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Jay Callaghan

Jay Callaghan



I am an amateur photographer with a passion for storm shots, panoramics and landscapes. I welcome your feedback on my photos and if you like my work please give me a follow.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • Canon EF 75-300mm 4-5.6 III USM
  • Canon 18-55mm UTM
  • Canon EF 50mm 1.8 II

2013 Perseid Meteor Shower

Published August 22nd, 2013

This year's Perseid meteor shower, an annual shower that happens every August, was promised to be a good one with the peak happening late Sunday (Aug 12) into Monday morning. Unfortunately the weather was calling for clouds that night so I opted to head 45 min north of Peterborough on the Saturday night.

As this was my first time up there at night I decided to scout the area for potential locations with a good view to the N/NE (the recommended direction to look). I manage to find several potential spots that I ended up using that night. I left my house at 9:00pm and got to my first spot at 9:45. Unsure what to expect I was excited to see the Milky Way with the naked eye. I immediately shot a bunch of shots fine tuning the settings/focus to get the desired shot. After seeing a few meters shoot across the sky I decided to move to another location along HWY 28 that had an old building that I thought would make a great foreground subject for some shots (see East of Eden, Home Sweet Home and ...

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Post Production Critics

Published July 27th, 2012

Why do people become such critics when it comes to post production on photos? I admit I never used to do it but I was never one to criticize the work of others because of it. HDR images are by far the most prone to these comments and sometimes, outright rude insults. I have seen people shoot down great photos with comments ranging from "photoshopped" to "fake" or "that's not a real photo" or how about "let's see the SOC shot".

When I came across Adobe Lightroom and its collection of presets I began playing around with some post production on some my images and will admit I immediately fell in love with it. The ease of changing the colours or making the subject pop was nice. I am no professional photographer nor do I have the experience or equipment to make some great straight out of camera (SOC) shots so for me a program with presets like LR is nice to have and allows me to feel better about the end product.

I was thinking about this today when I looked at the SOC shot of a bald ...

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Photo a day for 2012

Published January 7th, 2012

Working on taking at least one photo every day for 2012 and blogging about it on my website. I am finding that the winter months are a little tougher for photos than the spring and summer months. Must say it is nice to get out with the new Canon 60D (thank you Santa) and take photos.

So far every day has been accounted for only 359 more to go :)

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Cutting back to gain more

Published August 5th, 2011

In my pursuit to gain more exposure for my work (someone has to look at it other than me) I found myself uploading too many photos. Word has it that it would be best if I just select a few of the great shots that would involve imagination and depth for discussion. With this new found knowledge I have managed to trim back 16 or so photos from my small collection (I just started last week).

Now the problem seems to be with over 30,000 photos on the computer how does one select two or three good shots to upload / week? Takes some time I guess.

Then I started wondering what is a good photo to upload and what is the trend these days. What will garnish me more views, criticism, support and assistance?

My goal, through 500px, is to become a better photographer and to share my work - afterall that is the basis behind photography isn't it?

By no means am I an expert and compared to others on here I would be reluctant to call myself an amateur but one thing I do want to become is better sui ...

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Just starting out

Published July 28th, 2011

I have been doing photography since I got my first DSLR (July 2007). I enjoy shooting everything and anything. The main subjects I focus on are my family, wildlife and lightning storms.

I enjoy sharing my work with other photographers and always welcome feedback and criticism (just go easy on me ;))

I look forward to sharing my work on this site and thank you in advance for your views and feedback.

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