The Limestone Islands in Georgian Bay, near where I grew up in Canada, are an official nature reserve; you need a permit to visit them – unless you’re accompanied by someone who’s been appointed a steward of the reserve. These are my parents. They’re birdwatchers. They’ve travelled the world doing this together, for over fifty years, and they’ve covered the globe from pole to pole – well, the Arctic to the Antarctic – and most stops in between. Their hats, bags & jackets are dotted with souvenirs of their travels, and their bookshelves bursting with field guides to various countries. Their life list of species they’ve seen is long, but never full; and even at our cottage, where they spend every summer, there’s always the chance of a new species extending its usual range (in 2006, there was a pelican!); and a moral responsibility to document this year’s hatch, for long term trending of which species are moving in, or moving out of their familiar territory. All as volunteers, of course. When I was a child, these expeditions seemed interminable; but now, living on the other side of the world, I miss them. Picking our way through the reefs to find a spot to land the boat, tossing an anchor over the back, making sure it’s got a hook on a rock, then dashing to the front before we clip the shore…….
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2013 was an interesting year for me! I re-branded, did some travelling & met incredible people. I created X-PLR, documented some cool weddings & made new friends. I held interesting conversations, discovered awesome stories & begun to see the world differently. The Fujifilm X-Pro 1 and X100s became my tools of choice and I discovered the work of some brilliant photographers. Here is a selection of some of my favourite images from last year. Thank You to everyone that was part of my 2013. New York City, Paris, Tuscany, Dubai, Zambia and London were simply awesome to explore. Let’s see what 2014 brings……..
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I’ve recently returned from a convention in London where I spend time catching up with some colleagues in the industry as well as presenting my own classes on Wedding Photojournalism and the Business of Wedding Photography. You can read a little bit more about the awards I picked up in yesterday’s blog post. I created several slide shows for the presentations and I will in due course share them all. For the time being, here is a short show-reel, titles; twenty photos. A short collection of some of my favourite images taken over the last five years. Relax, turn the sound up, press full screen and hopefully, enjoy……
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Each of us have a favorite focal length lens or field of view that we most like to work with. For me it has always been the mid telephoto. My first lens that fit in there was Nikon’s famed 105mm f/2.5 AI. Later on I added the 180mm f/2.8 AIS and then an 85mm f/2 AIS to my kit. Between these three I felt confident and used them all a great deal of the time. Then Nikon came out with the first of the constant f/2.8 zooms. I replaced (mostly out of convenience) with the 80-200mm f/2.8 AF-D lens. Big and heavy, but had the advantage of filling out those favorite focal length lenses of mine, without much loss of speed. Let me say that it took me years before I ever used the AF. Oh how times have changed. The digital age came upon us and with it came more change, both in technology, my career and personal preference. Regret set in for having sold off my three mid tele lenses. At this point I got rid of my zoom lenses and started re-acquiring primes. This time with AF-D lenses. First to come was the 85mm f/1.4, followed quickly by the 180mm f/2.8. Last to come into my possession was the 135mm f/2 AF-D DC lens, which has turned out to be my favorite. Really an exceptional lens with a focal length that just clicks for me……
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Yesterday YoungDoo and I decided to get out of the house for a bit and figured a cup of coffee was a good enough excuse. Upon arriving at the coffee shop we discovered it packed full of people with no where to sit so we went with plan B, a trip to the lake since it just happened to be such a beautiful, sunny day. The warm yet harsh light of the sun made my images cry in pain as I kept trying my usual tricks, so I decided to push the x-pro1 and see what it could take as I shot into the sunlight. Even when a highlight is totally blown out it handles the light surprisingly well. Those delicate areas right around the blown whites are fairly smooth considering. I did feel the need to shoot/convert to black and white after noticing some chromatic abrasion fringe along my focused edges and the color and tone in general suffered when I pushed exposure too much. The in camera black and white modes proved to be really lovely, of course they only affect the jpg image but still, good enough for my needs at times as RAW is not always a necessity…..
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I was going through some of my images from Scranton Lace in Scranton, Pennsylvania. It is probably my favorite building I have photographed with the Abandoned America Group. It is a massive 600,000 square foot building full of great architectural details and objects from when it was the top lace producer in the world. I decided to work with these images in black & white versus color. They were all taken with my wonderful Fuji X-Pro 1 and what I love about the Fuji camera is the ability to see through the viewfinder in black & white. It is really easy for me to compose when I am looking at a black & white image. I can really see the light and shadows which I am always working with when I photograph an abandoned building. The image above is looking from one vast factory room to another. I loved the doors and the play of light that was going on in the room beyond…..
In our last blog entry, “Photography is easy. Really?” we wrote about the importance of concentrating on the art of crafting an image. Nowadays it doesn’t come easily because the constant need (and in some cases addiction) to be connected doesn’t allow our minds to calm down and settle on ONE task. However, there are some places where quietness comes naturally, concentration comes easily and your artistic inner self can show itself without any outside disruptions. For me, Westminster Abbey in Mission, BC is one such place. I find that a stunning location and beautiful grounds always calm me down. They allow me to put aside all the noise and just wander around with my camera. There’s no pressure, no purpose, no distractions! I have visited this place many times and each time I encountered stunning views and different conditions which created a magnificent mood. All images were shot with the Fuji X100S and Fuji X-Pro1 with XF 14mm F2.8 and XF 60mm F2.4. Processed in Iridient Developer and NIK Silver Pro……
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Take two Danish DJs and musicians from Den Sorte Skole working two and a half year on their Lektion 3 release, piecing together thousands of samples from more than 250 old vinyl records originating from 51 countries. Add mind-blowing visuals from Dark Matters to this mix and install it all on stage at the new Royal Danish Playhouse Skuespilhuset. The result: a unique 90 minutes audio and visual odyssey through music history that felt like being inside a dream of ever changing moods, sounds, rhythms and atmospheres. A dream I was lucky enough to get to shoot.Den Sorte Skole (Danish, literally translates to The Black School) is a Copenhagen based DJ, producer and composer collective founded by Simon Dokkedal, Martin Fernando Jakobsen og Martin Højland in 2003. Simon invited me to come and photograph one of their 3 sold-out performances at Skuespilhuset in Copenhagen back in May 2013. Having never been inside the theater, the room halted me in my tracks as Simon led me inside. It is astoundingly beautiful, and apart from the staticness of a sitting audience at a concert, the perfect setting for a live performance of Lektion 3 (lesson 3)…….
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Help me find my best picture of the year and run the chance of winning an art print.
Geopolitics, Inuit culture, exploration, landscape, travel. Here are my finest photos of the year. A photographer is often not the best editor of his own material. I chose some because they have been difficult to do in an intense environment and they tell the story well. Others asked me relational work and patience or madness (like going to sleep alone in the tundra, without weapons). In any case, here they are. Finally, it is my selection. What do you think? And what is THE best?
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In what turned out to be our favourite city in Cuba, we found ourselves in Trinidad. Immediately, we could sense a distinctively different vibe when we got off the bus, apart from the initial surge of jiniteros elbowing and jostling their way towards us at the bus station, touting the ‘best room in Trinidad’, we were, just a street corner away from the initial fray, pretty much left alone for the rest of our stay in the city. Trinidad is a city frozen in time, colonial architecture liberally scattered throughout its cobbled streets and squares, quite insulated from the relentless march of modernity. Located in the province of Sancti Spiritus, Trinidad and its neighbouring Valle de los Ingenios is a UNESCO listed site. Once a prosperous city fuelled by the sugar mills surrounding it, Trinidad is now a shadow of its former glory but no less beautiful, albeit in a slightly dilapidated and tragic way. Named in honour of the Holy Trinity, Santísima Trinidad, or more commonly, just Trinidad, is bordered on the North by the mountainous El Escambray and situated by the edge of the Carribean Sea. Whist the rest of Cuba is not in any way lacking old colonial buildings, there was something especially authentic about the ones in Trinidad. From sprawling old colonial palaces and plazas to crumbling structures of sugar mills from a different time, everywhere you looked, its was like looking through a time portal. Rooting through our (humble) possessions, we liberated a few ballpoint pens, three coloured pencils, a purple nylon sling bag, some Japanese cartoon stickers, two chocolate bars and a bag of candy and gave them away during the course of our stay there. Local kids were the main recipients and seemed immensely grateful, despite the modesty of our offerings. Seeing how thankful they were made me really guilty for the times I’ve hoarded inordinate amounts of junk in my life prior to the travels, all the things you were convinced you needed but ended up in one cupboard or another, forgotten and neglected. I made a mental resolution to consume less and tread more lightly in my life going forward…….
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