|Message from Gary Irwin
Welcome to my humble photo gallery! I've enjoyed nature throughout my life but only started getting more seriously into digital photography in 2007 when I picked up a Nikon D50 as an Xmas present for myself! Digital photography is wonderful -- it allows me to make a lot of mistakes at no additional cost! ;~) I would not have had the patience to do this in the old film days.
Although I have much to learn about nature photography I am enjoying the journey of exploration as I learn and meet similarly minded folks in this wonderful hobby.
My family and I live in London, Ontario, Canada and most of my photo's are from the Southwestern Ontario area.
I shoot Nikon, and my current tools of choice are a Nikon D800 and 500VR.
I only shoot RAW format because it provides the most flexibility when post processing. I typically shoot everything in AF-C, aperture priority w/matrix metering and rely on the AF-ON button for focusing.
For processing I use Nikon's ViewNX2 and Capture NX2 exclusively. I've added the Nik Colour EFEX Pro (3) plugin mainly for the very powerful Tonal Contrast too which is fabulous for enhancing feather detail. The built-in control point technology is absolutely fantastic and lets me speed up processing many times faster than with Bridge/ACR/CS5 or Lightroom.
I never use flash and try to hand hold as much as I can because it just seems more natural to me, but I'm finding the newer high-resolution sensors are forcing me to use a tripod more often. As you can see my main subject of interest is birds. I like to include a good amount of environment with the subject if possible, even if it's negative space. Good environmental shots are my most prized but I will take tighter "portrait" shots when the opportunity presents itself if the image is of exceptional quality.
Images on my site are optimized and show best in "original" size.
Thank you for visiting, and if you would like any of my images for personal use just ask and I'll email the photo, no charge.
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