Hawaii Wedding: Chelsea & Zenon

Last weekend I had the pleasure of shooting my sister in-law’s wedding in Hawaii! It was my first time shooting a wedding in that kind of crazy heat and the weather was unpredictable. On the day of the wedding we had a sprinkle of rain before the action started and it was totally cloudy when the ceremony started, but by the end of the ceremony the sky’s had started to clear up! That is some fast changing weather! Good thing it was changing in the right direction.

Since I know Chelsea and Zenon so well already, shooting their wedding was super casual and it was a blast! I always enjoy shooting weddings and all the events that take place, but this one was extra special to me since it was a family affair. Everyone that made the trip was super happy to be there and the whole wedding was beautiful. These types of conditions make getting good pictures a breeze. šŸ™‚

Thanks for the fun times you two!

Congratulations!

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Rugby Wedding: Lindsay & Vinny

Clearly Lindsay and Vinny both love Rugby! Oh and their cute dog, who played a big part in their wedding. When I first met with Lindsay and Vinny they told me they wanted to do some type of Ruby wedding shots and right away I was excited, because I had never done any wedding shots like that and I knew it would be fun. When wedding time came around it wasn’t often I didn’t see that ruby ball kicking around and their dog was definitely there for everything too. Lindsay and Vinny were super fun and easy to work with. Their wedding party and parents were a joy to be around and I think we all had a wonderful time together!

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Note: The two people who caught the bouquet andĀ garter belt(it wasĀ on the ball) are a couple. šŸ™‚

Thanks for a fun wedding Lindsay & Vinny!

 

Lake House Wedding: Sunyoung & Santi

exif-data-rob-moses-canon-24-70mm-f2-8-l-5d-mark-iiiAnytime I book a wedding in late October or early November in Calgary I worry about how the weather will be. Usually this time of year we are walking around in snow! Sunyoung and Santi’s November wedding definitely had me concerned about what kind of weather we were going to be dealing with. Lucky for us, the weather was great! Well, at first it was decent, as in not snowing or cold. Since the ceremony was indoors the overcast sky didn’t really bother me.

Of course the ceremony went wonderful and since this was a day wedding we had an amazing lunch at the Lake House at Lake Bonavista. As usual I was moving around the venue shooting my photos, all while keeping my eye on the windows to see how the skies were looking. Once it was time for us to leave the venue to our photo shoot the skies had yet to clear up. Overcast can be a wonderful friend while shooting wedding photos, but some blue sky and sun is always nice too. Either way I’ll make it work, but then I saw a few breaks in the sky and had my fingers crossed for a bit of sun.

As luck would have it, about 20 minutes into our photo shoot the sun decided to make an appearance and it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time! We had just finished setting up by the riverĀ and wa-la, the sun! I couldn’t have been happier andĀ I am sure Sunyoung & Santi feel the same way.

All photos shot with a Canon 5D mark iii, 24-70mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/2.8 & 1 580EXii Speedlite

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Saddledome

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Minolta 100mm

Well it’s that time of year again that all the hockey fans have been waiting for! The NHL preseason has started the real games are just around the corner. I am sureĀ there are many fun nights in the near future for me in this building.

For the locals, I’m stillĀ peevedĀ that Hartley‘s gone, but what are ya gonna do? Hope the Flames have a good year with the new guy.

Thanks for stopping by, Rob

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Old Camera Park

exif data rob moses nikon d2xs 50mm 1.8GEven in the middle of winter, Princes Island Park has people buzzing around. I shot this photo on my way home yesterday evening just asĀ the sun started to set. I shot this photo with Nikon D2Xs & a 50mm 1.8G. Even though the D2Xs is an older camera now, it still performs wonderfully and is a real joy to use. I am no stranger to old cameras, or new ones and I divide my time up between the two types. I never got caught up in the attitude that the latest and greatest in cameras would get me the best pictures. For me, how the camera performs and how my images look at the end is what is important, not the latestĀ or what other people think a good camera is.

Camera: iphone 5s

Camera: iphone 5s

Thanks for stopping by, Rob

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Hipster Camera on The Hip

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I had the idea for this shot for one reason, to show off the cool looking Canon A-1. I think the A1 looks extra cool with the grip attached to it, so I was thinking of how I could get a good picture with the camera being the main focal point and not just have it sitting there. I love a good skyline picture and I love bokeh, so I thought this little mixture would make a good shot.

Getting this shot was not easy, I was pre-focsuing because I left my RC1 remote at home. So I put a can on ground, pre-focused there, recomposed, put the camera on a 10 second timer and took my spot in the frame. After a dozen or so shots, I finally came up with this one. I actually had a friend with me and he could have easily shot the photo for me, but then it wouldn’t exactly be all mine would it? haha. Plus, the challenge of getting the shot on my own was half the fun :).

Thanks for stopping by, Rob

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Nice & Frozen Calgary

I went out last night around 6:30pm to take this picture. Little did I know just how cold it was. Once I set up my tripod, I whipped out my phone to check the temperature because I was already freezing. It was a bone chilling – 8 F! (-22C). I was only able to get 8 shots off before my toes were so cold they started to hurt! I took this as my que to head home (thankfully I live like 3 or 4 minutes from this location). Funny thing about this little outing is this picture was the very first one I took haha.

Calgary Alberta Canada Skyline downtown buildings bow river famous centre street bridge night YYC winter - Rob Moses Photography - Vancouver Seattle Photographer-1Camera: Pentax K-5 & 50mm SMC Pentax-F 50mm 1.7 ~ Settings: 15 seconds – f/14 – ISO 100

On a little side note, I took this picture with my newly acquired Pentax K-5. I had the 50mm lens from an old film camera. I have always liked Pentax and thought I’d give one of their DSLR’s a try. Don’t take this the wrong way, I love Canon and most likely will always be a Canon shooter, but it’s fun to mix things up a little here and there ;).

Thanks for stopping by, Rob

Skyline Camera Phone

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I shot a photo of the Calgary skyline this summer from the East Village. While I was there I took my phone out shoot aĀ Instagram picture. While taking that picture if thought a picture of my phone taking that picture might be cool haha. I’m a big fan of the BOKEH!, so I rather like this one :). The phone in the picture is a HTC One and the camera in the phone is a Canon 7D.

The picture on the right is the Instagram picture I took with my phone.Ā 

Thank you for stopping by, Rob

It has been brought to my attention (by “FreeRangeCow) that I did not post the picture of the city I took with my camera on my blog. You can see that picture on my Facebook Page by clicking HERE. Thank you FreeRangeCow ;).

HTC ONE Calgary Alberta Canada Famous city Skyline water reflection Bokeh balls - Rob Moses Photography Photographer - Canon 5D3 5Diii 7D 5D mark iii 50mm Camera: Canon 5D mark iii & 50mm 1.8 mark i ~ Settings: 1/20th – f/1.8 – ISO 2000

The Nikon DF or Nikkormat

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With the release of the rumoured retro looking Nikon DF full frame DSLR (16mp) comes some big decisions for people who love the look and feel of the old school film SLR’s of the 60’s & 70’s. For most people, I believe the main decision will be, “Do I feel like spending the $2,750. Ā price tag for this thing of beauty?”

The rumours about this camera have been floating around for a little while now. When I first heard of it, I basically rejoiced and started thinking if I would switch to Nikon from Canon. That idea soon passed and I thought I might just buy the Nikon DF and shoot both formats. However, when I saw the price tag of the Nikon DF this morning that dream died right there and then! Although I would love to shoot with old SLR style digital camera like this, I can’t justify spending that kind of money on it. So for now when I feel that argue to take it back to the old school, I’ll just grab my trusty old Nikkormat and go have me some fun like it was before I was born! šŸ˜‰

Nikkormat Nikon FT Old School Vintage Hipster Film Camera 50mm LED - Rob Moses Photography - Calgary Vancouver Seattle NYCCamera: Canon 5D mark ii & 50mm 1.4 ~ Settings: 1/30th – f/8 – ISO 2000

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Canon 28mm f/1.8

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Camera: Canon 5Dii & 50mm 1.4 ~ Settings 1/15th – f/3.5 – ISO 2500

I picked up a new lens recently that I had been thinking about getting for quite sometime. I was torn between the Canon 28mm f/1.8 & the Sigma version. I decided to go with the Canon version because of the size and weight (smaller & lighter). The lens performs decent wide open as you can see from the shot of my son bellow, however if you are pixel peeping on some printed letters at 1.8 you might not be all that impressed. With that said, real world use in regular type pictures are all good wide open.

On a side note, the lens came with the filter on it and I am kind of moving away from them at the moment. I was going to just take it off, but thought I might leave it on for a bit and see how I feel. The extra protection is nice, but I think it looks kind of ridiculous with the filter on it haha. I will do a full post on this subject in the future.

Canon 5Diii 5D3 5D mark iii famous 28mm 1.8 prime lens - Rob Moses Photography Camera: Canon 5D mark ii & 50mm 1.4 ~ Settings 1/20th – f/4 – ISO 3200

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Madison – Calgary Makeup Artist

Another post from my People of Calgary project šŸ™‚ Check it out!

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One day not too long ago I was kicking around Instagram and I came across one of Madisonā€™s pictures. That picture lead me to her feed and I started to follower her on Instagram. After seeing a bunch of great photos of her there, one day I commented that she should be on this site and if she would be interested in doing such a thing. To my delight she said she would! So after a few emails we sorted out a date and met up in MacKenzie Towne.

We met at the Second Cup coffee shop on High Street. I got there first and when Madison came in she ordered and then walked over to the table I was at. I got up to shaker her hand and she was going for the hug, it was kind of funny but it gets better. I thought, oh ok weā€™reā€¦

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Running with a View

I was out getting some shots of the Calgary skyline yesterday and while I was there I shot a couple pictures of some girls running. This path they were running on is a great place to run because of the beautiful view of the city. I personally don’t run, but this view is almost enuf to make me take it up! haha.

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Anyhow, about these pictures. The first one I shot with a Canon 5D mark iii and 50mm 1.4. The focus was a bit off (I shot at f/1.4) and it took a lot of lightroom/photoshop to bring it back from the dead, but I like the picture so I’d say it was worth it. Funny thing about this picture is I had a 2nd chance at a shot of this girl as she came by me again coming the other direction, however on my 2nd go I started shooting to early and the auto focus hit the buildings behind her, WHOOPS! As for the 2nd picture, I took that one with my HTC One phone and did the edit with the Snapseed app.

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Canon 50mm 1.8 vs 1.2

Canon 50mm 1.8 vs 1.2 24-85mm Bokeh L Prime Zoom - Rob Moses PhotographyThis photo was shot with Canon 5D mark ii & Canon 24-85mm @85mm & f/4.5

I did a little comparison between 2 of my favourite lenses, the Canon 50mm 1.8 mark i & the 50L. With a price differnce of at least $1500, the case one can make to buy the 50L can only be made by absolutely NEEDing that f1.2 for shooting low light. You can not buy the Canon 50mm 1.8 mark 1 in stores any more, but you should be able to find a used one for around $150 to $200. The Canon 50mm 1.2 L series lens on the other hand can be found in most camera stores for around $1619. before taxes.

For this test I shot with a Canon 5D mark ii on a Manfrotto tripod. The photos were shot on my deck in the shade. The first shot to the last shot was done in under 2 minutes and the light outside never changed in that time frame. None of the pictures have any sharpening and are basically straight out of the camera except for a little S curve in Lightroom. I shot the all the photos with a little exposure compensation on the bright side.

Here is what the set up looked like.

Canon 5D mark ii 2 50mm 50L 1.2 - DSLR SLR film, tripod bokeh 50 1.4 EF FD Ricoh manfrotto - Rob Moses PhotographyThis photos was shot with a Samsung NX100 with a Canon FD 50mm 1.4 manual focus lens.

Bellow are the full frame samples of f/1.8, f/2.8, f/4 & f/8. After the whole frame shots you will find some 100% crops.

50mm 1.8 @ f/1.8

50mm 1.8 @ f/1.8

50mm 1.2 @ f/1.8

50mm 1.2 @ f/1.8

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50mm 1.8 @ f/2.8

50mm 1.8 @ f/2.8

50mm 1.2 @ f/2.8

50mm 1.2 @ f/2.8

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50mm 1.8 @ f/4

50mm 1.8 @ f/4

50mm 1.2 @ f/4

50mm 1.2 @ f/4

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50mm 1.8 @ f/8

50mm 1.8 @ f/8

50mm 1.2 @ f/8

50mm 1.2 @ f/8

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The pictures bellow are 100% crops. The focus point was the same for every picture.

Canon 50mm 1.8 @ f/1.8

Canon 50mm 1.8 @ f/1.8 (100% crop)

Canon 50mm 1.2 @ f/1.8

Canon 50mm 1.2 @ f/1.8 (100% crop)

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50mm 1.8 @ f/2.8

50mm 1.8 @ f/2.8

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50mm 1.8 @ f/4 (100% crop)

50mm 1.8 @ f/4 (100% crop)

50mm 1.2 @ f/4 (100% crop)

50mm 1.2 @ f/4 (100% crop)

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50mm 1.8 @ f/8 (100% crop)

50mm 1.8 @ f/8 (100% crop)

50mm 1.2 @ f/8 (100% crop)

50mm 1.2 @ f/8 (100% crop)

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Just to finish off the post I thought I would add the 50L f/1.4 & f/1.2 shots.

50mm 1.2 @ f/1.4

50mm 1.2 @ f/1.4

50mm 1.2 @ f/1.2

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50mm 1.2 @ f/1.4

50mm 1.2 @ f/1.4

50mm 1.2 @ f/1.2

50mm 1.2 @ f/1.2

That’s it! Hope you enjoyed that. I’d say if your not shooting super low light and can live with out f1.2 you really wont miss much with the Canon 50mm 1.8 mark i. You can get the mark ii for around $120, but the build quality is terrible and the auto focus is not as accurate as with the mark i, however it is still a great lens.

Thanks for stopping by, Rob