Category Archives: North America

Photographing the 2015 Boston Blizzard: Part 2 The Artistic/Macro approach

I know spring is coming but let’s rewind a little bit to this blizzard we underwent during this winter because it offered very interesting things. So how do you photograph extreme conditions in a way nobody does? It depends on the way you look at it.

Part 1 of this series had a common approach winter photography, mostly from a landscape photography point of view. Here, I wanted to explore the situation with a different eye. I wanted to look at perspectives that people wouldn’t see by themselves. I wanted to look at those tiny things that we would forget, but that the camera lens can make us see differently, thanks to the depth of field and bokeh that our eye cannot reproduce naturally.

 Pure Macro Close-ups

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1 to 1.5 inch for this icicle. The sun gave me this refraction bokeh.

By the way, just imagine one second if we could control our depth of field just with our iris? Wouldn’t that be incredible? Swiss researchers have created the first eye contact lens able to zoom x2.8 just with a blink! Amazing! Anyway, that was the revolutionary high-tech parenthesis. Continue reading Photographing the 2015 Boston Blizzard: Part 2 The Artistic/Macro approach

Photographing the 2015 Boston Blizzard – (Part 1: The Ghost City)

A record breaking winter. Yes, this is what this winter is in Boston. With 104 inches (2m64) of snow so far (March 1st) since the beginning of this incredible winter, it’s the second snowiest winter ever in Boston with a record at 107 inches (2m71). February already hit the 1st place as the snowiest month in the history of Boston.

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Almost 72 inches here (2m) and the wind blowing.

In terms of temperature, it is also one of the coldest winter ever. With some temperatures at -13F (-25C) and reaching -24F (-31C) with wind chill. This is also one of the reasons why the bay of Boston froze.

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Boston’s bay all frozen like a floe from Quincy. You can see Boston’s skyline in the horizon.

Of course, the Charles River is all frozen, but it’s more unusual concerning the ocean! Unless you live in the north pole or…in Canada eh? 😉 You probably saw the frozen wave photographed in the south of Boston, in a tiny island called Nantucket (watch here)? Boston is currently more or less in the same situation as Fairbanks, Alaska. You read it correctly, “Alaska”. Continue reading Photographing the 2015 Boston Blizzard – (Part 1: The Ghost City)

Underwater Photography by Elena Kalis

Underwater is a very particular photography field that not many of us had the chance to experience but many of us wonder how it’s done, and what it’s like to do it. Elena Kalis is an underwater photographer which work is now famous around the world, especially with her series “The Bahamas Girl”.

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Elena Kalis in the Bahamas with her Canon 5D mark II.

Based in the Bahamas, that helps, Elena developed her own unique style within a few years. She has always been an artist, she started photography 7 years ago, as a new way of expressing herself.

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Take a Photo Journey Through Beautiful Canada

It is no secret that I am not very fond of the cold Canadian winters. I actually detested being in Toronto so much that I decided to escape The Great White North and seek warmer climes. Being back in Toronto for just my second winter now after 12 years away, I am finally appreciating the four seasons we Canucks experience living here. If it had not been for my photographic passion, it is highly likely I would have managed to find a way to flee south once again.

For those of our readers who have never visited my home and native land, I am proud to share with you some images from each of our provinces and territories.

Alberta

Taken by Marni Luftspring-Belavin | Calgary | Alberta |http://www.marnibphotos.com/ |
Taken by Marni Luftspring-Belavin | Calgary | Alberta |http://www.marnibphotos.com/ |

Canada is composed of ten provinces and three territories:  Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario (my home), Prince Edward Island aka. PEI, Quebec and Saskatchewan.  The three territories are the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

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The Curious Houses Along the Venice Canals

Los Angeles is not so much a unified city as a massive conglomeration of smaller cities. To outsiders, you come from Los Angeles. To locals, you are from Santa Monica, Hollywood, Pasadena, KTown, Van Nuys, Inglewood, Beverley Hills, or etc. It is a tapestry of neighborhoods that flow into one another with undefined visual or geographic borders. There is no Los Angeles and everywhere is Los Angeles.

“Which part of the city are you from” is of chief concern among new friends, business partners, and potential lovers because your answer will dictate your socioeconomic status, your cultural heritage, and your commute. When Lorde sang about post code envy, she was probably referring to Los Angeles.

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Sandwiched between Marina Del Rey, Santa Monica, and the Pacific Ocean is a neighborhood unlike any other in LA. The Venice Canal Historic District was an early twentieth century attempt at recreating the Italian romanticism in the heart of sunny California. The area has had its cycle of prosperity and disrepair and the houses lining those canals reflect those periods of change.

I took a stroll through this neighborhood on a crisp winter evening. With the neck strap of my Sony A7 loosely wrapped around my right wrist, here’s what I saw through a Leica Summaron 35mm f/2.8.

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