This journal documents my experiences with a Canon 50D, my first DSLR camera, purchased on Oct. 16, 2008. The camera was end-of-lined by Canon in July 2010 and the 60D was announced.

Friday Foto: Three Seasons (Composite)

Fri 04 Mar 2011 12:25:05 PM EST

From Friday Foto

This photograph of trees outside my window, is a composite of three photographs taken over the course of the last year. It was created in Photoshop Elements by overlaying the three images and then selectively erasing parts of each of the layers.

The three individual photographs used to make the composite were taken in the spring, summer and winter.

X100 First Impressions from Japan

gear photos x100

Sun 06 Mar 2011 09:09:56 AM EST

Fuji X100 first impressions from Pieter Franken; the only complaint he seems to have is that the AF speed is noticeably slow and he preferred to focus manually as he's a Leica shooter. His complaint about softness wide-open is moot (for me) as I usually shoot people at that aperture and I prefer them to be soft.

I am willing to live with slightly slow focus but only if, when it achieves focus-lock the image is perfectly focused on my subject. Update: there seems to be a debate whether the slow AF is due to the camera being set to power-save mode.

Some more pics from another user (the Provia setting give Canon-like colour to the images).

Sun 06 Mar 2011 09:40:49 PM EST: The X100 went on sale in Japan on March 5th. Photos taken with the X100 are beginning to appear on Flickr.

X100 Manual

Sun 06 Mar 2011 04:49:14 PM EST

Having read the PDF manual which is now available online from various sites...

Friday Foto: Red Tulips (reprise)


Fri 11 Mar 2011 12:58:31 PM EST

From Friday Foto

This bed of red tulips, next to St. James' Cathedral, was photographed with the 50mm lens at f/4. The foreground tulips were sharpened slightly to make them "pop". This photo appeared earlier on this journal but was not posted to the Picasa album.

Scotiabank Photography Prize

Fri 11 Mar 2011 09:35:26 PM EST

Three finalists were announced for the inaugural Scotiabank Photography Prize worth $50,000.

I am not qualified to judge or comment on the finalists (but my favourite is the indoor spa photo.

Friday Foto: St. Patrick's Day Celebrations


Fri 18 Mar 2011 05:10:01 PM EDT

There are five photographs in this series, taken yesterday. The slideshow begins with the on-campus celebrations and continues with photographs I took on my way home ending with the CN Tower.

The Weatherman Photographer

landscape photos

Fri 18 Mar 2011 05:23:43 PM EDT

The most spectacular landscape photography taken by a photographer who knows how to read the landscape.

Passing Fancy: First Day of Spring


Fri 25 Mar 2011 01:09:02 PM EDT

From Pfoto 2011

With the 50mm, one photo was all I got. It was sheer luck getting her exactly in mid-stride; any other pose would have looked awkward.

Friday Foto: Old City Hall framed by Bay St. Towers


Fri 25 Mar 2011 01:09:36 PM EDT

From Pfoto 2011

This photograph (from 2003 taken with the Canon S30) of the Old City Hall clock tower framed by the buildings on Bay street was originally the top-half of a two-image panorama, but the composition works nicely by itself.

luis fernandes / Mar 2011 Canon 50D Journal