This is an out take from an editorial assignment.
While setting up a shot for the client my eye kept wandering in toward the center of the frame, so I zoomed in and shot a few frames.
It is one of those images that are snapped off in a moment of opportunity. Only to roll around in the back of my mind until I finally get around to letting it out.
The shot for the magazine was considerably more wide-angle.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
This is an out take from an editorial assignment.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I have been having an immense amount of fun as of late photographing in public. I've always thought of myself as primarily a colour shooter. So I'm somewhat surprised by my inclination to interpret these results in black and white and not colour. It's a welcome reminder that an open mind is the best attitude with which to approach anything. The challenge of this type of work is that I'm relient upon my ability to recognise, compose and execute a photograph almost instantaneously. I don't have the luxury of pondering solutions to a photograph, I must quickly and effectively react to the events around me. Sometimes I fail and sometimes I succeed. I do not know at the time. I am trying to see, and this what i have been enjoying as of late. There is no client, this is simply a selfish act, a self-indulgence. It is joy.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I'm going through the photographs I took in Paris in June of 2006. There is something to be said for allowing a little distance between the shoot and the edit, though 3 years might be a tad excessive. I think the passing of time allows for my expectations to diminish and I am able to see what I caught more clearly and honestly.
This photograph of children at a street fair in Paris is one of my favorites. The colour and the light are extraordinary to me. You can see more of the photographs I took on that trip here
Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
My brother, who was assisting me on this shoot, sat in for Premier Gordon Campbell for a lighting test. The shoot was for the cover of BC Business magazine a few months back. Same light, very different shots.
I photographed these two lovely sisters this past Saturday.
The shoot is for use in promoting their personal fitness training business.
We shot it on my back deck and they laughed the whole time.
These are two of my favorite photographs from the shoot.
There will more to come from this as I get deeper into the edit.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
retouching by Debbie Lynn Craig
at Canada Wide Media
Monday, May 25, 2009
Ok, I embellish a little. It was more like an hour and a half, and we were there to test my wife’s allergy to horses not bet the ponies. It was long enough to have a beer and a hotdog in the sun and catch the last two races. I left the camera at home and shot these on my iPhone.
I was fortunate enough to be assigned to photograph Arthur Erickson for the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business magazine some 8 or 9 years ago. I remember he was dressed immaculately. He had agreed to 15 minutes for me to take his portrait. As we worked we talked between shots and eventually we wound up talking about photography. At the time I thought myself clever for having touched upon a subject that Mr Erickson found interesting and indeed seemed well versed in. In hindsight I think Arthur was just trying ease a young photographer’s nerves. In any event, he made a comment about believing the square format to be the perfect format to photograph in, because it is the truest approximation of our natural field of view. That stuck with me and every now again I stare off into space exploring my peripheral vision, examining it for edges and corners…
Anyway, he gave me 25 minutes and shook my hand as we said goodbye. I remember him as a gentleman and a warm conversationalist.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
I gave a talk today at Cap College on what it is that I do. I think I evaded that question very effectively by focusing primarily on what it was that I have done. That was noon to 1:30 then I had a shoot scheduled at three but showed up at 2:15 so i could be set and ready for the subject. This went swimmingly and I was done by 3:30. Then I had a meeting with @bcbusiness a couple of blocks away so I did what any self respecting photographer would do. I left the $5000 camera body and the $2000 lens in the bag and shot on my iPhone.
I hope I entertained the crew in Rick Staehling's class today at Capilano College. That's an hour and a half you guys will never have back. So if i didn't impart any wisdom to you i hope it was at the very least somewhat amusing. Should any of you be reading this I'd appreciate the feedback + or -. Thank you for having me again Rick.
Monday, May 18, 2009
There's a lot of hurry up and wait involved in photography. Waiting for the set prep, waiting for make-up, waiting for the light... Then the hurry up and get the shot so we can move on to the next shot, then the waiting again. Its good to keep your eyes open and a camera handy during these in-between moments.
from my iPhone, processed in Color FX.