All posts by Thomas Stirr

Thomas Stirr is an author, executive coach, and photographer/videographer based in Grimsby Ontario Canada. He specializes in industrial photography, safety and corporate videos. His work also includes landscape and nature photography, and experimentation with photo art. Nikon Canada has featured Tom's work numerous times on Facebook and Twitter. To follow Thomas, please visit his website and his YouTube channel

Flock Behaviour

This article discusses how, when birds demonstrate flock behaviour, it can be leveraged to create an abundance of bird-in-flight photographs. I was recently at LaSalle Park in Burlington and had the opportunity to capture a good assortment of images of ducks in flight. A small group of ducks demonstrated flock behaviour in a fairly predictable manner which created the opportunity.

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Why I Prefer Zoom Lenses

This article discusses a number of reasons why I prefer using zoom lenses rather than shooting with prime lenses. I appreciate that the choices we make with our camera gear are intensely personal, so this article is not intended to convince anyone else to adjust their approach. The camera gear that works for one photographer may not be a fit for the needs of another.

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Buying a Tripod

This article discusses some considerations to keep in mind when buying a tripod. This posting was prompted by a recent reader question. As regular readers know, I am loathe to use a tripod and only do so when I have no other option. Having said that, I do own a half dozen tripods along with various tripod heads and camera supports. In the past I used this equipment when shooting client videos, and for the occasional still image.

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Making a Delivery

Early this morning I accompanied my eldest son making a delivery of pre-formed rebar cages to a construction site in downtown Toronto. My day started a bit earlier than normal, leaving the house at 4:20 AM. All of the images in this article were captured handheld using the M.Zuiko PRO 12-100 mm f/4 IS zoom lens in available light.

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Long-tailed Water Landings

This article shares a selection of photographs of long-tailed duck water landings captured handheld at the Burlington lift bridge. This  species of duck visits our area for a short time in the early winter months. When possible, I try to photograph them a number of times during this time frame.

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