Steve Troletti Editorial, Nature and Wildlife Photographer: Blog http://www.trolettiphoto.com/blog en-us (C)Steve Troletti - TrolettiPhoto.com (Steve Troletti Editorial, Nature and Wildlife Photographer) Fri, 08 Jun 2018 13:23:00 GMT Fri, 08 Jun 2018 13:23:00 GMT http://www.trolettiphoto.com/img/s/v-5/u900919667-o29509852-50.jpg Steve Troletti Editorial, Nature and Wildlife Photographer: Blog http://www.trolettiphoto.com/blog 108 120 Outdoor adventures with Caesar the Linnie (Barred Parakeet) http://www.trolettiphoto.com/blog/2018/6/outdoor-adventures-with-caesar-the-linnie-barred-parakeet Out birding with Caesar the LinnieOut birding with Caesar the LinnieA little outing photographing wildlife with a little bird with a big presence, Caesar the Lineolated Parakeet.

As many of you know my best buddy was Pesto, my Barred Parakeet (A.K.A. Lineolated Parakeet, Linnie) who passed away last year. With time, Caesar came into my life at just 10 weeks old. One project I had in mind was introducing Caesar to a bird harness so that we could enjoy a whole new world of outings without having to lug around a bird carrier or a Pak-O-Bird. Pesto was already four years old when I first met him and the introduction to a harness was just not what a mature bird wanted to try and I had to respect that.

 

Barred parakeet on perch after bathBarred parakeet on perch after bathPesto the lineolated parakeet drying on a perch after taking a bath

Pesto le Toui Catherine qui seche sur u perchoir apres avoir pris un bain.

Bolborhynchus lineola - Barred Parakeet - Lineolated Parakeet, Linnie, Linny - Toui Catherine - Perruche Catherine

 

Caesar being much younger and ready to learn, I had to try again. My first experience was with a Flight Suit (Bird Diaper) harness by Avian Fashions. I wasn't very thrilled by the whole diaper aspect of having my bird sit in its own excrements. Linnies are known at times for disproportionately large poops, especially the first of the morning. Linnies don't poop little balls that roll off your shoulder like Conures or Budgies do. Barred Parakeets have a high metabolism to compensate for some of the colder mountain climates they live in. They eat throughout the day and their stools are usually looser and wetter than other parakeets. 

 

Caesar with his Avian Fashion Hawaiian Print Flight Suit

 

After trying several harnesses, I settled on the Pet Designz Petite harness for birds 40g to 90g. I'm now also considering the new similar design MINI Aviator Harness as the Pet Designz harness now seems to only be available in Australia and vendors are no longer shipping them internationally. Please avoid cheap harnesses with metal hardware that protrudes through the harness. With small birds, I feel there's a risk of injury. I would avoid them altogether regardless of the bird's size. A cheap harness remains a cheap harness and poor design and materials come with a risk that's not worth the monetary savings.

 

 

Understanding Your Bird

Although a pet bird may seem like all fun, they are fragile and at times temperamental pets that rely on our care, especially when leaving the security of their home for an outdoor adventure with their human friends.  This brings me to the reason I'm writing this little blog relating to my outings with Caesar, my Lineolated parakeet. I'm not a vet, but I've worked and helped rehabilitate animals of all kinds, especially wolves and birds of prey. Pet birds have special needs and I want to make sure people understand that it's not just fun and games. Parrots and parakeets need special care and due to their high intelligence can have behavioral issues based on their point of view of the world around them and especially their hormone cycles throughout the seasons. Birds also go through a teenage period as they develop to full maturity. Depending on the longevity and the size of the specific species, teenagehood may come later and last longer,  turning your perfectly behaved loving bird into an evil feathered monster for the duration of their teenage phase. It's important to understand a species specific cycle of life and the challenges they impose before adopting such a magnificent companion. 

I'm going to keep these related to Barred Parakeets as that's where the bulk of my experiences is. Although there are many similarities that are shared throughout the Psittacidae, each species may have very unique nutritional and environmental needs that have to be respected in order to maintain a happy and healthy social relationship with your bird.

 

Caesar and I Celebrating 100 Years With Nikon and Digital Photo MagazineCaesar and I Celebrating 100 Years With Nikon and Digital Photo Magazine

 

Linnies like the Pacific Parrotlet are distant cousins of the Amazon Parrot, a bird that not only has the tools to inflict pain but has a temper and its moments of aggressivity. Although Linnies have a very soft disposition showing very little to no aggressive behavior, knowing that these traits are present in their genes is a good starting point.  A small Linnie, especially a male Linnie can get very territorial and aggressive as Spring Hormones kick in. In Caesar's case he's also a teenager this Spring. There are mornings where approaching food and water are met with an aggressive and protective response. A shriek that can surprise you and make the hair stand on your back. Nothing personal, he tends to be grumpy in the morning and the first thing he does when he wakes up, is to clear his cage of any unwanted visitors, even his preening companion Max. It's temporary and escalated by Spring and Teenage hormones as he himself learns to grow up as a mature Linnie. There's no disciplinary action except a firm NO, and to back off and give him his space. Sure I can impose myself, but birds, especially young ones with limited experience, tend to see our actions as being nice to them or not. No need in escalating the situation to what could be interpreted as a bad experience for Caesar. He's just acting upon the hormonal signals in his body. It's important to understand that because most birds are abandoned during their teenage phase. Most people don't understand it's temporary and that their wonderful companion will be back once that little episode is over...

Education is vital in caring for your bird. They are extremely intelligent and Linnies appear to be even more emotional than most parakeets. They can be happy and social just like they can hold a grudge for a few hours, days and even weeks just for taking them to the vet or clipping their nails. That's why it's important to fully interact with your bird while it's young. Never be afraid to ask for help from a professional. On online forums weigh everyone's opinion and use common sense. There are plenty of resources online written by vets, professional breeders and Bird Lovers. For Linnies, the Lineolated Parakeet Society is a great place to start. The most important thing to remember is positive reinforcement and lots of time and patience as birds do things on their own time.

 

Getting Your Linnie Used to a Harness

The worst thing you can ever do is rush the process. If you take that harness and force it on your bird, it's probably going to be game over, at least for many months to come. This is a long process before the harness is even fitted on your bird. Most harnesses will have to fit around your bird's neck (Except for the Flight Suit) and your bird will need to be comfortable with you manipulating its head and its wings while perched and in your hands. That in itself is a long process of trust building. Remember a Linnie takes around eighteen months to reach full maturity. That's a long time of growing up for such a little bird.

I took the time to get Caesar accustomed to the presence of the harness near his cage for a few days to a week. Caesar is not a Linnie that likes being touched near his head by the human finger. However I was able to use the end of the harness lead to caress him and he accepted that. After a few weeks of interacting with him and his harness, the time came to put his head through the harness. I was fully prepared to get bitten.

After watching some online videos for inspiration, I used a sunflower seed to motivate him. Having to get his head through the harness to get to the sunflower seed worked wonders. It's still his least favorite part, but when he decides he wants to go out he now puts his head through the harness on command, same with the wings. I use voice commands asking him to open each wing as I touch it. Again he now opens his wings on command, as he knows the drill. Same for removing the harness, he will open his wings as needed and can easily pass his wings out himself once I've loosened the harness. He's also learned to wait until I properly position the head loop and ask him to pull, and he pulls his head out himself. This is when the hard-long work becomes rewarding.

It took time and patience to get there and a great deal of verbal and physical communication. Once you're there, you'll appreciate the hard work because it will be easy and fun. Each bird will be different and each owner as well. You will have to develop your relationship and use the motivational tools that work for you and your bird. Just take it slow and don't force the process...

 

The Right Time for an Outing

Each bird is different but one main consideration is understanding your bird's need for sleep and naps. Some birds will need up to 16 hours of sleep in a day. Caesar wakes up groggy after about 10 to 12 hours of sleep and will take naps late morning, afternoon and early evening. Just like a child he'll snooze in the car. If your bird is ready for a nap, you need to understand that and adapt. A young bird and/or a molting bird will expend more energy and will therefore need more rest. I will take him out knowing that he will sleep in the car. However I won't take him out if I'm going for a walk around the neighborhood. I'll let him get his rest as it will make the outing all that more enjoyable for both of us.

 

 

Water and Snacks

Linnies tend to live in higher elevations in Southern Mexico, Central America and North Western South America. In the wild they've even been spotted in snow in the Sierra Nevadas but they tend to descend to lower elevations when temperatures fall below seasonal averages. In order to survive these colder climates in higher elevations, Linnies tend to eat throughout the day to generate heat. 

You will have to provide your Linnie with food, snacks and treats for your outing. I personally bring Spray Millet and Organic Sunflower seeds as a treat. I also bring some pieces of fresh fruit and vegetables he can hold with his foot and eat by himself.

Your Linnie will also have to drink, it's not a budgie and it's not used to arid habitats. You will need to teach your Linnie to drink out of a bottle cap, a bottle or a serving container of your choice. If your bird has never shared food and water with you, better start slowly. There's a great deal of debate on spreading deadly germs from your mouth to your bird. Yes domestic animals like cats and dogs are more likely to transmit germs from their saliva with a negative impact on your bird's health. We all have germs in our mouths and some can harm our birds. Proper oral hygiene especially if you suffer from gingivitis or other oral related diseases like gum infections should be taken seriously. If you're going to share with your bird, make sure your mouth is as clean as possible. It will take time for your bird's immune system to adjust to your particular brand of mouth germs. I add apple cider vinegar and/or Grapefruit Seed Extract to help asepticize the water that I share. Caesar can drink comfortably from a glass, any small container or directly from the bottle. Avoid caffeinated, sweat or salty drinks.

With time your bird will find ways to communicate with you and let you know they want water or food. Caesar will peck at my lips or make a pasty sound with his tongue when he's thirsty. He will also reach for the bottle opening if I take a sip. If he wants food, he'll make another chirp which I've learned to associate with food. When I don't get the message, a louder sequence of squawks will be used to get my attention so that I can tend to his needs.

 

Sun and Heat

We've established that a Linnie is designed to handle colder weather better than some other parakeets. However any drastic change in temperature is to be avoided for our bird's health. A Linnie has a fantastic immune system, there's however no sense to put it needlessly under stress. Even though Linnies are hardy little birds, they can get nasal infections, especially in dusty areas and/or while molting. Bathing your bird regularly with the use of a bird bath, spray bottle's gentle mist or in the shower is necessary to clean out dandruff and dust. Cage maintenance, especially their tent is crucial. Should my bird show signs of the sniffles, I treat those with grapefruit seed extract diluted in water and applied gently and sparingly to the nostrils with a Q-tip 3 times a day.

 



Like with any bird, avoid quick changes in temperature. Don't set your bird in front of an Air Conditioning duct in your car just to take him out in 100f temperatures.

In the wild our bird will find and use shade from branches and leaves. It's important that while you are outdoors with your bird that you remain aware of your bird's exposure to the sun. I always switch Caesar to the shoulder with shade or provide him shade with my body by carrying him perched on my finger or a small branch. Extreme exposure to the sun can harm your bird, especially if you don't provide sufficient water for hydration.

 

Do it for the right reasons.

Remember, your bird is not a toy. Your bird's welfare and enjoyment should be top priority. I make sure my bird is enjoying his outing with plenty of attention. If we stop and talk to people, Caesar remains my center of attention. When he makes a sound, I will respond to him prior to the humans around us. I believe that fresh air, outdoor stimulus, the added attention and socializing are all beneficial to a domesticated parakeet. Parakeets love attention and Linnies will get bored without the proper stimulus in their lives. I truly believe he is better off outdoors on a harness as I provide care and safety for him than stuck in a cage at home.

I've also introduced children with intellectual learning disabilities to nature and wildlife photography. I would like Caesar to participate as an ambassador bird to help in these children's learning experience and build awareness for birds, wildlife and nature in general. Through socializing and real-life experiences, Caesar will eventually become comfortable and self-confident in a classroom environment. 

Because Caesar can repeat/imitate human speech and even comprehend the meaning of some words, I have to remain conscious of the words he hears in order to keep his vocabulary family appropriate. In a social environment he's even started trying to get involved in the conversation and laughing with all of us when we laugh. He's learning and mimicking us, an incredible learning experience for both of us. I believe he's finally aware and appreciative of when he's the center of attention and he's starting to capitalize on it.

 

Outdoor Challenges

Because birds are more sensitive to fumes and chemicals than even small mammals are, it is important to think bird safety at all times. If there's a risk of mosquitos, you can't just spray yourself with DEET as the chemical is harmful to your bird if ingested or if it breathes the spray. Same with sunscreen. As far as repelling bugs you can buy essential oils based insect repellent or make your own by diluting essential oils in water and spray them on your arms still making sure your bird won't be licking it off your skin. You should avoid mosquitos and other areas rich in parasites as they can also transmit deadly diseases to your bird such as the Nile Virus.

In a nutshell, you have to avoid chemicals on your body and avoid smoke and pollution like bonfires, grills, BBQ smoke, general automotive pollution especially Diesel Trucks and poorly maintained vehicles.

Your bird can also be seen as a threat by other birds such as nesting Red-Winged Blackbirds. These birds will take on and intimidate humans, usually from behind. In such circumstances it's always best to keep your bird safely in front of you, perched on your finger or a small branch made of safe wood for your bird.

There are also stories of birds of prey sweeping in to capture and eat your little companion. The stories are abundant but there's a lack of actual witnesses to such events. I still believe it's better to be safe than sorry.

In either case, it may be a good idea to install a set of eyes on the back of your hat or a little stuffed animal with big eyes on your backpack... It intimidates Red-Winged Blackbirds as they feel you have an eye on them from behind...

Familiarize yourself with the local vegetation. There are safe plants and trees just like there are toxic plants and trees for your bird. A simple Google search should give you the proper resources to identify your local flora.

 

Use Common Sense Destinations

Just like with any pet, a dog for example, many places that sell and prepare foods are not a destination for you and your bird. If in doubt, always ask if it's OK to enter a place of business with your feathered friend. 

Always bring some Bird Poop Wipes to clean up any potential mess and remain aware of when your bird poops. No one appreciates you leaving behind your Linnie's poop for them to clean up. Birds aren't dirty, they're messy from the way they eat to where they poop. You can with time understand your birds poop cycle. Caesar will ask for his perch at times so he can poop and come back to my clean shoulder. I spent no time potty training, he just figured out by himself that he prefers a poop-free shoulder. However accidents do happen. If you're planning on potty training a bird, don't go to any extremes as poor training practices can lead to constipation and other health issues. If bird poop is that big of an issue for you, maybe a pet bird, especially a Linnie, is not the right choice.

If it's one of your first outings, keep it short and close to home. There will be lots to learn for both you and your bird. Once again the process takes time. 

Realize your bird's limitations. A Linnie does not have the resilience to go out on a full-day outing perched on your shoulder or your finger. He will need a safe comfortable place to rest. Caesar will take a nap on my shoulder but I have to respect his downtime and find a place where I can sit and relax with him while he naps. Your experiences will be unique to you and your bird, just take the time to appreciate the learning experience.

 

Never Ever Leave Your Little Friend Unattended

Common sense goes a long way in caring for your Linnie. Never leave your Linnie unattended on a harness, especially outdoors. There's always the risk of getting tangled in the harness, especially if left alone in a cage. Even outdoor in a cage without the harness is risky, especially with less solid cages. There might a lack of documented facts on predators attacking your bird while in your care but there's enough to know that your bird is at risk without your care and supervision. A bird left alone on a harness is vulnerable to all sorts of predation including cats and local wildlife. Even in a cage, hawks and mammals have been known to break in with ease leaving your Linnie with no way to escape. 

 

The Fun Part

It may seem like too much to worry about, but as long as you're not neurotic and remain well-grounded to reason, it all becomes second nature. 

Nature and Wildlife Photography with Caesar the Linnie on my lapNature and Wildlife Photography with Caesar the Linnie on my lapCaesar and I photographing some Canadian Geese and their chicks on the side of a pond
 

Your bird will take some time to get used to the outdoors, it's probably all new and probably quite overwhelming. Although Caesar had spent time outdoors last summer through fall, his first spring outing was a little overwhelming with all the wild birds around us. I spend time in nature and birds are curious of Caesar as well. Just the other day I had an American Redstart showing interest and trying to get our attention. Our world is full of interesting stimulus and with time you will see your bird become more and more comfortable with your outdoor environment and the humans that cohabitate with us. Eventually your bird will even get excited at the prospect of going out, meeting people and doing things together with you.

 

EXTERNAL LINKS

To learn more about Lineolated Parakeets visit the Lineolated Parakeet Society - http://linniesociety.org/

Site dedicated to Linnies in German and English  http://www.katharinasittiche.de/en/

 

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Can we really say HAPPY EARTH DAY 2018? http://www.trolettiphoto.com/blog/2018/4/can-we-really-say-happy-earth-day-2018 I personally don't think so. An immense lack of respect for our planet is truly all I see. It's also accompanied by hypocrisy. One flagrant example would be the Îles-de-Boucherville National Park in Boucherville, Québec. Yes, it's not really a National Park, in another province it would be a Provincial Park.

 

What has struck me the most since the arrival of a new park director has been the overwhelming accumulation of trash in the park since September 2017. Coincidence or not, it does coincide with the September 2017 arrival of the new director.

 

As president of the park's friend association, the RED FLAGS were obvious and overly abundant. I personally can't remember one true statement that came out of the mouth of this individual. Low moral and negative energy seemed to have settled within the staff as one employee after the other denounced conflict of interest and inadequacies. The park had started its downward spiral, entropy in action...

 

Septembre 2017 - Déchets dans la parc national des Îles-de-BouchervilleSeptembre 2017 - Déchets dans la parc national des Îles-de-BouchervilleSeptember 2017 - Litter in the Îles-de-Boucherville National Park

 

The litter situation was so bad last fall that visitor after visitor were asking for trash bags at the service center. Although the message was heard, ZERO action was being taken on by the park director to remedy the situation. I was also picking up trash, especially plastic along the banks in the designated fishing areas and glass containers, most of them broken. They represented a danger to visitors, especially young children. This goes without mentioning the dangers to the local wildlife who make the Îles-de-Boucherville National Park their home.

 

Novembre 2017 - Déchets dans la parc national des Îles-de-BouchervilleNovembre 2017 - Déchets dans la parc national des Îles-de-BouchervilleNovember 2017 - Litter in the Îles-de-Boucherville National Park

 

Eventually December 3rd rolled around. I made a request for a Thule carriage and a few garbage bags. Naturally no answer. At least no answer until I deposited a small trash bag full of glass containers with my business card attached at the front entrance of the admin building. A quick reply came in, a sorry excuse that the Provincial Employee Union would not endorse him supporting my efforts but that he could not stop me from cleaning the park. He also promised all the trash would be removed prior to the first snowfall. This is December 4th in Québec, Canada. You're on borrowed time when it comes to planning any activity prior to the first snowfall. In addition I knew he no longer had the staff to take on this gigantic task, the park had turned over to its winter crew which is very limited. Basically a handful of employees and a ton of administrators, most of them afraid to get their hands dirty, except for one. If I knew that, he should have known that, unless he's just not at the right place in his career moves.

 

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At that point I knew it was an empty promise, so I continued to clean a section of the park that encompassed the majority of the litter. I removed 9 trash bags of litter and approximately 26 kilos of glass containers along the Grande Riviere trail.

 

Décembre 2017 Parc national des Îles-de-BouchervilleDécembre 2017 Parc national des Îles-de-Boucherville

 

The true shocker came on the 5th of December when the park director, while on the phone with a disgruntled park visitor, decided to LIE. He not only answered that he had cleaned the park, but took credit for the clean-up work I undertook alone. That was his answer to a park visitor who complained about the cleanliness of the Îles-de-Boucherville National Park.

 

It's at that point that I quit my position from the politically correct friends association and took on the task of building awareness to get the park cleaned up. The winter was a long and messed up one under the direction of this new park director. Several pieces of equipment failed leaving the engine coolant scattered all over the natural habitat. Snow removal teams slowly destroyed infrastructure after infrastructure. Even the new multimillion dollar service center was rammed in by a park employee prior to the inaugural visit by the minister and the SEPAQ CEO.

 

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April 2018 - Litter in the Îles-de-Boucherville National Park under the direction of Cedric Landuydt, park director since September 5, 2017.

 

After months of awareness building, I was invited to meet the regional director of operations and a park administrator, no park director. Although the cleanliness of the park will be addressed with a volunteer group backed by non-profit organizations, many of the outstanding issues such as employee involvement in acts of vandalism and questionable behaviors were blindly discredited. Park clean-up was also minimized as a debatable issue that can be done in fall or spring. Useless to mention it should be upkept on a daily basis, trash that litters a park situated on an archipelago has a tendency to make it into the St-Lawrence river and into the Atlantic Ocean. It all basically comes down to, if you can't admit there's a problem, you can't fix it. Actions speak louder than words and we'll see what goes on this mid May during the big clean-up. Unfortunately vegetation will have started to grow, making the clean-up harder and in all probability, less successful.

 

Earth Day Hypocrisy!

The true hypocrisy came last week when they dared to post an Earth Day Poster at the entrance of the park. How can you leave your park looking like a garbage dump and erect an Earth Day Poster? As far as I'm concerned that's a slap in the face to all who care about our environment.

 

 

I can't blame the litter issue entirely on park staff. Yes, some employees have been seen littering the park and others ignoring the trash, driving by it day after day when finally, three months later, I picked it up. Another big issue is the lack of maintenance personnel on the walking trails. These are the trails that lead to the fishing areas and shoreline picnic tables. Needless to say, they are the most littered areas and they barely get any attention at all.

 

On the flip side, what makes people litter so abundantly. It's simple, a national park, what you bring in, you bring out. Many complain there are no trash cans, so they just litter. Even in the areas with trash cans, trash often never makes it. There's a lack of self-respect when you reduce yourself to a careless polluter, usually self centered and self-entitled individuals whose contribution to society is rarely positive. Unfortunately, I don't have the answers to what makes such cancerous individuals thrive, but I know it's not isolated to this National Park, it's actually a worldwide problem and the most populated areas are most often the worst off. 

 

Recycling Beverage Cans, Glass Bottles and Plastics

Although the park has a Park Fund that can be partly funded by recycling containers with a provincial deposit on them, very little effort is made by employees to get those cans, or even glass and plastic  containers recycled. Naturally I made the effort but when staff gets to it, especially when trying to cover up dozens and dozens of beer cans that found their way in the park, apparently consumed by both visitors and staff, the trash container seems to be the easy way to dispose of recyclable materials. Not only is there a monetary value to some of these containers, but instead of recycling them, they will end up in a landfill.

 

Avril 2018 - Déchets dans le parc national des Îles-de-BouchervilleAvril 2018 - Déchets dans le parc national des Îles-de-BouchervilleAvril 2018 - Déchets dans le parc national des Îles-de-Boucherville sous la direction de Cédric Landuydt, directeur depuis le 5 septembre 2017.

April 2018 - Litter in the Îles-de-Boucherville National Park under the direction of Cedric Landuydt, park director since September 5, 2017.

 

The Magical Invisible Plastic Cup Lid

 

 

Harry Potter himself would be amazed by this magical object. For three weeks visitors and staff have passed by this lid, they've even at times walked right over it. It has the ability to move as it's been seen a few feet away from the service center front door and as far away as a dozen meters. I finally took it upon myself to pick it up since it was obvious no one else would.

 

We all contribute to the problem with our basic existence as an over-populated species on this planet. The least we can do is show some respect and try a little harder to act responsibly.

 

At the end of April, my SEPAQ Network card will expire and I don't see myself renewing it. The park motto is CONSERVE, PROTECT and DISCOVER... I think they have failed this territory which we trusted them with. With the nightmare experiences visitors have been subjected to since last September, I can't justify paying $8.50 per person per visit to be in a general trash dump where people seem to care very little about each other and our natural heritage.

 

Here's a slideshow of the current litter condition in the Îles-de-Boucherville National Park days before Earth Day 2018.

 

 

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2018 is the new beginning http://www.trolettiphoto.com/blog/2018/1/2018-will-be-a-new-beginning As many of you know, I was involved in many environmental organizations around the world. From Switzerland to Canada and the United States. It's an incredible amount of work and an incredible amount of energy to dedicate to a process that has become overly political. 

 

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Barn Swallows on a branch
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Photography, ethical nature and wildlife photography brought me to the realization that our natural heritage was hurting badly. It's photography that brought me to the world of conservation. I met some great people and I got involved in some great projects. Unfortunately conservation takes up a great deal of one's time. Maybe I made a mistake and I got involved in too many issues scattered all over the world. From issues in Europe, Canada and the United States, I stretched myself for quite a few years. Hopefully I will have made a difference and helped pave the way to a better future for our natural heritage.

 

Last December I decided to quit, quit my direct involvement as president, director, member and contributor of many different organizations across the globe. Most importantly I quit as President of the friends of the Îles-de-Boucherville National Park. I quit as contributor and member to pro-Natura, SOS Nature Protection, Quebec Nature, Snap Quebec, CPAWS, Santa Monica Mountain Conservancy, Quebec Oiseaux and many more. My wallet was full of cards but I seemed to have lost my own identity in trying to help nature.

 

At some point I felt I had offered all that I could for now. I needed to regroup myself, my energies, and refocus, evolve as things seem to be getting stale or simply moving backwards in the conservation world.

 

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SO WHAT NOW

My first order of business is to refocus on Nature and Wildlife Photography. I got so involved in helping nature that my photography work suffered. A basic lack of balance between the two.

 

Nature and Wildlife photography is our open window on our natural heritage. Only ongoing documentation of the state of our natural world can clarify the state we are leaving our planet in. I feel that while I was working in saving natural habitats, I lost the feel of the impact of our human imprint on nature.

 

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Environmental photography as inspired by Canadian Photographer Edward Burtynsky is what led me to documenting our natural world. I have to take a step back and reconnect with that first inspiration.

 

2018 will be my refocus year as a photographer. Many techniques I've developed will be fine-tuned and put into practice to give you, my friends and audience, a new outlook on our natural world.

 

As usual I will maintain and continue to preach ETHICAL Nature and Wildlife Photography in every aspect of my work.

 

PEOPLE WHO LEFT A LASTING MEMORY

Naturally there are a great deal of individuals who had an impact on life and my vision as I was directly involved in conservation efforts. No matter how small or how big of an impact they had, they were an important part of my past journey and I wish to thank them as I make my temporary goodbye.

Amis du Parc National des Îles-de-Boucherville

Claude Dionne

Gérald Taliana

Hélène Pelletier

Jean Hubert

Josée Dandurand

Marcel Couture

Pierre Vaillancourt

Serge Charron

Yves Lamarche

Amis du Parc Michel-Chartrand

Denis Fournier

SEPAQ

Alexandre Brosseau

Annick Boisvert

Annie Levesque

Cédric Landuydt

Daniel Groleau

John McKay

Nathalie Rivard

Pierre Wery

Robert Renaud

SNAPQC / CPAWS

Alain Branchaud

PRO NATURA

Silva Semadeni

Rosmarie Eichenberger

REGROUPEMENT QUÉBECOISEAUX

Jean-Sébastien Guenette

Stéphane Lamoureu

SOS Nature

Cédric Yoder

Elise Renaud

Erik Grumberg

QUÉBEC NATURE

Christian Simard 

SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS CONSERVANCY

David Szymanski

POLITIQUE

Isabelle Tessier - MFFP

Ministre Luc Blanchette - MFFP

Ministre Lucie Charlebois - 

Manon Carignan - MFFP

Jean Martel - Boucherville

Johann Schneider-Ammann - Federal Council

Xavier Barsalou-Duval - Bloc Québécois

POLICE

A special Thank You to Denis Caouette - Inspecteur chef, Police de Longueuil for his incredible help and work in getting the Nautical Patrol back on the water.

 

SPECIAL THANKS

A special thanks goes out to Nikon France, Oracom, Lexus Canada, Patrick Langlois and Flavia Dalmasso for giving me public opportunities to communicate my message of awareness and appreciation of nature.

 

If I missed anyone, I do apologize, I'll come back and adjust things as I remember them.

 

 

 

 

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BYE BYE 2017, Hello 2018 - Happy New Year Everyone! http://www.trolettiphoto.com/blog/2017/12/bye-bye-2017-hello-2018-happy-new-year-everyone-Steve-Troletti It’s been awhile since I truly updated you all as 2017 was a busy year. Looking back, I can’t believe how much was accomplished and how quickly it was all over. In retrospective it looks like photography at its simplest state took a back seat. There was a great deal to take care of and prepare for as 2018 drew remarkably closer and closer. I barely had time to surface and catch my breath…

 

 

One of the fun-filled events of 2017 was the celebration of Nikon’s 100th Anniversary. I had the privilege of participating in these activities with a gracious invitation by Digital Photo Magazine in Paris, France. They offered me an eight page spread including text and photos. Once again, just like Lexus Automobiles did,  I was given the opportunity to not only share my work but to relay a message of respect for nature and ethical wildlife photography.

 

 

On the flip side at the Photo Challenge, there’s bad news accompanied with good news. As most of you know, I’m a long-time contributor to the PhotoChallenge. In 2017 we were into our ninth year as an unfortunate turn of events took by surprise. Trevor Carpenter, the founder of the PhotoChallenge passed away. Trevor had been fighting Leukemia for years, it wasn’t an easy battle. After many ups and downs, I personally thought Trevor was headed for a remarkable recovery when the unexpected occurred. 

 

 

In honor of Trevor Carpenter we relaunched the PhotoChallenge as the Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge and this January 2018 we are celebrating a decade-long legacy of photography challenges originally brought to us by Trevor on January 2008.

 

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You’re all invited to join the Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge and participate in our 10th anniversary celebrations. Just visit our brand new web site for all the details (www.photochallenge.tempusaura.com) or visit our Facebook group and join a community of over 3500 photography lovers.

 

 
 
The whole team is waiting for you. A special surprise, Jeremy Brooks will be coming back for the 10th Anniversary Celebrations. You are some of the first people to hear about this as it has not yet been officially announced at the Photo Challenge. Jeanie, Maaike, Eric, Jeremy and myself will be contributing new and exciting 10th anniversary Photo Challenges while bringing back some of our best archived Photo Challenges from the last decade as they were originally brought to us by Trevor Carpenter.

 

 

You may have noticed that the new Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge is hosted by tempusaura.com. If you’re wondering what Tempus Aura Photography is, well it’s simple. In 2017 we decided to venture out in photography outside the realm of Nature and Wildlife in a more commercial way. Steve Troletti Photography will maintain a focus on Editorial, Nature and Wildlife Photography as Tempus Aura is our new photography studios specializing in Corporate Events, 360 Degree Real Estate Photography and virtual tours. Visit TempusAura.com and take a look around.

 

 

I think you all had a chance to meet our little mascot and personally my best friend Caesar. Caesar is a nine month old (four months at the time of the picture)  Barred Parakeet also known as a Lineolated Parakeet or just Linny for short. Caesar halfway to being an adult. He should reach full maturity at the age of eighteen months. This means he’s just 9 months away to becoming an ambassador for Ethical Nature Wildlife Photography as we will continue our venture in building awareness as we keep on introducing new generations of young photographers to the beauty that surrounds us, the flora and fauna of planet earth. If you want a glimpse at just how rewarding it is to share my passion with younger generations of Nature and Wildlife Photographer's check out my article: “Introducing the CEP Students in Switzerland to Nature and Wildlife Photography.

 

 

Meanwhile we’ll just let him grow up and play as much as a young little parakeet wants to. He still has to go through his teenage months where we expect him to behave as badly as he can before becoming a wonderfully nice and gentle adult Linny.

 

WISHING YOU ALL THE BEST FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES AND A MOST WONDERFUL 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

 

 

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Bye bye 2017, Bonjour 2018 - Bonne année à tous! http://www.trolettiphoto.com/blog/2017/12/bye-bye-2017-bonjour-2018---bonne-ann-e-tous Cela fait un petit moment depuis que je vous ai mis à jour sur toutes nos activités, 2017 a été une année bien remplie. En regardant en arrière, je ne peux pas croire tout ce que nous avons accompli et la rapidité avec laquelle l’année 2017 a passé.  En rétrospective la photographie a pris un peu le siège arrière. Il y avait beaucoup à faire et 2018 s’approchait de plus en plus rapidement. Je me sens comme si j’ai eu à peine le temps de me rendre à la surface pour y prendre une bouffée d’air frais.

 

 

L’un des événements les plus amusants de 2017 se trouve à être pour moi le 100e anniversaire de Nikon. J’ai eu le privilège d’être invité à participé à ces événements par Oracom, ceux qui produisent Digitale Photo Magazine à Paris en France. Ils m’ont offert un segment de huit pages de texte et photos. Tout comme le fabricant de voitures Lexus, ils m’ont donné la possibilité de relater mon message de sensibilisation de respect pour la nature et d’éthique en photographie animalière.

 

 

 

Malheureusement les bonnes nouvelles sont accompagnées d’une mauvaise nouvelle au Photo Challenge. Comme vous le savez, je suis un contributeur de longue date au Photo Challenge. En 2017, notre neuvième année de défit photo, les événements ont pris un tour pour le pire. Trevor Carpenter, le fondateur du Photo Challenge et décédé. Trevor menait un combat depuis plusieurs années contre la leucémie. Après plusieurs hauts et bas dans sa bataille, je croyais vraiment qu’il s’en sortait vainqueur quand tout soudainement, le tout a pris une direction inattendue.

 

 

En l’honneur de Trevor Carpenter, nous avons relancé le PhotoChallenge sous le nom de « The Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge » et ce janvier 2018, nous célébrons un héritage de dix ans de défis photographiques tels que Trevor nous avait présenté en janvier 2008.

 

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Vous êtes tous invités à participer au Défi photo Trevor Carpenter et à participer à nos célébrations du 10e anniversaire. Visitez notre tout nouveau site Web pour tous les détails (www.photochallenge.tempusaura.com) ou visitez notre groupe Facebook et rejoignez une communauté de plus de 3500 amateurs de photographie. (...en anglais seulement)

 

 
 
 
Toute l’équipe vous attend. Une surprise spéciale, Jeremy Brooks reviendra pour les célébrations du 10e anniversaire. Vous êtes parmi les premiers à en entendre parler, car il n’a pas encore été officiellement annoncé lors du Défi Photo. Jeanie, Maaike, Eric, Jeremy et moi-même apporterons de nouveaux et excitants défis photographiques pour le 10e anniversaire tout en ramenant certains de nos meilleurs défis photo archivés de la dernière décennie, tel qu’ils nous ont été présentés par Trevor Carpenter.
 

 

 

Vous avez peut-être remarqué que le nouveau « Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge » est hébergé par tempusaura.com. Si vous vous demandez ce que Tempus Aura Photography est, eh bien, c’est simple. En 2017, nous avons décidé de nous aventurer dans la photographie hors du domaine de la nature et de la Faune d’une manière plus commerciale. Steve Troletti Photographie se concentrera sur l’éditorial, la nature et la photographie animalière. Tempus Aura est notre nouveau studio de photographie spécialisé dans les événements corporatifs, la photographie immobilière à 360 degrés et les visites virtuelles. Visitez TempusAura.com et jetez un coup d’œil.

 

 

Je pense que vous avez tous eu la chance de rencontrer notre petite mascotte et personnellement mon meilleur ami, César. César est un Toui Catherine de neuf mois (quatre mois à l’époque de la photo). César est à mi-chemin d’être un adulte. Il devrait atteindre sa pleine maturité à l’âge de dix-huit mois. Cela signifie qu’il ne restera plus que neuf mois avant de devenir ambassadeur pour la photographie animalière éthique. C'est à ce moment que nous poursuivrons notre aventure de sensibilisation en continuant à présenter à de nouvelles générations de jeunes photographes la beauté qui nous entoure, la flore et la faune de la planète Terre. Si vous voulez avoir un aperçu de la façon dont il est gratifiant de partager ma passion avec les jeunes générations de photographe nature et animalier, consultez mon article : « Introduction à la photographie nature et animalière aux étudiants du CEP en Suisse ».

 

 

En attendant, nous le laissons grandir et jouer autant qu’un jeune Toui le peut. Il doit encore passer par ses mois d’adolescence où on s’attend à ce qu’il se comporte aussi mal qu’il le peut avant de devenir un adulte merveilleusement gentil et doux.

 

Vous souhaitant tout le meilleur pour vous et votre famille et un merveilleux 2018


BONNE ANNÉE!

 

 

 

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2018 WEEK 1: 2008 FLASHBACK - MY NEIGHBORHOOD - 10th Anniversary Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge http://www.trolettiphoto.com/blog/2017/12/2018-week-1-2008-flashback-my-neighborhood-trevor-carpenter-photo-challenge ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED on TEMPUS AURA

Welcome everyone to the WEEK 1 of the 2018 10th Anniversary Photo Challenge at the Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge.

10th Anniversary Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge

For those of you who are new to the Photo Challenge, here’s a brief history so that you can get an understanding of where we came from and what we are celebrating.

In 2007, Trevor Carpenter who eventually founded the PhotoChallenge.org, began a series of Photo Challenges which he shared from his personal blog at trevorcarpenter.com. They started as a series of personal photographic challenges that quickly attracted a crowd of photo enthusiasts to his blog. In January 2008, Trevor founded with the help of Jeremy, the PhotoChallenge.org in order to cater to the new found enthusiasm generated around his personal photo challenges.

Gary joined the group shortly after and I personally joined the team in 2009. We eventually took a little hiatus in 2011, coming back even stronger in 2013. The original challenge was running from a blog with photo sharing handled through a Flickr group. However, with the creation of our Facebook group, we quickly grew from a few hundred members to a community of over 3500 photographers of every skill level imaginable.

Although we made a flamboyant return, the celebration was short-lived. Trevor Carpenter was diagnosed with leukemia while I was living in Switzerland. Later on Jeremy and Gary left the group to pursue other personal projects. Compensating for the loss of contributors and Trevor’s fluctuating health, I had to stir things up as I was flying solo for most of the year. This is when I decided to introduce GUEST CHALLENGES for the 2016 Photo Challenge. It was a great idea, allowing the Photo Challenge to evolve and bring forward some wonderful talent. In 2017, a new group of contributors was put together to modernize and bring a refreshing change to the Photo Challenge. This is when Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero, Maaike Groenewege and Eric Minbiole joined Trevor and I.

https://photochallenge.tempusaura.com/2017/06/2017-photochallenge-week-25-people-we-love/

Trevor’s health deteriorated in 2017 and he eventually lost his battle against Leukemia. It was a terrible loss for the community as Trevor’s warm-hearted ways had created friendships around the world through sharing a love for photography.

Today we celebrate, we celebrate 10 years of Photo Challenges as they were brought to us by Trevor and every following contributor thereafter. We also celebrate the incredible community that formed on Facebook and Flickr around the Photo Challenge.

We’ve had to change our domain name to keep on going and thankfully the folks at Tempus Aura Studios offered to host the Photo Challenge in honor of Trevor Carpenter. This is when we changed our name from PhotoChallenge.org to “The Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge.”

We no longer have access to Trevor’s first challenges as his personal blog has disappeared. We also don’t have all of the actual first Photo Challenge, but we have most of it, including Trevor’s entries as he shared his participation images through Flickr and the Photo Challenge blog. Unfortunately some material shared from long gone social networks has disappeared forever.

The original challenges were Monthly Challenges with weekly submissions. We’re going to bring some of them back once a month as a weekly theme starting with the first ever Photo Challenge by Trevor.

The first official Photo Challenge was released in January 20008 and was entitled "MY NEIGHBORHOOD,” although a little similar to a guest challenge we had in 2016, it was a way to share who we were and where we come from with our new found Photo Challenge Community Friends.

I know being New Year’s Eve we’ll have a pretty low participation rate as everyone is getting ready to celebrate the new year, travel back home and get back into the usual pace of life. This should be a fairly simple Photo Challenge as we kick off our 10th Anniversary Celebration.

YOUR CHALLENGE - My Neighborhood :

Here it is below, the link to the first ever Photo Challenge that was launched 10 years ago. https://photochallenge.tempusaura.com/2008/01/the-2008-challenge/

Here are some of Trevor’s entries for this challenge back in January of 2008. There were five entries to the blog in January 2008 of which four were Trevor’s submissions for the month.

https://photochallenge.tempusaura.com/2008/01/soggy-camarillo/ https://photochallenge.tempusaura.com/2008/01/welcome-home-ronnie/ https://photochallenge.tempusaura.com/2008/01/great-work-so-far/ https://photochallenge.tempusaura.com/2008/01/2008-challenge-week-3/ https://photochallenge.tempusaura.com/2008/01/2008-challenge-week-4/

We’re going to do things a little differently this time around, as I mentioned we are shrinking these monthly challenges to a week-long challenge as we will be bringing newly created challenges, we’re not just celebrating a decade of photography, we’re also moving forward into the future to create a long-lasting legacy of Photo Challenges.

    • TECHNIQUE — I’m not a fan of text book procedures but we need to apply the basics as we’re creating a photograph and not a snapshot. Composition and exposure should always be part of every challenge. If you’re like me, you’ll be breaking all the rules, but to break them you have to know them…

    • CREATIVITY — In any given challenge, you’re challenging yourself as every challenge is adapted to many types of photographers with different abilities, strengths and weaknesses. Every photographer, even the most experienced photographer can learn something new by applying themselves and pushing their comfort zone one step further than ever before. Don’t let technique stop you from shooting crooked horizons, HI-KEY exposures and whatever funky idea that comes to you in order to create that unique image that’s truly yours.

    • TIME — No challenge is complete if you don’t invest some time. We all have a different style, but it takes time to think in order to turn our photographic vision into a photograph. That’s why I like to use a tripod. It makes it easier to free up your hands, think and experiment. Sometimes you have to wait for the proper lighting, create your own lighting or even come back at another time of day to capture your vision.

    • EXPERIMENT — You’re there already and there should be no rush to leave. This is the time for you to learn. I myself will shoot at different apertures, different ISOs and even change lenses and camera. Use your filters to enhance your images. Colored filters for B&W, Neutral Density Filters and Circular Polarizers all have a purpose. Why not try an infrared filter? Move around and photograph your subject from different angles and height.

CHALLENGE SPECIFICS - MY NEIGHBORHOOD :

This is a storytelling/editorial Photo Challenge. As much as you can be tempted to take a cityscape of your hometown or your adopted homeland, there’s much more to this challenge than photographing a bunch of buildings.

Don’t be afraid to focus on the small things that are unique to your region and/or your locality. Just like in architecture, you don’t only photograph the whole building as close-ups of architectural details may be just as valuable.

As an example, if you live in the Gruyere Region of Switzerland, you have the Fribourg pre-alps and their summer feeding grounds for cattle. You have a castle, cows and local cheese makers as well as the milk coop where their renowned dairy products are manufactured. You have regional clothing and Gruyere men are known for their beards. This leaves an infinite number of photographic possibilities that are important to your region and your neighborhood.

People are an intricate part of what makes your region unique. In our modern world it’s as easy to find a society of historical decent as much as it is to find multiculturalism.

Religion, politics and regional culture influence our way of life, the way we build our cities and has an overall effect on how we view the world in our own little unique way.

Don’t be afraid to portray your differences as it’s what makes you uniquely, YOU! That said we encourage freedom of expression through photography but highly discourage conflictual criticism of an image simply because one does not endorse a specific government, religion or way of life. This is a safe place to share our photographic vision, it’s not because we don’t all agree all the time that we can’t respect and embrace each other’s differences. The Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge is based on having fun through photography while respecting one another. It’s also a family-friendly group so no full nudity, pornography, hate or overly gory and violent images.

COMPLETING YOUR PHOTO CHALLENGE:

As this specific Photo Challenge is more of an editorial storytelling Challenge, we encourage you to accompany your image with a SHORT ONE LINE description in order to make the contribution more personal and informative for our fellow community members.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2018 TREVOR CARPENTER PHOTO CHALLENGE

You will be creating and contributing ONE SINGLE image for each weekly Photo Challenge. Each of those images have to be created the week of the challenge by you. Please don’t use someone else’s work or an archived image from your back catalog. It’s pretty self-explanatory, if you don’t create a brand new image for every challenge, you’re not challenging yourself.

 

Waiting for the perfect light for the latest photochallenge.org

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You can publish your image directly in our Facebook group or you can share them from popular photo-sharing sites such as Flickr or 500PX. For 360 Photo Spheres we recommend KUULA.CO or VEER.TV

Our community is very active on our Facebook Group but you can share your images on our Flickr Group or 500PX group.

When sharing your images with the community, we recommend using the following hashtags to identify the challenge you are participating in and make it easier for individuals to search for related posts and images.

This 2018 hashtags are #10thanniversaryphotochallenge #2018photochallenge #photochallenge #tempusaura

LINKS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CHALLENGE

Each week a challenge will be posted on our web site. Each challenge gets published on Saturday and is valid for participation from Sunday to Sunday. http://photochallenge.tempusaura.com

You can sign up for email notifications and get every challenge delivered directly to your inbox as they are published.

Join our Facebook Group : THE TREVOR CARPENTER PHOTOCHALLENGE group on Facebook hosts our large friendly community : https://www.facebook.com/groups/trevorcarpenterphotochallenge/

Join our Flickr Grouphttps://www.flickr.com/groups/photochallenge-org/

Join our 500PX Grouphttps://500px.com/groups/trevor-carpenter-photochallenge

Using our 2018 Hashtags, share your work on Twitter, Instagram and other Social Networks.

FYI: If you want to submit more than one image or catch up for a week you missed, we invite you to post your additional images in the comment section of your current image

Don’t be afraid to share photography articles related to the current challenge or ask questions about gear, technique or anything else related to improving photography for the Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge Community.

 

WISHING YOU ALL THE BEST AND A FANTASTIC 2018.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

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A DSLR or a MIRRORLESS Camera for the Holidays? http://www.trolettiphoto.com/blog/2017/11/a-dslr-or-a-mirrorless-camera-for-the-holidays Mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras have been around for quite a while offering both consumer and professional options. As capable as these lightweight machines are, they have limits you need to consider before venturing out and acquiring one.

 

 

Although I considered Fuji as being the first manufacturer to introduce the first tantalizing mirrorless cameras, Sony quickly followed with aggressive advertising campaigns based on acquiring a large market share quickly. That's important, Samsung failed because of a lack of users. 

I personally find the first Sony A7 campaigns deceitful and lacking honesty. Hiring small framed photographers hardly weighing 50 kilos whining on how their DSLR was SOOOOOO HEAAAAVY was pretty much a turn off for me, but that's a personal opinion. Apparently I wasn't part of the herd our shepherd Sony was trying to round up.

At the time, I was acquiring a brand new Nikon D810. Unfortunately Sony or the retailer had tantalized the sales staff with great SPIF incentives for every A7 sold. I was unable to get my hands on my NIKON D810 DSLR without losing patience with the sales staff. The Sony A7 was being pushed down my throat to the point that it was put on the counter in front of me the whole time.

Naturally I held it and the first thing I thought was how uncomfortable this little rectangular box with sharp edges felt in my hand. Even worst was the viewfinder, an electronic viewfinder, that I was definitely not ready for. From that time on, the image of a Sony advertising with a young girl holding an A7 has been stuck in my head. She looked just as uncomfortable holding an A7 with her little hands as I did in my own adult hands.

The worst company of all who appears to use Internet Trolls to misinform potential buyers has to be Olympus. This may be the true inspiration for this little article, don't let the manufacturer's claims and specifications impress you because mirrorless systems have some low points that can truly ruin your day if you're not making an educated decision upon purchase.

My first true mirrorless experiences in the great outdoors were with several models of the Olympus mirrorless range. Overall great little cameras with amazing image quality considering the size of the sensor on these MFT bodies.

Although Olympus claims weatherized camera bodies with a -10 c operating range, someone forgot to inform the camera it could operate at -10 c. In the more humid areas like that of Southern Québec in Canada, prolonged exposure at -5 c jammed up our OM-D E-M1 Mark II leaving us with a blank black screen to stare at until we got it slowly warmed up in a dry environment. Before you get to this point, the camera body will also consume more batteries than you probably thought necessary to take along on your outdoor adventure. (Note - We experienced the exact same thing with the original OM-D E-M1 and the PEN E-PL7)

On the flip side, a photographer at a concert venue in Montreal was using two Sony A7 bodies. He had just converted from name-brand DSLRs to his pride and joy, two wonderful and capable Sony A7 bodies. I didn't pay much attention to him until I started hearing some cussing. Yes cussing, one of his A7 bodies had overheated and locked up. He was shooting lots of video and it overheated. A little while later a little more cussing and fussing. You guessed it, the second Sony A7 froze up from overheating. The units finally cooled down and the photographer continued his work. From what I gather Sony fixed those issues with firmware updates.

Following some forums for the new Sony A9 mirrorless Flagship, some similar stories were being reported. Sony's strong fan base was quick to dismiss it claiming that even if it's true, Sony will fix it with a firmware update. The problem with adopting unproven tools when you're a professional is that you risk falling flat on your face. Even with proven equipment you can never be too well prepared. A major difference between a DSLR and a Mirrorless, is the mirror. Every time you press the trigger, that mirror goes up and down creating air circulation, thus helping cool down your camera body from the heat generated by the image sensor.

I've always shot with a Nikon SLR and now a DSLR. Yes it's heavy and I'm getting older. Nikon has managed to shave off some grams with modern manufacturing techniques, but I'm still lugging around a boat anchor. However I've taken out in -20 c to -30 c conditions a variety of Nikon DSLRs and even the consumer level, entry level Nikon D60 never froze up on me in those conditions. Battery use was rarely more than two batteries on a few hours of shooting.

There's a technology gap where DSLRs need to catch up with some mirrorless features and the same remains true with mirrorless cameras needing to catch up to some DSLR capabilities. Mirrorless electronic viewfinders and focus systems have greatly improved but when it comes to action photography, nothing beats the ability to look directly through your lens, something a mirrorless can't replicate well enough for my taste at this time.

Most of the name brand mirrorless manufacturers are now offering a great variety of lenses and accessories making them more and more suitable for a wider range of photography applications. Lens adapters have also greatly evolved allowing you to use your older lenses on your new Mirrorless body while preserving the focal length and aperture.

Before you go out and invest in a brand new mirrorless or DSLR camera body, do your homework. An interchangeable lens camera is like buying a boat. In the long run you'll be investing in a camera system, not just a camera body. Read the reviews and focus on the type of photography you will be practicing. Don't be afraid to contact photographers who use that specific equipment and politely ask them some well thought out questions. 

Technology is moving at a rapid pace and capabilities are improving in both the DSLR and Mirrorless arena. Try and look at recent personal reviews in an effort to keep information relevant to the current market offers. Don't fall for the sales pitch as your camera store may offer manufacturer incentives to their staff to promote specific camera models.

Many good stores will have a rental service. Some will even deduct the rental price from your final purchase. I encourage you to get some hands on experience before you commit to a purchase.

Things to think about :

Make sure the camera is comfortable for you to handle. Everyone has a different sized hand and not all cameras fit comfortably in every hand. Same with the placement of the controls. Can you access the buttons and sliders comfortably and are all the features you need to shoot accessible at your finger tips?

If you live in a colder climate, do some research on battery life from experienced photographers. Compared to a DSLR, mirrorless cameras depend on batteries for everything from the viewfinder on. You'll find that even if their power consumption has improved, they still run through batteries too quickly for extensive use in colder climates.

Same goes for warmer climates. Just like colder climates, humidity levels are a concern and can greatly affect your user experience.

If you're transitioning from one brand to another or back and forth from DSLR to Mirrorless, research lens adapters. This will lighten up the load on lens purchases and your camera bag.

Compare lens and accessory prices. Does the manufacturer offer lenses and accessories in your price range that fit your needs. Are quality third party accessories available as an option or are you flying solo.

In body or lens image stabilization. Most Mirrorrless cameras offer in camera image stabilization on multiple axes. DSLRs are far behind with most of them relying on image stabilization built into lenses. Which one is right for you? I use a variety of older lenses and I myself would love in-camera image stabilization at times. That's something I truly enjoyed while using the OM-D E-M1 Mark II.  For now I live without it as even the well sought after Nikon D850 only offers a limited in-camera electronic image stabilization.

Who will take care of your warranty issues and is service available locally? Will you have to pay yourself for shipping your equipment to the closest service center? Not all camera stores offer the same level of after sales service and support. In the US most camera stores handle your requests with a small administrative fee. In Canada, especially Québec, some stores double the cost of out of warranty repairs. Don't be afraid to contact the manufacturer to back up a camera store's claims. I did and saved $150 USD on an out of warranty repair on the Ricoh Theta S.

Make sure your product has a warranty card for your country or it may be a Gray Market unit that will not be eligible for service by the manufacturer. If an online deal is too good, it's probably too good to be true. I remember stories of fake D810 units that were badly converted D800 units with hacked software and cheap stickers. I personally recommend buying locally from a reputable and authorized dealer. 

Remember that no camera will help you create better images based on specs alone. You need to learn and apply the basics of photography before all. A camera is only a tool that will help you push your photography to next level if you take the time to learn, practice and develop the necessary skills.

One of the best places to get a true understanding of the capabilities of a specific camera line may be your local camera club. There you should be able to find a great variety of photographers of various abilities and shooting styles using just about every interesting brand and model. Some clubs even enjoy affiliations with some camera stores allowing you to get a well-deserved discount.

If you're looking to sharpen your skills with a great online community, I run the Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge at Tempus-Aura along with a great bunch of contributors. Each week a new challenge is presented to our community members.

On a personal note, I'm waiting to see what Nikon comes out with. Rumors have it that they will be introducing a high-end full frame and maybe a DX crop factor mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera. We're all different and I'm only relating my own opinion based on decades of personal experience. Take the time to understand your own individual needs.

Photography is primarily about having fun, don't let a bad decision distract you from your full potential.

 

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Celebrating Nikon's 100th Anniversary with Digital Photo Magazine http://www.trolettiphoto.com/blog/2017/10/celebrating-nikons-100th-anniversary-with-digital-photo-magazine VERSION FRANÇAISE

For Nikon's 100th Anniversary, Flavia Dalmasso from Oracom in Paris approached me with an interesting offer. An 8-page interview in the French Magazine "Photographie Facile les Essentiels", an off series release of the popular magazine Digital Photo published by Oracom in France.

 

 

These offers have always piqued my interest, especially after 35 years of photography, 33 with a Nikon in my hands. The interview and the image selection isn't the hard part, but you apply yourself out of respect for the readers and for the sake of keeping things interesting. For me, the most difficult part was to supply a recent portrait of myself for the article.

Like many photographers, I usually find myself in front of a lens while cleaning it. Thanks to this lack of recent portraits, I decided to go ahead and have Caesar, my little four months old Barred parakeet (Linny / lineolated parakeet) join me. It was lots of fun and extremely amusing. That's exactly how it should be, we should never take ourselves too seriously as photographers. As much as we can share and teach others, there's always something new for us to learn.

 

César le Toui Catherine et son tonton Steve

 

As you can see, it took a few different sessions to get a decent portrait out of this partnership. You can't blame a young bird with superior intelligence for being extremely curious his first time out in a photo studio.

 

 

I personally had no preview of the final layout and image selection. It's a bit my fault as I provided more content than necessary to make sure they had anything and everything they needed to fit their layout of choice. Once again, I have to extend a warm thank-you to Oracom and Digital Photo Magazine for allowing me to communicate my message of empathy for wildlife by creating awareness for ethical nature and wildlife photography.

This edition will be available in newsstands for the final three months of 2017. (October, November and December). You can buy your own copy in Quebec as well as in France, French Switzerland and other French-speaking regions. Some previews of past editions are available online on their BLOG. You can also get your own subscription to DIGITAL PHOTO MAGAZINE ONLINE.

 

 

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Une célébration de 100 ans d'histoire remarquable avec Nikon et Digital Photo http://www.trolettiphoto.com/blog/2017/10/une-c-l-bration-de-100-ans-dhistoire-remarquable-avec-nikon-et-digital-photo Pour le 100e anniversaire de Nikon, Flavia Dalmasso d'Oracom à Paris, m'a fait une intéressante proposition, une interview de huit pages dans le magazine Photographie Facile les Essentiels. C’est une publication hors série du magazine digital Photo publié par Oracom.

 

 

De telles propositions sont toujours intéressantes, surtout après 35 ans de photographie, dont 33 avec un appareil Nikon. L'interview, la sélection des photos ce n'est pas ce qui est le plus difficile, mais on s'y applique pour rendre le tout intéressant pour les lecteurs. Le plus difficile était bien de leur fournir un portrait pour la publication.

Comme beaucoup de photographes, ma présence devant l'objectif se fait principalement durant le nettoyage de mes objectifs. Grâce à ce manque de portrait courant pour la publication, j'ai pris la décision de prendre ces portrait avec mon petit perroquet, César, un toui catherine âgé de seulement quatre mois au moment de la séance. C'était amusant et c'est exactement le but de l'exercice. Il ne faut pas trop se prendre au sérieux, car autant que l'on ait des connaissances et des experiences à partager, on a toujours quelque chose à apprendre.

 

César le Toui Catherine et son tonton Steve

 

Comme vous pouvez le constater, il a bien fallu plusieurs petites séances pour en tirer un portrait coopératif. On ne peut le blâmer, un jeune oiseau d'intelligence supérieure ne peut s'empêcher d'être curieux lors de sa première visite en studio.

 

 

Personnellement je n'avais aucune idée de la mise en page et de la sélection finale des images. Peut-être un peu de ma faute, car j'ai fourni beaucoup plus d'images en plus de huit pages complètes de la transcription de l'interview. Encore fois, je dois les remercier. Oracom m'a permis à nouveau de communiquer mon message de sensibilisation en faveur de l'éthique en photographie animalière.  

Cette édition demeure courante pour trois mois, soit octobre, novembre et décembre 2017. Elle est disponible en kiosque en France, Suisse romande et même au Québec. Des extraits d'ancien numéro sont disponibles en ligne sur leur BLOGUE. Vous pouvez aussi vous procurer un abonnement sur le site de DIGITAL PHOTO.

 

 

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The PhotoChallenge Inspirational Wheel of Photography http://www.trolettiphoto.com/blog/2017/10/the-photochallenge-inspirational-wheel-of-photography The PhotoChallenge Wheel of Fortune

 

You must SPIN the wheels below to get your Challenge assignment for this week. If you're not happy with your first spin you can spin a second time, but not more....

 

 WHEEL 1 - Photo Genre

 

WHEEL 2 - Photo Elements

Originally created for the PhotoChallenge.org, it's a fun and easy way to spin for some photographic inspiration.

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L'église Sainte-Famille de Boucherville, un lieu historique qui ne cesse d'évoluer http://www.trolettiphoto.com/blog/2017/9/leglise-sainte-famille-un-lieu-historique-qui-ne-saisse-d-evoluer ENGLISH VERSION

L'on ne peut que remarquer la vie de l'ancien village qui fleurit autour de la place de l'église sur le boulevard Marie-Victorin lors d’un passage le long du fleuve à Boucherville. Ce n'est pas surprenant, car ce lieu historique le long du fleuve est pittoresque et était bel et bien le cœur de l'ancien village. Directement à la place de l'église on y retrouve l'ancien couvent de la congrégation de Notre-Dame et l'ancien presbytère. 

 

Église de Sainte-Famille - IRÉglise de Sainte-Famille - INFRAROUGEÉglise de Sainte-Famille - Infrarouge Boucherville, Québec, Canada

 

Naturellement l’église Sainte-Famille domine la place de l'église. Construite en 1801 elle et classée monument historique en 1964. C'est la troisième église construite sur ces lieux, l'originale date de 1670. Elle fut rénovée suivant un incendie en 1843. En 1969 le Mgr. Joseph Poissant entreprend des travaux de restauration qui lui rapporte en 1976 le prix d'honneur national d'Héritage Canada pour la qualité de ces travaux.

 

 

 

L'ancien couvent (à droite de l'église) a été vendu en 1975 pour y devenir une résidence pour personnes âgées. Originalement construit en 1888, c'est ici que les religieuses de la Congrégation de Notre-Dame se consacraient à l'éducation des filles jusqu’en 1972.


 

L'ancien presbytère (à gauche de l'église) est connu aujourd'hui sous le non du Centre Mgr-Poissant. Propriété de la ville de Boucherville, le centre Mgr-Poissant et un centre culturel qui accueille des organismes communautaires. On y retrouve cuisine et salle de réunion. Les corridors de l'établissement sont décorés d'ancienne photo de Boucherville. La structure que l'on aperçoit aujourd'hui a été construite en 1832 sur les fondations originales du presbytère qui dataient de 1686

 

 

Aujourd'hui ce site historique et patrimonial de la vie paroissiale d'antan ne cesse de s'adapter à la vie communautaire des Bouchervillois. Un entretien et une mise à jour de première classe agrémentent les visiteurs dès leurs entrées dans ces lieux majestueux. J'ai rencontré M. Jacques Castonguay, délégué au patrimoine de la Fabrique de la paroisse Sainte-Famille ici même dans l'église.

 

 

M. Castonguay m’a raconté avec fierté les améliorations des dernières années pour rendre l'église encore plus invitante aux citoyens. Couvrant tous les aspects de la vie religieuse et des événements culturels tels que les présentations de l'orchestre symphonique de Longueuil, un éclairage moderne à DEL permet à ce lieu de s'adapter visuellement à tous les événements en cours. M. Castonguay m'a présenté l'église sous un éclairage aux couleurs des festivités du 350e de Boucherville. La photo en 360 degrés documente bien l'attrait plein de vie de ce lieu de culte historique que met en valeur ce nouvel éclairage à la fine pointe de la technologie.

 

 

Le nouvel orgue situé au jubé de l'Église Sainte-Famille

Aucune église n’est complète sans son orgue. La photo au haut documente bien l'attrait visuel pour les visiteurs. Cet orgue est tout simplement une pièce monumentale qui rehausse le décor de ces lieux. C'est en 1995 que l'on entreprend la fabrication de ce nouvel orgue. Les travaux son confiés à Casavant Frères, facteur d'orgues de Saint-Hyacinthe. L'orgue que l'on voit et apprécie aujourd'hui est installé à l'intérieur du magnifique buffet construit en 1846 pour recevoir l'orgue construit par le facteur montréalais Samuel Warren.

 

L'église Sainte-Famille et l'ancien couvent de la Congrégation de Notre-Dame vue des Îles-de-BouchervilleL'église Sainte-Famille et l'ancien couvent de la Congrégation de Notre-Dame vue des Îles-de-Boucherville

 

L'église et l'ancien couvent font partie de l'attrait visuel du vieux Boucherville. Cette image infrarouge nous démontre l'impact visuel important de ce patrimoine que l'on aperçoit du fleuve tout comme au loin sur l'ile de la commune à travers les champs agricoles.

 

Aujourd'hui on peut visiter le Musée d’art sacré à l’église Sainte-Famille. Inauguré en mars 2017, le musée fut réalisé par des dons de matériaux et d'expertise de volontaires incluant une importante donation citoyenne, Alain Adenot, a versé 25 000 $ comme legs testamentaire pour la réalisation de ce projet. 

 

Je termine ce petit blogue avec une photo prise des Îles-de-Boucherville pour une raison très importante. La famille Adenot est non seulement des individus consacrés au bien-vivre communautaire à Boucherville, Alain Adenot et son épouse, Florence Junca-Adenot ont fait partie du groupe fondateur des Amis du PNIB et ont participé très activement à la lutte menée pour la protection de l’île Charron. Alain était membre des Amis du PNIB et a appuyé les efforts du premier conseil d’administration qui se réunissait à leur résidence durant ces années de mobilisation intensive. Les Amis du parc national des Îles-de-Boucherville  est un organisme qui a comme mission la conservation du patrimoine naturel de l'archipel. C'est avec honneur que je continue la vigile environnementale des Îles-de-Boucherville en tant que président des Amis du PNIB.

 

Je vous invite tous à visiter le nouveau Musée d’art sacré à l’église Sainte-Famille, l'église elle-même et de participer à ses nombreuses activités. Le musée d'art sacré de Boucherville peut être visité les jeudis, vendredis et dimanches, de 13 h 30 à 16 h.

 

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Boucherville's Historical Sainte-Famille Church keeps evolving with the community http://www.trolettiphoto.com/blog/2017/9/bouchervilles-historical-sainte-famille-church-keeps-evolving-with-the-community VERSION FRANÇAISE

As you travel through Boucherville on the Marie-Victorin Boulevard along the St-Lawrence River, you quickly realize that the Old Boucherville continues to flourish around the Church Square. This is not surprising, as this historic site along the St-Lawrence River is not only picturesque but was indeed the heart of the original village. The Church Square is nestled between the Old Convent of the Congregation of Notre-Dame and the former presbytery.

 

Église de Sainte-Famille - IRÉglise de Sainte-Famille - INFRAROUGEÉglise de Sainte-Famille - Infrarouge Boucherville, Québec, Canada

 

Naturally the Sainte-Famille Church dominates the square. Built in 1801 the Sainte-Famille Church was classified as a historical monument in 1964. It is the third church built on these premises. The Church was originally built in 1670. It was renovated following a fire in 1843. In 1969 Mgr. Joseph Poissant undertook restoration work which earned him the National Heritage Award from Heritage Canada in 1976 for the quality of his work.

 

 

The former convent (to the right of the church) was sold in 1975 to become a senior residence. Originally built in 1888, it was here and up until 1972, that the nuns of the congregation of Notre-Dame devoted themselves to the education of girls.

The former rectory (left of the church) is known today as the Mgr-Poissant Center. Property of the City of Boucherville, the Mgr-Poissant Center is a cultural center that hosts community organizations. There is a kitchen and an array of meeting rooms. The corridors of Mgr-Poissant Center are decorated with historical photographs of Boucherville. The structure that we see today was built in 1832 on the original foundations of the presbytery which dated back to 1686.

 

 

Today this historical and patrimonial site of the parish life of yesteryear continues to adapt to the community life of the Boucherville's residents. First-class maintenance and upgrades adorn visitors as they enter this majestic place. I met Mr. Jacques Castonguay, a heritage delegate from the Sainte Famille Parish Council right here in the church.

 

 

Mr. Castonguay proudly told me of the improvements made over the last few years aimed at making the Sainte-Famille Church even more inviting to the citizens of Boucherville and surrounding communities. Covering all aspects of religious life and cultural events such as the Longueuil Symphony Orchestra presentations, modern LED lighting allows the venue to adapt visually to all current events. Mr. Castonguay presented me the church in the colors of Boucherville's 350th year celebrations. The 360-degree photo below documents the lifelong appeal of this historic place of worship highlighted by this new, state-of-the-art lighting system.

 

The new organ located in the balcony of the Sainte-Famille Church

No church is complete without its organ. The 360-degree photo above documents well the visual appeal of this new organ illuminated by the new lighting. This organ is simply a monumental artwork that reigns over the church's interior. It was in 1995 that this new organ was hand made. The work was entrusted to Casavant Frères, an organ builder in Saint-Hyacinthe. The organ that is seen and appreciated today is installed inside a magnificent buffet built in 1846 to receive the organ built by the Montreal factor Samuel Warren.

 

L'église Sainte-Famille et l'ancien couvent de la Congrégation de Notre-Dame vue des Îles-de-BouchervilleL'église Sainte-Famille et l'ancien couvent de la Congrégation de Notre-Dame vue des Îles-de-Boucherville

 

The church and the former convent are part of the visual appeal of the old Boucherville. The infrared image above demonstrates the significant visual impact of this heritage that is easily seen from the St-Lawrence River and as far away as the north side of the la Commune islands through the agricultural fields of Îles-de-Boucherville National Park .

Today you can visit the Museum of Sacred Art at the Sainte-Famille church. Inaugurated in March 2017, the museum was realized by donations of materials and expertise from volunteers, including a major civic donation, Alain Adenot, contributed $25,000 as a testamentary bequest for the realization of this project.

I chose to complete this little blog with a picture taken from the Îles-de-Boucherville National Park for a very important reason. The Adenot family are not only individuals dedicated to community well-being in Boucherville, Alain Adenot and his wife, Florence Junca-Adenot, were part of the founding group of the Friends of the Îles-de-Boucherville National Park and were very active in the struggle for the protection of the Charron Island. Alain was not only a member of the Friends of the PNIB, he supported the efforts of the first board of directors who met at their residence during these years of intensive mobilization. The Friends of the Îles-de-Boucherville National Park is an organization whose mission is the conservation of the natural heritage of the archipelago. It is with honor that I continue the environmental vigil of the Îles-de-Boucherville as President of the Friends of the PNIB.

I invite all of you to visit the new Museum of Sacred Art at the Sainte-Famille Church, the church itself and participate in its many activities. The Boucherville Museum of Sacred Art can be visited on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, from 1:30 pm to 4 pm.

 

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LINKS OF INTEREST

 

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Lancement d'une pétition pour l'agrandissement du parc national des Îles-de-Boucherville http://www.trolettiphoto.com/blog/2017/8/lancement-dune-p-tition-pour-l-agrandissement-du-parc-national-des-les-de-boucherville Le syndrome du « Oui dans ma cour ! »

Montréal, le 28 juillet 2017 – La Société pour la nature et les parcs (SNAP Québec) et les Amis du parc national des Îles-de-Boucherville lancent aujourd’hui une pétition d'appui à l'agrandissement du parc national des Îles-de-Boucherville. En signant cette pétition, chaque citoyen demande au gouvernement fédéral de céder tout le territoire fédéral de l'archipel des grandes battures Tailhandier, incluant les petites îles situées à l'est des battures, au gouvernement du Québec et, à celui-ci de les annexer au parc national des Îles-de-Boucherville à des fins de conservation et d'accès à la nature.

« Il ne s'agit pas ici d'une pétition contre quelconque projet, c’est le syndrome du Oui dans ma cour, un geste positif pour un meilleur accès à la nature pour tous les citoyens de la grande région de Montréal », de déclarer Alain Branchaud, biologiste et directeur général de la SNAP Québec. « 2017 est vraiment l'occasion unique pour concrétiser cette action alors que Montréal fête ses 375 ans et sa voisine Boucherville, ses 350 ans. Quel geste symbolique de voir le Canada, qui célèbre lui-même son 150e anniversaire cette année, offrir aux citoyens le trait d'union entre les deux municipalités en guise de présent pour le futur », d'ajouter M. Branchaud.

« Les battures Tailhandier font partie du grand archipel des Îles-de-Boucherville et renferment une biodiversité importante qui serait mieux protégée si le territoire était annexé au parc », d'indiquer Jean Hubert, administrateur et porte-parole pour les Amis du parc national des Îles-de-Boucherville. « Ceci permettrait de consolider cet important parc de connexion nature pour les citoyens de la grande région montréalaise et de faciliter la gestion de l'intégrité écologique des lieux », de conclure M. Hubert.

Les deux organisations demandent aux citoyens de la région métropolitaine et d'ailleurs au Québec de participer à cette belle initiative en signant la pétition et en partageant largement sur les réseaux sociaux.

Laissez-vous envahir par le syndrome du « Oui dans ma cour ! »

Lien vers la pétition : http://bit.ly/projetPNIB

Lien vers la carte du parc national des Iles-de-Boucherville

 

Informations:

Charlène Daubenfeld
Responsable des communications, SNAP Québec

cdaubenfeld@snapqc.org
514-278-7627 #221
514-378-3880

Jean Hubert
Administrateur et responsable des communications,
Amis du parc national des Îles-de-Boucherville

jean.hubert@amisparcdesiles.ca
514-374-5946

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(Steve Troletti Editorial, Nature and Wildlife Photographer) pétition http://www.trolettiphoto.com/blog/2017/8/lancement-dune-p-tition-pour-l-agrandissement-du-parc-national-des-les-de-boucherville Thu, 03 Aug 2017 13:20:43 GMT
Launch of a petition for the expansion of the Îles-de-Boucherville National Park http://www.trolettiphoto.com/blog/2017/8/launch-of-a-petition-for-the-expansion-of-the-les-de-boucherville-national-park The "Yes in my backyard!" Syndrome

Montreal, July 28, 2017 - The Quebec Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS Quebec) and the Friends of the Îles-de-Boucherville National Park have launched a petition to support the expansion of the Îles-de-Boucherville National Park. By signing this petition, each citizen asks the Canadian Federal Government to cede all federal territory of the archipelago of the Great Tailhandier Flats, including the small islands east of the flats, to the Government of Quebec to be annexed to the Îles-de-Boucherville National Park for conservation and access to nature for all.

"This is not a petition against any project, it is the "Yes in my backyard!" Syndrome, a positive gesture for better access to nature for all citizens of the Greater Montreal area," says Alain Branchaud, Biologist and General Manager of CPAWS Quebec. "2017 is truly the unique opportunity to realize this action while Montreal celebrates its 375th anniversary along with its neighbor Boucherville, celebrating its 350th anniversary. What a symbolic gesture to see Canada, which itself is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, to offer citizens a link between the two municipalities as a present for the future," added Mr. Branchaud.

"The Great Tailhandier Flats are part of the Boucherville Islands Archipelago and contain a significant biodiversity that would be better protected if the territory was annexed to the park," said Jean Hubert, Administrator and Spokesperson for the Friends of the Îles-de-Boucherville National Park. "This would consolidate this important nature park for the citizens of the Greater Montreal area and facilitate the management of the ecological integrity of the sites," concluded Mr. Hubert.

Both organizations are asking citizens of the metropolitan area, Quebec and elsewhere in the the world to participate in this great initiative by signing the petition and sharing it widely on social media networks.

Let yourself be invaded by the "Yes in my backyard!" Syndrome

Information:

Charlène Daubenfeld
Communications Manager, CPAWS Quebec
cdaubenfeld@snapqc.org
514-278-7627 # 221
514-378-3880

Jean Hubert
Director and Head of Communications,
Friends of the Îles-de-Boucherville National Park
jean.hubert@amisparcdesiles.ca
514-374-5946

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(Steve Troletti Editorial, Nature and Wildlife Photographer) petition http://www.trolettiphoto.com/blog/2017/8/launch-of-a-petition-for-the-expansion-of-the-les-de-boucherville-national-park Thu, 03 Aug 2017 13:13:20 GMT
The New Service Center and Rental Center at the Îles-de-Boucherville National Park http://www.trolettiphoto.com/blog/2017/6/the-new-service-center-and-rental-center-at-the-les-de-boucherville-national-park Since June 3rd, at 3 pm, campers at the Îles-de-Boucherville National Park were privileged to be the first guests to be greeted at the new service center where construction began just last September. The grand opening of the new Service Center was accompanied by the new Rental facility that quietly made its opening a week earlier.

 

 

A ZEN atmosphere welcomes us on a large surface with a natural wood finish that envelopes us with its curved lines.  A thoroughly well thought out architectural design that deserves its place at the heart of the Îles-de-Boucherville National Park.

 

 

Below, I present you with a small series of 360-degree panoramic images to better immerse you in a virtual visit of the new facilities. Naturally, nothing can replace the visual impact of visiting the new sites for yourself.

 

 

In addition to the reception area, there is a place to sit and eat in serenity surrounded by the panoramic windows giving us an enchanting view along the Grande-Rivière Chanel.

 

 

The trees also offer shade on a large part of the new outdoor terrace. Picnic tables are also accessible in the vicinity of the new Service Center.

 

 

The new Nature Boutique is waiting for you with new delicacies from Le Goutillon of Boucherville.

 

 

Sandwiches, wraps, yogurts, croissants and more. There is also an additional selection of soft served ice cream and two varieties of slush. Another novelty, fresh nachos. A new selection of beverages such as iced tea, real juices and soon, beer, will be at the rendezvous for your refreshment pleasure. Naturally, there is always a full range of outdoor clothing and accessories available as gifts. Congratulations to Robert and his team for a smooth transition that remains always the most welcoming.

 

 

The new Rental Center is found just a few steps away from the new Service Center. More space and two service counters are waiting for you for a pleasant experience and a level of service that rivals the major holiday resorts. Do not forget the family experience, where equipment rentals for children aged 17 and under is free when accompanied by a parent. This includes bicycles, bike trailers and even Osprey backpacks to carry the little ones on a hike. Access to the campsite is also improved with a one-stop location where you can check-in, take the electric shuttle or borrow a bike trailer all in the same area.

 

 

A wide variety of boats are waiting for you. There are single, double and fishing kayaks, canoes and paddle boards. All accessories are available on site for your safety, including life jackets in all sizes for the whole family.

 

The brand new boat ramp facilitates access to water.

 

The Friends of the Îles-de-Boucherville National Park invite you to visit the park and its new facilities to enjoy a new and enriching outdoor family experience.

 

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Petite visite virtuelle des nouveaux centres de services et de location du PNIB http://www.trolettiphoto.com/blog/2017/6/petite-visite-virtuelle-des-nouveaux-centres-de-services-et-de-location-du-pnib Depuis le 3 juin dernier à 15 h, les campeurs du parc national des Îles-de-Boucherville on eu l’honneur d’être reçu au nouveau centre de services dont la construction avait débuté en septembre dernier. Le déménagement complété, l’ouverture du nouveau CDS se jumelait au nouveau centre de location qui avait tranquillement fait son ouverture une semaine plus tôt.

 

 

Une ambiance ZEN nous accueille sur une grande surface où le finit en bois et les courbes arrondies font preuve d’un bien penser architectural qui mérite bien sa place au cœur du parc national des Îles-de-Boucherville.

 

 

Ci-dessous, je vous présente une petite série d’images panoramiques de 360 degrés pour mieux vous immerger dans les nouveaux aménagements du PNIB. Naturellement rien ne peut remplacer l’impact visuel d’une vraie visite sur le site vous-même.

 

 

En plus de l'aire d'accueil, on y retrouve un endroit pour s'assoir et manger en toute tranquillité. Même à l'intérieur, les fenêtres panoramiques nous donnent une vue enchantée sur le long du chenal de la Grande-Rivière.

 

 

Les arbres nous offrent également de l’ombre sur une grande partie de la nouvelle terrasse extérieure. Des tables à piquenique se retrouvent également en vicinité du centre de services.

 

 

La nouvelle Boutique Nature vous attend avec de nouvelles gourmandises provenant du Goutillon de Boucherville.

 

 

Sandwich, wrap, yogourt, croissant et plus. On y retrouve aussi un choix additionnel de crème glacée molle et une variété de slush. Une autre nouveauté, des nachos frais du jour. De nouveaux breuvages, thé froid et bientôt de la bière seront du rendez-vous pour s’y rafraichir. Naturellement, on y retrouve toujours une gamme complète de vêtement et accessoires cadeaux de plein air. Félicitations à Robert et toute son équipe pour une transition qui demeure toujours des plus accueillante.

 

 

Le nouveau centre de location se retrouve qu’à quelques pas du nouveau CDS. Plus d’espace et deux comptoirs de services sont au rendez-vous pour une expérience agréable et un niveau de services qui rivalent les grands établissements de vacances. N’oubliez pas l’expérience famille où accompagner d’un parent, l’équipement pour les jeunes de 17 ans et moins est gratuit. Cela comprend les vélos, les remorques à vélo et même des sacs à dos Osprey pour transporter le tout petit en randonnée. L’accès au camping en est aussi amélioré où l’on peut prendre la navette électrique ou emprunter une remorque à vélo tout au même endroit.

 

 

Un grand nombre et une grande variété d’embarcations vous attendent. Il y a des kayaks simples, doubles, pour la pêche, des canoës et des planches à pagaies. Tous les accessoires sont présents sur place pour votre sécurité, il y a des gilets de sauvetage dans toutes les grandeurs et pour toute la famille.

 

La toute nouvelle descente à bateau facilite l’accès à l’eau.

 

Les Amis du parc national des Îles-de-Boucherville vous invitent à visiter le parc et ses nouvelles installations pour profiter d’une nouvelle expérience famille des plus enrichissantes.

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Shooting Infrared with the Opteka 6.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens http://www.trolettiphoto.com/blog/2017/5/shooting-infrared-with-the-opteka-6-5mm-f/3-5-fisheye-lens For the last year I’ve been playing with the 2016 update of the Opteka 6.5mm f/3.5 Manual Focus Aspherical Circular Fisheye Lens. Once manufactured side by side with the Samyang and Rockinon fisheye lenses in Korea, the Opteka seems to now be coming out of a different manufacturer in China. I’m not going to give you a full technical hardware review with numbers. The internet is full of them and for me, apart from some exceptions, the technical numbers are not what photography is all about. I want an end result that pleases me visually all while stimulating my creativity. That’s something a graph illustrating sharpness, contrast and color rendering can’t do. If you're looking to have a camera body converted to IR or Full Spectrum, read the article I wrote when I got one of my Nikon D300s camera bodies converted : Professional Infrared Camera Conversions

 

Opteka 6.5mm f/3.5 Manual Focus Aspherical Circular Fisheye LensOpteka 6.5mm f/3.5 Manual Focus Aspherical Circular Fisheye LensPhoto by Opteka

 

With the most recent model, the 2016 update, you get, the lens, a removable bayonet petal type hood and a lens cap. The lens itself is fairly heavy and it’s aluminum body construction feels robust. Focus is fairly smooth, especially for a lens in this price range. After a year of heavy usage, it still feels new. Overall a very well balanced lens that's fun to shoot with.   

 

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The first test of the lens was to shoot visible light imagery with a Nikon D810. Chromatic aberration is very visible on the Nikon D810 but better controlled on a DX body such as the Nikon D300s. Opteka does make the following claim, “Corrects aberrations using a complex aspherical lens.” With a quick tweak in post processing you can easily correct aberrations allowing you to create some fairly amazing visible light images.      

 

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The first IR images I took were in winter. Chromatic aberration is not an issue while shooting infrared. However the wide angle of the lens combined with having to focus through live view makes it difficult to judge in any type of photography. It’s a fully manual lens and there is no in-camera focus confirmation. I’ve now learned from experience, under infrared light conditions, focus much closer than you would under visible light to compensate for the IR shift.    

 

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Baignade Interdite - Infrarouge 180 dégrée
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Kolarivision Infrared Conversions & Filters
Life Pixel Infrared Conversion & Filters

Most of the photographs in the galleries are available as prints or for licensing (Editorial/Commercial/Blogs). For printing options, or if you'd like to purchase a license to use any of my photographs for non-exclusive editorial, non-commercial or commercial use, please contact me.

La plupart des images dans les galeries sont disponibles pour achat (Éditorial / Commercial / Blogues). Pour les options d'impression, où si vous souhaitez acheter une licence pour utiliser une de mes photographies pour une utilisation éditoriale, commerciale ou commerciale non exclusive, contactez-moi.

 

Naturally you can’t add an IR filter to the front of your Fisheye lens. Some Old School Fisheye lenses and modern name brand fisheye lenses have a gel filter holder on the back. This lens doesn’t, but with a bit of gaffer tape you can use any gel filter you want. In this image I used white duct tape to better illustrate the IR filter. (I highly suggest you use matt black gaffer tape)

 

 

I considered several options of IR filters from a small diameter glass filter to several gel filters on the market. I eventually decided to use a roll of 35 mm Fuji Velvia 50 I had on hand. I had it processed without exposing it, your quintessential DIY IR Filter. (NOTE: When you do get an un-exposed film developed, make sure to request the film back as most labs will dispose of films without any images on them.)      

 

Pont ver l'ile Grosbois - IRPont ver l'ile Grosbois - IRPont de bois ver l'ile Grosbois - Infrarouge - parc national des Îles-de-Boucherville
Wooden bridge to Grosbois Island - Infrared - Îles-de-Boucherville National Park


Kolarivision Infrared Conversions & Filters
Life Pixel Infrared Conversion & Filters

Most of the photographs in the galleries are available as prints or for licensing (Editorial/Commercial/Blogs). For printing options, or if you'd like to purchase a license to use any of my photographs for non-exclusive editorial, non-commercial or commercial use, please contact me.

La plupart des images dans les galeries sont disponibles pour achat (Éditorial / Commercial / Blogues). Pour les options d'impression, où si vous souhaitez acheter une licence pour utiliser une de mes photographies pour une utilisation éditoriale, commerciale ou commerciale non exclusive, contactez-moi.

 

So far the lens and filter combination have worked really well for me. I get my crisp white vegetation without too much contamination. A basic level of false color comes through but it also gives you great B&W IR results.

 

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1381 Ch du Général Vanier, Boucherville, QC J4B 5E4
Légumes, fruits, auto-cueillette, ferme, animaux, pension, déneigement
http://www.jardinsprovost.com/

J'ai passé l'après-midi avec ma jument préférée. Préférée, car elle donne tout plein de beaux becs :-)

Passsed the afternoon with my favorite mare... Favorite cause she gives a ton of great kisses :-)

Photo infrarouge fish-eye / Infrared Fish-eye photo

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I combined my Opteka Fisheye Lens with a Full Spectrum converted Nikon D300s. If you don’t have experience shooting with a Fisheye Lens, the most important thing you should know is that the vertical and horizontal center will always be straight, creating a cross in the center of your lens. Once you understand how to use this to your advantage such as keeping a straight and level horizon, you’ll be on your way to creating artistically deformed images that please the eye.

 

Stade olympique de Montréal - Olympic Stadium - IRStade olympique de Montréal - Olympic Stadium - IRInfrared Fisheye profile of the Montreal Olympic Stadium
Profile infrarouge, fisheye duStade olympique de Montréal


Kolarivision Infrared Conversions & Filters
Life Pixel Infrared Conversion & Filters

Most of the photographs in the galleries are available as prints or for licensing (Editorial/Commercial/Blogs). For printing options, or if you'd like to purchase a license to use any of my photographs for non-exclusive editorial, non-commercial or commercial use, please contact me.

La plupart des images dans les galeries sont disponibles pour achat (Éditorial / Commercial / Blogues). Pour les options d'impression, où si vous souhaitez acheter une licence pour utiliser une de mes photographies pour une utilisation éditoriale, commerciale ou commerciale non exclusive, contactez-moi.

 

Mastering fisheye shooting means you won’t need to straighten any images in post processing, a basic crop will do the trick. Apart from shooting 360 degree photospheres with a DSLR, I never really had any need for a fisheye. Somehow with infrared, it seems to open a whole new world of possibilities pushing the surreal nature of IR photography one step further. Should you find yourself needing to de-fish your image, let me suggest Fisheye Hemi.

 

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Kolarivision Infrared Conversions & Filters
Life Pixel Infrared Conversion & Filters

Most of the photographs in the galleries are available as prints or for licensing (Editorial/Commercial/Blogs). For printing options, or if you'd like to purchase a license to use any of my photographs for non-exclusive editorial, non-commercial or commercial use, please contact me.

La plupart des images dans les galeries sont disponibles pour achat (Éditorial / Commercial / Blogues). Pour les options d'impression, où si vous souhaitez acheter une licence pour utiliser une de mes photographies pour une utilisation éditoriale, commerciale ou commerciale non exclusive, contactez-moi.

 

When shooting infrared with this lens, there are very little negative drawbacks. It truly is sharp, not only in the center but corner to corner. I have yet to experience hotspots on either DX or FX bodies while shooting infrared. Adequately focusing under IR is a bit tricky but easily manageable once you’ve experimented some.

 

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Kolarivision Infrared Conversions & Filters
Life Pixel Infrared Conversion & Filters

Most of the photographs in the galleries are available as prints or for licensing (Editorial/Commercial/Blogs). For printing options, or if you'd like to purchase a license to use any of my photographs for non-exclusive editorial, non-commercial or commercial use, please contact me.

La plupart des images dans les galeries sont disponibles pour achat (Éditorial / Commercial / Blogues). Pour les options d'impression, où si vous souhaitez acheter une licence pour utiliser une de mes photographies pour une utilisation éditoriale, commerciale ou commerciale non exclusive, contactez-moi.

 

For the price you just can’t beat this lens. Solid construction and a removable lens hood allow this lens to perform as well on a full-frame DSLR as it does on a DX body. On a full frame you get a fully circular image that is slightly cut at the top and bottom. As you can see on the image below, keeping the lens hood on will make it visible on a Full-Frame Body. The circular image on a full frame also has a blue halo under natural light conditions and you do see reflections in the lens barrel similar to the Lens Baby Fisheye lens.

 

 

The Opteka 6.5mm f/3.5 Manual Focus Aspherical Circular Fisheye Lens is available in the USA, Canada and the UK from 47th Street Photo for several different camera mounts (Nikon, Nikon 1, Canon, Sony, Fuji, Olympus, Panasonic, Samsung, etc.).

 



 

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Most of the photographs in the galleries are available as prints or for licensing (Editorial/Commercial/Blogs). For printing options, or if you'd like to purchase a license to use any of my photographs for non-exclusive editorial, non-commercial or commercial use, please contact me.

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La photographie infrarouge avec l'objectif Opteka fish-eye 6.5mm f/3.5 http://www.trolettiphoto.com/blog/2017/5/la-photographie-infrarouge-avec-lobjectif-opteka-fish-eye-6-5mm-f/3-5 Cette dernière année, j’ai joué avec l’objectif Opteka Fish-eye 6.5mm f/3.5 mise à jour en 2016. Auparavant, cet objectif était fabriqué côte à côte avec les objectifs fish-eye de  Samyang et Rockinon  en Corée du Sud, la nouvelle version Opteka semble désormais sortir d’un fabricant différent en Chine. Je ne vais pas vous donner un examen complet des données techniques de cet objectif, car l’internet est plein de ce type d’information. Pour moi, à part de quelques exceptions, les données techniques ne sont pas la raison pour laquelle je pratique la photographie. Je veux un résultat final qui me satisfait visuellement tout en stimulant ma créativité. C’est quelque chose qu’un graphique illustrant la netteté, le contraste et le rendu des couleurs ne peut m’apporter. Si vous cherchez un à convertir un boitier en IR ou Full Spectrum, lisez l’article que j’ai écrit lorsque j’ai fait convertir l’un de mes boitiers Nikon D300s : Convertir son appareil photo a l’infrarouge au Québec.                

 

Opteka 6.5mm f/3.5 Manual Focus Aspherical Circular Fisheye LensOpteka 6.5mm f/3.5 Manual Focus Aspherical Circular Fisheye LensPhoto by Opteka

 

Avec le modèle le plus récent, la mise à jour 2016, vous obtenez, la lentille, un pare-soleil amovible à baïonnette et un capuchon pour l’objectif. L’objectif lui-même est assez lourd et sa construction en aluminium est très robuste. La mise au point est assez souple, en particulier pour une lentille dans cette gamme de prix. Après un an d’utilisation intensive, il opère encore comme un objectif neuf. Dans l’ensemble, un objectif très bien équilibré et plaisent pour la photographie artistique.          

 

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Mes premiers tests de l’objectif étaient de tirer des images en lumières visibles avec un Nikon D810. L’aberration chromatique est très visible sur le Nikon D810, mais mieux contrôlée sur un boitier DX tel que le Nikon D300s. Malgré ça, Opteka fait le commentaire suivant, «Corrige les aberrations à l’aide d’une lentille asphérique complexe». Avec un réglage rapide dans le traitement de postproduction, vous pouvez facilement corriger les aberrations, ce qui vous permet de créer des images assez incroyables en lumière visible.                      

 

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Les premières images infrarouges que j’ai prises étaient en hiver. L’aberration chromatique n’est pas un problème lors de la prise de vue infrarouge. Cependant, le grand-angle de la lentille rend difficile la mise au point, surtout sur l’écran arrière du boitier. C’est un objectif entièrement manuel et il n’y a pas de confirmation de mise au point dans l’appareil photo. J’ai maintenant appris avec l’expérience, sous des conditions de lumière infrarouge, faite votre mise au point beaucoup plus près que vous le feriez sous la lumière visible pour compenser pour la longueur d’onde du spectre de la lumière infrarouge.

 

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Baignade Interdite - Infrarouge 180 dégrée
©2016 Steve Troletti - TrolettiPhoto.com


Kolarivision Infrared Conversions & Filters
Life Pixel Infrared Conversion & Filters

Most of the photographs in the galleries are available as prints or for licensing (Editorial/Commercial/Blogs). For printing options, or if you'd like to purchase a license to use any of my photographs for non-exclusive editorial, non-commercial or commercial use, please contact me.

La plupart des images dans les galeries sont disponibles pour achat (Éditorial / Commercial / Blogues). Pour les options d'impression, où si vous souhaitez acheter une licence pour utiliser une de mes photographies pour une utilisation éditoriale, commerciale ou commerciale non exclusive, contactez-moi.

 

Naturellement, vous ne pouvez pas ajouter un filtre IR à l’avant de votre objectif fish-eye. Certains objectifs fish-eye ont un porte-filtre gel à l’arrière. Cette lentille n’en a pas, mais avec un peu de de ruban adhésif d’électricien « Gaffer Tape » vous pouvez utiliser n’importe quel filtre gel que vous voulez. Dans cette image, j’ai utilisé un ruban adhésif blanc pour mieux illustrer le filtre IR. Il est mieux d’utiliser le gaffer tape noire.

 

 

J’ai considéré plusieurs options de filtres IR disponibles sur le marché, à partir d’un filtre en verre de petit diamètre jusqu’à plusieurs filtres de gel. J’ai finalement décidé d’utiliser un rouleau de diapo 35mm Fuji Velvia 50 que j’avais à la portée de la main. Je l’ai fait développer sans l’exposer, essentiellement le filtre IR des bricoler par excellence. (REMARQUE: Lorsque vous faites développer un film non exposé, assurez-vous de demander le retour du film, car la plupart des laboratoires disposeront des films qui ne contiennent aucune image.) 

 

Pont ver l'ile Grosbois - IRPont ver l'ile Grosbois - IRPont de bois ver l'ile Grosbois - Infrarouge - parc national des Îles-de-Boucherville
Wooden bridge to Grosbois Island - Infrared - Îles-de-Boucherville National Park


Kolarivision Infrared Conversions & Filters
Life Pixel Infrared Conversion & Filters

Most of the photographs in the galleries are available as prints or for licensing (Editorial/Commercial/Blogs). For printing options, or if you'd like to purchase a license to use any of my photographs for non-exclusive editorial, non-commercial or commercial use, please contact me.

La plupart des images dans les galeries sont disponibles pour achat (Éditorial / Commercial / Blogues). Pour les options d'impression, où si vous souhaitez acheter une licence pour utiliser une de mes photographies pour une utilisation éditoriale, commerciale ou commerciale non exclusive, contactez-moi.

 

Jusqu’à présent, la combinaison de cet objectif avec ce filtre (film non exposé et développé) fonctionne à merveille pour moi. J’ai une végétation blanche sans trop de contamination. Un bon niveau de base des fausses couleurs, mais il vous donne également de bons résultats en noire et blanc IR.

 

Infrared Horse - Cheval InfrarougeInfrared Horse - Cheval InfrarougeLes jardins Provost
1381 Ch du Général Vanier, Boucherville, QC J4B 5E4
Légumes, fruits, auto-cueillette, ferme, animaux, pension, déneigement
http://www.jardinsprovost.com/

J'ai passé l'après-midi avec ma jument préférée. Préférée, car elle donne tout plein de beaux becs :-)

Passsed the afternoon with my favorite mare... Favorite cause she gives a ton of great kisses :-)

Photo infrarouge fish-eye / Infrared Fish-eye photo

http://www.trolettiphoto.com/infrared-infrarouge-ir/e1904bd0f

 

J’ai combiné mon objectif Opteka fish-eye avec un Nikon D300s converti en spectre complet. Si vous n’avez pas d’expérience avec un objectif fish-eye, la chose la plus importante que vous devez savoir, c’est que le centre vertical et horizontal sera toujours droit, créant une croix au centre de votre objectif. Une fois que vous comprenez comment utiliser cela à votre avantage, comme le maintien d’un horizon droit et de niveau, vous allez créer des images déformées artistiquement qui plaisent à l’œil.

 

Stade olympique de Montréal - Olympic Stadium - IRStade olympique de Montréal - Olympic Stadium - IRInfrared Fisheye profile of the Montreal Olympic Stadium
Profile infrarouge, fisheye duStade olympique de Montréal


Kolarivision Infrared Conversions & Filters
Life Pixel Infrared Conversion & Filters

Most of the photographs in the galleries are available as prints or for licensing (Editorial/Commercial/Blogs). For printing options, or if you'd like to purchase a license to use any of my photographs for non-exclusive editorial, non-commercial or commercial use, please contact me.

La plupart des images dans les galeries sont disponibles pour achat (Éditorial / Commercial / Blogues). Pour les options d'impression, où si vous souhaitez acheter une licence pour utiliser une de mes photographies pour une utilisation éditoriale, commerciale ou commerciale non exclusive, contactez-moi.

 

Maitriser le fish-eye signifie que vous n’aurez pas besoin de redresser les images dans le post-traitement, un recadrement de base fera l’affaire. En plus de photographier des photosphères à 360 degrés avec un DSLR, je n’ai jamais eu besoin d’un fish-eye. D’une certaine manière, avec l’infrarouge, il semble ouvrir un tout nouveau monde de possibilités poussant la nature surréaliste de la photographie IR un peu plus loin. Si vous avez besoin de redresser (defish) vos images prises avec un objectif fish-eye, laissez-moi vous suggérer le logiciel Fisheye Hemi.

 

Ice floating away on the St-Lawrence RiverIce floating away on the St-Lawrence RiverLa glace sous le pont au parc Jean-Drapeau


Kolarivision Infrared Conversions & Filters
Life Pixel Infrared Conversion & Filters

Most of the photographs in the galleries are available as prints or for licensing (Editorial/Commercial/Blogs). For printing options, or if you'd like to purchase a license to use any of my photographs for non-exclusive editorial, non-commercial or commercial use, please contact me.

La plupart des images dans les galeries sont disponibles pour achat (Éditorial / Commercial / Blogues). Pour les options d'impression, où si vous souhaitez acheter une licence pour utiliser une de mes photographies pour une utilisation éditoriale, commerciale ou commerciale non exclusive, contactez-moi.

 

Lors de la prise de vue infrarouge avec cet objectif, il existe très peu d’inconvénients négatifs. Il est vraiment net, non seulement au centre, mais aussi aux quatre coins. Je n’ai pas encore connu de points chauds infrarouges « Hot Spot » sur les boitiers DX ou FX lors de la prise de vue infrarouge avec cet objectif. La mise au point est un peu délicate, mais facile à gérer une fois que vous avez expérimenté suffisamment avec l’objectif.

 

Stewart McCord - Parc Jean-Drapeau - InfrarougeStewart McCord - Parc Jean-Drapeau - InfrarougeStewart Museum - Jean Drapeau Park - Infrared


Kolarivision Infrared Conversions & Filters
Life Pixel Infrared Conversion & Filters

Most of the photographs in the galleries are available as prints or for licensing (Editorial/Commercial/Blogs). For printing options, or if you'd like to purchase a license to use any of my photographs for non-exclusive editorial, non-commercial or commercial use, please contact me.

La plupart des images dans les galeries sont disponibles pour achat (Éditorial / Commercial / Blogues). Pour les options d'impression, où si vous souhaitez acheter une licence pour utiliser une de mes photographies pour une utilisation éditoriale, commerciale ou commerciale non exclusive, contactez-moi.

 

Pour le prix, vous ne pouvez pas battre cet objectif. Une construction solide et un pare-soleil amovible permettent à cette lentille de fonctionner aussi bien sur une DSLR plein format FX que sur un boitier DX. Sur un appareil plein format, vous obtenez une image entièrement circulaire légèrement découpée au haut et au bas. Comme vous pouvez le voir sur l’image ci-dessous, garder le pare-soleil sur l’objectif le rendra visible sur un appareil plein format. L’image circulaire sur un boitier FX a également un halo bleu dans des conditions de lumière naturelle. L’on voit également des réflexions dans le baril de l’objectif similaire à l’objectif fish-eye de Lens Baby.

 

 

L'objectif fish-eye circulaire asphérique Opteka 6.5mm f/3.5 est disponible en France, aux États-Unis, au Canada et au Royaume-Uni pour une gamme complète de boitiers. (Nikon, Nikon 1, Canon, Sony, Fuji, Olympus, Panasonic, Samsung, etc.)

 

 


 

Kolarivision Conversions & Filtres infrarouges 
Life Pixel Conversions & Filtres infrarouges




La plupart des images dans les galeries sont disponibles pour achat (Éditorial / Commercial / Blogues). Pour les options d’impression, où si vous souhaitez acheter une licence pour utiliser une de mes photographies pour une utilisation éditoriale, commerciale ou commerciale non exclusive, [contactez-moi].

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Wishing you all a Happy Holiday Season and all the best for 2017

 

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