Architecture · Night time

Shooting Walterdale with a shaky hand

Anyone who knows anything about anything will tell you that to take photos at night you need a very-sensitive-to-light camera or a sniper-steady hand and a longish exposure. But first prize would be a tripod, low ISO (google it if you don’t know what ISO is) and a long exposure to let in the right… Continue reading Shooting Walterdale with a shaky hand

Autumn · Night time · Photography

Harvesting, whatever it takes!

Winter came way earlier than normal in Alberta this year. By the time I got north to Fort Vermilion they had had snow for a few days and were wondering how they were going to get all their fields harvested. Apparently one can only harvest mostly-dry crops, although they do have a grain dryer to… Continue reading Harvesting, whatever it takes!

Nature · Night time · Photography

Simply stupendous, northern Alberta

Read part one here if you missed it. I arrived on the farm just outside Fort Vermilion in northern Alberta late in the afternoon. The last few kilometres was down gravel roads south of town, with a non-functioning GPS, but I found the farm with less trouble than I had anticipated. The large wooden sign, “Simpson… Continue reading Simply stupendous, northern Alberta

Cariboo · Night time · People

A Curious Canucki Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

It just so happened that on the day we visited Barkerville (see yesterday’s post) they were celebrating something called the Chinese Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. My companions assured me they had told me it would be happening, but I knew nothing about it until we walked through Barkerville’s front gates and I saw kids earnestly making lanterns.… Continue reading A Curious Canucki Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

Night time · People · Real LIfe

Swing dancing is alive and well in lower Canuckistan

I have visited and stayed with the same friends whenever I’ve been in the lower mainland of Canuckistan – that is to say, around the Vancouver area. And I have heard said friends gush and go on about the wonderful fun they have swing dancing many Sunday evenings. And so, obviously, as I found myself… Continue reading Swing dancing is alive and well in lower Canuckistan

Nature · Night time · Photography · Travel

Chasing northern lights in Edmonton

If I had a bucket list, seeing the mystical Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights would probably have been on it. As I’m more of a “fly by the seat of your pants” kind of guy though, I’ve never kept a list of things I’d love to see. But since I arrived in Edmonton, the Northern… Continue reading Chasing northern lights in Edmonton

Eating Out · Night time · Travel

An unexpected evening photo shoot in Edmonton

“Let’s go out for ice cream … or something,” I suggested to my friends here in Edmonton late one afternoon. They agreed, and we headed downtown. What started out as a trip for creamy goodness, however, became an impromptu photo shoot at the Muttart Conservatory including cool little shots like these: From there we went… Continue reading An unexpected evening photo shoot in Edmonton

Night time · Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday: Chronicles of an Insomniac Photographer

I know, I know, some of you have told me that “Throwback Thursdays” are boring, but I also know of at least one person who will enjoy this post from 2014, so here I go. Back then I was really struggling with my health – my breathing in particular. This often kept me awake, my lungs… Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Chronicles of an Insomniac Photographer

Night time · Quesnel · Travel

The early bird catches the shot (how hokey)

I am anything but an early bird – ask anyone who knows me. My best work seems to be done anywhere between 10pm and 2am, and I seldom see the sun rise. But I also have gained a reputation of not sleeping much here in Canada. I don’t know where that comes from, but it… Continue reading The early bird catches the shot (how hokey)

Cariboo · Night time · People · Real LIfe · Travel

Time travel at the Cottonwood Community Hall

As far back as anyone can remember, the residents of Cottonwood, a settlement in British Columbia’s Cariboo region, have been gathering at the community hall on a Saturday night. Originally a ranch, this little community grew to cater for miners drawn to the Cariboo Gold Rush in the late 1800s. Once the gold had mostly been depleted and… Continue reading Time travel at the Cottonwood Community Hall

Night time · Quesnel · Summer

Playing with fairground movement on a Saturday night

A few days ago I featured the photography of a teenager with whom I spent some time shooting the Billy Barker Days Carnival one Saturday evening recently. I showed her a few tricks in terms of what aperture to use, how to use the shutter priority mode to create movement in her photos, and photo framing. I,… Continue reading Playing with fairground movement on a Saturday night

Night time · Photography

Chronicles of an insomniac photographer in Canuckistan

I know, I know, you are probably as tired of hearing about my not sleeping as I am of actually not sleeping. “Why aren’t you sleeping?” many have asked me. And my answer is, “I don’t know.” Well, I do to a point. Every now and then my lungs rebel and I struggle to breathe and… Continue reading Chronicles of an insomniac photographer in Canuckistan

Night time · Photography · Quesnel

Witching-hour perambulations: Street lights

Tonight I decided to stop on Highway 97, where it crosses the Quesnel River, to take a few shots. At one point a cop pulled over to see what I was doing. Fortunately I was apparently completely within the law, and he left after offering some sage advice: “Don’t get too close to the road when you… Continue reading Witching-hour perambulations: Street lights