Saturday, May 21, 2016

Beechwood Cemetary

Recently I attended the memorial service for my sister Donna held in Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa's east end.  It's a beautiful location with lots of large trees, many of which were in flower.  A few days later, I returned to the cemetery (I forgot my coat...), and I took along my infrared-converted camera (a Nikon D40x).  Here are my favourite photographs from that day:

A large family plot (the Slater family -- James Slater immigrated to Canada in 1830 and later became the Superintendent of the Rideau Canal).

Various headstones near the Slater's

Two crosses.

An angel.

. . . Rob Williams

Monday, December 21, 2015

A Study in Brown

November is usually a gray month, with the fall leaves gone, and the forests covered in brown.  My motivation for photography usually drops with the leaves.  As November stretched into December with no noticeable snow, brown has continued to be the dominant colour of the forests and meadows.

Here are a couple of photographs taken this weekend, on the theme of "brown".

A Wall of Reeds

Fallen Grass with SNOW!

Field grass

Burst Milkweed Pods

. . . Rob Williams

Monday, September 21, 2015

Puffins and FastRawViewer

In 2009, I went on an amazing trip from Grand Manan Island to Machias Seal Island in the Bay of Fundy to photograph Atlantic Puffins.  I was prepared to take a lot of photos and I filled up my CF card with 370 photographs (you can get much larger storage cards these days, but that's what I could do in 2009!).

When I got back home, sorting through that many digital images was a huge task, especially considering that it represented just one day out of our stay on Grand Manan.  I had over 2400 photographs from that trip.  Opening up the RAW images took a lot of time, and I wished I had a quicker way to check the focus and composition of each image as I sorted the good from the bad and ugly.

Puffin portrait

Truth be told, I ended up cherry-picking a couple of puffin photos, and I never really went through the whole set to see what was there.

A couple of weeks ago, I came across a review of FastRawViewer on Photography Life's website.  It sounded like a good solution to sorting through raw files, so I downloaded a trial version.

Like it's name says, FastRawViewer is really fast.  On my system, it takes about two seconds to load a 41 megabyte RAW image from my D800.  It's not just a preview, but the whole image.  With one keypress (shift-left-click), I can see the image instantly at 100% zoom, to check for critical focus.  In Lightroom, the same process takes 6-7 seconds after loading the image.  That is a huge difference when you have to check hundreds of images.

Two puffins on Machias Seal Island

The interface isn't fancy, but isnt' bad when you learn a few shortcut keys.  You can easily check for over or under exposure, or boost the shadows to check for shadow detail. A single keystroke will also pass the image directly to Lightroom or Photoshop, or any other image processor you want, as well as other features.

I used FastRawViewer to look through my Machias Seal Island photos, and I was surprised to find a number of good photographs.  I've included a few here.

Razorbill Auks

At $US 20.00, it's an inexpensive tool that solves a real problem that I've been having for a long time.

Arctic Tern on Machias Seal Island

. . . Rob Williams

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Photographs from Port Union, Newfoundland

Port Union is a unique town in Newfoundland, Located near Trinity on the Bonavista Peninsula, this town was founded by William Coaker in 1917 and was the base for the Fishermen's Protective Union. The FPU was a union of fisherman, set up to break a system run by fish merchants that kept fishermen and their families in perpetual poverty, somewhat similar to peasants in a feudal system.

One interesting aspect of Port Union is that the union provided row housing for workers giving them decent accommodations.  Houses for higher-ups were on the main street, and are in good condition today.  Houses for workers were set up-hill and back from the main street and unfortunately have not been maintained.

Here's a good link describing the houses:

Here are a few photographs of the worker's row houses taken in the summer of 2014.

. . .

Rob Williams

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Flowers at the War Memorial in Ottawa, Canada

At the Canadian National War Memorial in Ottawa, there has been a steady stream of people placing flowers in memory of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, two soldiers who were killed last week simply for wearing a uniform.

The National War Memorial with the Chateau Laurier in the background.

. . . Rob Williams

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

500px Prime and me

500px is a photo sharing site that has become quite popular with photographers throughout the world. The quality of photographs on the site is quite amazing -- take a look at the Editor's Choice page or the Popular images page, and see for yourself.

As a photographer, one of the nice features is that you can offer your photographs for licensing, with a great return from licensing revenue.  Seventy percent of the license revenue goes to the photographer.  Prices are standardized so there's no guess-work with pricing.

I have been offering a number of my photographs on 500px for a while now (, and I have been quite fortunate to have made a few sales.  The team there was great to work with -- they even posted an entry on their blog about my photographs.

They have a promotion running currently that gives buyers a 20% price reduction on licensing fees, and also gives a bonus to photographers.  My promo code is rob017.  It can be used at to save 20% on licensing fees for my photographs, or any other photograph on the site.  The offer is good until November 30th.

Use promo code rob017 to save 20% off premium stock photography at

. . . Rob Williams