K1 Kickboxing

Ringside shots of a K1 Kickboxing night. While shooting with one camera the other would be sitting on the edge of the ring, a few times I had to quickly grab them both and the fighters threw themselves against the ropes right above me. These are all shots from a single fight but it was the most exciting fight of the night.

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Jackalopefest Montreal

This past weekend there was an outdoor festival on the grounds of Olympic Stadium.  Skateboards, dirt bikes, wakeboarding, bouldering, vendors and free samples! Shutter speed in the area of 1/1000 with a polarizing filter. It was difficult to find a good vantage point but I showed up early enough to scout around first. Found a few spots and moved between them to keep some of the angles a little different.

The wakeskate was fun too. I found out the hard way that I was standing in the “splash zone” at the end of the track. A few participants wiped out and sent huge waves soaring straight at me. So refreshing. My friend next to me stayed perfectly dry and caught the entire thing on video.

 

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F1 Weekend in Montreal

Last weekend was a busy one with the Crescent Street Grand Prix Festival. Music, crowds, parties, and those delicious mini-cupcakes at every catered event.

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Boutique Creatures

Shooting product is a different experience for me. I’m used to photographing people who I can interact with. We laugh and joke and share stories. There’s a few other people there for hair and makeup etc. Product is a very lonely session…but not unpleasant. I did end up doing most of my thinking out loud. The entire session was quietly satisfying. A nice change of pace from the quick hustle of the usual fashion shoots.

 

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Salome

A few shots I did for a local modelling agency before a product shoot with the same crew in the afternoon. Spent most of this shoot moving lights around trying to get it “just right”. We were all looking for different things, myself, stylist, makeup artist. Eventually we just went with basic butterfly light from a giant light source.

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Gardens

Last summer I spent a few days driving around with a landscape designer who specialized in water features. We made a point of going on overcast days to try and keep the lighting as even as possible. Early afternoon to get as much light as possible, clouds turn the sky into a large even light source. With as many plants and tall trees as there were in and around what I was shooting, waiting for “golden hour” would have been too short a shooting window with too many shadows obscuring the gardens.

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Satay Brothers

Food photography is a lot of fun. Especially, for me, on location where the food is made. The smells from the kitchen, the chef expressing his or her passion about the food that is being served and photographed…plus if it’s cooked and not covered in motor oil for an aesthetic then someone gets to eat it after! This was done with a very small setup since the kitchen was active and the restaurant full. I learned a lot about kitchen life in a busy restaurant and many of them learned a few things about photography. We shared stories, food, drink, and gained a few new skill.

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The Pug

On one of my walks I stopped in at DFA Tattoo and climbed to the top floor. When I walked in I noticed a tinny little shadow that seemed to be casting itself. As I looked it came towards me and introduced itself as Meatball, the 3 month old pug.

This is Meatball and some of her friends.

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