Photography & the Arts

Site's under construction- most of the key parts are here, but check back soon for more!

Photography is my visual art of choice when I'm away from the drawing board. I tend to experiment a lot, manipulating light and colour in unusual ways in the hunt for interesting visual effects.

If you're in or near Kingston, Ontario and are interested in a unique portrait, personal or commercial shoot, I might be the photographer you're looking for. (This section of the site is still under construction, so it might look a bit sparse for now- and please contact me if something's missing or broken.)

If you see something here that would look good on your wall, ask about ordering a print.

Photography: Articles & Ramblings

Scarborough Bluffs

Just a few random shots from the weekend for you today.... down in Scarborough for truck shopping, and can you really pass up a waterfront walk when it's just a few blocks away and you just happen to have a picnic lunch packed?

Springtime on Wolfe Island

Spring is here. Among other things, that means it's finally warm enough to break out the bicycles and head for Wolfe Island.

Is it about the equipment, or about the art?

Photography, by its nature, is rather more equipment-heavy than many of the other visual arts.

There is a risk, though, of obsessing over the equipment to the point where the art itself is secondary- or forgotten.

Is it about the equipment, or about the art?

Photography, by its nature, is rather more equipment-heavy than many of the other visual arts.

There is a risk, though, of obsessing over the equipment to the point where the art itself is secondary- or forgotten.

Birding with a 35mm f/1.8

I can certainly understand the appeal of a big bag of expensive long lenses. Birds do, after all, tend to be small and far away.

I'm not about to spend $10,000 on a set of bird lenses, though. (I'm cheap, for one thing, but I'm also not quite fit enough to carry 15 kilos of glass and magnesium around all day.)

The solution? Get close. Really close. Just beyond wing-hitting range, in this case, with a 35mm f/1.8 on a DX body.

Union Station, a study in contrasts

Toronto's historic Union Station, after years of neglect and decay, is undergoing a much-needed revitalization.

The architects have decided to keep much of the original train shed intact, but a large central section of the original structure has been torn down to make way for an airy, modern glass atrium.

With a huge chunk of the roof gone, the steel and concrete of the 86-year-old structure is juxtaposed against the gold-plated towers of Bay Street.

Hibernating Beach Cats

One of the few downsides to being Canadian is that our boats must hibernate for at least six months a year.

A quiet day at the rail station

I have a soft spot for the railway.

Maybe it's the cruical role it played in creating a united Canada out of a disparate collection of territories, the sense of history, the tangible links to a past era.

Maybe it's the sheer industrial power of it- machinery built to last a lifetime, getting underway with a diesel rumble that you feel in your bones, the brutal honesty of purely functional design with few concessions to aesthetics.

Or maybe it's just the pleasure of hopping between cities with one's dignity and one's schedule intact, with space to stretch out and relax, occasionally catching a glimpse of the traffic jam on the 401 as you fly past it at a buck-thirty-five.

Is the resolution war over?

It seems the megapixel wars may be drawing to a close, at least in the upper strata of the market. With the exception of the 36 MP Nikon D800, the digital SLR market has more or less settled in the 16 to 22 MP range- and this number is no longer prominently featured on every flyer. This is good; it's a sign that the digital market is maturing and moving away from the ill-advised marketing metrics of its early years.

Swans and steel

A side effect of the partial closure of Hamilton's steel mills is the rather noticeable improvement in air quality since the blast furnaces went idle.

Leaving aside the politics of the situation- Hamiltonians are out thousands of jobs unless the steel market picks up- the birds on the Burlington side, at least, seem to be enjoying the unusually clean conditions this year.

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