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











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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.

2012 Year in Review

The end of any year is an obvious time for review. Reviewing your life, your work, and in the case of photographers, the photographs you have taken throughout the year. I did a close review of my work this year for a couple of reasons, one to get some photos ready to enter into the year end contests, but two, and I think more importantly, to see how I have worked this year and where I can change and perhaps produce some better work next year.

 

It was an interesting exercise to go through all your work. You realize how quick these years go by, and also how well you did or did not do. Sometimes we get caught in bad light, bad locations, some days it just seems that bad everything happens to you and you go home frustrated with no memorable pictures. Other days things seem to go much better. But what I took out of the exercise was there are a few ways I am going to try and change how I work, let’s chat again in a year I hope it works.

 

Also at this time of year you get to see a lot of the “Best Of” portfolios from newspapers and magazines around the world. You realize that there is some exceptionally great work done day in and day out. I have seen a lot of my friends put together these galleries, so here it goes. The following is not necessarily my “Best Of” for the year, but photos I really like for one reason or another.

 

I hope you enjoy. Good picture hunting in 2013.

Two women react as Liberal leadership candidate Trudeau makes his way for a speech at the Dashmesh Culture Senior Citizen Society in Calgary. Calgary Stampeders Paredes kicks a field goal against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats during the second half of their CFL football game in Calgary. IC Los Angeles Kings' King celebrates his goal on Phoenix Coyotes' Smith during Game 1 of the NHL Western Conference hockey finals in Glendale. The horse Tar Baby falls back onto La Valley of Bezanson, Alberta in the Bareback event during the finals at the 100th Anniversary of the Calgary Stampede Rodeo in Calgary. Milan of Cochrane, Alberta wrestles a steer in the Steer Wrestling event during the 100th Anniversary of the Calgary Stampede Rodeo in Calgary. TK20120618-1851 during the Writing On Stone rodeo near Milk River, Alberta. Sue Jaques in Calgary, Alberta, December 19, 2012. Photograph by Todd Korol CURLING/ FOOTBALL-VANIERCUP/

 

In A Japanese Garden

I love Japanese Gardens. Ever since my first trip to Japan back in 2007, the Japanese sensibility has had a big effect on how I look at things in my life. I love their sense of design, rhythm, outlook and and feel. I have tried to adapt some of their values into my photography. They don’t always work, but when they do, things just become more elegant. So on a recent visit to Portland, Oregon, I had a chance to take my family to their Japanese Gardens, what a treat. Tucked into the rain forrest surrounding downtown is a beautifully designed Japanese Garden. If you have been to one, you know they are quiet, wonderfully contemplative places that are simply magic to me. And somehow, the square iPhone photos work for me here. I think I need a trip back to Japan.