Friday, February 1, 2013 temporarily down

Hi everyone, it has been a long time since I have posted. I have moved recently, and got a new job. So needless to say I have not had much time for photography. But, I am going to be moving my site to 500px soon and have shutdown my other one at smugmug. Stay tuned for more info!


Friday, September 2, 2011

Back home from New Brunswick!

I got home on Tuesday night from a week long vacation in Hillsborough, New Brunswick. The family had an awesome time, we ate a lot of fish and chips, spent a lot of time at the water, and just generally relaxed.

Now I am back to the real world and work and all that fun stuff. :P

But I do have lots of pictures that I took to show everyone! I was able to get away a few times and go exploring and shoot some subjects that I don't get to see around here. Namely lots of water, and very dark skies! I was able to practice some star trails which I have been wanting to do for a long time. Here is the results from that;

I wasn't too concerned with foreground elements and the like, I just wanted to see if I could get it to work. So this is a result of about 2.5 hours "work". Around 100 30 second exposures stacked with 1 dark frame image. I like the result. Next time I think I will get more shots and work on the foreground of the frame.

So I have processed some of the other images as well, I will link some of the ones I am particularly happy with here, and you can check the rest out in my gallery page under the scenics/landscapes and macro sections.

Here is one of my faves from my last morning in New Brunswick. This was shot in Waterside, NB. Once the sunrise burned away the morning fog, the sky turned an amazing blue. I used a B+W 1000x ND filter to get a 30 second exposure to smooth out the waves. Nikon D80 with 10-24mm at 10mm.
'Morning Tide' © Craig Gosling
'Morning Tide'
© Craig Gosling

This Church I had passed by on my back to the house from Waterside. I drove by it because I was in a little bit of a hurry. Then I thought about it and pulled a u-turn. I would have hated to have missed this perfect little church atop a hill. I pictured this one in Black and White and I think it turned it out great! Nikon D80 with 50mm f1.8d
'Lonely Church' © Craig Gosling
'Lonely Church'
© Craig Gosling

This one was also taken in Waterside, NB. I love my 10-24mm lens for how insanely wide it goes. Even if there is no real picture to be taken, I enjoy just looking through the viewfinder sometimes. I had just taken another shot of the water, when I was done I turned around and saw this vast sky and fog coming in on my right. It was such a huge scene I snapped a shot of it. I wasn't sure how it turn out once I got it in the computer, but it worked out well, and gives a sense of the openness of the area. The whole beach area almost looked martian, and you will see that in some of my other pictures too! Nikon D80, 10-24mm @10mm
'Vast' © Craig Gosling
© Craig Gosling

Well, I need to sleep now, there are a couple of others on my gallery to check out as well. I will post some more up here over the weekend I hope!!

Enjoy the long weekend, and leave a comment if you feel like it, or head over to my Google+ page and hit me up over there! (Link is in the right hand sidebar at the top)
See ya

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Almost 5000 visitors to my blog!!

Hey just a quick note to say that there have been just shy of 5000 visitors to my blog!! Thanks everyone who reads and follows! I know that the posts are sometimes few and far between, but, such is life for someone with 2 kids, a full time job etc :)

Thanks again everyone!

See you later!!


Monday, July 4, 2011

New toy, and finally some night sky photography!

Hey everyone, just a quick one tonight :)

So I got a new toy last week. My old cell phone was dying, so I picked up a Google Nexus S! I love it, it is my first smartphone and I am pretty impressed. I have been playing around with the camera, and it is not too bad! There is a camera app called "Vignette" that is really handy. It has a lot of settings, and can emulate vintage/toy cameras, film, tilt shift, etc all very accurately!

I have started a new gallery on my page aptly titled "Andrography" and it will store selected images I have taken and edited on the phone! So head over there to check it out, and let me know what you think!

Also, I went out of town this past weekend to a place called Orillia, Ontario. It is way out in the boonies, so I lugged along my camera and gear and braved the absurd amount of mosquitoes to attempt some night sky photography! You forget how many stars and how peaceful it is out of the city sometimes. Once my eyes adjusted, I could actually see the milky way! I took a few "decent" shots, but I was disappointed with the whole ordeal. My camera it seems, is not really suited for long exposures. I wanted to try some star trails, and in the resulting pics, there is large spots from where the sensor heated up, turning the image a little purple in the corners. I did manage to get one ok one, and with enough post processing to kill a horse, I got it too look just alright for me :) I think I had too high of hopes. Here it is:

'The Milky Way' © Craig Gosling

Okay, I gotta run, have to work in the morning. As always, stay tuned for some more shots from my phone, plus maybe a more detailed post about that Vignette app. Also, I have a bunch of old shots from my camera that I am working on atm.

Take care


Monday, May 23, 2011

Two new pictures

I have two images for you today! One is an old one that I processed awhile back, but never really liked it. So I took another look at it today and finally got it to look the way I want. So here it is,

'Museum of War'
'Museum of War' © Craig Gosling

This is at the War Museum in my home town, pretty ominous building and the black and white conversion really conveyed a great mood in relation to the structure.

The next is a recent one. I took this one in a particularly strong wind storm. I used an ND filter to smooth the waves and the clouds. I shot this in portrait and landscape orientation, but I found the portrait to look better.

'The Bridge' © Craig Gosling
'The Bridge'

Okay, that's it for now! Stay tuned, I am slowly working my way through some old pictures and seeing if any are worth uploading. I am getting much more critical of my older shots, so they may never see the light of day :)

Take care!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Discussing Thom Hogan's "State of DX" article

So I regularly follow Thom Hogan's excellent site (

He has an interesting article he posted yesterday called the "State of DX" (scroll down a bit on the page).

To summarize, he talks about the current situation for Nikon DX users (like myself). What is happening in the future, what should be happening in the future, and what is not so great right now.

In a nutshell, the DX format will not see too much going on this year, we are most likely getting a D400, and a D5000 update. But it's the lenses that are really a big issue to me at least. I never really thought about it before, but there is a lack of DX lenses that should be a no-brainer for Nikon. For the range I would be interested in (wide angle), there is not much to choose from. We do not have any wide-angle primes, or a DX PC-E lens. Nikon is focusing on it's DX lineup but are shorting us on proper DX lenses for serious shooters. We have tonnes of zooms and kit lenses and the like. We have a 35mm 1.8 prime, but nothing below that. For wide angle, we have the 10-24 or 12-24. But any primes are FX only and really expensive! I for one would love to see a DX PC-E lens, the widest is the 24mm PC-E, but that is not really that wide for DX users.

So, I don't feel too confident moving forward and actually seeing any of these lenses. It seems that they are just focusing on the consumer zoom set of lenses. Moving to FX is not fiscally suitable for everyone, me included. I know there are alot of serious DX shooters who like the smaller size of the DX cameras for travelling light, the extra reach of the 1.5 crop or whatever other reasons. People that use DX aren't just mom and pop wanting to shoot the kids soccer game and whatnot. There are people that make their bread and butter with DX cameras that shouldn't be ignored!

Here is the end of his blurb:
Prognosis: Poor. Nikon will introduce one mediocre body update and maybe one decent one, and have little or nothing to say about significant new DX lenses and the future of DX lenses. Considering that DX is the core of Nikon Imaging's profit engine, this is disappointing and bodes ill for the long-term health of the company.

Well, I hope someone at Nikon reads Thom's article! What are your thoughts??


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Layout Changes, Site Redesign Imminent!

Wow, two posts in one month! Things are looking up :)

As you can tell, I am changing the look of a few things around here. I figure a little revamping is in order. I was never really happy with the layout of my gallery, so over the next little while, I will be rearranging things and generally playing around with a bunch of stuff. Mostly, I think the structure/organization needs to be simplified. I think I have too many categories for images. When I set out to make all those categories, I thought it would aid people in finding what they want, but instead I find it segregates my images to much, and breaks up the flow of the site.

So there you have it, just wanted to keep you all informed. If you have any suggestions or comments, I would love to hear them! Drop me a line in the comments or in email.

ps; the gallery may be inaccessible for short periods if doing some major overhauls is in order. Also, some of my links in the blog may cease to work after I am done moving things around. I will try to keep up with that though.


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Butterfly Bracket

So having read 'Closeups in Nature' and 'Landscape Photography Field Guide' both by John Shaw, I decided to have a go at his macro flash bracket, dubbed the 'Butterfly Bracket' (because he uses it to shoot butterflies). It is a simple construction requiring some aluminum strapping (1/8" by 1" wide) and a small ballhead, and some nuts and bolts. I was unsure of where to obtain the aluminum and I eventually found a source online, but shipping was expensive, so I put the idea on the back burner for a bit. The other day at work, I got to thinking about it again, and decided to ask on of the guys in our maintenance department where I could get some aluminum locally, and explained what I needed etc. He, funny enough, used to work in an Aluminum Foundry, so he knew some spots. So, my luck got better then next day though! I am at work again, and the fellow I spoke to earlier called me into the maintenance shop, and promptly handed me a 7 ft long piece of 1/8" by 1" aluminum strap! One of my coworkers had bought it by accident thinking it was stainless steel, but discovered otherwise when they tried to weld it and it melted under the heat. So he didn't need it anymore and I offered to take it off his hands for $5!! What luck!!

So, now I am set up, I already had a small ballhead that I purchased last year when I first wanted to make the butterfly bracket, so all I needed was to cut and drill the aluminum. All in all, it was pretty straightforward. The only issue is with the flash arm, I didn't have the tools to make a slot for the flash to move up and down, so all it has is a series of holes. I have some leftover strap, so I will make version 2 at some point!

Here are some shots of it, it may not be pretty, but it works! I think the SB-600 is a little heavy for it, so I am going to look into an alternative at some point, maybe the SB-400, or a cheaper non-Nikon brand. I don't need anything too crazy.

From above w/o camera

Flash arm

Camera arm

And here it is fully loaded!

Profile with camera

From front w/ camera

From above w/ camera

Alright, that's it for the write up. It is now 2:11am and I am tired. Tomorrow I will post a few shots of the results. There was nothing really interesting around the immediate area, I did find a small spider hiding in my basement though, so check back!

Thanks for tuning in :)

Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

Well hello everyone,
It's almost 2011! This year has flown by. I hope everyone is enjoying their holidays and has a safe and happy new year!

Just wanted to give an update on the big gift I received this year! My wonderful (and slightly insane :P) wife bought me my long coveted Nikon 10-24mm lens!! I was in shock, and still am when I see it on my camera! It is a beautiful lens and from what I have shot with it so far, it takes amazing shots, really sharp! I am super stoked to get out in the field and test it out. I also got a few other goodies, including a Really Right Stuff 'L' Bracket, a Really Right Stuff Quick Release Plate for the tripod, a hotshoe bubble level, 4 rolls of Ilford 50ISO B&W 35mm film, and my fathers Vivitar 2x Teleconverter for my Nikon F. So it was a good haul for me! How about you?

Well, I am quite caught up with getting things ready for my son's 3rd birthday party this weekend, so I will post pics up after sunday with shots of the lens and the other stuff! Hopefully some test shots from the lens as well :)

Happy New Year everyone! Be safe out there!


Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays!!

Hello there, long time no see!

So I want to give a quick update before the New Year on what's been happening over here at Craig Gosling Photography. As of November 25, I am now a father of 2 awesome little boys. The new addition is named Cooper. Also the oldest one turns three in a few days. They grow up so fast! So as you may have figured out, me and my wife have our hands full. It is a little difficult at the moment to maintain a blog, gallery, facebook fan page, twitter account, and find time to actually go take photos, then post process them etc! Phew.. So needless to say, I haven't been doing too much of anything like that. But, the New Year is just that, a new year (obviously, but you know what I mean :) I think Santa (my wife) is bringing me something special this year, I guess I have been a good boy? Expect some news in the next few days with regards to that :) So my plan is to get out some more in the New Year, to finally get my printer that I wrote about a long time ago up and working, to post process my backlog of shots! That's the plan as it stands right now with regards to photography stuff. So thanks for being patient, if people are still reading this blog, stay tuned!

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Years to everyone!