Friday, January 16, 2009

Left Brain vs Right Brain

Not exactly photography related but definitely on topic about creativity in general.
This link is to an interesting test for whether you are right brained or left brained:,22049,22535838-5012895,00.html

Apparently, if you concentrate, you can see the dancer change from anti-clockwise to clockwise. I apparently lack that ability and in fact only see her going clockwise which indicates that I am right brained. I guess I should be satisfied that I can see her spin at all because that might indicate that I have no brain!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Photojournalism entry...

Last night, at the first meeting of the Foothills Camera Club in 2009, we went over the results of the photojournalism competition. I am happy to say that I did pretty well and received a second place ribbon for one of my entries.

One comment that came up for a couple of entries was that the judges felt that without the title there was no story. After the meeting there was some discussion on this point and to be honest I could see both sides point. I think that a photojournalism shot should have enough to make the viewer want to know more. That is, the shot should stand on its own. The title or caption, can be used to help convey the story or message that the photographer was striving for.

On the other hand, if the whole story is told by the title I think it weakens the effectiveness of the image.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Edmonton Oilers Skills Competition

This weekend has been a lot of fun for me and my wife. We went to Edmonton yesterday and spent the whole day at the waterpark. I think we both agree that the slides and the wave pool are definitely a lot of fun. We stayed over night with my brother and his wife and went to the Oilers Skills Competition at Rexall Place. We didn't arrive as early as should have so we sat in the nose bleed section but otherwise it was a great afternoon and I got a few shots that turned out all right.
The problem with shooting sports in a stadium is that as bright as the lights are its still quite dark so I had to shoot at 1600 ISO so I could get my shutter speed up to 1/500 second. Consequently some of the shots are fairly noisy. Overall I am content with what I got though.