Ice storms and shooting at 1 am … again

I must have a thing for night time photography when I don’t even think twice about heading out at the wee hours of the morning to take pictures.

I was getting ready for bed and looked out my bathroom window to the back yard and saw a light from the building behind me shining though my trees that were covered in ice from an winter ice storm.

Walking around was pretty hazardous since there was at least a centimeter tick layer of ice on the snow.

I’m glad I went out though because the pictures are STUNNING.

 

Quebec Ice storm dec 2014

Quebec Ice storm dec 2014

Quebec Ice storm dec 2014

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Quebec Ice storm dec 2014

Quebec Ice storm dec 2014

Quebec Ice storm dec 2014

Quebec Ice storm dec 2014

Quebec Ice storm dec 2014

Quebec Ice storm dec 2014

Quebec Ice storm dec 2014

Quebec Ice storm dec 2014

Quebec Ice storm dec 2014

 

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Taking on Black and White Photography

Since making the switch from film to digital photography a few years back I seem to have completely forgotten about Black and White images. I find this rather sad considering I trained in black and white film photography back in college and LOVED shooting B&W film as a teen.

The past month I have been playing around with various tools to transform digital color images into black and white.

I found some methods rather mediocre, but recently I found a few I seem to like.

I feel a new door is open to me now, my once beloved black and white images are available to me again!

 

Passion FLower

Mushrooms

Blue Morpho Butterfly

Canada Malting

Farm

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feilds

Gipsy

Portrait

Beauty Portrait

 

Week 3 of my 365 Day Photo Editing Project

Little Wild  Mushroooms

 

Last week I was feeling down and questioning myself but I made myself stick to it – and I’m glad I did! This week I was on creative fire and got some FANTASTIC edits and also idea’s for other shoots I want to do once I get the space to work on things like that!

I found a few more diamonds in the rough and with some editing turned out to be real jems!

I also am learning some skin softening techniques in Photoshop so I am improving my editing skills yet!

I did a photo shoot on Saturday so that will lend new content for the blog. I have several shoots planned for January!

I can’t wait for the holidays to pass by to have time to work on things again!

 

Blue Morpho Butterbly Color vs Black and White Study

Love Earth

Annie Portrait

Parc Jean Drapeau Sculpture

Passion Flower

This is an artistic edit of the Canada Malting building meant to be printed on metal. I can't wait to see how it turns out!

This is an artistic edit of the Canada Malting building meant to be printed on metal.
I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

The first week of my 365 day Photo Project

Train Yard

Light Painting

Love is a Light

Studio Sundari Festival Wear

The Stairs

Fawkes Victoria - Occupy Montreal

Lachine Waterfront

I did it! I started my 365 day project that I announced back in September! I will edit and upload to my facebook page one image per day. In addition I will attempt two photo-walks or photo shoots a month. I will also attempt 1 difficult image to edit a week and intend also to do one creative editing project a month. I hope I can keep all those commitments – whew! Check the blog for weekly updates!

So my journey begins and I’m starting to chip away at the back log of pictures collecting dust in my computer. Support, ideas and collabs are all welcome. I may need a cattle prod now and then!

Here is to a year of Photos!

And the Prints came marching in! Nina Haigh Photography Nature Prints

I apologize for letting the blog slow down to a trickle, but the good news is I have been spending the time preparing awesome stuff and getting ready for Artisan Fairs!

I have been putting a lot of effort into the web site and it should be ready to re launch soon – Stay Tuned!

I have also been preparing prints for the shows I am attending, editing, ordering and matting them ready for you to take home your favorite shots.

In the mean time why don’t you head over to my Facebook and check out the new prints album. You will surly recognize some of the pictures that have been showing up recently in my blog. Pricing and how to order can be found in this note here.

Eventually I will set up a proper cart. Does any one  have any suggestions for a good EASY to use cart system?

I miss you all and I hope to get back into shooting on a weekly basis once the holidays slow down!

 

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Horses walking up to the fence to greet me

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Kingsbury Marsh

Kingsbury Marsh

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Granby Zoo

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Macro Photography

Out of my new lenses I got 2 that do Macro shots. Ever since I started taking pictures with my dads old SLR Pentax at the age of 12 I was in love with his 200 mm Macro Lens. It was huge, it was heavy but it took the most fantastic pictures!

Since using DSLRs I have missed having a macro lens. I would be envious of the macro my significant other could pull off on his Fuji FinePix HS10.

I also bought a Kiron 105mm Macro lens at f 2.8 which is very similar to the Sigma of the same specs I rented last winter for the Studio Sundari Product Photography shoot. I can’t wait to have the space to set up my lights to test shooting products with my new lens.

I am all set for Macro now and I am over joyed!

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Shot recently with my Nikon d700 with one of my new lenses

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Shot recently with my Nikon d700 with one of my new lenses

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Shot recently with my Nikon d700 with one of my new lenses

This was shot when I was around the age of 15 with my Dad's SLR Pentax and the 200 mm Macro lens

This was shot when I was around the age of 15 with my Dad’s SLR Pentax and the 200 mm Macro lens

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This was shot during my photography course in College with one of their SLR Pentax camera’s and a + 1 filter

Richmond Train Tracks by Nina Haigh Photography

While heading to the grocery store last week I spotted from the car a train track passing under the road. They way the trees grew it looked almost like a tunnel! I made my way back there a few days later to take pictures. Not only did I find the picturesque track but also discovered a small waterfall too. I need to go back once again but with a tripod!

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Nina Haigh Photography

Nina Haigh Photography

Nina Haigh Photography

Nina Haigh Photography

Nina Haigh Photography

Nina Haigh Photography

Nina Haigh Photography

New Lenses for Nina Haigh Photoraphy

I got really lucky last week with a sale I saw on Kijiji of a photographer selling off his Nikon Film kit. The kit included 5 lenses and a teleconverter as well with a film camera body. I snatched it up quickly and I am so glad I did.

I got in one shot the lenses I needed to fill the large gaps in range that I had. I am all set now, especially since I also won an auction for a terrific Macro & Portrait lens.

I went for a walk around my house this weekend and tried out my new toys and I LOVE the results.

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Lost in the moment – Taking photos of Aurora Borealis

I follow several feeds and alerts for Northern Lights.

This usually means dropping everything, often in the wee hours of the night to go hunting for the elusive light show. Many times its a no go, the conditions aren’t right, Light pollution from cities (or even the full moon).

Sometimes its the weather, or even that the sun flare hits in the middle of the day. Once I got so excited and jumped in my truck with my camera gear, drove up the mountain to my “spot” the whole time NOT realizing it was raining – duh can’t see anything with cloud cover!

Then there are nights like last night, everything just works perfectly. I moved not long ago to a new area, and every time we drove around for the past few months we would take note of places that had great panorama views towards the north. When I got the notification for an Aurora STORM I gathered my things, got in the car and off I went.

I live in a valley so my first stop was up the hill, parked in the entrance to a famers feild and took a good look. I could only barely see a feint green glow at the horizon. I snapped a few long exposures and had Great color!

The only problem was being on the side of a highway with cars frequently driving by – no good when each time your camera is doing a shot one or two cars go by. so off we went to a spot we had scouted a few weeks prior that we found while lost on back roads.

We found an old logging road going though a farmers field on the very top of the mountain and got out and was greated by the most spectacular Aurora display I have seen in my life. I was in such a dazed awe that I had completely forgotten about taking pictures. The sky looked like it was on fire and I hadn’t seen red Aurora since I was a little child.

Eventually I snapped out of it and began documenting what was to be a spectacular light show from mother nature. I stayed for nearly two hours, desperately wishing for better photo equipment. I did the best I could with the tools I had and here are the results:

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