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.