What Do You Want?

category Dogs • hashtags Dog Photography, Canada, BC, West Vancouver • 1 min read

female golden retriever

Golden Retriever coming to ask me: what do you want?

This Golden Retriever came to ask me what did I want. She came to me, looked at me, waited with the “look”.

She came to see me. I walk and take the photos with my dog on his leash (usually). Since this is a dog park, he was without his leash but staying behind me (for protection). She didn’t …

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The photographers’ zoo

category Photographers • hashtags Canon, 7D, B&W • 2 min read

A dozen of photographers trying to take photos of 3 sleepy snowy owls

A dozen of photographers trying to take photos of 3 sleepy Snowy Owls

A dozen people are trying to taking photos of 3 sleepy Snowy Owls. Their cameras range from nothing to $$$.

  • 1 guy calling his wife or girl friend and describes what he sees
  • A kid watching with binoculars
  • A lady using her iPhone
  • A lady using a small Sony point and shoot
  • A guy with a small video …

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A Big Mastiff: Vancouver, BC

category Dogs • hashtags Dog Photography, Canada, BC, Vancouver, B&W • 1 min read

very pushy Mastiff

Big George is a pushy Mastiff

This big Mastiff is named ‘Big George’ and weighs at least 175lbs (his last weighting was about a year ago).

Big George knows that he’s big. He is very, very pushy and when he pushes he often gets his way.

I don’t think I could ever own a Mastiff because of all the farts and because of the drool/slobber. (I think …

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Cleo the Cairn Terrier/Norfolk Terrier: Vancouver, BC

category Dogs • hashtags Dog Photography, Canada, BC, Vancouver, B&W • 1 min read

Cairn/Norfolk Terrier that is due for a good trim

Cleo needs a “good trim”

Cleo is supposed to be a mix between a Cairn Terrier and a Norfolk Terrier (that’s what her owner was told but somehow she doesn’t seem convinced when she said it.) She knows a dozen tricks and Cleo loves learning new tricks. She gets paid extremely well when learning and doing tricks…

BTW, she’s due for a wash and a ‘good trim …

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Darktable: Focus Peak Mode

category darktable • hashtags lighttable, darkroom • 1 min read

Darktable is excellent at finding out what’s worth processing and what’s not worth processing. Darktable gives you the tools.

One of these tool is the Focus Peaking Mode. It works in both the Lighttable and the Darkroom.

Pressing “Ctrl-Shift-F” will enable the focus peaking mode.

The Focus Peaking mode uses a “heat map”

focus peaking in the lighttable

Focus Peaking in the Lighttable

focus peaking in the darkroom

Focus Peaking in the Darkroom

The yellow, green and blue …

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Darktable: Lighttable Culling Mode

category darktable • hashtags lighttable • 1 min read

Select all the images in the lighttable, then X to enter the culling and X (again) to exit the culling mode and go back to the Lighttable.

To check for sharpness, I usually set the image count to just one

It’s possible to zoom and pan to compare in the images in the culling mode.

  • The maximum number of images in the culling mode is 25 when in fixed …

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Chihuahua Howling: Vancouver, BC

category Dogs • hashtags Dog Photography, Canada, BC, Vancouver, Newsletter • 1 min read

chihuahua howling: vancouver, bc

Chihuahua Howling: Vancouver, BC

Normally, Chihuahuas bark. They bark a lot. It’s a small dog then it’s small barks but they are annoying barks.

This Chihuahua didn’t bark, she howled and howled and howled. She kept on because her owner wasn’t acknowledging that there was a big danger coming (aka: me taking her photo). This is proof that the standard recommendation to deal with dogs howling …

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Darktable: Darkroom Local Edits

category darktable • hashtags darkroom • 1 min read

Darktable does local edits, but not like Adobe’s Lightroom. It does them just like Adobe’s Photoshop, by layers.

  1. The same module can be used multiple times. How many times? That’s a good question. On one image, I have used 12 times the same exposure module. And then there were all the other modules…
  2. Click on the “new instance” (the arrow) and it will create a duplicate of …

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