Friday, December 5, 2014

Picture of the Day : Rustic Old Barn

An interior view of a rustic old barn as the setting sun shines in through the cracks in the barn board captured by Chris Gardiner Photography
Interior view of a rustic old barn, full colour version below
Every now and then through my travels, I happen upon a place that screams at me to be photographed. This rustic old barn was one such place.  It's located out in the rural countryside near Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.
I've also included a full colour version of the same image, I am having a hard time deciding which I like better. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

A Tour of Toronto's Casa Loma

The upstairs hallway of Casa Loma in Toronto viewed in Monochrome captured by Chris Gardiner Photography with a canon dslr
The Upstairs Hallway of Casa Loma in Monochrome

Casa Loma is one of Toronto's more well known attractions.  It is a beautiful and historic location just a short subway ride from Downtown, and has been the setting for more than a few Hollywood films.  I visited the castle recently and have compiled some of the photos together in this visual tour of the premises and it's more picturesque locations.

You can also check out some immersive 360 degree panoramas I created while I was there to see it from all angles.


Monday, November 17, 2014

Using Your GoPro and Glidecam together

Glidecams help you to get smooth motion in your video footage, and reduce or remove most of the unwanted vibrations you likely get when 'hand-bombing' your GoPro.

Most glidecams, even the smallest ones are not quite designed for a camera as light as a gopro though, so the set up is a little bit different than the typical glidecam setup you'd read in the system's instructions. I'll share some photos of my exact setup in this blog post to aid you in setting your own up in the same way.

Images of the exact setup following in the post below so read on!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

My Work in Action

An Image with a noble message; this photo of mine was turned into a 'meme' type image for the hashtag #ottawastrong after the events in Ottawa in October 2014. 

I've recently turned to Pinterest to show potential clients the diversity of my work and it's end-uses.   As you may or may not know, Pinterest allows you to share images in their original locations on the internet, while organizing them together elsewhere.  For a photographer, what better way to show where my work has been used than to organize it with Pinterest? It sure beats a bunch of links an uninteresting web page.

So if you want to see some of my images in use, head over to my Pinterest Page and check out my Pinterest Board; My Work In Action!
Thanks for reading, and enjoy! I'll be adding to the list whenever I find new images in use.

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Five Day Black And White Challenge : V

Here we go, the fifth and final day of the #fivedayblackandwhitechallenge for photographers!  Thanks to everyone who followed along over the last few posts.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Five Day Black And White Challenge : IV

It's Day 4 on this little joyride, I'm sure you're getting the hang of things by now.  Read on for the next selection of monochrome magic coming straight to you from my little library of images. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Five Day Black And White Challenge : II

Welcome back for day 2 of the Five Day Black and White Challenge.  I kicked it off yesterday with a scene from Niagara Falls.  What will today bring, you wonder?

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Five Day Black And White Challenge : I

You can thank Mr. Eric Frigon for nominating me to do the #fivedayblackandwhitechallenge. Over the next five days you can find a collection of recent images I've put together for this little challenge!  Lucky for me, I love black and white photography, so without further ado, it's time to get sharing!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tour Around With Me Using Google Map Views!

Chris Gardiner Photography captured this 360 degree panorama with Google Panosphere App on an iPad and contributed to Google Maps Views copyright Chris Gardiner 2014
Google Maps Views of the boardwalk on Toronto's Islands captured by Chris Gardiner Photography with an iPad

I like to travel, you might like to travel, and now you can join me where I go.  I don't even need to say it, but I will ; technology is crazy.   At this point in time, everyone is likely to be familiar with Google Maps, and most notably, street views.  Well now, Google is outsourcing their views to everyone in the world.  They want everyone to be able to see everywhere in a full 360 degree view so you can visit without leaving your desk, couch or tablet.

So it's that technology that Google has placed in the hands of smart phone and tablet owners across the world.  I've been collecting these 360 panoramas to upload to Google Maps for about a week now.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Toronto Island

A windy day on Ward's Island Beach drives waves up the shore of the sandy beach captured by Chris Gardiner Photography
Scenic view on a windy day at Toronto's Ward Island Beach captured by Chris Gardiner Photography
I took a little trip to the Toronto Islands a couple days ago.  Not only was it an excellent retreat from the bustling cars and the stone faced and stiff shouldered pedestrians but it also netted me some good photos from the day.

This  one was taken from the sandy beach on Ward's Island. The wind was quite strong all day.  I originally intended to head to the islands to capture some city skyline views, but because of the waves I ended up shooting from the south shores of the islands all day instead.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Northern Lights in Kelowna

Aurora Borealis Northern Lights Photography by Chris Gardiner showing green and purple glow of the lights in the night sky outside of Kelowna British Columbia Canada from Bear Creek Campground. Copyrighted 2014 Chris Gardiner
Zoomed in on some spikes of Northern Lights || copyright Chris Gardiner 2014

The Northern lights are always a treat.  We had just finished putting out our campfire and head home when I noticed them.  It doesn't always look like northern lights at first.  In fact, my camera can see them better than I can with the appropriate settings.  I didn't even believe that it was them until I took my first photo, with the trademark glowing green for auroral activity confirmation.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Wedding Photography : Where Does the Time Go?

wedding photography by chris gardiner in oakville ontario

Your wedding is the culmination of definitely months but maybe years of planning, and a lot of work go into the day, from a lot of different people.   I would like to share with you process that a photographer will go through in order to prepare to photograph a wedding so that they can ensure they will be delivering what the bride and groom are looking for to keep their memories safe.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Microstock Photography : Turning Old Photos into Money

I've done a post or two on micro stock in the past but this is all new.  I recently put together a collection of narrated videos to help anyone who wants to enter micro stock, do exactly that!

With the popularity of high quality digital cameras, there is no reason why everyone shouldn't be taking their best snapshots and turning that effort into residual income.

You can watch the four videos I'll link below. It will help answer your questions of what micro stock is and how to start it.  You can also read the rest of this post for more detailed information.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Relaunch! Okanagan Art Prints for Sale

Okanagan scenic photography art prints for your home or office decor printed by the photographer on demand.

I am talking about my Okanagan Art Prints page which was available at
I've kept the link the same but it has received a major overhaul and should instil more confidence in my customers that I can produce the quality images I am displaying for sale.  I can admit myself that the previous version probably didn't instil that confidence.

Anyways, If you are searching for Okanagan Art Prints created from beautiful still photography of the area, that may be the place for you to visit!  The selection has been made smaller, since there is more work in this type of display than my last one.
As time goes on, I'll be adding my most popular items to the list of prints available for sale available on-demand directly from the photographer.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

My Apologies

To anyone trying to access my blog, particularly watching some of the embedded videos, I apologize for the broken links. Unfortunately they cannot be fixed until Google Business hours tomorrow. It's been a long weekend. I dad my YouTube channel disabled accidentally due to an error with my Google Map listing and it's had far reaching consequences.

Once the whole ordeal is sorted out, I'll share more details of what happened and how you can avoid similar situations, but for now, please just bare with me.

I am doing my best to resist the clutch of Vimeo's grip, but the longer this resolution takes, the more likely I'll be shifting to the other platform unfortunately.

Thanks! And all the great videos will return shortly!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Picture of the Day : Okanagan Sunset

Okanagan Sunset by Chris Gardiner Photography in Kelowna using Luminosity Blending of Multiple Exposures
Okanagan Sunset in Kelowna this week
This picture of the day might look a little familiar to some others I have shared from the same location.  What I like about this one, is it's the first blended composite I made using luminosity layer masks.  So in other words; switching up my post processing method and tried something new here.

Read on for some more details about how it all worked, and a link to purchase a printed copy if you're interested;

Thursday, August 28, 2014

10,000 Page Views

Canada Day Fireworks in kelowna by Chris Gardiner Photography

Thanks for helping me reach that milestone at my blog. 10,000 page views is quite a bit, especially when my average time spent on page is considerably (more than two times!!) longer than for any other space I manage really.

So I will do my best to continue writing content that interests you.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Photoshopping Your Property Photography

Creatively photoshop your property and real estate photography chris gardiner
Before and After Real Estate Image Photoshopping
Currently, Real Estate and Property photography has become my bread and butter.  So it's a good time to share some of what I know.  I went over last week how to correct parallax errors, now let's get into making on that will really pop.

I included a YouTube Video of each layer of my photoshop document so you can see it build from the ground up.

Read on for an explanation!

Monday, August 25, 2014

New Site : Wedding Specifics

Chris Gardiner professional wedding photography in the Okanagan and Greater Toronto Area, traveling the rest of Canada

I've launched a new, weddings-dedicated website to keep all the pertinent information close at hand without getting bogged down by the rest of my website info.

Check it out, and let me know what you think of it.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Different Ways to Mount Your GoPro!

23 different points of view to use with your GoPro Camera by Chris Gardiner Photography

Here's a throwback post, back to when I first got my GoPro.  It's been that long. I've tried out a lot of different things along the way. Now take a look at this quick video I put together of 23 different points of view to use with your GoPro, which of course you can apply to or imagine with more sports than what I have shared here.

(Video after the link)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New Gear : Kamerar Slider Dolly : Review and Footage

The Kamerar Slider Dolly SD-1 has been recently added to the arsenal of equipment here at Chris Gardiner Photography.  Quite a fun piece of equipment to play with if you ask me.

There are already a few reviews touching on it online and on youtube, but I made one myself anyways.   So I'll try to keep my review notes point form so theres not too much verbiage for you to wade through.   Also, accompanied by moving pictures - test footage included after the link.  Enjoy!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Picture of the Day : Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls in Columbia River Gorge, Near Portland Oregon by Chris Gardiner Photography

For anyone who has seen these iconic falls, but never been able to put a name to them, this is Multnomah, outside of Portland, Oregon. Nestled in the scenic Columbia River Gorge between Washington and Oregon.

I had the pleasure of visiting this, and many other scenic waterfalls of the Gorge area earlier this year. Just a skip and a hop from the Okanagan I call home.

Read on for some more about how this picture was captured

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Picture of the Day : Maude Roxby

The Maude-Roxby Wetland Marsh Boardwalk in Kelowna BC by Chris Gardiner Photography
The Maude Roxby Wetland Boardwalk

Kelowna, what a place in the summertime. Not many like it in Canada anyways.   This image is just one of my favourite spots around town to photograph. A little boardwalk near the water with a nice wetland marsh surrounding it. Maude Roxby Wetland Marsh.
Read on for a bit more about the image

Friday, August 8, 2014

Tips and Tricks : Lets Talk Interiors and Parallax Errors

A photographer's how to on fixing parallax errors in your interior photos by Chris Gardiner
I hope this helps some people
So, this is a post designed mostly for the photographers with a problem that is very easy to struggle with when you are starting with real estate, interior, or architecture photography.  And for everyone who is not a photographer, this post could serve as some insight to why you should hire and trust experienced professionals to create your images.

So What am I talking about? Parallax errors or converging vertical lines. 

E.C. Manning Park : Lightning Lake : Trip Highlight

Chris Gardiner Photography captures Lanterns on Lightning Lake in EC Manning Park
Lanterns on the Lake

With this August long weekend in Canada we decided to venture to the seldom-mentioned E.C. Manning Park.  A treasure in the Cascade mountains of scenic trails, cooler temperatures, great sunshine, beautiful mountains and of course, lots to see and do.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

On Glidecams : Dynamic Balance and Why You Need It!

So remember how I got a glidecam, and thought I had it balanced pretty well after a couple days?  Well it turns out I only had it very well statically balanced, but when you bring dynamic balance into the equation it wasn't doing so well.   So here's what I learned after copious amounts of online tutorial videos and reading on the subject.    Also, that video above is a quick look at my first two weeks of collecting footage on my glidecam flying my gopro,  I know it's nothing special, but thanks for watching anyways!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Photoshoot : With Brooke on the Beach

We were getting some killer Okanagan Sunsets. I hate to say it, but all the smoke from wildfires in the area made 'sunset light' long before sunset which is pretty cool, so I thought it was ideal time to plan a beach shoot to update my portrait work portfolio a bit.  The shoot went great, but the sunset fizzled out a little, it was the first day in weeks we had a cloudy sunset.  Regardless, we did get a few pockets of light and certainly made the most of what we had! Here's a look at the product of our shoot, the set up I used (and tested) and more.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Glidecam : XR-1000 Review and Balancing Tips with Footage

XR-1000 set up with extra weight up top to use my GoPro3
People have been hiring video professionals more and more, and with that I've been upping my arsenal in the gear I use to create my videos.  Recently, I purchased a Glidecam XR-1000.   I've got a quick review of what I've found in my few days with it, since I found a lot of coverage of the HD models of glidecam, but not much mention of the XR lines.  So I'll share some experience, and the single most important thing to know about calibrating your glidecam.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Picture of the Day : Larger Format

Making a DSLR photo to mimic that of a picture from a large format camera showing a wide angle view of Kelowna from Mountaintop by professional photographer Chris Gardiner

Here's an image I captured back in November overlooking the city of Kelowna. I wanted to mimic the look of larger format cameras than my Canon DSLR.  I created this to practice my technique, it has been a while since my last multi-layered panorama.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Picture of the Day : Picture of the Night

Scenic view of Kelowna near dusk when the city glows from light pollution in a beautiful way captured by Chris Gardiner Professional Scenic Photography
One of the many angles Kelowna looks great from.
Today's picture of the day is more literally a picture of the night, from an elevated viewpoint overlooking Kelowna.  This was actually captured on the walk back to the car, after being out from before the sunset.

Although you can tell by the clouds, it was quite overcast. What they detract from in your 'golden hours' landscape photography, they certainly add to a city's glow in a night photo. Read on for a few more from the night.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Editing to a Degree : An Insight to my Workflow

Before and After in Adobe Lightroom showing capabilities of RAW editing to achieve excellent edited photos by Chris Gardiner Photography in Banff National Park, Canada
Lightroom : before and after 
One thing you might find most photographers a little hush-hush about, present company included, is what goes on in their workflow. It's one critical part of photography that I don't often discuss, so here's a little insight.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Places You'll Find Me

Google Place Page Snapshot

To be successful with a small business and especially as a freelancer, one has to become available. That's why you can find my listing on Google Maps now.  I know for myself, a lot of times when I look to do business with someone new, I consult Google Maps for who is in my area - without having one of those little drop pins associated with your business, you wont show up.  That's some crucial exposure being lost!
Here's the link to : Chris Gardiner Photography's Google Place

Monday, January 13, 2014

Wedding Photography Portfolio

I released my first video portfolio on Youtube of my Real Estate Photography work, you can find the blog post. Well because I like the format so much, I very quickly got onto making my Wedding VideoPortfolio after, as you can see from the video above!

I had a lot of fun making it, and actually found I didn't fit everything in I had planned in my outline. Read on if you want some behind the scenes info on actually making one of these.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Time Lapse Demo Reel

Near the end of 2013 I went ahead and compiled a little time-lapse demo reel.  Time lapse is one of the forms of video I've been shooting since shortly after I got my first DSLR in 2007.  I had many challenges back then, most of which stemmed from not having the right equipment.  With a few years of practice later, I've decided to compile a short video.  Timelapses can be otherwise hard to share one-at-a-time so you'll often see photographers and videographers make compilations with their work as I did here.
Majority of the locations are Okanagan, and almost entirely British Columbia.

Read on for a little more information about making time lapses.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Advertising Spots Available!

If you can't tell, I've been slowly making a bunch of big changes, and there are heaps more in the works.  One of them is a brand new opportunity I am introducing regarding advertising spots on this blog here!
This post probably doesn't apply to everyone, but take a look,