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Photos shot by yours truly. We had a couple long days of shooting in the summer heat but the final results made it all worth it. The grungy edgy effect looks amazing. I'll write another blog in a few weeks from a photographic perspective but for now check out the links below.

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LOAD Apparel shoot

LOAD Apparel shoot

LOAD Apparel shoot

LOAD Apparel shoot

LOAD Apparel shoot

 

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    BW in Cuba

    October 29, 2013

    For those of you that follow my blog you'll know that after years of having an indifferent opinion on black and white photography I've recently developed a passion for it. Here are a few BW photos from a recent trip to Cuba. I'll post more on the blog as I edit them. It's a cool experience to take the knowledge you gained from shooting in one location (Toronto) and than apply it to shooting in a totally new environment. It's like buying new shoes and then trying them on with different outfits to see what they look like. Now I've got the itch to take my camera to different parts of the world to see what I can do.



    Cuba
    I set the exposure compensation to plus2 and shot. I was attracted to the sense of depth created by the colonnade of beach umbrellas and shadows. Plus2 exposure was set to create the angelic glow around the head of the figure plus it also brought out the fantastic textures in the beach umbrellas.

    Cuba
    Dramatic afternoon skies over Varadero. I wanted the sky to be as dramatic as possible so I measured the light on the bright part of the sky to ensure the storm would be as dark as possible. Cheers to spot metering and AE-Lock. The shot came out perfectly dark.

    Cuba
    The textures in the concrete and the awkward angle are what attracted me to this scene. I'm not sure where my eye goes in this shot. It just wonders around and around enjoying the textures without settling in any particular spot.

    Cuba
    Self portrait.

    Cuba

    I love this moody shot. The clouds had rolled in over the beach so I decided to look for some dark scenarios to shoot. I set the exposure compensation to underexpose the image and just happened to catch this beach gower with his head down. BAM! Took the shot. I composed the image with almost all the negative space behind the subject to emphasize the emotion.
     

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      Never put down your camera. I know it gets tedious and cumbersome. At times it's down right annoying. But you know what, as soon as you put your camera away you see the perfect shot and you kick yourself for not being able to shoot it. It's the photography gods, they made it happen so they could laugh at you for not having your camera. In fact why does it always happen? I have this theory, a camera is like travel insurance. If you buy it you never need it but that one trip you take without it and you get nailed. It never fails, the one time I took a walk down the beach in Cuba without my camera and the sky was perfect. arrggg! So the point is, always bring your camera with you. Or better yet have someone else carry it so the photography gods think you don't have a camera. . . but hahahaha the joke is on them! You do have it. click click click.

      So below are three shots I got because I always have my camera out and ready to go. Because you never know! They aren't masterpieces by any means but not to shabby considering they were shot from a moving 90's abduction van with blue tinted windows. It was awful. I knew all the pictures would have an ugly blue cast over them but what the heck, it's not everyday one gets to drive around Havana. So I set my camera to shutter priority mode, 500th of a second, iso 800 with my finger on the trigger. It's not the easiest way to shoot. There are so many random variables out of your control such as pothole that causes you to bash camera into head or random blurry pedestrian that appears out of nowhere. Does photoshop have a remove pedestrian tool? Needless to say most of the shots from the car ended up in the trash but here are three that worked out pretty well.

      Woman washing plastic bags on her balcony, entrepreneur selling newspapers and two men and a transmission having a picnic.

      Havana Cuba


      Havana

      Havana

       

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        calm before the storm

        October 21, 2013

        The calm before the storm has always been one of my favourite experiences. It's mother natures way of messing with your senses. You're conscious of the chaos that lays in wait. The horizon is dark and ominous. You know the storm is coming. You're emotionally amped up but all around you everything is calm. If it wasn't for your eyes telling you that there's a storm coming you'd never know. It's such a surreal experience.

        For this particular shot I credit my laziness. I've been in situation such as this before, where I see a perfectly good scene unfolding and I take the lazy shot. Than when I get home and look at the picture I regret not making the extra effort to get closer or to get lower or to think about composition before I shoot. In this case I noticed the resort staff pointing towards the boats on the beach. I figured it was only a matter of time before they pulled them up to higher ground. I said to myself no more lazy shooting. Obviously it would have been so much easier to shoot from the comfort of my beach chair. But I've made that mistake before. Let's walk up the beach and do it proper I said to myself. So with my 24-70mm I walked over to a nice distance, got down on my knees and waited. People were probably wondering what this goof was doing on his knees with a camera while everyone else was packing up to leave. I was waiting for the staff to come collect the boats. I wanted the shot and I was going to be stubborn about it. So thank you laziness, from you I learned that taking the lazy approach seldom leads to good photographs.

        As I was walking towards the spot I had chosen to shoot from I thought about the composition. I knew by getting low to the ground I would run the risk of losing the men's faces in the dark background. If I had stood tall and used the beach as the backdrop I would have lost the drama in the sky. It would have become an image about their emotions rather than the storm. I wanted the storm to be a big part of the image so I got low. And I also got lucky that one of the staff was wearing a white hat that contrasted against the sky rather nicely. In my experience shooting becomes so much easier and more enjoyable when you pre-think your shot instead of haphazardly pushing the shutter button hoping for a good shot to happen.

        Varadaro Cuba
         

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          a face that inspires

          October 19, 2013

          A few months ago I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Michelle Basu Roy on a photo shoot. It's been a while but if memory serves me correctly this was one of the first photo shoots she had ever done if not her first one. Initially she was a little timid but after a few laughs she opened up and I was blown away by her presence in front of the camera. Such a strong elegant character with piercing eyes. I was amazed. Before we had the chance to realize it the two hour shoot she had booked was four hours in length. No matter, the excitement of getting lost in the moment was it's own reward. In the end we had more than a handful of amazing shots. I hope she books me again. I would be remised if I didn't mention that the thought of planing a more creative endeavour with her hadn't crossed my mind more than once. She has a face that inspires.

          Fitness Shoot

          Fitness Shoot

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