Flowers

I love taking pictures of flowers. They are so colorful and make photos “pop”. These types of shots are not terribly difficult at all. You can do them with most any lens.

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If it is one particular flower that you are taking a photo of, try and use a large aperture (small F number) so that you can seperate the subject from the background a bit. Using Vivid as the picture control also helps to bring out the colors more.

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If you want a bit more of a boost, you can increase your saturation by 1 or 2 clicks. For me, it is always nice to catch flowers when they are in full bloom.

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My tripod

My tripod

A tripod is an essential part of any photographers kit. If you don’t have one or don’t use one, you are missing out on the potential it can give you.
Tripods are great for when you want to totally eliminate camera shake. They are even better for when you want to do long exposures or if you have a really big telephoto lens that you need to steady. Again, if you don’t have a tripod, you are missing out.
Choosing a tripod takes time and research. In my opinion, you should be spending a couple of hundred dollars on a tripod, at the least. Don’t go cheap if you can avoid it.
Probably one of the more important criteria of choosing a tripod, is making sure it will hold the equipment that you have. From there, i would add a few more pounds, just in case.
Second criteria would be how heavy is the tripod itself. Will you be able to lug it around with you without giving you a hernia? Unless you have your own personal sherpa, try and keep it light as you can.
Get a ball head: I have had the pan and tilt ones, but a ball head is by far more flexible and more smooth to move around.
A quick release plate: I beleive most ball heads will come with a quick release plate. These are great when you want to quickly take your camera off of the tripod. They are also great when you want to quickly attach the camera to the tripod. A few turns of the quick release screw-knob (some have levers) and it is off or on.
Tripod legs: keep in mind that the more sections the legs are in, the less sturdy the tripod may be. Get legs that are sectioned no more than 4 times.
Aluminium or Carbon Fiber: Well, this all depends on your wallet. Either one is light enough to carry. If you can’t handle the aluminum, perhaps you need to go to the gym. Not sure how you will open the door though, lol.
Those are the things that i think are important when searching for a tripod to buy. What tripod do i have? I have a Fotopro C5i. It is everything that i mentioned above. This is what works for me. Good luck in choosing your tripod.

Websites, websites and more websites!

Websites, websites and more websites!

There are 100’s, if not thousands, of photo websites out there. Below are the ones i like to go to.

Forums:

www.fujixspot.com/

www.rangefinderforum.com

www.fujixseries.com

Webstores:
http://www.simonscameras.com
http://www.henrys.com
http://www.bhphotovideo.com
http://www.camtecphoto.com/en/english/home_eng.html

Review/Info sites:

www.fujirumors.com
http://www.dpreview.com
http://www.digitalrev.com
http://www.ThatNikonGuy.com
www.kenrockwell.com
http://www.cameralabs.com

Photographers:
www.stuckincustoms.com/
http://strobist.blogspot.ca/
www.chasejarvis.com/

These sites are not listed in any particular order or ranked by preference. Go to them and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Plane Spotting??

Plane spotting is what got me into photography in a more serious manner. It is really what prompted me to buy my first DSLR.

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The name of the activity is more or less self-explanitory. However, there is more to it than just spotting aircraft. There is a whole community of spotters around the world. The more serious/traditional spotters, will record the tail numbers of the planes and any other details of that aircraft.

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The less traditional spotters, like me, will enjoy taking photos of the aircraft only. In addition to being aircarft fanatics, we are also hobbyist photographers, some even sell their work or get their work published. Personally, I have one of my prints hanging up at the home of an Air Transat pilot.

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To do this kind of photography, you don’t need a fancy, expensive camera. You can go out and get a used DSLR for a few hundred bucks and be good.

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Where the money factor does come in, is with the lens. Personally, i would not bother with anything under 200mm. Get a little 55-200mm and you will be happy. This will give you a good range. If you have a few hundred dollars more, dont bother with the 200mm, go for a 70-300 or a 55-300. Whatever telephoto you do get, make sure it has the ability to auto-focus on your chosen camera.

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Other than that, bring along the essentials: extra battery, extra memory card, lens cleaner, a snack, sun screen and a chair maybe.

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Some people get more serious and bring along a ladder to get above the fence line. ( In regards to the ladder, DO NOT put it right up against the fence!! You will have security or even the cops surround you in no time!) People also bring scanners to listen to ATC.
Whatever you do bring along, make sure it will not get the attention of security/police and respect the rules and the surroundings. Don’t be the one that ruins it for everyone else.
Here are a few websites that may interest you if you want to pursue plane spotting:
http://www.yulaviation.ca
http://www.flightaware.com
http://www.liveatc.net

The Old Port of Montreal

The Old Port of Montreal

Please keep in mind that this picture is scaled down. I have to figure out what the size limits are for pics. During the summer time here in Montreal, if you want to be at one of the places where things are happening, this is the place to be. This picture of part of the port where private boats dock, was taken with my D7100 and the 18-105mm. I find the Old Port is a great place to use the wide end of your lens – in this case, 18mm. If you wanted, you could rent a bike and ride around the bike bath, which will take you onto the other side of the water. Therefore, you would be able to take a nice wide angle shot of the whole port or, you can do a nice panorama.

St. Josephs Oratory, Montreal, Que.

St. Josephs Oratory, Montreal, Que.

This is a great place to visit, especially if you are a devout Catholic. It is a very imposing structure once you get up close to it. I took this picture with my 35mm 1.8G lens on my D80. If i remember, i had to stand on the other side of the street to get this. Everytime i go back, i am never at a lose for photo ops. Once you go inside, it is a great place to practice your low light photography, but bring a wide angle lens and a tripod would be a good idea as well. In the winter time, this place is lite up at night and with the snow all around, it makes for a great night shot.