Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Papal Noise

Knowing what we know now of our environment, the earth, and its place in the cosmos (we are but a speck, really), the very concept of a human-centred "religion" is untenable. In fact, it is downright suicidal. So a few pronouncements here and there is not going to change anything. Reannouncing that the God of Jesus and of  Mohammed and of Abraham  "may" offer some ideological solace to certain groups in the very short term but it's a dangerous waste of time since it deludes us into a comfort zone that isn't one. There needs to be a huge change, which won't happen, since any change will more than question the validity of the Catholic Church's existence.
Faith is one thing; the business of faith is  a different beast altogether.

Friday, November 22, 2013

on photographic technology and on photographic images

"Ultimately photography is, and always will be, about imagination, and having "the eye". It will always be about great lighting, noticing things, paying attention, being ready, seeing the moment. The iPhone proved you can have a 1/3.2" sensor and take amazing shots."
 - by Polytropia, a Sony NEX forum member on dpreview.com

Shooting Capoeira: the way it ought to be done!

Jogaki Capoeira Paris Bamba - Mouvements de Capoeira au Louvre - Spectacle et show acrobaties du Brésil from Cours de Capoeira Paris Jogaki on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 21, 2013


(and no, it has nothing to do with hair)

Performance at the Supreme Banquet facilities, for the 2013 Emma-Rose Gala, Oct 25th. A last minute decision to shoot video... not the greatest but still manages to convey the graceful strength and sensuality of this art form, IMHO.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

"weasel words": one of my favourite quotes, courtesy of Thomas Mulcair

Prime Minister Stephen Harper:
“To my knowledge, the Prime Minister’s Office is not being investigated. The RCMP has not said any such thing. What we have said is that we continue to work with the RCMP and provide them with any and all information required.”
The Leader of the Opposition, Thomas Mulcair:
Mulcair derided the answer. “Now there is a classic, Mr. Speaker: ‘To my knowledge.’ That is a new one. It is in the top 10 of weasel words.”

It's a tough gig...

... but somebody has to shoot it.

More scenes from the 2013 Emma-Rose Gala
Oct 25th.

Missy and Michael - the First Dance

young love... new beginnings... hope... forever...

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Missy and Michael - the pre-Ceremony highlights

November 2nd.

Missy and Michael - the Ceremony

Shooting wedding videos is always a work-in-progress. Single shooting with 2 cams whilst being the (Stills) Second Shooter is never easy. It helps tremendously to work with a sympathetic and cooperative Mains Shooter. 
B-cam: Sony a57, 18-55 kit lens, tripod on a dolly.
A-cam/Stills cam: Sony a99, Zeiss 24-70f2.8, Tamron 70-200f2.8.
Sennheiser lav mike.
Lessons learned from this shoot: Keep "pushing the envelope" (I hate cliches) in terms of shot selection and variety... shoot lots more than what's needed. The most exciting part in editing is finding inspiration (and new ideas) that are radically different from what was pre-visualized. The more I edit, the more mental scenes I bookmark to capture in my next wedding.