David Skelhon: Blog https://davidskelhon.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) David Skelhon [email protected] (David Skelhon) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:32:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:32:00 GMT https://davidskelhon.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-12/u407427635-o675964755-50.jpg David Skelhon: Blog https://davidskelhon.zenfolio.com/blog 120 78 Signs of Spring https://davidskelhon.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/signs-of-spring


The arrowroot balsam is my favourite spring flower in the Okanagan. I just love the explosions of yellow on the hillsides. I have captured other spring flowers too, but I haven't managed to identify them yet. These delightful specimens were on the top of Rattlesnake Mountain, in Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park. I used my Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 set at f13 and 11mm to bring flowers and background into focus. Shutter speed on the D7000 was 1/80 second.

Take a look at my latest Spring photographs: http://www.zenfolio.com/davidskelhon/p753052767

[email protected] (David Skelhon) Photography flowers landscape nature https://davidskelhon.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/signs-of-spring Mon, 22 Apr 2013 02:17:32 GMT
The Daily Challenge https://davidskelhon.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/12/the-daily-challenge Do photographers see things that the average Joe doesn't? Do we look at our surroundings differently? Do we seek out the unusual?

When I'm out on a hunt with my camera I'm often looking for patterns and harmony - preferably both at the same time.

My current theory suggests that going out with my camera will produce results. Intent leads to action and ultimately a successful outcome.

So I'm out there testing the theory and hoping I'm correct, otherwise I might find myself posting an image that is so bad that I'm going to be embarrassed.Snow creates the illusion of luminosity with some subjects.22 Dec 2012

But some days I really don't want to be out there in the rain or snow but I have to do it anyway - I've set myself a challenge. These are the days most amateurs stay at home curled up in front of the TV. Now, in mid December, I'm forced to work with poor, flat lighting. Thankfully, snow has a certain magic, not least because it fills shadows and makes certain subjects almost seem luminous.

Right now I have the time to get out there and with any other activity practice is good and I have already noticed an improvement in the way I get down to business. The process is becoming less error prone as I remember to check camera settings before firing off a whole load of images. In the days of film when releasing the shutter really mattered - to your wallet in particular - I used to think SAFE: Shutter, Aperture, Focus, Expose. Now it's a little more complex but at least we have the image review "crutch" to save the day.

I know Vernon and Coldstream well, but I'm getting to know it better. I hope these photographs inspire others to stop and look a little closer at their surroundings. We are very lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world and all too often we take it for granted.

[email protected] (David Skelhon) Photography landscape nature https://davidskelhon.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/12/the-daily-challenge Mon, 24 Dec 2012 05:08:24 GMT