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  • Jay Scott Photography: February 2013
    result I plan to use it around my waist to tie a leash to and walk Kiwi this non winter season we hope is coming As well I plan to give it a try for the carrying sling on my strip light and it can serve as something easy to grip when I need to carry or lift something heavy and awkward Next I plan to make a monkey s fist a dog toy and a few wrist bracelets for the accessible weight machines at the gym A person can learn almost any hobby or skill thanks to Youtube and the rest of the net Posted by Jay at 9 00 AM 1 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels belt buckle ladder rack macro metal paracord Feb 9 2013 Kiwi s New Bling There have been some excellent dog photos circling the internets lately and they inspired me to make one of Kiwi especially since her new tag arrived last week A new set of phone numbers and a few chips of colour missing from her old tag called for a new one It took me a bit of effort to stray from my usual style I wanted a dramatic photo but it just seemed too easy No colour modification only one light And as cooperative as Kiwi was we were done in no time It felt good to pick up my camera and make a few photos today As you may have seen on Twitter I ve been working on a belt made of paracord More on that in a few days Posted by Jay at 7 19 PM 1 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels bokeh collar eye kiwi portrait schnoodle tag

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  • Jay Scott Photography: January 2013
    green light This light was triggered by a PocketWizard II The rim light as seen by the little blue specular highlight on the top left portion of the dragon fruit was a Lumopro LP 120 at 1 32 power altered by a combination of a 1 2 window green gel and a 1 2 CTB covered by a 5 grid spot It was mounted on a gorilla pod aimed down from about 30 behind the Dragon fruit I made this decision to maintain a lot of shadow but still give it that tiny kiss of light to add the three dimensionality to the fruit This light was triggered by optical slave The background light was simply an SB 28 on 1 16 power zoomed in to 85 mm gelled with a Rosco red 60 and red 90 It was on a boom directly above the fruit aimed at the background far enough away from the fruit that it would not spill directly onto it As it is you can see the background reflecting onto the top of the fruit more than I maybe would have liked But it was what I able to make with the room I had available to me at the time I can only occupy the dining room table for so long before I start crowding my wife out of her workspace This photo was made at f 11 1 200th of a second at ISO 400 Dragon Fruit Whole by Jay Scott The second photo used the same light for the background but I swapped out the soft box on the key light for a grid spot so that the beam would be significantly focused on the white flesh of the fruit The grid spot on the rim light was exchanged for a tight snoot and was aimed at the facedown piece of fruit This gave it more coverage and created more illumination spread than a gridspot would have The gel colours remained the same I added a sheet of clear acrylic to the white fleece blanket to produce a bit of reflection as well as prevent the blanket from getting wet with fruit juice and fruit getting fuzz on it as I intended to eat it later This photo was made at f 5 6 1 200th of a second ISO 100 Because I had pulled back further for this shot I gained depth of field and did not require the additional you would have at f 11 but by dropping my ISO two stops and opening my aperture two stops I maintain the same exposure on the background I believe the powers remain the same for the key and fill light but I may be incorrect My focus was maintaining the exposure on the most difficult to reach light and that was the flash on the boom overhead Dragon Fruit Cut by Jay Scott The final photo was the exact same lighting as the second photo I just decided to get up close and personal with it on a more interesting angle than I had with the first two However as with any macro shot additional depth of field is appreciated so I increased my ISO to 200 and decreased my aperture to f 8 for that little bit of extra depth Where the vibrant colors come from is in the white balance For postprocessing in Lightroom 4 besides removing two blemishes on the fruit the only thing I tweaked was a usual touch of saturation and I mean just a touch and bringing the green out of the white balance by sliding the tint slider more towards the magenta side If I remember correctly it was about 33 points of magenta added I added a slight vignette on each but besides that my processing was minimal Dragon Fruit Macro by Jay Scott So for those interested I hope this walk through if you a new tidbit of insight into your lighting and light control Posted by Jay at 2 03 PM 0 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels dragon flesh food fruit macro meat reflection scales seeds texture Jan 12 2013 For Scott A young man I once knew passed away this week Scott Moen We were acquaintances and in fact he hung out in a group of guys that I had little use for Scott was the exception When others in the group were bugging me he typically kept his mouth closed It was just high school immaturity We ve all grown and changed My injury fifteen years ago changed many people besides me Scott and crew wouldn t dare pick on the crippled guy of course but beyond that their behaviour became less juvenile from my perspective Awhile after moving from neurology to rehab some of this group came to visit Many people lots of them my age with minimal part time income gave me money It was not huge amounts but I most definitely appreciated it Scott felt terrible that he had no money to give so he gave me a pendant he had earned with his hockey team Again the money was appreciated but it comes and goes The guys who came to visit Scott s gift of this chain and the fact that they had the maturity to come visit a guy once their target of ridicule not difficult to be around in his vulnerable state meant the most and will stick with me I m not sure what took Scott but I do know that he had health issues a few years after my injury and that his announcement stated that donations could be made to the Lupus Diabetes or Heart Stroke Foundation Just another person that left us too soon but one I certainly will not forget Posted by Jay at 1 10 PM 11 comments Email This 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  • Jay Scott Photography: December 2012
    were magnetic Those two snowmen are now nicely stuck on the shaft of our living room lamp Angie hung Mrs Clause s clothesline tonight and I am happy to have a plush dancing Christmas tree that I received as a gift 10 years ago sitting on my desk Thankfully there are no batteries in it because as much as it is a cute little ornament it is one of the most annoying when it is powered up The last few years have not felt terribly Christmasy to me despite trying to get into the spirit I did miss the Festival of Trees this year but have already watched National Lampoon s Christmas Vacation once listened to two Boney M Christmas albums and have the Christmas cartoon playlist all ready to go Mom and dad are planning on coming in two weekends which will stretch out the celebrations over a greater portion of the month and best of all I have a gift for Angie that was not on her list and I hope to really surprise her with I hope you all have a very pleasant Christmas season and that the following winter does not seem too long even if we are starting with 3 feet of snow on our deck Posted by Jay at 7 23 PM 0 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels christmas decor nutcracker rudolph snow man tree wall Dec 3 2012 Eleven Days and a Whole Lot of Snow I knew that my camera had been sitting on the desk beside me for a while now but I had no idea until I checked the date on the photos still on it that it had been 11 days That is a long time ago without making a photograph It was time to post something new but I really had little to nothing new or exciting to post for a few good reasons I have received recent print orders that required my attention and took some time to get in order printed and delivered Angie and I have had a few days of not feeling spectacular and now I think I am getting the cold that she is just getting over Three mornings last week were spent at the track getting much needed exercise to help kick the blahs caused by the remarkable amount of snow and cold that we have already received this year The above photo was taken early this afternoon and as you can see we have more snow on our deck already than we did all of last winter But beyond that I have been feeling like I have been carrying on on a plateau photographically speaking I have been spending a lot more time reading material that I have read in the past to see how much more I can absorb purchasing new material to dig deep into to see what else I can incorporate into my abilities and really wanting to spend

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  • Jay Scott Photography: November 2012
    or haven t had time to spend absorbing all that is offered there CreativeLIVE My favourite location for learning all things photography and much more The classes are broadcast live for free Decided not to go to school for photography Write the live courses into your schedule The classes are available for purchase at special rates of usually 100 if purchased by the end of the live broadcast or typically 150 after the broadcast with occasional sales I have paid for material from CL Three eight hour days of teaching for 100 Yeah I can do that Craft Vision Remarkably affordable e books in PDF form from the top names in the industry with topics of everything you could want to know related to photography I have not purchased much from Craft Vision because I m terrible for not reading the e books I already have What I have read from them is excellent and far superior to your average 10 year old hardcover books sitting in a bookstore Ask Me Anything About Photography Zack Arias So much material from one of my top five favourite photographers Endless material to keep you reading and easily formatted to skim questions for those you are most interested in Few people tell it like it is without being arrogant like Zack Strobist Learn to Light David Hobby shares his decades of experience as a lighting photographer Almost every photographer will use lighting techniques eventually David shares all of his knowledge for free organized into classes just ready for you to consume He offers a few DVDs but almost nothing on them is not on his site in written form Best to have your photography basics under your belt but DH does a great job walking you through the how whys Photography News Petapixel and Fstoppers The best two places to get all your photo news about gear trends up and coming photographers interesting projects people have done and many other interesting articles to informed and inspired I prefer PetaPixel s writing best but both sites cover almost identical stories some breaking on one site or the other first Gear Information Resources SLR Gear Imaging Resource Two separate affiliated websites for gear reviews SLR gear being focused on lenses tripods flashes and a few camera bags Imaging Resource giving you the most thorough and detailed camera body reviews you will find on the Internet Digital Rev This website deserves to be in every category They provide shopping comprehensive gear reviews both written and video photography tips and techniques though some are awfully beginner and not as comprehensive as they could be but are most definitely interesting and help to keep you in the loop of what is new and how the new products stack up Their YouTube channel is where I focus my attention and they have new videos 2 to 3 times per week Certainly I have more places I go to for information that this but these two are my primary places when I am researching lenses for cameras Researching things beyond basic camera and lens photography such as lighting equipment is best done by sites dedicated to that type of gear Lighting strobist com is my go to website for example Equipment Acquisition I use acquisition because much of what I use is do it yourself or home made equipment when it comes to lighting As such my first site recommendation is DIY Photography Here you will find some tutorials DIY light modifiers DSLR video devices and accessories many giveaways and a solid community of photographers looking to think outside the box and help one another Don s Photo My primary place to get my gear that cannot be made yourself or gear that simply needs to be the best from a reputable knowledgeable warranty supporting seller They price match any Canadian seller and are local dealer with staff you get to know and who get to know you B H or Adorama The two largest photo and video equipment suppliers in North America and for good reason They have very competitive prices helpful staff and fast shipping Adorama has a great print lab and a free video podcast with much good information B H has an unbelievable inventory of anything you could possibly need especially their store brand Interfit that provides decent quality products for a lot less than the brand name products Be aware that your purchase shipped to Canada will come with duty and import fees which can exceed the cost of buying locally if that is an option Midwest Photo Exchange A great supplier of standard equipment but more so many things you cannot find locally especially their Strobist kits and other lighting equipment Like B H check out MPEX s Lumopro brand Great quality at often less than 1 3 the brand name cost Their shipping is fast but often import fees seem quite high however I ve heard it has more to do with the shipping company you choose Flash Zebra For those cables and adapters that you cannot find elsewhere these guys really fill a niche at reasonable prices and shipping Deal Extreme Your home for all things Chinese knockoff There are the ethical concerns about a lot of Chinese products such as sweatshops or Joby researching and developing their 85 Gorilla pod then Chinese companies reverse engineering them and selling them on DX for 12 The price differences combined with free shipping which takes about 4 6 weeks free of duty is hard to beat when top quality is not your goal That said would I trust my DSLR and a large lens on a knockoff Gorillapod No But a flash on an umbrella swivel Yes Amazon Shopping on Amazon com from Canada can be frustrating Find the right product at the right price Sorry we won t ship to your location Yes you will Great How much is shipping Ouch Import fees Doable Return policy and customer service Sometimes iffy depending on

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  • Jay Scott Photography: October 2012
    may need to bath her at the halfway point so that brushing her is that much more effective at making her extra soft That s all I have for your Saturday dose of cuteness Posted by Jay at 1 23 PM 0 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels coach cute eye Halloween jack o lantern kiwi macro orange portrait toy Oct 16 2012 Hot Racks Bakery Date Square Along with the freshest gooiest tastiest cinnamon bun we picked up an excellent buttery date square from Hot Racks Bakery this morning Hot Racks Bakery Date Square by Jay Scott Once again they did not disappoint Posted by Jay at 1 08 PM 0 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels buttery calender crumble date dessert food hot racks bakery macro square treat Oct 15 2012 Fresh Squeezed Ancient Hop Grain Juice Our hops did incredibly well for their first year in our yard It was very refreshing after killing two clematis vines two years in a row I don t know if our hops are the kind used to brew beer or just ornamental Gave me the idea for the photo below the title inspired by a quote from the Simpsons Fresh Squeezed Ancient Hop Grain Juice by Jay Scott Posted by Jay at 9 00 AM 0 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels beer beverage bottle drop food hops macro water Oct 8 2012 Thanksgiving Dessert Happy Thanksgiving everyone I hope you have had an excellent restful and rejuvenating weekend with those you care about We made the trip down to Swift Current on Friday to see my parents It was some quality time with much good food a bit of park time for us and the dogs a few hands of 31 and even a bit of planning for Christmas We gave mom her gifts one hadn t arrived yet so we gave her a picture of it for now and was I ever impressed with the metal prints from Don s The colours and the way they gather light just makes them glow I will be recommending them to customers for anything colourful Even the brushed finish of the metal print used for a black and white portrait was arresting I must say that it never ceases to amaze me of what a flora gallery of my work my parents house has become I may have to have a show there some day Angie prepared one of the desserts we enjoyed this weekend a pumpkin cheesecake with candied pumpkin seeds topping the whipped cream I was happy that there was a piece left over after the first servings for me to photograph the following morning Pumpkin Cheesecake by Jay Scott She said next time that it could be a little bit sweeter and have more spices that the original recipe called for You can find

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  • Jay Scott Photography: September 2012
    ground beef lasagne mexican tortilla Sep 14 2012 Innovation Place Before Autumn 3 Oh how I wished I had seen the location from my first two photos below on the family photo shoot two Saturdays ago It is right beside the Saskatchewan Research Council building s entrance They are a reflective gold The light bouncing off of them is beautifully warm and the imperfections in the glass make it look like light reflected off of water or maybe light under water I will post some photos from that session in a week or so and will point out those that were taken with the gold windows as a background I suppose the family photo session day was completely overcast so as much as those two girls sitting on the rocks pictured below would have been nice without the direct sunlight the effect would not have existed One of the first crunchy leaves of the upcoming autumn season Posted by Jay at 7 00 AM 0 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels black and white foliage gold leaf scenery warm water Sep 12 2012 Innovation Place Before Autumn 2 You likely saw the Morning Glory from my Friday evening post I thought I would pull back and catch two of them in one frame The ladybugs certainly flourished this spring then disappeared and have now returned in numbers again I wonder if the temperature has anything to do with it Normally I would not pick flowers but I couldn t get close enough to these to get a good shot and it s the end of the season so in the interest of art I picked one to shoot The softness of these little red caterpillar like blooms was just like fur Reminded me of cotton candy I m pretty certain that these are perennials so I will make sure to get back to this spot next year Posted by Jay at 7 00 AM 0 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels 2012 bloom flora innovation place lady bug macro perennial soft Sep 10 2012 Innovation Place Before Autumn 1 The days are getting shorter and before long we will begin questioning that alarm in the morning How can that be right It s still dark out But we aren t there yet Yes a few trees are beginning to drop leaves and the remaining flowers are all that will be for this year The chill in the air is noticeable even in the still warm sunlight and that sunlight is coming from a much lower in the sky orb It s a new season though and the return to routine has its goodness as well Still the snow could hold off until November January for my tastes and ease of getting around The primary sump pump we just replaced is still running every five minutes I wonder how many years of drought we would need before it stops At any rate break out the indoor to do and project list as they will be needed soon enough Posted by Jay at 7 00 AM 0 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels 2012 flora innovation place macro succulent transparent Sep 7 2012 Weaknesses I recently received a letter from seventh floor rehab at Saskatoon City Hospital giving me the opportunity to participate in a research study to see which needs are being met and which are not being met for post acute care spinal cord injury patients in Saskatchewan I have scheduled the interview for this coming week far sooner than I expected it to occur Included with the letter was a short survey that could be filled out instead of or in addition to the longer interview I was intrigued by the questions contained within that survey and it certainly made me additionally curious about the interview next week One of the types of questions on the survey was regarding how you the person with a spinal cord injury feel about your ability to accomplish tasks or reach goals if you put your mind and energy to it I have heard from more than a few photographers artists and writers that believe a philosophy of hurry up and fail is better Most definitely there are things that are worth striving for regardless of the difficulty or time would take to accomplish the goal but I tend to agree with them in most situations Be it a book that has not captivated me within the first few chapters a TV show that cannot keep me interested or continually disappoints with total lack of believability or a skill that would take four times as long to develop and provide minimal benefit on a day to day basis there is value in knowing when it is time to quit Being able to do things for yourself is great but if you are more efficient at doing one thing and can outsource the other why not focus your skills where you are most effective This is where I felt that in a number of places the survey I filled out really limited the ability to elaborate the reasoning for choosing the answer I chose on a question by question basis I am very hopeful that the interview will allow me an opportunity to dig deeper and give them specific answers as opposed circling a number from 1 to 5 Whenever I am working on our bank records and budget watching Smarter Every Day on YouTube or anything else with a subjective nature I am reminded of the fact that though I really enjoy photography and am enjoying more forms of art all the time I still have inside me a person who appreciates structure symmetry and order Anybody who knows me knows how little I typically care for spontaneity This past week while editing photos from a family session last

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  • Jay Scott Photography: August 2012
    Pinterest Labels crochet dog fauna kiwi pastel schnoodle Aug 24 2012 Blue Wisps The silky blooms on these vines were next on my list of what I d like to grow in our yard Perhaps on the opposite side of our arbour that the hops are on For now I m just glad the hops are growing so well Blue Wisps 2 by Jay Scott Blue Wisps 1 by Jay Scott Posted by Jay at 9 00 AM 0 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels bloom flora forestry farm macro saskatoon vine Aug 22 2012 Monster Cookies Sorry for missing your weekly dose of deliciousness last week I ve been in the process of preparing data for migration to a new computer that I hope is ordered by the time this post is posted That said it may be a bit quiet for a little while until I have everything back to normal operation Until then I hope these cookies from Hot Racks Bakery will keep you satisfied until I can resume the normal routine Monster Cookies by Jay Scott Posted by Jay at 9 00 AM 0 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels cookies dessert dish towel food hot racks bakery monster nuts oven raisins smarties Aug 20 2012 Saskatoon Forestry Farm and Zoo 2012 8 Not usually so easy to see or get a good photo of Early arrival times make for serene empty paths like these It was entirely peaceful at the zoo until about 10 am As much as I like to start my visits in the flower gardens when the light is better and the air stiller I may start the occasional visit in the zoo This photo was taken on the same visit as the one above I decided to take the counterclockwise route which made for trees I d never noticed before angles on scenes I don t usually see This also produced a chicken under a shrub As I rounded the corner I saw these two little ones The instant they saw me they scurried under their mother s plumage I had to switch lenses and waited patiently for them to come out but aside from a little head poking up oh so briefly I couldn t get the closeup I d hoped for Cute nonetheless Posted by Jay at 9 00 AM 0 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels 2012 chick chicken fauna forestry farm fox saskatoon zoo Aug 18 2012 Saturday Evening Crawlies Don t worry It s on our deck not in your bed Posted by Jay at 10 34 PM 0 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels macro moonlight seed spider web wolf Aug 17 2012 Saskatoon Forestry Farm and Zoo 2012 7 Sorry for the lack of clarity in these nest three Fences Definitely more

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  • Jay Scott Photography: July 2012
    neat but it might not be for everyone Posted by Jay at 9 00 AM 0 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels 2012 crocodile drumheller fauna macro reptile reptile world snake vacation Jul 20 2012 2012 Vacation Reptile World 3 Posted by Jay at 9 00 AM 0 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels 2012 drumheller fauna macro monitor lizard reptile reptile world snake texture vacation Jul 19 2012 2012 Vacation Reptile World 2 Not the best photo with the dirty glass in the way but the sheer size Wow Posted by Jay at 9 00 AM 0 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels 2012 bearded dragon drumheller fauna macro reptile reptile world skink snake vacation Jul 18 2012 2012 Vacation Reptile World 1 This is the first of likely eight posts Yeah I know Eight posts on Reptile world I didn t think I had that many photos worth sharing The final cut as I prepare the posts may weed out a few that I was too generous with initially For those less interested in photos of reptiles don t worry I have some nice food photos coming soon Perhaps I will use them as an intermission from the Reptile World photos The visit to Reptile World was what I was most excited about on this summer s vacation We went after supper on our final evening in Drumheller and though we missed feeding time it was nicely quiet with plenty of time for a second look around to see if any of the animals were in more photogenic position Because of that you may see the same specimen twice in different posts Without anymore commentary here are the first of the photos Posted by Jay at 9 00 AM 0 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels 2012 drumheller fauna gecko macro reptile reptile world snake toad vacation Jul 13 2012 2012 Vacation Our Stops Wanting to make the most out of our trip we sought out points of interest around Drumheller After the Royal Tyrell Museum we checked in to our hotel then went for supper at Bernie the Boys It had great reviews Our view was that it was adequate Besides being a bit of a shack and quite difficult to get in to the food was reasonably priced and decent The many flavours of milkshakes were what we were most impressed with Angie s peanut butter milkshake and my pumpkin pie milkshake were the best part of the meal Wanting to do something in the evening we looked for the hoodoos went the wrong way but ended up at Horse Thief Canyon the image will take a minute to load You can navigate by clicking and holding your middle mouse button scroll wheel and the left click and hold to move around UPDATE You

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