places

sometimes

sometimes

one of my favourite places to be. always so beautiful. those who have seen most my other images might realize they’ve seen quite a few from this getaway called temagami. taken late august this year during a well-needed rest.

disaster series

disaster series

this is a series of 5 shots i had to do for my film class. the idea was to make a fictional documentary story. so my fictional story was this character returning home after a natural disaster had torn through his home. the prints look better in real life, things never look as good scanned as they do first hand.

special thanks to mike sicoli for helping me out with the shots and borrowing his lens.

in the fields

in the fields

i’ve been shooting a lot mainly in film for class, which is partially why i haven’t updated this in a bit. this was one shot in an assignment, my brother in the fields, shot to satisfy the “portrait” assignment. i’ll have some more film shots up soon. taken with a canon rebel, kodak 36 vivid colour roll of film, 50mm 1.4 wide open.

kissyface

kissyface

i hope darren and amy don’t mind me posting this one. shot in front of the upper falls during their engagement shoot a week and a half ago. shot with the 50mm 1.4, wide open.

darren and amy

darren and amy

this is darren and amy. i’ve had the pleasure of knowing darren most my life – amy only a year or two, and these two lovebirds are getting married. i offered to take some engagement photos for them and heres one of the 172 shots i took this afternoon. i’ve only processed this one, so i may be posting some more down the road.

the falls at louth, niagara

the falls at louth, niagara

tuesday night i went out with mike to louth to shoot. we’ve been there before but only in the winter. so much less water and easier access to the upper part of the falls than in winter conditions. this is a 78 image panoramic image that took over half an hour to complete shooting, and days to assemble due to the large file size. add in long computer loading times for even simple processes (levels, etc.) and i have an image that took actual days to capture/edit/process. i’ve been considering making this print on canvas as well, its the largest shot i’ve ever compiled coming in at 1GB in file size and 174.4 megapixels.

john polowick

john polowick

on saturday we had a celebration for my grandfather turning 90 years old. i was blessed enough to be able to make it and help him celebrate his long life and good health with friends and family. his age is strictly a number…he is still sharp, he still cuts hair, he still grows vegetables, still cuts the lawn, and is still the life of the party.

juxtapose

juxtapose

heres a shot from the inside of the abandoned house, looking out of a broken window into a field. this was one of the first areas that drew my interest. the lighting was spectacular but unfortunately our cameras can’t see as much as our eyes. i had to use a tripod and do some bracketing to get good exposures for the inside and out and combine them.

abandoned, like all else

abandoned, like all else

mike and i went to shoot an abandoned house on friday at dusk. made for some interesting shots. the floorboards were a wreck so we couldn’t venture too far upstairs. heres a shot of the kitchen.

dreamscapes

dreamscapes

no this isn’t out of focus, but its a thin slice of depth of field. shot at 1.4, 1/1600, iso 100. this is also my 200th shot i’ve posted on here!

silhouette

silhouette

i was shooting a retirement party the other day and i was testing out exposure settings in the banquet room against the window lighting. here was a test shot that ended up obviously too dark (trying out spot metering, but ended up just using exposure bias by a couple stops). i still like the shot though, you can see a marina with a bunch of boats in the background as well.

banal

banal

maybe i just love banal photographs…or maybe i just love the concentration on composition, color, depth, and texture when there is nothing else interesting to dazzle our eyes with.

reflections

reflections

a really (conceptually) lame photo of me and my band. just thought id post one more from my trip to washington DC. check back in a bit for some new photos when i have some time to shoot new subjects…school is finished in 3 days…

stuck in arkansas

stuck in arkansas

this is the remains. this is all i have to show. here is mike, jared, and jeff throwing some rocks at signs to pass time while we wait for our van to cool down in the rain. somewhere random arkansas. i wish there was a better story to tell.

never have i

never have i

ive never been to such a rich city. in washington the sidewalks are as big as the roads, the trees contain the city like a forest, and everyone wears suits. i did not belong there.

the whitehouse

the whitehouse

another shot from washington dc, this is the back of the whitehouse which is visible for tourists. notice the sharpshooter standing on top of the whitehouse…

capital hill

capital hill

and in the worst of situations comes some great tourist photos. recently i went on a tour with my band throughout the US. the tour was cut in half due to van problems (we saw 4 mechanics and many more breakdowns). when we first broke down in baltimore, maryland we missed our first show but instead gained an opportunity to drive to washington DC and walk around…we even saw barack obama leave the whitehouse (we think).

this is just the beginning

this is just the beginning

well, this is the new polowick.com site. it has my favourite pieces of design for viewing. as well as a collection of my favourite photographs, and a link to my photoblog. this is the 182th image i’ve posted consecutively, even over christmas and other holidays (and my birthday!). 8 days from now i’ll be taking a trek across the states with my band which will leave me unable to post images every day. it was fun while it lasted and my photographs have become a little strained.

time constraints and the being uninspired (at least photographically) have left me stretching back into my archiving and posting photos i wouldn’t normally post, and post-process the way i shouldn’t. from now on i’ll try and update this photoblog when i can…it could be every week, every two weeks, or if this summer leaves me inspired again, it could possibly become a daily photoblog again. thank you to all of those who have taken the time to visit my site every day and another thanks to those who took the time to email me or comment. thanks!

color infrared: fields

color infrared: fields

another infrared/colour photo combination. it’s not as noticeable as yesterdays because those green colours are more opt to have weird things happening in infrared. again taken with my sony f828, tripod, iso 64 at f2.0 1/30th with nd/ir filters.

ross

ross

shot on the york university campus during sunset on one of the coldest days i have ever experienced in february. i am done with winter!

waiting on the stairs

waiting on the stairs

another from my series of three-quartre portraits i needed for class. heres michelle waiting on the glass stairs at TEL. lit with window lighting from above and a 430ex flash.

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