Saturday, December 21, 2013

See You Next Year!

Wishing everyone a safe and happy christmas and new year, Chris Gardiner Photography is signing off for the remainder of the year
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
from Chris Gardiner Photography!

I am going to take this time to sign off for the holidays. In the mean time you might be able to find a post here or there on Facebook or instagram!
Thank you to everyone who has been a reader this year! And hope you have a safe and happy holidays whatever it is you might be celebrating at this time of year!

Blog will be back at full speed at the start of January! See you then.

Photoshoot Highlight : Real Estate

AirBNB listing photographed by professional real estate and architecture photographer - Chris Gardiner in Kelowna, BC, Canada

This is just a highlight of a very cool house I had the opportunity to photograph on behalf of and thought I would share since it is some of my more impressive interior work to date.
You can find the full listing on the airbnb website after the link below!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Picture of the Day : Lake Okanagan Overlook

Extremely wide angle panorama image showing Lake Okanagan and more of the Okanagan Valley overlooking Kelowna, by Chris Gardiner Photography
Lake Okanagan
Today's picture of the day comes to you from earlier in November, from an elevated viewpoint overlooking Kelowna and a lot of the Okanagan. Though the weather wasn't too picturesque, it wasn't very cold either, so it was a great night to be out photographing the city in the evening.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Picture of the Day : The Winter Sunset

A Winter Sunset from Kelowna, BC Canada from the shore of Lake Okanagan by Chris Gardiner Photography
Scenic Sunset on Lake Okanagan
The anatomy of the winter sunset is different from the average Kelowna summer sunset for a few reasons.  None of this is proven, or science based, simply observational through experience.  I actually love the winter sunset way more than the summer sunset here, aside from the difficult to deal with temperatures, the winter sunset is more reliable. 

Read on for what I think, 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A Shoot With an Old Friend

Portrait photoshoot in scenic environmental location of Bronte, Oakville, Ontario, by professional photographer Chris Gardiner
During my recent fall trip to Ontario, I had the chance to get together with an old friend for a photoshoot.  Looking back, she was one of the first 'models' to stand in my studio going back to my days in Lake Louise staff accommodations. For this session after some years have passed, we got a little more "age appropriate" ;)

Read on for some more great colorful photos and information on what I used to capture them.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Photos Up High

Airplane photography by Chris Gardiner
The Sun Sets Below Us
Get the window seat on the airplane! It used to be something I did when I was a kid, but now there is a different motif.  There is such a variety of 'skyscapes' available that it's hard to not want the window seat every time I fly.  Without even thinking about it anymore, I often sit on the south facing side of the airplane, especially if I am in the air during the magic hours which are notably longer when your moving 500mph in a westerly direction.

Read on for a few more photos from some of my trips on a plane!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Picture of the Day : Tonemap Your Way Out of the Forest

A tone mapped forest scene used to demonstrate the effect of tone mapping software by Chris Gardiner Photography
Tonemapped Forest Scene
Tone mapping is an acquired taste. I often don't love the finished product it will deliver, but every now and then it does a better job than any other method you have used to transcribe the scene before you.

It helped for this forest scene because the early afternoon sun was burning onto the ground while my shadow areas lacked any detail whatsoever.

Learn a bit more about HDR and tone mapping below;

Thursday, December 12, 2013

False Colorization

An example of the black and white image of the three stooges and the falsely coloured version produced by chris gardiner photography
False Colorization of the Three Stooges by Chris Gardiner

I had a post from a few years ago on false colorization. It has since been deleted during my big update of correcting the broken image links on my blog, but this is the new version.   There was a viral post circulating its way around social media that showed some skillful colorization of old photos, and it got me thinking about the project again.
Something I seldom get requests for, but there seems to be a wealth of similar work available these days.  I took two hours from a rainy afternoon indoors to put this one together to advertise what I can do.

How about a few tips for doing this yourself?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Picture of the Day : J+A Environmental Portraits

environmental portraiture work by Chris Gardiner Photography in Kelowna, BC, Canada
J&A Portrait session outdoor example this fall.

Fall is one of my favourite times for couple's portraits outdoors. This is a quick look at some portraits I made for Justin and Annika in late November this year.

The landscape often get's it's last burst of colour at this time of year, and you can really luck out with some great weather, and temperatures that leave the wardrobe options wide open. All in all, it makes for some very relaxed and comfortable looking portraits that are well suited to couples.

Read on for a few more of my favourites from this session.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Chris Gardiner on LinkedIn

Chris Gardiner Photography on LinkedIn to view my professional resume and CV
Chris Gardiner Photography is on LinkedIn!
It's easy to be in a few places at once nowadays with online profiles. Here I am on LinkedIn, a place to stay connected with the professionals you have worked with in your career.  I am still developing my profile, but feel free to check me out, especially if you have some work for me to do!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Picture of the Day : Photographing my Neighbours

A bald eagle in a tree captured by Chris Gardiner Photography
A bald eagle close to it's home, conveniently close to my home

Creeping. Not what this post is about. Haha - sorry if that let's you down, but I have a different type of new neighbour.

As you may have read in an older post with a summer recap - the office of Chris Gardiner Photography has moved - with it - I've got new neighbours.  A pair of bald eagles that have a nest less than a block from where I live. With that kind of guarantee of wildlife sighting, I've thought about investing in my 500mm lens finally.

There's a few more after the link,

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Picture of the Day : Like Glass

A lone kayaker on the glassy reflections of Lake Okanagan in the late fall, by Chris Gardiner Photography
A Lone Kayaker on Lake Okanagan by Chris Gardiner Photography

Thanks for checking out today's picture of the day. This one comes to you from just a week or so ago when it hardly looked like winter around here, because you can't feel the temperature outside through a photo.

I happened to be near the beach shooting an assignment when I saw the lone kayaker out on the water. With the lake as still as it was, and the lighting we had, it was too good to pass up - so I ran over and snapped the photo above and a few more you'll see below.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Is It Winter Yet?

Picture of the Day showing big white ski resort near sunrise hours on a blue sky day with a fresh coating of powder snow, by Chris Gardiner Photography,
Snow Covered Trees at Big White Ski Resort
What are the conditions like where you are? Here in the Okanagan were lucky enough to get an early open two weeks ahead!! Plus -- this weekend is the day of the Big White Winter Rally! If all goes well, you will see some of my photos from the event.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Pin It From Here

Chris Gardiner Photography is on Pinterest and you can now pin straight from the blog!
Chris Gardiner Photography on Pinterest
It's been especially true lately, but anyone who frequents any of my pages will notice a lot of them have been going through some transitions, and here's just another post to point out a new one! The familiar Pin It! Button everyone recognizes now.

I am also on Pinterest and share some work there, but would be happy to have some of my blog posts pinned by anyone who things they're fans may enjoy it!

You can find me on pinterest @CGardPhoto

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Picture of the Day : Days on the Mountain

November 28, 2013 at Big White Ski Resort by Chris Gardiner Photography
Panorama at Big White Ski Resort

There has never been a day I spent on the mountain, that I felt like was wasted.  Especially when you get to bring back clear images that will help you remember the adventure in the years to come.  Photographing my days on Lake Louise Ski Hill before I even had a proper DSLR was one of the first things that grew my love for photography. 

Enjoy the one above and many more below from this year, or the end of last.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

How To: Shoot A Night Time Panorama

How to photograph a night time panorama with your camera by Chris Gardiner Photography Kelowna, BC, Canada November 2013
A night time panorama from November 25 2013 by Chris Gardiner
Capturing a panorama can seem hard enough, and then add the variables included with night photography and it can become an even greater challenge… perfect! Challenges are what keep us entertained with what we do. 
So a few days ago I went down to the beach to capture a few photos after the sun had set, and this was the first photo I captured, well it's a panorama, so it's the first seven. Here's how I made it;

Monday, December 2, 2013

Start Your Store for Free!

Finished hand crafted flush mounted art prints by professional photographer chris gardiner and available for sale on Etsy. Use referral code to open your store with free listings on Etsy!

You may have seen my post about Etsy before, but here's something new for you - how about if you got to open your own store, with your first 40 listings free! It's as easy as following the link in this post - and only this link.

All you have to do is sign up, even if you don't have your products ready or anything. You will want to sign up so that you can get a feel for the site and understand how to best present your listings anyways.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Picture of the Day : Winter State of Mind

A setting sun on a winter scenic with fresh powder snow covering the area, by Chris Gardiner Photography at Big White Ski Resort, Okanagan
Pristine Fresh Snowfall
This is a scenic I captured from a day of snowshoeing around Big White's Nordic Trails. It was so early in the season we were breaking trail everywhere we went, which was kinda nice to know we wouldn't run into anyone either.  Breaking trail also afforded me some views of nice wide pathway's through the trees with completely untouched beds of snow like the one above.  Read on to see how I made this photo.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Workflow Like A Pro : Flagging

Great Blue Heron in the wild, photographed by Chris Gardiner wildlife photographer in Kelowna, BC.
It's a crucial step to editing that is often taken for granted. Flagging your photos.  It can mean the difference between making good use of your time, and wasting time spinning your wheels.  It's one of those things that can help you with something trivial, like picking the best of a bunch of heron photos, or something serious like getting through editing 1500 wedding photos before the one you are shooting next weekend.
So read on for some of the insight to my workflow;

Friday, November 29, 2013

Picture of the Day : A Glimpse of Autumn

Orchard in Autumn wide angle view by Chris Gardiner Photography
Orchard in Autumn by Chris Gardiner Photography
A look back at Autumn in the Okanagan. This is a view of an Orchard down the road from where I live and it's perfect rows, with nice green grass contrasted by the tree's yellow leaves really grabbed me as I drove by. We pulled over right away, ran back to snap this one an a couple other quickies, and definitely happy I did because it looks great as a long poster print and on canvas!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Picture of the Day : Ray of Light

Scenic Crepuscular rays of light poke through the clouds on the Mountains of Okanagan Valley viewed from Kelowna by Chris Gardiner Photography
Mountain Weather in Action
This picture of the day is from earlier this month on a warmer afternoon by the water. The clouds were moving fast, and in the distance, the sun was shooting its rays down towards the Peachland area. The layering and gradation of the mountains behind were what caught me with the golden mist above.
This one even came from the Canon G15 as I didn't even have my good cameras on me - I was just enjoying a little walk with Steph.

You may have seen this one before with a little modification over on my facebook page. I am actively avoiding posting pictures on facebook now, hence the picture of the day section here.  But in the case of cover photos, I decided to make them an opportunity for a little photoshop action. See what I mean after the link.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Compositing Again

Before and After images showing a plain Okanagan Sunrise and an improved photoshop version with a better sky dropped into it.
The Original (L) and Composited version (R)
Photoshopping pictures can be tones of fun, and it can take many different forms, from "liquifying" your portraits, dodging and burning, to my favorite - compositing.

Compositing landscapes is something I've touched on before. Just wanted to share a quick look into a transformation process of how one of these happens, filters and layers I use and why it may help you.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

From Design to Completion

Chris Gardiner Photography workstation for handmade custom gifts.
Workstation.  Yes - I put stickers on my printer - mostly all for ski related products!
Have you been to my Etsy shop yet?  Go do that, I can wait.  I want to show you how I put together the blocks that I have been selling there. This is a post for those interested in making something similar with their own images, and for those potential customers from Etsy who want to see how I prepare the product.  This is for all of you! 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Three Ways to Cope with Focus Challenges Using Your SLR

Bald eagle is seen in a tree bare of leaves, a very challenging scene for your camera's autofocus to deal with, by Chris Gardiner Photography in Kelowna, BC, Canada
A challenging scene for your autofocus

People ask me a lot of questions about photography, and one thing that comes up time and time again is focal issues. I don't talk about it because it's something you kind of start to take for granted once you acquire quality lenses and a skillset to back it. 
I'll demonstrate with this scene with a challenging focus, and some tips on other ways to achieve focus in your shot.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Picture of the Day : Georgian Bay

Island 355 in Georgian Bay Islands National Marine Park of Canada, by Chris Gardiner Photography in Ontario,
Island #355, Georgian Bay Islands, National Park
This picture of the day comes to you from October in beautiful Muskoka, Ontario! This is the view from Island #355 in the Georgian Bay Islands! I visited at the height of their fall season and so, I was greeted with spectacular colors everywhere I went. 
Information on how I took the photo? hit the link

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Useful Software : StarStax

Stars in the night sky above Lake Okanagan in a long exposure by Chris Gardiner Photography, created in CometMode with StarStax Software on a Mac
Comet Mode in StarStax!
If you use a mac, you can understand the plight in finding the software commonly recommended for a particular job or task, and it's always Windows based.  StarStax is an excellent program to use for the Mac system that will fire together your big star trail compilations with ease.

If you are someone who was doing them manually in photoshop, maybe opening only 20 images at a time to keep your system from crashing - this program will definitely help you out.  One of those 'set it and forget it' kinda programs the way PhotoMatix does your HDR if you swing that way. haha.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Picture of the Day : Big White Panorama

We have gotten ski season underway here in the Okanagan and much of British Columbia. This is a panorama stitched together exactly where I shot it from on my iPhone. 

That was the view near the end of the day once after the morning fog cleared.  I am considering integrating this image into my out of office email reply... Haha, just kidding, I have 3G on the mountain, so it's like I'm never out of the office. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Picture of the Day : Cathy

Cathy in the Autumn by Chris Gardiner Photography
Sharing another picture of the day! This scenic portrait is of a good friend of mine who has always been happy to fill in as a model from my early portrait days all the way to now.

This was from a quick shoot we planned during my October trip to Ontario.  Want to know how I took the photo?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

GoPro Hero 3 : Test Drive

Slightly scaled 1440 resolution screen capture from Hero3 

You've seen them on everyone doing everything, but what kind of quality do you get from such a small package? The GoPro Hero 3 (not even the Hero3+) is one amazing piece of camera equipment.  I have had it for a while, but this will be my first winter season with the camera, and winter is what I bought it for. 
So with the awesome opening day at Big White Ski Resort in the Okanagan, I caught a few clips with the camera that I will share with you now. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Looking Back at Autumn

Colored leaves -Okanagan Style
Just taking a look back at some of the early Autumn scenes I got out for this year, here in the Okanagan.  Now that we are getting pretty close to the winter season, and we're well... its almost the end of November. Does time fly or what?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Awesome Equines

Do you like horses? I must admit, after a few years with Steph, they certainly have grown on me. I guess I don't even hate the smell anymore.  You know - that smell where you're like, "ya there was a horse here".

There's a bunch more pictures to look at after the link.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Let Me Capture Your Wedding

Let me capture your wedding in 2014! 

If you are starting to plan your wedding for 2014, wherever it may be, you should let me help! I have lots of information to help get you an idea for what I can do to capture your special day!


Friday, November 15, 2013

Picture Of The Day : Sport Sequence

Morgan on a Flat Light Day in the Forest
This is a sport sequence I captured in January this year. The multiple frames you see came from shooting at about 7fps.  We get so much flat light at Big White, it often drives you into the trees - sounds dangerous in low visibility? Actually trees give you depth perception so that you can begin to see the changes in terrain before you, that you wouldn't normally see in low visibility, flat light, on bare slopes.  And fortunately that's how you stumble upon nice drops like this one.

Read on for more info about this photo

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Picture of the Day : Big Tub Lighthouse, Tobermory

Big Tub Lighthouse, Tobermory
The first picture of the day for this week is another one from my trip to Ontario this fall, but out of the city this time. We're going way out of the city to Tobermory, along the Bruce Peninsula nearly to the end, extending partway into Georgian Bay.  This is the Big Tub Lighthouse in Tobermory backlit by the afternoon sun.
Read on for some more information about this image and how I captured it.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Lessons in Kelowna!

I was doing some trials if you heard about it already, but now I am offering some one-on-one time with yours truly, teaching you how to use your camera to start with, and then we can get into a number of more advanced topics!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Chris Gardiner Photography Blog

As you may or may not know, I have possibly permanently left my original day job of being a restaurant and food service industry professional to focus entirely on my photography work.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

A Time and Place for High ISO

EXPOSURE : ISO 2500 f/4 @ 1/15s
Sometimes you might look at a camera's latest feature and say, well that's silly, I don't need that.  There is a reason you're saying this - you've never had it before, so you haven't come to rely on it, which of course, you will be left feeling like you don't need it.

Instead, think of it as what can I do with this feature? What can you do that you couldn't do before. Take for instance the images below. A use for a little-used feature, to capture a scene I have never seen before, in a way that would only be possible thanks to extremely high ISO capabilities.

Can I Have Your Attention Please?

Hey there,

Nothing too crazy here, just want to point your attention to two new portions of the blog, on either sidebar of this text, nearest the bottom, I have set up two rss feeds!
One for some select images I post to instagram,  and the other for the most recently created gifts available on demand at Zazzle!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Cool New Toys! The Pixelstick

Take a look at the video above and tell me you don't want one! The possibilities are really all in the hands of the photographer.
Hit the link below to the behind the scenes video.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

POTD : Grenadier Pond in Toronto's High Park

Grenadier Pond, Toronto's High Park, October 2013

During a recent trip to Toronto I had a little walk around High Park and grabbed this snapshot of Grenadier Pond.  Hit the link to read about this picture!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Calendars Have Arrived for 2014!

2014 Kelowna Calendars - A fresh Design by Chris Gardiner Photography
 Decided to get on it a little earlier this year than I did last.  They've been online for a few weeks now available on demand, and I got my shipment of 50+ of two different designs. I'm talking about the 2014 Calendars I designed!   The same original collection I put together last year is available for the new year with the same great scenes across Canada, and I made another, this one focused on Kelowna.

You can buy them online for about $25 USD plus shipping for either design, I'll include the links at the end of this post.  If you have the distinct luxury of living in our area or able to travel to Kelowna, you can also deal directly with us, and pay the same great price, but save the shipping fees! That's right, get a copy from myself or Steph for the same price it is online at only $25! scratch that - we decided to make it an even better deal in person and are making them only $20 each! But hurry up because supplies wont last!! (edited November 9, 2013)

Read more for the links and more pictures;

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Real Estate : In A New Display

Just a few days ago, I put together the first video portfolio. I've had the idea on the drawing board for ages, and decide finally to just go for it.  This one is focused on attracting potential clients to my real estate photography related services.

They will serve many purposes, from living online where I can direct prospective clients to from far away, as well as on an iPad or iPhone travelling with me in addition to the paper portfolio for Real Estate Photography I had in 2012 and this year until now.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Get Some Early Christmas Shopping Done

Okanagan Themed Prints by CGardiner

This goes to the Okanagan Readers Especially, but if anyone is looking for some great Christmas Gifts that pack well, and are truly unique, you might want to take a look at some of the product I have to offer.  It's what I was left with from my display at Kelowna's Crafter Market after I stopped going for the season.
Earlier this week I filled an order of 20 prints and mattes as a stockpile of gifts for someone who frequented my stall at the market, and I realized, I should offer this to everyone!
Read on for some more info;

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Higher Frequency

Heron in Mission Creek - September 23, 2013
Maybe it's the new place pushing my productivity to new levels, but as you can see I am posting with some higher frequency now, not to mention focusing a lot more of my time into photography almost completely leaving my day job for quite some time now - I guess it's been since summer has ended!

Hit the link for more!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Your Own Storefront!

Visit my storefront on Etsy!
For those of you readers not familiar with Etsy, it is an online service which serves as a marketplace where you can sell any handmade or unique product that you can create!  Think of it as a worldwide farmer's market.

How does it work for me, and how can it work for you? Read on!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Take Credit Card Payments in Person!

It's as easy as plugging this little piece in your phone!
Are you trying to change the way you do business?  Well I found one tool that can really help the independent business owner - one that would have been previously unavailable to 'the likes of us' before this age of technology.

It's called Square Register.  Definitely read more by hitting the link below!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Out Shooting with Abigail

How often do you photograph someone with blue hair? Here is a look at a quick photo session I had one autumn evening in the Okanagan with Abigail, a makeup artist, hair stylist and aspiring model.

More photos and some info on my set up after the jump.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Canon G15 : Review

iPod Photo from @cgardinerphoto instagram
If you have been around my Facebook page over the last little while you may have noticed a piece of news which I found particularly exciting; that is the new Canon Powershot G15 camera I purchased in March.

It's feature loaded in both still and video recording modes.  A few of my favourite features are manual control of video focus and exposure, RAW still photo capture at twelve megapixels at ISOs as low as 80 and high into the 1000s. One feature that wasn't advertised but was awesome to find is the high speed capture at 120 and 240fps in low resolution video shooting modes.

Read on to see some photos made with the G15 and more of what I think about it!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Out Shooting with Kara

Not too long ago I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing Kara.  Trade shoots with models are a great way to network, get some fresh photos, have your work viewed by some different circles, and try some new techniques maybe.   Read on for a bunch more photos from the day!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Modelling and Portfolio Photography : Trade Shoots!

Interested in doing a photoshoot for trade with Chris Gardiner Photography?  I used to offer these semi-frequently, and at that time, they were quite helpful in my understanding of lighting people for portraits.

read more if you want a potential free photoshoot!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Blog Along the Way

Isn't technology cool?  Thanks to what is not even the latest technology, I can take a free moment wherever I am to jot down a quick idea for a blog when it comes to my mind.  Take for instance, the bulk of this post is being written while I am out capturing a time-lapse at the lakeshore. Not the one with the GoPro pictured above, but it very well could have been with that iPhone photo and this iPhone post.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

A trip to "the Island"

A beautiful walkway in Cathedral Grove

That's what we call it in this part of the country anyways. That is the beautiful Vancouver Island in British Columbia. After as many years as I have spent out west, I only just made my first trip to The Island in August 2013.  That's fine - it was worth the wait.

What did we do, what shouldn't you miss? Find out from this photographer's point of view!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Ontario in the Fall : Redux 2013

Last fall in Ontario netted me some of what we like to call 'banger photos' or the ones we really really like. So it's no surprise I'll be back again this fall to see some more of the same, and hopefully a lot of what I missed the last time!

The fall is such a short window in so many places, it can be hard to hit it right in more than one location from a photographer's point of view.

Read More to see what I came back with from last year!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Shark in a Fishbowl

Where it will all happen.

It's not a new concept ; a fish, no matter how big it is destined to be, will remain the size of the container it lives in, without outgrowing it. Goldfish in small bowls stay small, goldfish in big bowls get bigger.
That's all well and good, but no one comes here for zoology lessons. How it relates to me is;  I feel like I have a great white's appetite for work, but up until just recently, was stuck in a tiny little gold fish sized bowl of an office.

Up until recently.