Sisters Wedding

Wedding photography has never really been my specialty. That being said how could I say no to my sweet sister and her awesome new husband.

Shooting for this special moment in my sisters life was a great challenge that moved me away from my normal go to subject matter. It stretched me to contemplate about how I could create something beautiful that they would keep as a lifetime memory and something that still kept my flavour of photography involved.

Overall I am pretty pleased with the results and most of all happy to see my sister and her new husband happy.

Street View: Vancouver and New Westminister

As winter sets in the light disappears quicker and quicker. So in turn my photo walks have transitioned from 3-4 hrs to 1 hr(ish) if I am lucky.

Its been a good challenge though, one that forces me to be more decisive in my location selection. I cant linger very long nor can I shoot a bundle full of photos of the same thing, so my attention has to be quick and sharp to find a solid composition.

Street View: Vancouver 01

The street photography bug has been eluding me lately and of all days for it to come back it was on a typical rainy fall day in the city. Normally I neglect my camera on these days and stick to staring into my laptop at other peoples great work and wishing the weather was better. Today though I had a little bit of extra motivation to get me out of the house.

I recently picked up Fuji's cute 27mm pancake lens to slim down my street kit. I have to say it does make my camera look like its sized for a dwarf. When I look at it I actually tend to forget that it is quite a powerful camera/lens combo, looks can be deceiving. Thats all the better though as it keeps me incognito when I am pointing my lens at people. I'm not entirely sure if it was the lens that made me look less intimidating or the confidence it gave me in blending into the shadows with the camera. People do not seem to care as much as I thought they did about having there photo taken. They are much too pre-occupied with whatever business is cluttering their minds. 

As usual while shooting I wasn't entirely sure if I got anything I wanted or how the lens was going to perform. I like to call that shooting without expectations, its quite meditative actually. Luckily I was pleasantly surprised with the snaps I got and the 27mm performed admirably. I believe the advent of having to move around more to get the right framing gets me noticing things I might not notice if I were to just zoom in with my 18-55mm lens. So if you ever want to look un assuming behind the lens to get some candid shots, I highly recommend picking up a pancake lens.


Tennis Courts and Abandoned Barns

The hot hot heat of mid summer has definitely overtaken the Fraser Valley. Its been so hot that if I set my phone down in the sun for more than 5 minutes it overheats and immediately needs shade.

Of course this leads a couple of friends and myself out into the most non shaded areas you could be in. A tennis court to skate a flat bar and the farmland of Ladner on blazing hot motorcycles.

These locations are definitely less than ideal to shoot photos in with the harsh shadows and boiling highlights. Still I felt it necessary to pack my Fuji x20 with me to get some stills. I needed a break from shooting film as it was starting to break the bank a bit and I also felt my digital was feeling a bit neglected. I also believe that I was unconsciously trying to challenge my self by shooting in the mid day sun which is one of the most undesirable natural lighting conditions. Most of the time I was seeking out shade for photos more so than a break from the heat. Luckily a tree in the tennis court and an abandoned barn helped me with what I was seeking. That being said I still strove to work the harsh shadows as best I could.

It almost feels like I amassed less photos I was excited about with my digital then I would  with a film camera. Should I just scrap shooting digital unless I really need to or its a paid shoot? Possibly.