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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Rodeo and Powwow Workshop

rodeo2Come join me July 29 for the Tsuut`ina Nation Rodeo & Pow-Wow photography workshop. We are lucky to have complete access to indigenous cowboys and dancers that will be celebrating their culture at Tsuut`ina Nation near Bragg Creek, Alberta.

 

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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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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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.

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











Palm Springs Cool

We just finished spending few great days in sunny Palm Springs. Palm Springs has long been the playground of the Hollywood set, going back to Marilyn Monroe, Elvis and Frank Sinatra that used to hang out there. The place is still small, laid back and hip. Fantastic mid century shopping and architecture with splashes of great art all around. The days were perfect for some desert hiking and nights great for sipping wine on a patio, we love Palm Springs.

Southern California home.
Southern California home.
Covered Lincoln.
Covered Lincoln.
Window art shopping.
Window art shopping.
Old glory, American flag.
Old glory, American flag.
Getting dressed for the night.
Getting dressed for the night.
Desert sunset.
Desert sunset.
Frank Sinatra portrait.
Frank Sinatra portrait.
Reading the Sunday New York Times, Ernest Coffee.
Reading the Sunday New York Times, Ernest Coffee.
Airstream home.
Airstream home.
Elvis's hideaway.
Elvis’s hideaway.
Mid century architecture.
Mid century architecture.
1963 Corvette, classic.
1963 Corvette, classic.
Airplane art.
Airplane art.
Palm Springs Art Gallery.
Palm Springs Art Gallery.
Palm Springs Art Gallery.
Palm Springs Art Gallery.
Palm Springs Art Gallery.
Palm Springs Art Gallery.