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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

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Ginter’s 2nd Night 20160506

I wasn’t satisfied with the previous nights attempt and since it was now Friday I wanted to try again. I was really after stars in a photograph and to learn more about my camera and night-time photography.

This time I chose my 35mm prime lens. I wanted some city type shots with stars overhead. I also wanted to get the “Big Dipper” and try some different things with aperture, ISO and shutter speeds to see how the images were affected.

Again I setup my tripod, camera and tablet and let loose with finger tapping on the tablet screen. While it was a lot darker than the night before the connected tablet let me do previews of what it would take. This gave me the opportunity to do some composing for the shot, before the shot. Which ultimately is actually just taking a picture, view the results and then deciding if it was good enough before taking a picture to keep.

I’m curious also about the program I’m using to edit images – DXO OpticsPro 10. OpticsPro 10 has a high noise reduction option which DXO claims to be the best. Since I shoot RAW & Fine JPG combined I’m going to compare Nikon’s D90 JPG image processing with the results of the RAW processed images to how DXO and Nikon look side  by side.

First up is a set of images that show the effect aperture has on the image with this particular lens. These images are all straight from the camera using Nikon’s built-in jpg image processing.

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While its pretty clear that the aperture lets more light in the image suffers because the lens isn’t designed for optimal focusing at F4. F8 gave a better result for sharpness in the stars but at ISO 400 it was pretty dark. Boosting the ISO to 640 helped show more star light.

Next lets take a look at DXO’s processing of the RAW images. Using DXO’s Night preset (I didn’t alter anything.)

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OK, I think DXO wins. It seems the worst image clearer after DXO processed the RAW. I like what the presets did for the rest of the images too.

The remaining images are in my Flickr share here http://www.flickr.com/photos/kwgagel except for this one. I’m including it here just because it caught a satellite passing. The image is pretty bad but it does demonstrate what happens when you’re focusing on technology instead of trying to pay attention to your surroundings.

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Satellite (passing lower right)


Down-town Photo Walk – April 26th, 2016

The Prince George Photographic Society went down-town Tuesday for our meeting. We took pictures of whatever took our fancy. Here’s a few of mine, the rest as usual are in my flickr share here http://www.flickr.com/photos/kwgagel

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Ginter Gathering/Performance 20150607

On Sunday June 7th Jose Delgado-Guevara hosted a “never-done-before” performance in the ruins of the Ginter’s home at Ginter’s off leash dog park in Prince George. My wife and I attended the visual performance and enjoyed the sounds, the sights and the people (all of which were well behaved ;-). I brought along my camera and took a bunch of pictures. I’m thrilled with some, but I am pleased with others – even surprised as the concept I was thinking of at the time seems to have worked fairly well. Here are a few images for you (I’ve made them smaller as I’ve noticed my large images take a while to appear in a slide show) the rest are on my flickr share at http://www.flickr.com/photos/kwgagel.

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McInnis Lighting and Garden Shots

This morning the Prince George Photographic Society went to McInnis Lighting here in Prince George. The store was closed but Dan (employee) volunteered to attend and open the store to us so we could take pictures. The subject was a bit tough for me but I decided to take up the challenge and participate anyway. I’ve never even considered photographing light fixtures before so – off I went…

I’m glad I did, I think I got some interesting shots of really unique and wonderful looking fixtures. I really liked the ones that remind me of planetary objects! More McInnis Lighting images can be found on my Flickr share at in the McInnis Lighting Album.

After McInnis Lighting I went home and took some pictures in our front garden. I tried out my “new” (to me) fish eye 8mm lens for the first time – interesting perspective, I’m going to have to use it a little more. I also used by LED ring light to help keep the shutter speed fast. I didn’t want the wind to be a bother while I took my time finding ways to capture the images without the nuisance backgrounds creeping in. You can see them in my flickr share at https://www.flickr.com/photos/kwgagel.


Sunday Walk along the Nechako

On Sunday Tracy and I took Danny – well, Tracy took Danny and I took my camera – for a walk down by the Nechako river. Just before we left the house it started to snow ever so lightly, but I wasn’t concerned about it because snow was not in the forecast. Well, it snowed the whole time and made for some really nice images too. It was a nice walk, quite, and we didn’t run into anyone else there either. Here’s a few for you to enjoy.

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I took a couple of pictures of an abandoned humming bird nest as well but in post processing I noticed the focus was behind the nest so I’m not going to bothering with them – out of focus is out of focus. In the distance I could hear a train coming so on the way out I rushed over to the tracks to see if I could get a picture of it. I’ve uploaded one to my flickr account – if you’re interested in it use the “more” link under my flickr photos to the right.


Wilderness Walk

Tracy and I took Danny for a walk in the cut block. It was a lovely walk, not to cold with no wind to speak of so it was a very nice walk despite being around -10. Lots and lots of animal tracks around, I’ve captured the hare tracks for your enjoyment. On the way back we came around the corner of the road, right by the College Heights transfer station and came face to face with a Moose! Danny wanted to chase it and tried too but fortunately we had him on the leash.

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