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"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.

 

Way to go Canada on winning another GOLD for Canada in Sochi!!!!

 

Multi-award winning photographer Kristian Bogner wins top Canadian Photographic Award - “Commercial Photographer of the Year for Canada” for the 3rd time. The awards took place at the Professional Photographers of Canada Association’s image competition and conference in Halifax.  Kristian was presented the award by PPOC Chair, Ken Frazer, Nikon Canada's Amanda Mohammed and PPOC Image Salon Chair, Brian Lee.

Kristian also won two awards of Merit and one of his images was selected for the PPOC loan collection to travel across Canada. Earlier this year Kristian also received the Alberta Commercial Photographer of the Year Award for the 4th time.

It was an incredible honour to receive this award for the 3rd time.  I believe it is a reflection of the incredible passion I have for my work and creating images that inspire others.  People sometimes tell me I'm half photographer and half human.  😉 Well, Photography really is a huge part of me and to be recognized for that feels wonderful.   When I went up to receive the award I said a few words and spoke of allowing my photography to flow from the child within me that has no creative boundaries.  I received a standing ovation from my photographic peers and friends in attendance.  It really was a magical night that I will never forget.

 

This year's award was extra special for me because it was sponsored and presented by Nikon Canada and it felt like a real team win for me.  I am a Nikon shooter, tester and ambassador and the timing of this award couldn't be more perfect.  Nikon has just released two amazing new cameras .. the D800 and D4.  I have been fortunate enough to shoot with both and the capabilities are simply groundbreaking.  I have been working with Nikon on some exciting projects and am thrilled to share the award with them.   I am also speaking for Nikon at the Contact festival in Toronto on May 16th. The Contact festival is one of the largest photography festivals in the world.

 

A Huge thank you to all of my friends, family and peers... your support and encouragement has been so incredible!!!  You all inspire me take it to the limit whenever I have a camera in my hands!

 

 

Mountain Nomad

I am very fortunate to have a great friend and mentor which is an Indian Major General.  He has an incredible eye for photography himself and had taken me on several  life changing expeditions. This image was captured last fall along the silk route near Pangong Tso, Ladakh, way up over 16,000ft where these nomads live.  I watched this old woman milking the goats and go into her tent. I had my girlfriend (aka 'light holder of the year') hold my SB-900 Nikon flash with a small soft box near her and see if she could get the woman's attention while I shot this image from afar with a 70-200mm lens triggering the flash with a Pocket Wizard to capture the true unposed essence of this incredible study.  Notice prayer beads in her weathered hands amongst all of the other textures in the frame.

 

Coca-Cola Proud

We had just had the amazing experience to privately watch and shoot the sun rise on the Taj Mahal.  Afterwards we stopped outside of the gates for a cup of Chai Tea.  I looked over and saw this boy who was manning the store for what seemed to be his family.  He was also watching me with all of my Nikon gear and stood as a proud young entrepreneur in front of "his" store.  I was moved by the colours and illustrative nature of this frame and took several images to get the best expression I could.  Finally he stared right at me and I got this amazing image.  Persistence usually pays off and here is an instance where it did!

Peace Stupa by Starlight

I find there is always a reward to following your heart no matter what the opposition.  It was my last night in Leh, Ladakh and it happened to be a full moon.  We all had an early morning but I envisioned this shot and wanted to go up to the Peace Stupa and shoot it.  I was strongly discouraged because of safety, but I went anyway.  I had the most incredible experience up there by myself, took some time to absorb the beauty and spirituality of the place and then set forth to capture it's energy to share with others.  I decided to use my new super sharp and fast Nikon 24mm 1.4 lens and pulled out my very bright headlamp torch to do some painting with light.  I exposed for the starlight for 30 seconds and the full moon light nicely filled in and softened the artificial light sources abound while I ran around in the 30 seconds and illuminated with my headlamp.

 

Racing the Giant

We were in Maui on a very windy day and were told by some surfers that it was possible that the legendary JAWS may be big enough to surf and some world class surfers were on the alert.  Finding Jaws was a feat in itself and took some off road driving and a steep walk down a slippery slope but it was an incredible sight.  While it wasn't quite big enough to surf, because it needs to be big enough to carry the surfers over the reef, I was able to capture some incredible images of over 40 foot waves.  Down the shore from the site of Jaws I captured this extreme surfer racing this gigantic wave.  A great sports image captures the peak of the action and and I was able to capture just that before the wave overtook this surfer.

 

 

 

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