Scotia Speedworld Weekly Racing Finale

What can I say? I miss racing already. Well, OK. After I take this weekend off and relax I’ll miss racing. 😉

Since the test and tune weekend *way* back in May, I’ve taken nearly 50,000 photos at Scotia and four other tracks around the Maritimes and posted nearly 20,000 of those. Not to worry, the other 30K have all been securely deleted and will never been seen. I’d rather you guys all continue to think I know what I’m doing, OK. No one needs to see the blurry photos or the ones with the lens cap still on. LOL!

Let me just say that it has been an incredible year and I’ve gotten to know some of the racers and their families and I feel absolutely honored to have been accepted into the racing family at Scotia. I really will miss you guys over the winter and look forward to seeing you all again when the warm weather returns.

A special congratulations to the 2013 championship winner in the weekly series at Scotia. The lightning championship was decided by only 3 points. It truly doesn’t get much closer than that.

So congrats to Marc MacMillan (Lightning division), Matthew Warren (Thunder division) Dan Smith (Coors Light Trucks division) and Cole Butcher (Strictly Hydraulics Legends)! You all ran a great season and all the best into next season.

For those wondering when year end photo CDs will be done, you can safely order your today and can expect them to mail within 48 hours. If you are one of those who have multiple racers you need to buy for, make sure to email me for special pricing on multiple CDs, prints and plaques. Don;t forget about some of our specialty items such as License Plates, travel mugs and mouse pads that will make incredible stocking stuffers for your favorite racer.

Here are a couple of highlights from the season finale to hold you over the long cold Maritime winter.

The full gallery can be found right here.

See you at the banquet on November 3rd!

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Maritime Pro Stock Tour – Dartmouth Dodge 200 Finale

It’s been an incredible summer.

I’ve gotten to photograph and hang hundreds of fantastic people around 5 different race tracks in three provinces, including the current Nascar Champion, Brad Keselowski a few weeks ago.

How frigging awesome is that?!?!? 😀

Now it’s all come to a close for the 2013 season with the action packed Dartmouth Dodge 200 this past Saturday afternoon at Scotia Speedworld.

Three champions were crowned on Saturday. One in each of the Bandoleros, Sportsman and Pro Stock classes.

Adam Meehan proved to be the first person I’ve personally witnessed to pull off a burn out after the Bandolero feature and winning the 2013 Championship, while after a wreck ravaged Sportsman feature that was cut short of the original 50 laps to only 29 laps due to time limits, Darren Wallage brought home his first Sportsman championship.

In a hard fought battle in the Dartmouth Dodge 200, Shaun Turple entered turn 1 a little hot with only a handful of laps to go and got under John Flemming’s back bumper running him almost into the grass. Somehow, Flemming managed to keep it together and still finished in 5th place clinching the championship.

I cannot express how much fun I had this summer and am both humbled and ecstatic that I’ve been asked to return as the official tour photographer next year. I learned a lot this year and have some great things planned for 2014 already. 🙂

For those wondering when year end photo CDs will be done, you can safely order your today and can expect them to mail within 48 hours. If you are one of those who have multiple racers you need to buy for, make sure to email me for special pricing on multiple CDs, prints and plaques. Don;t forget about some of our specialty items such as License Plates, travel mugs and mouse pads that will make incredible stocking stuffers for your favorite racer.

Here are a couple of highlights from the season finale to hold you over the long cold Maritime winter.

The full gallery can be found right here.

See you at the banquet on November 23rd!

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Wentworth Falls – Featuring Liz Paris (NSFW)

I’ve been fascinated with outdoor location nudes for several years now and over the last year and a half I’ve really tried to put into practice many of the things I’ve read and learned about. Some have been horrible failures, while others have become some of my personal favorite images. I know I have an emotional attachment to the images, but that’s hard to let go.

Not too long ago, I had a conversation with a photographer I respect tremendously about the art nude genre and asked for some critique on my images. I was terribly flattered when he told me they were beautiful images and that he liked them very much. I’ve had a number of conversations with other fantastic local photographers about the genre as well and only wish there was more respect for it in this part of the world. There is, after all, no market for nude wall art in Halifax. Most people here are still very conservative and are afraid to share their appreciation of the nude with others openly.

Then again, there are those who revert back to being a teenager when viewing a nude breast. There’s a joke I use often when I see a response like that to nude art. Q: Do you know why men can’t get mad cow disease? A: Because men are pigs. Truer words were never spoken. 😉

All that said, I have been trying to create a successful set of images at one of my favorite waterfalls in Nova Scotia. Wentworth Falls, not far from the ski hill and an easy walk into the woods on a well defined path. The two biggest issues with this particular falls is that it’s 90 minutes from Halifax and it’s *way* too easily accessibly and often frequented. I visited there about a year ago and had three other photographers interrupt the shoot and finally gave up and came home, with little to show except a bit more experience for the effort.

I’ve been shooting with a number of models, local and not so local, in both location and outdoors settings as much as I can over the last year and I’m happy to say I think I have created a few very interesting pieces over this last year. I’ll be updating my Art Nude portfolio page over the next few days to reflect some of this new work and specifically wanted to share the latest installment here with you today.

When my wife and I first visited the falls on a Sunday drive about 4 years ago while looking for scenic places to photograph, I took several photos of the falls, one of which hangs in my living room to this day. Oddly enough, as I sorted through and edited the photos, I told Cherie that I really believed there was something missing. It took me a little while to figure it out, but what was missing, in my minds eye, was the nude. The shapes of the flowing water as it ran past the sharpness of the rock was beautiful, but to me it seemed unfinished. I’ve been trying to finish it ever since.

Here’s an example. This first image is just downstream of the falls. I really liked the shape of the birch tree as or grew at a twisted angle from where it should have been and the silkiness of the flowing water help the twisted tree find serenity. Not a spectacular image, but certainly interesting on it’s own. Right? Here’s the unedited original scene.

Landscape - Original

So once I had the shot set up and exposed the way I wanted, I brought in Liz – who had been comfortable and toasty warm while I took my good old time setting things up. 😉 And here’s the unedited posed scene.

Landscape - Model

See the difference? The second image, at least to me, seems more complete. Although we both really liked the warm tones of the overcast evening light through the canopy of trees, I still very much love black and white. So here is the final edited version ready for print.

Landscape - Final

Liz Paris and I have been trying to find time and a concept to shoot for nearly 2 years and unfortunately, it was only when she told me she was moving away to find a job that I was finally able to force myself to make the time. With a full time day job and a seemingly full time weekend summer job with my other passion – stock car racing – I haven’t had a full weekend off since May.

Twice Liz and I had to reschedule the field trip to Wentworth due to weather but this past Tuesday evening, we decided to throw caution to the wind and just make the trip. She is leaving, after all this weekend and time was rapidly running out.

We spent a little over two hours at the falls this week. Exploring and setting up the scenes and poses. Although the air temperature was in the low 20s, the water flowing through the mountain was significantly cooler but Liz was a trooper and even though once she got wet and started shivering, as soon as I started counting down for the shot, she literally froze and held her pose for 2-3 seconds while the shutter was open. I wish she wasn’t leaving… There are SO many more photos to be taken. She will be missed for certain.

Hope you enjoy the images as much as I do.

Outdoor Fall Colour Artistic Nude Workshop – October 12th, 2013 – NSFW!

Some of you may recall a recent workshop we presented earlier this summer featuring two lovely models who were visiting Halifax from the fall away land of Toronto. Well one of those lovely ladies fell in love with our fair city and decided to come back for another visit and called me up to see if I’d be interested in working with her to put on another seminar to take advantage of the incredible fall colors so common in Nova Scotia.

Who was I to say anything other then “Hell yeah!” 🙂

We put together a concept and selected a location, including a backup, just in case it rains.

So please help me welcome the incredibly talented Krystal Love back to Halifax. 🙂

The workshop will begin in Halifax where we will discuss the challenges of shooting outdoors, especially some of the notions of working with a nude model in a location where you could potentially be discovered unintentionally. We’ll discuss how to deal with these situations, how to use natural light, reflectors and gobos, as well as posing for artistic nudes. We will also discuss etiquette when working with nudes in any situation.

After the group discussion, we will travel to a secret location a short trip from downtown Halifax where we will spend the afternoon shooting with Krystal in a group setting as well as with each photographer individually.

Due to the potentially cool weather, we cannot ask Krystal to be exposed to the elements for long periods of time so there will be a very strict limit on the number of photographers allowed to participate. So please register right away to reserve your space before they are gone. Only 6 spaces will be permitted and the workshop cost is $249 per photographer, including HST.

All you need to do is arrive with transportation (although carpooling to and from the top secret location can be arranged in advance), your camera and a selection of lenses. If you have reflectors or battery powered lights you’d like to bring, please do. Just make sure they are clearly marked so you take home exactly the same gear you bring.

To see more of Krystal’s portfolio and other work, check out her Tumblr blog here.

For details and to register please visit the registration site

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