We were attending our daughter’s graduation and decided it might be fun to stay on Granville Island in the heart of Vancouver. Alison and I were just walking around, looking for images to make. There were stores and stalls, fruit stands and boats, ship’s propellors and lots of characters, as well as a scattering of rust and water.
Thisis Bill. Bill is a working rancher. William Allard (of National
Geographic fame) was in Calgary to lead a workshop by The Camera
Store that I had signed up for. Bill asked why I would want to attend
a workshop at my age and with my experience, but I was feeling a bit
stale and the idea of shooting people instead of rocks and rust, of
working with someone more spontaneous and probably flexible than
myself was appealing – and the workshop did that for me in spades.
I made this image in early September of this year. I was using my new Pentax 645Z and had a 35 mm lens and a 75 but nothing in between. I made a vertical composition and then wanted to include more to each side, without adding extra top and bottom, so it just made sense to do a stitch, even though at 51 megapixels, I didn’t really need the extra resolution. Switching to the 35 would have included a lot more.
Rome, Tuscany, Florence, Milan, Pisa,Lake Como, Sicily…ahhhhhh Italy. There are so many amazing places
in that incredible country. My job as a professional photographer has
taken me back and forth across Italy several times, but of all the
places that I have seen it was the ‘secret’ Amalfi coast that
hooked me on la dolce vita.
When The Camera Store in Calgary,Alberta asked me to review a camera from Sony’s mirrorless line, I
jumped at the chance. After previously reviewing the top-down merging
of medium format into the DSLR universe (the Pentax 645Z), it seemed
logical to next review compact cameras as they merge upwards.