It was early spring and I hadn’t been to Fish Creek Park in a long time. It was mid afternoon, the light fairly harsh, and I didn’t find anything to excite me ’til I made my way upstream and I was literally under McLeod Trail. In the shadows under the bridge and away from the heat of the sun were some ice formations, and one in particular stood out because it was lit from behind by a stray beam of sunlight sneaking under the bridge from the other side.
When I picked up my Pro-1 from The Camera Store it was almost a ceremony. I welcomed some help to slide the big box into the back of my SUV. While I managed to get the sixty pound printer into the house and installed by myself, I’m reasonably big and strong. Moving and placing the printer is chancy for one person but is a snap for two, so I recommend having someone along to lend a hand.
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.
We were fortunate enough to be able to take an Adventure Canadacircumnavigation cruise around Newfoundland. The ship had arrived the
evening before from South America and before that the Antarctic, and
customs were being VERY thorough and we departed several hours late –
already well after sunset and just plain getting dark.
Welcome to the first of what may turn out to be a series of briefarticles focusing on a single image I have made, and the lessons learned
from the making. If you find this useful or interesting, be sure to let
us know and we can prepare more articles.
Who is Rupert Neve and what does he have to do with Photoshop?
Rupert Neve designed and built, arguably, the finest mixing consoles in the world for professional recording studios in the late 60’s and early 70’s. A mixing console is what is used to reduce all the individual tracks of a typical recording (24 or more) down to stereo (two tracks) for public consumption. Each individual track may contain a separate instrument or vocal. All of these tracks have been built up over time on a multi-track tape recorder, layer by layer, and must be reduced or mixed down to stereo. The mixing process is also a highly creative process as you can imagine.