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Branching out into other things!

O Pheonix is an upscale Vietnamese restaurant in NW Calgary that recently updated their menu, and needed some pictures of their new dishes for menu/website ect.

I was actually really impressed with my food styling and photography abilities since I’ve never really done food photography before. Got some GREAT shots, and the best part was I got to eat everything when I was done haha.

This is just a cell phone behind-the-scenes shot I took after I was finished. Real pictures of the dishes to come later.

Lance Edwards-Hampton
http://www.insaneshotsphotography.com

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Realizations

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The more I read about the milky way, and the night sky in general, the more I’m coming to the realization that I’m just in the wrong part of the damn world to get one of those Insane Milky-Way shots.

At my latitude, during the winter months when the sky actually gets dark enough to see it in all its glory, the best part of the milky way never rises above the horizon. In the middle of summer the best part will just peak above the southern horizon, but there’s too much ambient light remaining from the sun (we don’t get a true astronomical dusk during summer months here) That it’s also impossible to view against a dark enough sky.

Somewhat saddening to realize that because of this, I have never even seen the center of the milky-way with my own eyes, even though I at 28 years old have already spent more time staring at the night sky than most folks ever will in their entire life time.

I will try to explain this. The light band that we can see at night IS STILL THE MILKY WAY, actually almost every star we see is situated in the milky way. However, during our winter months here high up in the Northern Hemisphere at night we are looking out towards the edge of the Milky-Way, just one spiral arm and then deep space for infinity. During the daytime we would be looking in the right direction, towards the center of the milky way, but the sun obviously is in our way. To see the milky way in all it’s glory one has to be near the equator or even better, in the Southern Hemisphere. During our summer, or the southern hemispheres winter, the earth in on the opposite side of the sun and so when they look off into space they’re looking into the center of the milky-way, not just the outskirts that we see here.

With all this being said, I’m still going to get out as much as I can and practice shooting the night.  We still do have a chance at catching a faint glimpse of the inside of the milky way here in the spring and autumn, even thought it will never rise to only slightly above the horizon. I don’t think I’m a good enough night time photographer to justify traveling south next summer just to photograph the sky, and I’m definitely too poor to do it just because, but one day.

Lance Edwards-Hampton
http://www.insaneshotsphotography.com

 

Look on the Bright Side

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This ones for everyone who doesn’t like the winter.

I love winter. It’s visually my favourite season, but also just on a deep personal level my favourite type of day that can happen any time of year is the day proceeding a horrible cold snap, snowy and cloudy and cold for days on end and then one morning the sun pokes out, warms the world up to a nice crisp -5’C and then you can go exploring the wonders that were covered in ice and snow.

Last winter was the warmest, driest, most disappointing dud of a winter I ever remember. So far this year (in Alberta) we’ve been having the worst indian summer. Most people probably picture Canada in a stereotypical way consisting of mounds of snow everywhere with us all huddled up in our igloos fending off our cariboo meat from polar bears. Truth is, especially here in western Alberta where we get Chinooks, we’re lucky to have snow on the ground all winter long without it periodically melting every few weeks.

I took this picture 2 days ago during my lunch break. The white on the trees is called Hoar Frost, which is just frost that crystallizes on hard surfaces when it’s humid and foggy. Generally as soon as the sun comes out the frost starts melting, and does so extremely fast, sometimes a matter of minutes. It’s very lucky to get a hoar frost photograph that is sun-lit with blue sky. Generally frosty pictures consist of a foggy grey background, so whenever I can capture something like this i’m stoked. The sun was only periodically lighting up these trees for a few seconds every 20 minutes or so, peeking out from the low laying clouds that were behind me.

Yesterday we got snow and most people aren’t happy about it. Well, instead of complaining about things you cant control (and should expect anyway, this IS still Canada damnit!) just bundle up and go outside instead of sitting around inside and see this season for what it really is, the most beautiful of them all!

Lance Edwards-Hampton
http://www.insaneshotsphotography.com