Tag Archives: PGPS

Dew Drop Alpacas – 20180310

I went with the Prince George Photographic Society went to Drew Drop Alpacas on Saturday March 10th, 2018. The alpacas were all really lovely and obviously well cared for.

I’m very happy with my new photo editing software. I spent most of the winter playing with it and getting used to using it. It is allowing me to do far more and faster with my images. If you’re looking for something yourself, check out ON1 Photo Raw 2018. I’m really impressed with the “perfect erase” tool. The alpacas all had a lot of hay/straw on them and the erase tool was really useful to remove alot of it from the images.

Here are a few images for you, the rest are on my flickr share at https://www.flickr.com/photos/kwgagel.

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Alan’s Scrap Yard – October 22, 2017

In October the Prince George Photgraphic Society went to Alan’s Scrap Yard here in Prince George. It’s not really my kind of place for insperation – still, I tried to get some shots I could use for a little abstract work.

I found out about On1’s RAW photo processor and thought I’d give a try. I decided to process these images using it and it’s filters/effects. Here are a couple images, the rest as usual are in my flickr share here https://www.flickr.com/photos/kwgagel

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Prism Photography 20170307

The photo club went and purchased twenty two six inch glass prisms. Members purchased them from the club and now our challenge is to make great images using prisms. In our last meeting in February we practiced a bit with our prisms in the church meeting room. Some folks brought lights, backgrounds and things to take pictures of. Here are a couple of my practice pictures, higher resolution ones will be in my flickr share here https://www.flickr.com/photos/kwgagel and I take more I’ll upload them there as well.

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Pride Parade/Hubble Picnic/Gardening & Water Falls

What do all four have in common?

Nothing really, but I photographed the Prince George, BC Pride Parade, the Hubble Homestead picnic for our Photo Club’s annual picnic, some garden results we’re getting & Hixon Falls when I went there for the first time! I just haven’t blogged much about any of them so here they are with some select picture for you to view and as always the rest are on my Flickr share at http://www.flickr.com/photos/kwgagel.

Prince George Pride Parade

We went to the Pride parade on July 19th, 2016. I expected a bit more racy and drag stuff but it was very family friendly and nothing anyone could consider “offensive” (well, nothing anyone in this day and age should consider offensive.) Here are a couple of images from Pride.

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I enjoyed working with the images, making some with Black & White backgrounds. It takes more work but I like the results. More images are in my album here https://flic.kr/s/aHskCuhmqW.

Picnic at Hubble Homestead

Each year the Photo Club (Prince George Photographic Society) has it’s member picnic. This year we held it at Hubble Homestead. I had brought my remote shutter release and long exposure filters with me in the hopes of trying them out along the river. Unfortunately the shutter release didn’t work and I made a simple mistake of using the wrong ND filters. So, I bombed out on that try! Still, I got a few images on the O’l Homestead that I liked. Here’s a couple for you.

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More images are in my album here https://flic.kr/s/aHskAx4L69.

Garden Shots

I bought a new off camera flash for my gear. I hadn’t really worked with one before so when my wife told me she was going to harvest our currents I decided I better get out there and try it out. Putting on my Macro lens and using my flash off camera (remotely) I experimented with the currents. Then a few others! Here are a couple of images for you.

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There is more in my album here https://flic.kr/s/aHskAx6Bwb.

Hixon Falls

Hixon Falls is fairly close to where I live (Hixon being about an hour away). So, after living here for twenty one years there really wasn’t a good reason to have not been there yet! I thought this would be another opportunity to try out my ND filters with long exposure – cause who doesn’t like a great water fall shot! Right? Once again I ran into issues – but I over came them. This time I used the correct ND filters (yea me…) and managed a few long exposure images I’m happy with (if not terribly interesting at least technically correct!) So, here are a few for you.

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I took several pictures from above the falls to show how dangerous that area is. There are no warning signs posted – just memorial signs, so if you above the falls be careful. The slopes above falls are very step and extremely difficult to get up. We went back to the parking area and walked up a side road till we could hear the falls. Then started following paths in and quickly found the top of the falls. I think this image best displays just how dangerous it is up there.

Shows dangerously steep cliff side to water fall

More images of the top side are in my album here https://flic.kr/s/aHskETciaj

Goodsir Nature Park – June 14, 2015

I went with the Prince George Photographic Society to the Goodsir Nature Park (about a 1/2 hour north of Prince George) today. It’s a very relaxing park and totally privately owned. The owner Jim Good has been keeping his property open to the public for decades and planting all kinds of Canadian trees for our mutual enjoyment. If you’re ever in this neck of the woods (sort to speak) then you should put a visit to this park on your bucket list. See Tourism PG’s info on the park for more information about it.

I had the opportunity to use my camera tethered to my tablet. After taking a bunch of macro shots I decided to change gears and try out Helicon Remote on the beaver pond. Adding an 8 stop ND filter and my polorizer (2 stops) I was able to take a 2 second image which gave me a lovely sweeping motion on some vegetation while the threes stood still. I quite like the result – I’m going to have to add a higher stop ND to my wish list. That image and others are on my flickr share at http://www.flickr.com/photos/kwgagel. Here are a few for your immediate enjoyment.

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Circle Lake Field Trip with PGPS – June 8th, 2014

We went to Circle Lake this weekend with the Prince George Photographic Society. One of the members has property there and invited the club out – membership has its perks. It was a generally overcast day with rain showers (lasting hours) and a bit of sun here and there. The lake is alongside Eskers Provincial Park so it was really quiet and beautiful. Roaming the property and use the shed for shelter and socializing we really enjoyed ourselves. Really quite a cool place and wonderful piece of land.

I managed to use my tripod and macro lens for a number of good flower shots and then switched over to my Tamron 70-300 for some Humming Bird shots. The light rain gave lots of opportunities to get drops of water on the vegitation, but I wasn’t happy with those to much. I was however really happy with some of the Humming birds shots I managed to get.

Circle-Lake-Field-Trip-01I did spend some time working with my images after loading them onto the computer, first doing the standard exposure and white balance fixes. Then onto the cropping, sharpening and exporting to jpg format. I usually stop there but I’ve been learning about luminosity masks and wanted to see how much of an impact it could make.

I’m really pleased with the results. Here is a gif of small flower showing the three stages I’ve put the image through. First it will show a fairly flat but otherwise good image. Then it will transition to a slightly more dynamic image and finally a super (and over done) contrast filter. I like the end result even though it is overdone.

The rest of my images are more realistic looking and quite dynamic. I like how the luminosity mask adds some punchyness to the images – anyway, there on my flickr share at https://www.flickr.com/photos/kwgagel

Likely, BC – Field Trip, Sept 27th, 2013

Friday September 27th, the Prince George Photographic Society held a joint field trip with the Caribou Camera Club to Likely BC. What a trip! Cathie Wright worked out all the details and played host to the PGPS. She did a great job of picking out places to go see and photograph – not to mention the way she was able to herd cats (US!). Here are some of my Friday pictures taken in Likely BC. The rest and more to come will be at my flickr share here http://www.flickr.com/photos/kwgagel As I get more pictures ready I’ll post more here as well.

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