I have been working in my spare time over the past few months to produce a trail running video with my perfect partner Kristie. Trail running is her passion, and since imaging is mine, it made sense to do a project together. I wanted to get out and experiment with some DSLR video since I picked up an awesome Nikon D7000. It was a great learning experience, and we are quite proud of the result, my first start to finish DSLR HD video production.
On the Labour Day weekend we shot a 56 hour time lapse at the Live at Squamish Music Festival for a TV commercial for Microsoft’s search engine Bing. It is part of the Bing is Beautiful, and Bing and Decide campaigns. Look for it during your favourite regularly scheduled TV program.
We were responsible for shooting the time lapse sequence that runs in the background of the Bing concert commercial, plus a few of the concert shots in the “Photosynth” section of the ad. More about how the shoot came together after the jump…
I have been subscribing to the Arch Daily Blog for quite a while now, but they went way up in my good books today when they featured the Richmond Olympic Oval, the 2010 speed skating venue, including the photos I took for Cannon Design Architecture. Kudos to Arch Daily for featuring the amazing Richmond Oval today, on the opening day of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.Check out the Arch Daily blog post including photos by me, and other great photographers, and subscribe to their rss feed to get a little bit of architectural inspiration every day. If you’re lucky enough to be in town for the Olympics, go and check out this incredible building, or come and visit us in Vancouver after the 2010 craziness has subsided.
The Richmond Olympic Oval designed and built for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics has been short listed for the World Building of the Year Award, part of the 2009 World Architecture Festival Awards.
Cannon Design Architecture has leased my daylight long exposure images, along with a few others to be used in marketing and award applications. It is fantastic to be a part of an application for such a prestigious award.
The 2010 Olympic Oval has already been honoured several times, including recognition from the Globe Foundation and World Green Building Council for projects that employ Green Building Practices, and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s 2009 Award of Excellence for Innovation in Architecture. The RAIC award is partly due to the use of more than a million board feet pine beetle kill lumber that forms the 100 meter span gluelam roof supports. In addition to the RAIC and green building awards, the Richmond Olympic Oval was recently the recipient of the Sustainability Star award. Given by the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Organizing Committee (VANOC), which recognizes the innovative efforts Games partners and sponsors are taking to be sustainable.
The 2010 Olympic Oval is a spectacular building, and a marvel of modern construction that blends function and aesthetics. If you can, get yourself to Richmond and take a look for yourself.
Hopefully we will see the Richmond Oval walk away with the World Building of the Year Award. (with an ever so little help from my photos)
A while back I finally got a chance to get out and shoot with my 10 stop neutral density filter. It allows me to take photos with 30 second – 2 minute long exposures in daylight. you can see my first attempts in the original post here.
I bought this filter to experiment with, and to use for personal work, photos that might end up as art, or shots that might be just for me. I had fun experimenting, and was pretty happy with the results. I left the filter in my most used gear bag, and forgot about it for a while.
When my brother asked me for a ride to the Vancouver Airport a few weeks ago, I grabbed my gear, remembering that the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Speed Skating Oval had recently been completed near the airport, and was supposed to be a unique and spectacular building. I thought I’d take a look at it after dropping my bro at YVR. Great Architecture always intrigues me, that’s why I became an Architectural Photographer. Sometimes I just go out and look at buildings, sometimes I photograph them for fun, even if it’s not a work assignment. When I arrived at the Olympic Oval, the conditions could not have been better. The light was in just the right place, still quite low in the sky, but with a bright daytime look. The blue sky and clouds mirrored the brilliant colours of the ice blue architecture, accented with orange wooden beams for a dash of contrast.
In a case like this, I have to take photos, I don’t have a choice. It’s like an addiction, looks…..soooo…..goood,……..must…..take……photos….! It’s the same feeling that would compel a tourist to take 2 dozen shots of a beautiful sunset, even though each one looks just like the one before. It just looks so good.
I took about 150 frames, wandering around, exploring angles, different lenses, from far and near, low and high. I was just about to pack up and move on, when I remembered the 10 stop ND filter in my gear bag ( I use a Lowe Pro Photo Trekker in case you were wondering – Free plug for Lowe Pro cause their stuff is so good, and has a lifetime warranty) It was a pretty windy day, so the clouds and trees were moving quickly, if I made a long exposure I would probably get a unique look to the architecture image. And did I? Yes.
Now, I’m not the first to take a daylight long exposure of a building, and I won’t be the last. But, what I did was add a technique to my photography style quiver. I learned something new by experimenting, and applied it to my personal style. I really love the results, they add an bit of artistic flair to a standard assignment result. I will experiment more with the technique, and refine it, learn how to use it as a tool to provide my architectural clients with a better, more unique product. I will definitely use it on assignments in the future, for the right clients.
The take away here? No matter what your discipline, your style is not static, it grows and evolves. If you try something new, and it feels right, then go with it. Experiment, learn, apply, repeat.
Over the past few months, a lot of the well known blogging photographers like Chase Jarvis, David Hobby, Joe McNally, and Drew Gardner have been talking a lot about the value of shooting for yourself. Personal work is good for the soul.
Well, it happens that a few days ago I was in a real funk. I couldn’t get motivated to slog through the pile of office work I had stacked in my in-box, or the editing waiting for me in the depths of the hard drive. I find that times like these, when I ‘ not being very productive anyway are perfect times to get out an revive the creative juice flow by trying to shoot something new. My subject of choice is usually some type of abstract nature. The weather was lousy, gray and overcast with a little bit of rain. Not perfect landscape shoot weather, but then again, is there ever such a thing as perfect landscape weather? Suddenly I remembered the B+W 110 3.0 (10 stop Neutral Density filter) I bought months ago for shooting daylight long exposure photos. I have been meaning to try it out for ages, it’s still in the box. It’s just the type of thing that would lend itself to shooting on a less than perfect day. The filter would allow me to to take quite long exposures (2 minutes I discovered) which would blur the clouds, and water, while stationary objects remained sharp. All of a sudden, the funk was gone, replaced by creative excitement.
here are a couple of the results…
This is the Squamish Estuary, looking south towards the ocean
The same estuary area, looking east towards the Stawamus Chief, the second largest granite monolith in the world (Gibraltar is 1st)
I had planned to go to the old docks by the ocean too, but I got so into it at the estuary that I ran out of daylight. The sky even co-operated a bit, and opened some late in the day blue patches, providing me with some interesting cloud movement. Exposures were f22 @ 2 min.
No matter what your creative outlet is, taking some time to do something just for yourself always energizes. Write a poem, or a song, design you ultimate kitchen, paint, take some photos, whatever gets your mind going. After this little selfish outing, I came back to the office refreshed, and was able to tackle my work with enthusiasm. I also have a couple of new pieces that will likely end up on my wall.
Get out there and do something for yourself!
I have been playing around with some time lapse photography in my spare time. Trial and error and online learning. As an architectural photographer, it’s something I could see offering to my clients for the right exterior projects. This one was just for fun, and is far from perfect, so I played around with some "Tilt-Shift" depth of field effects. Let me know what you think in the comments. Don’t forget, if your connection can handle it, click the HD button to see it in the best quality.
The time lapse sequence was photographed the Sasquatch Music Festival, this year on May 24th. It’s a shot of the Main Stage at The Gorge Amphitheater, in Washington State. Probably the best place in the entire world to see an outdoor concert. Read More…
I don’t end up with tons of time these days to shoot things for fun, so when my brother Paul showed up yesterday with a surprise day off and asked if I wanted to join him for an afternoon in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, how could I refuse? but, still being extremely sore from my bike park visit last Saturday, I decided to take it a bit easy, and take some gear along to try and can a few shots for fun. Turned out that I was having such a good time that we only stopped twice to shoot a quick shot.
I wanted to do a little strobist thing in the trees, to reduce the ambient, and light Paul comming off a little rock drop on the trail. I was reminiscing a bit about shooting film, as I realized that the D40x I brought, combined with the strobes would only be fast enough to shoot one frame. For about 4 min set up, I think I got a decent one.
Shot with 2 SB-80DX units on slave mode both behind the action, pointing 45° towards the camera at full power. one on the rock, camera left, and one balanced on a tree branch camera right (you can see the flare on the right side of the frame). The remote strobes were triggered by a SB-28 at 1/2 power on the hot-shoe from about 10m (30 feet) away. exposure was 5.6 @ 1/200th for a bit of motion blur shot at about 170mm. A bit of high pass filter for added drama.
Probably not mag cover material, but really fun for a quick little 5 min shoot. I can’t say how good it feels just to get out and shoot something different for a change. It really is important to go out a do something creative just for fun. We had a blast biking yesterday, and I have inspired myself to dream up a couple of more produced bike shots to try and pull off before the end of the summer.
Grab your camera, and go shoot something new, just for fun!
I recently finshed post production on an Interior Design Photography project for Susan Parker, a Designer from Vancouver. In an awesome place right on the Nicklaus North Golf Course in Whistler, BC. Susan designed a Modern Mountain Kitchen in granite, stainless and slate with red accents to make it feel amazingly warm, but clean and modern at the same time.
With the same approach, Susan also designed the living space surrounding the kitchen for an up to date cozy ski town feel. The interior is accented by a brilliant custom stairway designed by Architect Dennis Maguire.
Modern mountain style interior design is one of my favourite things to shoot, clean but warm and inviting.