Sunday, January 31, 2010

One Month to Spring, Four to Summer

I guess it is one of those days where you start longing a bit for days with more sunshine and perhaps a nice cooling dip in the lake. I stumbled upon this photo today, which was taken this past summer at an overnight stay at Pillar Lake. The days were hot and the lake was just perfect for either a quick trip on a boat or for a swim.... sigh !

Canon EF 16-35mm 2.8L - Lens Review

An unscientific lens review by Morten Byskov -

The wide-zoom is an obvious choice for landscapes and event photography. I use this lens extensively for interior, travel and wedding photography also.

On the 5D and 5D II the EF 16-35mm 2.8L really shines. I find the range very versatile and use the lens at it's full range. You can create some dramatic images when used at 16mm. In the image above I used the 5D II in an ice cave near Jasper and in the image below the old Dairy Queen in Nelson BC was shot with a 5D.

Many buyers will wonder if they really need the extra f/stop. I must admit that I often shoot this lens in the f/8 - f/11 range but for event, stage and wedding photography you often need all the speed you can get, such as in the photo below - a scene from a school play shot at 26mm, f/2.8.

Canon has released a newer model of this lens, the EF 16-35 2.8L II and I have often toyed with the idea of an upgrade. Some shooters will vouch that the lens was due for an update but so far I haven't found enough of a reason to upgrade.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Interior Photography at Silver Star Mountain

January has been busy for me with several visits to Silver Star Mountain. We have been updating photos for Silver Star Accommodation for the vacation homes rentals on the mountain. I am always amazed of the beautiful homes you can rent for your ski vacation. The list of amenities are endless and most often the homes will feature "to your door" ski access. A few samples are shown in todays blog post.


Monday, January 18, 2010

Vernon and North Okanagan Map Book & Visitor Planner

The 2010/2011 Vernon and North Okanagan Map Book & Visitor Planner hit the streets today and I am proud to say that one of my photos made the front cover. I have also provided several photos, which can be seen throughout the publication. Furthermore I have been involved as a graphic designer creating several ads for the Map Book. Thanks to Mary-Jo and Diana at MJO Communication for your cooperation. I am positive that the Map Book will be well received in the community and by guests visiting our area.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Infinity Cakes and Pastries

We went mobile with our studio on Friday. We had an appointment to shoot cakes with Veronica Stanton, owner of Infinity Cakes and Pastries. Veronica had prepared an elaborate display of not only cakes but also festive fruit carvings and vegetable trays. I also had the privilege of creating the logo and business card for Infinity Cakes. It has been a delight working with Veronica and I wish her luck with Infinity Cakes.

A few words below from Veronica about the business:

I’m a trained pastry chef, serving Vernon and the Okanagan a vast array of wonderful wedding and special occasion cakes, desserts, pastries and food art. My goal is to provide my customers an exceptional, original, sweet course they will not soon forget.

Veronica Stanton


Thursday, January 7, 2010

A portrait of Darcy

Today I met up with Darcy, an aspiring young actor/model. We were working on Darcey's portfolio and shot in the studio and on location in Vernon. I think we both agreed that our favourite shots were shot on location so my selection for the blog are from the old packing house near the railway tracks in Vernon. Have fun on your upcoming trip and best of luck with the acting/modelling. It was fun working with you.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Shooting Eagles in Squamish, BC.

I was in the Vancouver area for the last few days of 2009 and December 31st was celebrated by shooting eagles in Squamish, BC. I lucked out and was invited to join four other wildlife enthusiasts for a day, which just got better and better the further we got into the Paradise Valley near Squamish. We also lucked out with the weather as the heavy rain didn't set in till the very end of the day. Thanks to Henrik, James, Bob and Gilles for the good company and a great day of shooting. Hope to do it again before long.

Check out my twenty or so favourites from the day via the link.