Portrait from the Plateau — Best Friends in Lafontaine Park

I shot this just yes­ter­day in Parc Lafontaine in Mon­treal. It was about 1 hour before sun­down and these boys were on a rock feed­ing, play­ing with the ducks and just chat­ting. I LOVE time­less feel­ing shots and I was cap­ti­vated by the scene, their pose and the fad­ing light.

Most times these types of sil­hou­ette shots are a result of error because the pho­tog­ra­pher wanted the main sub­ject to be well lit and the result is the under­ex­po­sure of the main sub­ject due to back light­ing. Not here.
For me the whole scene was the main sub­ject and so I delib­er­ately kept my flash off even though it was already mounted to my cam­era and ready to add as much light as I wanted to the boys. I did add a hint of extra light in the post-processing by dodg­ing the boys’ faces.

Exif data -‚ F4‚ — 1/500‚ — ISO 200 — 50mm focal length

Photography tips (recap) — Photography podcast #50

Pho­tog­ra­phy pod­cast #50 recaps many of the pho­tog­ra­phy tips talked about in the past 49 pho­tog­ra­phy pod­casts. Here are some quick tips talked about in this pod­cast cho­sen from pre­vi­ous photo pod­casts; Watch­ing the back­grounddepth of fieldfill flashexpo­sure in pho­tog­ra­phypaint­ing with lightfram­ing your sub­jectinten­tional blurpolar­iz­ing and neu­tral grad fil­tersdig­i­tal in cam­era fil­terspat­ternslead­ing linesthe rule of thirds in pho­tog­ra­phydelib­er­ate under­ex­po­sureshutter-speeds - using shad­ows cre­ativelywide angle lensespos­ing mod­elsusing reflec­torsstu­dio setups for begin­nerscheap macro pho­tog­ra­phyone light por­traitslow-light pho­tog­ra­phyusing his­tograms your rights as a pho­tog­ra­phersim­ple back light­ing out­doorsbright­ness and other dis­trac­tionspho­tograph­ing babiesdodg­ing and burn­ing in pho­tog­ra­phy.

I’d also like to thank Las­zlo, Dominic Fuiz­zotto, Dita Kubin, Ann Dahlgren, Raphael Gold­chain, Vicky Reed, Jolene Mon­heim and Andre Nan­tel for the infor­ma­tive inter­views that they let me record with them. More inter­views are already sched­uled for future podcasts.

Here’s a quick snap­shot of a small part of Parc-Lafontaine where I have been recently record­ing these podcasts.

Thanks as always to Lan­don, Benny, San­dra 543, Man­a­ma­rak, Clau­dia regina, destruc­tivemi­crowave, ratio, kath­leen, taffy, kiddo, dag, trhoads, megster85, langdon9720, Richard Annable, kate and Ash­muddy for recent com­ments and sug­ges­tions. We LOVE com­ments and sug­ges­tions so please send more.

You can down­load this pho­tog­ra­phy pod­cast directly by click­ing the pre­ced­ing link or lis­ten to it almost imme­di­ately with the embed­ded player below.

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Podcast # 50 to be released on Monday

Wow — hard to believe it but we are com­ing up on episode #50!!!! This makes me so happy and we plan to release our 50th episode on Mon­day. This episode will be full of pho­tog­ra­phy tips so please stay tuned!!!

I’d like to thank all of the lis­ten­ers and con­trib­u­tors and inter­vie­wees, and the many many peo­ple that have sent in thank­ful, encour­ag­ing and con­struc­tive com­ments via the blog — forum and through email. I do this pod­cast for the love of pho­tog­ra­phy and for the of love of teach­ing but it really helps when there is a fan­tas­tic com­mu­nity behind you!
I hope to record the next 50 shows with your help­ful com­ments and suggestions.

Many thanks in advance!

SPCA dog-wash photo

Last Sun­day I pho­tographed many dogs at the SPCA dog-wash fund rais­ing event here in Mon­treal. It was a cloudy over­cast day and it rained for part of the event. Even so, the SPCA was able to raise $3500.00 dol­lars which is amaz­ing. Of course as pho­tog­ra­phers we know that cloudy skies make for excel­lent por­traits. Here’s 1 of my favourite shots from the day. If you’d like to see many of the other shots you can see them in a thread on the forum on Pets.ca.