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.
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.
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.
It’s been a busy week of cruising the backroads in the Alberta countryside. Lovely light in the mornings this time of year. Also easy to photograph the morning as the sun rises around 8:00 am. But the prairie skies really do make this place a great place to live.
Moonrise over a wheat field ready to be harvested. Fall is my favourite time on the prairies, the light is great, the nights start to cool, baseball on the radio. It’s a magical time to drive in the country side. Will do more exploring this week.
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.
With the warm weather hitting southern Ontario, I drove up to the Bruce Peninsula for the weekend and stayed at the Henry Air BnB . Although the landscape is still dry and brown; the sun and blue skies made up for the cool spring weather in the air. I toured the Coffin Ridge Winery with views of Georgian Bay, Owen Sound and the South Bruce Peninsula. A great weekend for a road tour out of Toronto.
Now that we are at the end of the year, I always take the time to have a peek at the assignments I have photographed throughout the year. It’s always a great chance to see what I have been doing and what events I have covered. Here is a selection of some of my favorite images in 2014, Merry Christmas.