Since I was a kid the official end of summer was always the airshow at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in Toronto, Canada. Luckily the weather cooperated this year and I was able to spend a couple of afternoons on the Labour Day holiday weekend taking images at the CNE Airshow. This was my first attempt to use my Nikon 1 gear for airshow photography. Continue reading Airshow photography
Every now and then we all need a short break and a bit of relaxation. So it was for me this afternoon, so I grabbed a camera and headed off to Forty Mile Creek in Grimsby to see what I could find. Continue reading Ducks by Forty Mile Creek
As with all things photographic there tends to be differences of opinion and the occasional hard-edged viewpoint that people bring to on-line discussions. Shooting in low light is one such subject. Many folks have a strong belief that if you shoot in low light you must use a full frame camera to get good results. Period.
But… is this actually true? Continue reading Using smaller sensor cameras in low light
If you follow various photography sites you’ve no doubt read plenty of articles and reader comments that extol the advantages of using full frame sensor cameras.
For a lot of folks full frame cameras are the Holy Grail… the be all and end all… and some folks believe that we must shoot with this format if we want the best out of the money we have invested in camera gear. Some even go so far as to say that unless a person is willing to invest in full frame gear they’re not ‘serious’ about their craft. Others make silly and rather illogical statements that “real photographers only use full frame”. Continue reading The depth-of-field advantage of smaller sensor camera systems
I’ve been burning the midnight oil recently with client work and I really needed a break. So, I spent a couple of hours on Saturday morning at Ruthven Park in Cayuga Ontario with the intention of capturing some images of hummingbirds in flight with my Nikon 1 gear. Continue reading Hummingbirds in flight with Nikon 1
I must admit that the introduction of the Nikon 1 J5 has excited me far more than did the launch of the J4 or V3 models. Continue reading Nikon 1 J5 Hands-on Review
Like most photographers I enjoy going to the zoo to view the variety of animals, getting some exercise, as well as taking some images. During a recent visit to the Metro Toronto Zoo I had the opportunity to capture a number of images that I thought may be fun to share with readers. Finding light and details at the zoo can contribute to some interesting image captures. Continue reading The importance of light and details in zoo photography
As the final instalment of articles in advance of my hands-on review of the Nikon 1 J5 I went out today to test the camera’s capability with landscape photography. One of our readers, Ray Miller, was kind enough to act as my guide today and took me to a number of very interesting spots at which I could put the Nikon 1 J5 through its final hands-on test. Continue reading Nikon 1 J5 landscape photography
From time to time I like to go out on a limb and try something experimental just for fun. Before I get too far into this article I’d like to thank one of our readers (and a fellow photography writer) Ross Chevalier for sparking the idea for this article (you can check out his site here). In one of his comments Ross suggested that it may be possible to use elastic bands to affix a Hoodman or Zacuto Z-Finder to a Nikon 1 J5 and create a viewfinder. Sounded like an interesting idea to me so I tried it, then went out to photograph some cormorants in flight with the Nikon 1 J5. Continue reading Cormorants in flight with Nikon 1 J5
I thought it might be fun to try photographing bees with the new Nikon 1 J5 so I went out in the backyard for about 40 minutes or so to see what kind of images I could capture. Continue reading Photographing bees with Nikon 1 J5