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How to save a completely submerged lens in water

Why thinking out of the box sometimes works

Yesterday morning I left early to shoot a small stream surrounded by beautiful green moss. My goal was to capture the water with in the background, the moss and the small plants growing through that moss. The stream was difficult to reach because there was a lot of dead wood and a steep slope. At a certain point I tought that the mosquitos and black flied were going to lift me off the ground. It was really bad but I had no intention of leaving before I did that shot. As I was changing my lens I got a black fly that landed in my left eye and at the same time a mosquito in the right eye. Voila, i drop the lens and when I reopened my eyes it was rolling down to the stream, I tried to reach it but it fell in the stream and it became completely submerged. Boy I was pissed off.

A good friend of mine saved her Canon 7D by putting it in rice and she saved her camera. But by the look of my lens it was pack with water on both side and my felling was that this was not going to work. Having been a rep for 22 years at Canon, I could remember what the service dept would often say ”un-economical to repair” I tried it anyway and at the end of the day I took it out of the rice and it was a bit better but still covered with water drop inside.

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She also told me put it in the sun and I did so  for two hours with little improvement. This morning I went to my car to pick-up something and as I opened the door I felt the extreme heat as it was park in the sun. I decided to try it and leave the lens in full sun laying on my dash,  anyway I had nothing to loose. I had tried the lens mounted on my camera after the incident and it would not work or focus. To my big surprise, when I opened the car and look at the lens at the end of the day the water drop had completely disappeared, I could barely pick it up as it was extremely hot.  I immediately rushed upstairs and mounted the lens and it work just fine.

Frankly it taught me a lesson, don’t quit, keep trying you never know the outcome. Thanks Marie-Claude for telling me to try the heat of the sun it work, I just had to increase the heat to get the water to evaporate.. My lens has a few marks because of this incident but after trying and shooting a few pictures they do now show anywhere in my pictures. This may not work in all case but it work for me. Try it you may never know the outcome.

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My First Try at Shooting Sport Photography

Last week, I got an invitation to join a friend and take some pictures of speed skating in a competition with her son. Being a photographer that mostly shoot landscape photography,  I had some concerns about the difficulty of taking action shots because it is not a type of photography that I have practice and that I am familiar with.

Miguel Bérard

During my career as a sales representative at Canon I had a chance to meet and share with great photographers who specializes in sports photography and many have shared with me their photos, their experiences and the difficulty of taking excellent action shots.

I think I got  stung by sport photography last week.

Miguel Bérard

Miguel Bérard

I loved the experience and I am already looking forward to the next opportunity to take more photos of speed skating. What I found difficult was the lighting and the fact that I had to work A ISO 2500 in order to have a fast shutter speed to freeze the subject, the compromise was getting pictures with a bit of noise.  Another challenge is to anticipate what will happen when the subject comes in your viewfinder you can’t hesitate. The autofocus mode selected is very important I experimented with AI Focus and AI Servo mode and I  finally prefered AI servo, it seems to produce more shot in perfect focus

Miguel Bérard

Next time, I’ll try to get familiar with the location and look for the background and all the angles where I could make a picture that’s out of the ordinary. I will also try panning with a lower shutter speed  to create blur and the effect of speed.  At the end of the day the best part was to see the joys in the eyes of some kids when they were give a medal at the end of competition. They were finally recognized for the efforts and sacrifice they did to get on the podium.

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Here is a picture of my friend’s son  Miguel receiving his first gold medal.

Miguel Bérard

Miguel, your first gold medal and certainly not the last,  you really have the spirit  of a champion. Your efforts and your sacrifices have finally paid. Now you can dream and think about what the future has to offer you, we are all behind you…..

 

Miguel say this to yourself and repeat it everyday ” I believe in myself!  Today is my day!  and nothing can stop me now!”

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Getting The Picture You Want

A couple of weeks ago, I spent a few days  in the Eastern Township region just to relax from busy schedule I had in the past few weeks. I had seen many times a particular tree in a field and I wanted to shoot it but it was never at the ideal time of the day.

The Magical Tree

Being off for 3 days, I knew that if I got there early when the sun gets up in would be the best time to shoot that tree, I had passed by a few times early in the morning and this was the ideal time to shoot that tree. So one morning I got up early and drove to that location so that I would be there 1/2 hour before the sun goes up. After a few minutes scouting the best place to stand, I installed my tripod and made all the necessary setup so that I would be ready when the best light shows up.

This picture is the result of 5 exposures taken with a 1-stop increment and process with Nik HDR Efex Pro. I used a Promote Control remote which facilitates the process of shooting HDR pictures. You can find more information about the remote on the following website Promote Control Systems.

I knew in advance that this was going to work for me. Not all landscape scenes are appropriate for HDR shooting but this one was and I knew in advance that it was a question of planning to get what I wanted. So don’t give in too early, many of us  have regretted at a certain point that we did not stop to shoot a particular scenery or subject. Sometimes it’s only about coming back at the right time of the day with the right light conditions, the right season or looking for a better location to shoot from. I have already a few pictures that I want to do in that area next year.

The only thing that was missing was my friend Louis Michel so that he could see with his own eyes that amazing 15 minutes that the morning light brings us. It’s like listening to Mozart!

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Old Car City Workshop With Mike Moats

The images I Saw In My Head 

 

Last week I had a chance to attend a workshop with Mike Moats at Old Car City near Atlanta, Georgia. I had a wonderful time at this workshop and in very good company may I say.

Everyone in the group was a skillful and passionate photographer with their own vision. I enjoyed myself so much that if next year there is another one, I will go back for another fix. Mike thanks for the great workshop I will not forget this one.

Old Car City

Images Are First Created In Your Mind

 

When I shoot images, I always try to see in my head the final image. I often try to look at something that seems ordinary and see if I can’t to make it into something extraordinary.

Old Car City

Looking at rusty cars in a scrapyard is not necessarily inspiring to a lot of people but it’s what I saw in my head that makes it beautiful to others. As Mike said during the workshop, ” I bet you anything that if you look carefully, every car has something nice to shoot at ”.

Artistic vision is about the images we see in our head. The simplest thing such a s a small leaf or a rusted piece of metal  can become extremely beautiful and artistic if you look at it with your creative vision and style. It goes beyond rules and techniques. It’s about your inner vision and insights, your perception of what you find beautiful or what moves you.

The serie of images that I have placed in the Old Car City Gallery is not what I saw with my eyes but rather what I saw in my mind that could be created to express my vision and style. As they say  ” Beauty is in the eye of the beholder ” I did not see only rusted metal, I saw the most beautiful rusted cars in this world!

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I hope you enjoy these images as much as I had taking them. Your comments are always appreciated and welcome.

 

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Visit To The Valley Of Fire State Park

 

Valley of Fire State Park

Valley Of Fire

Jean Lafontaine shooting in the Valley of Fire

Had a chance to spend a day in the Valley of Fire National State Park in Nevada with some of my customers. We had a great day at admiring and photographing this beautiful area. I was hoping that the desert was going to be in full bloom but we were a bit early so maybe next year I will show up when the desert is in full bloom.

The scenery is just incredible and breath taking and the beauty of this place is that it’s only a 45 minute drive  from Vegas and the fees are $ 10 per car quite affordable for such a great place to visit.

If you are a landscape photographer this place is a must. The park is open all year. Valley of Fire State Park is six miles from Lake Mead and 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas via Interstate 15 and on exit 75.  CONTACT the park at 702-397-2088 for more information or email to vof@mvdsl.com.

 

Shooting In Good Company

Hooting the Valley of Fire

Jean Lafontaine Trying to convert Joe to Nikon

I had the chance to spend the day in good company with Jean Lafontaine and his son Samuel from Photo CDM and Alain Berthiaume from Photo ABS, we are all in the photo business so it was fun to do some shooting rather than selling gear.

During the day we made some stops to take pictures of the red sandstone formations, formed from great shifting sand dunes during the age of dinosaurs. The weird part of the day was that we met people that we know very well such as Jean-François O’kane from Montreal that appeared out of nowhere and Joe Todd from Forest City Image Center and Harry Mac from Downtown Camera. These encounters were really fun, who could imagine to meet people from home. Look like the park was invaded on that day with people from the photo trade. It says a lot about independent photo retailers they don’t only sell boxes they are also great lovers of photography and avid shooters. We did not see anybody from Best Buy or Future Shop that day shooting pictures.

 

The Valley Of Fire Road

The main road  that crosses the park was designated as one of the 19 Nevada Scenic Byway on June 30th, 1995 and is worth the drive. The landscape is incredible and its a photographer’s heaven. From the sandtone formations to limestones, sand dunes and rock art (petroglyphs) your visit will be worthwhile.

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Nevada Scenic Byway – Valley Of Fire

 

 More of the pictures taken that day at the Valley of Fire

 

Valley of Fire

Valley of Fire

 

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Valley of Fire

 

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Samuel Lafontaine in quest of a great Image

 

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Jean-François O’kane in the Valley of Fire

 

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Alain Berthiaume walking the valley of Fire

In conclusion it was a great day despite that both Jean and Samuel tried to convert me to Nikon we had a fantastic day together, The discussion went from  gear usage to rules of photography, social media and business in general, the pact that we made not to talk about business did not last long, what do you want we are all passionate about the photography business.

Thanks Jean, Samuel and Alain for a great day in your company it was a privilege and an honor to spend that day in your company. Keep spreading the passion of photography this is what differentiate us from big boxes. Hope you enjoyed this small post. Now let’s see your pictures, are they still stuck in your Nikon’s menus? maybe I can help.

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First Photo Captured of and with HTC’s Upcoming Ultrapixel Smartphone?

Great Article on PetaPixel – HTC’s Ultrapixel Smartphone

 

Last week we reported that HTC is preparing to launch a new camera sensor technology called Ultrapixels, which aims to improve image quality using a Foveon-style stack of three sensor layers. The smartphone imaging war is heating up, after all, an rivals like Nokia are investing heavily in photography technologies of their own (e.g. PureView).

We’re reportedly just days away from seeing the official launch of the new HTC phone (which may be named the M7 or the HTC One), and leaks are beginning to spring. There’s a good chance we now have the first product shot of the phone and the first published shot captured with the phone.

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First Photos Captured Of and With HTC’s Upcoming Ultrapixel Smartphone?.

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Ian Plant: From Lawyer to “Starving” Artist

Ian Plant Photographer

This is a great article about Ian Plant a Extraordinary Photographer.You will enjoy reading this great article. He is the true meaning of what a passionate photographer is all about.

Ian Plant left a career as a lawyer to follow the light and build Dreamscapes. And he never looked back. A believer in the “if you can see it, you can do it” motto, Plant spends as much time as he can in the field photographing. Luckily, we were able to catch up with the photographer between trips.

 

Read the full article: Ian Plant: From Lawyer to “Starving” Artist.

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The Famous Joshua Tree of The Mojave Desert

Joshua Tree – Red Rock Canyon

I was in Las Vegas for the last CES show, I visited Red Rock Canyon and I can only say that this place is a must see when you are in Vegas. I wanted to take a picture in the park of the famous Joshua Tree with mountains in the background and I did not see one that I like while I was in the park. Just outside the park, I came across one that really grab my attention. These trees are typically found in California, Arizona, Utah and Nevada. You can see a dense forest of Joshua Tree in the Mojave National Preserve.

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Joshua TreeRed Rock Canyon

I will certainly go back to make more pictures of this beautiful tree.

“One time I saw a tiny Joshua tree sapling growing not too far from the old tree. I wanted to dig it up and replant it near our house. I told Mom that I would protect it from the wind and water it every day so that it could grow nice and tall and straight. Mom frowned at me. “You’d be destroying what makes it special,” she said. “It’s the Joshua tree’s struggle that gives it its beauty.”
― Jeannette WallsThe Glass Castle

 

Michel Nadeau

 

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Great Places To Visit – The Neon Museum

The Neon Museum – Boneyard Section

The Neon Museum was establish as a non-profit organization in 1996 to collect preserve and exhibit neon signs, the classic Las Vegas art form. I had a chance to visit the museum and really enjoyed  this 1 hour tour. The neon bone yard is home to over 150 donated signs dating from the 1930. The tour is rich in history and anecdotes about  Las Vegas. If you have a chance you will love this tour.

 

Neon Museum

The Neon Museum

 

The Neon Museum – Tour Information

The information that follows was copied from their website for your info

Ticket prices at the Neon Museum are $18 for general admission; seniors, students, active military and veterans, and Nevada residents are $12 (must show current ID upon arrival).  Children ages 6 and under are free. The Neon Boneyard is available for guided tours Mondays through Saturdays starting at 10:00 a.m.

The one-hour tours run every half hour until sunset.  Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by advanced ticket purchase through the links above.  (Please note: due to the nature of our collection, the Neon Boneyard is only available to the public through one of our guided tours.)

 

The Neon Museum

The Neon Museum

 

The Neon Museum – Photography 

The information that follows was copied from their website for your information

Photography strictly for personal use is permitted on our tours.

Photography for any additional artistic or commercial use is strictly prohibited on tours.  For this reason, NO EQUIPMENT OTHER THAN A CAMERA IS ALLOWED ON TOURS.

Before You Visit, Please Be Advised:

  • No backpacks, camera bags, large bags or tripods are allowed on tours.
  • We recommend visitors wear close-toed shoes.
  • Neon Boneyard tours are guided tours; visitors must remain with their guide and group.  The yard contains broken glass and rusty metal.  Visitors are advised to be aware of their surroundings at all times for their safety and for the safety of our collection.
  • ANYONE FAILING TO FOLLOW GUIDELINES WILL KINDLY BE ASKED TO LEAVE.

 

Neon Museum

The Neon Museum

This is a great place to visit while you are in Vegas, take a camera and bring back some great pictures of the boneyard section.The only thing that bothered me is that you don’t have the freedom to shoot your are constantly ask by the tour guide to follow him.

I can understand that request from them as the sight is full of rusted metal and they need to have full control and make sure that people don’t hurt themselves and that they protect the collection. You will be ask to sign a release form that you will not sell the images on a commercial basis. Enjoy your next visit!

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The Jackpot Motel from The Neon Museum

Michel Nadeau

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Old abondoned House | Abandoned House

Old Abandoned House In Nevada

I have always been fascinated by abandoned houses. Every time I come across one driven by my curiosity forces me to go and have a closer look at them. I remember as a young kid that one of my uncle would take us for a car ride and we would take these dirt roads and visit some of the abandoned houses.

It was fascinating to see some of the old houses and furniture that was left behind. It did not take to much time for these houses to be rob by antique collectors and resellers. Last week in Nevada coming back from a quick trip to death valley, I saw on the road back two abandoned houses, I could not resist, I stop and the subject was ideal for HDR images, the sky had some great clouds and the late afternoon light was simply perfect.

Nevada's Old Abandoned House

Nevada’s Old Abandoned House

Old Abandoned House in Nevada

Old Abandoned House in Nevada

 

These old houses and abandoned buildings are becoming rare and difficult to find. Many of them are in areas that are difficult to reach. When I get a chance to shoot an old abandoned houses, I never hesitate to do it.

 

Michel Nadeau

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