Bar Von Der Fels

By far my new favorite place in Calgary these days is the little wine bar, Bar Von Der Fels. The place has the feeling of stepping into a little wine bar in Paris, where it’s all about the great food and great wine. This is a small place in Calgary seating maybe 30 people, packed, but so worth it. Great atmosphere, incredibly tasty food and wonderful service, what else do you need. If you’re downtown check it out.

Rodeo and Powwow Workshop

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Not only are the classic rodeo events including bull riding, bareback, steer wrestling, calf roping, saddle bronc and barrel racing exciting to capture, the grounds are filled with colourful tipis, dancers in extraordinary hand-made dance outfits and will be holding traditional ceremonies and more.

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During this workshop Todd will lead the group around grounds offering advice from his wide range of experience, and will challenge participants to push past their own photographic boundaries. Students will be pushed to try and find their own photographic vision and their own unique way of storytelling. Students may work in any form of photography they wish, from photojournalism, fine art or portraiture, the instructor will help you create a body of work from this event. Participants will have full access to the instructor to work out any questions in the field relating to technique or how to approach and photograph subjects.

 

For tickets and more information go here to The Camera Store’s web site.

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Nikon F4

My friends at The Camera Store are always doing something crazy and fun. This week they take a look back at the Nikon F4 film camera. I started my career out shooting with Nikon, they were great cameras, and still are. Their Nikon F3 was one of my favorite cameras ever, rugged and beautiful and as a young photographer, I was even captivated by the ad for the F3 by the great Eddie Adams.

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We were all excited when the F4 came out with it’s promise of Auto Focus and speed. But the camera was largely a disappointment for me and many other photographers. I didn’t like the feel of the camera and the AF was a real let down, especially when you compared it to Canon’s new auto focus system.

However, the F4 like so many other film cameras still have a lot of life left in them. I think the great thing that Chris discovered while using it, is using these old film cameras takes you back to what photography is all about. Thinking about light more, exposure, composition and ultimately photography.

We are so caught up these days in the latest and greatest cameras out there, I think we forget about the essence of photography, and that is making great photos. So if you have an old F4 kicking around or any other great film camera, take it out for a spin and see what kind of images you can make.

Have a look at their fun new video here where I make a cameo.

 

Workflow Workshop

Come join me Feb 4 in the afternoon here in Calgary for my Photographers Workflow and Asset Management Workshop.

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Digital assets are the photographer’s most valuable resource. As your portfolio continues to grow, you need to be able to find, process, caption, and store your images. This requires having a system in place to organize your digital files.

In this workshop, I’ll go through the process of capturing images, downloading, captioning, and directing them to proper folders. I will cover editing, creating a rating system, batch processing, and backing up your images. Lastly, showing you how to export files for various uses from creating prints, books and slide shows to simply showing people, and sharing your images on social media.

We will touch on what editing software is best suited to your needs, and how to fine tune images quickly and efficiently. Will share some of my short cuts and explain how to use cloud storage.

You will leave this workshop with an action plan on how to organize your photo library and maintain it so that you can find any image from your collection on a moments notice.

For tickets, click here on The Camera Store  or call them at 403.234.9935 we have a few spots left.

Nam, Vietnamese Kitchen

Had the pleasure to go photograph Nam, a great new Vietnamese Kitchen that opened a few months back here in Calgary for The Globe and Mail. The place feels like an upscale Vietnamese restaurant but eats and costs like a regular one. This is my kind of place, great hearty bowls of food at a good price, plus close to where I hang out downtown. It will be a regular spot for me.

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Prairie Graffiti

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You see some great graffiti in the cities all over the world. Artists have made their mark in Berlin, London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles. I came across this piece of Canadian Prairie graffiti while on the road through open land where sometimes you don’t see a building for miles. Looks like the graduating class of 2016 tagged this grain bin in a farmers field.

Calgary’s Deane House

I was lucky last week and got an assignment to photograph the newly minted Deane House in Calgary for the Globe and Mail. Chef Jamie Harling is cooking up a storm there using local Alberta ingredients; and the bread he bakes is simply amazing! Owner Sal Howell, who also owns The River Cafe has done an incredible job of the place and I plan to be there as a guest soon. I am a huge fan of great local food, prepared and presented well. Check out the Globe’s review of the place here. If your in town or traveling through, do yourself a favour and check it out.

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Spruce Meadows

September here in Calgary is always the start of the leaves turning colour here in Alberta and the start Spruce Meadows Masters horse jumping event. It’s always a wonderful event with the best riders and horses from around the world gathering in Southern Alberta and competing for one of the richest prize purses in horse jumping. Yesterday was media day at the event and I shot a couple of portraits of buggy driver.