The Power of the Printed Photograph »» Revisiting Older Work

Posted in: Black & White, Business Schmissness, Clients, Editor's Cave, Revisiting on October 24th, 2014

I’ll revisit older images for editing purposes for 3 main reasons: 1) it’s never been edited before and therefore hiding in Lightroom, 2) I want to try a different technique, or 3) upon request.

When I took this image, I liked it enough, but it wasn’t my favourite by far, so I never really did too much with it outside of posting the colour version in a blog post 3+ years ago and on Flickr. When I was asked to come up with 3 18×12 black and white metal prints for above a black leather couch and dark wooden wall, I had a few ideas in mind, this being one of them. The client originally wanted at least two snowy pics, which I was happy to oblige, but then I decided to go with a hunch and suggested photographs with a more dramatic tone instead of a pretty one, to which she agreed to take a look. I had 3 in mind, but having seen only 2 of them in print before, I knew I needed to have the third one in print as well. Since metallic paper is the closest to a metal finish to have printed on the fly, I edited this to black and white, had an 18×12 print done up at my local pro lab and showed up at her work with it and a few other goodies. To my pleasant surprise, not only did the print look fantastic and 20x better than on screen, but also she was thrilled with the outcome, showed it off to her colleagues and an order was placed to fill for the beginning of the year.

Foggy black & white autumn sunrise peeking through the trees on the Bison Loop at Elk Island National Park, Parks Canada, Alberta landscape.

As photographers, most of us well know of the power of a printed photograph. It’s the best way to really judge our work, the good and the not so good. I say most of us, because it still amazes me how many photographers do not print their work. I cannot stress it enough, so if you’re reading this and you have not done so yet, what are you waiting for? After all the work we put into our images, it’s the least we can do to reward ourselves, don’t you think? You deserve to see your hard work in print – the bigger, the better!

Oh, and as for those snowy prints, one of them is now going in her kitchen!

See you in the field!


Scouting + Simple Treasures »» Villeneuve Airport

Posted in: Aviation, Discover Alberta, Scouting on October 22nd, 2014

Since I was close to the area a few days ago on a scouting job, I had to pop over to make sure she was still there … A couple months ago, a theft poorly disguised as vandalism occurred at her resting spot in Villeneuve, robbing this wonderful beast of some vital parts. I believe the investigation is still ongoing …

After being satisfied just to be able to see the 737 once again, and since my two preferred shooting areas of choice were unavailable, I quickly found an alternative spot – just close enough where I could take a better look, lift up the ol’ Canon 1DM3 and 70-200mm ƒ2.8 and bang off a couple of frames. Nothing too exciting, but I was just happy to be there, as it’s been about 4 months. I quietly observed and enjoyed the sight …

Funny enough, a curious chap had seen me leaning against my car gazing at her, and came over to inquire what on earth I was hunting. He saw the camo on the gear and perhaps from afar, it looked like I was sporting something a little more serious than an aging Canon body and lens, but I assured him I was merely doing my own thing and I hope I wasn’t in his way, to which he replied just to keep my pretty face put, but maybe move the car a few feet to make way for the trucks. Easy enough.

The now retired Pacific Western Airlines (PWA)  Boeing 737-200 C-GIPW (Fleet #745) now rests at Villeneuve Airport, outside of Edmonton, during a late autumn morning in 2014, having flown for the last time on November 29th, 2013. The 737 will be part of the upcoming Alberta Flying Heritage Museum at Villeneuve Airport.

I quickly ran this through one of the standard VSCO Fuji Superia presets, chopped the image in half and posted. I’ll hold off posting the other images from that morning as the light was rather dull. Guess I’ll have to go back there again when I’m not actually scouting…and keep going back…again…and again. Ha! As someone who tremendously enjoys aviation and spent countless weekend hours at the YYC airport plane gazing and even more hours watching hundreds of incoming flights from my office window, I think I could watch this damn thing all day long…even at rest.

I have more information on this aircraft and museum to share and I’ll do so down the road … until then …

See you in the field!


When We Lose An Artist

Posted in: Discover Alberta, Featured Work of Others on October 15th, 2014

I’ve been a fan of artist Gary McGladdery’s work for at least a few years. I came across his work during one of my many Google searches on the Southern Alberta area … my playground I roamed for the 4 years I lived in Calgary, but never to the extent I wanted to. I usually look for photography, but when I came across his art, I was hooked from the first moment. There is something refreshing, innocent and overwhelmingly comforting about his work. I also found his personal story he shared on his bio page inspiring to me. Tonight I decided to check if he was on Twitter, as I was hoping to see he was working on new pieces and wanted to inquire about a possible purchase of his Chief Mountain painting for my mum (our favourite mountain, as well as her dad’s), and it’s then I learned of his passing in 2013. I felt compelled to write something about his work.

Looking at his art takes me back to traveling through these areas as a wee kiddie in the back of the ’72 Oldsmobile 98 Regency with my folks and brother. I also allow myself to wander from time to time about what life would have been like on the prairies and in the mountains many years ago. Would life had been as sweet as is portrayed in some images? That’s the beauty of art – paintings, photography, etc … it never gives us a timeline and we are able to let our minds go wild and imagine the possibilities of times passed and times to come.

Gary’s art touched me in a way most paintings are unable to – perhaps it’s the simple beauty of his work – so I deeply regret I never took the moment to contact him and let him know how much I enjoy his work. I certainly had the time, but never took it. It wasn’t for the lack of caring about his work, but I suppose it’s too easy in today’s world to let things pile up and allow those simple moments pass us by, such as letting someone know how much you enjoy your art. Not contacting Gary is something I cannot undo, but I thought sharing my thoughts about his work might be next best.

Below are some iPad screen captures (I know, I know) I’ve taken from his site so you can have an idea of his vision of the gorgeous Southern Alberta prairies and rocky mountains. Obviously these captures do zero justice to his art, so please take a moment to check out his work. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do, and as much as I can only imagine he had creating these pieces of art.

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