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Photography after Dark

Night time can be the right time for some very interesting photographs - with the right technique and tools.

A tripod is essential for steady images, as shutter speeds have to be extended considerably. The general rule of steadiness calls for a shutter speed of a fraction of a second divided by the lens focal length. For example, with a 200mm lens, the slowest shutter speed you should use would be 1/200 th of a second.

Night time shots of West Kelowna forest fire (as seen on the right) called for exposures of 10 to 30 seconds. Given the high winds of the night, an extra weight hanging on the tripod is helpful to provide greater stability.


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Kelowna Photography News


Airport soars with new publication

AUGUST 15, 2009 - Congratulations to one of my clients on recent accolades for a new publication. The innaugural YLW Connection magazine created by Kelowna International Airport was awarded first place from over 250 entries in the 2009 Excellence in Marketing and Communication Contest among North America Airports.

Images from a couple of events I photographed for the Airport were assembled with informative stories and dynamic advertising features in the quarterly publication. Kudos to Airport manager Sam Samadar, assistant Jenelle Turpin, and to freelance designer Sandy Magee.


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Forest fires in Okanagan

Forest Fires renew fears of 2003 devastation

West Kelowna forest fire

JULY 19, 2009 - Kelowna's scenic surroundings are making national headlines again - for a sad reason.
Two Forest Fires have forced evacuation of almost half the homes in West Kelowna, and closed the highway disecting the town of Westbank.
Recalling the devastation in 2003 when over 200 homes were consumed by fire in the Okanagan-Mission region of Kelowna, national media have quickly descended upon the city.
Fortunately, nobody has been injured and it appears only two homes have been lost to the blaze that began Saturday afternoon.



JUNE 14 - Over $175,000 was raised in the annual 24-hour relay.  I was glad to again be a part of the fundraising event for the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs and Easter Seals Camp with on-site photography and attempting my first ever Charity Auction.



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