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Wow.  Back from the Launch of the Nikon Z7 Mirrorless Camera in New York last week to being on NikonTV in Toronto with Michelle Vallberg and Mark Cruz this week.  

The NYC  launch was an epic and inspirational event and I wanted to share a few images and remarks on how exciting this all is for me!!!!  From camera training at the Mets Stadium to the launch and Z7 testing to shooting with some of Nikon’s best ambassadors on a rooftop where I took this alien at the bar shot during Joe Mcnally’s awesome photoshoot.

Having the opportunity to geek-out and connect with my fellow Nikon ambassadors from across North America was a highlight for me.  Seeing their work really inspired me to kick it up a notch myself.  Joe Mcnallys presentations made us laugh, Jerry Ghionis made us cry (in a good way) Dixie Dixon made us smile, Corey Rich made me want to ride my mountain bike (and get a better drone), while Keith Ladzinski made me want to climb a mountain and Chris Hershman made me want to dance.  I also met and connected with all the other ambassadors and it was a privilege to get to know all of you.  What a heart centered team of talent!

Some of Nikon’s top engineers, executives and marketing team were also there to teach us about the product and show us a glimpse of the future.  

This experience showed me more than ever that Nikon is more than just a company.  It’s a philosophy.  I had he same experience when I went to Nikon in Tokyo Japan a few ears ago after using the prototype D5 as I had in New York  as I do with all my friends at Nikon Canada on a regular basis.  It’s like a family of like-minded creative individuals who are truly passionate about photography and taking excellence to the next level, in image quality and the gear to achieve it. 

That said I have never been more proud to be a Nikon Ambassador and I am thrilled with the direction Nikon is going with the Z7, Z mount and new lenses.   I also feel privileged to have been one of the preproduction camera testers and content creators for Nikon Canada.  Nikon gave its engineers a blank slate to create the best mirrorless camera... and I am confident they did.  Mirrorless Reinvented.  I will be able to shoot better stills and video than ever before in a lighter smaller camera system.  As a photographer to the core, that is as exciting as it gets!  Thx Nikon - you rock!!!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Capturing 8K Timelapses with the Nikon D850 gave me amazing results, allowing me tons of detail to zoom into in my edit.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Timelapses can be created on the Nikon D850 right in camera like this one.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]I love shooting with the interval timer at full 8K.  That enables me to be able to use any of the images at full res and build 8K timelapses.  I use LRTIMELAPSE to create all my timelapes... it is simply the best.. by far![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Congratulations Nikon on an extraordinary 100 years!!!  I am proud to be a Nikon Ambassador and be a part of your success![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Kristian shares winter photography tips for finding the perfect photo location and explains how to use in-camera settings to create images that pop with vivid colour.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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.

This was a proud and pretty stoked moment as I stood at the summit of Vinson Massif at 4,892m tightly gripping my Nikon flag in the high winds and -50 degree windchill conditions.  

I just got back from a truly once-in-a-lifetime, three week experience photographing and climbing Vinson Massif – the highest peak in Antarctica and one of the World’s Seven Summits. This was part of the True Patriot Love Foundation expedition with 9 injured soldiers and 17 Canadian business leaders, led by world-class guides from Mountain Professionals and Yamnuska Mountain Adventures.

With the cold conditions, high elevation and the fact that we did not have any electricity while winter camping our way to the top, it was a very challenging shoot.  I had to carry all my gear in a 105 litre Osprey Zenith Pack and pull a sled with a large duffel, food, etc.  My Nikon D810, Nikon D4s and Nikon 1 J5 and the new AF-S Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8E ED VR lens, 50mm and 16mm fisheye came with me all the way to the summit!!  My 70-200mm came up to high camp but I left it for weight and simplicity on summit day.  I used 2 Lowepro Toploader Pro bags (Toploader Pro 70 AW II and Toploader Pro 75 AW II) to keep my cameras dry and protected and inserted hand warmers to ensure the cameras stayed warm.   We were surrounded by crevices at all times so when we moved, we did so in teams all roped together.  So I had the challenge of shooting while tethered to a rope and shooting while moving.  That's where the Lowepro bags were a game changer and allowed me to have them at my side and access them at a blink of an eye, without having to stop the entire group and take off my pack to access my camera.  I attached my Lowepro's using the shoulder harness and attaching them to my backpack belt loop to carry most of the weight at my hips.  My Manfrotto Befree Carbon Fiber Tripod and Ball Head also outperformed my expectations and made bringing a tripod on such a weight-sensitive expedition a possibility. I also brought the very lightweight Manfrotto Offroad Series Tripod and Sticks to shoot stable video on the fly!  I charged batteries with my Goal Zero Sherpa 100 Kit and brought a new super lightweight Apple Macbook and 2 - SSD drives for backup which allowed me to shoot a terabyte and a half on this trip!!  Finally I kept warm with the incredible expedition Canada Goose jackets that felt like you were wearing a comfortable sleeping bag no matter how cold it got.

True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL) is a national charity that honours the sacrifices of members of the Canadian Armed Forces, veterans and their families in both times of peace and conflict. TPL funds unique programs and innovative research in the areas of family health and support, physical health and rehabilitation, mental health and wellbeing, and research and innovation. TPL is also committed to bridging the gap between military and civilian communities, hosting multinational symposiums and organizing ambitious global expeditions. Since 2009, True Patriot Love has committed more than $15.1 million to support military charities and research across Canada.

Summiting one of the World's Seven Summits and experiencing Antarctica was incredible, but even more amazing was witnessing and capturing the extraordinary people on this trip, the healing that took place for the soldiers and the bonding that happened between soldier and civilian as we all worked together to get to the top! I have come away from this forever changed and inspired, with a deep appreciation and respect for our Canadian soldiers and what they continue to do for us.  I also come away with many new friends from this adventure, the business leaders, soldiers, guides and support were absolutely amazing individuals and it was an honour growing through this experience with all of them!

Included are a few teaser images.  More to come soon at the Scotiabank Contact Festival and other Nikon and True Patriot Love Foundation venues.

Very Special thanks to Nikon, True Patriot Love Foundation, Lowepro, Manfrotto, Scotiabank, Canada Goose, LaSportiva, Osprey, Exped, Goal Zero and more for your incredible support to make this expedition a possibility.

 

 

I feel very honoured to have just been awarded the Master Photographers International Commercial Photographer of the Year along with many other awards of distinction.

Competition is a great way to have your work evaluated and judged by your professional peers. It always gives you a reference point to see how you are doing and what you need to work on. It feels good to have your images judge well because it usually tells you that your on the right track and that the excellence you put in to your work is being recognized by others.

The MPIO (Master Photographers International) is a great organization and community with world-class photographers and artists. Find out more at mpio.co

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