fotobii: Blog https://www.fotobii.com/blog en-us (C) fotobii gary@garyiphotography.com (fotobii) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:39:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:39:00 GMT https://www.fotobii.com/img/s/v-12/u183793105-o1001159396-50.jpg fotobii: Blog https://www.fotobii.com/blog 120 80 Chasing the Aurora Borealis Pt. 2 https://www.fotobii.com/blog/2014/6/chasing-the-aurora-borealis-pt-2 On the night of June 7th, we were blessed with clear skies and northern light activity!

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Northern LightNorthern Lights occuring above the Chateau Lake Louise

It was quite the spectacular show. I was able to visually see the green and purples that came from the lights and it was just beautiful. I was lucky enough to not have to work the next morning so here were my adventures that night.

Moonlight vs. Northern Lights  It all started around 2am. I went down to the stables where it was darker so I could see if the lights existed after getting a red alert on my phone via Aurora Watch. This was when the moon was still peeking out from behind Mt. Victoria. The picture above shows the moonlight on the left versus the northern lights on the right.

I then proceeded to walk down the path from the staff accommodations to the Chateau Lake Louise. That was when I started seeing purple on my photos and realized that the activity of the lights were increasing.

Then we get to photos like these where you can actually see the northern lights even with the Chateau's artificial lights somewhat overexposed. 

Finally you get to this picture where I'm simply admiring the lights with a guest's Ferrari parked outside the Chateau... Definitely an interesting experience.

I eventually did something that I had a hard time doing as a photographer... I dropped my camera gear off at home and went back out without a photo-taking device so I could admire the lights with just my eyes. After watching the Secret Life of Walter Mitty during my flight to Hong Kong a month ago, a quote stuck with me. Spoiler Alert: It was when Walter asks Sean when he was going to take a photo. Sean answers:

"Sometimes I don't. If I like a moment, for me, personally, I don't like to have the distraction of the camera. I just want to stay in it". 

That's what I did. It was hard, but enjoyable. =)

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gary@garyiphotography.com (fotobii) aurora borealis chateau garyiphotography gyp lake lights louise northern https://www.fotobii.com/blog/2014/6/chasing-the-aurora-borealis-pt-2 Mon, 09 Jun 2014 04:46:36 GMT
Hong Kong: A glimpse into the city https://www.fotobii.com/blog/2014/5/hong-kong-a-glimpse-into-the-city

I recently came back from a trip to Hong Kong. It was primarily to visit family, but of course I also wanted to explore the city as well. In the two weeks I was there, I just couldn't get enough of it. The mix of old and modern buildings, the delicious food, and best of all doing all of that with friends and family makes me speechless. That's why I will mostly let the photos do the talking.

 

The City

Hong Kong is just full of life... probably because there are so many people. I sometimes wonder how full the streets would get if everyone inside the buildings came outside... it would be insane! For a city just packed with buildings though, it's nice to find a park or garden to relax in.

The Attractions

Not only is there Disney and Ocean Park for the kids (myself included... heh), there are plenty of museums around to provide history lessons for tourists like me. I never liked History as a child, but now that I'm older I find that I appreciate it more. Hong Kong is also pretty close to Macau so there is tons to see and experience everywhere!

Above is the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defense. I found it surprisingly interesting for some reason.

Why are the Hotels in Macau so big?!? I can literally spend just a day at one hotel! This just blows my mind.

One of my life's goal is to go to every Disney in the world. Two down! Three more to go! I think.

Ocean Park! I haven't been here since... 1999? A lot has changed apparently. I wouldn't know since I don't quite remember, but now I have this memory! So we'll see how much it changes the next time I come.

That is one big buddha. This is the Tian Tan Buddha after taking the cable car. It was a nice hike up a lot of stairs.

Noah's Ark! There was a lot of history on what scientists have been doing to find the real ark. Unfortunately, I wasn't in the mood to read a lot that day. Still interesting though! And hey look! My relatives... which leads us to the last section.

The People

I haven't seen my relatives for 9 years until this trip. It's amazing what changes in 9 years. Everyone is more mature, but still knows how to have fun. Being away from family a lot makes me appreciate and really cherish the time I have with them when I can. This section is by far the most memorable part of my trip... (yes... it even surpasses Disney for me). It is what separated me from the rest of the tourists. I felt like I was visiting a new place, yet it also felt like home. It was a weird feeling that still confuses me today.

This blog post might not have been as informative as it should have been. That's mostly because I was on vacation and not in work mode. I do regret not taking more photos or videos during this trip, but I think that's what makes me hold on to these memories even tighter; because most of the memories are in my head. This is by no means what Hong Kong is truly like. I'm sure a lot of what I saw was for tourists to experience. How the locals see the city is currently beyond me, but maybe sometime in the future I'll go back and experience a little bit more of the local life for myself.

Until then, it was a memorable 2 weeks. I enjoyed every last second of it... even the times I felt jet lagged and had no appetite (though I wish I did have a bigger appetite... so much good food wasted). Hope to post something again soon. Summer gets busy at Lake Louise.

 

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gary@garyiphotography.com (fotobii) buddha cable car disney family gary garyiphotography hong kong macau ocean park photography wu yip https://www.fotobii.com/blog/2014/5/hong-kong-a-glimpse-into-the-city Thu, 22 May 2014 05:04:17 GMT
A Day at the Lake Louise Ski Hill https://www.fotobii.com/blog/2014/3/a-day-at-the-lake-louise-ski-hill I'm usually the one who instigates these photo-ops, but my friend, Jerome, wanted pictures of himself at the ski hill so he could send them to his mom who requested photos of him skiing. How could a photographer say "no" to such a request! Especially since I've wanted to go out there to take photos for a while now. I did have a photo shoot up there earlier this month shown here, but that was more leisure shooting. This was going on runs specifically for photo purposes! I was definitely excited!

Jerome SantaMy friend Jerome who wanted photos for his mom. Here's Jerome on the gondola. He might be in his 40's, but my goodness is this guy fit. The years have definitely worked to his advantage because I have trouble keeping up with him in any outdoor sport.

It started with the 3 of us, but my good friend and ex-housemate, Mathieu, would eventually join us (you'll see him if you scroll down this post. This is us riding to the top of Larch. Beautiful view of the mountains there!

I had my camera set on 3D autofocus to see what it can do. It wasn't too bad! These were all mostly shot at 1/4000th of a second, f/4, and ISO 100-200 depending on clouds. I made sure I would freeze them because these guys mean business!

Of course, Jerome returned the favour by taking photos of me as well. This was on Marmot whereas the others were mostly taken on the Lookout trail as it was Jerome's favourite run. Photographers can have fun too!

It goes without saying that Mathieu is a very talented athlete as well. This man is just the most outgoing and friendly person I know who does everything from base jumping to rock climbing, and ski/snowboard instructing. This is the man who taught me how to snowboard! I owe a lot to him, and hopefully I'll be taking some better pictures of him in the near future because apparently he was not impressed by his airtime even though he was only going at like 10km/hour for this picture.

Finally, here's Francois. It was his first time coming out to the ski hill this year even though he bought the full season pass. His body still remembers all the mechanics and motions though! 

It was a great, clear, sunny day today! I hope to go out to do more shots of different activities. It's a nice change and definitely a different challenge from posing clients as I have to strategize and position myself so I get the best photo. The composition, whether the subject is left or right handed, where the lighting is, it's all up to me to move because there's not much the subject can do but just look good. There's just not too many opportunities like this that come by unfortunately.

Anyways, hope you all have a great day!

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gary@garyiphotography.com (fotobii) action lake louise ski snowboard sport https://www.fotobii.com/blog/2014/3/a-day-at-the-lake-louise-ski-hill Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:44:03 GMT
Touring from Calgary to Lake Louise https://www.fotobii.com/blog/2014/3/touring-from-calgary-to-lake-louise It's always nice to have friend's visit you from home. I love playing tour guide because the Rockies are just so beautiful and I want everyone I know to experience it like I have. Although it is hard to cram everything that I like about this place into 4 days, I tried! You may have seen a few of these places before, but I can not get sick of these views! Here's a little taste of my friend's adventures here in Alberta.

paliser, calgary, roomFairmont Paliser Located in the heart of downtown Calgary, this is one of the rooms of the paliser This was taken at the Fairmont Paliser in the heart of Downtown Calgary. Wasn't a bad place, and definitely a convenient location. We stayed here the first night after I picked him up from the airport.

calgary tower, fairmont, paliser, touristDowntown CalgaryHenry taking a photo of the paliser and the Calgary tower The next day, we took to the streets to grab a bite to eat and also to tour around. You have seen these places before during my Calgary series, but it's nice to have someone else in the photos this time.

Banff, Springs, Hotel, fairmont, roomFairmont Banff Springs HotelRoom we stayed in at the Banff Springs Hotel This is the room we stayed in at the Banff Springs Hotel. They graciously upgraded us to a bigger room with a view. We didn't enjoy the view too much though because we were out most of the time, and it was also snowing a lot! Definitely a beautiful place to stay and they honestly have the best pool ever! 

One of the few pictures I took with a tripod so I could be in the picture too. Just a gorgeous view of Banff Springs at the surprise corner. The sight of a castle-like hotel in the middle of the mountains is simply breath-taking. No shops or buildings around it; just the hotel and nature... and us.

Next stop was Lake Louise. I did not document too much here as I am quite familiar with this place. I took a lot more pictures with Henry's camera phone than with my dSLR. It was, however, a good chance to take some action photos using a 14-24mm lens. Not the most appropriate choice for a lens, but I wanted to get a lot of the scenery in as well. It worked out ok! This was Henry cross country skiing. He was not use to the altitude and the amount of physical activity involved so he was exhausted by the end of this.

Lake, Louise, Ski, HillDownhill SkiSkiing at Lake Louise Ski HIll Here's another picture. This time, Henry is downhill skiing at the Lake Louise Ski Resort. Since I made him use his body to the limit during cross country skiing, downhill skiing was equally exhausting as his legs just did not want to work. He still made it through a couple runs though! What a trooper!  He especially loved the view. Definitely worth coming if any of the readers are deciding where to go for their next vacation! The scenery sells itself.

Thanks for reading through the blog post! See you all soon!

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gary@garyiphotography.com (fotobii) alberta banff calgary gary lake louise national park photography ski https://www.fotobii.com/blog/2014/3/touring-from-calgary-to-lake-louise Tue, 11 Mar 2014 07:13:44 GMT
Chasing the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) https://www.fotobii.com/blog/2014/2/chasing-the-aurora-borealis-northern-lights Now I am most definitely not the perfect photographer. I wish I was, but I'm not and these blog posts will definitely reflect that. This post especially will take a look at a few of my weaknesses that I'm trying to work on. Night photography is a beautiful thing and even more so when the northern lights show up creating something magnificent to look at in the night sky in addition to stars. 

 

So lets take a look at what my journey has been so far with my northern light encounters. To date, I've only photographed 3 events, but only really visibly seen 2 of them. Lake Louise is north enough to see them, but not enough to view them the way you will see them in pictures. They are typically duller, but that does not change how beautiful they pulsate and dance above you.

Lake Louise Aurora This was my FIRST picture I took of the aurora ever... and it was a "mistake"! It was a mistake because my ISO was higher than i originally wanted it to be, but it turned out great! The trees are all lit up by the Chateau Lake Louise beside me on the right, but this must be one of my favourite ones still today. If only my foreground and mountains were tack sharp. Otherwise, this picture is definitely my favourite because it means something to me both the location and the fact that it was my first aurora borealis captured on my camera.

Aurora Borealis Lake louise ski hill parking This one was the BEST aurora borealis display i have seen to date. I first spotted it during a drive back from Calgary with some friends. The whole time I was staring at a cloud in the distance because I was intrigued by how it was moving. We stopped on the side of the road to dispute something trivial, but when we got out i also noticed that the cloud was not a cloud, but the aurora! It was just dancing and it was the most amazing thing I have ever seen. The only thing missing: my camera. So when we got back to Lake Louise, I went into my room to grab my camera and tripod and bolted back out to take pictures. When we went to the parking lot of the Lake Louise Ski Resort, we could see this light pulsating and dancing around. Definitely one of the highlights of my life witnessing this.

Aurora at the Village This was the Aurora down at the village. I tried to look for something to compose my picture and this was the best I could think of at the time. This was on the bridge going from the village up to the Chateau Lake Louise. Also would have been perfect had the trees and the buildings in the background been tack sharp. Zooming in to the picture... I found that it was slightly out of focus as is the trend with these photos. Beautiful photo none the less, but not good enough for me to be satisfied with it.

I loved this photo so much that it was my desktop background for a while. I didn't really have anything in the foreground that needed to be super sharp and I was able to capture the aurora. The only thing I would have loved is if there were larger mountains to compose my picture with. This did not give me a sense of location whatsoever. I could have been anywhere taking a picture of this. I was actually at the Great Divide trail or the old 1A just off Lake Louise Dr. It was a wonderful sight, but just nothing to anchor me in to a specific location not like the first photo of the aurora at the lake itself.

Aurora at the staff accomodations This was the most recent photo I took. This was taken about 3 days ago when there was a red alert for an Aurora Borealis. By the way, I just use the website and app from www.auororawatch.ca It sends yellow and red alerts through email when there is northern light activity up in the sky detected. Back to the photo, this picture was taken at the staff accommodations for employees working at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. All of these pictures were taken around ISO 1600-3200 at 10-15 seconds and most likely F/2.8 or in one instance f/5.6. The above picture was taken at ISO 1600, 10 second shutter, and f/2.8. Again, this was the first photo I took of the night. Of course the lights from the buildings were all blown out, but I recovered as much as I could using lightroom. It was definitely not the perfect picture, but it was the first time I took a picture of the aurora with my D800. All the other pictures were taken with my D5000 proving that you could do this with any camera that can use a long shutter speed.

I do not usually like leaving a blog post with no closure - a picture of the aurora that I was actually satisfied with.  Sometimes we just need to keep trying and pursuing our goals. This post was more about the journey than the destination. I still have a lot more room to grow, and I hope that you will follow me on this journey as well!

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If I do take a good northern lights photo though, you will definitely know. I would not be able to help sharing it. 

Take care guys, until next time!

-Gary

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gary@garyiphotography.com (fotobii) Banff aurora borealis garyiphotography lake louise light national night northern lights park stars https://www.fotobii.com/blog/2014/2/chasing-the-aurora-borealis-northern-lights Sat, 22 Feb 2014 07:17:30 GMT
Snow Biking - Testing out the Brenizer Method https://www.fotobii.com/blog/2014/2/snow-biking---testing-out-the-brenizer-method  

Went snow biking with a friend today in Canmore, Alberta where there were many beautiful trails for bicyclists to travel through. Here are some photos of that tiring, but fun-filled trip!

That's me travelling down a hill we found. 

There's my friend, Chris, travelling along the trail with The Three Sisters behind him. What a sight!

I tried something different just to get more techniques under my belt. I tried zooming out while Chris was coming at me to show motion which kind of worked. Hope to try more of these in the future to see if I can get the subject sharper. The shutter speed I believe was at 1/8 with aperture f/22 and iso 100. It was a bright day and my 14-24mm f/2.8 cannot put a filter on. If anyone has any tips let me know!

 

The next shot is a combination of 53 photos in one. Taken from a D800... that's a lot of information. It was my first try at the Brenizer Method which combines the compression that a telephoto lens provides with the wide angle view that a wide-angle lens would provide had I used one. The result of combining all the photos is shown below:

The result was not too great as you can see. It was still very visible where all the photos were joined together. I've used the automatic photo merge option in Photoshop CC before, but they usually came out better than this. It might be the amount of photos i took or it might be something else. If anyone has any tips on this as well, let me know! Next time I'll probably take less photos. I was just scared that it wouldn't turn out at all so I took more than I needed to.

brenizer, effect, snow bike, canmore, photo, garyiphotography, gary, yip, photographyChris - BrenizerBrenizer effect tried on my friend Chris as we went snow biking After hours finding the right photos that would hide the lines, I used photoshop to mask the lines. To be honest, I'm not very photoshop-proficient so this actually turned out better than I thought it would. Most of the lines are gone except for a few because I couldn't find the right photos. This is still significantly better than the before photo though in my opinion. At least my friend's face is no longer disfigured.

If you have any comments or questions, write away! I'm just trying out ways to make my photography skills better so any advise is welcome!

Take care,

Gary

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gary@garyiphotography.com (fotobii) Banff Bike Brenizer Canmore Gary Method Photography Rockies Snow Yip https://www.fotobii.com/blog/2014/2/snow-biking---testing-out-the-brenizer-method Mon, 03 Feb 2014 06:39:44 GMT
Calgary Series: Part 3 - Animals https://www.fotobii.com/blog/2014/1/calgary-series-part-3---animals The Devonian Garden and the Calgary Zoo had fish and animals for me to take photos of! It was nice just for me to change my shooting style a bit after posing and taking pictures of people for the last 8 months. It was challenging because I would have to wait for my subjects to do something interesting, but it was also fun and rewarding when the waiting pays off and I get to capture a candid photo of penguins interacting with each other or a lion in mid-yawn.

koi The Devonian Garden had lots of Koi fish swimming around the pond. It was a very tranquil and serene environment to be in... unless you have kids playing off key on a piano that is located next to the pond.

penguins These two are either BFF's or enemies for life because they were interacting with each other like the picture above for 15 minutes on and off. I wish I knew more about penguins.

Meerkat

This little guy was interested interested in something that was beside me, but I'm glad because I wouldn't have gotten this shot otherwise.

These guys were not as active as the tigers, but they did pose for nice shots! I wish I could say that he was roaring, but a yawn makes for a nice picture too.

This one tiger was just strolling around its territory getting some exercise in while all the other tigers were just lying around. Good for you, buddy!

All-in-all, it was a fun trip. Got to take a few nice photos as a tourist (even though I've been to calgary multiple times before this). Definitely still have more places to explore in Alberta so check back often!

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gary@garyiphotography.com (fotobii) animals calgary devonian garden garyiphotography gyp koi lion meerkat penguin photo photography tiger zoo https://www.fotobii.com/blog/2014/1/calgary-series-part-3---animals Tue, 21 Jan 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Calgary Series: Part 2 - Cityscapes https://www.fotobii.com/blog/2014/1/calgary-series-part-2---cityscapes Although I have no complaints about living within the Rocky Mountains, I do miss my city every now and then. With Calgary being the closest city, I visit it often to grab snacks, shop, and watch movies. Since I had no car this time around, I was forced to walk everywhere. This allowed me to familiar myself with Calgary's downtown core since I stayed at the Fairmont Paliser with a friend. 

The Core Shopping Centre The downtown Core Shopping Centre is part of a chain of buildings connected to each other with plenty of stores to shop at.  Devonian Garden I really lucked out with finding this garden. I was having lunch and searched the internet for things to do in the city. This gorgeous place came up and it turned out it was only a block away from the Fairmont Paliser. I instantly fell in love with this place when I finally found it after an hour of searching for it! A beautiful place to have a meal, work, read, or just have some quiet alone time which is exactly what I did in my selfie from the last post.

Calgary Panorama This panoramic shot of the city was taken from the Calgary tower. I hope to go back up here in the evening to grab a night shot with all the city lights (and if northern lights can show up during the shot too I would not mind at all!).

Calgary Sunset I stayed at the top of the Calgary Tower until sunset to see if I could take a nice sunset photo with the city and the Rocky Mountains in the background. It is hard to pull off a good clean picture due to the lights inside reflecting off the window, but it still shows off this magnificent view!

Calgary Tower with the Fairmont Paliser Hotel The view of the Fairmont Paliser and the Calgary Tower from across the street. It was a very convenient and beautiful place to stay.

The Lougheed House If you search up the Lougheed House, the internet will provide greater history than what I will describe here. This was a beautifully designed house that dates back to the 1800's. Very important people like princes and princesses have stayed here in days past. There are now open house tours that I hope to participate in one day.

This pretty much concludes part 2 of the Calgary trip series. Come back in a few days to see the final instalment!

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gary@garyiphotography.com (fotobii) calgary calgary tower centre city core devonian fairmont garden garyiphotography gyp lougheed night paliser photos shopping https://www.fotobii.com/blog/2014/1/calgary-series-part-2---cityscapes Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:52:09 GMT
Calgary Series: Part 1 - Selfies https://www.fotobii.com/blog/2014/1/calgary-series-part-1---selfies I just came back from a trip to Calgary from Lake Louise a few hours ago and I already can't wait to post more material on this blog! I shouldn't get ahead of myself because I just know that sometime next month I will probably start slowing down because I will be running out of things to post.

However, until then I will post whatever I can. This is a three part series. First up are the selfies I took during this trip. I mostly traveled alone in my adventures, which means I have lots of photos of my surroundings, but none with me in them. It's sometimes frustrating as a photographer to not be in your own photos - but then again sometimes I prefer to just be behind the camera. If one does feel like taking a selfie with a heavy DSLR, you will quickly find out that it gets quite difficult holding the camera with one hand with a finger on the shutter button (especially for a skinny asian man with small hands).

Selfie at the Calgary TowerTaken at the Calgary tower looking down on the city. The main advise is this: if your camera has an interval timer so you can create time lapses on your computer afterwards, use that function!

I find that holding a D800 with a 14-24mm lens gets tiring to hold up with my weaker left hand especially when my index finger has to stay on the shutter button. 

I also find that putting the drive mode on timer means I would need to pre-focus if I want to take a whole body shot. Waiting for the timer is also a hassle especially for one shot because if it doesn't turn out, I would have to do it all over again and that just eats up time that I don't want to waste on myself.

Setting the camera on interval shots gives you control over how many seconds are in between each shot, how many shots you want to take, and how many shots at a time I would like to take at one time. I usually set the camera on 3 seconds between each shot with 4-6 shots and each time just shooting 1 photo. The first picture is usually a throw-away because you're getting into position, but after the camera will focus on you (as long as the AF-point is set on the position you will be in) and take several photos so you just have to worry about looking awesome. You can try different poses and pick the one you like most!

Anyways, that's my secret. Hope this helped someone out there.

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gary@garyiphotography.com (fotobii) Calgary tower calgary devonian garden dslr garyiphotography how-to photography selfies https://www.fotobii.com/blog/2014/1/calgary-series-part-1---selfies Sat, 11 Jan 2014 06:50:43 GMT
Chateau Lake Louise Staff Gala https://www.fotobii.com/blog/2014/1/chateau-lake-louise-staff-gala Another post? Yes! One might say that my New Years resolution might be to post more frequently. Whatever the case may be, here is more of my personal work!

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise just had a Staff Gala on January 6th. Free food, alcohol, staff all dressed up nice at an amazing hotel is just the recipe you need for fun yet classy photos. These were all shot with a Nikon D800 and my used-way-too-often 14-70mm f/2.8 Nikkor lens. However, some of these shots were taken by a 50mm f/1.8D Nikon lens.

Gala stage This is a shot of a few banquet staff doing some last minute touches an hour before dinner started. What a place to eat for free... if you're staff!

AV fun The AV crew doing their final checks as well and having a few laughs. Not a bad place to work at all...

Gala pano Here's a panorama of the banquet hall taken from the stage. With a D800, this 35MB jpeg took a while for my laptop to produce from my raw files, but you can basically zoom in and see what's happening out the doors. So worth it (at least that's what I tell myself).

Filled Seats Here's a photo with the banquet hall filled with staff and their friends and family. 

The Meat Guy And of course, the free food was amazing! Finally get to taste what hotel guests get to experience during their stay here. 

Friends selfie Obviously the night cannot be devoid of selfies. With everyone else taking some, I thought I'd join in as well.

The dance floor After dinner is when the party really starts. With a room full of hard-working staff dancing is definitely the best to do to shake off the stress! Hope they do the Macarena!

Macarena Oh yes they do!

The girl celebrity And of course, I must mention this special girl. Maya, whom you've seen in my past post, was the star of the night. She danced with all the adults, even went up on stage to dance! She told her mom that she "felt like a famous person" here... and like a true celebrity she enjoyed the attention. 

 

Hope you all enjoyed the post! I will try to post more often so check back when you can!

Thanks for reading,

Gary

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gary@garyiphotography.com (fotobii) alberta chateau dance fairmont fancy food fun gala garyiphotography gyp lake louise staff https://www.fotobii.com/blog/2014/1/chateau-lake-louise-staff-gala Tue, 07 Jan 2014 07:01:33 GMT
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! https://www.fotobii.com/blog/2013/12/merry-christmas-and-a-happy-new-year Hi, everyone!

Hope you all having a an enjoyable holiday season. With so much going on at work, I find it hard to post some of my personal photo shoots I've done these past few months.

Luckily, my friend's wife and kids came to visit him for the holidays and it was both an honour and privilege to enter into their family during this time to capture memories of everyone in the Rockies. With all my family and friends back in Toronto, I'm very blessed to have been able to spend my Christmas eve, Christmas day, and will quite possibly spend my New Years eve and New Years with them. Here is a peak of the happiest time of the year in Banff National Park:

Father and SonChris has told me that he doesn't get many photos taken of him with his kids because he is normally the one taking the pictures. Here is one of him with his son, Matthew

Chris has told me that he doesn't get many photos taken of him with his kids because he is normally the one taking the pictures. Here is one of him with his son, Matthew.

  The kids Matthew and Maya playing around as the family gets ready for their photo shoot

Matthew and Maya playing around as the family gets ready for their photo shoot Key ShotHere is a shot that we do for many of our christmas, resort, and portrait pro clients.

Here is a shot that we do for many of our christmas, resort, and portrait pro clients.

Here's Chris with his two kids just fooling around as they get set up for a Christmas portrait The WalkThey wanted to have a photo taken of them walking down the hallway of the Mt. Temple Wing at Chateau Lake Louise.

They wanted to have a photo taken of them walking down the hallway of the Mt. Temple Wing at Chateau Lake Louise.

A few weeks in a yearA picture that can only be taken a few weeks during the winter when the ice is thick enough for people to stand on. Here's a picture of the family with the chateau and the bridge in the background.

A picture that can only be taken a few weeks during the winter when the ice is thick enough for people to stand on. Here's a picture of the family with the chateau and the bridge in the background. The FamilyAn entertaining family to be around with! Never a dull moment with these 4.

An entertaining family to be around with! Never a dull moment with these four.

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gary@garyiphotography.com (fotobii) banff photography chateau christmas eve family portraits gary yip gary yip photography kids lake louise new years, rockies https://www.fotobii.com/blog/2013/12/merry-christmas-and-a-happy-new-year Tue, 31 Dec 2013 08:06:59 GMT
Lake Louise / 80's Prom https://www.fotobii.com/blog/2013/5/lake-louise-/-80s-prom Started working with Banff Photography at Chateau Lake Louise on the 29th of April. The past month has been an amazing learning experience!  Here are some photos!

Photo 1: That's me setting up for a staff party photo shoot. The theme was 80's prom. I shot the group photos while my manager shot the candids. Fun night!

Photo 2: All rights to this image belongs to Banff Photography. Just a sample photo of what we took that night! 

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Photo 3: This is a photo of Bow Falls right behind the Banff Springs Hotel. 
lake louise, glacier, iced lake, may, chateau, gary yip photography, gyp Photo 4: This is a photo of Lake Louise! It was cloudy that day. The lake thawed out a week later! It was an overnight change that surprised everyone. Will probably see more of the lake in the future =)

staff, housing, chateau, lake, louise, gary, yip, photography Photo 5: This is a photo of the staff housing that I currently reside in. Relatively cheap, there are no desks in these rooms. It's a warm place to sleep in though so no complaints!

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gary@garyiphotography.com (fotobii) banff chateau garyiphotography gyp lake louise https://www.fotobii.com/blog/2013/5/lake-louise-/-80s-prom Sat, 25 May 2013 02:31:30 GMT
HBC Surge https://www.fotobii.com/blog/2013/3/hbc-surge Last weekend I was given the opportunity to shoot an event for Harvest Bible Chapel York Region. The event was open to young adults from Harvest Bible Chapels all over Ontario and it made for a great night of praise, prayer, and personal reflection on being authentic Christians.

I also decided to rent a D600 that weekend to play around with. My first time shooting with a full frame camera body... and it was AMAZING! Here are some shots from the night:

harvest bible chapel surge young adults worship harvest bible chapel surge young adults jason matta I used a mixture of my 14-24mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8 and shot at around 1/80th of a second at around 1200 ISO. 

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gary@garyiphotography.com (fotobii) HBC bible chapel garyiphotography gyp harvest photo surge toronto young adults https://www.fotobii.com/blog/2013/3/hbc-surge Tue, 26 Mar 2013 17:17:38 GMT
Game of Thrones https://www.fotobii.com/blog/2013/3/game-of-thrones  

I was able to catch the second last day of the Game of Thrones Exhibition held by HBO at the Design Exchange in Toronto.  For the fans out there, it's a pretty small exhibit, but showcases a lot of neat and interesting stuff on the show. Something that stood out to me was the wardrobe! So much detail!  It's a free exhibit so everyone has one more day to visit.

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gary@garyiphotography.com (fotobii) design exchange exhibit game of thrones garyiphotography photo toronto https://www.fotobii.com/blog/2013/3/game-of-thrones Sat, 16 Mar 2013 05:50:05 GMT
Sweet Escapes! https://www.fotobii.com/blog/2013/3/sweet-escapes  

A Week or two ago, I had a delicious opportunity to help Jennifer Chao of Sweet Escapes take some high key pictures of her cupcakes! Check out her website and like her facebook page from the links below!

Website: www.jenniferchao.com
Facebook: Sweet Escapes

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gary@garyiphotography.com (fotobii) cupcakes sweet escapes tiramisu https://www.fotobii.com/blog/2013/3/sweet-escapes Mon, 11 Mar 2013 02:07:18 GMT
Head shots https://www.fotobii.com/blog/2013/2/head-shots I had the distinct pleasure of doing a photo shoot with a friend of mine who is also the creative director of Stories worth Sharing! Check out their work here: http://vimeo.com/storiesworthsharing and here: http://www.swsfilms.com/

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gary@garyiphotography.com (fotobii) chun garyiphotography gyp head ho ling sharing shot stories sws toronto worth https://www.fotobii.com/blog/2013/2/head-shots Thu, 28 Feb 2013 07:00:34 GMT
Autoshow Beauties https://www.fotobii.com/blog/2013/2/autoshow-beauties It has become a yearly tradition with myself and some friends to go to the Canadian International Auto Show around the time of my birthday. This year was no exception!

As I try to explore the world of photography, I like to take photos of inanimate subjects sometimes instead of people all the time to give myself some variety. I usually take my 35mm prime f/1.8 to the show because of its light weight and small size. This year, I decided to bring in my 14-24mm f/2.8 to change it up a bit! I tried to use the distortion that naturally comes with such a wide angle lens to my advantage.

BMW, tire, rims, toronto, autoshow mercedes, benz, toronto, autoshow audi, red, toronto, autoshow McLaren, silver, white, autoshow, toronto mercedes, benz, autoshow canadian, autoshow, toronto The 14-24mm tends to make the middle disproportionately larger so I placed parts I wanted to emphasize in the middle. Hope you enjoyed the pictures!

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gary@garyiphotography.com (fotobii) 14-24mm audi automobiles autoshow benz canadian cars garyiphotography international mclaren mercedes photograph https://www.fotobii.com/blog/2013/2/autoshow-beauties Thu, 28 Feb 2013 06:45:25 GMT
My Second Flash! https://www.fotobii.com/blog/2013/2/my-second-flash Its been pretty hard to do any photoshoots with just one sb-700 for my nikon d5000, especially since sb-700's don't have any sync ports and the d5000 does not have a command function to tell my flash what to do. So I finally went on ebay and bought myself a nice cheap YN560 which arrived today!

Excited to see what I can do with two flashes now! Time to duel wield! 

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gary@garyiphotography.com (fotobii) equipment flash garyiphotography gyp photography speedlight speedlite https://www.fotobii.com/blog/2013/2/my-second-flash Wed, 20 Feb 2013 06:55:58 GMT
New Site! https://www.fotobii.com/blog/2013/2/new-site Hi there

It's been a few months since I decided to embark on this journey of being a professional photographer. From September until now, I've grown from just taking photography as a hobby to helping out Erin Woodgate Photography with an engagement shoot as a second photographer, interning at uniiverse.com as an unpaid photographer, and just recently being a photographer at Reptilia.

I look forward to helping my future customers and friends capture their memorable experiences!

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gary@garyiphotography.com (fotobii) engagement events first post garyiphotography gyp portraits wedding https://www.fotobii.com/blog/2013/2/new-site Thu, 14 Feb 2013 05:58:52 GMT