Some Very, Very Big Prints

Back in March a local Libro branch contacted me about possibly getting some of my images blown up for one of their meeting rooms in Waterloo. I sent them some sample images for them to choose from—maybe about 15—of which they promptly picked three.

The three they chose—a red sunset with some silhouetted trees, the Kissing Bridge in West Montrose, and a misty sunrise—were all older shots that were originally taken on film. The shots were getting blown up quite large (I’m dying to say embiggened) so I had to get the originals re-scanned because the ones I had scanned long ago were pretty small. Pro tip: always keep your negatives.

I sent the three shots—two were on slide film, the third on negative film—to my friends at Old School Lab to scan them as large as they could. Again, they did not disappoint and I had my new, enormous digital files ready within about a week.

The images are now permanently on display in Libro’s Northfield Drive Waterloo branch.

Globe Studios Art Show & Open House

Recently I was invited by my friend Mark Essner to take part in Globe Studios Spring Invitational Art Show & Open House. Mark has his studio there so he asked if I was interested in showing some work during the Friday night. Yes, please!

I will mostly have a scattering of work over the years up on display. I don’t typically have a ton of printed and framed pieces ready to hang, but thanks to my recent shows at the KPL and Seven Shores I have more than normal. You’ll see work from Berlin, the Grand Canyon, Paris, and even here in Kitchener.

It’s a one-night only thing this Friday, May 6. Goes from 4 to 9. Check it out if you can!

Tilt! Shift!

Quick post today.

Those of you that are familiar with my work know that I primarily shoot architecture. Having a subject that doesn’t move or talk back is pretty great. I wanted to be an architect when I was a kid which might have something to do with my love of Lego growing up and always making sure I offset each brick for maximum stability when creating something.

Anyhow, I rented Canon’s 24mm Tilt Shift lens from Henry’s over the weekend because I’m considering getting one but I wanted to take one for a bit of a test drive to see how I liked it. I wasn’t able to use it as much as I hoped to, but I kind of got hooked from what little time I had with it. 

A tilt shift lens is hugely beneficial in architectural photography. The lens can literally shift up and down or side to side—not to mention bend—and keep everything nice and square. You can also make wide-angle panoramic images with no distortion. A dream for me, really.

I think I’m in love.

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