Friday, August 19, 2016

"Do I Photoshop my Images?"

Hey World

I hope everyone is doing great. I kept thinking about a new tutorial to do because it has been so long since I've done one that I began to miss doing them. The idea came pretty easily, recently as some of you know I had my work up in the Western Showcase at the Calgary Stampede. I spent a number of days there talking to art lovers and photography enthusiasts and a common question was do "you photoshop my images?"

The quick answer is yes, but the explanation is much longer. I'll try to simplify why I do it by saying I only photoshop the image so that it looks the way it would have had the view been standing next to me when I took it.

In my tutorial I go through in more detail what I mean by that and how I achieve it, how I choose the right image to edit and how important it is to get things right in camera first. I talk a bit about my colour blindness and how I overcome that challenge while editing and how to make your shot pop for the viewer.

We go from this

To this!

David Wilder

Monday, August 1, 2016

The Calgary Stampede and Art

Hey Hey

This years Calgary Stampede was something a little special for me. For those of you who don't know what the Calgary Stampede is, its a 10 day Fair, Rodeo and all out party where easily one million people travel to calgary to celebrate western culture. Bars throw giant parties, concerts with the likes of Kiss, Ice Cube and more, we get fireworks every night, awesome rides and fun midway games, not to mention the crazy food. Did someone say mini donuts?!?!

What many people don't know is there is more to the stampede than the surface party, each year there is a spot on the grounds called the Western Oasis, this is where an art show takes place and until last year I had no idea either. Last year I found out that there was a section in the show that showcased photographers and I swore to myself that I would be a part of it one day. Well the veery next year my hopes came true. Three of my ten submitted images were chosen by the showcase judges to display in this year.

This journey has been one of faith, luck and dedication. I invested in a bunch of inventory, time and most of all love for the show. It was an amazing experience to see people looking at my work and got some great feedback.

I managed to have some amazing talks with different people about the images and even learned more about my pieces. The most touching moment was speaking to a woman in he 80's about how she used to play in the hoodoos and the image took her back to those memories. That alone was worth everything!!!

I did manage to sell 2 pieces in the end, one at the show and one right after. That being said I do have lots of inventory thats available at great prices both canvas and framed pieces.

Here are some behind the scenes of the prep for the show and the show itself.

Some shots from the show.

David Wilder

Friday, July 1, 2016

Dear Canada; Thank You

Dear Canada

Thank you, for being everything you are. Thank you for being stereotypically polite. Thank you for being gentle giant of the north. 
Thank you for maple syrup. 
Thank you for hockey. 
Thank you for Emmanuelle Chriqui
Thank you for Drake
Thank you for teaching me everyone matters. 
Thank you for teaching me love. 

I remember when I first moved to Canada at the age of 4, this cool new place that also happens to snow feet of snow over night. This place didnt feel any different at first but it took 32 years to really understand what we have here. 

I sit back at watch the news and hear about all the things that are happening here and in other countries. There are so many reports about racial hate and sexuality/gender discrimination from all over the world. However it doesn't take much looking to find that Canada is just a little bit different.

 Call us crazy, call us strange, call us to polite but don't forget to call us Canadian. I am proud to be from America but I'm more proud to call myself Canadian. 

I recently fell in love with Canada again after loosing myself in the Rockies. There is just something about them that lifts your soul. I feel privileged to be so close to them. 

I hope these images make you fall in love to. 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

The Struggle is Real

Something that doesn't get addressed that often is the off days, the ones where everything just doesn't line up. With Facebook and Instagram we usually only see the "perfect" side of people, we see what they let us see. But it's not always hero shots and epic moments. 

For the last three weeks I've been struggling, creatively and technically. I've put around 1500km on my car in the last three weeks driving to locations that I've been wanting to shoot but Mother Nature has had different plans. Every trip to the Rockies had been met with heavy overcast skies and no chance for sunlight to poke through. It's a frustrating thing when you don't get what you were looking for. It's started to create a creative block.  

So how do you get out of it? Keep trying!  You can't control nature but you can control your mind and determination. I keep trying to shoot even though conditions suck, I get the practice in and work on the technical side of things. Nature will eventually work itself out, you just have to be ready. 

Here is an almost epic sunrise until the cloud on the left rolled it. Lol

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Coffee and Art

Recently I was contacted by a wicked coffee and pastries shop downtown here in Calgary about installing some images of mine for viewing and sales. It's been a while since I had my work up especially since making some real leaps in my craft. 

After sitting down with the owners I jumped at the change. 

The shop is called Deville Coffee and Pastries, they have the most incredible nuetella latte and amazing breakfast wraps. They have a few locations including a latte truck which is pretty sick. 

Head down to the 1st street and 8th ace location to check out their spot and my work. I'll be rotating new works through over the next 6 months. 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Winter Wonderland

Hey you

Back in January I decided to take a drive out to Jasper National Park and hit up a waterfall I have been to before called Panther Falls. It's this stunning waterfall that comes jetting out of a rock face with really no signs of where it comes from. I think it comes from an underground river, which is pretty awesome. 

During the winter 99% of it freezes I to this tower of ice that ice climbers love. Now what's really cool if that wasn't cool enough is that if forms a cave. Once inside you are transported to what feels like a different planet. Giant icicles hang from the cave ceiling, large enough to make a human shish kebab. 

Everything inside this place is more be locate than glass, I was setting up my tripod when I bumped an icicle with my nose and it went crashing to the ground. Needless to say I started to be even more careful at that point. 

Take a look, hope you enjoy?

Friday, April 1, 2016

Early bird gets the Sunrise

Hey hey

Back in February I decided to venture out to the Rockies for a few days. Now my style is to park somewhere sleep in my car so I can be ready early in the moment to shoot. I found out that one night specifically might have some Aurora activity so I drove out to Lake Minnewanka near Banff and waited. However the Autora never arrived.

It was ok because at least I was in place for s cool shot I had been thinking about in the morning. I set my alarm for an hour and a half before sunrise and called it a night. The next morning I got out and in place nice and early to avoid rushing. I was worried though because there were very few clouds, I'm thinking to myself there won't be anything to make vibrant colours. Regardless I stay and hope for the best. 

It was a good thing I waited moments before the end of sunrise a small amount of clouds blew in, thin and moving fast the sun lit them up dramatically. 

Take a look. 

Stats: Nikon D800, Nikon 17-34mm lens, Lee Filters 3 stop ND soft Grad and Little Stopper. 

I used the wide lens to grab the entire tree from s low angle along with lots of sky. The Lee ND Grad allowed me to better match the sky and the foreground exposures. The Little stopper allowed me to use a 60 second shutter speed that created the movement in the clouds. 

Moral of the story is be patient, the best things come to those who wait.