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.

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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.

f3

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.

 

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.

The Bruce Peninsula

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.

in Owen Sound, Ontario, March 20, 2016.  Photograph by Todd Korol
A church along Highway 10.
in Owen Sound, Ontario, March 20, 2016.  Photograph by Todd Korol
Highway 10 cemetery.
in Owen Sound, Ontario, March 20, 2016.  Photograph by Todd Korol
Amish country.
in Owen Sound, Ontario, March 20, 2016.  Photograph by Todd Korol
The backroads of Grey County.
in Owen Sound, Ontario, March 20, 2016.  Photograph by Todd Korol
The vines of Coffin Ridge Winery.
in Owen Sound, Ontario, March 20, 2016.  Photograph by Todd Korol
Old farm yard.
in Owen Sound, Ontario, March 20, 2016.  Photograph by Todd Korol
My host and a photo of her, the youngest girl, and her family leaving Ireland bound for Canada.
in Owen Sound, Ontario, March 20, 2016.  Photograph by Todd Korol
Willie Henry playing some Irish music.
in Owen Sound, Ontario, March 20, 2016.  Photograph by Todd Korol
Blueberry pancakes and farm fresh eggs.
in Owen Sound, Ontario, March 20, 2016.  Photograph by Todd Korol
Apple tree at Woodford.
in Owen Sound, Ontario, March 20, 2016.  Photograph by Todd Korol
Old barn shingles.
in Owen Sound, Ontario, March 20, 2016.  Photograph by Todd Korol
Fishing off the docks at Owen Sound.
in Owen Sound, Ontario, March 20, 2016.  Photograph by Todd Korol
Icy inukshuk on Georgian Bay.

 

in Owen Sound, Ontario, March 20, 2016.  Photograph by Todd Korol
Free range farm eggs.
in Owen Sound, Ontario, March 20, 2016.  Photograph by Todd Korol
Martha Stewart purchased on of these wood fences from the area, had it disassembled and then reassembled back in the United States at her farm.
in Owen Sound, Ontario, March 20, 2016.  Photograph by Todd Korol
Harp music echoing through the farm house.
in Owen Sound, Ontario, March 20, 2016.  Photograph by Todd Korol
Big Bay, the stone skipping capital of Canada.
in Owen Sound, Ontario, March 20, 2016.  Photograph by Todd Korol
Near the Bruce Trail.
in Owen Sound, Ontario, March 20, 2016.  Photograph by Todd Korol
No phone in the phone booth.
in Owen Sound, Ontario, March 20, 2016.  Photograph by Todd Korol
Back in the city at sunset.

 

 

Year in Review 2014

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.

Back country skiing up Deception Pass, January 10. For the Toronto Star
Back country skiing up Deception Pass, January 10. For the Toronto Star
The British, National Gallery, London, January 28. For The Toronto Star
The British, National Gallery, London, January 28. For The Toronto Star

 

French Kiss on the River Seine, Paris, France. January 31. For The Toronto Star
French Kiss on the River Seine, Paris, France. January 31. For The Toronto Star
Nicole Briggs Miss Rodeo Canada June 7. For The Toronto Star
Nicole Briggs Miss Rodeo Canada June 7. For The Toronto Star
Rodeo bareback rider, Brooks rodeo, June 7. For The Toronto Star
Rodeo bareback rider, Brooks rodeo, June 7. For The Toronto Star
World renowned National Geographic photographer William Alberta Allard, July 7. For Reuters
World renowned National Geographic photographer William Albert Allard, July 7. For Reuters
A cheerleader for the Edmonton Eskimos goes flying through the air during the Labour Day classic. September 1. For Reuters
A cheerleader for the Edmonton Eskimos goes flying through the air during the Labour Day classic. September 1. For Reuters
A freak summer snow storm destroyed thousands of trees in Calgary, September 10. For Reuters
A freak summer snow storm destroyed thousands of trees in Calgary, September 10. For Reuters
A tailings pond at the oil sands near Fort McMurray, Alberta. September 17. For Reuters
A tailings pond at the oil sands near Fort McMurray, Alberta. September 17. For Reuters
A farmer climbs up a grain bin during the wheat harvest in Alberta, October 10. For The Globe and Mail
A farmer climbs up a grain bin during the wheat harvest in Alberta, October 10. For The Globe and Mail
University women's rugby finals, October 17. For Canon Cameras.
University women’s rugby finals, October 17. For Canon cameras.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats Brandon Banks reacts after his touchdown was called back against the Calgary Stampeders at the Grey Cup, November 30. For Reuters
Hamilton Tiger-Cats Brandon Banks reacts after his touchdown was called back against the Calgary Stampeders at the Grey Cup, November 30. For Reuters
The Calgary Stampeders react to winning the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver, November 30. For Reuters
The Calgary Stampeders react to winning the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver, November 30. For Reuters