Wednesday, November 30, 2011

First Day On Spray | Adventure Photographer

The last month of contracts is almost complete. Most of the work we intended to have done for December is pretty much done so now it's time for personal projects, stock and just good solid adventure.

Today was our first day out on Spray Lakes in Kananaskis and it was great. We were able to get out on the ice around 11 am and spent a few minutes testing the ice. The ice has an average thickness of about 5" but is open in some places along the creeks. There is about 4" of fairly cold snow on 1" of slush but still enough to get an edge with the 12-five in 20km/hr wind.

Great way to start the season, it's shaping up to be a sweet season. Hope La~Nina' gets here soon...

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A Good Start | Canadian Adventure Photographer

Even with a few shots to the cores (rock damage to our bases), I really can't complain about yesterdays' climb. Patrice and I skied into the Highwood Pass and climbed the huge North face on Mt. Tyrwhitt. The snow was cold and light but unfortunately with no base to it, our skis penetrated too deep and the occasional rock or tree would catch and we'd take a tumble.

It was amazing to climb something just to ski it and even having the kites with us and intending to use them to gain our elevation, climbing was enough. The wind wasn't favorable either and without a substantial base, it was probably going to be hard to get enough safe lift out of the kites. The light was not great as well but I managed to squeeze a few shots off of Pat doing his "free-heel" thing. Regardless of the slim conditions, it was great to get out and a nice note to start the season on.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Telly | Adventure Lifestyle Photographer

Last Thursday I went out for a late night shoot in Calgary at the King's Head Pub. The band was Telly and when Tim (their Keyboardist) messaged me I had a hard time saying no. I photographed these guys at Beer Fest 2010 and I loved their music and watching them play. It's almost like the Doors and Skinard got together for a party on stage. Rob (the Lead) and the boys really get into it and the music really is good.

It was a quick set and although I don't do a lot of band work any more, sometimes it's just good to get out and shoot.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Passing Through | Adventure Lifestyle Photographer

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Tonight was the second night for working on my long exposures. Again it was very cold and clear but this time I stayed close to home. I tried a few other locations but I came back to this one which is just off of RR12 west of Crossfield. Once I started post on the image I found that not only had two aircraft flown through my shot but I also got two meteor shots on the left side of the frame (heading West). I love doing this kind of work, and I had a movie on my ipod to kill the time....

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Many Layers | Canadian Adventure Photographer

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Well I have been very busy with Hockey Team and Sports Photos but now there is a little bit of a break. I was getting extremely restless today so I forced myself to head out into the cold tonight and work on my long night exposures. I stopped in at a location between Crossfield and Carstairs that I have wanted to shoot at for some time. The problem with this kind of shot is it requires a few hours to achieve so you really need to be sure of the composition.

The frame is made up of 57 individual frames all exposed for 60 seconds each. Once they have been combined in layers you get a 57 minute exposure. The reason for going this route is to cut down on the noise created in the image from the long exposure heating up the sensor. I love making these kind of images but I need to find something to do while I wait.