Thursday, December 31, 2015
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
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.
Friday, December 18, 2015
Friday, December 11, 2015
Friday, December 4, 2015
Friday, November 27, 2015
This is the restored Mercer Building in downtown Edmonton, photographed with my Canon 17mm TS-E lens on my Canon 1Ds camera.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Thursday, November 12, 2015
There are several buildings in Edmonton that feature old hand painted advertising graphics on the exterior walls. Some people refer to them as Ghost Signs. This one is on the side of a derelict building called the Koermann Block. These days there seems to be only one tenant left in this old building - a barber shop that, like the ghost sign, has seen better days.
Friday, November 6, 2015
Friday, October 30, 2015
Friday, October 23, 2015
Friday, October 16, 2015
Known as the 'Chinatown Gate', the structure marks the entrance to an area of downtown that once featured many Chinese businesses many of which have now closed or relocated making the future of the arch uncertain. It looks rather glorious in the morning light don't you think?
Monday, October 12, 2015
To get rid of the grain I used the 'Orton' technique; a method developed by Michael Orton. Originally a fairly labour intensive technique used in film photography where 2-3 negatives were stacked to make a print, the photographer would make one image that was perfectly exposed and precisely focused. Then a second image of the exact same seen would be made slightly out of focus and a couple of stops over exposed. Then the two negatives would be sandwiched together in the printing process. To achieve this look with film one had to decide to employ the process at the time the photos were taken and you had to use a tripod so that the negatives could be exactly aligned for stacking together later. Knowledge of the technique and lots of advance planning and decision making was a requirement. And you'd probably have to do the printing yourself - most labs would not want to be bothered with the fussing around and all that negative handling. In the digital age, any single photo made with any digital camera (or phone) can be used to achieve much the same effect. The steps are simple and the result is a nice, soft, slightly ethereal image.
If you'd like to give this technique a try I recommend the instructions at:
Friday, October 9, 2015
Friday, October 2, 2015
Friday, September 25, 2015
Canon 1Dx with Canon 17mm Tilt Shift Lens. ISO 200, 1/125 sec @ f/14.
Friday, September 18, 2015
Friday, September 11, 2015
Friday, September 4, 2015
Friday, August 28, 2015
So while out and about with our group in DC the subject of door photos was being kicked around and it became a bit of a game; others in our party selected the doors and windows and I took the photos. I rather like this scene in Georgetown; it has a nice casual look about it the appeals to me.
Friday, August 21, 2015
Friday, August 14, 2015
The memorial has a triangular plan and is comprised of a long black granite wall on the east into which are sandblasted images of the land, sea and air troops who fought in the war. Along side the granite wall is a triangular park where nineteen 7'-6" high stainless steel statues representing a members of the army, marine corps, navy and air force are placed. They are dressed in full combat gear and are dispersed among strips of granite and juniper bushes placed to simulate Korean terrain. The western side of the triangle is open to the National Mall
The Korean War lasted from 1950 June to 1953 July. The exact number of military and civilian deaths on both sides is uncertain but a figure of around 1.2 million is generally accepted as accurate.
I wanted to record a series of images that did not include any visitors and with persistence and patience I managed a few. I also thought that rendering the images in black and white would be appropriate - one does not need the distraction of colour to come to grips with the look of terror depicted in the faces of the statues.
The photo was taken with my Canon G15 and the RAW file was edited in Adobe Lightroom. I did the black and white conversion with Nik Silver Efex Pro software. Final Contrast adjustment made in Adobe Photoshop CS6.
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Friday, July 31, 2015
Friday, July 24, 2015
Friday, July 17, 2015
Friday, July 10, 2015
Friday, July 3, 2015
The site is bordered by Kingsway Avenue running bottom centre to the upper left corner, 101 Street running from bottom centre to upper right and 111 Avenue along the top of the frame. The Hys Centre (red brick building) is middle right, Glenrose Rehab Hospital top centre and Victoria Composite High School is lower left.
Friday, June 26, 2015
Friday, June 19, 2015
Consider the state of the building; is it in fact photo ready? Has the contractor cleared away all the bins and extra material left over from construction? Is he planning on erecting a scaffold required to clean up deficiencies on the same day that I plan on coming out? Is the landscaping done? What if I show up and there's a delivery van parked at the front door? Or if the landscaper chose that day for the delivery of a load of black dirt that has been placed in the worst possible location? What if the owner has placed a huge 'now open' sign on the front of the building? What time of day is optimal for photography? What if the weather is dismal? If the building is a long drive from home base all of these things can have huge implications.
This is a continuing care centre in western Alberta; all of these things had to be taken into account for this photo shoot. Thankfully everything went off without a hitch.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Friday, June 5, 2015
Friday, May 29, 2015
I have an iPad app that tells me where the sun and moon are at in given location and day. Using this app - and a reliable weather forecast - I was able to determine the optimal time of day for the photos. The daylight photos were taken around 7 pm and it took me about an hour. Then hung around for the sun to set and the lights to come on for the evening photos. Then I saddled up and hit the road for home. A late night, but such is the life of an architectural photographer.
Monday, May 18, 2015
Saturday, May 16, 2015
And then there are other times; when someone who's along to facilitate the shoot suggests that a photo might be in order. This photo comes from such a request.
I was on assignment at the Edmonton Federal Building when Rennie - that's him on the right - suggested that a quick shot of him and his mates would be a good idea. I almost always have my 24-70 f/2.8 lens with me so I grabbed it and set the lads up against this Tyndall stone wall. I told them I wanted serious expressions with loads of attitude. They came through in spades.
I don't know the fellow in the centre at all, but Rennie and Dave (on the left) and I have known one another for a while. If you want to know what top class professional builders look like, here's your chance for a good look.
Friday, May 15, 2015
Friday, May 8, 2015
Friday, May 1, 2015
Thursday, April 30, 2015
On April 29 the American Animal Hospital Association posted one of my photos on their blog as part of a story on Search Dog/Handler teams. You can read their post at:
Friday, April 24, 2015
Friday, April 17, 2015
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Thanks to the Steep Canyon Rangers for allowing me to carry out the assignment and to Name Dropping Productions for asking me along!
Friday, April 10, 2015
Come back to my blog on Monday for the photos that will close out the series.
Monday, April 6, 2015
Friday, April 3, 2015
Monday, March 30, 2015
I think this might be one of the best photos I've ever taken - very pleased with this one.
Friday, March 27, 2015
These photos were made with the Canon 1Dx and my Sigma 150-500 lens. Black and white RAW file conversion made with Nik Silver Efex Pro software.