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  • Jay Scott Photography: Oh, Autumn.
    van this winter Try to stay safely warm but still make something interesting One shot in particular I have in mind I ll let you know if it gets made Robin Smith Memorial Garden Double Exposure by Jay Scott on 500px Above I was trying to continue with the abstract by making a double exposure of the tree in the photo below and the path in the top photo Like it Hate it Let me know Robin Smith Memorial Garden in Full Autumn Beauty by Jay Scott on 500px It was a very comfy day for Fiona s first of many trips to the Forestry Farm Posted by Jay at 10 35 PM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels autumn fiona flora foliage forestry farm hdr leaves memorial garden robin smith saskatoon scenery zoo No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Challenging Reality The Portfolio All Photos on 500px Photo Sets Bigger Things Eclectic Fauna Flora Food Little Things People Scenery Skies Sports Latest 500px Uploads Loading Tweets by jayscottphoto Blog Archive 2014 41 October 2 September 7 Two Lil Punkins Oh Autumn Paul s

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  • Jay Scott Photography: Paul's Odyssey
    get the shot they want Dedication like that is rarer and rarer whatever the field might be We found ourselves with the right to pat ourselves on the back for many reasons that evening The first was that we needed to move the van Paul could not just hop in there and move it over in 30 seconds like an able bodied person could He had to get in pull up the ramp and close the door transfer into the seat get positioned and then finally move the van After that he had to get back out That is dedication Enduring the wind and cool temperatures that we did with our reduced ability to maintain body heat was dedication The final dedication will come when we redo the shots with the knowledge of what we gained that evening and now that I have my new camera back Again it s not the camera that makes a great photo but when I know I can get a better quality image why wouldn t I take the extra steps to do that if possible Soon I ll have a bunch of photos that I ve made from the last little while as the colours have really begun to come out I still don t like autumn because of what follows it but these last few days of high 20 temperatures are just fine with me and I m making the most of what s given to me right now Posted by Jay at 10 06 PM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels adapted van bigger things braun conversion honda long exposure night odyssey ramp telephoto van vehicle wide angle No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Challenging

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  • Jay Scott Photography: One Month, Already
    then there are the regular things we see from her much more than half of the time One Month 3 by Jay Scott on 500px She has her evening fussiness and there have been a few poor nights lately but she really is a good baby One Month 4 by Jay Scott on 500px I believe today was the day that Kiwi went from uncertain to excited about her Until now Kiwi has been cautious but not sure what this little noisy thing was Twice today she excitedly went running around the house looking for Fiona and when we arrived home from appointments Kiwi was quite interested in Fiona in her car seat One Month 5 by Jay Scott on 500px As time between feedings increases and everyone figures things out a little more each day I imagine we ll feel freer to resume a few more normal activities That said we did enjoy supper out with friends Saturday evening even if we didn t have the energy to join them for birthday cake after It was still great to be sociable again One Month 6 by Jay Scott on 500px Posted by Jay at 7 49 PM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels baby chair clamshell fiona leather newborn one month portrait teddy bear 1 comment Amanda Renditure September 22 2014 at 8 01 PM So adorable Esp the one with the bears arm around her Reply Delete Add comment Load more Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Challenging Reality The Portfolio All Photos on 500px Photo Sets Bigger Things Eclectic Fauna Flora Food Little Things People Scenery Skies Sports Latest 500px Uploads Loading Tweets by jayscottphoto Blog Archive 2014 41 October 2 September 7 Two Lil Punkins

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  • Jay Scott Photography: Eggs Platinum
    in the sky at the time of the evening that would be suitable for shooting The moon was the first light source The four others were color coordinated set up adjusted for the exposure of the falling light and the rising moon all aimed and modified as I saw fit to hit specific parts of a perfect rose clamped to a stand The camera was in place on a tripod and as the moon rose the photo was made when it arrived in the right part of the frame To miss that thirty second window would have meant to shot was done because to raise the rose and realign the lights would have taken longer than the 30 seconds that the moon talk to move across the frame again I could only see through the viewfinder of the camera on the tripod at the height it was at Had we Angie s help was essential to this shot being made missed that first shot I would not have gotten the angle on the flower that I wanted and would have been estimating where I was aiming and focusing because I would have been unable to see through the viewfinder beyond the time I had set up for All of this done on a night when the sky was clear The next night the moon would not have been full the lights would have to be set up again the perfect rose would have been beginning to wilt and the moon would have been rising about 20 min difference in time than the prior night Had the 20 min been closer or later to sunset the sky would not have been dark enough and you would not have gotten the deep blue that we had on the evening of the shot or it would have been black removing the value the tree silhouettes add All this shows is that there may be factors in your control and there may be an element of luck in getting the shot Without preparation and knowing what you are doing because of forethought and experience you will not make photos like this Do the viewers of this photo realize the factors juggled Probably not Does that matter to me For whatever reason yes When their reaction is mediocre I feel the defensiveness rising in me wanting to explain how difficult this was and how despite the silhouette of the house that I am displeased with it was a huge feat for me and you should praise it Obviously that is ridiculous The photo should speak for itself But I guarantee you that someone who just picked up there brand new Canon Rebel for the first time was not capable of making something this complex Without trying to defend or justify only to educate what went into the photo of that simple egg First was selecting an egg with the exact shape I was looking for slightly taller and elongated as opposed to rounder Second was

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  • Jay Scott Photography: October 2014
    work by a fellow local photographer in this area I communicated with him a bit and determined that they do not close the gates at the Boffins Club at night Maybe they do later on but they were still open would we left there after 9 PM Seeing his work made me decide I needed to get there before the end of the nice weather but I needed to arrive with an idea An idea that I hadn t already seen him capably execute If you are on Instagram I highly recommend following him His handle is thecinnamon Some great work with some aerial photography thanks to his quadcopter and a clear creative and technical understanding of what he s doing Boffins Club Koi by Jay Scott on 500px Of course my idea involves defaulting to what I m good at off camera flash It took a little bit of tweaking but I managed to get a few shots with the Koi in the photo illuminated by the flash I had aimed at the water I even forgot to bring the bread crumbs I was going to to lure them into the right spot I think enough people have fed them this year that when they see humans they come looking and expecting treats It sure was interesting to watch them shoot away every time that flash fired That s one of the reasons you will see the streaks in the water from the leaves that were moving the entire time of the 20 second exposure while the slow moving fish were not to be seen as streaks because they took off so very quickly The last shot was just simply taking five minutes to move the tripod 10 feet one direction Paul and I were pondering our jealousy of

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  • Jay Scott Photography: September 2014
    to Seeing by Dan Winters He s had quite an illustrious career and what he has to say moves so far beyond the camera settings and light setups The vast majority of his work is portraiture but so much of his problem solving hard work ethic and approach to his work can be applied to any type of photography or any career for that matter When speaking about some photographers need to explain the process in order to safeguard a photo s success Winters rightly says I may find it interesting that the artist labored intensely to make an image but the process alone is weak footing on which to stand The photographic image should stand on its own Perhaps this is due to digital technology and the ubiquity of mobile devices and apps the photographic process has been demystified to the layman The public perception that anyone can take a picture has for many marginalized the medium It used to be that to say I m a photographer held a degree of credibility and understanding of the person s skills Now with every cell phone having a camera with the capability to produce a reasonable image quality everyone is a photographer Even more so if they spent 399 on an entry level DSLR kit Both of those tools have the capability to do the job to a certain degree But because of the low cost of entry the above statement can be made by someone with a few hours of study and a little bit of experimenting or it can be made for someone with 30 years of experience behind them performing weekly shoots having budgets nearing six figures That is a huge span of skill and experience in a statement containing three little words I know that some of my best photos were not necessarily my most elaborate and complicated setups but I know that I always place a higher value on the photos that took a lot more work and coordination I suppose part of the value of experience is knowing when less is more when the mystery of a deep shadow causes more reaction than making certain everything in the photo is lit and discernible Regardless I know how I felt when the reaction to one of my most complex photos Midnight Rose were not as significant as I had hoped Midnight Rose by Jay Scott on 500px That photo of a simple white rose required coordinating purchasing the roses at the right time so that one of the best ones would be in full bloom at the same time the moon was full and would rise in the sky at the time of the evening that would be suitable for shooting The moon was the first light source The four others were color coordinated set up adjusted for the exposure of the falling light and the rising moon all aimed and modified as I saw fit to hit specific parts of a perfect rose clamped to a stand The camera was in place on a tripod and as the moon rose the photo was made when it arrived in the right part of the frame To miss that thirty second window would have meant to shot was done because to raise the rose and realign the lights would have taken longer than the 30 seconds that the moon talk to move across the frame again I could only see through the viewfinder of the camera on the tripod at the height it was at Had we Angie s help was essential to this shot being made missed that first shot I would not have gotten the angle on the flower that I wanted and would have been estimating where I was aiming and focusing because I would have been unable to see through the viewfinder beyond the time I had set up for All of this done on a night when the sky was clear The next night the moon would not have been full the lights would have to be set up again the perfect rose would have been beginning to wilt and the moon would have been rising about 20 min difference in time than the prior night Had the 20 min been closer or later to sunset the sky would not have been dark enough and you would not have gotten the deep blue that we had on the evening of the shot or it would have been black removing the value the tree silhouettes add All this shows is that there may be factors in your control and there may be an element of luck in getting the shot Without preparation and knowing what you are doing because of forethought and experience you will not make photos like this Do the viewers of this photo realize the factors juggled Probably not Does that matter to me For whatever reason yes When their reaction is mediocre I feel the defensiveness rising in me wanting to explain how difficult this was and how despite the silhouette of the house that I am displeased with it was a huge feat for me and you should praise it Obviously that is ridiculous The photo should speak for itself But I guarantee you that someone who just picked up there brand new Canon Rebel for the first time was not capable of making something this complex Without trying to defend or justify only to educate what went into the photo of that simple egg First was selecting an egg with the exact shape I was looking for slightly taller and elongated as opposed to rounder Second was boiling that egg cooling it and painting it The funny thing about boiled eggs is that they sweat moisture through the shell as the rise to room temperature from being refrigerated Combine that with low quality water based paint and each coat you put on has a degree of futility when spots of paint just dissolve off the shell

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  • Jay Scott Photography: August 2014
    to try little harder but I am quite pleased with the emotion my final photo from last Wednesday evokes I would love to hear your feedback whether it gives you the creeps you love it hate it or whatever emotion it raises in you I think the old ragged dock would ve worked better but whattayagonnado Saskatoon Zoo After Dark by Jay Scott on 500px Posted by Jay at 7 00 AM 0 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels abstract algae eclectic ethereal flora forestry farm hdr landscapes pond reflection saskatoon scenery sunset texture water zoo Aug 15 2014 Perfect Poser Yellow Dragonfly by Jay Scott on 500px I m quite happy to see the number of dragonflies that have been in our backyard for over a month now Combined with the hotter drier weather they have done a fine job keeping the mosquitoes at bay I haven t seen any specifically eating wasps but the nest under our deck that I will get dad to take care of when they come up as of the writing of this our baby has yet to arrive so I m assuming they are not here probably has had its population reduced thanks to the dragonflies I always find it intriguing to see how they go through cycles Early in the season you will see the lovely light blue colored damselflies which often move to the deeper orange and fuzzier looking dragonflies before some of the turquoise and huge black ones emerge I don t recall seeing this many of the yellow ones pictured above as I have this year Maybe the food supply is better or maybe the weather is just right for them Either way they are a beautiful and harmless insect that takes care of all the other pests I think the only reason to not wish the extinction of mosquitoes and wasps is that they are food for dragonflies Maybe we should put some money into researching other food supplies for dragonflies and technology for the near extinction of mosquitoes and wasps at least in the city where they are of little help in pollinating crops Here s hoping the next photos I have to share our of our baby Posted by Jay at 7 00 AM 0 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels 2014 backyard dragonfly insect little things macro perch yellow Aug 12 2014 Still Waiting for Our Baby My Folks by Jay Scott on 500px No baby yet We do have scheduled induction for this coming weekend or early next week so hopefully we won t get the call at some inconvenient time of day but then what would be convenient At least this past Sunday we picked up the canvases I had on display at the mall and got a photo made of my parents in law Now we just need to get Robin and the boys then one

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  • Jay Scott Photography: July 2014
    may or may not have been related to the grip itself Initially I found that the grip was draining both the battery in the grip and in the body of the camera over a period of approximately 3 to 4 days Even with diligently turning off the switch on the battery grip this switch should only control the ability of the controls on the grip to function it should have nothing to do with the power usage of the camera it did not seem to make a difference What did seem to help was making certain the grip was attached to the camera body as snugly as possible I m not talking about stripping the threads of the tripod mount but a secure fit ensuring full contact of all pins and connectors between the grip and the body seemed to help This may or may not have been the cause of the battery drain As with most lithium ion batteries there is a breaking in time Now that I have run the two new DSTE batteries that I ordered through a number of full drain and full charge cycles they are doing very well one performing better than the second one This may have been the cause of the battery drain more than the grip itself Cycle your batteries properly when you first get them and you should be able to eliminate one factor of this if it arises for you The second issue that I had with the grip was greatly concerning because I was afraid it was going to affect or damage the camera Using my initial two year old secondary battery EN EL3e which was also made by a third party manufacturer I would make an exposure with a shutter speed slower than 1 60 of a second and the mirror would not flip down I would receive an error message and no exposure would be recorded to the card I was able to reset the camera simply by pressing the shutter button again but I would need to power cycle the body in order to return to shooting After power cycling it would reset to approximately f 4 0 1 160 ISO 200 which is not uncommon for me to be at and it may have been the setting the last successful frame was made with The initial purpose of the longer shutter speed was for a photo which included four flashes and some electroluminescent wire for a thirty second light painting using rear curtain flash sync When this error occurred and failed to lower the mirror it did not fire the hot shoe which would have triggered the PocketWizards to fire the flashes I was concerned that my shutter or mirror was in need of servicing even though this body has been incredibly well taken care of and is still at only about 60 000 actuations but things do wear out Thankfully this was solved by replacing that battery with one of the new third party EN EL3e batteries My OEM battery now stays in the D700 body Before the battery grip I was regularly rotating between that initial second battery and the OEM Nikon battery that came with the D700 Why it decided to not like the battery grip I do not know As soon as I put in a new fully charged DSTE battery everything was functioning perfectly That has been my experience Because of how well everything is working now with my D810 due to arrive any day I had preemptively ordered a second battery grip the MB D12 clone by DSTE from Deal Extreme the first grip MB D10 being ordered from eBay Since then I was given the opportunity to buy an OEM Nikon MB D12 for the price of 229 CAD more than a 40 discount off the standard retail price in Canada That was below what I was willing to pay for a Nikon brand grip to be put on a brand new camera so I took to opportunity The 400 price tag was too much hence my ordering the second grip from DSTE I will be selling it but keeping the DSTE EN EL18a charger and EN EL15 ordered from DX com I hope this has helped you in troubleshooting any problems you may have had and that a fully charged battery or tightening of the attachment screw solves your camera s hiccups Posted by Jay at 3 35 PM 0 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels clone D300 D300s D700 D800 D800E d810 dste en el 15 en el18a fail flora knockoff MB D10 MB D12 troubleshoot uv Jul 17 2014 Zoo 2014 7 We all know how quickly the summer passes us by but as I look back at these photos most of which were made six weeks ago it still felt so much like spring Now after today s visit to the flower gardens it definitely has that progression to it There are still a number of the small delicate flowers but they are clearly transitioning into the heartier ones that deal best with the heat of July and August The petite little daylilies were as vibrant and nice as ever but the taller lilies had begun blooming already When that starts happening you know there are fewer and fewer types of blooms left to show off their beauty before they are gone and the leaves begin draining of their green to make way for the colours hidden by chlorophyll Our lawn has clearly slowed down its growth and does not look quite as rich as it did a few weeks ago A few of our other plants that are a bit younger are always a little bit behind the average That s fine with me because we get to enjoy them just a little bit longer in our yard and any day now the first of our lilies will open I look forward to photographing

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