Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Air Canada gets an award

I needed a photo to accompany the adjacent text.  I specialize in outdoor photos, so it was just natural for me to head off to the airport looking for an Air Canada plane to photograph.  I got this shot of an Air Canada Express plane painted in the new Air Canada colors as it was approaching the airport to land.

Air Canada was today named Best Airline in North America by the 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards at the International Paris Air Show.

 It is the sixth time in eight years Canada's flag carrier has been named the continent's best airline by Skytrax, whose survey of almost 20 million air travellers is recognized as the global benchmark of industry excellence.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Air Transat stock photo

Photo from my online collection of Phtotshop free keyworded editorial  images, available to photo buyers everywhere.

 Air Transat was recognized as the second best leisure airline in the world at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, making it the best leisure airline in North America for the sixth consecutive year.

Every year, travelers from around the world take part in the largest airline passenger satisfaction survey, a global benchmark of airline excellence, to determine the winners.

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Thursday, June 01, 2017

Formula 1

Jolyon Palmer has yet to register points after the first 6 Formula 1 races of the 2017 season. The Canadian Grand Prix could be his last chance to score points.

Jolyon Palmer Renault F1 team

Cyril Abiteboul, Renault F1 Team managing director is suggesting that, should things not improve, a change could be made.  Test driver Sergey Sirotkin, a 21-year-old Russian could be the man to replace Palmer.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix 2017

Open House

Romain Grosjean Team Lotus

On the morning of Thursday June 8, fans will once again be able to get up close with the F1 cars in the pits during the popular "Open House Day". Once more this year it will be possible to walk the Pit Lane at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve while the 10 teams will have their garage doors wide open and the staff will be hard at work on last minute adjustments before hitting the track the next morning.

Pit lane

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Springtime subjects

Springtime brings new photo subjects, and spring floods is one of them. This year was no exception, with lots of rain and melting snow saw water levels raise in many areas.

Covering floods means trying to figure out which spots will offer the best photo opportunities.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Pro lens

Are Pro lenses better?
Olympus 12-40mm 2.8F Pro

 I shoot with Pro grade lenses, a question I am often asked is are they better?
Pro lenses are built for heavy use and usualy weather sealed, and I shoot nearly everyday under all kind of weather situations. I leave my 12-40mm f2.8 pro lens on my Olympus OM-D  E-M1 all the time, I also have the consumer grade 40-150mm f4-5.6 in my camera bag for when I need extra reach.

My 40-150 lens is plastic and feels cheap compare to my metal built 12-40 lens, of course one cost me $1040 and the other $199.   Pro grade lenses are sharper, yes, faster and offer much better auto focus in low light situations. For general outdoor daytime use consumer level lens can do the job at a fraction of the cost of a pro grade lens.

Bellow are two photos shot at 40mm with the same camera, in ideal situations the difference is minimal.

12-40 f2.8 Pro   
 A cropped view of the above image shot with a 12-40 f2.8 pro lens at 40mm, iso 200, f14, 1/125 sec.

40-150mm f4-5.6

 The second shot is a cropped version done with the 40-150mm R lens at 40mm that cost $199. In this case the difference is minimal because of the size of the photo. At just 190 grams and under 4 inches high, I carry this lens with me in my camera bag at all times. A great little lens for the price.  When purchasing lens, always buy the latest version, even if it cost a bit more.  The newer versions are always improved over the later versions and worth the small extra cost.

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Sunday, April 02, 2017

Last days of snow

With the arrival of  warm spring weather I was busy taking some of my last images with snow for the season.

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