Writing with Light

Landscape

Photography DUH!

Shannon Kalahan and David Pasillas are both photographers/bloggers whose work I admire and follow. A couple of weeks ago they released their first collaborative effort, an ebook for the budding landscape photographer, Photography Duh!

This isn’t your typical photography book which covers technical information, instead it’s a no-nonsense, common sense book of mistakes you should avoid and not just any mistake but mistakes that both Shannon and David have made. Truth be told as I was reading the book I have to admit I’ve made some of them myself.Shannon Kalahan, David Passillas, ebook, photography, landscap photography

Now don’t get me wrong this book isn’t just about mistakes to avoid but there’s some great advice and instruction on things you should do. Shannon and David cover everything from how to keep your gear clean when out shooting; equipment you should have with you when out in the field (and not just camera gear); rules…when to break them and when not to and yes they do get into some of the juicy stuff that us photographers like to review every so often and such as exposure; light and editing.

The fun thing about this book…yes I said fun…is it’s written a with a great sense of humour and a little bit of tongue in cheek. Frankly I wish they had written it before I had made some of these mistakes over the years.

The book is available in Shannon’s store here and at $5.99 it’s a steal.

 

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Lakeview Glow

There is nothing more relaxing then sitting on a dock in a The Muskoka Chair (aka The Adirondack chair…or vice versa), with a cup of coffee and a good book staring out at the lake.

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Muskoka, Lake Rosseau, Ontario, Muskoka Chairs, dock, sunset, nature


Sunset Solitude

I spent the weekend in Muskoka with my husband celebrating our anniversary. It was a wonderful, relaxing couple of days spent by the lake and exploring the neighbouring small towns. The resort we stayed at was right on Lake Rosseau and of course my favourite time to shoot is at sunset so how could I resist this scene.

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Muskoka, Lake Rosseau, Ontario, lake, sunset, silhouette, trees, landscape


Two New eBooks From Dreamscapes to Kick-Off the New Year

When its cold and dreary outside there’s nothing better then to curl up with a good book and I did just that this past week thanks to the creative team at Dreamscapes. They’ve just launched 2 new ebooks that I think you’ll find useful.

Gear for Landscape Photographers 2nd Edition

The first of these is The Complete Guide to Gear for the Landscape Photographer by Justin Reznick. This is the second edition of this book by Justin. I reviewed the first edition back when it first came out in November 2013. You can read that review here.

 

The second has been updated with new reviews on equipment ranging from the essentials such as tripods, ballheads, shutter releases and bags to cameras and lenses, iPhone accessories. clothing and more.

What I love about this book is that whether you shoot with a DSLR,  a mirrorless camera, a compact camera or an iPhone Justin covers them all. Justin not only reviews the different brands of cameras and lenses (Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Sony, Panasonic and more) but he also shares his thoughts on the pros and cons of each.

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This 150 page ebook is jammed pack with great information and while I love finding out more about useful gear for me the best part of the book are the last 50 or so pages that are devoted to Photographer Interviews with the likes of Ian Plant, Tony Sweet, Jim Patterson and Jim Nilsen. Each of these photographers (10 interviews in all) have their own special niche whether it be landscape, wildlife, infrared photography or desert photography and Justin gets them to share their own personal recommendations on what works for them and how they deal with the challenges that their own type of photography faces.

 

The second book that I want to share with you is Master Flash Photography by Glenn Bartley. In this ebook Glenn takes the reader through the fundamentals of outdoor flash photography starting with a lesson on the basic controls of the flash. Now he calls this basic but its anything but. As I was reading through chapter 1 I realized how much I didn’t know about my flash (this is where I hang my head down in shame).

Flash Simplified

While this book is touted for nature photographers I think the first 2 chapters, Basic Controls and Operations and In The Field are worth its weight in gold. This book gives you the foundation and knowledge to create better images in the field.

Glenn covers how to use your flash in manual mode, ETTL mode, High Speed Sync Mode as well as using flash exposure compensation. Set by Step instructions along with diagrams accompany each topic.

Learning how to properly use your flash in the field will allow you to shoot in low light, extend your shooting day, it will provide catch-light, fill light and punch to your images and it will freeze the action. Flash_Simplified-2014-13_1024x1024

 

The Complete Guide to for the Landscape Photographer is on sale for $9.95 (regularly $12.95) and Flash Simplified is on sale for only $16.95 until the end of January! (regularly $19.95) Click here to purchase.


Standing the Test of Time

Cypress trees line the hills of Tuscany. I don’t know how long these have been standing in this spot but I do know that I could photograph the Tuscan countryside ad infinitum.

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Tuscany, Italy, Blackand White, monochrome, landscape, travel photography, hillside, cypress trees, minimalist


Manarola Blue Hour

Along the rugged coast of the Italian Riviera, just west of La Spezia, lies Cinque Terre or “The Five Villages.” The five villages that comprise Cinque Terre are Riomaggiore; Manarola; Corniglia; Vernazza and Monterosso.

You can’t drive in the villages so we parked our car in La Spezia for a few days and took the 15 minute train ride to Manarola, which was our base for a few days. To say that I was blown away by the beauty of this region would be an understatement. The five villages are connected by hiking trails and by the train. If you plan to visit I would highly recommend getting a train pass so that you can easily hop on or off when you need a break from hiking.

On our first evening in Manarola we had dinner at a seafood restaurant by the water. I knew I wanted to capture that iconic scene that I’ve seen so many times from other photographers so I brought my gear along. We had a lovely meal and my very dear and patient husband waited for me at our table while I went to “get my shot.” I returned a short time later and we had a lovely desert and finished of a great evening with an espresso.

On another note I posted a new image from Portofino to my Facebook page today. Head on over and have a look. While I do publicize my blog posts on FB, I am also uploading Facebook exclusive images so please consider giving the page a “Like”

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Cinque Terre, Manarola, Italy, village, colored village, blue hour, long exposure, cliff, sea,