Picture of the Day: Woofstock '08

Heather, Don and I stopped by Woofstock 2008 on the weekend to see what we could see. I'm a dog lover (with no dog) living in a house with 3 cats... not sure exactly how that happened, but when I figure it out, I'll let you know. There was a lot of personality at the show and more breeds of dogs that you could count. I really liked this guy... something about the Pug breed that always makes them look happy. In all, I snapped 677 photos with my Canon 40D, which resulted in about 277 pretty decent picks.  The entire Woofstock 2008 collection, including the fashion show is also on my Flickr page. ISO: 100, Exp: 1/125, Aperture: f/2.8, Focal length: 70mm.

Photo of the Day - Las Vegas Gun Store

This shot was taken at the Gun Store in Las Vegas, NV. Heather and I are not big fans of guns, but we were curious when we stopped in to see what all the fuss was about (we had multiple recommendations for this place from friends). Well as much as I hate to say it: guns are really cool. At least when they're not being used to hurt people. The precision, and raw power of each firearm was unbelievable. To get this shot with the muzzle flash coming form the gun, Heather stood behind, using the high speed setting on her dSLR and held down the shutter just before I pulled the trigger. She probably took about 10 exposures, and this one turned out to be the best. ISO: 200, Exp: 0.167 sec (1/6), Aperture: f/5, Focal length: 38mm. If you'd like to try it out for yourself, visit The Gun Store at 2900E Tropicana in Las Vegas. Ph. 454-1110

Winter Scene: Starving Cold

I took this pic a couple weeks ago while visiting my folks in Windsor. They have a miniature Doberman Pinscher that goes nuts every time he sees a grey squirrel through the window. The squirrel must have been REALLY hungry, because he didn't budge when the dog barked loudly from just a feet away. ISO: 200, Exp: 1/200, Aperture: f/5.6, Focal length: 100mm.

Frozen H2O: My Latest Photo Subject

Just for fun, I joined a monthly photo competition with some friends. Other than bragging rights, there are no prizes, but I found it to be a great exercise in creativity. I was having a difficult time thinking about what to photograph and in Toronto right now given the lack of ice and I wasn't thrilled with the idea of a skating rinks as a subject. In the end, I decided to make a hamburger, fries and a coke out of ice for my entry into the competition. The bun, hamburger patty, and tomato were all solid ice and formed in plastic containers I found in the kitchen.  I didn't have any food colouring last night so I used my watercolour paints.  The lettuce and cheese were made by filling a spray bottle with the coloured water and spraying it on a single ply of Kleenex. Everything was put in the fridge overnight. I didn't think the frozen Coke fit in the overall composition so I removed it. I also decided to go with real french fries to add some realism to the photo. You can probably see the ketchup sliding off the ice bun; if I were to do it again, I would put the ketchup on the bun and then freeze it to keep the "swirl" in place. The photo was taken near a window with my 40D mounted on my tripod, halogen light directly over my subject and no flash. ISO100 with an aperture of 2.8 with a 70mm Sigma prime lens. PS: If you're going to attempt something similar, I'll warn you not to put your frozen subject directly on the wood chopping block; mine died with a loud crack after doing just that.

Photo of the Day (Evening edition)

We call him “Chippy”. Actually, we call all chipmunks we find at the cottage “Chippy”. It’s hilarious how friendly a chipmunk will get, knowing the reward of food is not far behind. Still, friendly or no, the Chipmunks are still a little jittery, so we had to move slow and be patient when snapping these shots.