Giving Thanks!

It’s Canadian Thanksgiving today.

And so, I’d like to extend my sincere appreciation to each and every one of you who continue to read this blog. I trust that there’s some pearls of information in here somewhere for your efforts. Google Analytics can’t tell who you are but it can tell where you’re from, roughly speaking that is. I’ve been keeping a bit of a list and getting a Geography Lesson by doing so. Once again, many, many thanks.- John



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Fuji’s ‘Digital Film Stocks’

The Fuji XE-2.

The Fuji XE-2 has a number of ‘Digital film Stocks’ included, such as Std (*Provia), V (*Velvia), and S (*Astia).

Each of these settings is designed to give the Photographer a colour and contrast equivalent of those old transparency films. Additionally, there are two ‘Pro Neg” equivalents and 5 B&W styles, featuring different colour filters. There is also a Sepia tone. Personally, I haven’t played with these a lot. The B&W Images that this camera can produce are superb. I just haven’t used the Colour Stocks that much. The default colour setting is Std or the Provia equivalent.

My pal and I were in Kootenay Nat’l Park on Monday and we noticed Marble Canyon. The water colour was irridescent and the sky cleared from gloomy to gorgeous. Out came the sun. We had divinely perfect shooting conditions.

For a change I decided that this was the time to shoot the Velvia setting for a bit of extra punch and saturation. I usually handle that in RAW, but the Fuji’s are legendary for producing superb JPEG files. Additionally, of course, none of these FILM STOCKS work in RAW on these cameras. If you want to use these effects they have to be applied ‘in camera’.

After I got to the processing stage, I took a good look at this particular image and I realized that the Velvia ‘stock’ is quite good for some images in the right circumstances. It’s contrasty as heck and very saturated, not generally to my taste but here it worked very well.  As you can see, Velvia was all about the ‘Greens’ and they’re damned near fluorescent here, *notice the branches in the very foreground… but yeah, I’ve got to admit, it does remind me very much of how ‘Velvia’ used to look.

A handy setting to have available.

It’s worth poking around the menus in your camera to see if these options are available. In my XE-2, I shoot Jpeg+Raw so I have a ton of options when it comes to variety. For instance I can set the camera to shoot B&W, which it will apply to the JPEG version of the shot and it will leave the RAW version in colour. These guys think of everything!

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Marble Canyon 2, Kootenay Nat'l Park




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Panorama Photography

It’s been a very, very long time…

It seems like forever since I pulled out my Nodal Ninja Panorama Head and did anything with it. This past Monday, we decided to take a wander down Highway 93 on the B.C. side and see what we could find.

I decided to bring along the Pan Head.

The morning started out gloomy with big heavy clouds, but it just got better and better with time. Nothing can touch a great Panorama when you’re trying to convey a sense of place. I’ve posted links to two of the images I shot.

Both of these images is a 3 shot stitch. Each of those shots was bracketed 5 times.

If you find yourself in a bit of a rut with your roadtrip shooting, slapping on a Panorama Head and shooting images like this might just be the ticket.

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Panorama Highway 93 B&W


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At Canon, We See Impossible.





At Canon, We See Impossible.

This better be GOOD. I have the distinct feeling it will be, but at THIS time, nobody is talking.

OK, so let’s dig in. From what I’ve read it started with a big ad in the New York Times.

Just saw this, this morning. *Ain’t insomnia wonderful?

Canon Ad, We See Impossible

OK so we have clever, 1990’s Apple-style copywriting but this comes with a little twist

Just lookie HERE

That’s right, there’s a countdown page to the Big Kablooey!

From what I just saw, it’s exactly 28 hours from Calgary time at 5 AM here, Mountain Standard Time.

Anybody have big wishes and dreams for this one? It can be absolutely anything but with this much hype, it’s got to be amazing. Post your comments on this one on the blog… I’d love to see your prognostications.


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*Addendum. It was a whole lot about N-O-T-H-I-N-G. No new product announcements and nothing IMPOSSIBLE. Talk about Chicken Little. Nobody will ever believe that stuff *spelled SHIT, again.

This Message Goes Out to Wasting Everybody’s Time. Promising The Moon and Delivering Nothing. To All Of It, We Apologize.  And so you should. Am I pissed off? You bet your ASS.

The Beatles-Unplugged

YouTube is Massive.

So massive, in fact that you’ll stumble into countless fascinating video clips, and this one certainly qualifies. These are vocal tracks from Abbey Road, but nothing like I’ve ever heard. It’s amazing to hear them like this. You’ll get an entirely new perspective from this.

Enjoy and have a great day.

John Sharpe/Sharpeshots


AC Cobra!


I had a little ‘tightening’ up to do.

I had a loose crossover in driver’s side the door of my 2000 GMC Safari, and it was banging around like rocks in a coffee can. It was also driving me completely whacko. They fixed me up in no time and, as always, they never break out in hysterical laughter until AFTER I leave the shop. They’re very sensitive over there.

Mobile Solutions Of Calgary does Car Audio Work on most of the highest end vehicles in town. Any trip to their shop is truly remarkable. It’s more like a Luxury Auto Dealer.

They were working on this sexy beast and I couldn’t resist…remember I said always carry your camera?

Apparently it’s a ‘Kit Car’ and they’re made by several companies. This one was completely irresistible. The colour in there was so neutral, at first I thought I was shooting Black & White.

750 little Horsies under the hood. Very impressive.

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The Most Unbelievable 7:38 You May Ever See

Danny Macaskill: The Ridge

This is undoubtedly the most incredible feat of footage I’ve been fortunate enough to witness in quite some time.

This Danny Macaskill is truly one incredibly skilled guy. But more to the point how GUTSY is this? The footage is breathtaking. Completely.

This from the YouTube description. It was published on October 2nd.

“#TheRidge is the brand new film from Danny Macaskill… For the first time in one of his films Danny climbs aboard a mountain bike and returns to his native home of the Isle of Skye in Scotland to take on a death-defying ride along the notorious Cuillin Ridgeline.”

Enjoy. This one deserves to be shared.

John Sharpe/ Sharpeshots