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!