|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.
My family and I live in London, Ontario, Canada and most of my photo's are from the Southwestern Ontario area. Although my wife is not a photographer she enjoys the outdoors even more than I do and often accompanies my on my birding expeditions.
As you can see my main interest is birds in habitat. I consider myself an "opportunity shooter" since I like to hike or drive through natural habitats and shoot what I come across.
Right now I'm shooting both Nikon (D810) and Canon (7DII). I have 500mm lenses and teleconverters for both cameras.
I only shoot RAW 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'm using Lyn (Mac program) to view and cull images, then import to Capture One Pro where I crop and do global edits/contrast adjustments. If necessary, I'll export to 8-bit TIFF and touch the image up with my old Capture NX2. Almost all of my images are for web posting only...I rarely print.
I don't care for flash -- even when used sparingly it tends to flatten the subject and I like the 3-D effect of shadows. I hand hold as much as possible because it just seems more natural to me. I often include a good amount of environment with the subject 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.
Thanks for visiting!
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