Dennis C. Boyd » An adventure into Photography

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On Saturday, September 1, 2012 from 1:00pm until 6:00pm the Dryden Amateur Strongman Competition will take place.

In preparation for the event  Trevor Campbell gave a ring out to a few of the guys who will be competing and we set about with a shoot in one of the local warehouses.

Simple one light set up with a black backdrop, intent was to give a harder edge look to the shots and run a few through in a short amount of time.

Well… what do ya think?


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It’s been awhile since I posted here but thought I’d quickly share a couple of photos from last nights session with Brett (Bee) and Jordan.

Bee is amazingly stylish and i thought downtown would be a blast with her looks.  Yet she wanted to do some shots of her and Jordan as well we had to think of something for the parents.

So… having never met Jordan prior to the shoot, safe bet was to shoot on this little trail I knew.  We could get some as a couple, some individual shots and the whole time hopefully some the parents would love as well.

Well it turns out Jordan was just as amazing as Bee is, had a blast shooting these two last night and hope down the road we can do another shoot mixing it up with the dirt bikes or downtown core.

For now though… here is a sneak peak of Jordan and Bee..

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I’ve known Zachh now for quite a few years and have been lucky enough to get to know Courtney through a few photo shoots we’ve done in the past year.  I can’t say it enough… this couple is one of the most adorable couples I know… they are simply PERFECT together and truly do make everyone smile the minute they are around.

With that… Zachh is a bit camera shy and Courtney… a natural to say the least 🙂

Courtney and I have been trying to set up a few shoots over the past few months and unfortunately with life and all getting in the way things just haven’t worked out.  Today… that changed…

Little did I know though, Courtney didn’t bother telling Zachh until the last minute what we were up to.  Hahaha… imagine his surprise 🙂

The goal was simple for today… I bought a 77mm Fader ND Mark II by Light Craft Workshops and wanted to try it out.  Trying to shoot wide open in broad daylight is next to impossible, my 5Dmkii only goes up to 1/8000 sec and shooting at f/1.2 or f/2.8 to knock out all the background… it just doesn’t work (still too much light gets in).  So… on goes the variable rate Neutral Density filter and voila… the background drops to darkness and the apeture can be opened more to blur the background, give that nice shallow depth of field the glass is capable of.

Yes… this is a first for me… but to make it easy… we took off to the beach to try it out.

I charged up my two Tronix Explorer Minis today, put the 48″Pro Studio Solutions EZ-Pro Octagon Softbox on the Elinchrom BX400, threw the Fader ND on the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS mkii and soon enough we had exhausted both batteries… left to shoot with the Fader ND on the lens without the auxillary lighting source.  What a terrific learning experience, made all the better by at least one willing participant… ha… and one very, very accommodating gentleman who wasn’t quite sure about the whole photo thing 🙂



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Camera Gear For Sale – 2012 List

Yes… it’s time to clean out the closets and make so room.

When I first started shooting I picked up a Canon EOS XTi and fell in love with it (my neice has since inherited it).  The first thing I did though was add a battery grip to the camera, wow… loved how it felt with the grip and to top it off I could shoot portraits a lot easier, let alone shoot twice as much without worrying about battery life.  The next thing I did was discover the wonderful Really Right Stuff line of Arca-Swiss plates for mounting and thus… every camera body since has had a grip placed on it immediately as well as  an RRS plate.

Well… the XTi just wasn’t enough… I wanted to move up to the semi-pro line of the Canon series… the xxD line was screaming my name.  Better weather sealing, faster frame rates, a PC port for doing off camera flash stuff… just what I needed.  I purchased the Canon EOS 50D next… wow… added my 70-200 f/4 IS L to the camera and off to the races I went.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the speed of the camera, love the focus speed, can’t say enough about it.  Top it off again with ISO that can be bumped up so much better than my XTi… yep… perfect for shooting snow-cross, horse shows, portraits, you name it.

Yet… a friend was moving up to the 7D from his 40D… and soon enough my closet held yet another xxD series camera 🙂  Almost identical in performance to the 50D the Canon 40D produces gorgeous files and is definately more tolerant of lower line lenses (i.e. non-L glass).  The 50D and it’s higher resolution, it’s true… demands good glass.  The 40D… works with everything.

Yet after all this I’ve found what I really want to shoot.  I love shooting portraits, love shooting in low light… the 5D mkii has just been added to the closet.  Yes… it doesn’t focus as fast as the 50D (similar to the 40D actually), yes it doesn’t have the speed of the xxD series but… for what I am doing… moving to Full Frame seems just the ticket for me.  I know I don’t get the range (distance) I can with the lenses by using a full frame compared to a cropped sensor but after all this I’ve realized I don’t shoot distances much anymore.  The Tamron 200-500 below… think I’ve used it maybe half a dozen times 🙁 .

So… it’s time… time to sell of the 40D, the 50D and a few of the lenses and flashes I’m not using anymore.

All in pristine condition, all have worked perfectly for me… but it’s simply time to let them go instead of having them sit in the closet (I have two cupboards dedicated to camera gear in the office).



Camera: Canon EOS 50D (original MSRP: $1,700)
Serial# 0520325341
Firmware version 1.0.7
Shutter Count 37,518 – 100,000
Date/time: 31/03/2012 1:48PM
Battery Grip: Canon BG-E2N ($369.95 CAN)
Realy Right Stuff Battery Grip Arca-Swiss Plate ($55 US)

Asking: CA, net to me

Body: $600
BG-E2N (with second battery): $100


Camera: Canon EOS 40D (original MSRP: $2,199)
Serial# 720407191
Firmware version 1.1.1
Shutter Count 26,964 – 100,000
Date/time: 31/03/2012 2:45PM
Battery Grip: Canon BG-E2N ($369.95 CAN)
Realy Right Stuff Battery Grip Arca-Swiss Plate ($55 US)

Asking: CA, net to me

Body: $450
BG-E2N (with second battery): $100



2 x Canon Speedlite 580EX E-TTL II Flash

Asking: CA $300 each, net to me


Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L IS USM Lens Orignal MSRP: $2200 (best price found lately, US $1,249.00 + taxes + duty + sh/handling);lst

Asking: $975 CA, net to me


Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD Aspherical (IF) Lens (best price found lately, US $649 + taxes + duty + sh/handling)

Asking: CA $350, net to me


Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 Di LD IF Autofocus Lens (best price found lately, US $949 + taxes + duty + sh/handling)–review

Asking: CA $700, net to me


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