Christmas Wonderment

I took my new niece into my studio to play around with Christmas lights (this being her very first Christmas) and her wonderment was so precious. My daughter was sitting right alongside her to keep an eye on her too. No babies were harmed in this shoot! ;)


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Asha Christmas 20141222 101

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Asha Christmas 20141222 079



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Nighttime Photography – Montreal

On a recent vacation to Montreal to visit Katherine’s mother Sonia and her cousins, I took the opportunity to do a little nighttime photography with the excellent guide services of Sonia’s husband Georges, who has lived in Montreal since 1967. I think we must have put several hundred miles onto his car during that vacation– he was so gracious, always willing to take me around to show me his home city. It was beautiful!

First up is the view of downtown Montreal from West Mount.


Montreal - Downtown View from West Mount

Montreal - Downtown View from West Mount

Next, we have a couple images of Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount-Royal. This is a beautiful church of fairly modern architecture, nothing like the architecture of the Church of Notre Dame (see below) located in Old Town Montreal, but still beautiful and rich in history.

Montreal - Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal

Montreal - Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal

Montreal - Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal

Montreal - Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal


Finally, here are three images from the inside of the Basilique Notre-Dame de Montreal–stunningly beautiful!


Basilique Notre-Dame de Montreal

Basilique Notre-Dame de Montreal


Basilique Notre-Dame de Montreal

Basilique Notre-Dame de Montreal


Basilique Notre-Dame de Montreal

Basilique Notre-Dame de Montreal


I really love my Nikon D90 and it’s ability to correctly expose tricky situations like these photographs. My previous camera would have been lost if given these shooting conditions. This camera is awesome!

I have more photos from a previous day’s adventures up north of Montreal in search of the last Maple leaves of the season too, but for another post.

And thanks again Georges! We had a wonderful visit and I really do appreciate your patience and your guide services. Can you send me the card where you wrote down the Père’s name and email address.


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San Francisco, Redwoods and the Golden Gate Bridge

On a recent business trip out to California, I went out a few days early to spend some time with a couple of co-worker and photography friends Damond and George. We started the day up in the Muir Redwoods National Monument north of the City and got a lot of shots of the redwoods, something I’ve always want to do, yet a subject that’s really hard to compose around since they are such large objects.

I think this top image where you’re looking up into the canopy formed by these massive trees kind of did them justice.


Muir Redwoods - Canopy

Redwood Canopy



Looking up the trunk of one giant tree

Looking up the trunk of one giant tree



Redwoods in Sunlight

Redwoods in Sunlight



Another Sunburst

Another Sunburst


We then left the Redwoods and ventured onward to the Marin Headlands and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and to the Point Bonita Lighthouse (after a short side trip to the top of Mt. Tamalpais) for some sunset shots of the Golden Gate and the City where I was suddenly lost in my shooting. (Ever have those times?) Here are some of those images…


Point Bonita Lighthouse and Shoreline

Point Bonita Lighthouse and Shoreline



Point Bonita Lighthouse and Shoreline

Point Bonita Lighthouse and Shoreline



Golden Gate Sunset

Golden Gate Sunset



The City of Lights

The City of Lights



San Francisco & Golden Gate North Tower

San Francisco & Golden Gate North Tower


Finishing up a 10-hour day of very rewarding photography, I can say for myself, I was pretty exhausted. And stopping for a beer back at George’s house in Benecia was just what the Doctor ordered. I don’t think my colleagues quite knew what they were getting themselves into when they said they wanted to go shooting with me either. “Just one more shot!” ;)


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