Category Archives: Tours & Travel

Historic Site Photography Tips

This article provides some historic site photography tips. They are illustrated with images captured at Trim Castle in Ireland.

Quite a few people visit historic sites when on holidays, and enjoy documenting them in their photographs. The weathered and sometimes deteriorating state of historic sites are often brimming with character. At times it can be challenging to incorporate different composition approaches with this type of subject matter. It can be easy for us to fall into a habitual composition pattern with our images.

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Niagara Parkway Challenge

On occasion I like to create some photographic challenges for myself. Today I decided that I would venture out to a familiar area and allow myself only one photograph for each stop that I made. The challenge included being limited to one camera and one lens. I also set a time limit of one hour during which to capture all of my images. So… I grabbed a camera and headed out for my Niagara Parkway challenge.

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Camera Buyer’s Remorse

Buying camera gear can be a daunting task with so many competing formats, brands and models. This is further complicated by a plethora of gear reviews extolling the virtues of specific cameras. And, plenty of ‘must have’ advice found on various photography sites. We can get overwhelmed with information… some of it contradictory. With the price of new camera gear ever increasing, it is critical to make a sound, logical decision. It’s all about finding camera gear that is the ‘best fit’ for our individual needs. Unfortunately getting caught up in never ending marketing hype can lead to camera buyer’s remorse. Many of us have suffered through that in the past. I know I have.

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Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

Late last week I had the opportunity to visit the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.  Many people who visit the greater Toronto area have no idea that this facility even exists. With almost 50 vintage aircraft on display, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum will be of interest to aircraft enthusiasts.

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Photographers are Problem Solvers

On the surface it’s quite funny to consider how much time photographers spend assessing gear and debating with each other about the importance of various camera capabilities. Interactions can get quite heated at times as people exchange their viewpoints. It occurred to me this morning that there is a very good reason why that happens. At the end of the day… photographers are problem solvers.

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Waterford Crystal Factory Tour

During a recent trip to Ireland my wife and I participated in the House of Waterford Crystal factory group tour. This hour long tour reviews the history of the company. It then walks participants through the company’s manufacturing facility in Waterford, Ireland. Even though my wife and I do not collect Waterford Crystal, we both enjoyed the informative tour.

All of the images in this article were captured hand-held while the tour was in progress. I used a Nikon 1 J5 and a 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 zoom lens.

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