What is a Photograph?
While recently touring an Ansel Adams exhibit at the University of Arizona, I was struck by the concept that there is no such thing as the "final" image. Read on in this Spark Page story to learn why.
On the Road Again
Over the past few months, my work travel has increased significantly. As often as possible I try to capture even a small flavour of where I'm going. In this project, I've pulled together my favorite images from my last 5 customer visits: Bozeman Montana, Miami Florida, Akron Ohio, Tucson, Arizona and Lincoln, Nebraska. Whether I'm shooting with my iPhone, my Nikon D750 or my tiny Lumix GF7, I try to find memorable images to capture and share. In fact, if you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you've likely seen some of these photos already. I thought it would be nice to have them all in one place. And - admittedly - I've been itching to get something new on Behance for some time now. More is coming, but there will be more writing involved, and the back burner is still cooking in that department.
Stoney Lake and Viamede Resort
For New Years at the end of 2017, we spent the weekend in the North Kawarthas at Viamede Resort, on Stoney Lake. Despite the frigid temperatures (-24 to -18 Degrees C) I braved the outdoors on New Years Eve Day, wandering the grounds of the resort for over an hour, photographing the area in its winter finery.
Winter at Burleigh Falls
For New Years at the end of 2017, we spent the weekend in the North Kawarthas at Viamede Resort, on Stoney Lake. Despite the frigid temperatures (- 24 to -18 Degrees C) we braved the outdoors on New Years Eve Day, stopping at Burleigh Falls, and I spent about an hour photographing the falls in their winter finery.
Red Rock Canyon
I had just eased myself into the hot tub at the Venetian, after helping set up two conference rooms for the Adobe Max education events, EDUMAX and Educators' Day, when my cell phone buzzed. It was my friend, Andrew McAllister, asking if anyone wanted to drive into the desert with him to take pictures. As enjoyable as the hot tub was, I knew I would not have a lot of opportunity to take my kind of photos while at Adobe MAX. It took about 45 minutes to get to Red Rock Canyon. We calculated that we had maybe 90 minutes on site before we had to drive back so I could make it to another meeting. It was a very productive 90 minutes. Red Rock Canyon gets its name honestly, and the views, even from the roadside, are stunning. We had gorgeous weather for shooting, from lighting conditions, to the wispy streams of clouds in a deep blue sky.
Viva MAX Vegas!
Once again, I had the honor and privilege of attending and participating in Adobe MAX, this year in Las Vegas. It was an amazing and exhausting few days, where I not only covered the Keynote sessions and Sneaks, but also performed as a Teaching Assistant in several workshops throughout the week. Even though I came home with some sort of "con-crud" in my lungs, it was still worthwhile. This is truly a conference for creatives of all types.
I recently attended the annual education conference, EduCause, this year held in Philadelphia. While I did not get much of a chance to see the sites, I did manage an hour before the event started and about an hour after the event ended, to capture a bit of the flavour of downtown Phillie. Everything you see here was shot with my iPhone, often with one of my Moment lenses attached (especially the wide angle shots).
Harvest Moon over Rice Lake
Lang Pioneer Village Selects
Photography and the Zen of Seeing
This ad-hoc, irregularly updated journal is where I’ll put down some thoughts - and not a few photographs - throughout the month of my sabbatical.
Austin Carson Band Rocks the Beach
The final big event at Bellmere Winds is the Labour Day celebration. There's a lot going on during the day for the kids (scavenger hunt, bouncy castles and the like), a resort-sponsored dinner by the pool, and later in the evening, a concert right on our own beachfront! As in the past Labour Day events, we were treated to a live music performance by the Austin Carson Band. This talented group of young men (including lead singer Austin Capell, a Bellmere Winds employee) played a mix of their own music along with some excellent classic rock and pop covers.
Excellent Adventure V.11 - Return to Cali
I've just recently returned from yet another successful Excellent Adventure, now in its 11th year. I'm telling most of my story using Adobe Spark in this project.
Starry, Starry Nights
I've gathered together some of my favorite night shots from the past few years. I hope you enjoy them.
Healey Falls, Then and Now
I returned to Healy Falls with a photographer friend of mine recently, and there was a marked difference in location this time around. Two years ago (2015), I could walk across the entire breadth of the rock shelf, to the other side, without getting my feet wet. But now, in July of 2017, I might have been able to walk 3 or 4 metres from the shore before I risked soaking feet.
Approaching the Point
Creative Campus Collaboration at the University of Utah
Horsing Around - Again
This past weekend, my wife and I once again had the opportunity to attend the Kawartha Regional Appaloosa Horse Club (KRAHC) annual show, hosted at the beautiful Saddlewood Equestrian Centre, in Bethany Ontario. Normally, I do take pictures at these events for fun, because, well, horses are just plain gorgeous animals, and this event would have been no different, save for one significant change. This year, the club hired me to take photos at the event.
Taking Stock at Full Sail University
I recently participated in a two-day student workshop at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida, created and run by the Adobe Stock team. This was an incredibly valuable event from both student and teacher perspectives, giving them not only theory and practical advice about creating stock content in general, but also in practice, in the form of a hands-on live photo shoot on-location in Florida.
Cottage Season V. 3.0 has launched.
This past weekend marked to opening of cottage season for us. We were welcomed with the usual Ontario spring weather on Rice Lake - a gamut of everything except (thankfully) snow.
Creative Campus Collaboration at UNC Chapel Hill
I had yet another awesome opportunity in early April. I and my Solutions Consultant colleagues were once again invited to attend the latest Adobe Creative Campus Collaboration event, this time hosted by University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. I've become the defacto offficial photographer for this event (and many other Adobe-related events I attend), and I'm OK with that. I like shooting the events - it keeps me grounded and in practice. I also enjoy the rest of the process: post-processing them images and writing the story to go with the images.
From Analog to Digital - Retouching the Film
I've recently started digitizing my decades-old slide collection. One of the challenges I've had is dust/dirt/residue on the film itself. This project shows the improvements I've been able to make using Lightroom and Photoshop to clean up the images.
Collaborating on a Creative Campus model
Thursday February 23 was a special day for me; I had my first opportunity to experience a Creative Campus event. Over 40 faculty and administrators gathered together at the University of Arizona to listen and share about what Digital Fluency means, define student and faculty success, and how Adobe tools can further empower people to create, communicate and be successful.
The Ghost Ship of Jordan Harbour
Recently i had the opportunity to photograph this shipwreck, which sits in Jordan Harbour, south of the QEW. I've passed this hulk many times miles while enroute to Niagara wine country, but never had the time to stop and make photos. On my way early Sunday morning to the Canada/US border, I promised myself I would stop on my way home to capture this decrepit structure.
Motion in Stillness
A couple weeks ago, during a cold snap in Toronto, I spent a couple hours in Rouge Park, experimenting more with my newly purchased Variable Density ND filter.