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New Release – “Legends of The Sea”

New Release – “Legends of The Sea” – Vancouver, BC

I was out one ice cold January morning on a mission to take a picture of the sailboats. I was waiting for the fog because I love how it make the scene way more intimate. The fog was so heavy that at times you could hardly see past your nose. Shortly after I was all setup, the first sailboat slowly started to emerge from behind its shroud of fog. Not too long after, the fog opened up a little more to reveal the second and third boats ever so faintly in the background. I stood there mezmerized by how in a world of chaos, this moment seemed to last a lifetime.

I can only imagine that the stories these sailboats hold are similar to those of legends. From crashing through waves headed to beautiful secret destinations to stories of sailors sitting topside drinking copious amounts of rum and having a great time.

Few of us are lucky enough to have met a real living legend in our lives. These are the people you look up to, you live vicariously through, you model your own life after them & you listen to their endless stories in complete awe. You never know how long you’ll have with them, but you know as soon as you meet them that they will be a significant part of your life forever. 

I met one in 2010, I enjoyed every minute of the 8 amazing years I knew him & it all came to a screeching hault 3 weeks ago today. 

R.I.P Steve Halliwell, Ret. Petty Officer 2nd Class 

                            1956-2018

New Release: In the Shadows of the Ma’iitsoh

 

New Release: In the Shadows of the Ma’iitsoh – Arizona, USA

Have you ever really wanted to go somewhere specific, and when you finally get to, it all happens so fast? That’s basically how I feel about anywhere new that I get to go! This was definitely the case in Arizona’s Antelope Canyon. I’ve seen countless pictures of it and yet nothing compares to seeing it with my own eyes. It’s amazing to see the artwork that nature’s power can create by something as simple as water mixed with sand, flash flooding into a colourful sandstone crevasse over thousands of years.

When I first laid eyes on this photo, a wolf howling towards the sky jumped out at me. I immediately started thinking about how I was standing on very sacred Navajo land, and their connection to the world around them. The Wolf is at the top of the food chain, as they are very intelligent hunters and travel in packs. The Wolf, or Ma’iitsoh as the Navajo people call it, is worshiped as a god and an ancestor

One of the biggest problems we have as photographers is stopping to enjoy the moment for ourselves. We get so caught up in the act of capturing the moment for others to enjoy, that we forget to completely disconnect from that and enjoy it for ourselves. This was one of those moments for me, I stopped myself for a brief moment and just enjoyed being alone in the shadows of the Ma’iitsoh.

 

Camera: #Canon 5Dsr

ISO: 100

Aperture: f/11

Shutter: 6s

Winter Wonderland – Bronze – 2017 EPSON International Pano Awards

A couple weeks ago the results from the 2017 EPSON international Pano awards were announced.

“Winter Wonderland” was lucky enough to receive a bronze award.

New Release: The Salt of The Earth

At nearly 300 feet below sea level, there isn’t a spot on Earth that you could stand further from the Moon all while wondering if you are in fact standing on it.

The combination of unbearable heat and salt will suck every little bit of water out of anything that lives here. But what makes this place so interesting is that it’s one of the few places, if not only in the world where you can be standing this far below sea level in the scorching heat and look to the top of the surrounding mountains in the middle of summer and see… SNOW! It’s surreal to see such a contrast in such a small area.

I scoured the area looking for the perfect composition, which is not as easy as one might think, there are so many different variations of salt formations that exist in this area. Some of them are very dirty and flat from being walked all over from others. I was looking for perfect patterns that were pristine and untouched, with very definitive lines. I wanted it to pull the viewer into the image and make them want to explore the foreground, all while still drawing their eye up into the distance.

WHO WANTS TO WIN A FREE LIMITED EDITION PRINT??

I will be showcasing my newest masterpiece “Solitude” at this show and will be giving one lucky winner their very own print.

Here is how you can enter to win!

1. Click on the link below:

2. Pre-purchase your tickets for the BC Home and Garden show at BC Place

3. Come check out some of my work.

4. While you are visiting fill out a draw form and enter to win the print.

I will have a few select prints on display in the Art Wall section of the show. See you all there!!

New Release: Winter Wonderland

 

Who’s excited for summer??? Now that it’s getting warmer out (FINALLY…) I feel like I can look back on images from winter.

I had recently finished listening to an amazing audiobook by Robert Kiyosaki and it was fresh in my mind. One of his statements that really had an impact on me throughout the book was: “Life pushes all of us around. Some give up. Others fight. A few learn the lesson and move on. They welcome life pushing them around. To these few people, it means they need and want to learn something. They learn and move on. Most quit, and a few like you fight.”

This statement was particularly true on this day for two reasons. The first being that I was snowshoeing up to the top of this mountain with my 55lb camera bag on. About 3/4 of the way up after stopping every 10-15 feet to catch my breath, I thought to myself “I Sure hope the ambulance can get all the way up here when I have a heart attack”. However, it was the same state of mind displayed in that audiobook that told me “You’ve come this far… only to see what the view is like at 3/4??” That was enough to keep me trudging upward.

The second time that this statement popped back in my mind during this shoot was when I was all setup in what I thought was going to be the shot of the night. I had shot several frames on my panorama camera, but the light and the composition wasn’t really doing it for me. I left the camera and decided to walk around a little bit with the viewfinder to see if there was anything else that jumped out at me. Sure enough, I walked over here and looked through the viewfinder. About as quickly as I could get the viewfinder up to my face I was rushing back to my camera and flying over to that spot to set up and capture the view. I had just enough time to set the camera up, I readjusted all my settings and fire the release cable. I took one exposure at 2 minutes and by the time that was done the light had completely faded and night was upon me. I am so happy that I kept fighting and pushed my way up to the top for this scene. Hard work is always rewarded.

See you at the top!

 

The Top 3 Tips for Fine Tuning Your Landscape Photography

“The drawing shows me at one glance what might be spread over ten pages in a book” from Russian writer Ivan Turgenev is a quote that resonated with me as I have always been a visual person, and just love how one image can say so many things to a variety of different people.

In the past, photography was regarded as a mere craft. The works of a landscape photographer wouldn’t necessarily be regarded fine art regardless of the aesthetics of the images. It’s not worth losing sleep over how the layman chooses to label your art (and whether they regard you as snap-happy or a producer of fine art photography worthy of being framed next to the great fine art photographers); it is however worth bearing in mind these 3 tips to fine tune your landscapes.

Lines: Use Them Wisely

Make yourself into a landscape photographer worthy of a fine art collection by considering how your photograph leads the eye of your viewer – It’s a great way to use the natural landscape to lead the viewer to the focal point of the image.

Using straight lines to dissect a shot can create scale, depth and be a dramatic point of interest in an otherwise unassuming landscape. A horizontal leading line gives a feeling of calm, a vertical line a sense of strength, and utilizing diagonal or multiple lines can imbue a landscape with a real sense of dynamism. Consider what it is about the landscape you’re trying to capture, and use lines to amplify that essence.

Shutter Speed: The Ultimate Control

Speed is your friend in fine art photography, and I don’t mean leaving everyone in your wake at sports day. A sense of movement (or lack thereof) gives a landscape that little bit extra. A long shutter speed can be used to give a rushing waterfall that silky smooth look, give the stars a slow crawl across a night sky, or some kinetic energy to a babbling brook. Conversely, snap the shutter for a fraction of the time to capture a dramatic freeze frame of a tumultuous sea.

Turn around: Evaluate Your Surroundings and Go With the Flow

You’re a master of your equipment and have no issues with hopping out of bed at an ungodly hour to soak your lens with the rays from the golden hour – but something’s not quite right; something you can’t put your finger on is stopping you from hanging your work in a Fine Art Photography Gallery.

Try literally turning around. Sometimes a rigid plan can work against you, and despite researching the best possible viewing points the results are off somehow. A little on-the-fly exploration can go a long way, fuelling creativity and translating your new found sense of discovery into your images.

Fine art photographers will testify that capturing the emotion of a place is the key to producing a great landscape photograph, but identifying this element doesn’t make it any less elusive. Keep these tips in mind and your work could be adorning the walls of a Fine Art Photography Gallery sooner than you think.

Siwash’d Rocks

 

When I first saw this location I knew immediately that the tide needed to be out, in order to expose these amazing seaweed covered rocks in the foreground and give the scene some depth. On the day I took this image the tide was still going out when I arrived. Just as the sun dropped below the horizon, the tide receded just enough to expose the shoreline in the foreground. The lighting was just perfect and the seaweed covered rocks were starting to shine. Now it was just down to the camera.

I barely had enough time to fire off a couple shots, and before I knew it quickly diminishing light had faded away and it was dark out.

Come visit me this week at  and check out my prints. I will be at the BC Home & Garden show until sunday!!

2017 BC Home & Garden Show

WHO WANTS TO WIN A LIMITED EDITION PRINT??

Well here is how you can do that!

1. Click on the link below:

2. Pre purchase your tickets for the BC Home and Garden show at BC Place

3. Come check out some of my work.

4. While you are visiting fill out a draw form and enter to win the print.

I will have a few select images on display in the Art Wall section of the show. See you all there!!

Fields of Fire

Sometimes its just about the simplicity of things. We tend to over complicate everything in life, but sometimes simpler things are much more enjoyable. It was a warm dry air kind of day and there was a fresh taste of prairie dust in my mouth. I was on a mission this mid summer day to find an image that displayed the vast distance in the prairies.

I had a much different idea in mind, but this is proof that if you just get out there, and allow Mother Nature to take the lead she will show you her colours. I came across this field, and for some reason it spoke to me. I stopped and got my gear all set up for the sunset. I couldn’t imagine what I was about to witness.

The sun dropped behind the clouds, and I thought that the show was over, but then about 60 seconds later a small part of the the sky started to light up. Then before I new it, the entire sky was lit up like a fire. Everything started slow but once it was going strong it took quite some time to die down. It seemed to stay alive for an eternity.

This is a sunset that I will remember for the rest of my life.