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On Tuesday February 17th at 8:00 p.m. yours truly will be presenting the ‘A Photographer’s Guide to the Ontario Landscape’ lecture for the Country Images Camera Club. This presentation will be held at the Art Ferguson Building located at 16195 Bayview Avenue in Newmarket, Ontario. I have previously presented for Country Images Camera Club so I am looking most forward to meeting these great folks again. As usual I will have copies of my eBook for sale at the low presentation special of $20 each.  A Photographer’s Guide to the Ontario Landscape is the only extensive guide available for landscape photography within the Province of Ontario.

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Skeleton River Seasons Greetings 2014

Just wanted to take a moment to thank everybody for their continued support here at the blog and do look forward to chatting with you in the coming year.

I would like to wish you and your families a safe and joyous holiday season and all the very best in 2015.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

PS: please click on the image to see the larger, sharper version of the card :)

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Tiny Marsh Provincial Wildlife Area, Elmvale, Ontario

Tiny Marsh Provincial Wildlife Area, Elmvale, Ontario

I am eagerly  awaiting presenting for two camera clubs this coming week, the first being on Tuesday November 11 at 7:30 pm for the Trillium Photographic Club. The presentation will be held at the East Plains United Church, Peart Hall at 375 Plains Road East Burlington, Ontario. The cost to non-members to attend this presentation is $5.

In-camera Multiple Exposure Blur of Autumn Color in Ontario's Muskoka Region

In-camera Multiple Exposure Blur of Autumn Color in Ontario’s Muskoka Region

On Wednesday November 12 at 7:00 p.m. I will be a guest speaker for the Orillia District Camera Club. This presentation will be held at Helping Hands Orillia at 210 Memorial Drive (back door), which is located in the plaza behind Theo’s, a fabulous restaurant that I have been too many times.

At each of these presentations I will be offering my eBook ‘A Photographer’s Guide to the Ontario Landscape’ at the ‘show special’ of $20. This eBook is the first-ever, extensive resource to landscape photography in Ontario.

 

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Sigma 15mm Fisheye Lens-McLachlan

For the folks that have been following along here at the blog you may recall I spent a great deal of time last summer using a Sigma 15mm f2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye Lens, which was loaned to me by Gentec International, the Canadian distributor for Sigma lenses. Today I am pleased and honored to have been featured in a recently designed promotional piece for this lens. Each of the images featured on the promo card were created as I traveled throughout my home province of Ontario, Canada. To view more of my photos created with this lens please follow this link to the Sigma 15mm f2.8 EX DG Fisheye Lens and scroll through the various thumbnail images, clicking on each to view the larger, sharper version. This lens was an indispensable tool for my frog-scapes, landscapes, and everything in between…not too mention highly addictive and a ton of fun too :)

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OPC PROFILE

The Winter 2014 issue of Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine, which just hit the newsstand, is featuring yours truly in the Profile section of the magazine. The Profile piece spans six pages and features ten of my images. I am very pleased and honored to be featured and interviewed for the current issue of this wonderful publication. If you have not yet checked out the magazine please do pick a copy up as you will find them to be full of useful tips and info by many of Canada’s top photographers. Whether you are looking to develop your skills as a photographer or find that next great photogenic location in Canada, Outdoor Photography Canada is the magazine for you. To read the on-line portion of the Profile / interview please click here and to read the full interview or to learn more about yours truly you can pick-up a copy of the magazine at your local newsstand or simply subscribe to Outdoor Photography Canada by clicking here.

Hope you enjoy the article :)

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Fractastic-Guide-Cover-1A Creative User Guide for the Redfield Fractalius Filter

I am pleased to announce the release of Fractastic – A Creative User Guide for the Redfield Fractalius Filter. It was an honor to be invited by the very talented and highly creative Denise Ippolito to co-write this eGuide. Denise was very instrumental in developing my creative, artistic rendering side.

Fractalius is a Windows only Photoshop plug-in (Mac users will need to run Bootcamp, Parallels or VM Ware to use (please click here to learn more). I have often described Fractalius as addictive and a ton of fun to use. The Redfield Fractalius Filter creates eccentric works of art as it extracts the so-called hidden fractals found within photographs. It is important to note that this filter will react differently from image-to-image based on the hidden fractals present within those images.

A very special thank-you and acknowledgement to both Arthur Morris and Cheryl Slechta for their skillfull editing and proofreading. And also for their image contributions to the Gallery section of this creative user guide.

From Arthur Morris:

Denise Ippolito gave Fractalius a huge boost in popularity about three years ago as moderator of the Out-of-the-Box Forum at BirdPhotographers.net. One of those whom she introduced to Fractalius was Andrew McLachlan who since wrote the popular “Ontario Landscapes – A Photographers Guide” for BAA Books. Denise came up with the idea of teaming up with Andrew to write and illustrate a Fract eGuide more than a year ago. The spectacular result: Fractastic.

In this fantastic eGuide the authors begin by explaining the usually mystifying Fractalius interface in clear, easy-to-understand terms. They even managed to make sense of the Colorize Mode button and the two large Asterisks at the top of the interface. The main body of the guide consists of more than two dozen intriguingly beautiful Fracted images with explanatory notes and screen captures of the settings that Andrew and Denise used to create their artistic works. You can use these settings to replicate the various effects that they have developed. Many of their creations are based on Fractalius pre-sets. The guide will teach you how to effectively apply many of the Fractalius pre-sets and how to create and save your own. The final section is an inspirational gallery of more than 35 superb Fracted images by Andrew, Denise, yours truly, and Cheryl Slechta who helped with the final proofreading.

You can purchase your copy of Fractastic for $27 here or via email to: birdsasart@verizon.net  being sure to note that you are paying for “Fractastic” or by calling Jim at Birds As Art at 863-692-0906 during regular business hours. A download link to Your eGuide will be sent via YouSendIt. Weekend and holiday orders will be fulfilled the next working day.

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Winter Tree Fractalius ArtFlakes_4629-4

Fractalius Rendering of  Winter Tree

Fractalius is a Photoshop plug-in that is both fun and highly addictive. The winter tree above was photographed on a slightly foggy morning just down the road from my home. Often during periods of winter fog or hoarfrost I will jump in the car and go for a drive down some of the rural roads in search of pleasing subjects. For the fractalius treatment above I chose the ‘ArtFlakes’ preset as a starting point. I was quite pleased how the Artflakes preset picked up on the greenish lichen that covered much of the tree’s larger branches. Finishing touches were applied to the image using Nik Software’s Color Efex 4 Detail Extractor filter.

To find out more about photographing winter trees be sure to take a look at my latest article in Denise Ippolito’s ‘Creative Photography eMiniMagazine’ and while you are there be sure to check out the other great articles by the many talented contributors.

On another note: Denise Ippolito and I have completed working on an eGuide to using the Fractalius plug-in which should be published in the near future by Arthur Morris. The guide is loaded with many images with the Fractalius rendering applied to them, and we will be including both the before and after versions of each image, as well as our custom presets that we frequently use to achieve our desired results.

Do remember to click on the photo to see the larger, sharper version.

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