry is set to  'public' on your wall by clicking the two little people icon beside the time that post was shared and make it the world icon for public. (see image below for help!)

How will you know which posts are eligible? If they have a link straight to here - thats a good sign, they will also have a little watermark change up mentioning their eligibility as a contest entry. Hit the link below to see the where the winner's circle will go, as well as the images that they requested as a print. Hit the link after the image below for even more info, about how winner is chosen, previous winners, etc!

Thanks again!
You should see something similar when making sure a post is public for your entry. 

Monday, November 26, 2012

2012 and counting....

Screenshot Fragment, Nov 25, 2012 @ 2112 images
Not talking about the year, but the collection of images I've amassed on my Facebook C Gardiner Photography page.  While 2000 images is a lot to have online, and 'vulnerable' even, it's still less than 1% of my lightroom catalog.

I am debating with myself whether I like to leave my previous organization, images, watermarks and file sizes intact, and update my methods as I move onward, continuing to show my page's, and my work's progression. Or do I remove everything I don't like, reorganize it, re-export what is worthy, and commit to this new organization.

What do you think, I would like a comment you can leave after clicking "read more" below. Thanks!


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Fun With Panoramas


Having made a fair share of trips through mountains, while being exposed to epic vistas, I started capturing my full viewpoint with techniques for creating panoramas. I often wouldn't post these panoramas to share online, since they don't translate well into long still photos.
I found a new tool online that let me take my old panorama files that I had stitched together (some as long as seven years ago, pre DSLR days) and then present them in a scrollable format online as the one of Lake Louise above.  A much more intuitive way for a viewer to see, and now interact with a still scene. To get the full effect you must click on the little arrow in the top right of every frame for full screen - I made sure to upload the panoramas in 1080p.

hit the link for a few more

Packing your Carry-On

When you start getting work that requires some degree of air travel, you need to sort out a little bit of packing logistics to get everything you need there, and in one piece.

This is  a list of what I brought along to a Wedding in Ontario, from British Columbia.  Google StreetView can only do so much to bring you somewhere you've never visited, and people don't get married by the roadside usually. So packing for a foreign location means you have to have enough to be 'sure'. You can bet I don't need the airport announcements to tell me to keep an eye on my luggage.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Final Cut vs iMovie

I've been working my way into the capture and editing of video lately, and recently made a long awaited decision to upgrade to pro video editing software.  It took a while to drop the cash on Final Cut Pro X, which compared to other pro-video editing software, is actually pretty cheap.
-Definitely a great decision, I can tell already-
How does iMovie stack up against Final Cut Pro?
Hit the link to read more;

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Using Facebook to it's Potential

An infographic I created to help you in the process if you're having trouble finding 'add to interest lists'

This isn't a tip for photographers, but for any user of Facebook.  Recent changes on Facebook have been requiring page owners to pay to promote their posts in order to reach just a fraction of their fans they already worked so hard to get.
So to get around this, as someone who liked a page in the first place for a reason, go back to that page and hover around the Liked button, and then click 'add to interest lists'. You should do this for any page whose posts you would like to see on an ongoing basis, as they become available.
I would appreciate it if you would do this for me too, since right now, my average post is only being seen by half of my page's 'fan-base'.

Thank you for reading!


Monday, November 19, 2012

46 "Likes"

A Facebook Cover Photo from Keloha, 2012

That's all it's going to take at this moment in time, for my Facebook page to get to 1,000 likes! Breaking the quadruple digits, it's like a milestone for us page administrators!

Hoping to get there before the end of the year, which is right around one like per day! Help me get there, it would mean a lot. If I reach 1,000 by the end of the year, I'll do something that will make everyone happier : start uploading larger image file sizes to Facebook, or start some contests or something! Give me some feedback!

You can see my updated page progress at the bottom of this post in the little Facebook widget.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Busy Week on the Web

Well, if you saw my last post, you will know that I recently had some troubles with a bunch of broken links of my blog. All (or almost all) of which I fixed, to the best of my knowledge.
After I pounded through that in about 8 hours straight, I realized my website needed some serious work since I had been getting inquiries from potential clients, with outdated information and pricing.
So a few days later, I have fully updated my website. It's been cut down quite a bit to make just the pertinent information available, there is also a new and more in-depth quote form, which will help you as a client get the first email to me started, with the information I need first.

Look for some updates on the website, and back to a little more blogging with my time since the website uses much less verbiage now, I'll bring it all over here.

Thanks for reading!
check the new site : www.cgardiner.ca

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Cleaning House

Wow!
I let things get a little out of hand around here.  Not only might you notice a new layout from a few weeks back, but if you've been passing through the archives, you'll have noticed the broken links galore, which clearly I didn't notice!

Getting on those now, counted a total of 158 image links which need fixing, so hopefully in this month of November, you'll see these become fixed.

As for the new layout, I'll also be tweaking that slightly in the next month since I could improve the look a little.

Thanks for reading, and sorry about the broken links!


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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

New GoPro Hero3 Announced


GoPro's CEO announced the new GoPro3, a whole new camera, with an updated and slimmed down look with twice as much power! All in all it looks pretty exciting for the miniature package, and the footage coming from it appears very crisp.

Price tag is set for $399.99 USD from what I can gather if you want the specs I included below, there is also a less-feature-loaded 'silver edition' which cuts the price-tag by $100

Follow the link for breakdown of a few features.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Autumn in the Lake O'hara Region

From the Opabin Plateau looking out towards Cathedral Mountain

  There are few times of year I enjoy spending in the Canadian Rockies more than fall.  There are few places in the Canadian Rockies I enjoy more than the Lake O’hara region.  You can imagine how I felt when the plans fell into place for an early autumn trip to Yoho National Park earlier this September. 


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Files VS. Prints

I've had this professional photo printer in my office for over a year now and it's started to change the modus operandi of C Gardiner Photography in a big way.

Well, first thing everyone says about owning your own printer is that its not cheap, and it isn't, but neither is having your work printed through an outside party, and not only they are rarely convenient or seem to work on the timeline you are on.  Whereas with your own printer, that is one major selling point.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

600EX-RTs (are awesome!)

Arrival of my 600ex-rt's. Clockwise from top-left: (1)Box of all camera gear that arrived from BHPhotoVideo (2)600EX-RT Boxes (3)600EX-RTs Unpacked and Cases included (4) firing manual-wireless twenty minutes later. 
If you saw my post in July, you'll see I was thinking about some Canon 600EX-RTs and weighing the decision. Well, coming back to you a few weeks later, it turns out I bought them, used them, and love them to this day.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

New Technology and Why I Need It

There may be a few readers who are interested in off camera lighting. I have been using this for a while and Canon recently released a line of speed lights that will completely overhaul the gear I shoot with and the simplicity in using it.

Normally I am not one to jump onto bandwagons that pack many things into one, like having a phone that can take credit cards while playing games, listening to music and cruising the internet from the middle of nowhere. Now that Canon released the 600ex-RT, its newest flagship speed light with built in radio technology - my resistance to the everything-in-one-bandwagon may change.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Travellers Out There?

Of course there are, everyone travels once in a while! I've been shown a great resource for those on the move. It's called "airbnb.com" or Air-b-n-b, a resource of bed and breakfasts located near and far in over 26,000 cities across 192 countries - pretty extensive coverage if you ask me.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Keloha Music and Art Festival 2012



I had the opportunity to photograph the first ever "keloha" festival in Kelowna, BC, this last weekend. Taking place a full month before the city's Center of Gravity Festival which is also a Wet Ape production I was able to photograph last year.  Hit the link for more on the event! 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Places to Stay

Jacob Lake - A frame from time-lapse
While on my road trip camping at the United States' best of the best. I took detailed GPS notes to record different locations we stayed, to share, and to have for next time I may find myself in that area.
As a sort of geocaching of something that is already there, and that is a great campsite at every single one.

Use some of the coordinates in google earth or maps to zero right in on that spot.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Return From the Road Trip

From California Condors  to scenic destinations like Antelope Canyon, the road-trip is over and we have safely returned to Kelowna.
Just a little background info for everything we accomplished on the trip.  Including distance travelled, some GPS locations to awesome campsites and most-used camera equipment.



Monday, March 19, 2012

Optimizing Detail in Flat Light


I've been shooting a lot this winter at Big White Ski Resort in the Okanagan - just outside of Kelowna.  They don't call it "Big White Out" for nothing, I encounter more 'flat light' days than not. That means more often than not, photos start off very lack-lustre - like the one above. 

Its a tight crop, and the fact that the board blends into the area behind doesn't help. What is that area anyway? Sky or snow?  Throw a black and white conversion on in lightroom, flick a few switches and there you go, I can see clearly now. The rider is in the air, moving at speed and the backdrop sky. 

Black and white allows you the same level of contrast control you get from a colour image plus the ability to control the contrast of each individual hue. 

Could I have done this in colour, and keep it looking true-to-life? Truthfully, probably not.  I'm not saying you can guarantee masterpieces from garbage, but if you shot something that looks great in person, and had the composition spot on, but lost the detail due to lighting- start playing with black and white conversions. You will surprise yourself. 


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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

GoPro HD Helmet Camera

The B&H order has arrived, and I immediately got to work with my new GoPro HD Helmet Camera.  Here is a quick video edit I compiled from my first two days on the mountain at Big White with it.
Truthfully,  I didn't expect my footage to be compelling from the get go, so I hope you like the song!


Big White - First Two Days with a GoPro - February 26 & 27, 2012 on YouTube




Want some background info? Hit the link below.

Monday, February 20, 2012

The Grand Road Trip - Pt. 1

For any followers I may have that are reading this, you may have noticed that I've fallen short of keeping my webspaces updated.  For good reason!  On top of my regular winter activities (snowboarding primarily), I've been planning a massive multi-week road trip of the Southern Rocky Mountains throughout the United States!  Including stops at "grand" locations, like "Grand Prismatic Spring", "Grand Teton National Park" and "the Grand Canyon" just to name a few.

Read on for more details and images of proposed destinations!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Is it Christmas Again?

That's how I feel pretty much every time I place an order with B&H Photo, since like Christmas, it comes only once per year, although unlike Christmas-sometimes twice. I'm pretty excited to share my creations with the new gadgets, but in the meantime I can tell you what I got and why!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Toys for the Adventure Photographer


I had a phenomenal day at Big White Ski Resort, just outside of Kelowna on this beautiful sunny Sunday. In the process, I had the opportunity to try out a few new toys, all of which could prove very useful to adventurers, travellers, athletes and photographers alike.

I'll explain the tools I used, and then the information I was able to extrapolate from their use.