Sunday, December 27, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Kuno is a four year old German Shepherd. His co-officer Paul had brought him to some city owned property near the Thames River to give him some exercise. I had been on my way home after checking out a car wash where I may end up doing a shoot.
I like people who help. Following this K9 Cruiser on my way home, the thought occured to me, how unique it is that there are animals that also help in many areas of our society. Probably the most well known animals that help, are the seeing eye dogs. Most of us have seen these dogs helping improve the daily life of people who live and work without their own eye-sight.
I would like to thank the London Police Service and these two officers, human and canine, for the good work they do.
A sincere thank you to both of you.
I know that police work under the most difficult situations in our world. All too often, these dedicated ladies and gentlemen, in the course of their duties, while helping people like me and my children, end up being injured or assaulted. Or being murdered, or injured to the point of death.
Police work can be very dangerous and unpredictable. These people do a job that, honestly, I am not willing, or capable of doing.
It is not a perfect world. There are problems.
Yes, there are situations where things go wrong. Situations where somebody, police or not, where a person ends up dead.
It is too easy to criticise, or point fault, at the police.
As a citizen of this wonderful country, I have a number of obligations and responsibilities.
At the top of that list is my obligation to recognise that respect is requiredto those who have earned.
I know that it is not a perfect world. I know that Robert Dziekanski died. I understand that.
Just because things sometimes go awry. Just because there may be a few bad apples in the basket, we still owe our respect to the police that serve to protect us. To help us.
I really enjoyed my impromtu photoshoot with these two fine London Police officers.
One final comment, both of these officers will be working Christmas Day.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
His philosophy was the starting point for many of the concepts that he brought to practical fruition.
Many years ago, more than I care to admit to, I went to see a looong (8 hours long) movie called War & Peace. In the opening preamble the subject of the movie poses this question, during a time of horrific political turmoil; "If bad men can group together to commit evil deeds, then why can't good men group together to perform good deeds?".
From the little I know of Mr. Pecaud, his philosophy was somewhat similiar to the preceding one. Mr. Pecaud had a talent for bringing honest, positive, forward thinking people together to accomplish incredibibly good goals.
Even though I didn't know him personally, I know that I like him and his accomplishments. He has helped so many in such a large way.
My sincere condolences to his family, friends and the people that he helped to help others.
In spite of the loss of this trailblazer, his good work, and the people he brought together live on.
I know that in the future, maybe 50 or a 100 years from now, a little girl or a little boy, will wonder who made such good things possible. That little dreamer will go on to accomplish the unaccomplishable, because they discovered the story of Mr. Dave Pecaud.
Dave Pecaud has left us, but the mark he left, will live on forever.
Thank you, Dave. Rest peacefully.
This is one of only 3 shots I got of this very talented young lady.
Click on the image.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Monday, December 07, 2009
Sunday, December 06, 2009
Friday, December 04, 2009
Thursday, December 03, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
This is the Loblaws grocery store, at the Masonville commercial area in north London, Ontario. I was leaving Chapters bookstore, where I go to check out photography magazines and books.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
From a Flickr perspective, Simone gets 'views', and she gets 'comments'.
So thank you, Simone for taking the time to be my #32 Stranger.
Simone is living proof, that there are some very nice 'strangers'.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
I am not intentionally patting myself on the back, but I like this image. I think it is the simplicity, the lack of'busyness.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
This is Tammy. The Honda Shadow with the blue lights is her bike. Tammy, her husband Ron and friend Bubba are all subjects in my 100 Strangers Group. Tammy is the second to be posted. Clicking on her photo will take you to Flickr where there is a photo of her bike.
Still going to post Ron, her h.usband
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
These dudes are a little younger than myself. Even though we grew up in the same area and went to the same schools, we did it at different times.
Monday, September 07, 2009
Thursday, September 03, 2009
I had been down at the Forks of the Thames, attempting to use the SB-800, but the brightness of the noontime sun, I'm guessing, seemed to cause it not to work.
This was the first time ever that it had not worked as intended. It always works at night, first time, every time.
So the pond is a really great little, biosphere to get some photos at. It's a little out of the way and quiet. It is a very relaxig place.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Until I come along, pull out some gear, and start shooting!
It was a good shoot. A quarter to one in the morning, nobody around, a full ten minutes or so of off-camera flash stuff.
This Nikon flash system is superb. Even outside it performs beyond expectations. It works every time. I am glad that the advice to get the lens and delay the other purchase was taken to heart and followed.
Pro quality tools do make a big difference.
This image is one of last night's booty. One flash, lightstand and umbrella.
Click on the image to see the large version.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
By the time I got parked and made my way over to the well-dressed crowd, in my tie-dye t-shirt and sandals and jeans, the happy couple had moved back inside with the first photographer. However, Julie was second photog, outside getting shots of guests. When I happened along she was looking at some of her shots, standing by herself, when I happened along.
When I asked if I could get a couple of photos of her. Kindly, Julie obliged. Julie shoots Canon.
Here is another shot of the beautiful Julie working:
So how lucky for me? What a fun way to get #1 for the !00 Strangers group. In addition to being the first person on my 100 Strangers project, Jeff was also the first photo I took with my new, just purchased, AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED lens!
Jeff has had a number of careers since he finished his Math degree @ University of Western Ontario & and his Computer Science degree from University of Waterloo.
At the present time, Jeff is a partner in an enviromentally gentle carpet cleaning system that he says is 500 times better than traditional steam cleaning.
Jeff has a nature photography history in his past, even though his family and business responsibilities, keep his travels to northern Ontario at a minimum.
Clearly his passion for photography is evident.
Jeff and his young daughters are currently involved in learning Karate
Friday, August 14, 2009
Not only that! He's partnered up with the lovely Tamara Taggart from CTV Vancouver.
We got to enjoy the music, but y'all can dig the happy grin he's squeezing out of the music.
Saturday, August 08, 2009
The other recent observation is that being a 'model' really is work! To make it less work of "necessity" and more a process of capturing the 'passion' from the subject, requires the technical tools to work properly all the time.
There is nothing more frustrating than having a very effective shoot with a model, stalled by some minor technical fault.
Practice the technical stuff with 'Manikin', and catch the passion & creativity with the live models.
This is an image from the 'Rachel's Red Necklace' shoot.
I really like this shot of Rachel ... I'm really glad she showed up with the red necklace. It is a welcome interest point.
However, for technical flash tests in advance of a live shoot, he is a very valuable member of the team.
To see the lighting info, click on the image ... that will take you to Mike's Flickr account.
Sunday, August 02, 2009
Saturday, August 01, 2009
The location is a good place for a shoot, even though there was one streetlight that worked it's way into a few shots. I will be able to crop it out, but for a purist, who wants the photo SOOC, (Staight Out Of Camera), that is a philosophical compromise. I can take comfort with the track record of very, very few compromises.
C'est la vie, (Is it 'la' or 'le'?).
This is at the RibFest in Victoria Park in London, Canada.
I'm going to have to get a miners lamp to wear on my head, I think! Don't I look strange enough already ... holding a SB-800 in my left hand, the D200 with SU-800 and battery grip in my right hand... and the SB-600 on a lightstand to the right?
Yeah a cave spelunkers light strapped to my forehead would finish it off nice! Lol!
Anyway, after a little experimenting, this was what I got.
Strobist: SS 1/60, f/11, ISO 400. SB-800 @ 1/8 handheld CL, SB-600 @ 1/8 CR on stand. Fired via CLS.
Click on the image to go to Phototrain's Flickr post for this image.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Here I am with Dave in East Hamilton, near Gage Park. So is that "south" Hamilton or "east" Hamilton? I really don't know ... I live half way between Toronto & Detroit.
OK, it's settled. A Flickr contact, franky2step, filled me in. He grew up spending a lot of time in the H, and he let me know that noone ever says 'south' Hamilton. I guess it's the same as in the Journey song "Don't Stop Believing", where Steve Perry sings "... born and raised in south Detroit ...". Directly south of downtown Detroit is Windsor, Canada. Now there was a Southwest Detroit Hospital, not to far from Mexicantown, but that's there, not here.
Anyway, I had just come out of a Tim Horton's and saw Dave changing the fuel filter on his car. He is covered in tattoo's. I like the Canada flag on his neck. So to get to the point, I asked if I could get some shots of him and his tat's so I got 6 of 'em. Being a Canuck an all I liked the flag, eh?