Happy Holidays, Everyone! There are so many different celebrations this time of year… The first day of Muharram/ Islamic New Year has come and gone, as has Hanukkah, and we’re sitting on the edge of the winter Solstice. Today is the first day of the next cycle of 13 Baktun – the Mayan Long Count – so how do you envision the next 26,000 years? Christmas, Kwanzaa, Saturnalia are yet to come this month, but whether you celebrate any or all of these or something more personal, we wanted to wish you a safe and happy Holiday Season and a New Year filled with as much love, joy, peace, adventure, contentment, prosperity and excitement as you can handle! Continue Reading →
This is a short (for me) and somewhat tongue-in-cheek rant because I always find it amusing when I see people post images they’ve made on the various social networking sites, along with comments that say, “No Lightroom! No Aperture! No Photoshop! No iPhoto! No _____!” as if it’s a badge of honour they THEY do not stoop to post-processing their images. I find it funny because it’s also completely false.
“The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth” ~ Richard Avedon
Update: If you’re looking for 2014 calendars, please click here.
If you’re looking for templates for Lightroom/Photoshop, please see the bottom of this post.
As I’ve done for the past two years, I created a template in MS Word that allows people who don’t have Photoshop, Lightroom or the equivalent to make their own photo calendars. There are usually a number of people who generate templates for Lightroom/ Photoshop as well, and while I haven’t yet encountered any this year, I’ll add them to this post when I find some. I used MS Word 2007 to make the template, but saved it as both a Word 2007 file and a Word 97-2003 compatible file. Basically it’s a series of tables, one for each month, that look something like this: Continue Reading →
Hi Folks: According to Wikipedia, it was 120 years ago (1892) that George Eastman first began supplying Thomas Edison and William Dickson with 35mm film for their movie projectors. Film was around before that, of course, but in a variety of sizes and feeding systems; 35mm film became a standard in 1909, and in 1934 the 35mm film cassette for still photography was introduced.
So, in honour of 120 years a group of us met on a rainy afternoon in November at Ross Bay Cemetery to celebrate a (temporary?) return to film and to the days of B&W. Some had never shot film before, for some it took a while to remember how to work a film-advance lever, and for others film is still in daily use. For the most part there was no autofocus, no LCD screens (“you have to look through the little viewfinder there”), and no ‘instant’ results. Those who had film cameras brought them, and those who didn’t were welcome to bring some film and borrow a camera from someone else. I brought six cameras (five 35mm and one double lens reflex) and loaned out three. For those who just can’t get into film, they were welcome to bring their digital cameras and there wasn’t a bucket of tar nor a bag of feathers anywhere about. More on that in a bit. Overall it was a lot of fun. Continue Reading →