Casa Loma won Featured and Won Contest Finalist in Viewbug's The Battle Of Professionals Photo Contest, June 2016
Viewbug is an international photo community that has competitions, awards, etc. from a wide range of people from enthusiasts all the way to professional photographers. Every now and then I upload images to my site there and see what happens. This is actually the second time they have featured one of my photos in their contests and given me a Behind the Lens interview. All of the competitions and contests are juried by professionals and people's choice awards.
The direct link can be found above
I was on vacation in Canada to shoot a wedding actually and ended up visiting some of the local tourist attractions and Casa Loma is probably right at the top of the list for most people visiting Toronto. This was shot in the rear garden area.
According to the file, this was shot in the afternoon around 2:30 PM.
Well, there was a lot of cloud cover that day so that helped make the image a little more interesting than just plain old blue skies. Time of Day can be important depending on the look you want to achieve. I didn't really have that option so I went with what was available.
Canon 6D and an ultra wide zoom lens, I think if memory serves a 17-40mm f/4 Canon L Lens. I had to do some profile corrections and in hindsight I probably would've used something else from further away, but this was what I had at the time.
Casa Loma is one of the coolest places to visit I can't imagine anyone not wanting to take a photo there. I've seen Casa Loma in the movies over the years...I know that it was in Strange Brew, X-Men, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, but down here in the Southeast (USA) everyone goes to the Biltmore Estate, which seems to have a similar function these days (tourism, movies, events, and etc). It was a no-brainer, besides they have a pretty cool military museum there as well.
Yes I used Lightroom combined with Photoshop to do all the editing. Mostly brush adjustments.
In my camera bag
Well I shoot professionally and some freelance fun as well so it depends on what I'm doing. If I'm out all day exploring I'll usually pack a Canon 6D, a 35 f/2 USM IS, a 70-200 f/4 USM IS L Lens, and a 17-40 f/4 L. I do a mix of studio work and I like going outdoors too so I'm all about keeping things light with f/4 zooms.
Wait for good cloud coverage and time of day if possible, I always feel like when I see clear blue skies it's missing something. That being said framing helps and shooting a few extras wide so you can re-frame later is not a bad idea either. Rarely do I ever just take one photo, I'll shoot a bunch and pick the best to work with.
John Allen Photography
Columbia, South Carolina