I did some demonstrating and shooting at the Nikon Booth at the PPOC National Photography Convention a few weeks ago. We were lucky enough to have the beautiful Playboy Playmate Coxy Dominika Jandlova model for us. I was also excited to be shooting with my Nikon D5 and the New SB-5000 flashes with Radio Control. I was controlling 3 flashes with my WR-R10 Wireless Remote on my D5 and it worked flawlessly. I was also shooting with my D5 tethered to a Laptop and TV screen so that other photographers could view what I was shooting. Here are just a few images from the shoot, all shot with Nikon Flashes on location at the booth.
Happy to share my image "Private Charter" that won a best best in class award for Product Illustration at the Professional Photographers of Canada Association National Convention last week along with being nominated for the PPOC Loan Collection National Exhibition.
I had the opportunity to test the prototype back in February and have my production D5 and absolutely LOVE IT... so I created this video to share some of my experience and favourite features.
It was only a year ago that I had an amazing trip to Nepal. I saw extraordinary historic sites, breathtaking landscapes and met incredibly kind and wonderful people. Its heartbreaking to hear of the destruction and grief that has settled upon Nepal after two major earthquakes on April 25th and May 12th. Sadly thousands of lives have been lost with thousands more injured and Unesco World Heritages sites badly damaged. There is a great need for relief and humanitarian assistance in Nepal.
Perhaps you have donated to a charity of your choice already or have one picked out to donate to, if not and you would like to learn more about how you can contribute to the disaster relief;
please see the Canadian Red Cross website for more information. You can donate directly through their website or learn more about their relief efforts by following the link.
There are many great charities out there who are aiding Nepal through this arduous time, please send positive thoughts and if you like monetary donations to a country very much in need of support.
"One of my greatest Olympic moments was shooting the Gold Medal Hockey game at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics!!! I was sitting front row between the Newsweek and Sports Illustrated photographers right next to the goal, the crowd was electric and the game was beyond EPIC!! I was so very honoured have been able to shoot Team Canada win Gold on Canadian soil, and capture so many Hockey moments with excellence."
For a photographer the Gold Medal hockey game is by far the toughest Olympic sport to get in to and shoot because there are only a certain amount of spots available for photographers in the stadium. So when I got there, even though I had credentials, I didn't know where I would be sitting or if I would be able to get in to the game at all. I kept positive and ended up getting very lucky with the spot I got in the front row, but I was right behind the glass. I had to improvise on the spot and I extended my lens hood with black tape to be able to attach to the glass to minimize reflections. It worked great and I was able to get a fantastic eye-level perspective and still got razor sharp images. Pro Tip: always keep some black electrical tape in your camera bag for situations just like this. Speaking of luck: during the game an olympic puck flew off the ice, into the air and actually landed in my open camera bag without even breaking a lens!! It sits in my trophy case as a reminder of what happens when you go for it, allow and surrender to the flow.
It was an amazing game and I fed off the energy capturing hundreds of great shots of our Team Canada!! I took time whenever there was a break in the action to review my images, zoom in and make sure my images and settings were dialled, including the perfect colour balance. My exposure setting was generally around f/5.0 at 1/1600 sec - ISO 5000 on my Nikon D3s. I hope you enjoy a few of my favourite shots from the game and share on Facebook / Twitter by clicking below.
"I had the extreme pleasure of shooting World Champion and now Olympic Gold Medalist Marielle Thompson while backcountry skiing for a Nikon Canada shoot and then later a fashion shoot with her at my studio. Marielle transformed in front of the camera and we ended up getting some amazing shots of her and her crystal globe! A HUGE congratulations on your well deserved Olympic Gold in Sochi Marielle. Looks like we have a new medal to shoot you with!! Way to go!!!!!"
When on a photo/video shoot for Nikon Canada called One Camera Two Perspectives, I had the opportunity to work with Marielle Thompson and her boyfriend and fellow Ski Cross Champion Tristan Tafel out in the backcountry for a ski shoot. It was a crazy snow day, really tough wet conditions to shoot in but amazing deep snow. We had snowmobiles to tow the athletes around, had a blast and got some great shots!!
After the shoot I had Marielle and Tristan come to my studio for a what was to be a quick fashion shoot.... but as we started to get creative it evolved into something much more amazing. I loved shooting Marielle with her Crystal Globe trophy and we co-created some really fun ideas. One of which was to have Marielle's trophy reflect into her sunglasses as if she was peering into her Crystal Globe. We used a purple and blue coloured gels on my lights to enhance the effect. Tristan brought out some antique skiis and poles which made great props as well. I have included a few of my favs of Marielle in this post!!
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"Here are a few of my best images of Patrick Chan from from the Vancouver Olympics. I am always amazed by the height and amplitude of his jumps. In of the images he looks like he's flying!! Congratulations on the Silver Medal at Sochi Patrick."
Like an Olympic athlete who visualizes their entire routine or event, I am a strong believer in visualizing the final image before you click the shutter. I see the image in a very final form, the look I want, including any treatments, filters or effects I may add in post processing.
I may even visualize the image cropped as it may appear in the final brochure, magazine or canvas fine art piece. I call this “shooting with the end result in mind” and I find that this gives me greater clarity that allows me to execute the shot more effectively, which translates into a much better final image. I look at it as “Excellence in, Excellence Out.”
Sometimes you need big lenses to get close enough to the action. Shooting Olympic Halfpipe was one of those times for me... I was way up in the stands and used my AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm lens and sometimes an added teleconverter to capture these images. It was fairly dark, even under the lights, so I had to shoot at f/4.0 at 1/1600sec - ISO 4000 to freeze the action with my Nikon D3s. I was really impressed how little grain I had at 4000 ISO.
Halfpipe is an exciting sport to shoot and I loved to use the lines on the pipe to create some illustrative looking imagery. After Shaun White won the Gold Medal with his amazing runs I had to really hustle to get a decent vantage point to shoot him from while dealing with fans either trying to get close as well or leave the stadium. There was a cool moment where he was talking to press and I couldn't get down there to him and I shouted out his name and he looked up and gave me a great reaction/celebration shot. There is nothing like getting the athlete to look into the camera and recording that connection!!! If you don't ask, you don't get...what a great moment!
I always tell my Photographic Rockstar - Photography Workshop Students "The Bigger the Why, The Smaller the How!" When I know a Canadian is up, I raise my game as well, and always come up with my best shots of the day! Why? I believe its because I make the stakes in my mind bigger, I take the mindset that I must get the shot - that I have to create something incredible... and with that attitude I usually do!
One of the image I was most proud of at the Vancouver Olympics was this one, where I was able to capture the Canadian Bobsled perfectly over the Olympic rings. If any of you have tried to shoot bobsled, and the sheer speed of it, you would understand that its a really hard shot to get... those sleds move FAST!!! I had to shoot with a whopping 8000ISO on my Nikon D3s at f/4 at 1/3200sec to capture this moment in time. Its so exciting that new advancements in photography equipment and high ISO capabilities have made these incredible shots possible today.
I was also extra honoured to be able to capture some images of my friend Chris Le Bihan at his bronze medal victory. Way to go Chris!!