Robin: feeding chicks

Happy summer everyone! I just got back from a fun filled family reunion in Alberta and a phenomenal week of sailing through the Gulf Islands with Miguel. Aside from an awesome tan, I’ve got tons of pics to share.

These little robins hatched while I was at my brother’s house in Sylvan Lake. They nested right outside the patio door; Sometimes I just can’t believe my luck. Watching them became my meditation/alone time.

It’s quite incredible how after standing there long enough the hunter Robin decided I wasn’t a threat. With beak full of scrumptious slithery worms and bugs, he sat on a near tree branch for almost 10 minutes before delivering to hungry chicks and mamma. (I’m assuming the gender–it’s very hard to tell a female from male and they seemed to have taken turns doing the protecting and hunting anyway).

WATCH THEM FEED HERE! This was the last day I was there and at the end of the video it looks like the little chick is going to push itmself right out of the nest with it’s wings.


A Bouquet From Vancouver Island

When I go for a walk with my macro…


If you don’t mind -25° Celsius…

Common Redpoll
Deer tracks. I’ve seen so many deer this week, but they always come out in the evening when it’s too dark.
Downy Woodpecker
(if you click on this one, you can actually see ice crystals in the air above the trees)

If you don’t mind -25° Celsius (not including the wind chill), your lens fogging up, and not to mention losing sensation in all small appendages, then Alberta winter is Glorious!!! 

By the way, holding metal objects, (ie. a camera) is a sure way to truly experience what it is to be COLD .brrr. brrr. brrr.
Here’s a look at an abridged version of my very chilly week.
Of course, today I didn’t bring my camera on the car ride to drive my niece and nephew to school; I was kicking myself while the sun rose (yes… I’ve been taking them before the sun actually rises), and an incredible sun dog almost blinded me! The ice crystals in the air glistened as the sun’s rays passed through them emitting etherial glowing colors.
I got home, left the car running, grabbed my camera and headed out to the country roads for my final day of shooting here. 🙂
I have to admit, I’m looking forward to Vancouver’s civilized climate.


Alberta, Canada, Squirrel
Alberta, Canada, Red Fox

I’m in Alberta hanging out with my niece and nephew while their parents cruise through Mexico. While I’m driving my nephew to school we talk about how a long time ago there were probably lots of fox that lived in the area now called “Fox Run.”
Well, he happens to mention that they do have one that lives around their place. I think to myself…geez that would make a great shot. But what are the odds he’ll come running while I’m standing on the porch calling “here little foxy…I have a treat for you… ”

4 hours later
So I set up my computer on the kitchen table to start editing a little video I’m working on, and my peripheral vision catches a blur of red through the window. Ahhh…could it be? But my camera is still in the camera bag and I’m sure I don’t even have a card in it (which is something I usually almost always have loaded for occasions such as this). I stand up, peek through the window and the little fury guy is prancing off… AHHH sh%$!!!
I get my camera out and load it up in case it comes back, but I don’t even have to wait!! He/she seems to be exploring the yard…and like a model on a cat walk, advances, stops and poses before making a graceful exit.

Guess what I just read. They hunt at night and are rarely seen…LUCKY ME!!
Thanks big bro for keeping the bird feeders full!!


Fog in Oregon

More drive-by-shootings from my passenger seat window. I’ve always loved the fog.


New logo + macro

I’m testing out my new logo today… and a new website coming soon YAY!

This little guy is a little random, but I was sorting through pics last night and wanted to share. I found him on my tent last summer. Grasshoppers always remind me of this incredible book I had as a child– I just found it on Amazon! The Butterfly Ball and the Grass hopper’s feast by Alan Aldridge.

Anyway, The reason I mention that is because as a child I used to marvel at the detail in the drawings. I’m always surprised when I get home to edit macro shots. When I’m shooting I’m so concentrated on just getting it in focus (very challenging with a moving subject, shallow depth of field, and without a flash), that I don’t have time to appreciate the intricacies. Bugs are cool 🙂


Belcarra Recoup

A very peaceful sunset off the Belcarra

I just realized that it’s been almost an entire month since my last post…

I can assure you that there has been no slacking over here. I’ve been sooo busy shooting that I’m still dreaming about clicking away and I swear that my trigger finger was sore for a few days (thankfully recovered). 🙂

In fact, thanks to shooting for the new CRAVE book in addition to a few other gigs, I’ve set a personal record. I did 31 shoots + editing in 37 week days. It was definitely a good challenge–I felt like a picture warrior!

( since I vowed to take weekends off this year, I didn’t count them–and I mean I do my darnedest not to touch my computer for at least 2 days a week. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!!!! )

Anyway after a few days of recoup I’ve done some thinking about what made this work.

1) Thanks iCal for syncing with my phone, and giving me reminders with notes about the clients before my shoots.

2) Organized and minimal gear-Instead of bringing my whole kit, I had one basic kit with one big strobe, one back up speedlight and one reflector. IF the shoot was product or food I reorganized a little by adding a few mirrors and more reflectors. Otherwise I really made use of available light at every location.

3) Efficient workflow–I really have to adore Adobe Lightroom for making the editing and post process very efficient. I love the fact that I can keyword and add metadata before uploading to two separate external drives (for extra backup) and then go through and rate all my favorites and do what little editing needs to be done.

4) Supportive friends–to cheer along, give second opinions and even assist on shoots!

Alright! I’m excited for more!!! Who needs pictures?