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Painted Lady Butterfly


Butterflies! I don’t know what that purple flower is called but it grows in my yard and they were very into it this year. I looked up the butterfly species and to the best of my knowledge the one is a Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) and the other is a Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta).

I had a few things I had to adjust in pursuit of a sharp image. I was shooting with a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens on a full-frame body and both shutter speed and aperture had to be increased to compensate for camera shake and depth of field, respectively, when shooting at the end of the zoom. Most of these are shot with a 1/320 shutter and f/7.1 aperture. Being in the shade meant that at this shutter speed and aperture combo, I had to bump up to a 400 ISO to compensate.

A Visit to the Synchrotron

Today I went out on a portrait shoot today for upcoming stories in WCVM Today and Vet Topics. And it took place at the Canadian Light Source Synchrotron! I can’t share any details until the article’s published, but here’s a panorama shot of the inside of the synchrotron. You can see the large circular track where they shoot the electrons around using magnets and the blue line in the bottom right is one of the ‘downlines’ that brings light off the main track so it can be used for experiments. Sometimes it amazes me that we build all these high-tech pieces of scientific wizardry, just so that we can see something better with our own human eyes.

I told them they should be angling for a guest appearance on the Big Bang Theory.

UPDATE: This article was published in the Star Phoenix October 15, 2012.
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Saskatoon Exhibition (2012)

The Saskatoon Ex was a big deal for us the summer these photos were taken. We lived much closer to Prairieland Park – close enough to get residential parking passes, also close enough to watch the nightly fireworks from our front porch. Since I was working at the racetrack that summer, I had an all-access pass. It was also the year I tried out the Zipper – while I’m always up for the giant slingshot, the Zipper isn’t one I’m eager to repeat.

We still live on the south side of Saskatoon, but we aren’t close enough to see the fireworks any more.

Grad Photo Session

I love how this session turned out and I’m so excited to share. I was lucky to be asked to photograph Katee’s grad two years ago and this year it was younger sister Haley’s turn. Both girls are gorgeous! It was a cold, rainy day so we headed inside the Delta Bessborough for the photo session. Here are just a few of my favourites.