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Henry’s Kanata Free Small Flash Photowalk – Mar. 26th 2011

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

I will be once again leading another free photowalk this Saturday for Henry’s Kanata. It will be a 2hr outing focusing on off camera small flash photography at Andrew Haydon Park (meet at stage) 3-5pm. Techniques touched upon will include how to trigger small flash units off camera (wired and wirelessly) and options to modify the style and quality of light by using grids, coloured gels, and diffusers. This 2hr photowalk will be free to attend, but we do ask participants to bring a non perishable food item for donation to the Kanata food cupboard.

Strings of pearls are formed from morning dew on a spiders web. (Stephen Harrison)

Henry’s Kanata Free Night Time Photowalk – Feb. 27th 2011

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

I will be once again leading another free Photowalk held by Henry’s Kanata later this month. It will be held on Sunday Feb 27th 2011 5:30-7:30pm at the Parking Lot P3 just East of the Nepean Tent and Trailer Campground on Corkstown Rd. (between March Rd. and Moodie Dr.).

A 15 minute timed exposure of the Northern sky at night with star trails. (Stephen Harrison)

This free 2hr photowalk will be focused on creating great low-light sky and landscape imagery with the use of tripods, remote releases, flashlights, and speedlights. Dress warm and bring your camera, a tripod, fully charged batteries and be ready to shoot! Please feel free to mention the free photowalk to friends and colleagues that you think might benefit from it as well. As usual, we will be bringing some gear to try out as well.

A long exposure of the night sky with light painted foreground. (Stephen Harrison)

If you are planning on attending just call the store at (613) 836-1016 during business hours. You also will have the chance to win a $25 Henry’s Gift Certificate for sending in your best photo to the store. A winner will be selected and their photo will be framed and displayed in the store with their name. Also, please bring a non-perishable food item to the photowalk for donation to the Kanata Food Cupboard. See you then!

Henry’s Kanata Nature Photowalk

Friday, October 29th, 2010

This past Saturday we had another free Photowalk held in Kanata’s Old Quarry Trail across from the Hazeldean Mall. We lucked out because the weather forecast was calling for rain and snow(!) but it turned out nice and sunny with a bit of cloud cover thrown in the mix.

We first came across a flock of Chickadees that came right to us and fluttered around and landed in closeby bushes. It was a good light practice for the attendees to try out continuous focus tracking and framing fast moving wildlife. We must of spent a good 15 minutes capturing images of these little fast movers. A fast f/2.8 telephoto really helps isolate the subject with shallow depth of field while providing motion freezing fast shutter speeds without having to crank up the ISO too much.

One of the attendees was gracious enough to hold a Nikon SB-600 flash unit off to camera right to help me create this moody image of a fallen tree:

I liked the grouping of these mushrooms. Decided to use a warming amber gel on the SB-600 flash (camera right) and use a cooler white balance to create the blue tone:

Some late afternoon light was just enough to catch the last remnants of fall in a beautiful glow:

The highlight of the day was coming across a family of wild deer and capturing a variety of great poses from them. One of the trail walkers had brough some carrots and coaxed the animals closer for some great detail shots:

All in all you could not have asked for a better way to end the photowalk. I think everyone enjoyed the happy surprise.

Henry’s Kanata hold a free photowalk pretty much each month. You can contact the store at (613) 836-1016 during business hours for more information. Hope to see you on the next photowalk!

Stephen

Henry’s Kanata Free Photowalks

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Each month I hold a free photowalk on behalf of Canadian photographic retailer Henry’s. Just yesterday I led a macro workshop with the help of camera guru Quinn Brown (from The Almost Friday Show fame) at Ottawa’s Mud Lake in Brittania’s Conservation Area. During these free events Henry’s supplies free demo equipment for use during the outing, so on hand we had some nice Sigma 70mm f/2.8 Macro lenses, close-up filters, 50mm inversion rings, a Nikon 105mm f/2.8 VR lens and a Canon 100mm f/2.8 I.S. L lens. During these workshops I guide attendees through different photographic aspects of each subject matter with their equipment (or equipment they have borrowed) to acheive the best possible results. See below for images from this 3hr outing:

 (Stephen Harrison)

Close-up of eyes on a green frog peeking its head out of a swampy wet marsh. (Stephen Harrison)

A North American green frog sits camouflaged against a swampy wet marsh. (Stephen Harrison)

Last months workshop was a generalized Nature Workshop held at Kanata’s Old Quarry Trail with the help of Rickard Andersson.

Flowery green plant with prickly defences. (Stephen Harrison)

Plant with purple wirery bulb. (Stephen Harrison)

Dragonflies are a type of insect belonging to the order Odonata, the suborder Epiprocta or, in the strict sense, the infraorder Anisoptera. They have large multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong transparent wings, and an elongated body. (Stephen Harrison)

Dragonflies are a type of insect belonging to the order Odonata, the suborder Epiprocta or, in the strict sense, the infraorder Anisoptera. They have large multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong transparent wings, and an elongated body. (Stephen Harrison)

June’s workshop was an Action photography workshop at Kanata’s Skateboard Park on Terry Fox Dr. Nikon Canada was kind enough to loan us a Nikon D3s camera body for the event. Henry’s lent some nice fast f/2.8 glass such as 24-70’s and 70-200mm lenses.

Young men with boards in hand gather in a line at a skateboard park. (Stephen Harrison)

Stay tuned for next months free Photography Workshop hosted by Henry’s Kanata.