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Photographing Spring Dawning Hamilton

Photographing Spring Dawning Hamilton

Monday February 7 2011

Frozen in time

It was one of those early Spring days when you could smell the earth and feel the power of the wind that would blow you away, as you listened to Roxy Music’s “Avalon” on the clock-radio falling out of bed in the early dawn.After taking all my medications and reading the Camera equipment,  I e-biked to Hamilton Harbour Waterfront Trail with my legs feeling a bit ropey thanks to a hard ride home last night and the fact that I’m not warmed up yet. A rabbit burst into the bushes on a helter-skelter trail course as I pass, and I see a deer along Cootes Drive, the first in the morning, swinging its white-rump (tail) as it bounds through the trees of West Hamilton. The Spring frost is deeper here along the trail – the mud is frozen into corrugations that my e-bike tires scrunches over and the puddles have a coating of crackly ice. At the top of the trail, I pause and silence descends, and I recall the conservation magazine entitled ‘Not So Silent Spring.” As I stand there, my breath curls away in white-cloud -like circles that resemble gold coloured smoke, I realize silence is a misleading word to use in Hamilton Harbour and Cootes Paradise landscapes. That is, because every bush rustles with foraging birds and bulrushes sway as Mute Swans are foraging at water’s edge; squirrels scramble up and down the tree trunks at Bayfront Park, gypsy moths gather nectar from a flower, a fly lands on a daisy flower, and from the distance comes the sound of a train horn at the C.P. Rail Yards. I punctuate this with two spring -loaded clacks as I clip back into the pedals of my e-bike and groan my way up the last of this particular trail.

October sunrise
Cootes Paradise

I think nature might be picking on me because of my invasion as the bushes whip painfully at my legs and arms, and more agonizingly is my cold ears, fingers and toes. Soon I am climbing a wide part of the trail and here I stop again. This time it is to use my camera – swollen fingers fumbling with the buttons as I attempt to photograph some bristle spikes that , to me, resemble swords sticking out of the ground. I’m not sure the pictures capture what I see, but I feel better for having tried – there is nothing more frustrating than going for a ride with a Nikon D90 in your backpack only to ignore everything because you feel that it would ruin the flow. Looking at the landscape before me, I was thinking Camera Raw and Adobe settings that I  had applied the night before.Using Photoshop cs5 and the Camera Raw made everything so much easier when manipulating a picture to the way I feel, or felt at that paticular moment in time . When shooting, align a horizon as in Cootes Paradise with the horizontal guidelines in the camera viewfinder which will help keep the scene level. As I stand on the shores of Hamilton Harbourfront spread before me illuminated by the rising sun, just emerged above a cloud – it is breathtakingly lovely. Mist lurks across the lake in front of me, in a strangely purple in the morning light. I happily snap photos for nearly an hour before realizing I was losing the sun, the time is pressing and I’ve not fulfilled the need for that perfect picture., yet.

Painful beauty
Invasive beauty

On my e-bike I even do the cheekiest of cheek trails and it is great – roots, corners that beg to be carved out in photographs. Along Cootes Drive again I see a lone deer sauntering across the highway. I get my camera out, just before the white-tailed female deer glides off silently again, out of the way of preying eyes. More photo stops occur on the route back home. Then I sit down in my chair, cup of fresh brewed Ginger tea in hand, looking down at my cat, then looking over downtown Hamilton just waking up. Frankly, I contemplate they’ve missed the best part of the day photographing Spring Dawning.

City Deer
Too may obstacles

Every morning I  rode my ebike From June 7 2010 until January 2011 drawn by Mother nature. I dream nightly of the Not so silent spring approaching, the need to be outdoors and Fulfilling the need to touch, feel,  and rebirth.


Source: adapted from Dawn by Dom Perry

By Jacqueline and Doug Worrall

Photographic Creativity and Technology


The Two Greatest Photographic ‘Atoms’ Creativity and Technology

Wednesday February 2 2011


Digital photography combines teamwork, creativity and technology. Creativity drives Innovation ! Look at how technology changed creativity. After more than three decades technological evolution, the way people go about creating is different. It is more than exchanging typewriters for computers, loading film cameras for digital cameras, or art tables for graphic design programs, it ‘s a complete shift in the creative process. With computers, it’s different, it’s more than just typing on a computer screen. You are free from Linear Thinking ! As Edward de Bono depicted from the late 1960s, developing Vertical and Lateral Thinking, as opposed to Linear Thinking. Technology often is criticized for taking us further from the natural order of things. The technology we have created and that which we create is also hard at work creating us. We have become like our work, every changing and evolving. Where will it end ? It won’t ! Change has become the only constant. Modern Technology has affected the way we create content, by making the creative process more transparent. For example, capturing a photograph behind an apartment by watching the fiery Canadian winds nearly uproot the trees,my mind wonder to various thoughts. These include: freedom and wind; the, freedom and humans, and eventually how the concept of freedom is just an illusion. Volla ! from this photograph and others in the same vain, I am able to create a fine art photography display fully analogue. At an art and photography display, I noticed how Natalie Campbell’s almost animated images with a macro lens combined technology, design, photography and creativity.

Biking in autumn

Nikon D90In today’s photographic contemporary lens culture, insight of visionaries are appearing. in creative collaboration technology. A three day conference in 2,008 in Amsterdam was entitled ” Picnic Conference: Technology And The Future of Creativity.” Charles Leadbeater, author of “We Think” (and personal advisor to Tony Blair, former U.K. Prime Minister, about technology, society and the future) presented the keynote address. He talked on the pros and cons of GPS – tagged photos uploaded to social networking sites,and his belief that we’ve reached a critical juncture in our contemporary lens culture: It’s as if we’ve acquired eyes all around us in a way.” Addy Feuerstein, gave a sneak-peek at his new web-based service that synchronizes all your personal tagged and time-stamped photos (and other “digital assets”) with outside events that occurred at the same time in history. And, collaboration between strangers, via a site like Fickr, helped launch an interest in HDR (High Dynamic Range) Photography. Hitachi G-Technology conducted a Driven Creativity Photo Competition. The winner submitted a unique photograph that captured the misty, morning gathering of swimmers about to start a journey down a river. The photography of mist, swimmers already in the water that covered the entire lens, with only their heads and white bathing hats visible, is much like the swimming portion of the Ironman Triathlon. The question remains – Is Technology taking our photographic Creativity away ? The answer is an unequivocal NO as technology is developing tools in photography to assist the photographer to venture into more creative images. This is accomplished by making it easier for photographers to have access to a wider range of resources to become innovative photographers.

Busiest shipping great lakes

Source, web, Jacqueline





High Dynamic Range photography

High Dynamic Range photography

Friday January 7 2010

Hamilton HDR

There are many good software packages that are user friendly. compared to CS5.

Dynamic Photo-HDR is a next generation High Dynamic Range Photo Software with Pin-Warping, Anti-Ghosting, Fusion and Color Matching.

“Powerful alignment and deghosting tools for high-dynamic-range generation, six tone mappers, plus lots of postproduction adjustments make MediaChance’s Dynamic Photo HDR a real winner for HDR imaging.”

Much less expensive than CS5 and the pictures that follow were all using this software, ENJOY

Hamilton Harbour


What is HDR Photography?

High Dynamic Range photography or HDR photography is an advanced set of photography techniques that play on image’s dynamic range in exposures. HDR Photography allows photographers to capture a greater range of tonal detail than any camera could capture thru a single photo.

While many imaging experts regard HDR photography as the future of digital photography, the discipline has long been in existence.

HDR photography is present in many pictures taken through modern day digital cameras. The truth is, if you are a real photography enthusiast then there is a great chance that you have taken at least one photo exemplifying HDR photography.

The real functions or even executions of HDR photography may be debatable. But no matter which website or source you consult they will always say it is a technique that employs the great use of exposure range to get distinct values between light and dark areas of the image. Its real intention is to create an image that accurately characterizes the intensity levels found in natural scenes. If you ever wondered why the picture you took was different from the scenery you actually saw, then maybe it’s time for you to learn HDR photography.

Hamilton Harbour
ice view

HDR Photography is the technique used to capture and represent the full (as possible) DR found in a scene with high perceptual accuracy and precision. To remember things better, think of the 3S: sunlight, shadows and subjects. These are the things that make an ordinary picture an HDR image.
The history of HDR Photography
While the technique is more commonly used now to create astounding images of art, fashion and landscape photography, HDR photography’s humble beginning is ironically designed to capture a rather fearing, shocking and destructive image – nuclear explosion.

Charles Wyckoff (the same guy who inspired Computational Photography) developed HDR photography in 1930s to 1940s. He is genius who took the 1940s Life magazine cover of nuclear explosions – an image that would later change the world. Of course the technique didn’t have the acronym HDR before, but the principles remained the same.

Cootes pardise

A deeper and perhaps more scientific understanding of HDR photography and imaging was first introduced in 1993. This was done by playing on two established photography elements: tone mapping and bracketing. A complex mathematical theory regarding differently exposed images of the same subject matter was then released two years after. Paul Debevec, a computer graphic researcher, applied this theory and combined several differently exposed images to produce a single HDR image was accomplished. Talk about putting a lot of science and even math to discipline.

ice view
ice view

Today, things are a lot easier. Thanks to the wide selection of portable and digital cameras as well as easy-to-use software, HDR is no longer limited to people studying nuclear explosion and computer graphics technology. But the technology on image capture, storage, editing and printing devices still has some limitations. And since each of these elements affect the DR of image; we need to study them if we want to get an HDR image with superb quality.

Information WIKIPEDIA

Doug Worrall Photographer