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Old Apr 21st, 2012, 06:46 PM   #6331
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Thanks. The photos are of the two south corners of the IBM building near the Bell Centre or whatever it's called (visible at the back between the centre and right pillar in the second image). I am rather fond of the second photo, gawd this was the kind of early sunlight I was hoping for but even better.
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Old Apr 22nd, 2012, 01:58 PM   #6333
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Thanks. The photos are of the two south corners of the IBM building near the Bell Centre or whatever it's called (visible at the back between the centre and right pillar in the second image). I am rather fond of the second photo, gawd this was the kind of early sunlight I was hoping for but even better.
Wow. Both of those are excellent architectural shots.
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Heh. Yep, but usually they are more like minutes in my experience.
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Old Apr 22nd, 2012, 06:29 PM   #6334
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I found this review of photo book printing services (I didn't realize there were so many),

The Great Photo Book Round-Up Review: Who Makes The Best Photo Books?
unfortunately Apple is not one of the companies reviewed but it looks like that one of the best quality publishers (at least according to this review) is actually Canadian (not the cheapest though).

They are called Photo Book Canada and have a Mac version of their software which is free.

Here is a review of making an Apple photo book using Aperature:

PhotoBookGirl Goes Underwater My Apple Aperture Photo Book Review


Seems the quality is good, not excellent, but also it isn't the most expensive.

Here is another review I found of a group of 10 photo book publishers and Apple only gets 2 out of 5 stars... it's beginning to look like I won't be using Apple for making a photo book...

Best photo book: 10 reviewed
Buying Guide We test ten of the best photo books
Thanks for the info Screature!

If I were you, I would create 2 books - 1 from Apple and maybe 1 from one of the top sites. That would give you the best example - especially if you included a few of the same photographs in both books to compare.

I might do that the next time. I've used Apple a few times for calendars and for books 3 times now. I find the built in software a huge plus, the customization is another positive and the photobooks themselves are good. Maybe not great. There were some photos in my 1st book which were slightly fuzzy, but I can't remember if that was from using a crappier resolution photo or the actual book printing.

The last book we had printed from Jamaica came out well.

One disadvantage for Apple is their shipping (if you create different items - ie. a calendar and a book) - they ship them seperately (and you pay for each shipping). This is obviously a result of their printing automation, but not fun for us. Multiple items for each do ship together though.

Regardless of which service you use, enjoy the process and the book - ours are a constant source of people picking them up when visiting.
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Thanks for the info Screature!

If I were you, I would create 2 books - 1 from Apple and maybe 1 from one of the top sites. That would give you the best example - especially if you included a few of the same photographs in both books to compare.

I might do that the next time. I've used Apple a few times for calendars and for books 3 times now. I find the built in software a huge plus, the customization is another positive and the photobooks themselves are good. Maybe not great. There were some photos in my 1st book which were slightly fuzzy, but I can't remember if that was from using a crappier resolution photo or the actual book printing.

The last book we had printed from Jamaica came out well.

One disadvantage for Apple is their shipping (if you create different items - ie. a calendar and a book) - they ship them seperately (and you pay for each shipping). This is obviously a result of their printing automation, but not fun for us. Multiple items for each do ship together though.

Regardless of which service you use, enjoy the process and the book - ours are a constant source of people picking them up when visiting.
Good luck!
Thanks for the input keebler27, much appreciated, not a bad idea about making books from Apple and one of the other top rated services for comparison sake... I will have to see if the budget can handle it though.
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Old Apr 23rd, 2012, 12:17 AM   #6336
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Can't blame anyone for being bored with these falls, but they do keep changing I keep discovering angles and lighting I like a bit better.

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Old Apr 23rd, 2012, 05:44 AM   #6337
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Not boring at all - I like falls and hope to visit a couple of local(ish) spots this summer and take some pics. Have you tried doing some longish exposures at dawn or dusk?
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Old Apr 23rd, 2012, 12:39 PM   #6338
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Not boring at all - I like falls and hope to visit a couple of local(ish) spots this summer and take some pics. Have you tried doing some longish exposures at dawn or dusk?
Good idea.

Interestingly that was a favoured technique back when I was shooting film. Sadly my little P & S cameras lack the smaller apertures that make longer exposures possible in normal light. Should look in my old gear box for a polarizer I could hold over the lens. Good way to spill a couple of -stops. Otherwise might be worth a shot on a heavily overcast day. The falls are several miles from home base, so these are generally drive by shootings. Also means early morning shots probably are not going to happen.
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Old Apr 23rd, 2012, 01:26 PM   #6339
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Need to revisit this in better light. This is a shot from a west-end Ottawa wetland where there is a tall mobility tower mixing in with the dead head cedars and white pines.

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Nope not boring - one thing I love about Ontario is 4 seasons and my south facing bay windows on the second floor where my office is gives me lovely changes with the seasons and the time of day. - the cloud cover - etc.

from this



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neer ending photo ops.
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