Al Dixon Photography

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Things That Go Bump in the Night

One of my favorite times to shoot is late at night.  Yeah, I know... how the heck do you shoot in the dark??  If I had a nickel for every time I was asked that question, I could likely afford a Timmie's or two.  Contrary to what seems to be popular belief, night shooting is quite common and not as hard as it looks.  Oops!!  I think I just let the cat out of the bag!! 

Looking across the wading pond in front of City Hall towards Churchill Square.

With the dramatic results that one can achieve, I think it's something that all photo enthusiasts should try.  The major essentials for night shooting are a tripod and a good working knowledge of exposure and how to control it on your camera.  If you have that, all it takes is some experimenting and you may surprise yourself.  Don't be afraid of the dark... that bump in the night is likely just me tripping over my bag in the dark. :)

City Hall lit up at night.

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Dusty & Rusty

So... It's been a little while since I've been out shooting.  Ok... fine... a long while!!  Last night I finally had a chance to get out with my daughter and a fellow shooter for an evening and fill up a card or two.

We started out in Walterdale Park and spent a little while shooting some of the old buildings that make up the John Walter Museum.

As the sun sank lower towards the horizon, we packed up our gear and headed up to Conners Hill.  At this time of year when shooting from of Conners, the sun sets directly behind the downtown core.  This can set up the possibility for some pretty dramatic sunsets.

While we were up on the hill shooting, we could see that the pyramids of the Muttart Conservatory were lit up with alternating colors.  Now, I have never had to be convinced to go shoot the pyramids at night; but when they're all lit up... try and stop me!!  Once again, we packed up our merry little band of shooters and set off down the hill. 

After about a half hour of shooting, my daughter appeared to be suffering from power failure... both in her camera and herself. So, after nearly 5 hours of shooting we packed up and headed for home. 

It was good to get out once again... even if it meant having to blow a little dust off the gear and polish some rust off the skills.


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Make It Show - Edmonton

As those of you that follow me on Twitter, or family and friends on Facebook, may already know; I will be exhibiting at the Make It Show this spring.  The show runs April 12th - 14th and is being held at the Enjoy Center in St. Albert.  This stunning location is well suited for a show of this magnitude.

But what is Make It??  Well, let me see if I can help with that.  Have you ever tried to find that perfect gift for someone... that unique piece of artwork for your house... that breath taking piece of jewelery for a special event... that one-of-a-kind taperstry or hand bag.  Yep, me too.  Have you ever given up and decided to just make it yourself??  If so, congratulations!!  Your little DIY project is your first step along the Make It revolution.

Make It is the premier showcase for Canadian designers, artists, and creatives of all ilks.  Don't believe me??  Check out their website or kick back and watch this video they have produced with an overview of the show.

Oh wait, let me guess... there's someone out there right now grumbling about never finding the prefect gift... the artwork... the jewelery... the tapestry... the hand bag... no time / no talent to make it yourself.  That's ok!!  Come check out the other 100+ exhibitors at the show this year... I'm sure we can get you hooked up!!  Just to show you that there's no hard feelings, have I got a deal for you.  Print off the coupon to the left and bring it along to the show.  It's good for $1 off of admission.

As a previous attendee of the show, I can tell you first hand that the products being offered are truly amazing one-of-a-kind pieces.  I can't wait to see some familiar faces out, and to meet so many new friends.  Stay tuned here for more info.

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As we all know, sometimes even the best laid plans can be de-railed and we must adapt to the situation at hand.

The other morning I had plans to head out with a fellow shooter to Mill Creek Ravine in Edmonton.  We were hoping to capture a little bit of the city's heritage by shooting the old wooden train trestle spanning the ravine.  The morning dawned to a dull, grey, overcast sky and we had some concerns with the lighting.  Upon arrival, we found the trestle to be a little 'crowded' by the neighboring roadway; but set about trying to find a vantage point to shoot from.  Encountering icy and unsafe conditions near the trestle, along with the poor lighting conditions, soon had us abandoning our original plans.  Setting off to explore the trails, we now had our focus set on more 'intimate' shots.

With my focus set on the 'smaller' details, suddenly the striking contrast of bright red berries against a dark, wooded background popped out at me. 

Of course, the contrast of a couple shopping carts frozen solid into the ice is obvious to even the most casual of observer!!

After having a few days of warmer weather, thin pools of water had formed on the ice surface and led to some interesting reflections along the shore line.

 Along the surface of the ice, many interesting snow formations could be found.

 After exploring the ravine, we stopped at the old train station along Gateway Blvd and Whyte Ave on our way home.  This heritage building has found a new life as an upscale eatery, and still maintains is original design.

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Comfort Zone

OK... so things have been a little hectic and chaotic around my place lately, and that has SEVERELY hampered my so-called 'shooting time'.  I did, however, manage to get out for a couple of hours over the Thanksgiving weekend.  My enthusiasm over being able to squeeze in a couple of hours to go shooting was quickly tempered, though, once I hit the field as it appeared that the photo Gods were conspiring against me.  The sky had virtually no detail in it and the wind was absolutely howling. Being what I refer to as a 'big-game' shooter, and relying on highly detailed skies and calm conditions in pursuit of the grand landscapes I typically shoot; I knew that I had my work cut out for me.  Being pushed out of my comfort zone, I began to search for more intimate landscape images to shoot.  In all honesty, on a day with better shooting conditions I would likely have walked right past the following images.  Although I would not consider them 'keepers', they remind me to step out of my comfort zone and keep an eye out for the more subtle shot

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