Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Robins Are Back!

Spring must truly be on its way!

He was very busy digging for worms (yay, the ground's thawing!) and let me get quite close ... just as well because I only had my 24-70mm lens!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals - Panorama, Canada

I've been up to Panorama Resort several times to photograph ski racing in its various forms. This is the first time that I've seen Paralympians competing live, and had the opportunity to photograph the action. There are few words that describe the feelings I was left with:

Inspired                          Grateful                      Humble                         In awe

The IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals came to town and, true to form (Sod's Law), brought tons of snow! For those of you who don't know, a lot of snow is not what they want on the ground for ski racing - especially when you get about 30cm of powder in one day! Yes, they need snow covering the ground, but they'd rather have a hard-packed, even icy, surface to slide on - it's way faster!

Anyway, the photos are in my smugmug gallery ... here are a few of my fav's:

A Sight-Impaired Skier Following His Guide

He Looks Like He's Having A Blast!

Believe It Or Not, He Didn't Fall - Saved It & Continued On!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

First Solo Wedding

Last Friday I photographed my first solo wedding!

I think it was a good thing that I had just five days' notice before the event - no time to get nervous! That being said, I did nearly have a heart attack when the bombshell was first dropped on me!  I'd just spent the day hiking halfway up the mountain to photograph a ski cross race, then hiking down, and was exhausted, all defences down ... "Oh, by the way, you're shooting a wedding on Friday evening." was about how the conversation went!

Once I'd had a good night's sleep, though, I was fine with the idea, and quite surprised by how calm I was feeling ... but then again, the wedding venue was Earl Grey Lodge, a delightful log cabin b&b in Panorama Resort, and there were at maximum 20 guests, including the bride and groom! I was pretty sure I could handle that, for 2-3 hours of shooting.

Was I ever the luckiest photog?! Lauren is the most lovely bride ... and there wasn't a single person in the place who was more relaxed and easy-going than her! Thank you, Lauren!

Here are a couple of my fav photos from the wedding:


Andrew, Lauren & Malachi
The whole gallery is on my Smugmug website, so please drop by to have a look ... I'd love to know what you think!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Teck U16 K2 Provincial Series 2012 @ Panorama Resort

Superb Athlete - He Saved This!

I spent three days, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, taking photos of the ski racing in Panorama

Needless to say, I have sore quads and glutes today, after hiking up and down the mountain!

So far, I've processed and posted photos from Friday's and Saturday's races ... just click on the links to go to the relevant gallery.

On Sunday, I took photos at Skier Cross for the first time ... I haven't looked at the photos yet so don't know if any are salvageable ... keep an eye on my sports page on Smugmug to see if any make the cut!