This past weekend while out and about I came across a Voigtlander Automatic Vito and I just had to have it. I had been looking for a Voigtlander camera for a while now. I wasn't looking for any model in particular just something that was still in good working order. There are still many great film cameras out there but I wanted to pick up something that was a little on the older side. My other working film cameras at the moment are the Canon TX and AE-1. Although those cameras are about 40 years old them selves I wanted something that was a little older then that. This camera has a Lanthar f/2.8 50mm lens, later models also featured the Color-Lanthar f/2.8 50mm which makes me think that camera is an early model of the bunch, about 55-60 years in age. The estimated years of production of this camera were from 1960-1968.
Being that is style of camera is a range finder you have to guess approximately how far something is in front of you to be able to focus with no depth of field preview. This isn't something i'm use to but i'm up for the challenge! This was just my test roll of film to make sure the old sucker still worked. Film that was used was Lomography 55-200 Colour Negative. Here are some of my favorite shots from the test run, I hope you enjoy!
What a show to the least! It's been a number of years since I've had the chance to see Ninjaspy live in concert. I would have to say these are some of the more energetic performers when it comes to more local western Canadian acts. The recent show that they just put on this Saturday at The Forge on Whyte was no different, they were jumping around and spinning guitars on stage. I wasn't planning on staying for the whole set has I had to work early the next morning, but figured I would stay at least until they played my favorite song. They planned it out well and their encore song was my favorite so I had no choice and had to stay for the entire set. Here's some photos from Ninjaspy's Saturday set. I hope you enjoy them!
A few days ago I got the wonderful opportunity of photographing The Lumineers, Kaleo and SUSTO at Rogers Place for Virgin Radio Edmonton. Photo's of the Lumineers can be viewed at the link below. For respect for the photo release signed for this show I can not share photos of The Lumineers on my blog.
The two opening acts of the night were Kaleo , and SUSTO. Here are some photos from their sets. I hope you enjoy!
A couple of times in the past weeks, I've had people ask me what do I shoot with. So I figured what better way to show people whats in my camera bag then to write a blog about it!
The picture above if my main collection for gear that I use. I believe it's not the gear that makes the photographer, but in some cases the lenses I am using some help me capture a moment better then others. For my main camera bodies I shoot with two full frame and as back-up's I have two crop sensor bodies. When it comes to lenses I do have a number of them now, but I have to be able to have zoom's and primes. When i'm photographing concerts I typically like to have my zoom lenses on hand. I will bring my Canon 16-35mm f2.8L II, Canon 24-70 f2.8L and my Canon 70-200 f2.8L II. At concerts depending on the stage set up sometimes you are you right up at the stage but sometimes us photographers are stuck photographing from the soundboard. When this happens I use my Canon EF 2.0x III Extender which I always keep in my camera bag as well. This extender will make your 70-200mm into a 100-400mm.
When it comes to wedding's I am using pretty much all my lenses from the zoom's to primes. The primes I currently have at the moment is the Canon 35 f1.4L, Sigma Art 50 f1.4 and the Canon 100 f2.8 L Macro. I would like to add an 85 F1.2 or 85 F1.4 to the lens family in the future. During the formals and getting ready portion of the wedding day I typically like to be using either my 35mm or 50mm so that I can get a nice blur in the background (bokeh). For the rest of the day i'm switching it up all the time so its hard to say exactly which one I like the best or which one I use the most. I typically use flashes most at receptions as well as my studio strobes to give the room some more lighting.
A recent purchase that I made was a dual camera leather harness called the Hold Fast Money Makers. I'm in love with it and think it was well worth the investment. Not having to worry about having the weight on my neck I know will really benefit me in the long run. The last thing I think I should mention as well is the choice of bags I like to use. For concerts I like to use my Thinktank Retrospective 20 Bag. Small enough I can use wear it off to the side and not be in my way but also large enough for me to keep the lenses and camera bodies I need. Thinktank Retrospective 20 Bag. This bag is small enough I can just push it off to the side and not have it in the way but large enough can still stick a few lenses and camera bodies that I need in it. When i'm photographing wedding because I do have a large amount of gear that I bring with me. I have my thinktank on me but also have a Kata Bumblebee UL-220 Backpack.
I Hope this helped for the people that were wondering what gear that I use if you have any other question feel free to send me a direct message via the contact section of the website!
I've been to a lot of concerts in my life, but the crowd at Pierce The Veil was crazy. On Thursday February 23rd Crown The Empire, Falling In Reverse and Pierce The Veil rocked Edmonton's Shaw Conference Center. This event was photographed for 100.3 The Bear! When I say the crowd was crazy I mean it in a good way. When Pierce The Veil came on stage, some of the crowd was so happy and excited to see their favorite band, While photographing PTV a guitar pick was thrown to the crowd but it landed in the photo pit which is between the stage and barriers for the crowd. I picked it up and turned to the crowd to looked who I could give it too. A couple of people tried to grab my arm/ tap me so I could give it to them. There was a young lady that I made turned too and unlike everyone else she didn't try grab it from me or get my attention. When we made eye contact I saw she mouthed please, and so I thought that is someone who would really appropriate it. When I handed her the pick she was so grateful and said thank you I think at least three time. I've been in that same spot when I was younger getting to see my favorite band and being able to to get a pick or drum stick. So to see how happy that lady was made my night just that much better!
Here are my photos from that show I hope you enjoy them!
What a great way to start off my spring break! On Tuesday February 21st Billy Talent, Monster Truck and The Dirty Nil rocked the stage at Edmonton's Shaw Conference Center. This show I had the privilege of photographing the event for 100.3 The Bear.
This is the second time I've had the chance to photograph Billy Talent. The first time was back in 2013 when Billy Talent was opening for Steel Panther for 100.3 The Bears Halloween Howler. Although Billy Talent didn't dress up as Steel Panther again for this show it was great to see them perform again in Edmonton and a great time photographing them as well.
There are my photo's from that night I hope you enjoy!
Sunday February 5th Edmonton welcomed Big Wreck to The Ranch Roadhouse. I had the pleasure of photographing this set for 100.3 The Bear.
Last March in Edmonton Ian Thornley played at the venue The Starlite Room. While photographing Big Wreck I kept thinking I've heard and seen this singer before but just couldn't put my finger on where but I knew I had never seen Big Wreck in concert before. After hearing them play a few more songs I was finally able to figure out who the singer was when the gentleman beside I overheard him say the name Thornley. Oh boy did I feel silly, i'm good with faces not so good with names!
Here's my photos from the show I hope you enjoy!
On Saturday February 4th I had the great opportunity of photographing Monster Jam for 100.3 The Bear.
This was a little different then the concerts that normally photograph for them but definitely just as exciting! They did racing, jumps, wheelies, crushing cars, everything really you would expect monster trucks to be doing. With 8 trucks in the arena that night a couple of them had engine trouble but it was fantastic to see them get back out in the field a little later in the evening.
Here are my images from February 4th's evening event, I hope you enjoy!
Not to often to I get the chance to take a little road trip with my camera, but this past weekend I got the chance to head down to Calgary Alberta and photograph The Wild, Sebastian Bach and Buckcherry at Cowboys Dance Hall.
These three bands rocked the Casino to a sold out show that I would not have missed for the world! The Wild opened up the night, they are a band I have seen a number of times now but this is the first show I have seen them with their newer guitarist Ben VanOuwerkerk, and they rocked it as hard as ever! Sebastian and his guys made up of former member's of bands such as Warrent and Ratt sounded great as they also do as I'm a sucker for 80's hair metal! Buckcherry were the headliners of the night and had the place packed to the seams!
As a lot of people my know Sebastian Bach former singer from the band Skidrow is one of my favorite singers. A few years back I got a youth gone wild tattoo inspired by the one Sebastian as has. During the performance of the the song Youth Gone Wild I had a chance to go on stage and have my tattoo shown off. to the crowd. Way to cool.
Here are pictures from the night, Hope you enjoy them!
What a wild night! On that Saturday night 100.3 the bear had me photographing for them Five Finger Death Punch at what is formally known as Rexall Place with guests Sixx:A.M., From Ashes to New and Papa Roach. It's been a number of years since 5FDP has been in Alberta and I couldn't have been happier to have been photographing one of my favorite bands. The venue was packed with many fans of each of the bands the only downside I heard was of how long the merch line-ups wear. That's going to make tho gotta make sure you get in nice and early. At the show 6 AM was filming some live footage so keep your eyes peeled in the next few weeks or months for music video from that show! In the meanwhile here is my images from the show for you all to feast your eyes on!
My blogs are intended to give people the chance to live vicariously though my images and get to know me better. I may post about photographic adventures or just shenanigans ranging from concerts to weddings and everything in between. I hope you enjoy!