Welcome

Welcome to my photoblog. I try to keep it updated daily with a new photo from either my personal or professional life. It is not intended to be taken as my professional portfolio (please visit the main website for that), but instead it is more of an informal and fun way for me to share some of my personality and creativity with you. Many of the photos on my blog are available for purchase as fine art prints, please visit the main website and/or contact me if you are interested. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Website Down

  
-=UPDATE: My website is currently back up and running. I expect that there may still be some drop outs now and then untill everything gets put back into place so if it is please use my email below if you are trying to contact me. Thanks!=-

Unfortunately, my host for the main website is experiencing some DDOS attacks and as such they have currently been taken offline. My website is therefore also currently down until they can fix these issues and bring it all back to life. I apologize for the inconvenience, and I expect the website to return shortly. If you have any issues and need to contact me while this issue is being resolved please email me directly at fernmatias@gmail.com I will update this post as soon as they get us back up and running. Thanks for your patience.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Great Blue Heron

  
I've always been a bit of a birding kind of guy. I tend to notice them and point them out to my daughter or anyone nearby. It was one of the main reasons why a few years ago I bought my 2X teleconverter to make my Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS lens into a 140-400mm f5.6 lens. The 400mm zoom really helps fill the frame without needing to get so close that you scare them away, and although you do loose two stops of light (f2.8 becomes f5.6) I find that the depth of field at 400mm is so thin that it's best to stop down to about f8 or f10 anyway. The teleconverter does also add much more noticeable chromatic aberrations and the shots tend to come out a little softer then without it, but from a cost benefit perspective (since I already had the 70-200 f2.8 lens) getting the Canon 2X II Extender was a no brainer compared to dishing out big bucks for a dedicated 400mm lens. These two wildlife shots of a Great Blue Heron were taken with this lens combo on the Ottawa River very recently. What a lovely bird.

Exif Data
Camera: Canon 5D mkII
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure: 1/2000, 1/2500
Focal Length: 200mm with 2X TC (400mm)
Flash: Not-Fired
ISO: 640
Post processing included conversion from RAW, levels adjustment, and high pass filter


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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Locked Up

  
I love these types of photos because it showcases the little things in life. The stuff you probably walk by every day but have never even noticed. Whether it's during a hired event or just on my typical photowalk I am always on the lookout for the little details around us. Not only do they have a simple beauty, but they can be a powerful reminder of how many little details in life we don't tend to see. This one was found on a more recent walk, and it's called Locked Up

Exif Data
Camera: Canon 5D mkII
Aperture: f/1.6
Exposure: 1/640
Focal Length: 85mm
Flash: Not-Fired
ISO: 50
Post processing included conversion from RAW, levels adjustment, and unsharp-mask


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Friday, June 28, 2013

Cherry Blossoms

  
I've always loved these trees because of all the beautiful blossoms it gives every year. The problem is all the little red "cherries" that fall at the end of the year and cover the place. This was taken earlier this spring while everything was in bloom.

Exif Data
Camera: Canon 5D mkII
Aperture: f/1.6
Exposure: 1/2000
Focal Length: 85mm
Flash: Not-Fired
ISO: 50
Post processing included conversion from RAW, and unsharp-mask


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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Cold, Wet and Alone

  
It's been a while since I've posted anything new, but I do have a quick shot for today called Cold, Wet and Alone. It was taken a few weeks ago, before this nice heat wave we're having. Yes, I said nice! I'll take the heat over the cold any day! Anyway, it may have been a cold day when I took this but the lighting was so nice with all the rain clouds, and all the rain was making the grass so lush and green!

Exif Data
Camera: Canon 5D mkII
Aperture: f/1.4
Exposure: 1/2500
Focal Length: 50mm
Flash: Not-Fired
ISO: 320
Post processing included conversion from RAW, rotation adjustment, levels adjustment, and contrast adjustment


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Friday, May 31, 2013

Family Photos Explained

  
Last week I had some time to go out with the family to take a few photos by Dows Lake with what was left of the tulips. It was late in the evening with a setting sun casting a wonderful golden light on us and the surroundings. This of course is the golden hour for photography, and the best kind of light for portraits and landscape photography. It is my preferred time of day to shoot in, but of course you need to know how to use it to your advantage and how to balance the light on your subject and the background. So I thought I would write up this post to explain how I handled the light with the two examples below.

In this first shot I wanted to get the tulips in the background to give me some colour, but I wanted them out of focus so that your eye is instantly drawn towards the subject, my daughter. Using my 85mm f/1.2 lens I could have completely opened up the aperture (f/1.2) to really blur the background (see my aperture tutorial for more info on how this works) but since I was fairly close to her I knew that if I did that very little of my daughter would be in focus as well. I therefore decided to stop down to f/3.5 since in my experience with that lens it gives me a suitable amount of depth of field, while still producing a very pleasing bokeh (blurred background). With my subject standing in open shade there was still a decent amount of light available so that I used ISO 100 to give me the cleanest photo with no grain, while still giving me fast enough shutter speeds. With aperture and ISO settings selected I metered the background to give me a correct exposure shutter speed value of 1/320th sec. To provide a bit more contrast in the subject's face I also setup an off camera flash in high-speed sync mode to the my left, which was in the same direction of the indirect sunlight. To match the colour of the setting sun and warm up the colour of the flash I covered it with a 3/4 CTO gel, and set my camera's white balance to 4600K to keep some of the warm orange tones. Other than converting the camera output from RAW to jpg, this shot is basically straight out of the camera with no added post processing.

Exif Data
Camera: Canon 5D mkII
Aperture: f/3.5
Exposure: 1/320
Focal Length: 85mm
Flash: Fired off camera
ISO: 100
Post processing included conversion from RAW


The second shot has a somewhat similar setup. I needed more depth of field since there are three people in the shot, so I stopped down to f/5.0 giving me a very sharp focus for all the girls, yet still slightly blurring the background. The sun in this shot was coming in from behind the subjects giving a very nice rim lighting, so I needed to expose for the background (shutter speed of 1/320 @ 100 ISO) and use my flash to bring the girls back from becoming silhouettes. The flash was setup on my right, and I again used a 3/4 CTO gel to match the golden sunset colour and high-speed sync. White balance was again set to 4600K to keep some of those warm tones. Other than converting the camera output from RAW to jpg, this shot is also basically straight out of the camera with no added post processing.

Exif Data
Camera: Canon 5D mkII
Aperture: f/5.0
Exposure: 1/320
Focal Length: 85mm
Flash: Fired off camera
ISO: 100
Post processing included conversion from RAW