Monday, 28 February 2011

City slickers go looking for wildlife

Most of my dance photography work usually takes me into dark theatre stages or clubs late at night. I rarely see any day light. So on occasion, I take on personal projects to get my creative juices flowing and to improve my skills in other genres of photography.

Every photographer has a dream of becoming a National Geographic photographer at one time or another. Travel the world photographing people and animals from remote regions. I am no different, so for this personal project, I decided I wanted to capture some winter wildlife images.

I was born in a big city and grew up in a big city, I knew next to nothing about wildlife and rural country, so where was a City slicker supposed to go to find some nature and wildlife...then I remember an article I read in the Star about declining attendance numbers at the Toronto Zoo!

According to the article, attendance in 2010 compared to 2009 dropped by 12%, but less people at the Zoo meant better access to the animals – I wouldn't have as many people in the background to worry about and I wouldn't have to fight for parking spots. I called up some photography buddies and scheduled for a day at the zoo.

Here are some of the animals that I captured with my camera:

Arctic Wolf

Polar Bear

Arctic Fox

Siberian Tiger

Snow Leopard

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Super car - super model

I don't usually post videos made by others but I found this one interesting. Its a BTS video of the making an ad for the Lexus LFA super car in the Sports Illustrated 2011 Swim Suit edition. The photographer was Yu Tsai

Its way beyond what I can accomplish with the resources I have at this time. Super car - no, Super model - no, hangar space - no, professional driver - no, lighting crew - no. But I found the final image interesting. You can see it at time scale 1:57 of the video.

I looked at the final ad image and its a great image but clearly its a composite image done in Photoshop, the original photo was taken inside a hangar and the final image has a cloudy sky. So, if you are going to put a composite sky in the final image, why didn't you composite the car or model into the final image? I wonder how much insurance they had to paid to have Rianne ten Haken stand there while the LFA is drifting around her, not to mention renting a Hangar that ultimately didn't get shown. Why go to all that trouble and photoshop the sky in? I know that the Lexus theme for their LFA ads are called "The Hard Way" but it kind of spoils it when you all out to get the shot as real as possible but end up with a photoshopped composite sky...things that make me go hmmmm.

Friday, 18 February 2011

Dances of offering

Just doing some clean up here on the computer and came across a set of photos from an event I shot this time last year. My clients had wanted some shots of their dance companies that were taking part in a benefit performance at the Betty Oliphant Theatre. I was only supposed to be there for the 2 performances but ended up staying for the whole rehearsal.

I delivered the photos to my clients long ago but never had time to look at the shots from the other performances. I finally had some time to look at some of them this week.

The benefit show is called Dances of offering and is "an annual charity benefit concert hosted by Pegasus Studios of Toronto that brings together a collaboration of the best of Toronto's amateur and professional dancers to raise money for various causes."

In 2010, their charity of choice was Liam's Light, a charity which supports research and care for pediatric transplants.

For 2011, their charity of choice is World Vision. For details of their upcoming February 26, 2011 show - go here







Sunday, 13 February 2011

Fitness Star Network Models @ Creative Images Studios

James Erdt of Fitness Star Network brought over some of his friends to the Creative Images Studio for a Saturaday of photoshoots. I was one of the many photographers who took part in this project.

Below is a sample of what I was able to captured.

Elise & Tyra

Atif & Andrew




Monday, 7 February 2011

La Femme Nikita

In 1990 there was a French film directed by Luc Besson about a teenage junkie who is recruited and trained to become an assassion by the French secret service. I always loved that film, especially Jean Reno who plays Victor-the cleaner. If you haven't seen it, you should go out and look for it. Don't be fooled by the American remake called Point of no return or the Canadian TV series Nikita - old one or the current new TV series on Showcase. You have got to see the original directed by Luc Besson.

This photoshoot was inspired by that movie.

The Corvette Z06 was provded by a fellow photographer Mike Zahra, the Bike was provided by my buddy Dan.





Dan & Taylor


Dan & Jesska