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The British Columbia Lions won the Canadian Football League (CFL) Championship this past season and to celebrate the win with fans throughout the Province, they are taking the Grey Cup trophy on a tour to various communities around British Columbia. One of the first stops was in Victoria and I had a chance to cover the event for Island Sports News. Quarterback Travis Lulay and kicker Paul McCallum were on hand at Mt. Doug High School for the event. Click on any of the images below to go to the full set of images from the event.
I had a chance to photograph a stunning $1.6 million dollar home in Victoria recently as it is being put on the market. Here are a few samples. click on any of them to go to the full gallery and if you know anyone interested in a high-end home in Victoria, let me know and I can put you in touch with the agent!
A number of uses of my images on various report and magazine covers have recently come to light. My imagery for Parks Canada, shot in October of 2010 (see HERE) continues to get good mileage and a shot from this set has recently been used on the cover of their national State of Parks and Historic Places report. A shot of a totem pole located here in Victoria has also been used on the cover of FOCUS magazine, a local publication. Some of my Saanich Brave and other VIJHL hockey images were used in the Saanich News special insert for the 2012 All-Star game, and a shot of some Native canoes, has been used on the cover of a report dealing with Marine Protected Areas in BC. These four are shown below. Click on each to see a larger version on my site.
In addition, the shot below, of a beautiful, modern new home in Victoria has recently been published in the Jan-Mar 2012 edition of Canadian Builders Quarterly magazine as part of a feature on my client Rayn Properties. Here is the on-line version of the article: http://canadianbuildersquarterly.ca/2012/rayn-properties/
On January 15, 2012 the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL) held their annual All-Star Classic and the Saanich Braves, for whom I am the official photographer, were the hosts. As such it was my honour to photograph all the events of the day including the banquet (where former NHLer Geoff Courtnall was the guest speaker, a Prospects game, skills competition and the All-Star game itself. A few images from the day are presented below. Click on an image to venture to the complete gallery of images from the day.
The new year began for me with a shoot at a local high school basketball tournament, the St. Michael's University School Invitational. Poorly lit gyms and some rusty timing because I have not shot this sport in a year or so, were par for the weekend, but I managed to grab a few good shots, as well as pen a couple of articles for Island Sports News (HERE and HERE). A few images from the tournament are presented below. Click on any of then to head to the complete gallery.
In honour of the year end, I have once again pulled out what I felt were my top 25 sports photos of the year, but this time I provide a description below them of why they merited a selection. A few samples are presented below. Click on any of them to go to the full gallery!
On Tuesday night, I decided to shoot two of the three periods of the Royals game from the "suicide box" - the small open box that separates the two player benches. I often shoot from the open penalty box for Junior B games, but this was really the first time shooting from such a location for a WHL game. And I think I will go back! Once you get used to the timing of the frequent team changes, the shooting is great and there is no glass to get in the way. Plus the players "chirping" at each other so close is very entertaining! Here are a few from the game. Click on any of them to head to the full gallery. The images from inside the box start at about #48.
As a result of my coverage of the football championships below, the Saanich News, which is our small twice a week community paper,. used one of my shots on the cover of their paper on Wednesday, December 7, 2011. It is shown below. Click on it to go to a larger size image.
Our local high school, Mt. Doug, has a very strong football program and both their Junior Varsity and Varsity teams made it to the Provincial AAA finals which were held in Vancouver at BC Place. I was fortunate enough to be able to head over and cover the games for Island Sports News. Our JV team lost 27-20, but the AAA Varsity team won a thriller 42-35. A few images are found below. Click on the images to head to the full galleries and also to all my Mt. Doug football images from 2011.
Another "first" for me this month was shooting field lacrosse. After shooting indoor "box" lacrosse in the summer, I was asked to cover the 7th Annual Claremont Spartans High School Shoot-Out. Fortunately the weather cooperated and I was able to get some spectacular shots! A few are below. Click any of them to go to the full gallery.
This image was recently downloaded from my iStock portfolio and I thought it would be a good candidate for the next installment in my "Story Behind the Photo" series. See the previous 5 installments in the Notes section of my Facebook Page.
This was a good example of an interesting and unique image that happens though a happy coincidence of luck and circumstance.
Way back in university, our class took a summer field trip to study climatology and other geographical goodies (including polar bears) in Churchill, Manitoba on Hudson's Bay.
One part of the trip was a tour of the local grain elevator....a key industry in the town, as it supplied grain transported from the Canadian Praires to many foreign ships. On the tour, our guide who was trailing behind us, told us to keep going up to the top of the stairs.
Well, taking him literally, I led the way to the VERY top of the stairs, opened the door and found suddenly that we were actually on the ROOF of the structure - the edges of which you can see in the photo (note there are no protective rails!).
The scene you see in this image, is the scene I was greeted with from the doorway....dust blowing around, the clouds were pretty cool looking and the shadows of the vents and the vents themselves...it all just looked so neat, I had to take a photo.
Shortly after pressing the shutter, our now freaked out guide was yelling at us to get back inside and down to the level we were supposed to be at. I had perhaps 15 seconds of time, if that, on the roof to see and take the image and I know that I was the only one in our group to capture this moment and get what I think is a very intersting shot!
I hope you think so too!
Tech Details: Shot on Kodachrome Slide Film (probably 64 ISO)(you youngsters can Google "slide film" to know what I am talking about!) on a Canon AE-1. Scanned to digital. Available royalty free on my iStock site and as prints on my main web site (click on image above to go there).
I am beginning to put together a set of images that I am considering for my Top 25 Sports Photos of 2011. I am putting these in an ALBUM ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE, and I would appreciate you heading there and letting me know what you think. Also, if you would like to see my Top 25 from 2010 SEE HERE.
It can be difficult trying to interview a sports team mascot because they generally don't say to much to the general public, however I was lucky enough to get a 60 Minutes like sit down last week with Marty the Marmot, the beloved mascot of the Victoria Royals Hockey Club last week, and he was simply chatty! See my full interview with Marty in my Island Sports News piece that hit the web yesterday!
As we head into November of 2011, I have finally found some time to update my News page. 2011 has been an interesting year so far. Highlights have included shooting the 2011 Bantam AAA Provincial Baseball Championships, my first ever lacrosse games, my first football in ages, and our new Western Hockey League Franchise, the Victoria Royals.
I also had the opportunity to travel to Maui and Kauai in the spring and the images from there were absolutely stunning, especially the Na Pali Coast. The trip also included my first foray into surfing photography!
I was also contracted again by Parks Canada in March to shoot a range of different photos at the Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Light National Historic Sites in Victoria. What a great shoot with models and costumes and all!
I also continued with my architectural work, shooting a range of new and re-modeled homes for my contractor and real estate clients and continued shooting a variety of other sports with Island Sports News, including Victoria Eagles baseball, Saanich Braves Jr. B Hockey and the 2011 Canadian National Figure Skating Championships that were held here in Victoria.
In honor of the 2010 year end, I have assembled what I feel are my top sports photos of 2010. Asking a sports photographer to pick his 25 best sports photos of the year is like asking him to pick which of his kids he loves the most! They are all worthy! In any case, I have managed to narrow down my selections. Below are a few samples. CLICK HERE or on the images to go to the full gallery.