Wednesday, December 26, 2007
It is nice to get comments and to hear from people who read my blog. The comment below is very interesting to me because yes, the photo the person is asking about is a photo that I took in 1976. It was taken just out side of Alert Bay, my home town, and is looking toward the mouth of the Nimkish River. The person seen on the boat is David Uhl, Alert Bay fisherman proud of his new seiner. I only sold or gave away a few of these photos so I would be curious as to where it may have been the last 3o years. It was taken during the winter maybe in January as there is snow on the hills. As to the name Pictures, Prints and Promises, that was the name of my photography business at that time. I owned and operated a small gallery and frame shop in Alert Bay and sold my photos.This may not be the right photo, I took one shortly after with Malcolm Island in the back ground and the seiner is captured from the bow. Bill Wilby
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
The Nikon D300 is here, well almost here, I received an invoice today for the first one which means it will come today or tomorrow. As of right now it is unsold, you could be one of the first in Canada to own one. It is also priced about the same as the U.S. only in Canadian dollars with a Canadian warranty. There is no review posted of this camera that I know of as it is still too new, but dpreview have posted a preview found here.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Using the SD14. What a pleasurable experience it is. Even when walking to the mailbox with my grandpa and my dog, the camera delivers true (or better) to life colors and amazing detail and sharpness. This is because of no need for an antialiasing (blurring) filter, that provides a very real sharpness rather than a simulated, noisy one. Later in the day I took the SD14 into a dark room to create some very basic physiograms. The first one was taken over a 33 second exposure at f/8, with the IR filter off, as the LED was infrared, like your television remote. The camera had no problems with the image and I couldn't even see the light as I was taking it. The second is of a medical grade deep violet LED that is so intense it can be harmful to your skin. This part of the visible spectrum is the hardest to capture, the Sigma does it beautifully and sharply. Max.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Friday, November 09, 2007
Euro Prints, our new print size which is very popular in Europe, 41/2x6, seems to be a huge hit for anyone with a camera that shoots in the 4:3 aspect ratio. This includes most compact, rangefinder, and some digital SLR models. Traditional 4x6 prints use the 2:3 aspect ratio, cutting off the top and bottom of the image. This also means that the subject's heads will often get trimmed as well. Our Euro Prints preserve the aspect ratio of the client's camera, resulting in the image being printed as it was intended by the photographer. This is perfect for scrapbookers or people without the need for standard albums, as your pictures feel more like a 5x7 and less like a 4x6. Move your mouse over the image above to see what I mean. Max.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Monday, November 05, 2007
If you have been reading my blog you will know that I am getting to know the Sigma SD14. Sunday was a wonderful day here as the light was warm and the sky mostly clear. To my surprise I found things about using the SD14 that I was not expecting. I went to take an early morning photo at the ISO 50 setting and realized a tripod would help. As you may also know, with my love for stabilized cameras and lenses, it has been awhile since I have set up a tripod. I have forgotten how it feels to adjust a good tripod, and take a little more time to compose a photo. The camera didn't focus quite the way I wanted so I switched to manual focus and with my free hand, thanks to the tripod, I began to experiment with focus. What's next, manual exposure? My point is not only can the Sigma SD14 capture a photograph like no other camera, it also provided me with a feeling and experience that I haven't had with a camera for a long time. From the sound of the shutter to the large viewfinder this camera just feels good and that for me makes a difference in the photos I capture with it. This photo shows the contrast of the warm November light on the trees and rocks and the deep blue refection of the sky in the river. I have printed this photo 16x24 and the depth it has I think is the result of the Foveon sensor. The feeling I have when I look at the photo has to do more with the experience of using the camera. Oh and the tripod too. Bill
Friday, November 02, 2007
Thursday, November 01, 2007
As promised more photos from the Sigma SD14. I really enjoy using this camera, the shutter is very quiet, and the controls are well laid out. It even has a built in hand warmer. This is a inside joke for Sigma users. It snowed a little just after I took these photos. Bill
Monday, October 29, 2007
Sigma Sd14. My demo for testing has just arrived and if all goes according to plan you will hear much more and see many photos from this camera. This camera is not well known of in main stream photography and that may well be part of the appeal for me. What makes it different from the others is the foveon sensor that captures the photo. Other digital camera sensors do not capture each red, green and blue colour at each pixel.The Sigma Sd14 does. They have a great site, here is the link. Contact Photo Arts is the only stocking Canadian dealer at this time and we plan to sell in store and on line across Canada. Watch for our new link and photo gallery on the home page. Please click on the photo to view larger image. Bill Wilby
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Something about this time of the year, there is a time about now 5:45 pm when the light just "pops" in front of your eyes. The day has been cloudy and rainy and then for 15 min. you can forget the rain as the light pops before your eyes. Lucky for me there is usually a camera near by like my Panasonic FZ18. Bill
Monday, October 22, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Hi there. This is Leif. I'm back in Canada, but organizing my photos from Scandinavia, and I decided to make another post... This is from London, England, actually. I stopped over on my way back home, and most of my time there was overnight between my flights, in the darkness. I broke my tripod in Iceland (my lightweight tripod was NOT designed to work as a support for a high-tension clothes-line while camping... To its credit, it did do the job for two weeks before failing in the last week of my camping trip around Iceland!) So this shot of Westminster Abbey was taken using a fence as a tripod. The shot was crooked, but I didn't care about that at the time - photoshop can (and did) take care of it.
The other shot is from a medieval stave church in Norway. I'm really impressed with how well the K10D handles 'blackness', even at higher ISO settings (the shot of the abbey is at 400iso, 1/4 sec)
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Passport photos and more passport photos, these are mostly the photos I take these days. Fall is here and on Sunday there were a few moments to take some fall photos. These two photos were captured with my Panasonic FZ18. I think everyone should have one. And we do have stock. Bill
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Hi - This is Leif posting again. I took my laptop with me when I went on my travels through Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Norway, but was rather busy exploring so didn't get the chance to organize a post. It was heavy to carry both my K10D and my laptop around, but worth it. I took far more photos than I would've otherwise, and used the RAW function regularly too, since I had the space on my computer. Basically, I just had fun on a regular basis with my K10D. This has resulted in two good things (I had fun & I have some fun photos) and a bad thing (I have more photos than I know how to deal with). I'm thinking it would be good to find a program for making a photo database or something, so I can easily navigate all my photos...
I will try to post some few photos from the places I went to. For now, here is a photo of a 14th century castle in Malmö Sweden, at early morning. I had to fly out that same day from Copenhagen (twenty minutes away by train), so woke up REALLY early to explore this somewhat small and neat city while I could.
Also, here are two photos from Helsinki. Many people I spoke with didn't have much to say for Helsinki. Certainly compared to Stockholm, Helsinki lacks a certain 'beauty' or picturesque quality. But I must say that Helsinki is VERY inspiring and fun for photography, or I think so at least. They really have some amazing architects there, and they know how to work with spaces and light and shapes. These two photos are from the steps up to the big cathedral, and a sky-light inside the museum for modern art.
I'd also like to say that a lot of museums do permit photography. The K10D is really handy in low-light conditions, with display glass that makes using a flash very problematic. I got lots of good close-ups of Viking-Age artefacts that will serve me well in my studies and teaching.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Some people say it's a jungle out there, so if you haven't seen our add here is a copy. Sandy and I will be away to our annual buying show Sept. 22 to 26. It was last year at this time we started this blog to help introduce the new products and services found at that show. So stay posted this Fall for more from our jungle buying show. Bill P.S Forgot to say the store will be closed for those days we are not here.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Panasonic's newest ultra zoom camera is the FZ18. It has a 18x zoom. For film this would be a 28mm to 504mm range. It will photograph something and make it look 10 times larger than we see with our eyes. Here are two photos that show this range.The 18x zoom can be misleading to a buyer as it is referring to the focal length difference in the lens. As the wide angle view of this camera, is wider than most digital cameras, the 18x zoom can be easily miss understood. The focal length in this lens is 4.6mm to 82.8mm or 18x. There are many things to like about Panasonic's new FZ18 and we have them in stock. Click on the pictures to make them bigger. The deer is in both photos.
Saturday, September 01, 2007
Hi - this is Leif again. I'm just about to leave for a trip to mainland Scandinavia, and I may be able to post while I'm there, but I thought I'd put another few photos up quickly before I leave.
One here is taken of the building opposite my favourite building in Reykjavik. The Ráðhús, or City Hall, has some really fun lighting and lines. This building faces it, and the precious moments of darkness (or near-darkness) just after midnight in mid-July let me get this fun shot of the small pond (with a duck!) that surrounds the Ráðhús, making it seem as though it's submerged in water. Maybe I'll post some shots of the Ráðhús itself some other time.
I went for a sunrise walk in Vík in mid-August, leaving my tent around 4am, with the sun rising shortly afterwards. The sun rises and sets quite slowly and stays low on the horizon for a long time, so I had lots of time to explore and try different things with the shadows and light, as well as just enjoy the sunrise! I also finally figured out just the right time of day and conditions to get a shot of the black sands that actually shows how celestial they seem up close - needed to be right before the sunlight hit the sand, with some fresh morning ocean-spray on the sands.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Hi - this is Leif in Iceland again. Around August 10th I stayed a couple nights at a very small campsite in the southern-interior of Iceland (called Hólaskjól, and you can check out the map on my blog at http://duenorth-iceland2007.blogspot.com/). I went for a long day-hike as soon as I got there, expecting the sun to persist. The area is quite interesting, with a large gorge and river, and another river with a flat sandy flood-plain. There is also an old lava floe from about 1000 years ago that has been covered almost entirely in thick soft moss (sometimes almost a foot thick, seriously!) Anyways, it started pouring rain just as I was about three hours from my tent and any shelter. So I used the complete rain-shield on my lowpro camera bag for the first time ever, and got thoroughly soaked to the bone, while my camera remained dry.
Much later that day (around 9pm) a heavy mist or omni-directional rain came up, and I remembered a landscape of moss-covered lava not far away. So instead of putting on my soaking boots, I went with cold bare feet in sandals and took some shots. It was worth it, and the landscape seemed very surreal, with light coming from just above the horizon and glowing as though it was only a few hundred metres away. I got very wet again, and there were millions of beads of water on my camera, but thankfully the K10D is water-resistant so I don't have to worry so much about that.
Here are a couple sunsets too. The first is from Reykjavík looking some 100km over the ocean to the Snæfelsness peninsula. The second is from a lake called Mývatn in the north - this sunset took about an hour and a half and was spectacular with lots of colour the whole time. When the colour from the sun had mostly left the sky, the moon rose over the hills. Sunsets here last forever this time of year, so it can be a leisurely process to set-up a tripod and get the shots you want. The light changes constantly though, as the sun moves, so different colours appear and disappear over periods of a few minutes.