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Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-04-2012, 02:55 PM  
Misc Father's 1984 shots
Posted By mischivo
Replies: 9
Views: 737
The first image is absolutely breath-taking!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-04-2012, 10:42 AM  
People No Flash + High ISO + Wedding Photojournalism = Awesome
Posted By mischivo
Replies: 11
Views: 1,173
Is it awful that I enjoy reading about wedding photography horror stories? There are a few threads about the same over on photo.net. They're very addictive as stories themselves, especially when the photographer is also a decent writer. But I mainly read them for, as you mentioned, caution.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-04-2012, 07:47 AM  
People No Flash + High ISO + Wedding Photojournalism = Awesome
Posted By mischivo
Replies: 11
Views: 1,173
Canada Rockies, that's an interesting story. Have any other battle tales to share?

On the subject of wedding photojournalism: these days, it's a popular style amongst photographers in terms of a marketing buzzword. However, visit any of their online portfolios and you'll find that the majority feature and promote their posed work: the photography that more often than not looks to be emulating a small fashion or editorial shoot (but with uglier models).

On the subject of flash, on a few occasions I've had the opportunity to work with the main photographer from one of the top ten studios in Toronto. He does the posed work. He also does the candid work. I recall in one very bright church, he did not use flash. I also know that whenever lighting is subdued, he really pulls a 360 and sets up a huge studio strobe somewhere in the corner of the hall to either side of bride and groom, and just blasts that thing into anything white or neutral as a bounce. Repeatedly. Granted, the effect looks good for what it is, but I can't imagine it not being distracting. During receptions, he'll either continue to use the giant strobe, or slide a CTO filter onto his on-camera speed-light and bounce that off the ceiling for candids. His work is good, trendy, and sellable; I understand why he's one of the busiest studios in the city.

Then there is another photographer I recently saw in action as a guest at a wedding. He charges in the upper end as far as Toronto goes. He also has a very distinct style that I have not seen any other local photographer emulate—and it happens to be awful. The skin tones are almost always too cold. He uses some sort of software soft-focus filter on every image on his website (and the images I saw he took for my friends). And he Photochops everyone's skin to look like porcelain. Now porcelain-like skin works well as a metaphor in literature, but actually seeing it in an image is eerie. My friend complained about looking ghost-like in her engagement photos. Aside from his questionable post-processing aesthetic, this photographer also chooses to shoot almost everything with direct on-camera speed-light flash. Sometimes he adds off-camera flash to his repertoire, but it's always direct. During the end of the night, he managed to clear the dance floor by constantly firing his multiple strobes directly at the bride and groom while we were dancing. I'm assuming everyone fled because they couldn't tolerate the constant strobes and subsequent after-images in their eyes.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-03-2012, 06:41 PM  
People No Flash + High ISO + Wedding Photojournalism = Awesome
Posted By mischivo
Replies: 11
Views: 1,173
I had the privilege to shoot a wedding this weekend. Here's a sneak peek image taken under ambient light.



I'm personally a great big fan of wedding photojournalism. I refuse to use flash unless absolutely necessary (and I really stretch the definition of what is).
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-28-2012, 05:21 PM  
Travel Grand Canyon Late Afternoon
Posted By mischivo
Replies: 53
Views: 2,292
This is a great image with great colour, much like everyone else has already commented. So I'll critique your presentation: it's pretty bad. The browny-orange vignette you applied to the image is an odd colour and does anything but subtle. This photo also suffers from some rather extreme jpeg artifacts, something that you should be screening for before upload. What's the point of nice photo equipment if you turn the image into mush when displaying it?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-28-2012, 11:23 AM  
People New doggy carrying accessory
Posted By mischivo
Replies: 0
Views: 542
Saw this woman and her Shitzu yesterday during Kensington Market's pedestrian Sunday.

Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-24-2012, 02:28 PM  
Misc Rocking the boat
Posted By mischivo
Replies: 6
Views: 642
I reckon it would be hard enforcing any such rule with regards to photography, especially since the camera field is completely optional, and since it's a film photograph. I bet I can even sneak one into the photo contest if I really wanted to, unless it specifies digital only shots. It's not like the metadata would confirm or deny anything except that I use a Nikon scanner. :P Not that I would, nor that I would win either...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-24-2012, 07:08 AM  
Misc Rocking the boat
Posted By mischivo
Replies: 6
Views: 642
I can list anything I want for the camera and the photo would remain unchanged. In fact, I could've taken this photo with any camera and it would remain unchanged. The film is the star here, not the box it was in.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-24-2012, 06:09 AM  
Landscape Sunsets from High Falls
Posted By mischivo
Replies: 17
Views: 976
These are some beautiful locations. That night shot is particularly nice. But if I may add a humble observation: your presentation is compromised by the thick blurry border currently in use.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-24-2012, 06:04 AM  
Misc Rocking the boat
Posted By mischivo
Replies: 6
Views: 642
Shot on Fuji Velvia 100 film. Clicking the image will take you to my daily photography blog where you can check out a new shot daily.

Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-17-2012, 01:39 PM  
Landscape Forgotten Tides
Posted By mischivo
Replies: 12
Views: 902
This is great work!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-17-2012, 01:37 PM  
Cityscape Toronto Sunset.
Posted By mischivo
Replies: 2
Views: 544
It's all about the timing. This is the view from my balcony, and most of the time it's completely bland. I had to really move my ass to catch the light when I did.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-17-2012, 01:09 PM  
Cityscape Toronto Sunset.
Posted By mischivo
Replies: 2
Views: 544
Here's a colourful photo of Toronto.

Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-12-2012, 07:17 AM  
Architecture Hart House at University of Toronto
Posted By mischivo
Replies: 4
Views: 700
Thanks everyone. This photo took a few attempts to get the composition right, as well as avoid the handshake that ruined the first few shots.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-11-2012, 11:55 PM  
Architecture Hart House at University of Toronto
Posted By mischivo
Replies: 4
Views: 700
I was walking around the University of Toronto campus last week and stumbled into Hart House. That old building has reminded me of Hogwarts Academy ever since 2004, when one day after lecture my friend Greg and I went to the gym there. He claimed it was like lifting weights at Hogwarts. But I wasn't there for the gym or the fond memories of the Harry Potter films, I went in to find a way into Soldiers’ Tower. Unfortunately, I was ultimately unsuccessful in reaching the Soldiers’ Tower via Hart House, but luck found me a great composition in the photo below. This lovely sitting area features a beautiful vaulted ceiling and pull out lists of the Board of Stewards and Committees for Hart House.

Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-29-2012, 10:20 AM  
Travel Sailing to Antarctica
Posted By mischivo
Replies: 34
Views: 4,814
Great series. I'm jealous! I'll go one day.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-29-2012, 10:10 AM  
Streets Turin, with balloons
Posted By mischivo
Replies: 7
Views: 614
Good photo and nice sky. Polarizer, post, both, or neither?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-28-2012, 06:33 PM  
Streets Waving Elizabeth
Posted By mischivo
Replies: 3
Views: 583
Saw this small statuette of Queen Elizabeth II in the storefront window of a Queen St. West store (a few blocks west of Spadina). This shot was taken using FujiFilm Superia 1600 film. It's very grainy. This particular roll was donated to me by a friend and fellow Pentax Forum member, Gooshin.

Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-27-2012, 01:08 PM  
Black & White Silver Efex Pro 2
Posted By mischivo
Replies: 21
Views: 2,274
In all honesty, I hope you had a HUGE balance on your gift card, as this type of software is usually a waste of money. I think that the only features it excels at are simulating film looks. However, I've always had issue with such features, as they never tell you what what your input image should be for the results to be authentic.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-27-2012, 01:03 PM  
Landscape My Wife Likes this but I Don't
Posted By mischivo
Replies: 26
Views: 1,601
I disagree with your wife.

No one takes a perfect photo every time. Some scenes aren't worth capturing. Some photos aren't worth keeping. This particular image is all over the place: it's over-cooked, it's too busy, there are too many different textures that do nothing but distract from each other, and the colours are neither here nor there.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-27-2012, 12:58 PM  
Travel Death Valley Sunset
Posted By mischivo
Replies: 24
Views: 1,222
I really wish you included more of the valley in this image. This could literally be anywhere unless you give it some grounding by showing more of the land.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-27-2012, 12:56 PM  
Landscape Accelerated skies
Posted By mischivo
Replies: 18
Views: 885
Nice photo!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-27-2012, 12:32 PM  
People Me and my Pentax camera
Posted By mischivo
Replies: 5
Views: 548
When taking such photos, try to look into the lens of the camera, not at yourself.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-27-2012, 12:29 PM  
Streets Another day another photo: Retro Red Dodge
Posted By mischivo
Replies: 2
Views: 741
This one had a bunch of pillows in the back. But I didn't take any photos of them for it wouldn't been redundant. I love the colour, although I don't think it came across correctly given the twilight. It's definitely not something you see every day.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-27-2012, 11:16 AM  
Landscape wounded nature
Posted By mischivo
Replies: 7
Views: 642
Self-esteem has nothing to do with it. It's your work, treat it how you like it.
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