Join me at Kempenfest this weekend! Jul 30 – Aug 1

A quick reminder to everyone that I will be at Kempenfest this year, down at the Barrie waterfront. The festival runs from July 30th to August 1st – Come visit! If you’ve been admiring mphotography, I’ll have prints from $30 and canvases from $100, and I’ll also have my book available, autographed hardcover for $50.

I will be in spot 109A – just beside the washrooms at Centennial Park. Last year was a huge success, and this year will be even better!

I also want to share my latest photograph:

I had been experimenting with water droplet refraction photos lately, using flowers as the subject of refraction. I thought to myself that it would be fun to try the same process with an image, namely my Maple Leaf Flag photograph. I printed a special version of it with extended borders, and using the same method decsribed in an earlier post, snapped the photo.

I’m working right now on having this image available on a postcard, however it won’t be available in time for Kempenfest. If you’d like one, let me know!

Flower Refraction Shots

A while ago, I posted my photo called “Web of Wonders”. I didn’t invent the idea by any means, but I have been experimenting more with it. Here’s another image, created with the seed of a dandelion-like flower instead of a spider web:

The method is simple: spray the seed’s “webbing” with water from a mist bottle, place flower in behind, and shoot. Because I’m using an off-camera flash, I’d need three arms to properly set everything up. I was in the wildflower fields in Barrie at the time, so I simply waited for a passerby and asked for their help. They were amazed at what the camera created as much as I was.

I created another one with the help of my lovely fiancée Desi right here at home. We used a spider web and a rose to create this “web of love”:

The most difficult part about taking these images is the extremely shallow depth of field. We’re dealing with less than a millimeter of focus, and no tripod. It takes patience, but its worth it. I have another one that I’m still working on that I will post some point soon. 🙂

Introducing the New!

I have been working on this one for a long while, trying to make everything perfect. While I will likely continue to add additional images, I think its finally ready for prime-time. Check out the new

The website is designed to showcase my images and services much better. No one used the original website as an online store as it was originally designed to be, so I think this is a much better site to direct people to who are interested in me and my photography.

Of course, I’ll still be running the blog with my most current photos and the stories behind them. No worries there!

I encourage anyone who checks out the new site to tell me what they think!

Raining Fire

It might seem like I am repeating myself, or maybe this is simply a necessary step in photographing lightning.

Two nights ago I was in bed, and noticed a storm in  the distance, to the south. The interesting thing about this storm was the frequency of lightning strikes (one every few seconds), the itch to go and chase down the storm was too great to ignore. There was not thunder to be heard, because the storm was already quite far away.

I headed south and down to the water (Innisfil Beach Park) to find this:

Fun fact: the center of a bolt of lightning is about 30,000°C – that’s six times hotter than the surface of the sun. These bolts all occurred over a 10 minute span when the storm was its most active. a little research tells me the storm was over 16km away, due to the fact that I heard no thunder.

Entertainment in the Night Sky

Yesterday was Canada Day, and as many of you know I am a proud Canadian. Barrie had a fireworks display, which I headed out to try and photograph. Finding the proper location was quite the challenge, and I opted for silhouettes of people in the foreground to frame the shot:

The fireworks display was alright, but not spectacular. The above photo is actually three bursts combined to make it look bigger than it actually was. I decided that with some life on the waterfront after the fireworks display and boats on the lake… I would try another kind of shot showcasing beauty in the sky. Star Trails:

The stars and always moving through the night sky, and these trails show you how much they move over an hour. The center of the spiral is the North Star, which has been used for navigation in ages past because it doesn’t move (much). Because of the light pollution from the city, I had to take this photo in 30 second segments. Later, in Photoshop, its easy to combine the 120 resulting photos into one (and choosing my favourite foreground bits from various shots as well). The result shows the magic of the evening after all the Canada Day revelers had packed up and gone home.

Everyone came out for the fireworks, I stayed for the natural wonder.

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