Visiting my home town over the last couple of weeks has been great. Visiting family and friends of course the best part, but I have also had a chance to play tourist and see some of the city where previously I was too busy with work to see and enjoy. The Olympic Plaza just one the great gathering places downtown. It was built and used for the medal presentations when Calgary hosted the 1988 Olympic Games, and is now used for festivals and events. the pool is drained and bands play on the stage, there is square dancing during the Stampede, and during the winter the water is frozen and we can ice skate there.
I used a fish-eye lens to capture as much of the skyline as possible, most of the high rise office towers in Calgary’s downtown core are to the west of the Olympic Plaza so we get a peek at the great Alberta sky, as well as the new Bow Building on the left side of the frame. The Bow Building is currently the tallest building.
For the photographers who read the blog, to process the image I used Camera Raw, Lens Correction, Manual, it does an amazing job fixing lens perspective, and straightening lines. I was surprised! I also increased clarity and vibrance, and burned a little more detail into the clouds, but the work on it was very minor.
We had a wonderful weekend visiting family and friends in Saskatchewan over the Labour Day weekend. The drive home was perfect, meaning uneventful! I watched the clouds and hills roll and enjoyed the peaceful view. There is something very calming about watching the puffy white clouds roll by. The long ride provides an opportunity to read, relax, and possibly daydream….
I met Ginger at through BNI, at the Rocky Mountain Thunder Meeting, we talked about doing Business Portraits, we wanted to do images that would cover both of her business interested, and we had a lot of fun with different background, and clothing changes! Ginger is an owner and operator of a UPS Store and is a Arbonne dealer.
The two business are quite different, the image above is the set up for final images, and change of cloths, we had great fun, more fun that some of the usual business portraits!
After a weekend of rain, devastating floods the sun was shining in Calgary. Bill and I walked up to Nose Hill Park. We are hoping for more sunshine so that our neighbors both here in Calgary and the other communities in Southern Alberta can dry out and start the clean up.
Don Ross and Brooke Miller performed at two events in Calgary this last weekend. the first, Friday night, was a house concert, in a friend’s home. Dean gathered a small group of friends for this wonderful evening. During the first part of the evening the sun was streaming in the window, putting the faces of the two performers in the shadows, then during the 2nd half of the show, we had two living room lights to light the room. Needless to say both lighting situations had their challenges for photography, and the reason for black and white images.
Almost every photographer I know has a picture of this tiny Methodist church that sits just west of Cochrane Alberta, just off highway 1A on your way to Banff. If you are driving to Banff National Park and want to visit the historic site you have to take highway 1A, the slow and scenic route, it is our favourite way to travel.
The day we visited the storm clouds were looming above, gathering for what later turned out to be quite the snow storm, there was just enough light breaking through the clouds and along the horizon for a dramatic images. Light was reflecting off the snow around the church giving it enough light to show detail in the siding, and the wind howling across the prairies. Not a great day for walking, but a great day for pictures.
Blogging has been rather hit and miss lately, but I am trying to get back to blogging regularly, wish me luck!
I met Moji Ajele at one early morning BNI Rocky Mountain Thunder chapter meeting. I was relatively new to the group and we were having a visitor meeting. Moji, as the Executive Director of Alberta South was there to tell the visitors a little about BNI (Business Network International) and to invite them to join our networking group.
I have mentioned BNI a couple of time over the last few weeks, so I should tell you a little about the organization. BNI is the world’s largest referral organization, helping businesses to grow their business. I have been a member of the Rocky Mountain Thunder Chapter since January of 2013 it is a positive supportive group of professionals, they have helped me to grow my business and provided great business advised and information. They are inspirational and have helped me to take my photography from a passion to a business.
Moji is passionate about growing BNI in Southern Alberta, and helping member businesses to be successful. We spent about an hour together while doing her business portraits, it was a wonderful hour that slipped by so easily. She is full of energy, excited about her role, laughs easily and has the most amazing smile. See more images from Moji’s portrait session.
Guy Cooley – Realtor and BNI Rocky Mountain Thunder Member
I met Guy Cooley, at the BNI Rocky Mountain Thunder meeting. A family man, and top producing realtor with Keller Williams Realty Inc, since 2005. He is dedicated to his clients, he dedicated his time to learning everything he can about the Calgary Real Estate Market, and being up todate regarding current trends. He motto: “moving one family at a time” he knows that being a realtor is more about the family and their needs that it is about the property.
Guy was a joy to work with when doing his business portrait, we had a great time chatting as we worked, learning a little more about him and his family, as well as the important role they play in his life and the choices he makes.
If you are in the Calgary area and need a realtor I would highly recommend Guy. check out his facebook page, and for more images from our portrait session, check out the gallery of images.
Winter hit Alberta in a big way yesterday, and heavy snow blanket’s southern Alberta according to the cbc report.
Strong winds and anywhere from 15 to 25 centimetres of snow was in the forecast for Calgary Sunday, and another five centimetres could fall on Monday. The Calgary police were advising motorist to stay off city roads because of dangerous conditions. I took their advise seriously and stayed home to get a few things done! This image was taken last winter, looking south on highway 21. It had been a cold and windy day, the storm brewing on the horizon.