Andrew & Jenny

Andrew & Jenny

My friend Andrew contacted me earlier in the week to see if I can help him out. He and his wife were married in April, but still had no photos of them in their wedding outfits. They had planned to do photos yesterday, but their photographer had to cancel at the last minute. They asked me if I could pinch hit for them, and since I am such a phenomenal friend, I said yes.

They were a great couple to photograph. I didn’t even have to come up with poses. They took care of everything themselves, I just did the shooting.

It was a nice experience, and I am glad I didn’t have to organize photos for an entire wedding party or the reception.

Check out the entire set on Flickr.

Regan

Regan

Meet Regan, our eight-year-old boy. Actually, he’s our only boy.

Some people would say this is a posed portrait. I mean, he is looking at the camera after all. But if you knew Regan, you’d know that this is who he is.

He is full of energy. He is the most spontaneous of our children. One minute he will be sitting quietly reading, and the next he is running the length of the house yelling at the top of his longs while flailing his arms.

That’s Regan.

Fawn

Shortly after arriving at work this morning, I looked out the window and saw a brand new fawn, maybe a day or two old.

Baby

It was lying in the grass, where I assume its mother had left it. A buck was coaxing it along by licking and pawing at it. It would get up, move a few steps, then lie back down.

The buck kept coaxing it.

There were some plumbers near by working outside. I can only assume the buck saw them as a threat and tried moving the fawn.

Ant Nest

I installed a new sidewalk in my backyard this spring, and have been slowly dismantling my old sidewalk since it doesn’t lead to the back door or the back gate. Last night, when I lifted up the concrete slab, I found an ant nest.

Ants

In this photo, you can see all four stage of ant life: eggs, larvae, pupae and adults. I thought it was really cool, so I snapped a couple of shots.

I had never seen ant larvae or pupae before.

The adults sure had a heck of a time moving the larvae and pupae though. I didn’t check this morning to see if they had been successful.

Spring is in Lethbridge

344/365 Blossoms

Spring is in Lethbridge. The buds are opening, flowers are coming up, and the grass is green.

The apple trees on 5 Avenue South downtown are blossoming; they look beautiful and smell great.

I don’t walk home down that block often, but I’ve noticed the blossoms lately, and I would’ve kicked myself had I missed a shot of them before they disappeared.

Family portrait

Our family

A couple of weeks ago, the presidency of our children’s Sunday School asked for family portraits for all the class instructors and all the children.

When we got home, I got out the tripod Mary gave me for Christmas, moved a bookshelf oiut of the way, and opened up our living room blinds to do a family portrait.

Our youngest was being difficult, and I ended up having to combine the two best photos into one in order to get the finished result I wanted.

I am pleased with how it turned out, and it printed pretty well. So well, in fact, that we took it in for processing and got four 8x10s and two 4x6s. It’s now hanging on our living room wall and adorning my work desk.

My only regret is not having Aisling sitting further back. She’s a bit blurry in the photo and her head sees abnormally large compared to the rest of us.

Printing high resolution photos

A client came to me recently asking me to stitch some photos together. The photos ended up as two different files. One was a panoramic view of a city skyline at 28538×2039 pixels. The other was a view of some mountains at 5436×2410 pixels. I burned them to CD for her.

The next day, she came back asking me to compress them or reduce their dimensions. I asked her why.

“No one I took them to could print them.”

“Who did you take them to?”

“Walmart. Costco. …”

“That’s because they aren’t printers. Try a printer. Any printer worth their weight can print these photos.”