I am a Canadian photographer, filmmaker and traveller working with some of the world's top brands to create insightful content. This is my online journal and portfolio.
— Chris Stenberg —
Behind the Photo
For this photo I was shooting another project exclusively on the Sony a6500 and was curious what it could do. It was one of my first serious outings with a mirrorless camera, and the size and features of the package were appealing.
I'm not sure if it was pure stupidity, or naive curiosity that had me get on the carousel with these young boys from Addis Ababa, but let's just say this photo almost caused me to lose my lunch.
I started thinking about telling the stories behind some of my favourite photos, and while a photo may be worth 1000 words, they aren't always my words. Don't get me wrong, that is one of my favourite things about photography — the freedom to interpret an image in a personal way — but there are some photos that have personal meaning behind them, and I'd like to share some of those stories.
It has just enough charisma to satisfy any desires for creative decor, but with the comfort of a big chain hotel. An artistic social commentary painting of Her Majesty the Queen of England adorns the wall in the lobby lounge, and the place has just enough sophistication to make you feel like a Double-O agent.
Sometimes the water runs freely like an amazon rain shower and other times it trickles out like the worst kind of drought. It's a small detail but one that I am mindful of.
While I enjoy the bedding at the Fairmonts and the Westins of the world, sometimes I like the time-lapse effect of a good old fashioned small town motel — chalk it up to a cultural experience.
Eat. Drink. Drink.
I've never considered Kensington Market the spot to go for fine dining, but clearly that's changing. Toronto's edgy bohemian neighbourhood is a colourful collage of graffiti with a pungent aroma of Canada's favourite botanical in the air.
90’s hip hop fills the narrow space in Boston’s Downtown Crossing neighbourhood. I order some olives from the “Biggie Small Plates” section of the menu to pique my appetite. The owner, Haley Fortier, takes my order wearing a shirt with the word forlorn superimposed on the Wutang Clan logo. There is a theme brewing here.
Throw in a little 90’s hip hop and dance music and you have yourself a sushi party, not to mention one of the best sushi restaurants in the USA.
Depth of field is the amount of the photo that is in focus. A shallow depth of field is what creates those nice out of focus background portraits you see in professional photos. It can also help tell a story by directing the viewers eye to important parts of the picture.
The principal here is simple: the image is divided into thirds both horizontally and vertically. The points where the lines intersect are the power points in the image. Generally speaking you want to align the important parts of your image along the thirds.
Camera Gear & Reviews
The process is relatively simple. Set all of the the flash receivers to the same channel, start or restart the transmitter and put your lighting into play.
This is a real world account of my experience with the Sony 24-70mm F2.8 GM (G-Master) lens. While some aspects of lens performance can be determined right out of the box, others take time to uncover through use in the field on actual projects.
First and foremost I have to say that I am thoroughly impressed with the Sony A7RIII. The image quality is superb and Sony's colour profile is very good now. I don't see them lagging behind Canon in this department anymore. As with any camera this one has some idiosyncrasies that I endeavour to explain below.
While not necessarily the anticipated successor to the popular Sony a6500 camera, the a6400 has officially been announced and seems to be geared at the vlogging crowd with a 180º flip up screen so you can see yourself while filming or taking selfies.