Friday, February 5, 2016

Ming's Barber Shop

It's hard to say if Ming's Barber Shop is still a going concern; the rest of the building and the area around it is quite derelict.  I quite like the geometric patterns at work here and the straight on aspect of the photo is something a gravitate to; probably as a result of my years drawing building elevations in 2 dimensions.

Friday, January 29, 2016

New Industrial Abstracts

I have a lot of industrial abstract and urban grunge photos in my collection - this is one of the newest.  I could tell you what this is but that would take all the fun out of it, don't you think?

Friday, January 22, 2016

Residential Interiors

This is one of a series of photographs taken of an architect's house in Edmonton.  The photos will be used to support an entry in a design competition.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Mid Winter Sunset

On the prairie you can get a mid winter sunset photo and still make it for cocktail hour.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Victoria Park Pavilion

Two weeks ago I posted a photo from the new Victoria Park Pavilion; Here's an exterior shot that I'm rather fond of.

Canon 1Dx with Canon 17mm TSE lens; ISO 200; f/11 @ 1/100 sec.  RAW file edited in Adobe Lightroom.  Black and white conversion executed with Nik Silver Efex Pro; final cleaning up done with Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 The Year in Review

There are various tools one can use to measure success; for some it's about the accountants report and for others it's looking at the total hours spent or the sheer volume of work performed.  To be honest, I look at those things too but the real measure of success is to review the objectives set out at the start of the year.  These goals tend to remain the same each year: (1) Maintain the client base, (2) add new clients, (3) tackle some projects that are more challenging than usual and (4) have some fun without going stir crazy.

I was able to continue to serve some of my long time clients in 2015 as well as add 6 new clients to the roster, some from Edmonton but a couple from other parts of the country.  I also started my largest every assignment, interior and exterior photos of the new Edmonton Federal Building.  This project involved multiple visits to the building as I was tasked with photographing all the interior spaces (my there are a lot of them) and the exteriors from all angles and at different times of day.  So far there are over 200 images completed and turned over to the client, and I'm not done yet.

There were a few photo road trips to southern and eastern Alberta in 2015 - these can be very long days with a lot of time in the car hoping the weather holds and that the forest fire smoke dissipates .  As for assignments that were particularly enjoyable the Steep Canyon Rangers concert in February was a blast and I really had a good time shooting the Meadows Rec Centre and the new Victoria Park Pavilion.  I did an air photo assignment on Fathers Day that required chartering a helicopter - that was quite a lot of fun too.

We did not travel as much in 2015 as we've done in previous years.  Our summer trip to Washington DC was great.  I've said to many people that if you only have time to see one thing in DC go to the Holocaust Museum.  You will be affected for life.  And if there's time for a second excursion I recommend the Korean War Memorial - a true stand-out in a city of monuments and memorials - there are loads of things at which to point ones camera in DC.

For today's post I've included a shot of the aforementioned Steep Canyon Rangers concert - this was their final number of the night which makes this photo seem somehow fitting for the last post of 2015.

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Winter in Edmonton at Victoria Park

A few years ago the City of Edmonton held a national competition open to architects for the design of a series of pavilions for a number of Edmonton parks.  The program for each was rather loose - one of the requirements was that the pavilion had to be appropriate for the normal use of the park.  The city was not obliged to build any or all of the pavilions but they have constructed several.

This is the new pavilion at Victoria Park in the River Valley.  Victoria is one of Edmonton's oldest parks and is a picnic park in summer and a skating park in winter.  The Edmonton Speed Skating Association trains here and are tenants in the pavilion which is open to the public as well.  Previously there was nowhere to put your skates on, nowhere to leave your stuff and no washrooms.   All that has changed now.  This design was executed by Rayleen Hill Architecture of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.  This photo was part of a series of images commissioned by Rayleen.

Having officially opened on Dec 19, just in time for Christmas, this pavilion - and the others already completed around the city - are a great gift to the citizens of Edmonton.  Tax dollars can't be just for police, pipes and pothole repairs; both the body and the soul need to be fed after all.  No doubt many Christmas calories will be burned off over the holidays with a few laps of skating at  the new Vic.

Merry Christmas!