Archive for February, 2009

More snowflake photography – No two alike?

Posted on 26. Feb, 2009 by .


More snowflake photography – No two alike? – One of the common bits of knowledge is that there are supposedly no two snowflakes that are alike. And in my relatively limited experience of closely examing these wonderful water vapor crystals, I have yet to find any that are even reasonably close to identical. And, it is unlikely in the extreme, that I’ll ever photograph two identical crystals. Why is this?

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When life gives you snow…

Posted on 24. Feb, 2009 by .


When life gives you snow – I don’t know about the part of the world that you live in, but here on the frozen prairie of Alberta, it is looking like anything but spring. As I write this, it is snowing quite heavily and the temperature is about – 17 celcius (about 1 degree Farenheit). Sure, it’s been snowier and colder this winter, but I’m on the edge of getting a little antsy for spring.

Now, I could be a good boy and head a bit north of the city to search out some owl activity or head to Elk Island National Park (just about 20 minutes east of Edmonton) to look for some chilly wildlife. Heck, I could even head down to one of the local park’s bird feeders to try photographing the local siskins, chickadees, grosbeaks or redpolls.

But occasionally, the falling snow is just about perfect (about – 8 to -12 Celcius or 17 to 10 degrees Farenheit) and it just begs to be…

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February Update – Foxes, we got foxes!

Posted on 18. Feb, 2009 by .


My last update featured some foxes I’d managed to find and this update continues that focus with some images from another fox den. The images in today’s update were made alongside a sparsely travelled secondary highway around Mayerthorpe in Alberta. On my first journey to find the fox den, I was treated to a spectacular thunderstorm that literally shook and rattled my vehicle while it…

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Photoshop tutorial – Adding a Rule of thirds grid overlay

Posted on 12. Feb, 2009 by .


Photoshop tutorial – Adding a Rule of thirds grid overlay – Today’s WildShots Photoshop tutorial provides you with a quick and easy way to setup Photoshop to display the classic “Rule of thirds” grid over top of your images. The grid isn’t actually saved…

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Photoshop Tutorial – Creating PhotoStrips

Posted on 11. Feb, 2009 by .


Photo Strips WildShots Photoshop Tutorial – In today’s Photoshop tutorial, I take a look at Photoshop’s Photomerge capabilities. I show you how to use those capabilities to combine a number of images or consecutive frames into…

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Learning wildlife photography – Shoot in RAW or JPEG mode?

Posted on 05. Feb, 2009 by .


Learning wildlife photography – RAW or JPEG? – Much discussion is bound to occur when photographers get together and the question arises: “Do you shoot in RAW mode?”

Many photographers prefer to have their camera produce RAW files because they consider them to be…

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Learning the digital darkroom – This just in, RAID is NOT a backup system

Posted on 02. Feb, 2009 by .


Learning the digital darkroom – This just in, RAID is NOT a backup system – Surf the various boards on the Internet long enough and you’re bound to stumble across a conversation or two about disk storage. The great thing about digital photography is that you get to experiment without a lot of the cost. The down side is that those digital photos start taking up a lot of disk space. All disk drives will fail. They are mechanical devices and it is only a matter of time. When you realize this and you start getting serious about your photography to the point that you don’t want to lose your images…

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