Monday, May 28, 2007
This is an image I made quite recently at Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island back in early January of this year. The Island and other parts of the Westcoast of BC and Washington State was hit with wave after wave of storms, some quite powerful with many places with out power for several days. On this day that I made this image, the weather looked promising, but as I was setting up my Tachihara 4 x 5 with a 120mm lens, hoping to capture this tangled mess of driftwood, I could see a rain squall headed my way, I had just enough time to make the picture and re-pack my equipment before the rain started.
Friday, May 25, 2007
Often when looking at someone's project under construction whether it be ant artist with a half finished painting, or a wood worker with various pieces of wood or this photograph of my uncle's work bench in his shop in Metchosin , BC, looking at the jumble of metal pieces and bolts, I wonder what are all these pieces for and how do they all fit together ?, to me they make no sense, but to my uncle he knows exactly what piece is what and where it goes. Its often like that when I am photographing, especially if I am trying to explain to someone who will invariably ask when I have my camera set up at some odd location and pointing at a seemly uninteresting subject, they will ask what the heck are you photographing ?, I try to explain, but words do not convey what visual images are going through my mind. All I can say is that the pieces all fit and I know exactly where they go. The image featured was taken with my 4 x 5 Tachihara view camera, 120mm lens, Kodak Tri-x film, I think the exposure was around one second at f22.
Monday, May 21, 2007
This is one of my favourite places to visit in the Canadian Rockies, Lake O'Hara in Yoho National Park, it takes a bit effort to get there, one has to book a seat on a bus or walk in, I believe a 26 km journey. I made this image with my Tachihara view camera and a 120 mm lens, I don't remember the f-stop or shutter speed, it was shot on T-Max 100. This was my first visit to the lake around September of 1988 and there was a fresh snow fall, creating a magical scene. Writers who have responded to previous my posts have commented on how lucky I am to be able to photograph in such an beautiful environment and it is true, I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to make photographs in Western Canada here, which is the inspiration behind my passion to make pictures.
Friday, May 11, 2007
I sat on the rock pile at the end of Moraine Lake in Banff National Park, on a fine day in September with the sun in my face and these beautiful clouds hovering above me and thought how lucky I am that I can photograph and live in such a beautiful place.
Thursday, May 03, 2007
This is an image I made back in October of 1987 of Johnston Canyon in Banff National Park on day when it was quite overcast and cold, winter was already setting in, as ice was starting to form around the edges of the water fall. I was shooting with my trusty view camera with T-Max 100 iso film which required quite a long exposure with the end result creating the white patch of blurred water at the bottom of the pool.