Music at Canalside Restaurant

Music at Canalside Restaurant

Mark Clout

Most weekends you will find some easy, mellow music at The Canalside Restaurant in Port Colborne.  The  town sits on Lake Erie and the restaurant views

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#music #guitar #canalside #markclout #portcolborne #streetphotography #portrait #wellandcanal

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James B

James The Poet

This is my friend James.  You can find him on Instagram: @poejob and on Youtube at James Owen Brown.

He does local gigs in the Niagara Region (Canada).  You can always see him and his lovely wife Autumn perform at Haunt Manor in Niagara Falls during the season in Sept and October.

 

Click here to see some Hollywood Style 1940s photos

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Photographing Men

I find there is quite a difference photographing men to photographing portraits of women.  The way I shoot and approach my subjects anyway.  Perhaps I’ve changed over the years and become a bit seasoned with age.  Don’t know for sure. 

Posing, editing, lighting, all these I do a little differently.  It has been said that one should first learn the rules extremely well, and only then one can or should be able, if one wants, to break them.

Female Artistic Nudes here

#headshot #portrait #blackandwhite #portraiture #serious

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Lightroom Workflow

Lightroom

This is my workflow for portraits/headshots. I’m sure that I do other stuff than this but here is a general outline:

  1. If needed, lighten exposure to see enough detail
  2. Crop to desired shape.  Use the Golden Rectangle.  Use Command-O  to change overlay.  Place a key element at ‘cross lines’.Or have one of the vertical lines go up through centre of face, for example in a portrait.
  3. Overall: I play with Exposure/Contrast/Clarity/Saturation to get the balance the way I like.  If I up the Clarity and Contrast almost always drop the Saturation. 
  4. I’ll also play with the Highlights/Shadows/Whites/Blacks.  This can open up shadows and tone down the highlights if necessary.
  5. Eyes: Adjustment Brush (I bought Sean Archer’s Lens Lab add ons  for the Adjustment Brush.  They are really handy.  https://lenslab.com/products/sean-archer-collection)
  6. Iris enhancement: If the eyes are pretty much evenly lit, I do both with same overlay.  If they have different amounts of light, I click ‘new’ for each iris.  Don’t overdo them but bring them up so that they can be seen.  If you are shooting outside and there is no ‘glint’ in the eye from a reflector, this will help with that. 
  7. Dark edge of iris: Click ‘New’ on Adjustment Brush and go to ‘Darken’.  Use your mouse to make circle small.  (You can also use the square brackets for this [ ] to make bigger or smaller.  Sometimes better control of the size this way.) Go around the very edge of the iris, not going onto the white of the eye. 
  8. Whiten eyes: Click ‘New’ on Adjustment Brush and click on ‘Lighten’.  Go over the white parts of the eyes.
  9. Click ‘New’ again and use ‘Lash and Brow Sharpen’ 
  10. Now but often later when I have done some other stuff, I may use ‘Lighten’, ‘Sharpen’ or ‘Clarity’ or a combination of more than on using a larger ‘circle’ over the whole eye/lid/brow area. 
  11. Whiten Teeth with Adjustment Brush.  You can customize.
  12. Lips: Use the LensLab colour of your choice.  Or just use Sharpen or Clarity
  13. Spot removal brush to get rid of blemishes.  This can be done in PS as well but pretty easy to do in LR
  14. Adjustment Brush: Soften skin or Soften Skin (light).  Depends on the skin.  Often ‘light’ is plenty.
  15. Adjustment brush: Lighten - use this to highlight/accent hair.  Don’t over do.
  16. Adjustment brush: Darken - Usually darken the background on portraits. Gradiently darker as it gets to the edges.  Do the whole background then hit ‘new’ leaving it on Darken and do further out in steps toward the edge.  You can also use Post-Crop Vignetting but using Darken Bruch gives you more control.
  17. Detail: For sharpening the image.  Hold the Option button down on your Mac keyboard.  Then slide the ‘Masking’ slider to the right.  This will sharpen just the edges.  Once you have got that over to 60-70 or so, you can slide the ‘Amount’ over to the right.  You may not want to use this on all photos but it’s a good tool to have.
  18. Make any other adjustments to Exposure/Clarity/etc like you did in step #3 and #4.
  19. I will then sometimes use Clarity/Sharpen/Lighten in Adjustment Brush for some piece of clothing or something in the background I may want to bring out a bit. 
  20. Photoshop: Go from LR to PS.  Use Liquify Tool to billow out the hair a bit on some of the ladies photos.
  21. PhotoShop: Get rid of any background items that are distracting.

Some more samples at my Portrait Page

#lightroom #lightroomedits #portraits #headshots #workflow #lightroomworkflow

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Portrait of Gerry

My Friend Gerry

I asked my friend Gerry a while back if I could do some photos with him.  He has a great look.  Setting it up last week, he said that we’d better hurry up; who knows how long he will be around. 

Some Hollywood style photos here

#blackandwhiteportrait #portrait #gerry #portraiture #headshot #blackandwhitephoto #streetphotography

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Some ‘Dark’ Photos with Owen

Dramatic Portraiture

The world, if not exactly getting back to normal, is at least to the point where one can function more naturally.  With that I’m taking portraits again. 

My happy place.

Perfect lighting here most evenings and lots of space.  Last couple of photo shoots, I’ve been using an old Nikon 50mm 1.8 ‘E’ series lens.  This lens is likely about 50 years old.  I’ve had it for years and often when shooting I default to zoom lenses, even for portraits.  Zoom lenses are so easy.  Definitely great for candid shots but one does lose some quality/sharpness. 

#streetphoto #streetphotography #portrait #portraiture #headshot #headshots

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“Succulents” Photo Print

Photo print for sale: Print Only

"Succulents"  

On Fine Art paper: Hahnemuehle Photo Rag

  • Printed using the giclee (inkjet) method for a gorgeous continuous tone look
  • Vibrant colours with original HP Vivera Inks
  • 308 GSM cotton fine-art photo rag manufactured in Germany
  • Excellent print longevity, rated for 200 plus years fade resistance
  • Shipped in a protective tube (Print)

Pricing for 16"x20":
Print Only: $95.00 (plus Shipping)

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The Dock

Photo print for sale: Print Only

"The Dock"  

Three photos, each priced separately.

On Fine Art paper: Hahnemuehle Photo Rag

  • Printed using the giclee (inkjet) method for a gorgeous continuous tone look
  • Vibrant colours with original HP Vivera Inks
  • 308 GSM cotton fine-art photo rag manufactured in Germany
  • Excellent print longevity, rated for 200 plus years fade resistance
  • Shipped in a protective tube (Print)

Pricing for 11"x17":
Print Only: $65.00 (plus Shipping)

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More Sizes

Please contact me for more sizes.  Larger or smaller.  

martin @ photo - photo.com (you have to take the spaces out for it to email properly...)

Muskoka Mornings

Early mornings in cottage country in Ontario are varied and beautiful.  From dark and stormy to serene.  I’m not a morning person, usually,  but have managed to drag myself out, on occasion, to the shore resulting in some wonderful photos.  It really is a magical time of day.  Actually, it is a magical place.  And we are in a somewhat out of the way spot, so it can be pretty peaceful in even the busiest parts of the summer. 

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Pleasant Beach Canvas Print

Winter Beach Canvas Print

Lake Erie late Winter

A couple of different shapes and sizes.

On Canvas

  • Thick poly-cotton canvas that won’t sag
  • Kiln-dried Canadian Basswood frames that won’t warp
  • Green certified HP inks that won’t fade for 200 years

Pricing

For Canadian Orders Only

20"x40" or 30"x60" Canvas Print

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Or 24×35 and 12×18

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Pleasant Beach

Pleasant Beach is a small beach, as they are all, on the east end of Lake Erie on the Canadian side of the lake. North.  A few miles/kilometres west of Fort Erie.  An excellent little pizza restaurant near where you park or if you get a pizza or some ice cream the owner will likely let you park in one of his spots. As long as it’s not too, too busy.  If you go during the summer, go early in the week.  Not real busy but very limited parking.  The ‘public’ section is very small but most will walk to the right which is owned by a private campground.  Off season, particularly, no one is going to say much.

The beaches on Lake Erie are great winter or summer.  Can be dark and moody in the winter and this and many others have beautiful, fine sand.  Sand dunes aplenty.  Great ‘kodak’ moments all year ‘round.

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“Bella”

Photo print for sale: Print or Framed

"Bella"

On Fine Art paper: Hahnemuehle Photo Rag

  • Printed using the giclee (inkjet) method for a gorgeous continuous tone look
  • Vibrant colours with original HP Vivera Inks
  • 308 GSM cotton fine-art photo rag manufactured in Germany
  • Excellent print longevity, rated for 200 plus years fade resistance
  • Shipped in a protective tube (Print)
  • Shipped protective packaging (Framed)

Pricing for 12"x12 or 16"x16":
Print Only: $75/$95 (plus Shipping)

Framed and Matted Print: $210/$280 (Plus Shipping)

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