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While driving in to work the past week the sunrise colour was impressive so I ventured out on the weekend to capture a mid August sunrise over Lake Ontario. The colours weren’t as vivid possible due to a very high dew point. The colours appeared muted but were pleasing just the same.

Nikon D700; Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8; @70 mm, ISO 200, f/16, 13s;

Nikon D700; Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8; Variable ND and 3 Stop SoftEdge Split ND Filter; @55 mm, ISO 200, f/22, 5s;

Nikon D700; Nikor 50mm f/1.4; B+W 10 Stop ND Filter; ISO 200. F/16, 55s

Photoshop CS6, NIK DFine, Viveza, Color Efex Pro Tonal Contrast and Glamour GlowImageImageImage

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I stumbled upon this rose farm recently and decided to try something outside of my photographic comfort zone. When I first saw the field of flowers, I thought that something interesting could be created, but when I saw the images on the back of the camera viewfinder, I wasn’t as I visualized the images could be. Then it hit me, why not go back when the light is more pleasing and try producing images that might work with the Orton Effect. So, this is me venturing outside of my photography comfort zone with an “Orton” of a colourful scene.

Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 @ 200 mm, 1/2s, f/22, ISO 200; Post processed with ACR PS CS6, NIK Viveza, Color Efex Pro

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Went out tonight to determine what is the level of light pollution in the area where I live. I was amazed what the camera sensor sees as opposed to our eyes. While the scene appeared relatively dark, the sensor registered significantly more light. Image was taken in Pt. Dalhousie Ontario 1-1/2 hrs after sunset.

Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 mm f/2.8; 24mm, f/8, 360s, ISO 200; Post processed using ACR, PS CS6, Levels, Curves, NIK Viveza

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This past week these War of 1812 Tall Ships were anchored in Lake Ontario. I shot them in the evening but wanted something more dramatic so I dragged myself out of bed before sunrise one morning to shoot them again before work and was pleased with the quality of light.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm f/2.8, Singh Ray 3 Stop Soft Edge Grad ND Filter, post processed with ACR, PS CS6, Levels, Curves, Nik DFine, Viveza, Color Efex Pro Glamour Glow filter.

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Infrared season is officially upon us in the Niagara Region. Fresh green foliage is forming on the trees which makes for a wonderful wood effect.ImageImageImageImageImage

All images shot with a Nikon D200 IR 665nm converted body; Nikon 18-70mm lens. Post processed with Phase One Capture One; PS CS6, Khromagery FAUX Color Action, Nik DFine, Viveza, Color Efex Pro and Silver Efex Pro.

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Went out with my good friend Tom, to scout for migrating birds and other signs of spring. The usual early season birds were busy staking claim to nesting sites. Just as we were leaving one location I noticed this scene with interesting colours and a reflection on a pond. The long birding lens produced a pleasing isolated and compressed view of the scene.

Location: Thorold ON

Nikon D200, Sigma 150-500mm lens @ 150mm f/8, 1/350s, ISO 200; Lightroom 4, NIK DFine, Viveza, Color Efex Pro

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Been studying quite a bit on different forms of Night Photography. Went out with my son tonight to try some star trail photography. There is a bit of a learning curve with this concept and for a first try at star trails there were a few lessons learned. This is the first of a sequence of some 200 shots that will be combined to produce an image showing the travel of the stars over time.

Location: Queenston, ON

Nikon D700, Nikon 50mm f/1.4 lens; 30 sec @ f/2.8 ISO 200; Post processed in CS6, Nik DFine, Viveza, Color Efex Pro 4

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