Saturday, February 27, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Last night was my first time in a lighting studio. I have always wanted to learn the ropes of studio lighting so I was psyched when I saw Brian Larter from Aperture Studios held a beginner's lighting course. Creative possibilities abound when you take control of the lighting. But first I need to learn the basics. There is alot to learn about flash equipment - the set-up, position and exposure is different than regular shooting but similar enough if you know the basics of your 'stops'. I got a two hour crash course and was able to fire off a few rounds using PocketWizard's wireless remote system, AlienBees strobes and several large softboxes. Brian's girlfriend Karen, a professional model, was a good sport and sat in while Brian demonstrated various lighting positions for the class.
It was fun. My favourite lighting set-up was Brian's variation on the contre-jour, which positions the flash behind the model's head, shooting directly into the camera. Brian bounced light back into Karen's face using a reflector positioned to my left. Although the highlights easily burn out and focussing into light is difficult the effect shows attitude - a hint of rock and roll, which I like. It is interesting how you can express mood and add in your own style preferences through subtle variations in lighting placement. I can see me getting addicted to lighting.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Thursday night I attended a wine and food tasting at Opa, hosted by Costa Elles. The event came about as a result of a discussion on twitter debating the quality and value of Greece wines. It is somewhat odd that Greece, with its rich cultural heritage involving food, does not have the greatest track record producing high quality wines.
Personally, my experience judging Greek wine quality was unfairly tainted by my experience buying cooked vinegar from this fellow:
Twitterer Brewnoser took the reigns and challenged Costa to settle the matter by serving up some of his favourites to several local wine geeks. We were happy to find some interesting, high quality wines during the tasting. The whites in particular had tons of personality and character. The Estate Argyros Santorini was one of the favourites at our end of the table. The high acidity gave way to good crispness and the overall structure was pleasing.
The food was also delicious, particularly the lamb. Thanks to Brewnoser for the invite and Costa for hosting.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
I had a ton of fun whacking tennis balls around the city today with adventurous HFX urban golfers. Check out Halifax's latest golf craze here. It was great fun with some really nice people. Looking forward to playing more rounds in the future.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Today I was interviewed about Project 365 by fourth year Kings J-school student Trevor Howlett. He came across about my project via twitter and thought it might make an interesting story, particularly with the smoking cessation angle. We had a coffee at Just Us! on Spring Garden then hiked across the city in the cold, checking out a few places I've taken pictures along the way and chatted about my project. I hope Trevor has mad editing skills because I rambled on like a true blatherskite. Oh well, it was fun. The story will air Friday on CKDU radio, 88.1 on the FM dial, between 5:30-6:00. Audio clip can be found here